Girls und Panzer – 06: Firefly

It’s an ULTRA Secret…

It all came down to two shots and timing…and generous amounts of overaggressive stupidity on the part of Arisa. Kei is okay, but I am not a fan of fighting fair simply for the sake of it, and the rules did not cover radio intercept. The way I see it if the other side is still doing their best to win, then I will do my best to win. Besides it’s not like Kei was running up the score out of malice, but even when she toned it down a bit Kei could have won had Arisa kept her elan in check. Fundamentally Arisa blew it for Saunders, yes there is no “I” in team but there is one in “FAIL” and in this case Arisa violated every tenant of good armor doctrine in her solo pursuit of the Type 89. It is a crappy Type 89 that can’t compete with the Sherman, but it can be used as bait, and Arisa ate it hook, line, and sinker. Tanks should never operate alone, the smallest unit should always be in a pair. Moreover Flag Tanks have no business actively engaging enemy tanks unless they can do so with relative impunity and support.

In this regard Arisa should have given her position and the Type 89’s heading to Kei and withdraw to a new location. Unfortunately Arisa got a little too enthusiastic about the Sherman’s ability to charge forth and engage the enemy. Fortunately Kei was able to mount a relief effort and used her Firefly correctly and engaged Miho’s pursuit force from standoff range. Naomi was dead on with the QF 17 pounder and took out the underwhelming Type 89 and M3. Sadly while Naomi’s aim was true her timing was not and her final kill on the Panzer IV came milliseconds after Hana was able to paint Arisa’s rear for the win. If Kei had chosen to use all her forces she could have had the others form a screening force to cover Arisa’s retreat. I don’t know why neither team seemed to appreciate integrated smoke launchers but they are useful for covering a retreat and mucking up gunnery at range and while mobile.

Still Miho did manage to avoid one of Naomi’s shots and her all or nothing approach won the day despite Arisa’s radio intercepts and the abysmal amount of fire power at her disposal. Kei took it well all things considered, Arisa will be disciplined in private and perhaps next time it can be all Kei and not Arisa’s miscalculations. Naomi was freaking money on that Firefly though, she used her superior range and penetrating power to good effect by thinning down Miho’s Kampfgruppe but in the end it was not enough to save Arisa who had foolishly elected to pursue an enemy instead of retreating to safety. The Type 89 was not a flag tank and it wasn’t worth pursuing into a trap given that Arisa was the flag tank and her job first and foremost was to not get killed.

By all rights Saunders should have just rolled Oorai given the qualitative superiority of the M4 Sherman over every AFV Miho had sans the StuG III. Arisa decided to get cute and while her talent for subterfuge is useful it was far from stellar, not to mention she had no business commanding a tank if she failed to appreciate what her role was supposed to be. Kei had the right of it in trying to use her superior numbers to grind Oorai down through attrition if need be and let Naomi and her Firefly do most of the damage. Perhaps eventually Saunders will upgrade all their Shermans to Fireflies as there is no need for HE shells given the lack of infantry threats.

Kei was right about the whole affair was a sport, it was Panzerfahren and not war. Not only are there rules to be adhered to the victory conditions had nothing to do with wiping out the other side using combined arms and throwing fairness out the window. Kei made a strong case for herself by hugging Miho with all her heart after a needless and unexpected set back. Still Kei and Saunders will be back and Miho advances.

Miho did plenty right with her use of the Type 89 as an expendable scout and tempting bait, as the Type 89 wasn’t going to win against any Sherman it encountered. Having the Panzer IV taking the last shot might have worked out but all things considered it should have been the StuG III taking that shot given how her early Panzer IV did not have an advantage in penetrating power. Still I guess given the high pressure situation and comms lag with text messaging Miho used what was readily available. Hopefully this woeful shortage of firepower will mean that Miho upgrades the Panzer IV with a KwK 40 sooner rather than later.

Maho looks to be the final boss but she is not without kindness. Mako’s grandmother went down and Maho readily offered up the services of her Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 Drache. While I am sure there were some of you who were surprised to see a weird looking helicopter, the Germans did have some success with the Fa 223 but it had a very limited and small production run. Part of the problem was that it entered production in late 1942, and Allied Bombing had wrecked the factory and roughly 20 were produced. Coupled with mechanical failure and the cannibalization of some airframes for parts meant that the Fa 223 was never used in meaningful numbers but did provide the victorious Allies with more data on helicopter technology. Still the thing did work and it could carry passengers and hover.

Maho was generous to Mako but she is also generous when dealing out doom to her opponents. Maho was most merciless when she wiped out two platoons of early production Type 97 Medium tanks. Medium however is a bad misnomer, like every Japanese tank design that saw combat it was woefully under gunned in comparison to the tanks it faced. It was late upgraded but as far as I can tell those Type 97s were still using the low velocity crap guns. Suffice to say no Type 97 could match up against the awesome might of a well commanded Tiger I.

Pravda wasn’t too shabby either and their late vintage T-34s should give the other teams a good fight. Not even Maho and her Tiger I are immune to T-34s with 85mm guns.

In non-tank news I wish to officially declare Saori and Mako to be a couple and I wish to launch the ship for KeixMiho. Naomi is also on the path to Yuri, but Arisa seems to be resisting, perhaps that is why she is bad at Panzerfahren.

Both were wanted to hide and hope in the same spot…

Indeed but you still need to hit it.

Hopefully this won’t result in some sort of slapping incident.

Sadly Saunders committed the cardinal sin of having tanks operating individually.

For Ami her tank is an accessory.

Well they were designed for ease of use.

Personally I thought the flag tank should have just retreated upon contact. It’s too valuable to risk in combat.

Your tank doesn’t like your hetero leanings…

I wonder if it was the smell of the shot or the distinctive sound…

I think Kei should have tried to put up a screen to cover the retreat of her flag tank.

The Type 89 in it’s natural state,, a burning wreck.

Firefly on the prowl…

Be not that far from me, for trouble is near; haste Thee to help me.

Talk about reaching out and touching someone…

I would have gone with using their guts to grease the treads of our tanks but okay…

IF…

But does it penetrate?

If only Saunders invested in some smoke launchers…

My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.

So close…

O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.

Arisa’s overeager pursuit cost them…

Kei wants to get closer to hit them with her sword…

Yeah you pulled off the upset…

Her shot was late but it’s never too early for thigh nap…

Hana’s flag was triggered…

They really took one for the team this time.

Hey hey kanojo…

Kei went through your tank…and your bag.

Yes, sportsmanship still has a place even if Maho likes to run up the score…

On that I agree emphatically.

So this must mean that Maho is rather saintly…

By a hair… but winners nonetheless.

Miho…it’s okay if you would rather give Kei a hug…

Darjeeling found Miho first…

But at least there will not be a slapping…

Is the parfait going to be tank shaped?

Uh oh…

Maho will do as she pleases…

Thus was the argument won.

A Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 Drache? Damn some one did their homework… Sadly this thing did enter production so I guess we shouldn’t be hoping for Rattes and Mauses.

I wonder if Anzio has an Anne…

I guess there won’t be wrecked tanks in snow…

I hope she has an IS-3…

Dang Maho just ran up the score against those Type 97s. Also kudos to you if you know the significance of the 212 number on Tigers…

Maho was bored fighting Type 97s… it was a turkey shoot.

My M3 can;t be this cute, but damn they need an upgrade to M4.

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14 Comments

  1. HostInTheShell
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    Ahahaha, that first pic caption.

    Anyway, while I do say that Kei holding back her numbers in the name of fair play seemed a bit out of left field, I suppose it does fit with her overall characterization. Still, something tells me she’d be quite the opponent in an all-out war. I do hope they show up again, particularly Naomi.

    Anzio should be interesting, as for once Kampfgruppe Miho won’t be horrendously out gunned and out armored, presuming that they’re using italian tanks and not the tanks actually used in the Battle of Anzio. Pravda is my best guess for their next matchup though, and I do hope they get at least some gun upgrades before that.

    Shipping wise I think KeixMiho would be decent together, but I think MihoxYukari or SaorixMiho are more likely.

    I was simultaneously gladdened that Maho is going to have some depth to her (unlike a certain sister of the main character of a sports anime with yuri overtones I could think of) and that they went with an experimental aircraft that was actually useful. It would suck rather badly to lose Mako in a tragic Triebfluegel accident.

    (And last I heard there was still some debate over whether Wittmann was actually driving 212, though admittedly I haven’t been following it closely. Still, a nice reference for them to work in.)

    • Crusader
      Posted November 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

      Well 212 was there, but hey participation at Villers-Bocage is something only a person with a undying and true love for Tanks would care to remember.

      I think SaorixMako is DESTINY but I don’t think Saori has zero ambition for yuri harem. Well the Drache did enter production so it wasn’t a prototype per-se. If Kei met Patton I am sure old Blood and Guts would have had her lead the charge. Patton was a bigot and a jerk but at least he was willing to use every trooper who would go out there and fight.

      If Maho is to go down it will be with her Tiger I surrounded by the burning wrecks of her foes.

  2. Posted November 26, 2012 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    I hope this don´t end with Miho x Maho battle, yep, I hope be two cours

    • Crusader
      Posted November 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

      With exceptional sales of the DVD perhaps we will be in for more.

  3. Bear
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    There may not be a slapping but maybe the debriefing will be followed by a spanking. ;)

    • Crusader
      Posted November 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

      Indeed, but I am hoping for a bit of kissing as well…

  4. Longhaul
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    while the Type 89 is a fairly bad tank, the 7TP’s you see defeated by T-34 just had machine guns…

    • Crusader
      Posted November 27, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

      Their fault for not investing in quality armor that could run with T-34s. Even if you can’t put a big gun in the turret at least make the effort for a Jagd/StuG/Marder setup so you at least have a chance at making it competitive and not a blow out.

  5. Kherubim
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Ooarai got REALLY lucky with winning this round, seeing how the original plan Saunders had was to gang up on and wipe the floor with Ooarai with a 9 v 5. Since the Type-89 was clearly no match for the flag tank, smart money would have been for Arisa to reposition to a better place and nearer to the main body. Not sure what Ooarai’s plan A was, but it seems like it was to use the M3 and the -89 to lure the M4s into the Panzer IV and StuG arcs of fire.

    • Crusader
      Posted November 27, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

      Yeah Miho was going to use bait, but alas the Friction and Fog of Battle were too much for Arisa’s limited tactical acumen. Still you are right, Arisa should have at least considered retreating towards the bulk of Kei’s forces instead of running around willy nilly.

      Still it would be better to not have a Type 89 and an M3, and trade up for something better.

  6. Kit-A-Ron-Ron-Kat
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    Kei may have considered some other plan than a straight chase, but possibly the terrain forced her hand. Sadly we only saw the positions of the Oorai team and the Saunders flag tank on that detailed map that was briefly shown, it would have been interesting to see if Kei had better opportunities for a counter-ambush of her own. Not that Arisa had shown any hint of being able to keep her cool and draw the enemy where they would have wanted them anyway. Well at least she makes for good comedy, I can’t get enough of her hilarious breakdown on that upbeat tune.

    Another excellent showing by the Duck Team. They are the best tank crew Miho has in her team: motivated and resilient, they have displayed good gunnery and strong composure under heavy fire several times already. Give them something better to work with and they will be fearsome.

    • Crusader
      Posted November 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

      Yes they deserve better but in order for that to happen they will need to dispense with Japanese Armor altogether.

  7. Kit-A-Ron-Ron-Kat
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    [...] Still Miho did manage to avoid one of Naomi’s shots [...]

    Naomi’s shell actually fell short, not a big surprise as she was trying to nail a moving target on a rising slope. Had Miho kept moving and maybe zigzagging, it would have missed by a few feet. Ironically, Miho’s ordering Mako to break very nearly landed that shell right on their left front drive wheel, resulting in a mobility kill on the PzIV with no hope left for their team. On the other hand, a tank drift looks awesome, so I can forgive Miho for indulging Mako’s inner WRC pilot.

    • Crusader
      Posted November 27, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

      Hard to say was Miho lucky or if Naomi’s luck just took a break? Either way I guess if you as Naomi she would probably say she should have made that shot.

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