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  •  The tank didn't need to keep up with the advance, (5+ / 0-)
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    mightymouse, NYFM, magnetics, devtob, HeyMikey

    what they needed to do was to blast a hole in the lines big enough for the infantry to pour through.  In later conflicts there was a need to have them with greater range, but at this stage a rupture in the lines that allowed penetration and disruption of the communications would have been sufficient.  This point was not understood by the leaders of the armies since it was new and armies are not good at doing new things.

    The larger communications problem caused by the blockade did take its eventual toll.

    "I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man.'" J. R. Robertson.

    by NearlyNormal on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 10:12:32 AM PST

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