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February 13, 2020

Movie review: T-34 (2018)

Filed under: General,Modeling — dknights @ 6:57 am
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T-34 is a Russian war movie about a Russian tank commander and his crew who put up a valiant defense in front of Moscow in December 1941. After defeating a number of German PzIIIs, their tank is knocked out and captured. In late 1944 the tank commander is pulled from the POW camp along with other tank crew members and forced to operate a captured T-34 in training against German tanks at a tank training center in eastern Germany.  Unbeknownst to the Germans, the Russians locate several tank main gun shells in the Russian tank and use those to escape, in the process taking with them the female Russian prisoner who is a translator for the German guards who helps them in their escape.

Putting aside the slightly silly story, this movie is good.  Really very enjoyable and not just for the Russian and German military equipment.  It is a classic action/war movie and could easily have been made in Hollywood instead of in Russian.  Much of the equipment is actual period equipment, or very realistic mock ups. (Much better than M-48s as Tiger tanks in Battle of the Bulge.)  The acting is very good and equivalent to most B-list actors out of Hollywood.  I watched a dubbed version and it was entertaining to see how the dubbed dialogue differed from the subtitles which were more direct translations of the Russian dialogue.

According to Wikipedia, this is the second highest grossing Russian film of all time. In additional to being available on DVD, it is also available for streaming on Amazon Prime.  It is well worth watching. 4 out of 5 stars.

November 14, 2019

BMD

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:46 pm
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I can’t explain why, but I have a soft spot for the BMD series of air transportable military vehicles.  Same goes for the ASU series of assault guns.  Now it looks like Russia has developed a follow on vehicle to the BMD series. Story here.  However, given Russia’s financial problems I have my doubts they’ll be deployed in large numbers anytime soon.

August 24, 2019

More Russian vaporware

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:53 am
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Story here.  As usual, I don’t believe we will ever see this, thought I do ultimately think this is the wave of the future.  I also think robotic vehicles, UAVs and soldiers will make war more likely, not less likely.

August 22, 2019

Bad British Tanks

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:28 pm
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I quite enjoyed this.

June 1, 2019

Tank upgrade

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:19 am
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Looks like the US Army is getting its tanks upgraded a bit quicker.  I, for one, am happy to see that the U.S. armed forces are not ignoring conventional war-fighting.  Given our experiences with non-traditional combat (terrorism and insurgency) it would be easy to lose focus on conventional warfare.  I am glad we are not.

September 24, 2018

Improvised fighting vehicles

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 11:27 am
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This is amazing.

June 26, 2018

Russia’s drone AFV

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:23 pm
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I was unaware that Russia was fielding one of these.  Syria looks more and more like 1936-1939 Spain to me, with Russia using it as an opportunity to test their new weapons in combat.

September 4, 2015

The Poles as arms exporters

Filed under: Modeling,Politics — dknights @ 8:25 am
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Even in Cold War times, Poland had an indigenous arms manufacturing capability and exported arms on a small scale.  Now, Poland is starting to export arms in the post-Cold War environment.  Interesting development.

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