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The German Melee was a single battle event in the 12th episode of Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1. The battle took place between four representatives of Germany, with the winner being promised a place in The Second World Championship, which was broadcast later on as part of the series.

Competing RobotsEdit

Full locations were named only in the German series version of this battle. In the original UK version the robots were billed simply as being from Germany.

Ansgar
Ansgar
Weight 74kg
Dimensions 0.75m x 0.75m x 0.34m
Power 12v Car Window Motor
Weapons Flipper / Lance / Lever
Strengths Interchangeable Weapons
Weaknesses Comparatively Light
From: Ahrenviöl, Schleswig-Holstein
Team Members: Joachim Thomsen, Sunje Thomsen & Sascha Thomsen
FlensburgerPower
Flensburger Power
Weight 92kg
Dimensions 1m x 0.5m x 0.3m
Power Electric Motor
Weapons Wheel Cutters & Spear
Strengths Low Ground Clearance
Weaknesses Slow & Sluggish
From: Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein
Team Members: Michael Schnoor, Anita Jensen & Andre Bruske
Golem
Golem
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 1.4m x 1.1m x 0.26m
Power 36v Electric motor
Weapons Carbon Ramming Spikes
Strengths Invertible
Weaknesses Effectiveness of Weaponry
From: Neukirchen-Vluyn, North Rhine-Westphalia
Team Members: Oliver Buchel, Dirk Ferschen & Andreas Seipel
Nasty Warrior
Nasty Warrior
Weight 95kg
Dimensions 1.1m x 0.7m x 0.45m
Power 36v Electric Motor
Weapons Rotating Lawnmower Blade
Strengths Invertible
Weaknesses Exposed Wheels
From: Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg
Team Members: Jan Vogt, Norman Theis & Marco Eberle

The MeleeEdit

Before the battle, Golem damaged the arena entry gates, delaying the filming of the match by a few minutes.

"We four teams were divided into two boxes where our robots should do a short driving test. Here, Golem left a "lasting impression". They unintentionally destroyed the aluminium gate and delayed the fight by several minutes (PANIC!). When the damage was resolved, the fight could begin"
— Ansgar website (translated from German)[1]
German Melee

The German machines clash

All four robots started slowly, Flensburger Power started to take on Ansgar while Golem and Nasty Warrior came together. Nasty Warrior led Golem to the arena wall where Golem then shoved Nasty Warrior against an angle grinder. Golem then reversed into Matilda's CPZ, where Matilda repeatedly lifted the rear end of Golem up and down using her tusks. Meanwhile Nasty Warrior took on Ansgar, both robots' weapons acting to no great effect.

"I don't know if Ansgar's actually moving, but at least they're trying to use the weapon and get the others going"
— Jonathan Pearce

Flensburger Power had fled from the heat of the battle and lingered by the arena wall until the dying moments of the fight.

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The immobilised Golem is pitted

Shunt and Matilda worked together to flip Golem. Having not moved too far since running into the CPZ, Refbot proceeded to counting Golem out, the pit release was then pressed with Golem already near it. The three remaining robots met in the centre of the arena, Ansgar's weaponry flicking ferociously, while Nasty Warrior started smoking. Flensburger Power, having done very little throughout the whole battle, was pushed towards the pit by Ansgar witnessing Golem's demise, pitted by Nasty Warrior. The battle ended there but with three robots still mobile, it went to the Judges.

With next to no damage to report on, the win was awarded to Ansgar on aggression.

Winner: Ansgar

TriviaEdit

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Flensburger Power, Ansgar and Nasty Warrior in The Pits

  • Although it lost the battle, Flensburger Power was awarded a Wild Card to enter the Second World Championship as well.
  • Golem was the only one of the four competitors not to appear in another event in the UK Series.
  • This battle was also broadcast as the special event of Heat A of German Robot Wars, with new commentary being provided by Volker Wolf.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://web.archive.org/web/20030411084747/http://www.robothomsen.de:80/london.html
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