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Terminator: Sand in the Gears (Part 3) Terminator
"Sand in the Gears" Part 3
Terminator: Salvation Movie Prequel
#3 (IDW)
Written by Dara Naraghi
Pencil and inks by Alan Robinson
Cover A by Nick Runge, Retailer Incentive covers by Klaus Scherwinski

March 2009


The resistance raid against the Skynet uranium mine begins.


Didja Notice?


On page 5, a Detroit resistance safehouse is seen to be located in a former Detroit Tool and Die building. Detroit Tool and Die appears to be a fictitious business.


Elena's resistance unit appears to be carrying mostly AK-47 machine guns.


On page 7, Elena tells William they'll be out of there in twenty mikes. "Mike" is military slang for "minute" (from the NATO phonetic alphabet, M=Mike).


On page 11, Jackson tells Williams that the underground tunnel leading to the automobile plant used to be used for dumping untreated waste water into the creek until a union whistleblower spilled it to the media and the EPA made the factory shut it down and seal it off. The EPA is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


When Elena gives the command to blow the tunnel wall so her resistance squad can enter the factory, she says, "This is Detroit, so let's light it up like they did on Devil's Night." Devil's Night is the local term for the night or two of vandalism and arson that occurred around Halloween in Detroit, mostly in the 1970s-1990s, largely in the inner-city neighborhoods; the hoodlum-like behavior has been greatly curbed since then with the advent of Angel's Night during these days, with citizen volunteers organized by the city patrolling neighborhoods.


On page 17, C&C radios Elena to inform her the air bombers ETA is 5 minutes. C&C stands for Command and Control. ETA is Estimated Time of Arrival.


The resistance provides Bem's unit with a small yield tactical nuclear bomb to take out Skynet's uranium mine in Arlit. Tactical nuclear bombs are generally portable bombs for use in the battlefield on relatively small targets.


On page 19, Bem tells Lysette everyone will evacuate from Arlit south to Agades. Agades is an actual Nigerien city about 240 km south of Arlit.


The giant dump truck used by Bem's unit to deliver the bomb to the mine looks similar, though not exact, to the 400-ton capacity Caterpillar 797F.


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