Girls und Panzer – 05: The Fifth Freedom

Since Maid Cafes are disappearing in general I for one would welcome Panzer Cafe replacements.

Since Maid cafes seem to be dying out in the US I hope we get a panzer café fad going. After all you can’t possibly construe panzers as degrading, and who wouldn’t want to smell the sweet scent of cordite and motor oil while eating cake? Saori seems to be a fan and Mako can’t get cake tankettes fast enough. Sadly what should have been a nice quite dayto turned sour once Maho showed up with her yandere admirer. The water is a bit murky at the moment but it seems that Miho once served under Maho and her last screw up might have broken up Maho’s win streak and caused an interregnum in Maho’s panzerfahren dynasty. Still with Saunders on the schedule Yukari undertakes a do or die mission to infiltrate the Saunders carrier and get whatever intel she can to give Kampfgruppe Miho a chance to win against superior M-4 Shermans that outnumber them 2 to 1.

Granted security at Saunders wasn’t tight no one would mistake it for Stalag 17, and Yukari isn’t Sam Fisher. Kei is okay, in my book but I really wanted her to give a rendition of Patton’s speech to the 3rd Army. Sadly this show isn’t into cursing or eager to bring up Patton’s colorful personality. Yukari does get the needed intel, but I don’t think Kei really cared anyway. Certainly it wouldn’t matter in the opening minutes of the engagement as Saunders upped the ante with their radio intercept balloon. So while there were whispers of cheating, both sides tried to get an advantage. Yukari got Miho some good intel and Saunders read Ooria like a book. Still it was good to see that Miho got the flamboyant StuG III to go back to gray and improve their gunnery and ambush skills. Miho took out one but she still has nine to go, unless she knocks out the Saunders flag tank.

I have to hand it to Miho giving Momo the flag means that Momo and the Panzer 38(t) is playing the hide and hope game. Kei has the numbers and re requisite aggression and hopefully Saunders will make it a knock out drag out fight. The other useless tank, the Type 89 was utilized as a decoy with good effect. The Type 89 was no match for the M4 Sherman and I like how Miho appreciated this fact by emphasizing the StuG III with a kill zone. I wonder what Kei is going to do now that radio assisted women’s intuition will no longer come into play. Hopefully Kei is savvy enough to use the range and hitting power of the firefly. The StuG III is still the main threat but once that has been dealt with her Shermans will have a distinct advantage over the remaining Oorai tanks. I hope Kei has enough good sense to try and keep the fire fight in the forest as limiting the line of sight for the StuG III would greatly help their cause. If there is one knock on Kei it would be that she didn’t run more fireflies and 76mm armed Shermans. I am not sure if they just don’t have the time because they have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to tailgating before matches. At least Saunders’ emulation of America went down to the sophistication of US logistics during the war.

Germany may have been light years ahead of the Allies in many areas of modern land warfare, but the Americans could claim superiority in artillery and logistics. In terms of logistics the US had more trucks than most other powers and since most of the population knew how to drive and operate vehicles the US enjoyed a distinct advantage in the number of drivers they could use. German logistics at the time was still mostly horse drawn and there were never enough trucks to go around. Europe in general had fewer drivers because cars just weren’t common in the 1930s for the average person, the Soviet Union in particular didn’t have the infrastructure to maintain a pool of qualified drivers. The Japanese just ignored logistics for the most part as they never fielded as many trucks and were notorious for their looting habits. In short the Americans had a bigger pool of truck drivers while every other power in the war had to specifically train truck drivers for their smaller motor pools. Even now the US Military has a reasonably robust logistics tail, just looking at how the US Air Force sets up base camp would over awe the average person with their portable showers, and air conditioned spaces.

Yukari stole the show, not only did she infiltrate Saunders but we got a glimpse of her gloriously decorated room. Yukari is a true believer and I admit I am rather envious of her collection of tank rounds. It is unfortunate that she had not friends but panzers for most of her life so far, but things are different now and she has Miho to latch onto. Yukari seems to be very keen on gathering data, she even surreptitiously got Miho’s three sizes, though for what purpose we can only imagine, though I can imagine quite a bit. Mako also made a move on Saori though it was one of those blink and you’ll miss it moments. Not only are new panzers making their debuts, they also added some armored cars into the mix. Unfortunately they have yet to participate in matches as the league has yet to implement a combined arms approach. Still I have to applaud the jumbo LCD upgrade to Leopold the Krupp K5. Last but not least, thank Patton that Oorai got rid of their gaudy paint schemes.

Unfortunately next week seems to be a recap episode and hopefully they will add some next stuff to break up the déjà vu.

It seems that Maho has a very yandere friend…

Mako always asks the most important questions.

I wish they had old wardship ferries in San Francisco…

I like Yukari’s poster collection.

I wish I could have tank shells in my room.


Well how else is she going to practice stealing into Miho’s room in the middle of the night?

Perhaps this should be a future trend, carrier housing, it’s like being on a cruise 24/7/365.

But come on! Where are the Easy 8s?

At least we get one, though for tank vs. tank why would you need a medium velocity 75mm let alone eight of them…

Unfortunately none of them seem to be imitating Patton’s speech to the 3rd Army…

Thank GOODNESS they are going back to sensible paint schemes.

I heartily APPROVE.

I like how Yukari is very interested in Miho’s three sizes. Also, I see what you did there Mako…

I like the new look I just want them to have some sort of peak cap or garrison cover.

Yeah the most common gripe about the Yanks by Jerry was that the Yanks always seemed to have better stuff and more of it. WWII American logistics used lots of trucks while Germany was still primarily horse and carriage.

Well in the First World War they were called the Dough Boys…

Well she’s rather genki.

I think they both like to give pet names to people.

Sorry but with a name like Oddball, you will be most memorable.

Oh she really seems to like Yukari…

I hope they take her invitation…


I am glad that they got rid of the fool’s gold paint scheme. Good old field gray.

I like how they re-purposed that railway cannon into a big mobile LCD.

Maho is so lucky…I wish I had an armored car.

If only they allowed air support.

I applaud the use of call signs.

Good to see that they aren’t always fighting buttoned up.

Over on that hill there’s a Sherman tank
A million M4s are on my flank
I’m movin’ on, I’ll soon be gone
With my M-3 broke, it ain’t no joke
I’ll soon be gone…

I guess engine upgrades were not done…

But they just wanted to say “hi”…

At least Kei has Patton’s penchant for cursing…

Nice ride but it needs more Vickers machine guns if you plan on raiding an airfield LRDG style.

Saunders went all in.

Miho’s decision to make the break out at their weakest point was the right one. Thankfully the Saunders M4s couldn’t register a clean hit.

I do hope that without Arisa that Kei can make this a real fight.

Hey all is fair in love and war.

Saunders doesn’t give a hoot about fair, and neither did the Americans and their broken OP artillery.

Good to see that Miho was maximizing the limited utility of the Type 89.

Finally it seems that they are getting the hang of using the StuG III properly.

Next time issue out better target assignments, there is no need for all of you to shoot one M4.

EAT IT kid, oh yeah Maho’s imouto isn’t a chump.

Give them hell Kei, give them hell.

It just looks right when a StuG III is field gray.

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  1. Posted November 8, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Pretty great episode. Sucks about the recap next time though.

    Kei is totally BEST GIRL (for now).

    Really can’t wait for MAHO TIME though.

    • Crusader
      Posted November 11, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

      Yeah Maho time means TIGER I

  2. HostInTheShell
    Posted November 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    I for one applaud Miho’s application of Funkspiel, which works a lot better when there’s not a Bletchley Park full of nerds that figured out the plan before it started. Still, I’m afraid she’s got her work cut out for her for this fight, particularly if the StuG or the Lee get taken out. I’d say her best plan would have to be to draw the flag tank into an ambush with the Type 98 and hope none of the big guns get tagged by that 17 pounder, because I don’t think any of their vehicles could take a single hit from it without being disabled..

    • Crusader
      Posted November 11, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

      Yeah everything now depends on Kampfgruppe Miho taking out the Saunders flag tank. Radio intercept wouldn’t have worked so well, but it did because they all spoke the same language…

  3. marisabell34
    Posted November 8, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    I too wish for an armored car. Also, I love the Patton references!

    • Crusader
      Posted November 11, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

      Patton was an okay movie, and I say that as a fan. It’s real hard to take it too seriously when you have M60s masquerading as Panzers and Shermans… LOL BUDGET

  4. Kit-A-Ron-Ron-Kat
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    No sign of the Saunders flag tank so far, so it is probably hidden somewhere. I would say it shows they are aggressive but not stupid, but then again leaving the flag tank alone when they have a 2-to-1 advantage to begin with… being more versed in naval warfare I admit I am not sure what would be better between keeping it with the main group or hiding it and leaving it on its own. If Miho can figure out where exactly it is, it would be her best chance to win this one quickly, as Saunders have commited everything else to their all-out attack style.

    Also you can’t not like Kei. Someone who laughed at a Kelly’s Heroes’ reference obviously cannot be a bad person.

    • Crusader
      Posted November 11, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

      Kei is awesome win or lose I think we need to see more of her.

      I would probably have one or two escort tanks but then again it’s easier to hide one tank than 2-3. It’s working so long as Saunders has Miho by the belt as the Panzer 38(t) isn’t going to win against any M4 on its own.

  5. Whatsht
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    It’s kind of implied that Miho used some “dirty” tactics before. The foreshadowing is quite subtle…

    • Crusader
      Posted November 11, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

      Dirty would imply cheating, but in Miho’s case I think she got too cute for her own good. Besides maybe Maho is too textbook and lacks that special tactical creativity?

      • Whatsht
        Posted November 12, 2012 at 12:25 am | Permalink

        People are speculating that Miho is actually a suicidal psychopath, it doesn’t help that she resembles Rena.
        Some of the points they brought up were
        1. She used dirty tactics before, and ended up falling into the water -> She tried to ram Maho’s tank and failed?
        2. She sticks her head out of the hatch despite the danger of getting hit -> suicidal?

  6. alex
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Personally, I just see the whole communication intercepter/jammer thing as a big plot hole. If that kind of thing is allowed, then I jam your communication and you jam mines, how the hell is anybody suppose to communicate? We are going to use pidgins like in WWI?

    IF Full Metal Jacket is right, and you actually do get humiliating nicknames that sticks with you for the rest of your military career, then I don’t see why “Sergent Oddball” would be odd. I guess Sergent is too high of rank to be believable?

    • HostInTheShell
      Posted November 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

      For countering interception, you need codes and/or ciphers, probably the former in this case, as speed is of the essence and messages are short. Jamming is a little trickier, but also much harder to implement. Best way around it is frequency hopping Hedy Lamarr style, as most jamming only affects a narrow band of frequencies. You might be more familiar with this technology than you think, it’s how CDMA and Bluetooth work.

      tl;dr The answer is nerds, or in frequency-hopping’s case, nerds that also happen to be famous Hollywood actresses.

    • Crusader
      Posted November 11, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

      As for communications they did fight without radios early on, with the exception of the Germans. The Soviets only ever used receivers and mostly for the command tank in tank platoons. Otherwise the Soviets had set formations that were to be maintained no matter what. That gave them some ordered formations but they weren’t tactically flexible.

      Full Metal Jacket is not the reality anymore, hasn’t been that was since the mid 1970s. Also if you have a nickname then everybody should know you because they gave you that name.

      • alex
        Posted November 12, 2012 at 12:27 am | Permalink

        “Also if you have a nickname then everybody should know you because they gave you that name.”

        In the movie it was the drill Sergent that gave out nicknames. “Well, no shit, what do we got here? A fucking comedian. Private Joker.”

        But yeah I see your point.

  7. Posted November 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    I want to visit a tank cafe for some awesome cake! DAMN Why does anime food look so good?!

    The fight at the end was great and the fps infiltration scenes <3

    • Crusader
      Posted November 11, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

      One can only hope that we will one day see a tank cafe.

  8. yf19ex
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Yukari as Sgt Oddball. Donald Sutherland would be proud. Most definitely the type to squash those negative waves.

    (Moderator please delete the other version of this post awaiting moderation)

    • Crusader
      Posted November 11, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

      Done and done. Yukari fits that name to a tee, that or she watched that movie a million times.

  9. Posted November 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Look at the left side of the picture of Saunders’s logistics camp.

    Hell yah.

  10. Posted November 16, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    The Saunders flag tank is tethered to the recon balloon and Miho is going to figure that out.

  11. R1CK_D0M
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    I have one thing to say about the uniforms: Needs more greatcoats and bolt pistols.

  12. Tony
    Posted November 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Air support would be way too strong, lol.

  13. Metal
    Posted November 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    This series is really wanting me to play World of Tanks.

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