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ZloyKrolik

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  1. A crew from the 16th/5th Lancers, 6th Armored Division, clean the gun barrel of their Crusader tank at El Aroussa in Tunisia, May 1943.
  2. The armor is thicker in the unedited version.
  3. When I was in C Co 1/70 AR (1983-84), my platoon sergeant told us that when he was a SGT, he was a gunner on an M60A2. He said that the FCS was quite accurate, but a maintenance nightmare. If it worked, it was great.
  4. I like how they put Armorall or something like it on the tires to shine them up, but the rest of the vehicle is still all dirty/dusty.
  5. Glad to see the M.I.L.E.S. is still appreciated and liked by the end users. I hated it as well.
  6. What is the problem with regular steel washers? Are they that much of a detriment to protection? The modern equivalent of riveted armor?
  7. Well in Australia, the whole tank could be considered a boiling vessel.
  8. "This breaking news just in" "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead!"
  9. I also saw a 2LT lose his helmet and get knocked on his ass when he was standing next to the muzzle of a 105 when it went off. Our unit was boresighting the tanks and he was looking for the boresight device, M26 Boresight device, and went up the end of the gun tube just as the crew fired off a round for calibration. I spoke with him about it a couple of weeks later, he said that his ears were ringing so loud that he couldn't hear the CO chewing him out, just saw his lips moving.
  10. >The danger zone from firing off the main armament of a modern tank is considerable. The sabots are a bother, and the blast overpressure from the muzzle is enough to be dangerous at a surprising distance: I've seen in person what happens when a freindly crunchy gets in front of the muzzle when firing a amin gun round. During a CALFEX in Germany a soldier took up a prone position in front of my tank. I was the driver on an M60A3 at the time and could see him out the left driver's periscope. After the 1st round we fired he had his hands over his ears, the 2nd he was curled up in
  11. If I remember correctly, we were issued 2 M3A1s per tank. I swear that picture could have been from a unit I was in. At least we did look like that in 1984 when I was in Germany, C Co 1/70 AR part of 4th BDE 4th ID in Wiesbaden. Dirty winter coveralls and rubber boots, check. We had a M3A1 get eaten by the turret monster once, bent it to about a 90 degree angle. Turned it in to the armorer, he just shrugged and told us that they wouldn't even charge us for the damages. The grease gun was so cheap the Army didn't care if one was destroyed. Another time I was in a small a
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