20th Oct 2020, 6:59 PM

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BUMBLEBEE on 20th Oct 2020, 6:59 PM

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Tanks don't have horns, seatbelts or rear view mirrors. At least US tanks don't. German and British tanks have mirrors though, and probably French as well.

I remember being surprised that you didn't need a key to start a tank, except for the key you need to unlock the series 200 padlock locking the loader's hatch shut. But now all the cool cars have push to start buttons. It just feels right!

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lirvilas on 20th Oct 2020, 7:23 PM

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-probably coulda done that with Ma Deuce instead of the main weapon... oh well, hindsight is 20/20

-all those pre-Army years of demolition derbies are about to pay off for a certain driver!

BUMBLEBEE on 20th Oct 2020, 8:58 PM

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Yeah that’s true, and there’s a lot more fifty cal ammo to spare than there are main gun rounds! And most of the townies have probably heard the sound enough to know it’s time to scram.

In my youth my favorite book was Tank Sergeant by Ralph Zumbro, and he described how they used to turn their hydraulic pumps off when they were going into a ville in Vietnam, then exercise the turrets to run the pressure low, then switch the pumps back on. It makes this screaming whine (must still have the same pumps today!) as it works to bring the hydraulic pressure back up. He said they could tell who the combatants were among the military aged males because they knew that sound from fighting tanks, and they would dip out when they heard it...

Gerald Ney on 11th Nov 2020, 10:23 PM

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It just hit me... Remember the Toontown traffic jam scene in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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