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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Many fans theorize that Saki from Rabbit Team might possibly be autistic, given how she seems generally detached from whatever is going on and never really speaks to anybody. Other fans jokingly theorize that Saki might be suffering from a severe case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. [[note]] less and less detached as the show goes on, interacting with the others and even showing emotions. Horse Therapy is used in autism, but we have to wonder how effective Tank Therapy would be in real life? [[spoiler:She finally speaks in episode 12, to point out a tank's weak point of all things.]][[/note]]
*** There's an internet joke about her being a ghost whisperer and chatting with Wittmann.
** On some fan comics, the translations of which can be found in Danbooru, Erika is characterized as being in ([[AllLoveIsUnrequited unrequited]]) love with Maho and acting like a {{Jerkass}} toward Miho out of [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]].
** Maho's hidden support towards Miho being less of a [[ByronicHero noble sacrifice on her part]] and more of a [[LittleSisterHeroine raging "imouto complex"]] is a popular interpretation. Some of these comics indicate Miho's departure has been hard on her, even seemingly taking a toll on her sanity ([[http://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/1358698?tags=itsumi_erika such as one in which Maho consults a Miho hand puppet during a tank team meeting]]).
** Is Nishizumi Shiho's planned disowning of Miho a cruel act, but one that sets her free to be her own person while also preserving the Nishizumi style? Or is she a cold, ruthless bitch who doesn't deserve to be a mother? Not that these are '''not''' [[NiceJobFixingItVillain mutually exclusive]] As of the end of the first season, Shiho [[spoiler:has not told Miho about her disowning, despite having planned to do so as far back as the semifinals, merely giving a small smile and a SlowClap while alone after her victory]], which in and of itself can be interpreted many different ways.
** A {{Yonkoma}} webcomic shows Anteater team in their immobilized tank, watching the [[FinalBattle fierce battle]] upmountain and [[StepfordSmiler saying over the radio that they feel happy]] because they have at least protected Miho; but as soon as they cut the radio, it shows Nekonyaa being [[TearJerker emotionally]] [[EmptyShell devastated]] by her swift defeat robbing her the one chance to fight alongside her Ōarai companions.
*** This must have [[{{Squick}} disgusted]] Mizushima-san, because the ''very first'' thing Episode 11 does is [[{{Jossed}} Joss this]] through a MythologyGag nod.
** Sodoko is sometimes portayed as a {{Tsundere}} toward Mako.
** Kuromorimine. Is it a school full of [[StopHavingFunGuys tankers who see it as their calling in life to crush "weak" teams and value victory over fun]]? Or are they arguably no worse than most in that attitude, with Erika a TokenEvilTeammate of sorts? The fact that Maho, their commander, is ultimately motivated by [[spoiler:sisterly love]], can be interpreted as her hiding her true nature to fit in, or proof that most Kuromorimine tankers are decent people at heart.
* AwesomeEgo: Katyusha. She may have a [[TheNapoleon Napoleon complex]], but she certainly knows how to lead like him.
* AwesomeMusic: All of the anime's renditions of popular national marching songs such as the British Grenadier March, the American Battle Hymn of the Republic and Army Goes Rolling Along are very well received. However, its version of the Russian song Katyusha is by far the most popular, as it is actually sung with lyrics...sadly, it's been removed from the Sentai release due to licensing issues, which is making fans rage. Its replacement is part of Korobeiniki, best known as [[MarthDebutedInSmashBros that song from]] {{VideoGame/Tetris}}.
** Episode 10 gives us Kuromorimine's theme, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjHXLq_cZIg Erika]] it. Is. '''Glorious.'''
** Episode 11's rendition of Panzerlied.
* CargoShip: Yukari all but ''cuddled'' the Pz38(t) when they found it in the woods. This best exemplified in her part during the [[AllThereInTheManual shared character song]] of Team Anglerfish. The other teammates explain their personal aspiration in Tankery, but she only gushes about how wonderful the tanks are, concluding with:
-->"Panzer is Life, Life is Panzer."
** This means "Yukari x Panzer" is the show's only [[{{Shipping}} ship]] to be [[IncrediblyLamePun canon]].
** After her tank fired the first shot, she said that it "felt kind of good" (something like [[TheModestOrgasm an PG-13 compliant panzer-induced orgasm]]).
* CounterpartComparison: [[CoolBigSis The main character is estranged from her big sister who is a lot better than her]][[note]]Although the circumstances of the estrangement are different, as are each older sister's feelings toward her younger sister[[/note]], [[RefusalOfTheCall doesn't like the craft that her family is legendary at]], [[ButThouMust has to be convinced by her friend(s) to start taking the craft seriously]], [[TournamentArc they then get into a national tournament]], [[DavidVersusGoliath their first tourney match is against a school that is significantly better-funded and has more practitioners than them]]... yeah, ''[[{{Manga/Saki}} Saki]]'' [[XMeetsY on]] [[TankGoodness tanks]] alright.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Erika, Maho's {{Jerkass}} lieutenant, has picked up a [[JerkassDissonance fan following]] as powerful as the other {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s listed below, despite often [[AlphaBitch mocking]] Miho, [[TheProudElite looking down]] on other schools, [[KickTheDog complaining]] about Maho's decision to PetTheDog by [[spoiler:letting Mako take her helicopter to visit her grandmother in the hospital]], and even shooting a [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking nasty glare]] at [[spoiler:the teammate who walked over to thank and encourage Miho for saving her, which, combined with her attitude as Miho refuses to abandon Rabbit Team even as Kuromorimine closes in, indicates that she strongly prioritizes victory even over the safety of her troops]].
* EarWorm:
** The opening and ending songs, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wly8YHLNWOQ DreamRiser]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ369DarcIY Enter, Enter Mission]], respectively, are pretty catchy, especially the latter.
** Pravda's performance of [[http://youtu.be/ehhitnnB22k Katyusha was so adorable and ear-catching]], that someone made an ''80 minute looped version'', which can be found [[http:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQuxF3EZUxY here]]. And then someone upped the ante with a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA5IFJqjXiQ 600 minute version]] - '''ten hours''' of Katyusha, people!
** Then again, if that is not much of an ear worm, then maybe the infamous ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlPlVc7RY_o Anglerfish Song]]'' would induce this trope even more. Just be ready with the dance outfit...
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Due to the CastOfSnowflakes nature of every team, it's very easy to gain favorites. Some of the following are the more obvious ones:
** Yukari seems to be the most popular of Miho's crew due to her [[SeriousBusiness sheer enthusiasm]] for tanks. Character polls regularly place her in the lead by a large margin.
** Hippo Team's Erwin Rommel {{Expy}} is a popular choice.
** Anzu, Ōarai's Student Council President.
** Oona Aya of Rabbit Team (the {{Meganekko}}).
** Another member of Rabbit Team, Saki Maruyama. Despite having exactly one line in episode 12, Japanese fandom has latched on to her. As of this writing, she's the ''only'' member of the cast with an official Twitter icon/avatar available on the Girls und Panzer's website giveout page [[http://girls-und-panzer.jp/giveout.html]].
** Darjeeling, Captain of St Glorianna, has been popular in the fanart community. Saunders' Kay has a following too.
** Surprisingly enough, Kuromorimine's [[TheDragon Erika]] [[DracoInLeatherPants has picked up a following as well]].
** The Katyusha/Nonna duo from Pravda has a fair amount of popularity, partly due to their unique dynamic, and partly because of the popularity of the Pravda team singing Katyusha.
** There's a small but vocal fandom for Anzio's Commander Anchovy, mainly due to her hair (drill twin tails), but also to a lesser extent because of the HiddenDepths she shows after the match (she can't stand to lose but it's because she sees winning as a commander's responsibility); they were pleased to hear of a planed OVA that will give her more screen time.
** There's a considerable amount of fanart for Alice's tank crew, notwithstanding their limited screen time. (Not so surprising, really, given their amusing reactions to Alice's rambling).
** The commander of the Jadgpanther whose tracks Anzu destroys - '''twice''' - picked quite a following in just a few days.
** Ōarai's official reporter, [[MeaningfulName Ou Taiga]][[note]]Mixed Japanese[=/=]{{Engrish}} for [[http://www.wwiivehicles.com/germany/tanks-heavy/pzkpfw-vi-e.asp Great Tiger]][[/note]], has also her own following despite only appearing in a few seconds of episode 10 and some promotional material.
* FaceOfTheBand:
** Erwin (the aforementioned Rommel Expy) for Team Hippo. To the point many fans don't know she's the tank's commander in battle, but not the club's leader out of battle (that's Caesar).
** [[InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals Sodoko of the Discipline Committee is a complicated example]] What is clear, however, is that Sodoko's the most frequently shown of the three, and the member of the committee Mako has encountered the most often.
* {{Fanon}}: The supplementary material stating that men were forbidden from entering Tankery has been interpreted by many fans to mean that men were forbidden to pilot tanks at all, even in war. This has led to ''[[EpilepticTrees lengthy]]'' debates about how to reconcile it with the fact that male tankers are depicted in canon and historically male tank commanders (with [[RatedMForManly unequivocally male names]]) are explicitly mentioned.
** The argument is augmented by the historical information included in every booklet that accompanies the Blu-Ray releases, which seem to openly contradict each other about UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 (sometimes in the ''same booklet''). In general there seems to be two separate schools of thought among the writers of the booklets: that the war happened, and had a lasting influence post-facto, or it ''didn't'', and it's just a sports competition that got too heated.
** This has also led to a FandomSpecificPlot in which, under various circumstances, boys start getting involved in tankery, sometimes flying World War II-era fighter planes (and unfortunately, often being [[GaryStu Gary Stus]]). There's some double-irony in this, as it shows a hilarious lack of research from information found in said Blu-Ray booklets, which ''specify'' the major reason for the declining popularity of Sensha-do: '''attack helicopters'''. Not vintage planes, ''helicopters''.
** Another bit of fanon that occasionally pops up in fan fiction is that Darjeeling and Orange Pekoe (as well as Assam, sometimes) are sisters.
** Another common piece of fanon is that Shiho Nishizumi is not only head of the Nishizumi school, but also headmistress of Kuromorimine, the school where her elder daughter commands, and where her younger daughter used to attend, despite this not being said at any point.
* FreudWasRight: A world where riding around and waging war in large, hard, projectile-spewing machines is the domain of women and young girls. Females coveting symbols of male sexual organs, wishing to possess a penis, etc, etc. Paging Dr. Freud! You'll have a field day with this one!
* FriendlyFandoms: Naturally, there's a lot of crossovers with WorldOfTanks, and TabletopGame/FlamesOfWar players are at least vaguely aware of it.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** When you consider that Mako [[spoiler:[[NeverGotToSayGoodbye had an argument with her mother]] before her parents died in an accident]], her [[spoiler:being in a hurry to get to her grandmother in the hospital]] can be seen as being motivated by fear of something like that happening again. It's also worse when you consider that [[spoiler:her grandmother is her only remaining family]].
** Miho's initial decision to surrender to Pravda to prevent a simultaneous bombardment that could result in people being seriously injured becomes a TearJerker when you realize that in the manga, it's revealed that she knew that if she'd done that, [[spoiler:she would be disinherited]].
* HeartwarmingInHindsight:
** Miho is clearly pleased to see the Panzer IV as the first tank retrieved for the Ōarai Tankery team. In the ''Little Army'' manga, she and her friends played with the same type of tank.
** The few frames of the Anteater girls inside their immobilized tank that allow us to ''[[OpaqueNerdGlasses see Nekonyaa's eyes]]'', showing that she's happy and relaxed, have the effect of going against the [[TearJerker tear jerking]] AlternateCharacterInterpretation of her being emotionally devastated by her swift defeat. It seems that she thinks that [[spoiler: TakingTheBullet for the flag tank in the FinalBattle]] '''is''' a good enough showing for a total newbie.
** In Episode 5, while training after school with the others besides Miho, Hana says to Miho "We'll show your sister" the validity of Miho's approach to tankery. In Episode 11 [[spoiler:while saving Rabbit team with Black Forest closing in]], expresses a desire to win to prove that there's nothing wrong with Miho's approach to tankery. In ''Little Army'', it turns out that [[spoiler:Maho wants Miho to find her own way of tankery]].
* HilariousInHindsight: Fans of this series and WorldOfTanks have made [[http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CrGpS6_KbBw mods for the game based on the tanks of the series]]. Now there is a cross promotion for World of Tanks and Girls und Panzer as it launched in Japan.
* InkSuitActor: Nonna might be based on her voice actress SumireUesaka, who majors in Russian studies and was interested in Soviet warfare in UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo well before playing this role ([[http://i53.fastpic.ru/big/2013/0211/3e/b3df1e24f2ea13ce7746f1d1744c0c3e.png proof pic - note the 2011 date]]). The character also seems to look somewhat like the voice actress, and both are relatively tall (Sumire's 160 cm is tallish for a Japanese young women).
* LesYay:
** Yukari seems to be interested in Miho for more than just her tank skills. She's far too happy about getting to hear that ''she correctly guessed'' Miho's measurements and obviously jealous when Kay hugs Miho. In Episode 10, where Miho says she "loves" all her friends, Yukari's response is "Nishizumi-dono confessed to me!" In Chapter 10 of the manga, Yukari, in response to seeing Miho with "a beauty in traditional Japanese clothes" (Kikuyo, Miho's maid and ParentalSubstitute), is to follow them into the restaurant and eavesdrop on their conversation. While Yukari's worried about Miho, it's not hard to see her as checking out her possible competition, or possibly being attracted to Kikuyo.
** In this vein, some watchers find Darjeeling's interest in Miho more than a little suspect as well.
** Sodoko offering Mako exactly what she wanted (a clean tardiness record) when [[spoiler:the Maus knocked out her tank in the FinalBattle]] and [[spoiler: delivering]] on her promise after the team's [[spoiler:victory]] are, for [[GungHolierThanThou someone like her]], the closest you can get to a [[WartimeWedding mid-of-battlefield declaration]] and an [[WackyMarriageProposal proposal]], respectively. Mako [[spoiler:blushing and [[TheGlomp bodily hugging her]] with a huge smile on her face]] certainly assists this notion.
** Hana is often portrayed as the most lesbian member of Team Anglerfish, such as in [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/1360809?tags=nishizumi_maho this]] comic in which Saori has to convince Maho that Yukari's Valentine's Day chocolate for Miho is friend chocolate. This is due to the fact that, in the art for her Character Song CD, Hana is shown to be holding a ''lily'', '''the''' symbol of [[YuriGenre yuri]] in Japanese media.
** Then there's the dynamic between Turtle team's Yuzu and Momo (Anzu's subordinates in the Student Council). The fact that the former almost always calls her "[[AffectionateNickname Momo-chan]]" (much to the latter's chagrin, of course) doesn't help dispel that notion.
** Even [[CasanovaWannabe boy-chasing Saori]] gets a line where she says "girls have their own good points about them, too. Let's try to get popular!" In context, Yukari, Hana and Saori are all discussing their personal interests, and Saori's dream is to be "popular" with the guys.
** Counting ''The Real Anzio Battle'' OVA, we have [[spoiler:Hippo Team's Caesar and Anzio Academy's Carpaccio]] (which also briefly counts as FoeYay of sorts). The former's crewmates in the [=StuG III=] teasing her with her EmbarrassingNickname, [[spoiler: and later on eavesdropping on their post-match talk]] (thus implying a ShipperOnDeck status) certainly didn't help.
* MagnificentBastard: Maho. She is the only one to consistently guess what the rivals (including ''[[GuileHero Miho]]'') are planning, and always has contingency plans ready for them. She's ''utterly'' determined to both her open (upholding the Nishizumi-style's honor) and hidden ([[spoiler:allowing Miho to be free from having to do the same]]) goals. She might not be a walking show of charismatic joy, but she does command the admiration/respect of almost all other tankers. And she leads from the front, in a UsefulNotes/{{WWII}} tank. She is a GenderBender and an SuddenNameChange away from becoming an {{Expy}} of the [[ErwinRommel original]] TropeNamer...
* MemeticMolester:
** Maho is regularly characterized as being [[BrotherSisterIncest creepily obsessed with Miho]], such as wearing a kimono with Miho's face on it, stealing Miho's [[spoiler:[[PantyThief underwear]]]] and wearing them on her head, and [[spoiler:hoping Miho gets disowned so that they can marry]]. Note this pretty much mirrors a popular fan interpretation about [[Manga/{{Saki}} Miyanaga Teru]] as well. This is [[MythologyGag given a nod]] in an official (if non-{{canon}}) [[http://a.yfrog.com/img687/8537/h1db.jpg joke comic]] showing Ōarai's reporter [[MeaningfulName Ou Taiga]] interviewing the team about [[spoiler:how [[MagicSkirt their panties never become visible]] even in strong winds, and then about which "victory panties" they are wearing; long tale short, Miho says hers are missing... and then the last few panels imply '''''Maho''''' is wearing them (mercifully not on her head)]].
** In a similar vein, Nonna is sometimes depicted the same way with Katyusha. Believe it not it's [[AscendedFanon confirmed]] (or at the very least [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar implied very]],''[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar very]]'' [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar strongly]]) in the second episode recap, which indicates Nonna keeps a diary on Katyusha.
** Anzu is depicted in some fan art as [[http://imgur.com/Fxaj5uP constantly]] stalking [[FanNickname Jagdpanther-Chan]]... even [[https://0-media-cdn.foolz.us/ffuuka/board/a/image/1364/11/1364118313792.jpg at her home]].
** Then there's Darjeeling's dynamic with her subordinate Orange Pekoe. Sort of confirmed in [[http://www.batoto.net/read/_/236393/girls-und-panzer-motto-love-love-sakusen-desu_ch7_by_ak-scanlations/3 Chapter 7]] of the ''Motto Love Love Sakusen'' spin-off manga, where she and Nonna have {{Imagine Spot}}s of Pekoe and Katyusha wearing the Anglerfish Dance outfit.
* MemeticMutation:
** "[[ShapedLikeItself Panzer vor means panzer vor!]]" from the GagSub.
** Kay's loud '''[[BigWordShout "WHY?!?!"]]''' has become a forum image macro.
** "I touch the fluffy hair."
** The [=GuP=] universe consists of an endless chain of carriers on top of even larger carriers, like the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' being set on a giant turtle.
** Tsuchiya's excited "Dorifto, dorifto!" has been combined with the original MultiTrackDrifting image [[http://1-media-cdn.foolz.us/ffuuka/board/a/image/1356/00/1356005725780.jpg]]
** "Cancer isn't funny."[[note]]standard answer whenever the animation mistake in episode 1 of a hairless background character is pointed[[/note]]
** "[[StiffUpperLip Keep calm]] and '''[[AttackAttackAttack UTE! UTE! UTE!!]]'''".
** Damn you, [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Teenage Mutant Hetzer Turtles!]][[note]]
--->They're Ōarai's most fearsome student council team. (We're really hip!)\\
They're students in a half-shell, and sixteen. (Hey, get a grip!)\\
When the BF Jagdpanther attacks\\
These turtle girls just shoot its tracks.\\
''Teenage Mutant Hetzer Turtles!\\
Teenage Mutant Hetzer Turtles!\\
Teenage Mutant Hetzer Turtles!\\
Students in a half-shell, Turtle Power!''[[/note]]
** The InUniverse reference to two infamous memes from ''VideoGame/WorldOfTanks'':
*** Miho and Anzu basically all but invoke ''[[MeaningfulName Hetzers Gonna Hetz]]'' in episode 10.
*** In a similar vein, Hippo team are clearly living ''"the [=StuG=] life"''.
** "This, too, is Sensha-do." [[note]]Maho's line justifying loaning Mako her team's helicopter to get to the hospital is often brought up as a RunningGag in comic strips in which Maho proceeds to be far more overtly affectionate to Miho in that scene than in canon, such as one strip in which Maho tells Miho to say "Thank you, Onee-chan, I love you!" while hugging her[[/note]]
** The image of Leopon's Tiger(P) pulling off a [[spoiler:YouShallNotPass]] has become an image macro[[note]]with lines like "FEED ME MORE SHELLS" or [[TrashTalk "Is that the best you've got?"]][[/note]].
* {{Moe}}: All the girls from Oarai qualify, but Rabbit Team represents the strongest concentration in the show.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap:
** While Maho was not necessarily an unpopular character to begin with, some viewers had a negative first impression of her, but changed their mind after her PetTheDog moments, and when ''Little Army'' reveals that [[spoiler:her greatest desire and the reason why she serves as Nishizumi heiress is for Miho to be able to live her own way]].
** The Student Council was initially viewed in a negative light for forcing Miho to take tankery, but are more favorably seen after Episode 8, [[spoiler:in which it turns out that they're trying to save the school from closure]].
** The entirety of Anzio thanks to OVA 7.
* RonTheDeathEater: Some fanfics portray Maho in a significantly more negative light, as well as more openly hostile to Miho, although it is in large part due to the authors not reading ''Little Army'' and not knowing that [[spoiler:she does what she does for Miho's sake]].
* TheScrappy:
** Some fans dislike Emi from the ''Little Army'' manga, finding her to be too much of a Jerkass for her friends to deal with, and her friends admit in-universe that she can be hard to put up with at times.
** Shiho is largely disliked because of [[AbusiveParents how she treats Miho]], and her lack of any EvilIsCool factors.
* SpiritualLicensee: People have called it the AnimatedAdaptation of ''WorldOfTanks''. Indeed, one of the Ōarai tank crews met playing "an online tank game". Remind you of something? And now [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2013-07-27/girls-and-panzer-to-collaborate-with-world-of-tanks-game-in-japan they're cross-promoting in Japan]].
* {{Squee}}: An immediate reaction in the Russian-speaking fandom after hearing the "Katyusha" song in episode 8.
* {{Squick}}: Likely trying to reference the EmpathyDollShot, the series shows a large number of [[MoodDissonance bandaged teddy bears]] in Miho's room. WordOfGod states that they're just a popular merchandise series in the G&P world,[[note]]Quoting from Mizushima's twitter, "The name is “Bokorare-Guma series”. [[BoisterousWeakling He likes fight and has a loose temper, but is weak]]. He gets bashed up all the time, so you can see why he wears bandages in so many different places".[[/note]] but fans all over the world thought they were another symptom of PTSD shown by Miho. In fact, the information about them given here comes from [[AllThereInTheManual the director's twitter]], when he got tired of fans asking if they were an indication of Miho's PSTD.
** It should be noted that early in episode 1, while Miho is on her way to school she passes by a Circle K Sunkus with advertisement for this line of teddy bears on its windows.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The theme march played during action sequences is not ''quite'' the theme to ''Series/HogansHeroes'', but bears a striking resemblance (although the first compasses bring to mind {{Elmer Bernstein}}'s ''Film/TheGreatEscape'' theme).
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: [[ConspicuousCG Blending aside]], take a good long look at the detail of each tank.
* TheWoobie
** Miho and especially during [[DarkestHour the Pravda match]]. Having finally come to enjoy tankery after her family's strict expectations driving her out, she prepares to surrender to avoid risking her friends coming to harm (and in the manga, knowing that [[spoiler:she will be disinherited]] if she does), yet hears that [[spoiler:the school's existence]] depends on her winning that match and the next one. She has been through a lot in the past and bears quite a bit of responsibility in the present, neither of which is very easy for her.
** StoicWoobie: Mako and Maho have been through quite a bit, with the former [[spoiler:losing her parents after an argument with her mother, and fearing her grandmother might also die as a result of her deteriorating health]], and the latter [[spoiler:sacrificing much to allow her sister to live freely, only to hear that Miho might get disowned anyway]], yet they hardly ever show it.
* {{Woolseyism}}: In one of the Russian fansubs, Oryou's "death haiku" from Episode 6 is replaced with "Four silent corpses on the hillside will add to fair morning view", a quote from [[http://fofanov.armor.kiev.ua/Tanks/song.html Soviet Tankmen's Song]], much to the viewers' amusement.

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