Here's what it looks like to get hit in the face with a tank shell

By Shawn Knight · 21 replies
Oct 31, 2013
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  1. As realistic as they may seem, video games like Battlefield and Call of Duty do very little to prepare you for what it’s really like to go face to face with the enemy. Case in point, this video of a...

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  2. Phillip Seni

    Phillip Seni TS Rookie Posts: 26

    so the video game 'footage' is an actual event? wow.
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  3. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Evangelist Posts: 348   +124

    Not really sure where your seeing video game but as an infantry solider, that **** makes my sphincter crawl up to somewhere near my duodenum and I was getting ready to sprint from my computer chair as the cupola came to bear..
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714   +855

    As a 20 year infantry vet I can tell you there is nothing more scary than a tank in urban warfare. Your rifle and anti-personnel grenades are useless against it. You can hear the treads and feel the ground shake before you see it. And once it starts leveling houses and buildings with it's main gun, you only have two options: 1) run like hell, or 2) curl up in a fetal position and hope you're not one of the targets.
  5. indiangamer

    indiangamer TS Enthusiast Posts: 57   +9

    Looks better in Battlefield 4 -_-
  6. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    I felt my heart drop seeing that round flying towards the camera. I don't understand how or why but I was quite shook and felt I got hit when I heard the crash >_<
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    As a 30 year infantry vet I know exactly what you're saying.
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  8. As a 40y old vet I also aprove this message
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  9. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,146   +911

    As a 50 year old vet, you youngsters and your 3BK14 HEAT rounds, in my day we just used balls of metal...
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  10. Video has been proven to be fake, a tank shell would be travelling at 2000 feet per second, it would not arc that low, and the equipment needed to record this video (Excluding the clearly shopped shell) would be as big as a car to haul around.
  11. Heavy weapons det in our platoon used Carl Gustav 84 mm recoilless rifle. I was trained on it. Round is very slow, sure wouldn't want to try and take out modern armour with it. But I'm too old and out of shape for soldiering anymore anyway. Was a nice item back in the day to have with you than just assault rifles and LMG's
  12. The only thing more scary than a tank is an anti-tank missile.
  13. I know Canada had the TOW and second gen. TOW, but that Javelin is a real piece of work. Sure is expensive tho.
  14. Phillip Seni

    Phillip Seni TS Rookie Posts: 26

    as a coward who choose not to fight or engage in weapons/hand-to-hand combat, I salute your 30 years of dedicated service.

    exchange balls of metal with bow and arrow :) wait, is that in the time of flintlock guns?
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  15. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    It was not of my choosing. I was a conscript. Given the choice I would've followed in your footsteps.
  16. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I'm not so sure. The projectile is pretty heavy and arcing begins immediately after the projectile leaves the barrel. That's gravity for you.
  17. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Sure is a sophisticated weapon of destruction. In my day these things never existed and I'm sure glad about that but we did have to haul 155 mm artillery through the bush. How warfare has changed, and not for the better. It'll always be a senseless waste of everything especially life. Very saddening.
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  18. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Me too. I meant to say I was a vet 30 years ago. I served in the military from the late 70's through to the late 80's.
  19. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,923   +756

    I've recently been thinking along the same lines, too. I second your voice, I see it as an extreme waste of life and human resources. If, instead of warring, we had learned to cooperate long ago instead of competing, we may have been exploring the stars by now.
  20. Fake or no fake? Coul be a fake. What tank is that? I am ex-antinarcotics UC-OP and was attached at UNOMOZ in Mocambique civil war. I've seen the action and the results. Hence to all vets: could it be a german Leo tank? Thanks in advance! I would need that info for my trainees.
    Dr.h.c.Frank "Bongani"Koch
    Anti Poaching Unit SADC
    W A T
    [email removed]
  21. Not that frightening, Just press LB to activate your energy shields and you'll be fine.
  22. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    Doesn't really feel any better watching it from a screen to be honest

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