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BR1XT0N #21 Posted 22 November 2014 - 12:32 AM

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View PostIronKnight7, on 21 November 2014 - 06:50 PM, said:

 

Ohh, I agree with you a 100%. I could not  believe they moved the tanker school to Benning.

 

 

Ill tell you what else sucks about it, they closed down the Patton Museum when they moved the armor school. All those vehicles are rotting in storage now pending funding for a new museum at Benning.


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_ENO_ #22 Posted 22 November 2014 - 12:46 AM

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Pretty cool to see a couple guys united...

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Speaking of hot rods anyone drive a m113  first time I was like o great a giant box then I floored it. Damn that thing rocked back and we were gone. Served two years m1a2 and then four years back home as a cannon cocker in a paladin.  Always missed the speed of the m1 over the paladin and the armor.  Makes you feel great knowing a 50 can pen you in a damn m109a6, but man what a recoil when you throw 120 pounds of munitions 30k down range.

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View PostENO75, on 21 November 2014 - 07:46 PM, said:

Pretty cool to see a couple guys united...

 

too true! Hoping a few more will crawl out of the woodwork and speak up, I'm sure they're out there.

 

how about some best of/worst of stories? 

 

I think my worst day on the tank (beside the one I mentioned that taught me to love the 88) would have to be at Ft. Picket in December as a driver. Foot of snow on the ground, personnel heater in-op. Earlier in the day drove through a puddle with the throttle maxed out sending a wave over the hull which of course poured through the hatch, 8 hours later sitting in a defensive coil waiting for someone to call END EX teeth chattering so hard it sounded like somebody gave meth to a woodpecker.

 

Best day on the tank, tearing across the country side standing in my turret feeling invincible with the rest of the platoon on line in an occupied country. Thought to myself, man this is it! How could anything I do after ever top this? Something about seeing armor sweep through rolling terrain, it's just hard to describe how fearsome and predatory it looks. The hulls roll with the terrain, the turrets traverse, but those cannons, they stay locked on whatever the gunner has his eye on. Just incredible to watch. Tankers know what I'm talking about.


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Best was jrtc the hole division was there, the sound of 50's crackin and Bradley's with there 25's thumpin, we were rolling in formation doing live fire at a simulated village with apaches over head raining down brass, lead tank and had the honor of yellin light it up.  Holly [edited]was it lit up, no wonder why Americas enemies go underground who in their right mind would stand in front of that. Worse day lets see every time we were in the field and broke track, [edited]I hated hearing those words.

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View Postbelles, on 21 November 2014 - 08:24 PM, said:

Best was jrtc the hole division was there, the sound of 50's crackin and Bradley's with there 25's thumpin, we were rolling in formation doing live fire at a simulated village with apaches over head raining down brass, lead tank and had the honor of yellin light it up.  Holly [edited]was it lit up, no wonder why Americas enemies go underground who in their right mind would stand in front of that. Worse day lets see every time we were in the field and broke track, [edited]I hated hearing those words.

Hahaha, yeah man, track work is a nightmare. That's something else that made me laugh about this game, round blows your track apart and 5 seconds later a voice is yelling "tracks fixed!" And you're good to go. YYYYYEAH RIGHT


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IronKnight7 #27 Posted 22 November 2014 - 01:45 AM

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Let see, after 20+ years there are many stories that fall on either side.  One of the worst, shooting a perfect score during a day run on table 8, only the night run to go and that was a given or so i thought.  Night comes and my crew is getting ready, I have my gunner kill the turret drift.  Start the run and on the first target the gunner misses, re-engaged and misses again, I announced, "From my position", fire and miss.  After we completed with a BOLO for the night, I ask my gunner to show me what he had done to eliminate the turret drift.  M1 tankers can guess what he used to eliminate it, but for those that do not have an idea, he grabbed the boresight knob to eliminate the drift.  Today, 17 years later I'm still pissed at him.

 

I have to agree with BR1XT0N's best day on the tank.  Nothing compares to that feeling.


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View PostBR1XT0N, on 21 November 2014 - 07:32 PM, said:

 

Ill tell you what else sucks about it, they closed down the Patton Museum when they moved the armor school. All those vehicles are rotting in storage now pending funding for a new museum at Benning.

 

I did not know that.  Moving the school and not the museum, who in their right mind will allow that to happen.  The Patton Museum is as essential to the Armor School as the Infantry Museum is to Ft Benning. Stupid.

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IronKnight7 #30 Posted 22 November 2014 - 02:07 AM

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Time to go blow some tanks,  See you guys on the battlefield.

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View PostIronKnight7, on 21 November 2014 - 08:45 PM, said:

Let see, after 20+ years there are many stories that fall on either side.  One of the worst, shooting a perfect score during a day run on table 8, only the night run to go and that was a given or so i thought.  Night comes and my crew is getting ready, I have my gunner kill the turret drift.  Start the run and on the first target the gunner misses, re-engaged and misses again, I announced, "From my position", fire and miss.  After we completed with a BOLO for the night, I ask my gunner to show me what he had done to eliminate the turret drift.  M1 tankers can guess what he used to eliminate it, but for those that do not have an idea, he grabbed the boresight knob to eliminate the drift.  Today, 17 years later I'm still pissed at him.

 

I have to agree with BR1XT0N's best day on the tank.  Nothing compares to that feeling.

 

Hahaha using boresight toggle to null drift, I love it. Guess there's more than one way to skin a cat, huh?  I bet that 17 years later that gunner could still tell us which knob is which after that night though, am I right?

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View PostIronKnight7, on 21 November 2014 - 08:49 PM, said:

 

I did not know that.  Moving the school and not the museum, who in their right mind will allow that to happen.  The Patton Museum is as essential to the Armor School as the Infantry Museum is to Ft Benning. Stupid.

 

supposedly that was a big part of the problem, the infantry didn't want to give up space for the Patton museum. That and funding, of course.

 


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View PostBR1XT0N, on 21 November 2014 - 09:07 PM, said:

 

Hahaha using boresight toggle to null drift, I love it. Guess there's more than one way to skin a cat, huh?  I bet that 17 years later that gunner could still tell us which knob is which after that night though, am I right?

 

After the a**chewing I gave him and he becoming the company's laughing stock not counting all the [edited]details I could find for him, I am sure that he still remembers that night very well and I am sure that he never made that mistake again.  

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Here hee, using bore sight to null drift... "Seemed like a good idea at the time"...

 

And yes, knocking over the bore sight panel did get me some quality time in the Tower, but it was completely worth it - I kept playing dumb like Sargeant Schultz.

 

and double yes, there's nothing like being a part of an Armored Juggernaut on the roll.  Except maybe being knee-deep in spend shell casings that are melting the wax out or your Tanker Boots while loading on a CALFEX ...something I understand today's 120mm Tankers don't get to do what with the tiny stub casings? Or Vacuum-loading 105 rounds so fast that nobody EVER waits on the loader (which cracks me up just like the 'Insta-track-repair' in WoTBlitz). 

 

One thing that I LOVE about Blitz, though, is hearing the spent shell casings spitting out of the breech when firing in binocular mode.


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View PostIronKnight7, on 21 November 2014 

C Co 1st School Bde, FT Knox, Ky 1983-1985 as an Instructor for ANOC and Basic Officers School, training 2LTs to become tankers

 

Hey, we likely crossed paths at Ft. Knox, I was in the 194th (5/33 AR) doing School Support TR's from 83-85. Taking our perfectly good A3's out to 5North and letting the ANCOC Looies tear them up on the driving courses.... Or down to Yano Range and watching them shoot range fans...   Oog, it wasn't called "The Slave Brigade" for nothing...

 

oh yeah, and somebody needs to HANG for moving Armor to (hock-spit) Benning!!! Travesty.


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IronKnight7 #36 Posted 22 November 2014 - 04:20 AM

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Ohhhh the smell of cordite at any time of the day, there is nothing like it.  OB you are right about the casings, but it is so much easier to cleanup after the run, only stubby casings :justwait:.

 

Yes, I remember 5 North and Yano range very well,oh and the suicide chairs for us, to this date, I do no believe with did something so stupid, but the best part of my time there was the time spent with the West Point Cadets specially when I had a female cadet in the tank. :veryhappy:  of course after the NCO Club on the weekends. :girl:

The 194th, my wife PCSed from Germany to Ft Knox about 6 months after I did and until the day she passed away she blamed me for not getting her a job somewhere else.  She hated that unit with a passion.


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Tell u what guys if I ever see a crew that can throw track as fast as this game those are some sob's I ain't [edited]with.  Them boys wouldn't need a tank they would be a tank.  Tracks up let go!

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View PostOBTanker, on 21 November 2014 - 10:40 PM, said:

Here hee, using bore sight to null drift... "Seemed like a good idea at the time"...

 

And yes, knocking over the bore sight panel did get me some quality time in the Tower, but it was completely worth it - I kept playing dumb like Sargeant Schultz.

 

and double yes, there's nothing like being a part of an Armored Juggernaut on the roll.  Except maybe being knee-deep in spend shell casings that are melting the wax out or your Tanker Boots while loading on a CALFEX ...something I understand today's 120mm Tankers don't get to do what with the tiny stub casings? Or Vacuum-loading 105 rounds so fast that nobody EVER waits on the loader (which cracks me up just like the 'Insta-track-repair' in WoTBlitz). 

 

One thing that I LOVE about Blitz, though, is hearing the spent shell casings spitting out of the breech when firing in binocular mode.

That's right, with the combustible cartridge casings on the M256 cannon ammo there's not a whole lot left to be spit out compared to the old 105s. Downside is that they tend to break apart when, say, your driver locks up the brakes coming down the berm while your loader is flipping one into the breach. I also had an MPAT round come apart on me while I had some army medevac pilots in my turret to look around. Had the ready open and slid it out of the honeycomb for them to look at and the damn warhead detached from the casing! Because of how they're fused we weren't in any real danger but that's not what you're thinking about when you've got a tube full of high grade gun powder in one arm and an anti tank shaped charge projectile in the other.

 

one of the chopper pilots said something to me like, "is that going to blow up" to which I said something like "probably not, but you should get out." Yelled for my loader and we duct taped it back together then went and got the company master gunner for a little show and tell. He tracked the lot number and found out they had been sitting in Kuwait for 10 years before we got em.


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Awesome yarns boys...

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View PostBR1XT0N, on 22 November 2014 - 04:34 AM, said:

 I said something like "probably not, but you should get out."

 

Hahahaha! Payback for those scary chopper rides!


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