Combat reporter Bryce Monoghan peered between the train cars. At five-kilometers he could easily see the thirty-meter tall, alien walking war machine. “Aren’t you terrified?” he said.
Lieutenant Cohen said, “No. Why?”
“Well, it’s huge, imposing, threatening.”
“Yep. It’s very easy to see.”
“And our Army? Our tanks are nowhere to be found.”
“That’s the whole idea.” said Cohen.
“Whole idea of what?”
“Maybe the alien can’t see them either.”
At that moment, over three-hundred armor-piercing tank rounds struck the alien. It promptly blew up.
Cohen calmly lit a cigarette. “And now you see the value of not being seen.”
Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2020/08/05/gere-historical-fiction/
As much as I love movies with giant walking tanks, I think they’re wholly impractical. Take a look at any modern tank design and you can see designers put the most armor and weapon power in the lowest profile they could possibly manage. Tanks have gotten heavier, faster, and deadlier, but they aren’t much taller. There’s a reason for that.