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19th Jan '16 4:05:00 PM AgProv
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* Happened during WWII to a great extent. The Germans used a great many captured tanks -- French ones were used as training, guard and anti-partisan units, Czech ones formed standard combat forces. In the Desert campaign, it was not unknown for both the Axis and Allied sides to scrounge and use each other's captured vehicles so long as the ammo and spares lasted, with Germans operating Shermans and British Tigers. The Luftwaffe had a squadron of captured aircraft it used for spy missions, and the Kriegsmarine operated several captured submarines (for example UB-1, the former HMS ''Seal''). The Japanese used captured M3 Stuart tanks. A number of battles were initiated specifically to prevent the enemy from taking advantage of captured vehicles, most significantly the British bombardment of Mers-el-Kebir which sank three French battleships and killed a thousand French sailors.
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* Happened during WWII to a great extent. The Germans used a great many captured tanks -- French ones were used as training, guard and anti-partisan units, Czech ones formed standard combat forces. In the Desert campaign, it was not unknown for both the Axis and Allied sides to scrounge and use each other's captured vehicles so long as the ammo and spares lasted, with Germans operating Shermans and examples of practically every British Tigers. tank, whilst so many Italian tanks were captured intact in early 1941 that they were used to equip entire ''armoured regiments''. In 1944, the Guards Armoured Division recycled captured Panthers as "Cuckoo" tanks. The Luftwaffe had a squadron of captured aircraft it used for spy missions, and the Kriegsmarine operated several captured submarines (for example UB-1, the former HMS ''Seal''). The Japanese used captured M3 Stuart tanks. A number of battles were initiated specifically to prevent the enemy from taking advantage of captured vehicles, most significantly the British bombardment of Mers-el-Kebir which sank three French battleships and killed a thousand French sailors.sailors. * HMS Morse was a German U-Boat captured intact near Iceland. The ''Morse'' was used to patrol the approach routes to the German U-Boat bases in France: the reasoning being that a German crew so near home would relax and take her for a friendly vessel. Until...
16th Jan '16 10:51:09 AM Underachiever
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* Seen a fair bit in ''Literature/PerryRhodan'', with the earliest iconic example probably being the STARDUST II -- an Arkonid battleship that shot down the protagonists' much smaller craft after its first proper interstellar jump to the Vega system, turned out to have been ''already'' stolen by the rather non-Arkonid aliens who had invaded there at the time, was "liberated" by Rhodan & Co. in turn, and eventually became the first flagship of the still-embryonic Terran space fleet for quite a while. (That very shot-down craft is possibly an edge case since, while Rhodan had nothing to do with it and was in fact allied with them at the time, the attack that nuked its stranded mothership on the Moon and left Thora and Crest as its sole surving crew members simply because they were planetside at the time still came from other parties ''on Earth''.)
21st Dec '15 2:37:35 PM TheRecreator
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* The ability to scavenge enemy weapons and hijack enemy vehicles is a key gameplay element of the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' franchise. You can board virtually any Covenant craft, from the nimble Ghost scout to the aerial Banshee… even while the original pilot is still inside.
10th Dec '15 1:24:51 PM DarkSoldier
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* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', HYDRA's advanced weapons and technology are turned against them by America [=POWs=]. The opening seconds of the breakout is a ZergRush, but with every soldier taken down, the escapees get access to weaponry and vehicles.
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* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', American [=POWs=] turn HYDRA's advanced weapons and technology are turned against them by America [=POWs=].them. The opening seconds of the breakout is a ZergRush, but with every soldier taken down, the escapees get access to weaponry and vehicles.

* Done a few times with ships in ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', notably the Navy ship in the first film. These ships are not stolen. [[InsistentTerminology They are commandeered.]] It's a nautical term. * In ''Film/{{Firefox}}'', Clint Eastwood does a GrandTheftPrototype of one of the two of the titular Soviet supersonic fighters and uses it to shoot down the one sent after him. * In ''Film/{{U571}}'', while the initial plan is to simply board the titular sub and scuttle it after capturing its Enigma machine, the loss of their own submarine forces the heroes to take control of U-571 and use it in battle against the Germans.
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* Done a few times with ships in ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', notably the Navy ship in the first film. These ships are not stolen. stolen, [[InsistentTerminology They they are commandeered.]] commandeered]]. It's a nautical term. * In ''Film/{{Firefox}}'', Clint Eastwood does a GrandTheftPrototype of one of the two of the titular eponymous Soviet supersonic fighters and uses it to shoot down the one sent after him. * In ''Film/{{U571}}'', while the initial plan is to simply board the titular sub and scuttle it after capturing its Enigma machine, the loss of their own submarine forces the heroes to take control of U-571 and use it in battle against the Germans.

* In Sven Hassel's fictions of WW 2, the lads are often sent on suicide missions or are otherwise caught behind Russian lines and need to get home. This invariably ends up in escapades in Soviet kit they do not know how to use and have to figure out on the spot. * On ''Literature/{{Gor}}'' naval fights, being of the WoodenShipsAndIronMen type, often use this. Specifically, in ''Renegades of Gor'' the river town of Ar's Station use this to supplement their navy. Ar is a land superpower but doesn't have much of a navy, so they fill their holds with infantrymen and swarm their enemy's ships when they get boarded, capturing the ship and then using it against the enemy's other vessels.
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* In Sven Hassel's fictions of WW 2, World War II fiction, the lads are often sent on suicide missions or are otherwise caught behind Russian lines and need to get home. This invariably ends up in escapades in Soviet kit they do not know how to use and have to figure out on the spot. * On ''Literature/{{Gor}}'' ''Literature/{{Gor}}'', naval fights, being of the WoodenShipsAndIronMen type, often use this. Specifically, in ''Renegades of Gor'' the river town of Ar's Station use this to supplement their navy. Ar is a land superpower but doesn't have much of a navy, so they fill their holds with infantrymen and swarm their enemy's ships when they get boarded, capturing the ship and then using it against the enemy's other vessels.

* In ''[[XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'', the eponymous fighter squadron steals the corvette ''Night Caller'' from Warlord Zsinj's fleet by [[ASimplePlan the simple expedient]] of a makeshift boarding pod disguised as debris. They take it so rapidly that the ship's superiors have no idea it was captured, allowing them to use it for TheInfiltration. Afterwards, it remains in New Republic service, presumably in a less prominent role (and maybe with a less [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast obviously evil name]]). In fact, it's mentioned that the New Republic, and the Rebel Alliance before it to a greater extent, get a lot of their ships this way: either they're boarded and seized, or their crews defect ''en masse'', or a third party gets their hands on it and simply sells it to them.
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* In ''[[XWingSeries ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'', the eponymous fighter squadron steals the corvette ''Night Caller'' from Warlord Zsinj's fleet by [[ASimplePlan the simple expedient]] of a makeshift boarding pod disguised as debris. They take it so rapidly that the ship's superiors have no idea it was captured, allowing them to use it for TheInfiltration. Afterwards, it remains in New Republic service, presumably in a less prominent role (and maybe with a less [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast obviously evil name]]). In fact, it's mentioned that the New Republic, and the Rebel Alliance before it to a greater extent, get a lot of their ships this way: either they're boarded and seized, or their crews defect ''en masse'', or a third party gets their hands on it and simply sells it to them.

* One novel in ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' takes place immediately after the live test of the [[LaResistance colonial]] AntiMater WaveMotionGun, which results in the destruction of both the colonial and an [[TheEmpire Earth Alliance]] fleets. Realizing they have to act before Alliance higher-ups fidnd out that colonies are virtually defenseless (the Alliance can quickly put together another fleet), the colonial admiral hatches a daring plan to steal two Alliance flagship cruisers along with their space docks. The crazy plan succeeds, and the Free Colonies get a reprieve until more ships can be built.
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* One novel in ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' takes place immediately after the live test of the [[LaResistance colonial]] AntiMater AntiMatter WaveMotionGun, which results in the destruction of both the colonial and an [[TheEmpire Earth Alliance]] fleets. Realizing they have to act before Alliance higher-ups fidnd find out that colonies are virtually defenseless (the Alliance can quickly put together another fleet), the colonial admiral hatches a daring plan to steal two Alliance flagship cruisers along with their space docks. The crazy plan succeeds, and the Free Colonies get a reprieve until more ships can be built.

** On at least one occasion this shootsthem in the foot when a DangerouslyGenreSavvy Goa'uld booby traps his fighters. The team attempts to use parts from it in an Earth-built fighter, only to (almost) wind up drifting through space for a long, long time.
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** On at least one occasion this shootsthem shoots them in the foot when a DangerouslyGenreSavvy Goa'uld booby traps his fighters. The team attempts to use parts from it in an Earth-built fighter, only to (almost) wind up drifting through space for a long, long time.

* Regarding the statement above, the renaming of enemy ships was common practice; just not amongst the British and American fleets. And the british took this rule to the extreme. during the revolutionary war, the British took a Ship called the Ville de Paris(the City of Paris). This ship sank in a storm soon after it was captured, but fear not for a second ville de PAris was commissioned 12 years later. the only problem was the time period. The Second Ville de Paris was launched during the napoleonic Wars, Where she served admirable.
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* Regarding the statement above, the renaming of enemy ships was common practice; practice, just not amongst the British and American fleets. And the british British took this rule to the extreme. during During the revolutionary war, Revolutionary War, the British took a Ship ship called the Ville ''Ville de Paris(the Paris'' (the City of Paris). This ship sank in a storm soon after it was captured, but fear not for a second ville ''Ville de PAris Paris'' was commissioned 12 twelve years later. the The only problem was the time period. The Second Ville period: the second ''Ville de Paris Paris'' was launched during the napoleonic Napoleonic Wars, Where where she served admirable. admirably.

** Averted in one case: an Imperial commando tried to hijack a few Tau battlesuits, but when the suits recognized the hijacker's DNA didn't match the pilot's it fried him.
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** Averted in one case: an Imperial commando tried to hijack a few Tau battlesuits, but when the suits recognized the hijacker's DNA suit didn't match the pilot's recognize him as its pilot, it fried him.

* Some time between the end of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' and ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[TheHero Commander Shepard]] surrenders himself to the Systems Alliance and turns over the ''[[CoolStarship Normandy SR2]]'', which had been placed under his command while he [[EnemyMine was working with Cerberus]]. By the time the third game begins, the ''Normandy'' has nearly completed her refit process to bring her in line with Alliance standards (and to repaint her [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience in Alliance Navy colors]].) A sidequest in ''[=ME3=]'' also results in the capture of a squadron of Cerberus fighters, which are pressed into Alliance service.
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* Some time between the end of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' and ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[TheHero Commander Shepard]] surrenders himself to the Systems Alliance and turns over the ''[[CoolStarship Normandy SR2]]'', which had been placed under his command while he [[EnemyMine was working with Cerberus]]. By the time the third game begins, the ''Normandy'' has nearly completed her refit process to bring her in line with Alliance standards (and to repaint her [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience in Alliance Navy colors]].) A sidequest in ''[=ME3=]'' also results in the capture of a squadron of Cerberus fighters, which are pressed into Alliance service.

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* Some time between ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'': ** In the end spirit of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' and ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[TheHero Commander Shepard]] surrenders himself to the Systems Alliance and turns over the ''[[CoolStarship Normandy SR2]]'', which had been placed under his command while he [[EnemyMine was working with Cerberus]]. By the time the third game begins, the ''Normandy'' has nearly completed her refit process to bring her in line with Alliance standards (and to repaint her [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience in Alliance Navy colors]].) A sidequest in ''[=ME3=]'' also results Warhammer 40,000's Orks, high-status raiders in the capture of a squadron of Cerberus fighters, which are pressed into Alliance service.Commonwealth may be encountered wearing looted and refurbished PowerArmor. ** It's possible to sneak up on an occupied suit, steal its fusion core, kill the operator when he bails out, replace the core, and take the suit for yourself.
18th Nov '15 1:42:07 AM Randallw201238
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** Orks in often loot enemy vehicles, usually painting them red, overclocking the engines, slapping on armor and adding extra weapons. Depending on edition they can be used in the game, with a list of rules to show their unreliability.
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** Orks in often loot enemy vehicles, usually painting them red, overclocking the engines, slapping on armor and adding extra weapons. Depending on edition they can be used in the game, with a list of rules to show their unreliability.
18th Nov '15 1:40:57 AM Randallw201238
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* Regarding the statement above, the renaming of enemy ships was common practice; just not amongst the british and American fleets. And the british took this rule to the extreme. during the revolutionary war, the British took a Ship called the Ville de Paris(the City of Paris). This ship sank in a storm soon after it was captured, but fear not for a second ville de PAris was commissioned 12 years later. the only problem was the time period. The Second Ville de Paris was launched during the napoleonic Wars, Where she served admirable.
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* Regarding the statement above, the renaming of enemy ships was common practice; just not amongst the british British and American fleets. And the british took this rule to the extreme. during the revolutionary war, the British took a Ship called the Ville de Paris(the City of Paris). This ship sank in a storm soon after it was captured, but fear not for a second ville de PAris was commissioned 12 years later. the only problem was the time period. The Second Ville de Paris was launched during the napoleonic Wars, Where she served admirable.
18th Nov '15 1:40:04 AM Randallw201238
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* Regarding the statement above, the renaming of enemy ships was common practice; just not amongst the british and American fleets. And the british took this rule to the extreme. during hte revolutionary war, the British took a Ship called the Ville de Paris(the City of Paris). This ship sank in a storm soon after it was captured, but fear not for a second ville de PAris was commissioned 12 years later. the only problem was the time period. The Second Ville de Paris was launched during the napoleonic Wars, Where she served admirable.
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* Regarding the statement above, the renaming of enemy ships was common practice; just not amongst the british and American fleets. And the british took this rule to the extreme. during hte the revolutionary war, the British took a Ship called the Ville de Paris(the City of Paris). This ship sank in a storm soon after it was captured, but fear not for a second ville de PAris was commissioned 12 years later. the only problem was the time period. The Second Ville de Paris was launched during the napoleonic Wars, Where she served admirable.
22nd Aug '15 10:36:15 AM Chabal2
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* Orks in Warhammer 40K often loot enemy vehicles, usually painting them red, overclocking the engines, slapping on armor and adding extra weapons. Depending on edition they can be used in the game, with a list of rules to show their unreliability.
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* ''Warhammer40K'': ** Orks in Warhammer 40K in often loot enemy vehicles, usually painting them red, overclocking the engines, slapping on armor and adding extra weapons. Depending on edition they can be used in the game, with a list of rules to show their unreliability.unreliability. ** Averted in one case: an Imperial commando tried to hijack a few Tau battlesuits, but when the suits recognized the hijacker's DNA didn't match the pilot's it fried him.

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* Orks in Warhammer 40K often loot enemy vehicles, usually painting them red, overclocking ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'': The GLA can do this with the engines, slapping on armor and adding extra weapons. Depending on edition they can be used optional Hijacker unit or by having Jarman Kell SnipeTheCockpit then ordering any unit to get in the game, with a list of rules to show their unreliability.vehicle.
30th Jun '15 12:28:19 AM RuebenEarlofSandwich
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*Regarding the statement above, the renaming of enemy ships was common practice; just not amongst the british and American fleets. And the british took this rule to the extreme. during hte revolutionary war, the British took a Ship called the Ville de Paris(the City of Paris). This ship sank in a storm soon after it was captured, but fear not for a second ville de PAris was commissioned 12 years later. the only problem was the time period. The Second Ville de Paris was launched during the napoleonic Wars, Where she served admirable.
13th Feb '15 2:33:40 AM Hertzyscowicz
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** Orks in Warhammer 40K often loot enemy vehicles, usually painting them red, overclocking the engines, slapping on armor and adding extra weapons. Depending on edition they can be used in the game, with a list of rules to show their unreliability.
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** * Orks in Warhammer 40K often loot enemy vehicles, usually painting them red, overclocking the engines, slapping on armor and adding extra weapons. Depending on edition they can be used in the game, with a list of rules to show their unreliability.
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