Armor from a Long Time Ago…

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In our second interseason episode, Angry Staff Officer and Adin look at the tragic decline of armor in the Star Wars universe and explore why it might have occurred.

Platforms Discussed (in order of appearance):

Armored Assault Tank (AAT)

NR-N99 Persuader

IG-227 Hailfire

Armored Terrain Tactical Enforcer (AT-TE)

HAVw A6 Juggernaut

All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT)

All Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST)

TX-225 GAVw Occupier

1.8 – Where Do We Go From Here?

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Over the past seven episodes, we’ve traced the development of armored warfare through the end of traditional, horse-driven cavalry to the armored warfare of Desert Storm. But as military planners and politicians face asymmetric threats and limited conflicts around the globe, how should we look at the role of tanks?


Music in this episode was brought to you by: Blue Dot Sessions, Disinter; Jack Anderton, Gully

1.6 – Task Force Zvika

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The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) of the 1970s emphasized a number of qualities: proactive leadership, heroism, and a recognition of the young life of their country that rose in the wake of great tragedy. These qualities weren’t just given lip service, but imbued within enlisted service members and officers of all levels. So when their country was under attack in late 1973, it should come as no surprise that Zvi Greengold and the men of Task Force Zvika rode under those banners, even with a task force that was only four tanks strong.



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1.5 – Tigers on the Eastern Front

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Nazi Germany fielded a military with many components designed to amaze as much as to destroy. While this philosophy meant that some designs never left the drawing board, one that did was the Tiger Tank—a relatively beastly model whose gun could rip through nearly every form of enemy armor before the ill-fated tank even had a chance to strike. The units comprised of these Tigers, heavy panzer battalions, saw some of their fiercest combat on the most treacherous of battlefields—the Eastern Front.



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1.4 – The Tank Destroyers of El Guettar

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The 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, the first of its kind, was stood up in 1941. The theory governing their use had yet to be tested on the field of battle. In November of the following year, Lieutenant Colonel Hershel Baker and the men of the 601st found themselves on the Queen Mary departing for that ultimate of testing grounds. Only a few months later, they found themselves along Gabès Road in Tunisia with the 10th Panzer Division bearing down upon them.

1.3 – Seseña: The Interwar Proving Ground

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Well before the threat of World War II entered societies’ collective minds, smaller regional conflicts gradually simmered away across Europe. One of these, the Spanish Civil War, might not have drawn much notice from leaders in the United States, but the same could not be said for those who ruled Germany and the Soviet Union. In it, they found the perfect testing ground for the future weapons that would come to define the 1940s and much of our world to this day.

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1.2 – Patton at the Saint-Mihiel Salient

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Near the end of 1917, a young captain by the name of George S. Patton received orders from the Colonel Samuel Rockenbach, the Chief of the newly created U.S. Tank Corps. Patton was tasked with developing the U.S. light tank school to train soldiers in how to operate the small, two-man Renault FT-17. However, it wasn’t long before Patton needed to take what he’d been teaching in the classroom and test it out on the field of battle at the Saint-Mihiel Salient.

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