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Tank Desant
A description of a little known combat tactic (with illustrations!); don't look if you don't like long write-ups.
About this creation
Tank Desant, derived from the french word meaning 'to disembark', was a military combined arms tactic based on infantry riding armoured vehicles.
Used in a disastrous engagement in the Spanish Civil War, where the russian vehicle crews couldn't communicate properly with their passengers, the tactic was improved and used with moderate success on the Eastern Front in the second world war, again by the russians.

It was included in textbooks, and was used to quickly move infantry close to the objective, where they would leap off about a mile short and walk the rest of the way.



It was, of course, dangerous, as the troops were and are unprotected on the top of a vehicle which tends to attract heavy weapons fire.

It was used in the Second World War by the Soviet russians, (and probably, on a limited basis, by the germans) in the Vietnam War by Die Amerikans, in Afghanistan (the OLD Afghanistan, remember? The russians took over and the amerilanders gave weapons to the Taliban to get them out, which inspired Mr. Bin Laden who is now pestering westerners in general?) by the russians, and in one of the Chechen wars, again by the russians.

Ah, dose rooshuns.

It was used in those enviroments because troops were afraid of landmines and rocket launcher attacks, which the opponents used regularly. The early APCs were not especially well protected, so troops favored breaking regulations and riding on top rather than risk getting caught in a veritable deathtrap.

In modern times, it has just about died out as a tactic because all the advanced militaries use APCs and IFVs that give all-round protection.

And, of course, because modern armoured vehicles use both explosive-reactive armour, which makes an explosion in the event of a missile attack which in turn makes infantry nearby die, and gas-turbine engines which make the back deck very uncomfortable for anyone on it.

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The APC used here, which is actually a scout vehicle, will not be posted in full for a while, because I plan to use Space Police bodies on the crew; it's difficult to get SP parts when the sets haven't been released yet in your area, isn't it?



Comments

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  December 14, 2011
How about we forget all that happened and do as it never happened? Nice tank by the way.
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  December 12, 2011
Great work, I like the way you used the slope pieces. ~Ryan
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  December 12, 2011
Quoting nicolas deschamps Well i don't care just stop. I did nothing to you and you say i'm a girl for no reason.
Act like child, get treated like child.. sounds 'bout right to me.
  December 11, 2011
Well i don't care just stop. I did nothing to you and you say i'm a girl for no reason.
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  December 11, 2011
Quoting nicolas deschamps Stop trolling. No point in it.
I do not think that word means what you think it means.
  December 10, 2011
Stop trolling. No point in it.
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  October 16, 2011
Quoting nicolas deschamps By the way i am a guy, not a girl.
Perhaps you should try acting like it, then.
  October 13, 2011
By the way i am a guy, not a girl.
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  September 9, 2011
cool Tank. Very good job I like it! Can you come see my u-boat?
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  February 27, 2011
very cool apc!
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  February 3, 2011
That tank is smooooth!! I love it!
Areetsa C
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Ryan Mitchell
  January 20, 2011
Very nice description of tactics. I would prefer to walk alongside the vehicle than inside, because of the armor is not as thick as any tank. But its an APC, and it has to protect itself with its guns and all sorts of counter measures...
Areetsa C
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Ryan Mitchell
  January 20, 2011
Very nice description of tactics. I would prefer to walk alongside the vehicle than inside, because of the armor is not as thick as any tank. But its an APC, and it has to protect itself with its guns and all sorts of counter measures...
  January 19, 2011
The first to do it was the local jester who thought it would be a great idea to entertain the troops by juggling on top of a cannon on the front line like the fool they pay him to be. Otherwise, nice lesson on obolete tactics.
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  September 9, 2010
Quoting Tom Simon Great history lesson. There would be more awareness of this tactic if most people employed in it didn't perish in the process. Sorry, this was a tasteless target of humor on my part. You summed it up well.
There's no such thing as tasteless humour.
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  September 9, 2010
Great history lesson. There would be more awareness of this tactic if most people employed in it didn't perish in the process. Sorry, this was a tasteless target of humor on my part. You summed it up well.
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  July 23, 2010
Quoting Ultramarine . Ah, yeah, ok. I see it. However, the German Panzergrenadiers were the first to do it. You might have mentioned that though...
The British did, actually. I've got a pic somewhere of a bunch of gropos riding on a Mark IV.
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  July 23, 2010
Ah, yeah, ok. I see it. However, the German Panzergrenadiers were the first to do it. You might have mentioned that though...
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  August 4, 2009
Quoting Jibby Fluff Awesome tank!
Thanks; it's actually a scout vehicle, but it does look a little too APC like. That's what I plan to enlarge it into eventually, an APC. IFV, technically.
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  August 4, 2009
Awesome tank!
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  July 23, 2009
Quoting Yuri Fassio Nice article, very well written :) I'll comment on the MOC as soon as you post the rest.
Thanks; that'll have to wait a bit, I'm afraid: I plan to use SP3 bodies for the crew, and the new Space Police sets aren't out in NZ yet.
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  July 23, 2009
Nice article, very well written :) I'll comment on the MOC as soon as you post the rest.
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  July 23, 2009
cool!, could you look at my stuff?
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  July 22, 2009
Quoting Ryz Wheeling Well, nannan Z is seliing some bodies, heads, and legs for about 27.00 for 8. here's a link. http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=Nannan&itemID=13559018
If I had money to burn in such a manner I'd spend it on more grey parts: thank you for pointing it out, but I'd rather wait for the sets to arrive in the local area so I can expand other parts of my collection than just the minifig box.
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  July 22, 2009
Well, nannan Z is seliing some bodies, heads, and legs for about 27.00 for 8. here's a link. http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=Nannan&itemID=13559018
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  July 1, 2009
the gun could be a little thicker... maybe... it is no biggy anyways and i agree with jonathan
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  June 30, 2009
Quoting Jonathan Thomas Looks good so far. The wheels look a little out of place and tiny in my opinion. And the tank looks pretty good. I do really like the turret and the soliders. Maybe you should add some more colors to it. Good job 4/5
Well, it's actually a scout vehicle. I feel it looks a bit too much like an IFV, so once I buy the SP bodies for the crew and post it, I plan to enlarge it and give it a twelve-fig capacity.
  June 30, 2009
Looks good so far. The wheels look a little out of place and tiny in my opinion. And the tank looks pretty good. I do really like the turret and the soliders. Maybe you should add some more colors to it. Good job 4/5
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  June 29, 2009
Quoting Nicky B Yeah Fed has 'more imprtant things to do' what an *Censored* I'm not sure what Jibby did but lett's just say I won
Hokay, that's fine.
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  June 29, 2009
Yeah Fed has 'more imprtant things to do' what an *Censored* I'm not sure what Jibby did but lett's just say I won
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  June 29, 2009
Quoting Nicky B Very Nice I think it would be fine without greebles. You are right a single sheet is harder than more than one that's why I spread a white unused bed sheet on my chair, it's much easier. and you can add different color towels on the white sheet to add moreeffect like for this MOC a brown towel will do It's also handy for making water like in my Latest MOC (check it out when you have time). What am I even saying? Great creation, love the weapon o top and keep in touch~Nicky (BTW what ever happened to our MOC-off?)
I think the judges forgot about it.
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  June 29, 2009
Very Nice I think it would be fine without greebles. You are right a single sheet is harder than more than one that's why I spread a white unused bed sheet on my chair, it's much easier. and you can add different color towels on the white sheet to add moreeffect like for this MOC a brown towel will do It's also handy for making water like in my Latest MOC (check it out when you have time). What am I even saying? Great creation, love the weapon o top and keep in touch~Nicky (BTW what ever happened to our MOC-off?)
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  June 29, 2009
THAT... IS... PERFECT!!!!! wow, amazing! hey, i see that you commented on some of my newer mocs... but u commented on the B A D ones... i posted a new one... but i posted it very late at night so u never saw it... trust me you will not be disappointed... devastation is in the building! here he is: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/131288
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  June 29, 2009
Quoting Ryan Lewis Very interesting. I love the APC, too.
Thanks, but it's actually just a scout car; looks a bit APC like, though: the trouble with SNOT vehicles like that is that they tend to be rather tall, so this is about right for an APC but it can't actually hold a fig who's sitting up.
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  June 28, 2009
Very interesting. I love the APC, too.
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  June 28, 2009
Quoting Space Pirate could use some more greebles ;) especially the front looks very flat and unspectacular...and how about using a single sheet of paper as an all white background? looks much better than this strange box you got there... ;)
The vehicle is intended to be smooth and armoured looking; I figured greebles would defeat the purpose. Also, the strange box is my photography setup; it's freestanding, so it's a lot less work than a single sheet would be. I appreciate your feedback, though.
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  June 28, 2009
could use some more greebles ;) especially the front looks very flat and unspectacular...and how about using a single sheet of paper as an all white background? looks much better than this strange box you got there... ;)
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  June 28, 2009
Excellent job! This is very cool! I really like the main gun. Please check out some of my MOCs.
 
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