Anti-Tank Warfare: "Crack That Tank" 1943 US Army Training Film; "Fighting Men" Series

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victor erge : Found him. Damn, man is legendary. His name is Dick Purcell.

Willow Slough DX : It's Joe the angry tank guy. He hangs out in bars. Don't let him have the second beer or he will start telling you about the time he ran over Heinrich Himmler.

nitetrane98 : Imagine some southern farm boy trying to understand this Brooklyn wise guy's accent.

Peter Santos : He protec, He attac, But most importantly, He make that tank crac.

Craig Foutz : Imagine the shock of facing a Panther tank after seeing little baby panzers in the training film. Not to mention a tiger.

Ryan : its interesting the that the underlying theme is not about destroying the tanks, but convincing the soldiers not to be scared, it tells you alot about the morale effect of tanks.

Rubashow : Hello I'm Troy Mcclure, you may remember me from military education movies as: "Fritz doesn't live no more." and "Handgrednades: The silent killers."

John-Del : Pauses to drink beer for dramatic effect....

Gene Pozniak : 1945. My dad was chasing a halftrack out of the woods, but when it got to the road it outpaced him. Just then a Mark II King Tiger (Porshe turret) came barreling out of the woods just after it. He said it was like a monster crashing out of there. Already huge, it looked even bigger as it was covered with tree branches for camo. They didn't see my dad, so he trotted after it while attaching his only antitank grenade. The grenades could only pierce about 2 " of armor, so he knew he had to hit it on the top of the tank somewhere. He aimed for the turret and put the damn thing right into the open hatch. He got a bronze star for it.

hng man : look at dat, it's enough to make a man noivous, see?

Christopher Schroeder : can you imagine smoking and drinking in a modern army training video?

Richard Stockton : Why did men stop talking like this? Are we a bunch of saps, or did we all turn into mugs?

Grant Birkle : "Where's that rifle grenadier? Oh yeah there he is."

Simonrcz : when he comes within throwing distance..Buy him a drink...

Michael Voss : I got so excited when I saw that Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. A at the 0:46 mark. I didn't know there was actual footage of them in combat (I've only seen the testing photos).

George Sarcasm God : one of the purpose of this was to make infantrymen less scared of tanks. Tanks gave the impression of the huge rolling metal monsters back then.

Nik Saunders : 1:18 "Actually you guys got the edge on em if you know gow to play your cards. I guess I shouldn't be telling you this since I'm a tank man, but hey, we're all on the same team right?" *accusatory glare* OK, Nazi sympathizers will have surrendered by now, I'll go on.

anon anon : Military issued molitov cocktails

Dylan Reece : The german tank is a American M3 lee modified to look german. I recognized it by the chassis and the back part

cooliodude96529 : "You open up a hole for the enemy infantry. And those rats know what to do about holes" They're not the only ones ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

GIboy1990 : I love these old training videos. real classy.

Genericdruid : Ja, Ich Amerikaner too, Tell me more fellow Panzer commander

seeingeyegod : Killing and dying ain't no big deal see. These old movies make war look easy and fun. I guess that was part of the idea. I'd feel invincible if i was an 18 year old in the 1940s allied forces.

NeedsMoreBoosters : I love these old WWII training vids.

Rafael Rabinovich : Half informing, half propaganda cheer leading.

Rupert Baxter : Gonna get those dirty mugs in those there tanks, see? Gonna get 'em 'cause they got weaknesses, see?...

Caio José Smaha Zubek : This is Beautiful! It kinda makes me want to be an American Infantry soldier in 1944. Really stupid idea, I know, but if the purpose of this film was to encourage people to fight, it sure did a helluva job!

VC Guerrilla : When he comes within the throwing distance, buy him a drink. LMFAO

Huasco Wero : Brother they aint creampuffs XD

J HB : I dig his Bugs Bunny accent, youse guyz...

Dean Webb : Nice how all the fighting will be on open planes or in woods with minimal undergrowth. Last thing I'd want is to have to go against a tank dug into an enfilade in the bocage country of Northern France and... what's that? I'm shippin' to Normandy? OOOOOOH I'M DYYYYYYIIIINN' !!!

Keiko Kuribayashi : See you guys at Berlin.... if you can keep up with the armored force.

daffidavit : My Uncle Pete got a "Silver Star" for service in North Africa as a Tank Commander. There was a large group of Germans along with French Vichy down range. He was a tank commander, like Brad Pitt in the movie "Fury". He and a few other tanks were on a hill top. There were U.S. soldiers behind him who were out numbered by what was ahead of him. Because he was on a hill, he and his fellow tankers went on top of the hill and took shots at the enemy ahead. Then they backed off their tanks behind the hill and moved laterally and then climbed up on the hilltop again, so as to make it look like we had many more tanks than we had. He and his crew and his fellow crewmen were able to hold off the enemy until re-reinforcements came to back up my uncle. He was able to make the enemy believe we had many, many more tanks than we had, in order to save time to get reinforcements. I'm proud of my father's brother for winning the "Silver Star" during WWII. My uncle Pete was always a hero in my eyes. God bless you Uncle Pete.

J Dee : Looking at all these armchair comments makes me laugh. How many of these commentators were ever assigned any combat type MOS in the military and been around tanks in the field?

Biana Doubt : My old man saved his entire platoon one week out from D-Day. He was an Army Ranger and a 90-day Wonder. Long story short, when the tank commander threw open his hatch to finish off dad's platoon with the turret mounted gun, dad, the co-captain of the high school football team, threw a hand grenade straight into his back, which fell down into the tank. Nothing ever came out of there again but smoke and fire. ... Earned him a Bronze Star.

alex fogg : Dispite the snide remarks from viewers, this old training video, still has a lot of information, that is still valid on today's battlefields.

onebadjdam : The Sherman tank vs the Tiger was like a baby vs a full grown lion. It was a war crime sending in those Americans so ill prepared

Eric Taylor : Did people really talk like this?

Carlisle Conway : "You grenadiers, wait till you see the whites of his eyes, like the guy said." Yeah, the guy!

Sir Wa : These are all the weaknesses among our own damn tanks.

wavygr : They forgot to mention the German tanks rarely attacked without infantry support.

Just-in Case : great propaganda film, only problem was when the gi's got to the ETO it was pathers, tigers , king tigers and 70 ton tank destroyers they were up against!! hide in a fox hole and the german tank commander would position his tiger track on top of the hole you were in and do a few 360 turns to grind you up!

Pascal Pasap : I have a feeling too many soldiers went in there with way too much confidence

Andrew Brown : See... those krauts knock out 9 of our tanks for each of theirs we 'crack' ... see. But don't worry we won't run out of tanks coz we outbuild them 100 to one.

James Brown : Another title for the video should be, "We don't have any tanks so we're sending in the cannon fodder".

Frankie Ross : I could hear all the WoT and WarThunder players screaming while watching this

Noah Sharplin : WARNING: This Video is Restricted by the United States Army.

Toshio Thunder : I get the feeling that rifle grenade wouldn't do much against even PzIII or IV armor. False confidence was important in training videos like this.

Harry Truman : anyone else addicted to watching these old training films

Ken McD : These movies are priceless. The MG42 is the best.