Werewolf Posted February 18, 2012 Share Posted February 18, 2012 I think its slow and very weak compared to what I was taught in the military. From what I understand it was suppose to be on par with the top tanks in the world and on here its to weak to take on t-80 or anything betterWhen I served in tanks back in the early 70's we were taught that the M-60A1 tanks I served on were the match of any tank in the world. They told us that in the event of a Soviet invasion of Western Europe that we had to take out 5 of their tanks before we were allowed to get knocked out ourselves, that it would be easy because we were the best trained and equiped tankers in the world and of course as the crew we would survive the eventual destruction of our vehicle, retire to the rear to pick up another M-60A1 and continue the fight.I was in Co C, 4/64A 3d Bgd/3ID and we believed every word we were taught. I know now that the T-72's we would have been put up against were every bit as good as we were, maybe better. Taking out 5 of them before we went down? Maybe but IMO based on what I know now about armor capabilities extant then - probably not.It was necessary then that armor crews be instilled with the vision that they were the best. It is necessary now that armor crews be instilled with the vision that they are best.Seems like based on your post re: the Challenger that nothing has changed - what gets taught to armor crews is more a function of elan, exageration and you've got the best equipment there is go out and use it - kick the enemy's butts and take names. No different now than 40 years ago or even what Roman Centurions taught their new legionaires.What gets taught to young soldiers is designed to give them the confidence they need to go out and do the job. Reality has minimal bearing on that. 0 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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