The clock audibly ticks down and as it does so you check to see what you are up against and where you come in the tier ranking. In your mind you have four fundamental objectives. Four basic objectives shared by virtually every player in the battle. 1. To stay alive as long as possible. 2. To inflict as much damage on the enemy as possible. 3. To destroy as many enemy tanks as possible. 4. To help your team to secure a win and thus increase the benefits of your efforts. But of course along with these you also have a mind to complete the additional ‘Operations’ that were selected. ‘Ops’ which thankfully generally go along with your four basic objectives. Surviving, damaging, destroying, winning. After all isn’t that all part of the normal game play?
But what if it wasn’t a game, but was real life? What if instead of four basic objectives you had only one? And what if that one objective – one operation – didn’t include damaging or destroying the enemy tanks but instead was to actually successfully capture and return in one of them? And what if that objective had been given to you by Winston Churchill himself?
And what if that one tank was the infamous Tiger?
It sounds a little fantastical doesn’t it? As fantastical as the idea of having it ferried back to England on an unarmed cargo ship and then – when the ship came under fire from a German U-boat, climbing in the thing and using it to fire back at the U-boat?
Well, as fantastical as that might all sound that is (as the picture below proves) exactly what happened!
Such was the impact of the Tiger tank during WWII and such was Churchill’s desire, even Churchill’s need, for us to capture one in order that the Brits (and thus the Allied forces) could come up with a way of destroying them and ending their reign of terror.
And so the job fell to one Major Douglas Lidderdale and his team.
Major Lidderdale had already gained a reputation as a brilliant young military engineer with an extensive knowledge of tanks. A reputation which convinced the powers that be that he was the right man for the job.
And as for the Tiger tank it too had already gained an incredible reputation. Especially since in one day alone Tiger tanks had destroyed 100 allied tanks with many many men burning to death as a result of it.
So why am I writing about this? Well, it seems to me – and yes this is of course my own opinion – that there are basically three types of people who play World of Tanks™. Those who simply like ‘shoot-em-up’ games. Those who like ‘shoot-em-up’ games and who have a keen interest in the military and/or warfare and/or in tanks specifically. and, Those who have a military background and who like ‘shoot-em-up’ games.
And I reckon that if you fall into either of the last two categories (and judging from some of the conversations that I have had with some folk in the clan, some of you do) you could very well be interested in both the article that prompted me to write this piece and the book which prompted that article.
And if that is you then you can read that article and find out more about that book by clicking here –> ‘Catch That Tiger‘
And before closing I just want firstly to assign credit to the mirror.co.uk for the information within this piece and for the pictures used within this piece and secondly I want to ask you for your feedback. Do pieces like this interest you? Should we include them on the blog? What else would you like to see included within the blog? Feel free to leave a comment and let me know your feelings below.