Web Video / Blacktail Defense
is a YouTube
and Deviant ART
user who is an armor specialist, and shares his knowledge with the world in the form of slideshows. The majority of his work is built around making (supposed) technical flaws known. Is commonly believed to be Mike Sparks, the widely debunked man behind Combat Reform
His works include:
- The REAL American Vehicles: A 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 (supposedly and not-so-supposedly)resounding failures.
- Dare to Compare: A compare-and-contrast series which stacks an American vehicle directly against a foreign-built counterpart.
- Warplane Disasters: Devoted to documenting the history of planes that had multiple things wrong with them.
Tropes featured and discussed in his series include:
- Armchair Military: He might exemplify this trope.
- Confirmation Bias: He has this in spades. His cherrypicking is also rather obvious to any informed individual, namely his continued insistence on gasoline not being "tank fuel". It hasn't actually proved to be any more or less flammable than diesel.
- Crippling Overspecialization: He generally 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. A major gripe he has is the seeming fact that the US Army doesn't have an HE shell for the Abrams since it gained the 120mm gun.
- Deadpan Snarker: The majority of the snark is delivered through text with music he considers fitting playing in the background. It's very difficult not to read it in a mildly sarcastic tone of voice.
- 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. It is something of a precursor to the Failed Tanks series.
- As well, his presentations of the Iraqi Asad Babil and the Maus showed why people who are crazy dictators shouldn't design tanks. Other vehicles are more debatable.
- 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 M1A2 SEP, even though the M1A2 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.
- Manipulative Editing: That, along with cherrypicking, is commonly found.
- Proof by Examples: See confirmation bias.
- Tanks, but No Tanks: Several of the "Failed Tanks" aren't technically tanks at all.