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.

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

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.

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).

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.

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

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....

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

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."

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.

anon anon : Military issued molitov cocktails

iBiana 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.

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.

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

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

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

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!

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.

NeedsMoreBoosters : I love these old WWII training vids.

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 ͡°)

Huasco Wero : Brother they aint creampuffs XD

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

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

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' !!!

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

Richard Greenleaf : I wonder jus how many folks ended up choosing to ignore tis film once in the field and trying to find another way to take out a tank that might have been a bit safer. I'm kinda reminded of an old Civil War forum I used to post on years ago, it had a section dedicated to re-enactment in general and one of the other posters shared the story of a WWII re-enactment group meeting he'd attended. They'd been fortunate enough to have an actual vet from the unit they were depicting there as they were going over the proper way to wear your gear. The WWII vet started talking about how to wear the pack to them and they stopped him, explaining how they'd read all the manuals and knew exactly how to wear each piece of gear. The WWII vet listened patiently and then said, "Yeah, I know all about that. I was just going to tell you about how we really wore the pack in the field that we learned worked better than what the folks who wrote the manuals claimed was the best way to wear it."

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?

Eric Taylor : Did people really talk like this?

mushthepig : Love the Goodfella they cast as the tanker.

Klingon Warrior : anyone else addicted to watching these old training films

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.

blank1620 : The actor is Dick Purcell. He also appeared as Mackley Q. Greene in the W C Fields classic "The Bank Dick." His biggest role was as the title character in the Republic serial "Captain America." On April 10, 1944, shortly after the filming of "Captain America" wrapped up and before the serial was released, Purcell died of a heart attack at age 35.

Mark Bowles : the wermacht has one i saw that someone posted that they used called "Men against tanks", it was black and white film in german but had english subtitles and definitely worth the time to watch, as was this, thank you so much for posting this bit of history during such a turbulent time, and of course respect and the highest admiration for all the servicemen who toiled in blood and death and sorrow, no matter whose flag that they toiled under for all our sake.

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.

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

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

Vince Purpura : "Could always try a sticky bomb!"

George Clinton : He does make a point that is applicable to today's warfare when going up against an Abrams..don't try to take it out because that is damn near impossible to do..so go for it's weak point..the tracks. knock off a track and you have reduced the Abrams capability by 50%...especially in terrain that is not optimal for tanks in the first place.

Cherry Tokarev : "Hi, I'm the human embodiment of every New York stereotype, and I'm here to teach you how to combat giant armored boxes on caterpillar treads."

Top Hat : "Where's that rifle grenadier? Oh yea there he is" I don't know why but that made me laugh