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January 23rd, 2016

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07:46 am - #9
Time to mention the next book.

This was Osprey Vanguard #13: The Churchill Tank. Something about British tank production of that time was that they'd decided that they needed tanks that were heavily armored and armed with weaponry that were primarily intended to take out fortifications, not fight other tanks, so they were slow and tough. Thus, the Churchill. The book deals with a number of the variants. Not bad.

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Date:January 23rd, 2016 11:08 pm (UTC)
According to our friends at Wikipedia: "In accordance with British infantry tank doctrine and based on the expected needs of World War I-style trench warfare, the tank was required to be capable of navigating shell-cratered ground, demolishing infantry obstacles such as barbed wire, and attacking fixed enemy defences; for these purposes, great speed and heavy armament were not required."

The winners of the First World War, Britain and France, expected to re-fight it; Germany decided to do things differently. (Similar to how the Germans figured they'd have a re-run of the Franco-Prussian War when they invaded France in 1914.)
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Date:January 23rd, 2016 11:31 pm (UTC)
This brings to mind two statements that I've read/heard in the past. The first is that the military is always preparing to fight the last war. The second is that you learn more from your mistakes than you do from your victories.

This ain't no party, this ain't no disco...

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