“Mad Money” Host criticized by Poland for propagating myth of Polish cavalry attacking German Panzers

0_5fdf6_6072963c_LIt’s probably been a while since the Battle of Krojanty in 1939 made the news, but that is what recently happened according to a blog post on the website of FP (Foreign Policy) magazine.  The post states that Mad Money host Jim Cramer used the myth of Polish Cavalry attacking German Panzers as a metaphor for the struggling department store Macy’s.  This prompted a response from the Polish Embassy in Washington that he apologize for the comments, which they regard as “unnecessary, inaccurate, and insensitive.”

The notion of Polish Cavalry charging German tanks during the 1939 campaign is a rather enduring one in the popular consciousness, despite having been debunked repeatedly by military historians.  Nazi propagandists created the story of the Polish Army deploying cavalry against German tanks as part of their attempt to effort to present the WWII Wehrmacht as an ultra-modern, mechanized force.  The reality was that much like the Polish Army, the majority of the Wehrmacht relied on horses for transport.

Article Excerpt:

On May 11, Mad Money host Jim Cramer compared the struggling department store Macy’s to Poland’s early efforts against the German Wehrmacht in World War II. “Macy’s is like the Polish Army in WWII — it tried to field cavalry against German tanks and it did not end well,” he said.

The Polish Embassy in Washington issued a fiery response to Cramer, demanding he apologize for comments that were “unnecessary, inaccurate, and insensitive.”

Cramer was recycling an oft-cited tale of Polish lancers who supposedly charged German tanks at the outset of World War II — making it the very epitome of blinkered futility.

The problem is that never actually happened, and it’s become a huge sore spot for Poland ever since.

Read the full post here.

For more information on the Polish Cavalry vs Panzer myth, check out this article from a 1984 issue of ARMOR authored by Steven Zaloga.

Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch: Strv 103C part 3

The third and final installment in the Chieftain’s series on the Swedish S-Tank.

Top Five Tanks: Lindybeige at the Tank Museum

Youtube personality “Lindybeige” takes a trip through the Bovington tank museum to show off his five favorite tanks.  Actually, only three of the vehicles in his list are technically tanks since the Jagdpanther is a tank destroyer and the Universal Carrier is a….universal carrier.  Of the three actual tanks he picked, the WWI era Mark IV, the Churchill, and the S-tank, only one of them has a turret.  Does Lindybeige hate turrets?  Inquiring minds want to know….

Army Heritage Days salutes a century of the Armored Corps

If you happen to be in Pennsylvania this weekend and are looking for something to do, you might want to look into the Army Heritage Days event at the US Army Heritage and Education Center at the US Army War College in Carlisle Pennsylvania on May 20 and 21.  This is an annual event and this year the theme is a century of the US Armored Corps.

Here is the event description from their website:

Come out to the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) Armed Forces Weekend, Saturday, May 20 – Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 9:00AM to 5:00PM, for Army Heritage Days! Each year the USAHEC hosts Army Heritage Days, a timeline living history event that features several hundred reenactors from all eras spread out over the one mile long Army Heritage Trail. Decked out in period uniforms and weapons, these living historians will have their historical equipment and weapons on display and will be available to talk to the public and answer any of your burning history questions!

As always, this event centers on one specific theme. This year’s focus will be tanks and armored vehicles! This event will be one of a kind, featuring armored vehicles from many different eras that will be allowed to DRIVE on the USAHEC’s tank course to demonstrate MANUEVERS and TACTICS! There will also be a logistics and operations competition with various challenges to complete.

In addition to the tank display, we will be bringing back old favorites, such as the Veterans Meet and Greet, lectures by notable historians, the kid’s passport program, and informational programs by the reenactors on the Army Heritage Trail. As always, the event will also feature a book sale in the Museum Store and several food vendors with a variety of different cuisine offerings.

So be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, May 20 – Sunday, May 21, 2017 for a weekend full of history, tanks, and family fun! As always, the event is free and open to the public. Check back for a schedule of events and additional information, closer to the event.

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Combat Dealers: Panther Tank

NBP_MDM_11117_crompton_5854We noticed that earlier this month an episode of the TV show “Combat Dealers” was posted on youtube.  This particular episode deals with a WWII German Panther tank that show host Bruce Crompton.  The episode also features German tank expert Hilary Doyle. Unfortunately, the episode does not mention where or from whom Mr. Crompton purchased his Panther tank.  We found a recent article concerning Mr. Crompton in the Mirror, but it provides few details regarding this Panther tank.

Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch: Strv 103C part 2

In this second part of the Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch episode about the Strv 103 tank, Nicholas “The Chieftain” Moran looks at the crew positions, height restrictions, the number of people required to control the S-tank, and show the unique position of the radio operator/driver who faces backwards.

Tank Chats #37 Daimler Armoured Car

Historian David Fletcher MBE, of the Tank Museum at Bovington discussing the Daimler Armoured Car.