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Permanent LinkPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:19 pm 
I'm sure that we've all heard this on the news...

Canada Sends tanks to Afghanistan


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While it has been shown on paper that the Germans really know how to make a right good tank, this marks the first time in History that Leopard tanks will have been deployed into a combat situation. This rather concerns me, as we are taking an untested piece of material into the battlefield. While it has been tested to extent, and has been deployed to Kosovo, no Leopard tank has ever seen battle.

In all reality, our troops are guinea pigs that are going to test out our tanks for us. I think I speak for many when I say that we are putting a fair amount of faith into our tanks, and let's hope they get the job done. I wonder if anyone around the world realizes the gravity of this opportunity, and uses it to document the Leopard's battle effectiveness...

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Permanent LinkPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 4:24 am 

I think the Leopards will be adequate.

If they turn out not to be, it might be evidence that tanks have become obsolete.

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Permanent LinkPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 11:13 am 

[quote="Streaker"]I think the Leopards will be adequate.

If they turn out not to be, it might be evidence that tanks have become obsolete.[/quote]

Oh, the Leopards are obosolete, but seeing as how the Taliban doesn't have MBTs, it won't make a difference...

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Permanent LinkPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 2:49 pm 

Congratulations on your 100th Blog post man! R=UP


Permanent LinkPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 3:15 pm 

Danke... :wink:

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Permanent LinkPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:10 am 

It will be interestng to see what creative roles the Canadian army can devise for the Leopard I tanks in Afghanistan. Tanks are intended to kill tanks. Obviously the Taliban have no tanks, at least not right now, so the traditional role is out. Probably they'll be used as heavily armoured bulldozers, to knock down mud fortifications. Tanks, however, are anything but invulnerable. Usually they're given infantry protection to keep the other side's guys from exploiting the tanks vulnerabilities.

The Afghans know about fighting tanks. They learned all about that when they took on the Soviets. It's hard to say who will come out on top in this inevitable clash


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Permanent LinkPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:14 am 

By the way, the picture you've posted is of the much more modern, more capable Leopard II tank. We operate the much older Leopard I tank that we bought, second hand, from Germany when Pierre Trudeau was still P.M. i wonder how they've held up to the years of wear and tear and how they'll be affected by the hot, dusty conditions in Afghanistan.


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Permanent LinkPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 9:50 pm 

when was the last time you have seen a piece of German equipment which was not the best. Creating the missile was not the best of their weapons. We also would have had better equipment and less dead pilots and soldiers if it wasnt for Chretiens first act as Prime Minister when he cancelled the helicopters and mobile vehicles with heavier armer plating to keep the soldiers inside from getting killed. I guess money is more important. He learned very well from a Liberal Prime Minister (no name attached) who thought it was better to make up hundreds of programs and increase taxes. And I havent even mentioned that he scoffed at Joe Clark when he said he would increase gas taxes by 3 cents ,and then when elected increased it 15 times. The liberals gave us our first deficit . Then Martin as finance minister cuts payments to the provinces to pay it off. Then the provinces download it to the municipal tax payer. Are you all getting the picture. Conservatives care about what equipment we carry when its needed. And thats my 2 cents worth.


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Permanent LinkPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 9:58 pm 

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bootlegga wrote:
[quote="Streaker"]I think the Leopards will be adequate.

If they turn out not to be, it might be evidence that tanks have become obsolete.


Oh
, the Leopards are obosolete, but seeing as how the Taliban doesn't have MBTs, it won't make a difference...

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Just wondering if you ever lived in it. Iwas in it for 1 1/2 years when it first opened.
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