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Yavin4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-28-10 01:16 PM
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The AT-AT Walkers Were A Brilliant Analogy of Useless Empire Weaponry That We Still See To This Day
In the Empire Strikes Back, the All Terrain Armored Transport served as a brilliant analogy to how our military loves to make big, huge, expensive weaponry that's extremely vulnerable to attack:

"Part of the idea behind their slow movement was that they could be overpowered and they would lose. That was part of George's vision on it. They were big, lumbering, you know, obsolete machines that could be overcome by a clever person in the right spot with the right weapon. I think we might have talked about it being an analogy to Vietnam..."



http://www.starwars.com/movies/episode-v/chronicles2010...

One of the reasons is why the first trilogy was so great.
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realisticphish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-28-10 01:25 PM
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1. the one on Endor in Return of the Jedi was especially hilarious
yeah, a big lumbering, top-heavy machine in the middle of this uneven and heavily forested planet
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Yavin4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-28-10 02:19 PM
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4. Tanks Take A Beating in Iraq
The U.S. military's Abrams tank, designed during the Cold War to withstand the fiercest blows from the best Soviet tanks, is getting knocked out at surprising rates by the low-tech bombs and rocket-propelled grenades of Iraqi insurgents.


http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2005-03-29-abra...
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Dr. Strange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-28-10 01:25 PM
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2. You know what?
They still got the shield generators knocked out. So don't get cocky, Rebel scum!
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-28-10 02:16 PM
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3. How many Death Stars did your Empire lose, Boner Fett?
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Dr. Strange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-28-10 02:23 PM
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5. Two and a half.
I blame Vader for the second one.
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Ryano42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-28-10 02:33 PM
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7. Have you been to the canteen on the Death Star?
The Penne ala Arrabiata is fantastic! :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv5iEK-IEzw

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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-28-10 02:33 PM
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6. They were very much a terror weapon, though, too.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-28-10 02:37 PM
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8. Um, the AT-ATs completely over ran the rebel position.
They were rather obvious analogy for Hitler's panzers.
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MicaelS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-28-10 02:56 PM
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9. The idea and visual appeal of walking or running AFV is fantastic...
Especially giant robots, and mechs in Anime. But the reality would be much different, they would be hideously vulnerable.
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Yavin4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-28-10 03:13 PM
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10. See My Post About Our Tanks in Iraq Above n/t
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-28-10 03:15 PM
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11. Yeah, saw it.
Thought it was pretty dumb.
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MicaelS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-28-10 03:37 PM
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12. OK, tanks are getting "knocked out", but here's the important point....
The casualties are the lowest in any Army vehicles, despite how often the Abrams is targeted about 70% of the more than 1,100 tanks used in Iraq have been struck by enemy fire, mostly with minor damage.

When a Humvee or Bradley gets knocked out, the casualties are much higher. So "at least" 15 soldiers have been killed as crew members on Abrams, how does that compare to Humvees or Bradleys?
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-28-10 04:02 PM
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13. The real walkers will be agile enough to overcome the pesky rebels.
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jp11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-28-10 04:14 PM
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14. But not so powerful to overcome a weighted length of cord.
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-28-10 04:27 PM
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15. And it sucks as a Lego, too
Damn thing always falls over
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-28-10 04:49 PM
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16. I have to say I really enjoyed all his commentary from the box set editions
it was really interesting to hear his rationales for all the choices he made - they were much more complex than I expected.
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