There's a reason why a 2LT's and a major's rank insignia is gold in color and not silver like the others: the gold color marks 2LTs and majors as the "kids" of their rank groups (2LTs for company grade, majors for field grade).OK so new in your career .....
Not knowing anything about tank crews, you didn't have a crusty old Sergent in your tank that could foresee the CF coming?Not sure why I missed this! Those (Russian) tankers! I bet the driver wasn't thrilled (during the event) and none were thrilled with cleaning up the crew compartment later on. Easier in the old days when there wasn't so much sensistive electrical equipment installed inside. Betting they owed the recovery crew copious amounts of vodka....
I didn't do anything quite that bad, but I did manage to throw both tracks of my M60 to the inside going up a draw that was a bit too skinny. The "Missed it by thaaaaaat much!" moment turned into a full day of recovery involving several tanks/crews and an M88. Right idea going up the draw, but bad execution doing so. Took a while to live that one down.
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Driver was a young private and would do whatever the TC (tank commander, that was me) said. The loader was too busy zoning (it's what loaders do). And the gunner (yes, a sergeant, but not an old, crusty one) was stuck down in the turret and really couldn't see anything.Not knowing anything about tank crews, you didn't have a crusty old Sergent in your tank that could foresee the CF coming?
It's funny you posted this. I had just finished editing my post above (#7) with this:Butter Bars ...
--- End of line (MCP)As such, one can get away with a whole heck of a lot as an O-1 and O-4 that one can't get away with at other ranks (and did I take advantage of it! Actually dodged what would have been a career-ending letter of reprimand in another incident citing the "butter bar" defense).
Yup, I remember. So I know you understand the "pain" of throwing both tracks to the inside (and on a vehicle much bigger than an ITV). Busting track on any of them ain't easy, but I'll take a M113-series track job over a tank one any time!I spent 2.5 yrs on a M-901 ITV
Sort of like how my date went today. But I didn't get stuck.
So I know you understand throwing both tracks to the inside (and on a vehicle much bigger than an ITV).
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In fact, this cast of characters (a battalion commander (though not mine) and MPs) was at the center of the "butter bar" defense incident I described in Post #7 (above; which was separate from my track throw event).That sinking feeling when you know the MPs will come by to let you know you're blocking the trail and battalion would like to know if you can move that heap off to the side, even though the MPs themselves appear dubious.