2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tanks and sliders...

The FPSRussia guys gets a sack of sliders at White Castles (while needlessly making fat jokes at the girls serving him...not cool).

Man, I love sliders.  For those of you that don't have White Castle in your area, the White Castle hamburger, aka "the slider", is the original "3 bite burger" as I like to call it.  The chain was founded in Kansas but is now headquartered right here in Columbus, Ohio.  They are famous for a couple of things...number one being their small, steam grilled burgers loaded with minced onions.  Secondly for their white and stainless themed restaurants resembling a castle.  Lastly, for being a haven for post closing time bar patrons and the like that can grab a bite at their 24/7 operated stores.
Unknown fact...my friend Pat was instrumental in the redesign of the chain
before he left the world of architecture for the world of full time military service..

Admittedly, the slider is an "acquired" taste.  The meat is 100% pure USDA beef that is cut into square patties to fit the small square buns it sits on...a move to avoid waste of both meat and bun.  The thin patty has 5 holes punched in it to aid in the quickness of the cooking process and are "steam grilled" over a bed of dried onions that have been reconstituted in water.  They are not flipped, as the thickness of the patty makes this unnecessary. The bun is actually placed on the burger during cooking atop it with the bottom placed face down on top of the burger and the top bun faced down on top of it.  After a few minutes the entire stack is taken off of the grill, the top bun removed, the patty flipped over so the bottom bun is now facing up with the burger on top of it and a pickle added before the top bun is placed on it.  You can ask for ketchup or mustard on them, but generally and traditionally you add those yourselves after getting your order.  The burgers are served in small cardboard boxes that stack perfectly in the white sacks (as paper bags are sometimes called in the Midwest) they are served in.  Most people will normally order multiple burgers due to there small size, hence the slogan "Buy 'em by the sack!"


Man I love these little burgers.  I can eat them in about 3 bites per burger.  I normally get 5 burgers, a side order of onion chips and a diet coke....yeah, I know...diet coke.  Anyway, if you have never had a chance to get a hold of some and you do while traveling give them a shot...hell, they even made a damn movie about two guys trying to satisfy (pot induced) late night munchies.

Now, about that tank...

As FPSRussia points out that is a M5 Stuart light tank.  The tank is an version upgrade to the M3 Stuart tank, which also obviously uses the name "Stuart" (after Confederated General Jeb Stuart).  After WWI and during the Great Depression the US Army paid little attention to the development of the tank as a warfighting tool other than what it had learned in its limited exposure to armored warfare in the trenches in Europe.  The tank was more seen as a mobile gun platform/bunker and scout vehicle than a primary weapons system.  Hence most tanks developed in that period, to include the M3/M5 were designed to this end in mind.  The Stuart was much loved for its mobility and speed, but not so much for its armor and firepower once WWII kicked off.  The success of German "Blitzkrieg" tactics showcasing the power of armor in the opening months of WWII against Poland and France that also set the Brits on their heels made the US military quickly look to upgrade there tanks, resulting in the M4 Sherman, which while a fine machine in and of itself, was still no match in many engagements against heavier and better armored German armor.  Despite its lack of armor and firepower though, the M3 and M5 light tanks fought in most every major area of operations the US fought in as well as being supplied to allied nations.  In Europe as I pointed out the tank had an uphill battle against German Tiger and other heavier tanks as well as the infamous German 88mm artillery guns used as anti-armor weapons.  In the Pacific though, its armor and firepower were fairly well matched against Japanese armor platforms and its lighter weight and ground PSI was much appreciated in the jungle islands and densely forested mountains of such places as Guadalcanal, the Philippines and other such places.   In those conditions its 37mm cannon, two .30 machine guns and .50 machine gun often proved its original concept as a mobile pillbox to still be a valid tactic against stubborn Japanese resistance and banzai charges.

I believe there is one of these on display at Camp Perry, Ohio.  Anyone who happens to find themselves up there for the NRA National Matches can check it out.  The old armory there used to house an tank or other armored cav type unit that was stationed on Bataan at the outbreak of WWII and whose members had to endure that horrendously famous "death march" of lore.

So, hamburgers and armored warfare all in one post...kind of kick ass, isn't it.

**Note, if I had posted this last night instead of scheduling it for 11AM today I could of actually beaten EDNDO to a video post..oh well!

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