Narcissistic 2036 wrote:Just add altitude variations, maybe energy-bleeding and so on with some semi-realistic tactics (say, stuff like the Thatch weave) into the AI and it'd be really good, maybe even realistic. Not sure how feasible that is with Eugen's resources/priorities-but the tech probably exists.
FrangibleCover wrote:The Sherman ...., low probability of dying in one, ...
Wasn't it nicknamed the Tommy Cooker because of it's tendency to catch fire as soon as it was hit because of the fuel used ?
Low probabilty because of the ratio of tanks lost vs tanks produced. But when the round penetrated the Sherman, you were literally toast !
Afraid not, although that's been the narrative for a while the fightback is underway. I'm going mostly from memory here, I'm afraid, but I'll have a go at busting the myth myself.
The very early Lend-Leased Shermans in the Western Desert had a regrettable tendency to catch fire when hit because the ammunition was cooking off (fuel type had little to do with it) that was found to be due to the British crews ignoring the ammunition stowage regulations and ramming the whole tank full of shells. No tank will perform well under those conditions. I don't know the origin or veracity of the Tommy Cookers nickname but note that it very definitely refers to British soldiers. 'Ronsons', the other claimed nickname for the Sherman, definitely wasn't used. Ronson only started marketing under the "Lights first time, every time" slogan post-war.
After the early performance of the tank and perhaps because of it the US developed the wet stowage system that made the Sherman much less likely to catch fire even though the dry stowage system, correctly used, was as good as any other tank in the world. Add to that the widespread US use of tank helmets and the overall average crew losses per tank loss were very low. British crews tended to have slightly higher losses due to our insistence on wearing Berets in the tank .
If you've got three quarters of an hour then this is a superb presentation on the subject which I might end up having to sig soon. 36:17 and on if you're pressed for time.
Well, the previews for the new game are out, and I'm... actually thrilled. It's everything I wanted. I'll buy it.
orcbuster wrote:USSR gets prototype marsupials, why would you need moose when you got stuff with kickers like that AND transport capability? And I'm not even gonna START on the french Marsupilami, I don't even think thats a real animal! Why no trolls for Norway?