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    The Germans employed a little "psyops" in naming their two new tanks the Tiger and Panther. We all know this had a psychological effect on the enemy and probably saved some lives. Later there was the Elephant, the Rhinoceros, to name a couple. On this thread you can give us your ideas for naming ww2 vehicles. Maybe you want to rename all of the German tanks, maybe you want to give the Red Air Force new names for it's aircraft. You could even name individual ships if you want.

    I always thought the PzIII and IV should have been redesignated when the cats came out so I will start this off with them. Here you go.

    PzIII=Cougar
    PzIV=Jaguar
    "In the absence of orders...find something and kill it!" Lt. General Erwin Rommel, 1942

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    Not going to tell you what I thought this "Naming your equipment" meant. Anyone else.

    What do you think they had in mind with Maus? Hummel? Marder? (Mouse, bumblebee, marten.)
    John

    Play La Marseillaise. Play it!

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    • #3
      Never liked names of vegetal or animal world for war weapons. It doesn't sounds serious.
      There are no Nazis in Ukraine. Idiots

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      • #4
        The M1 "Guernsey Cow" The M6 "Kumquat" and the M3 "Rutabaga" we're a little ahead of their time, I guess.

        Sigh. Some day, my little Kumquat, some day.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by JBark View Post
          Not going to tell you what I thought this "Naming your equipment" meant. Anyone else.

          What do you think they had in mind with Maus? Hummel? Marder? (Mouse, bumblebee, marten.)
          Haha, maybe I need to change the thread name.

          As far as Maus goes, I think they initially intended to call it Mammut "mammoth". I always thought Lion would have suited it best.
          "In the absence of orders...find something and kill it!" Lt. General Erwin Rommel, 1942

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JBark View Post
            Not going to tell you what I thought this "Naming your equipment" meant. Anyone else.

            What do you think they had in mind with Maus? Hummel? Marder? (Mouse, bumblebee, marten.)
            Mouse: A German joke by calling their largest tank after a tiny Rodent.
            Bumblebee: A fat hairy bugger with a sting in its tail. Marten: an oversized weasel and an altogether nasty little predator.

            Paul
            ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
            All human ills he can subdue,
            Or with a bauble or medal
            Can win mans heart for you;
            And many a blessing know to stew
            To make a megloamaniac bright;
            Give honour to the dainty Corse,
            The Pixie is a little shite.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by smallvillekalel View Post
              ... We all know this had a psychological effect on the enemy and probably saved some lives...
              Can you explain what you mean by this? Especially how and whose lives were saved?

              Directly on topic, the British designed an anti-submarine escort ship to which it assigned a grand old navy type designation of 'corvette'. Then proceeded to name them after flowers

              Some that were transferred to the USN picked up a better name as part of the deal. HMS BEGONIA became USS IMPULSE for example, and CANDYTUFT became TENACITY.
              Amateurs study tactics, Professionals study logistics.

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              • #8
                Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: What's this weapon's name, Private Pyle?


                Private Gomer Pyle: Sir, the private's weapon's name is Charlene, sir!

                The long toll of the brave
                Is not lost in darkness
                Over the fruitful earth
                And athwart the seas
                Hath passed the light of noble deeds
                Unquenchable forever.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Roadkiller View Post
                  Can you explain what you mean by this? Especially how and whose lives were saved?

                  .
                  I am speculating. You saw the word probably in that sentence right? If I'm wrong, I'm wrong, but probably not.
                  "In the absence of orders...find something and kill it!" Lt. General Erwin Rommel, 1942

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by llkinak View Post
                    The M1 "Guernsey Cow" The M6 "Kumquat" and the M3 "Rutabaga" we're a little ahead of their time, I guess.

                    Sigh. Some day, my little Kumquat, some day.


                    Scientists have announced they've discovered a cure for apathy. However no one has shown the slightest bit of interest !!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Roadkiller View Post
                      Can you explain what you mean by this? Especially how and whose lives were saved?

                      Directly on topic, the British designed an anti-submarine escort ship to which it assigned a grand old navy type designation of 'corvette'. Then proceeded to name them after flowers

                      Some that were transferred to the USN picked up a better name as part of the deal. HMS BEGONIA became USS IMPULSE for example, and CANDYTUFT became TENACITY.
                      You missed the best one USS Courage, previously HMS Heartsease, planned name HMS Pansy

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                      • #12
                        I am speculating. You saw the word probably in that sentence right? If I'm wrong, I'm wrong, but probably not
                        I'd say you had it backwards, actually; the impact of a vehicle or weapon is dependent on it perceived capability, rather than its name; they could have called the 38t 'Tiger' but the effect would have been negligible. As has been pointed out, German penchant for aggressive animal naming was not terribly consistent

                        The RN used to have good names for its vessels, then decided on Duncan and Diamond...
                        History is not tragedy; to understand historical reality, it is sometimes better to not know the end of the story.

                        Pierre Vidal-Naquet

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                        • #13
                          V2=Moneypit
                          Pzkfw I=CockerSpaniel

                          This is a great game, SmallvilleKalel!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by clackers View Post
                            V2=Moneypit
                            Pzkfw I=CockerSpaniel

                            This is a great game, SmallvilleKalel!
                            I agree. There has to be something worthy of the moniker "Titmouse" but I've not come up with the right piece of gear yet.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by llkinak View Post
                              I agree. There has to be something worthy of the moniker "Titmouse" but I've not come up with the right piece of gear yet.
                              Makes me think of the small pocket at top right side of the 'battle dress pants.Designed for carrying a 'field dressing' always referred to as the 'french letter' (condom to you kids!) pocket. lcm1
                              'By Horse by Tram'.


                              I was in when they needed 'em,not feeded 'em.
                              " Youuu 'Orrible Lot!"

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