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Stats check! Tanks vs. people

DeebaserDeebaser At the corporate garage saleThis is cheap and plentifulRegistered User regular
edited February 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
Having a conversation with a co-worker Re: Video game things we hate.

My personal hate is that in some RTS games soldiers have to be actively told not to stand in front of tanks. I think it's unrealistic and retarded. He thinks that it's completely reasonable for soldiers to act like a Tiananmen Square protester without being told "HEY ASSHOLE, MOVE!"


So fact check: How many soldiers have been run over by enemy tanks in wartime?

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  • admanbadmanb the bored genie Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I'm pretty sure that concept was invented for games and movies. A tank at that range will either see the soldier and kill him with one of an assortment of machine guns, or not see him.

    No one is going to stand in the open facing a tank, and it's not because they're afraid of getting run over.

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  • CabezoneCabezone Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I think he means RTS games where tanks will run over friendly troops. It does happen in real warfare from time to time, but not to entire platoons.

  • JebusUDJebusUD Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    This just in! Games don't reflect real life!

    Yeah, probably happens, but not all the time.

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  • HevachHevach Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Lot of people got run over by tanks in WWII, but my understanding is it was more often a friendly tank doing it. Limited visibility, loud, difficult to communicate directly with the people around it, and regularly used as cover. Good recipe for accidents.

    I've seen more biased sources use Germany's tendency to drive over casualties instead of around or waiting for them to be moved as such a clear sign that they were all evil, evil people. The allies did the same thing, though, and one of those videos the History Channel always likes to show and cut off halfway through is of a US tank in North Africa backing over several wounded soldiers that had been dragged behind it. The soldiers didn't have anywhere else to go, but at the same time a tank under heavy fire doesn't have the luxury of being careful with it's retreat path.

  • ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Hevach wrote: »
    Lot of people got run over by tanks in WWII, but my understanding is it was more often a friendly tank doing it. Limited visibility, loud, difficult to communicate directly with the people around it, and regularly used as cover. Good recipe for accidents.

    I've seen more biased sources use Germany's tendency to drive over casualties instead of around or waiting for them to be moved as such a clear sign that they were all evil, evil people. The allies did the same thing, though, and one of those videos the History Channel always likes to show and cut off halfway through is of a US tank in North Africa backing over several wounded soldiers that had been dragged behind it. The soldiers didn't have anywhere else to go, but at the same time a tank under heavy fire doesn't have the luxury of being careful with it's retreat path.

    I'm sure it's more likely to happen in urban environments, too.

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