Von Schlieffen’s Speed Bump Has Heavy Tanks. Who Knew?
Well, that’s one way to test your brakes. It’s probably an even better way to test your testers. Nobody bailed out, so I guess it’s a success. And the tanker didn’t sneeze at an inopportune moment, or discover a bumblebee inside the turret with him at a bad time, or spot his ex-girlfriend standing next to her new boyfriend in the front row, center, or there could have been trouble.
So there’s two conclusions we can draw from the video. The video says this is the Dutch military, so perhaps we’ve learned that the Dutch military consists of very brave persons, worthy of Borderline Sociopathic status. There’s another possibility. The Dutch military is unionized. No, really, there are four unions in the Dutch military. So perhaps they were on a contractually mandated coffee break, and refused to move no matter what. There’s a principle involved, after all.
By the way, isn’t a Leopard tank a German tank? They didn’t used to stop for the Dutch military.
(Thanks to Gerard van der Leun at American Digest for sending that one along. He may or may not be Flemish, could be Walloon, but I know he’s at least a loon)
5 thoughts on “Von Schlieffen’s Speed Bump Has Heavy Tanks. Who Knew?”
The Leopard II is used by Holland & Canada and a couple of other countries. Lord Strathcona’s Horse has been using them in Afghanistan since 2006. The latest version with the 120mm cannon and mine protection package is arguably the best tank in the world.
Very pretty. But, can it fight?
Casey, always with dem negative waves…
Casey, are you suggesting that a German designed and built tank can’t fight? The kill ratio between Tigers and T34s was on the order of 11 to 1 and the Panther was even better. Only 6,000 Panthers were built and 1,347 Tigers. The Russians built over 40,000 T34s and over 30,000 Shermans were sent to Europe to counter them.
Interestingly the main gun of the Abrams is a Rheinmetal 120mm made in Germany, which is also used on the Leopard 2.
Tanks are just part of a system, Anon, mein freund. Doesn’t pay to fear them over much, and even Dutch engineers prove that.
Sipp, love those movie quotes.
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