French Tanks

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by thetraderprofit, Feb 17, 2003.

  1. How many gears are on a French tank?

    Seven. Six reverse gears and one forward gear in case the enemy gets behind you.
     
  2. OHLC

    OHLC

    Probably means that the bright American fellow who had the chance to inspect a French tank never got to understand that the front of the tank is not always where the 360° rotating turret is pointing...



    OHLC
     
  3. OHLC,

    Don't get so upset. It was just a joke. Take out your frustration on EuroDisney. I hate Eisner anyway.
     
  4. rs7

    rs7

    Fireworks ban in France

    France announced today that it plans to ban fireworks at Euro Disney, following last night's display that caused soldiers at a nearby French army garrison to surrender.
     
  5. what color should the french national flag be??
    white

    their national motto??
    just take what you want and leave. we won't fight you.

    what is in the standard french army equipment issue??
    -a white handkercheif (doubles as an "i surrender" flag and helps to wipe away tears)
    -tampons
    - something that makes them stink like shit



    french army- what a joke!!!
     
  6. tampa

    tampa

    How many war-hawks on ET are actually putting thier own asses on the line in this matter?

    That's an easy one - none.
     
  7. rs7

    rs7

    THIS is the quote of the day!!

    Subject: Ross Perot On France

    When advised that France had announced it would not assist, become allied
    with or otherwise support the US in any war on Iraq, Perot reportedly said:

    "Having to go to war without France is sorta like having to go deer hunting
    without an accordion."
     
  8. msfe

    msfe

    ryanmitcho:`what color should the french national flag be??
    white

    their national motto??
    just take what you want and leave. we won't fight you.

    what is in the standard french army equipment issue??
    -a white handkercheif (doubles as an "i surrender" flag and helps to wipe away tears)
    -tampons
    - something that makes them stink like shit



    french army- what a joke!!!´


    World War II Casualties

    France 810,000

    USA 295,000

    http://www.valourandhorror.com/DB/BACK/Casualties.htm
     
  9. msfe

    msfe

    just one of many examples of the American way of making friends in France - 1944

    Liberating Caen

    The bombing of the city of Caen was considered a necessary means to rid the town of enemy troops, and to make its streets impassible, thus destroying its utility as a German centre of communication. But, it is arguable that the only real effect of the tremendous air strike on Caen was the death of thousands of French civilians. General Bradley's order was quite clear. "If it becomes necessary to save time, put 500 or even 1000 tons of air on the place and take the city apart." But after seeing the ultimate destruction of the town, and feeling the response of the people, he had only this to say: "For more than four years the people had awaited this moment of liberation. Now they stared accusingly at us from the ruins that covered their dead."

    Donald Pearce, a captain of the North Nova Scotia regiment, remarks on his impressions of Caen:

    "It's as though the place has been lifted bodily, a mile high in the air, turned over at that point, and allowed to fall back down to earth again. We passed other shelled towns and villages, all without signs of life, and wondered ironically, if this is what they meant by 'liberating' a town. Surely they must mean 'liquidating'" ( "Valour and Horror" script)

    Levelling Caen

    "A thousand years in the making, the medieval city was destroyed in 40 minutes." ("Valour and Horror" script )

    Caen had been the original objective for Canadian and British forces on D-Day. Early on in the invasion, it had been a center of German communication and railway transport, and the high ground to the south of Caen was strategically vital to Allied attempts to break out from the beachhead. By the first week of July, the Allies still had not taken Caen. On July 7th, General Montgomery opted for the bluntest strategy available: organize an air-raid of 450 heavy bombers, drop 6,000 tons of explosives on the city, and drive ground forces through from the North. More than 5,000 French civilians died as a result. But, this plan was controversial for strategic, as well as moral, reasons. Montgomery's motivation behind organizing the raid is unclear. But it is clear that the bombing was far from being as beneficial as the Allies had hoped.

    An Effective Attack?

    "The leveling of Caen did not bring any military advantage to the Canadians. The German defense was still intact outside the city, and the Canadian army still had to crack it." ("Valour and Horror" script)
     
  10. skeptic123

    skeptic123 Guest

    How many of those 800K casualties were French jews turned over by the French to the Nazi? Half? Two Third?

    And BTW, number of casualties does not prove quality of the army, quite the opposite. If you had statistics showing that the French killed more Germans than Americans did, that would show that the French can fight. Somehow I think they aren't even close.
     
    #10     Feb 24, 2003