ok, look at number of units involved, tanks first, then goto anti tanks guns, then anti tank mines, then knocked out tanks, destroyed tanks, and tanks in total in the battle on both sides, the numbers for one don't add up, second if every tank got only re supplied with ammo only once, who shot up and destroyed all the others? if they got resupplied with ammo for every day the battle went on, every unit, then how come more units didn't get destroyed if it's more than the number i gave?
it wouldn't make sense, let move forward in time and got to last combat in Iraq, pick any tank engagement, and try and find units involved and ammo expenditure, if a tank crew claimed 10 destroyed units, 9 normally were soft targets that didn't even need the main gun to be destroyed with either, as the US have now re looked at soft target kills using gun sight cams and tried to re train crews on better use of heavy ammo, but in the heat of battle if it moves it gets shot at.
so again i will try and explain a unit doesn't miss 99 out of 100 shots either, only 1 or on a total firing of 100 units maybe average were a kill shot, with less being hits to super structure or soft targets like AT units or even infantry.
one shot one kill is fantasy for tanks in the age or even today, same as snipers or planes dropping laser guided bombs, TV only shows the ones that hit, not the % that goes off target, if the score / hit ratio was higher, please explain how the great tank commander in history of tank warfare had such a low tank kill score, with most of the kills a high 70/80% being soft targets?
same question for snipers in history, first shot for most units, tank or any sort of gun is for ranging, thats why it's called a ranging shot, if the target is moving you have the range on the second, but are only lucky if you get it even with the next one, most shots are to stop it from stopping and firing back, as at this time period most aren't accurate enough on the move and had to stop to be sure of a good chance of a hit even.
i could go on all day, but elite units over many years, look at the numbers, even guess them, 365 days a year with what lets say 200? in combat, 2 years to live? should get you a kill score from a tank of what?
1000 shots fired gives if your lucky how many tanks killed / knocked out, the maths don't add up on the example giving, add in total number of tanks in use by one side and see how many the others lost, and do the maths, remembering to take away the biggest tank killers, mines, AT guns and planes, then go for break downs, lack of parts/fuel so crew destroyed, then see what is left and divide by umber in use and what's left, gives a total per unit kill of what?
books can be like films regarding numbers, i've seen many times more units bing destroyed that what ever built, so if you own the battlefield you repair the damaged one and bring them back into the next battle yes, but if you loose the battle and don't own the land, then all is lost...
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