December 11, 2012
So how about I post about anime once in a while, eh?
I'm catching up on Girls und Panzer. One of the nice things so far is that Mako's ring tone on her cell phone is the sound of a cat mewing, and Yukari's ring tone is the sound of a cannon firing. It's that attention to detail that makes this show so wonderful.
UPDATE: It's a shame we didn't get to see the battle against Team Pizza, but I think the director is worried that the show might get repetitive,and that's why he decided to skip it. He's been a sure hand so are, and I trust him.
UPDATE: It's really creepy that all of Miho's teddy bears are covered with bandages.
UPDATE: And so we end ep 9 with a cliff hanger. Who won? My guess:
What in the heck is this thing?
It's on skis and has a propeller on the back; it looks like a very practical way to move one or two people rapidly over snow. Obviously it's a Soviet vehicle but I've never seen anything like it before.
UPDATE: One of the things they've been doing is to try to give each team the character of the country whose tanks they're using. And they did it again: I'm impressed by the way that Katyusha was willing to sacrifice some of her tanks just to set up the trap. It's the Soviet way: huge losses are acceptable if you win. Men are cheap.
Whereas Saunders was rich, rich, rich; that's the way the Americans fought.
Another nice thing is that they included one of the Soviet's best allies: General Winter. (Would have been nice to see General Mud, too, but it would be too much to ask.)
UPDATE: For that matter, Anzu's Banzai charge was right in character for the Japanese.
Posted by: Jaked at December 11, 2012 10:58 AM (YqYGj)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 11, 2012 11:03 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at December 11, 2012 11:24 AM (RqRa5)
Thinking about it more, the big problem is: no reverse.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 11, 2012 12:32 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Boviate at December 11, 2012 12:58 PM (L1IVj)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 11, 2012 01:03 PM (+rSRq)
I'm sure it's easy to guess why and even calculate the new navigation solution.
However, imagine the way of life where children considered this kind of setting realistic. They did not ask why didn't use a GPS receiver in his iPhone.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at December 11, 2012 03:13 PM (RqRa5)
Posted by: Wonderduck at December 11, 2012 07:47 PM (LbiZL)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at December 11, 2012 10:34 PM (RqRa5)
They may not be armored, but they're cheap, fast, and having a dozen of them hit your infantry in the open or behind the lines would really suck. At their speed, light artillery would need a lot of luck to score a hit. Game-changing? No. But a lethal weapon that would strike fear into infantry? Yes.
I also don't see why they couldn't deliver supplies, especially without the gunner and if the propellers were high enough to allow a tow.
Oh, and Pete, this southern boy has no idea of the solution, and the only problem I can think of is that it might be too cold to travel by dogsled at night.
Posted by: ubu at December 12, 2012 06:58 AM (SlLGE)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at December 12, 2012 09:19 AM (RqRa5)
Or if you look at the bright side, even pre-GPS,
Posted by: ubu at December 12, 2012 10:05 AM (SlLGE)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at December 12, 2012 11:09 AM (RqRa5)
I happened to read memoirs of the chief of 1st Soviet Antarctic Expedition, that was established ahead of International Geophisical Year in 1957. It mentioned Kharkovchanka a few times. The vehicle was placed on the chassis of an artillery tug ATT, and went through several revisions, each one making tracks wider and wider, to handle the Antarctic snow. The weight of Kharkovchanka is about that of a light tank - about 25-30 tonns.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at December 12, 2012 11:15 AM (RqRa5)
I always thought it was more a function of ground pressure than overall weight, which means even a brute of tank can move quite well over snow and mud if their ground pressure is acceptably low.
During the Northwest European campaign, the Allies were quite surprised to discover that the heavier Panthers and Tigers could actually move and maneuver very well over the muddy surfaces that made up much of the campaigning area durin Autumn 1944, and better than their own lighter tanks.
Posted by: cxt217 at December 12, 2012 12:01 PM (Qfldg)
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