Tank you for being a friend, travelled down the road and back again, your heart is true, you're a pal and a confidant!
Otter has a confession. Those lyrics are, (slightly altered), the theme song to the hit TV show 'The Golden Girls'. And Otter watched that show.
And I'm not even sorry. It was a funny show. Bea Arthur and Betty White? Hi-lair-ious! Interesting fact, Estelle Getty, the lady who played Sophia, the oldest of the group? She was actually the youngest.
But, never mind that. It's time to get down to the nitty gritty dirt band of this post.
Today is Monday. That makes it Made Up Monday. I'll deliver a fact, you tell me if it's true or if I made it up.
And today has to deal with tanks. Not all tanks, but certain tanks.
Tanks are now a major part of almost every military in the world. But when they fist hit the scene in World War One, they were seen as simple infantry assault support. Basically a mobile machine gun nest that could knock down barbed wire obstacles.
That's because they were slow, lumbering vehicles that the infantry could out run easily. After the war, that's how most military men saw them. A few, like Germanys Hans Guderian and Erwin Rommel saw the potential they offered.
And that's one of the main reasons Germanys Blitzkrieg was so effective in 1939. The Germans used tactics they developed in Spain during that countrys civil war. (German forces supported Franco and in return earned priceless experience in combat, both in the air and on the ground, allowing them to fully develop effective tactics before Hitler decided to do his impersonation of 'The Brain')
As a result, in September of 1939, when German forces charged across the border with Poland, the Poles were completely unprepared for this new use of tanks. The Germans used them as the main push for their ground troops. Using Speed and incredible firepower, the panzer battalions would charge forward, destroying everything that offered the slightest bit of resistance, and the infantry followed up behind, cleaning up.
But, Germany didn't learn. They had their use of tanks, and totally ignored their defensive potential. Which is why they lost battles such as Kursk, and also why the allied were able to gain the beach heads on D-Day.
The tank is best utilized as both an offensive and a defensive weapon. And that's how they are used today.
But todays tank post is part of Made up Monday. So I present to you the following. And you tell me if it's true or if I made it up.
England was the first country to deploy the tank. And they are the ones who named it 'tank'. This was to hide what it truly was from German spies while they were developing it.
But England also did another first when it comes to tanks.
They were the first nation to equip their tanks with dedicated tea making facilities.
Yes. Since 1945, every single English tank that has been produced has had a boiler included for making tea. At first, it was a simple container that used the heat from the engine to boil water that they used for tea.
Today, they use electricity to heat the water. But that's not all! They can use it to cook their rations as well.
So Whitenoisers, am I telling you the truth, or did I just make that up? Have the English included a tea making station in every tank since 1945?
Tune in tomorrow for the answer!
And by the way, for those who are wondering what a Russian tank has to do with English tea equipped tanks, well.....if you know your WWII history, you will recognize that as the most produced tank of the war, the Russian T-34. Say the name out loud. There you go.....