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.