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Karst

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#11 12 years ago

jumjum;3562102On a more serious note, how in hades could commanders, who had some inkling of what actual combat vs. German armor was like, even watch something that pretends the Boys could destroy light armor and disable and/or kill the crew of medium and heavy armor, much less order your troops to watch and trust it?

To me it's just the same old problem of bad bosses ignoring the obstacles that face the people who do the actual work. There was a huge problem in WWI with British staff officers coming up with insane, hopelessly doomed plans that got people tens of thousands of soldiers needlessly killed because the staffers didn't take the time to learn what the situation and terrain was really like on the froint line. That kind of waste of men's lives would have ended if it had been required that every staff officer participate as a junior officer (Lt. or Capt.) in any op that he had approved.

Same thing with the American Army asses (among whom was Patton IIRC) who cynically decided in 1942/43, when it was becoming clear that the Sherman couldn't even match the PzIV F2, much less the Tiger which was just coming out, that the US would just outproduce and out-reinforce Germany. It would take "too much time and trouble" to design a new American tank, so they decided to sacrifice thousands of tankers by pretending the Sherman was a good tank. It was 1945 before US armor could stand a chance with German tanks. Those jerks should have been required to do just 30 days in a combat zone in the Sherman they thought was just fine.

Montgomery sort of did the same thing when he snidely dismissed Allied troops' concerns over the then-unstoppbale Tiger, as "Tiger Fever", and implied that real men could stop a Tiger with no problem. Monty should have been handed a PIAT, or shown the nearest Matilda, and asked to demonstrate on some advancing Tigers.

That would stop that crap cold. All most soldiers want is the right tools to do the job, and a fair chance of accomplishing it. Propaganda like the Boys peice fooled no one I suspect.

I want to give you rep and can't somehow :(

You're completely right of course. Behind the "happy, funny" facade this is actually a pretty tragically disillusioning film.




jumjum

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#12 12 years ago
Karst;3564758I want to give you rep and can't somehow :(...

Aha! Another conspiracy confirmed! ;)




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