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The Tiger and the Snow (La Tigre e la Neve)--Training

There are only three major military sequences in the film, so we didn't have much time for training in the stifling heat of the location in Tunisia, which substituted admirably for Iraq. XO 1st Lt. Mike Stokey handled most of the Italian extras who played American GIs while I focused on getting Tunisian Army M-60A1 tanks to look like M-1 Abrams MBTs with the application of reactive armor kits. Mike did his usual sterling job and I gave him a free hand to create the background action. We were lucky to have a small group of Italian military re-enactors who came along with their own uniforms and combat equipment.