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Armor in cinema: "The Day the Earth Stood Still"...
The AFV ASSOCIATION was formed in 1964 to support the thoughts and research of all those interested in Armored Fighting Vehicles and related topics, such as AFV drawings. The emphasis has always been on sharing information and communicating with other members of similar interests; e.g. German armor, Japanese AFVs, or whatever.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 1:49 pm
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...was aired here the other night. M24 Chaffees rush to encircle the alien spacecraft and otherwise defend the mall in Washington. Lovely bit of cold war "readiness" on film as the Chaffees made a wild dash out of the fort at speed, fish-tailing out the gate like Fangio at the la source hairpin at Spa. Nothing like a light tank for making manuvers usually frowned upon by the MP's!

Of course, what the Chaffees demonstrated in nimble manuvering, they lacked in protection, turning into molten lumps not unlike my own vehicle fires out on the Monogram Plains during the Battle of the Revell Depression of 1962 beneath Gort's directed energy weapon.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 1:51 pm
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Also don't forget the 90mm AAA on M2 mounts that were aimed at point-blank range as well as the jeeps armed with .50M2HB fitted with 250-round ammo chests.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 1:55 pm
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Also don't forget the 90mm AAA on M2 mounts that were aimed at point-blank range as well as the jeeps armed with .50M2HB fitted with 250-round ammo chests.


Yes, the mounts remaining inexplicably intact after the gun itself had been reduced to a glowing vapor. Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 2:05 pm
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Yeah ... I would pic the Chaffee over those parked Shermans every time! Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 2:07 pm
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BTW ... does anyone know what the insignia is on the front of the M24's in the movie?
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The outcome would have been very different if only the MIGHTY M113 GAVIN!!! had been in service in 1951. Yet another example of how shortsighted military procurement thinking put our soldiers at risk! Evil or Very Mad





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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 3:27 pm
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The outcome would have been very different if only the MIGHTY M113 GAVIN!!! had been in service in 1951. Yet another example of how shortsighted military procurement thinking put our soldiers at risk! Evil or Very Mad





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That really should have been prefaced with a spew alert! Razz Good thing it was my employer's keyboard that bought it.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 7:49 pm
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BTW ... does anyone know what the insignia is on the front of the M24's in the movie?


I didn't notice that before but it looks like the 3rd Armored Cavalry's insignia! What do you think, Roy?



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Almost certainly...the 3rd Armored Cav was based at Ft. Meade, MD during the time the film was made.
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BTW ... does anyone know what the insignia is on the front of the M24's in the movie?


I didn't notice that before but it looks like the 3rd Armored Cavalry's insignia! What do you think, Roy?



Good catch - "Some of the military scenes in the movie were filmed at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. The 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment supplied the vehicles, equipment, and soldiers for the movie segments depicting Army operations."

3rd ACR Movie Stars

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 8:09 pm
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Klaatu barada nikto!

(Just in case)

Here is a more detailed view of one of the tanks in question. Looks like the insignia ID is correct.

(From : www.kensforce.com/thed...stoodstill )


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 8:17 pm
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And what a shameless unit plug that was! I have a hard time picturing real tanks running around with markings like that on the glacis except for parade duty.

Now I wish I'd watched the movie more closely...the 3rd ACR was only recently integrated at the time ('48, I believe). I think the promo shot with Patricial Neal from Neil's post reflects participation of ALL the troops.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 8:36 pm
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Great job on the insignia ... thanks!


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 8:44 pm
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On a related topic, during my search for images of tanks from The Day The Earth Stood Still (it's official, i have no life), i ran across this website:

www.armytrucks.com/

Of most interest is their list of vehicles for rent:

www.armytrucks.com/page1.html

The tanks at the top of Page 1 really caught my attention. To my civilian eyes these look real. But there are many here who really do know about these things.....so i figured i'd better ask the Learned Elders. So are these really M1s? And is that really a Bradley Fighting Vehicle? I didn't think you could go out and *rent* things like that.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 9:04 pm
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I'm no expert on modern armor, but the roadwheels and gun tubes on those "M1's" look suspiciously like 20-pounder Centurion parts. More of those ex-Australian Cents done up for film work. Likewise, the "Bradley" looks to be based on M113 running gear.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 9:14 pm
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- Jinx
On a related topic, during my search for images of tanks from The Day The Earth Stood Still (it's official, i have no life), i ran across this website:

www.armytrucks.com/

Of most interest is their list of vehicles for rent:

www.armytrucks.com/page1.html

The tanks at the top of Page 1 really caught my attention. To my civilian eyes these look real. But there are many here who really do know about these things.....so i figured i'd better ask the Learned Elders. So are these really M1s? And is that really a Bradley Fighting Vehicle? I didn't think you could go out and *rent* things like that.



Hint: Both types of vehicles appear to be one roadwheel short. Wink

(Not to mention the obscene armor overhang on that "Bradley")
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