Bon Voyage Battle (October 30, 2004)
The following video clips were taken during the second battle
by Tom Tanner.
- Panzer Marketing Clip (MP4, 1.1 MB)
You can build an entire marketing campaign around shots like this one. The
Panzer IV bursts through the tall grass and moves out toward the enemy. The
box on top of the Panzer turret is another camera to provide the reverse angle
- Tiger Digs In (MP4, 1.9 MB)
The T-34 forces the Tiger to dig into a defensive position while awaiting
support, which then arrives to cause the T-34 to retreat.
- Hetzer Stuck (MP4, 2.6 MB)
The Hetzer (operated by Steve Tyng) is "high-centered" after it
is driven over a 6-inch tall boulder and can only pivot in
place while the other team closes in. If you look closely, 4 seconds
into the clip an orange flash can be seen directly over the Hetzer,
which is the results of a paintball hit on the sloped armor being
Interestingly, the same boulder was snagged by T001 in the Maryland Massacre
as can be seen in Battlers March (MP4, 43 MB).
- Hetzer Killed (MP4, 1.3 MB)
With the KV-1 and Tiger-1 in a perfect 90 degree attack position, it doesn't take
long to score three hits on the disabled Hetzer that can only spin and await its
- Howitzer Hits Tiger (MP4, 1.8 MB)
Under the skillfull control of Nathan Blattau, the 155mm Howitzer sitting just outside
the Red Team home base scores a long-range hit on the Tiger in the middle of the
battlefield. That paintball just caught the front of the Tiger's cupola.
- Blue Team Attacks (MP4, 5.8 MB)
In a well-coordinated attack, three tanks from the Blue Team advance towards the
Red Team home base, while the Goer moves the Pak 40 to a better firing position.
The KV-1 holds down the right flank, while the Tiger moves down the left flank and
the Panzer IV pushes up the middle.
- Tiger Covers KV-1 (MP4, 3.2 MB)
After an aggressive defense by the Red Team, with massive fire support from the
155mm Howitzer, the KV-1 has three hits (one shy of being destroyed) and needs
to retreat to a safer position. The Tiger covers the retreat of the KV-1 as the
Hetzer and T-34 close in. Both tanks, however, soon stop their advance as they
come within the range of Marty's Pak 40. At the same time that Frank is yelling
"light 'em up Marty" you can hear Nathan telling his teammates that they are running
into a trap.
- Red Team Counter-Attacks (MP4, 3.8 MB)
With the KV-1 destroyed and the Pak-40 out of ammo, the Red Team counter attacks
and drives the remaining Blue Team tanks back to their side of the field.
- Tiger Jousts With T-34(MP4, 2.5 MB)
The Tiger and T-34 joust over a nameless piece of ground somewhere on the battlefield
while both wait for reinforcements.
- Hetzer On The Attack (MP4, 5.9 MB)
In typical fashion, Steve Tyng relentlessly attacks the opposition, although this time
using Joe's Hetzer, instead of his trusted T-34. After finishing off the KV-1, he goes
after the Tiger who returns fire defensively while moving to stay out of the Hetzer's
gunsights. While the Hetzer races along the road in an attempt to outflank the Tiger,
the Tiger plows through rough terrain to head it off.
While retreating (off camera) the Tiger scores a hit on the
top of the Hetzer from medium range.
- Goer Goes Off Road (MP4, 2.7 MB)
Having no experience operating support vehicles, John has trouble keeping
the Goer on the bumpy road. (A post-mortem revealed that the left front wheel hub
of the Goer was broken, which made it continuously pull to the left.)
- Goer Moves Pak-40 (MP4, 5.1 MB)
In order to cover more territory with artillery fire, the Goer is tasked to move
the Pak-40 to the center of the field. All part of a day's work for the support
- Howitzer Finds The Range (MP4, 1.0 MB)
Nathan gets the range on the Goer, with some spotting assistance from his
- Tiger In The Grass (MP4, 2.8 MB)
Frank pushes himself and the Tiger through two-foot tall thick weeds to outflank
the T-34. As he takes up a firing position on the edge of the weeds
to shield himself from return fire, Chris hurls the T-34 into the brush to hold
the flank for his comrades.
- Panzer Attacks T-34 (MP4, 2.4 MB)
As the T-34 tangles with the Tiger in the weeds, the Panzer IV moves into
a strong firing position.
- T-34 On Point (MP4, 1.7 MB)
The T-34 leads the Red Team out of home base to take on the Tiger in the
middle of the field.
- Panzer Kills T-34 (MP4, 9.0 MB)
As the end of the battle draws near, the Panzer and T-34 face-off while the KV-1 and
Hetzer are chasing the Tiger in the thick brush. Being his first battle,
Chris doesn't realize that John is aiming for his side-mounted gas tanks to score
the hits needed to destroy him. Such faceoffs at close quarters usually result in
one of the vehicles being destroyed.
- Hetzer Killed (MP4, 6.9 MB)
With only a minute left in the battle, the Tiger and Panzer, who have already
destroyed the KV-1 and T-34, are concentrating on the Hetzer operated by Steve,
while the Howitzer operated by Nathan provides support.
In typical fashion, the Panzer scores a hit from medium range, that forces the
Hetzer into attacking the Tiger. The Tiger eludes the speedy foe and then
counter-attacks with support from the Panzer. Both tanks aim their guns in front
of the retreating Hetzer and the Panzer scores the final hit just as the battle
The following gun camera footage was taken by Joe Sommer during a lunch-time
- Hetzer Gun Camera Long Range (MPEG, 13 MB)
The Hetzer takes four long range shots at a Stuart
using a wireless video camera mounted in the hull
behind the driver's periscope. No hits were scored
because the camera was used to aim the gun. It
is almost impossible to track paint balls flying
down range with video at 30 frames per second.
An orange paintball is barely visible just prior
to the fourth muzzle flash at 34 seconds into
- Hetzer Gun Camera Short Range (MPEG, 8.8 MB)
The Hetzer closes range on the Stuart and scores
a hit on its right turret bustle. Note that it
is difficult to see a hit even at close range.
The gun camera survived both battles but the
antenna range was not long enough to record
actual battle footage.
The following gun camera footage was taken by John Pittelli on-board
the Panzer IV during the second battle.
- Enemy In The Brush (MPEG, 1.1 MB)
During lunch, the Panzer IV
tests out the turret cam and it's ability to travel in
the high brush. You never know what might be waiting
in the clearing.
- Tony's First Sortie (MPEG, 2.6 MB)
It's war. The second battle
starts out with a new commander for the PzIV. What
looks easy from the sidelines turns out to be a
littlee harder. Right Tony? Tony follows the General's
plan and deploys on the left side to provide cover
fire. Near the final seconds of this clip you'll see
an orange paintball seeking out the enemy.
- Convoy Duty (MPEG, 2.6 MB)
Sometimes you must forgo attacking
the enemy to assure that the forward position is
supplied. Here we see Tony escorting the Goer to the Pak40.
- Tony Scores A Hit (MPEG, 3.9 MB)
Tony learns the art of long range gunnery.
Unfortunately, it's a frontal hit that does not count.
- Close Order Drill (MPEG, 2.6 MB)
Navigating the roads is not easy. Here Tony brings in the
Pz IV for reloading and Karl takes command.
- Karl And The KV-1 (MPEG, 623 KB)
In this clip you can see and hear how our Fearless Leader
leads the assault on the enemy.
- Rookie On The Goer (MPEG, 2.5 MB)
With Karl still in command of
the Pz IV you can hear our Fearless Leader giving words of
encouragement to the rookie supply driver, John. The
Goer is much more tricky to drive in a straight line
and this veteran Panzer commander took a few minutes
to adjust. There is also a nice distance shot of the
Tiger in the tall grass turning his turret while
tracking an enemy target. Looks quite realistic.
The Intervention (June 17, 2006)
The following gun camera footage was taken by John Pittelli
using a Sony Cybershot 5 megapixel with an mpeg option mounted on top
of the Comet's turret:
- Flak88 Assault (MPG, 34.8 MB)
At the beginning of the first battle, the Tough Love team charges out
of home base to take the town and quiet the Flak 88. The Comet advances
quickly towards the Flak 88 and begins to target the soldiers guarding
the artillery piece. This high-res video shows the paint flying and
a gun-sight view of the battle.
- Spotted Leopard (MPG, 6.4 MB)
The Comet zeros in on the Leopard and scores three successive hits
as it comes out of the town. Just one more and the Leopard would have
been sent back to home base for re-incarnation.
- Town Secured (MPG, 20.1 MB)
After fending off a couple counter-attacks, the members of Tough Love
secure the town and work hard to defend it from subsequent attacks.