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The_Chieftain #21 Posted Jul 30 2019 - 19:43

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Do both.


If you're a tank on your own, you're probably doing something wrong to begin with. You're supposed to be engaging as a platoon, or at the very least, a section. That means that you can start on both ends, and work inwards.  Or, if you're a platoon, two tanks start on the ends, two tanks start in the middle, and they work towards each other.

cavalry11 #22 Posted Jul 30 2019 - 20:32

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Start on the end and you might get several kills before they wake up.

Necrophore #23 Posted Jul 30 2019 - 21:14


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First to block the road, last to prevent them from backing up or turning around. Then break the column into bite-sized pieces for defeat in detail.


(The Finns wrote the book on chopping up columns, look up "motti tactics".)


Large caliber gunfire and exploding vehicles kind of puts the damper on "shoot the last one and the rest won't notice". :harp:



Rawrlynn #24 Posted Jul 30 2019 - 21:54

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solo, you may get 2 kills before they can retaliate and find your location, after the second shot you would have to move unless very well hull down... and it would be best to have the column more passed you (especially if tanks) because it will take them time to turn into a firing angle for your position, (if they are all forward facing)  


but in WWII they rarely traveled alone so they would sync shots to the first and last and one or 2 in the middle but they were not all weak point accurate so sometimes they shot multiple rounds at the same target at the same time.

HeavyMetalSix #25 Posted Jul 30 2019 - 22:37

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View PostChaplain_5, on Dec 30 2018 - 21:33, said:

Hey all! A WWII scenario for your consideration.


Something I've been wondering about for quite some time: Assume you are in a flanking ambush position, good cover, maybe hull-down, facing a roadway perpendicular to it. A line of enemy vehicles comes along, a convoy of trucks, tanks, etc. This is a perfect chance to cause some mayhem! You commence firing at... which vehicle? The first or the last?


I've heard it both ways: the first, because then you force the convoy to halt in confusion and disarray. The last, because the other vehicles, especially those towards the front, may not even realize that the trailing vehicle was hit.


My strategy would be to go for the first, then the last. Should it be the other way around? Or another strategy entirely? Most importantly to me, which strategy were tankers actually taught to use? Did it vary by year and/or country?


It's a dangerous assume they'll just sit there.  This isn't dumb russians in Chechnya or stupid Iraqis on The Highway of Death or well-trained and disciplined SS infantry in a Bradd Pitt movie forgetting about flanking and panzerfausts yoloing into the front of a Fury tank....#facepalm.

stalkervision #26 Posted Jul 30 2019 - 23:42


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Set up a blocking position with a forward Op and call in arty which will track these tanks and also spot for the rest of your team. Then send a scout to the back of the enemy and do the same thing.

KaiserWilhelmShatner #27 Posted Jul 31 2019 - 02:14


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From experience....both get his as soon as possible at the beginning of the engagement.

_73RD_Easting2NDACAV #28 Posted Jul 31 2019 - 13:45


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Call in Arty to cover you and hide your shots and as they pound them start by hitting first and then last and keep going till they are all done.

LeaveIT2Beaver #29 Posted Jul 31 2019 - 13:47


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First AND last, then work to the middle

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