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Re: [OT/DSII] Re: Shermans and Panthers

From: Allan Goodall <awg@s...>
Date: Sat, 06 Jan 2001 17:43:38 -0500
Subject: Re: [OT/DSII] Re: Shermans and Panthers

On Sat, 06 Jan 2001 12:23:42 -0500, Richard Bell <>

>The truth may be even wierder, the supply problems at the front for the
>were such that; although they could reliably destroy every sherman that
>into view, there were more shermans than anti-tank rounds.

There is something no one has really mentioned yet. One of the primary
the Germans did so poorly in the West was something fairly new: tactical
support. When the weather was clear, the Germans could not easily move
forces without Allied aircraft attacking them with impunity.

>The Avalon Hill solitaire game "Patton's Best" teaches a very stern
lesson to
>M4 (not Firefly) commanders-- Do not fire upon german tanks, it only
>attention to yourself.

I saw, during the 50th anniversary of the end of the war, an account by
Canadian Firefly commander. He said that he and his tank took out
Panthers from the front! The Panther had a nasty "shot trap". If you hit
turret just below the gun, your shot did not penetrate, but it bounced
and into the thin armour covering the driver's area. Very nasty.

Allan Goodall
Goodall's Grotto:

"Now, see, if you combine different colours of light,
 you get white! Try that with Play-Doh and you get
 brown! How come?" - Alan Moore & Kevin Nolan, 

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