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Blacktail Defense is a Youtube user who is a defense specialist and shares his knowledge with the world in the form of slideshows. The majority of his work is built around making technical flaws known.

His works include:

  • The REAL American Vehicles: Three series devoted to blowing apart the seeming superiority the United States Army has built up. Currently encompasses three sub-series, on the Stryker family of vehicles, M1 Abrams, and M2 Bradley.
  • Failed Tanks: A series devoted to tanks and other fighting vehicles that were resounding failures.
  • Dare to Compare: A compare-and-contrast series which stacks an American vehicle directly against a counterpart.
  • Battleship myths: A series that advocates the revival of the battleship as a military weapons system today.
  • Warship disasters: A series devoted to bad warships
  • Warplane disasters: A series devoted to bad warplanes
  • Defense Briefs: A series dedicated to failures in military doctrine, management, strategies, weapons concepts, tactics and training.

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Tropes featured and discussed in his series include:

  • Crippling Overspecialization: He is quick to admit that American vehicles are really good against enemy tanks - but generally not so good against everything else. This is also why some of the vehicles in the Failed Tanks series are considered as such.
  • Epic Fail: His two-part series on the M247 Sergeant York turned out to be about how the York was this - revealing incidents where the machine fired on its own spectators, among other incidents.
  • Flat What: Prompted by use of the Dramatic Prairie Dog's them, when he stated that the T-55 AMV was an all-around better tank than the M 1 A 2 SEP, even though the M 1 A 2 was better against other tanks.
  • Ironic Echo: Blacktail will frequently use the very same words used by the proponents of the vehicles he's deriding to support said vehicle, after a long presentation on why that vehicle is bad.

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