History Literature / HammersSlammers

1st Aug '16 10:49:21 PM Azaram
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* FightingForAHomeland: The Slammers are from many worlds, but the goal is to eventually have a place of their own. They were originally formed as a unit similar to the French Foreign Legion but their client reigned on his end of the bargain and they ended up freelance mercenaries. [[spoiler: Eventually, they come back and pull off a coup.]]

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* FightingForAHomeland: The Slammers are from many worlds, but the goal is to eventually have a place of their own. They were originally formed as a unit similar to the French Foreign Legion but their client reigned reneged on his end of the bargain and they ended up freelance mercenaries. [[spoiler: Eventually, they come back and pull off a coup.]]
24th Jul '16 1:07:36 PM Nohbody
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* HandCannon: Pistols have 2 centimeter bores. This works out to having a 20 millimeter pistol. 20mm and up are ''grenade calibers''. Justified in that they're shooting the "powergun" energy beams, so there's no bullet and significantly less recoil than the barrel diameter would indicate for a typical firearm. Powergun technology is closer to lasers than explosive propellant ballistic technology.
** Actually, pistols and submachineguns used by the Slammers have 1cm bores, so that's 10mm, not 20mm. The shoulder arms used by the Slammers are 2cm or 20mm, and use the same ammunition as the tribarrels - that's actually a plot point in the stories where a local rebel steals a Panzer. While 10mm is not a light caliber for a pistol, technically it's smaller than a .45 (which is 11mm).
20th Jul '16 10:46:53 AM Crowe4wfg
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* CarFu: Done in "Rolling Hot" WITH A HOVERTANK!


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* RammingAlwaysWorks: In the story "Rolling Hot" (based on the campaign to recapture Hue after the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War), at one point a single Panzer and six combat cars are facing a force of nearly 2 dozen hostile, albeit far less advanced, tanks. The combat car of the Point Of View characters gets a hit that kills one of the gunners and stuns the commanding officer. As a hostile tank takes aim to finish them off, the Panzer, driven by a newly transferred truck driver, smashes the enemy tank into pulp.
20th Jul '16 10:36:54 AM Crowe4wfg
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**Actually, pistols and submachineguns used by the Slammers have 1cm bores, so that's 10mm, not 20mm. The shoulder arms used by the Slammers are 2cm or 20mm, and use the same ammunition as the tribarrels - that's actually a plot point in the stories where a local rebel steals a Panzer. While 10mm is not a light caliber for a pistol, technically it's smaller than a .45 (which is 11mm).
17th May '16 5:19:27 PM Mjolnir13621
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** Powerguns, when tied into a computer, are extremely accurate. This, and the sheer destructive power, range, and speed of the weapon, renders ordinary aircraft obsolete. Artillery can also be interdicted, but remain effective.

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** Powerguns, when tied into a computer, are extremely accurate. This, and the sheer destructive power, range, and speed of the weapon, renders ordinary aircraft obsolete. Artillery can also be interdicted, but remain effective. In one novel, recon and communications''satellites'' are considered viable targets so long as the tank's main gun can elevate to the proper angle necessary for line of sight to them.
17th May '16 5:14:18 PM Mjolnir13621
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** In another story happens to a mixed tank and combat car (IFV) unit moving to support their employer's besieged capitol. The unit is made up of people mostly on light duty for medical or admin reasons, and supported by a firebase of the same. This leads to the unit getting hit by smart munitions from their own side killing off a protagonist.

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** In another story happens to a mixed tank and combat car (IFV) unit moving to support their employer's besieged capitol. The unit is made up of people mostly on light duty for medical or admin reasons, and supported by a firebase of the same. This leads to the unit getting hit by smart munitions from their own side killing off a protagonist. The unit is given enough warning for this reaction.
17th May '16 5:12:57 PM Mjolnir13621
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**In another story happens to a mixed tank and combat car (IFV) unit moving to support their employer's besieged capitol. The unit is made up of people mostly on light duty for medical or admin reasons, and supported by a firebase of the same. This leads to the unit getting hit by smart munitions from their own side killing off a protagonist.
17th May '16 5:06:47 PM Mjolnir13621
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* FakingTheDead: While not stated outright, the character of Johann Vierziger from ''The Sharp End" is strongly hinted to be [[spoiler: Joachim Steuben]] despite taking place over 7 years after his supposed death. He has the same mannerisms and personality, same build and "pretty" appearance, same tastes in both sexual partners and weapons(the description of his custom pistol and holster and [[spoiler: Steuben's]] are identical) same incredible skill at quick draw and marksmanship, and multiple times appears to know more about the unit and Hammer himself than a relatively new recruit would be expected to know. More than one character notes that Vierziger reminds them of what they knew about [[spoiler: Steuben]], with one character even questioning if he might be related.

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* FakingTheDead: While not stated outright, the character of Johann Vierziger from ''The Sharp End" is strongly hinted to be [[spoiler: Joachim Steuben]] despite taking place over 7 years after his supposed death. He has the same mannerisms and personality, same build and "pretty" appearance, same tastes in both sexual partners and weapons(the description of his custom pistol and holster and [[spoiler: Steuben's]] are identical) same incredible skill at quick draw and marksmanship, and multiple times appears to know more about the unit and Hammer himself than a relatively new recruit would be expected to know. More than one character notes that Vierziger reminds them of what they knew about [[spoiler: Steuben]], with one character even questioning if he might be related. [[spoiler: Addressed in "A Death in Peacetime", the last story in the first book in the anthology release, showing Joachim Steuben's death in ways that leave no doubt as to his actual, unfaked, death. Spoiler spoiler: Joachim Steuben secretly paid an assassin to kill Joachim Steuben, and set up the the situation to make it possible.]]
18th Jan '16 11:04:36 AM Gatomon41
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The Slammers are a futuristic mercenary group under the command of Colonel Alois Hammer, who leads the toughest mercs who ever killed for a dollar. According to WordOfGod, partly based on the French Foreign Legion in the 1950s, when that service had a large proportion of former [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany SS]] in its ranks, but also loosely based on the Vietnam-Era [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_ACR 11th Armored Cavalry regiment]] (with whom Drake served in Vietnam and Cambodia), with [[HoverTank fusion-powered hovercraft "panzers" replacing tanks]] and smaller combat cars replacing M113 cavalry vehicles.

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The Slammers are a futuristic mercenary group under the command of Colonel Alois Hammer, who leads the toughest mercs who ever killed for a dollar. According to WordOfGod, partly based on the French Foreign Legion in the 1950s, when that service had a large proportion of former [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany SS]] in its ranks, but also loosely based on the Vietnam-Era [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_ACR 11th Armored Cavalry regiment]] (with whom Drake served in Vietnam and Cambodia), with [[HoverTank fusion-powered hovercraft "panzers" replacing 20th century tanks]] and smaller combat cars replacing M113 cavalry vehicles.



** Obviously, frequent use of Overkill and WMDs (nuclear and chemical) on civilian populations, too. And a specific story about destruction of a historical shrine due to it being abused as a shield for military forces by one side.

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** Obviously, frequent use of Overkill and WMDs [=WMDs=] (nuclear and chemical) on civilian populations, too. And a specific story about destruction of a historical shrine due to it being abused as a shield for military forces by one side.


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* WelcomeBackTraitor: Downplayed with the Slammers. Despite having to blast their way through Friesland forces to escape probable extinction, the Slammers eventually reconcile enough with their former homeworld. This allows the Slammers to get access to Friesland officers (to get combat experience) and military academies (to train professional officers). However, Slammer himself doesn't go back to Friesland until hired to fight a civil war there [[spoiler: and eventually become President of the planet]].
15th Jan '16 10:31:23 AM zarpaulus
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* CoversAlwaysLie: A minor case, but the Slammers' {{Hover Tank}}s are depicted as having only four drive fans when in reality they have roughly a dozen (partially for redundancy in case some are disabled by battle damage).

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* CoversAlwaysLie: A minor case, but the Slammers' {{Hover Tank}}s are depicted as having only four drive fans when in reality they have roughly a dozen (partially for redundancy in case some are disabled by battle damage). And the plasma from their power guns is usually some shade of red or orange instead of the cyan frequently stated in the description.



* FightingForAHomeland: The Slammers are from many worlds, but the goal is to eventually have a place of their own.

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* FightingForAHomeland: The Slammers are from many worlds, but the goal is to eventually have a place of their own. They were originally formed as a unit similar to the French Foreign Legion but their client reigned on his end of the bargain and they ended up freelance mercenaries. [[spoiler: Eventually, they come back and pull off a coup.]]
* GeneralFailure[=/=] TheNeidermeyer: The upper echelons of most militaries who need to hire the Slammers.
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