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  2. I have read the thread @Erwin, and scouting is scouting. The bulk of it is dismount work unless the situation is utterly fluid. Having been a recce man myself back in Canada, I say this with some authority. I have a humble request: stop spouting nonsense.
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  4. Nice one, Daan. Glad to see it on here. I hope that other will enjoy it as much as I am.
  5. Chibot Mk IX

    Operating your IFV/APC under the threat of Javelin

    No, I mean Soviets , in a what if scenario that Soviet Union still there in 2000s. Why not? Each soviet division has 4 SS-21 , why let the SS-21 crew drink vodka and enjoy the sunshine while the others are fighting a bloody war, the division commander would love to assign some tasks to them
  6. Grunts

    PDF from PC to Tablet

    Thanks, I did the same emailing it to myself.
  7. No they're not. In modern warfare we have weapons that can kill at several Km range. We rarely have that sort of LOS outside of CMSF which usually features the best long range features. But it's rare to see long range (2Km-3Km+) LOS in scenarios from the European titles.
  8. Chibot Mk IX

    Operating your IFV/APC under the threat of Javelin

    I absolutely agree on this. Reading briefing and study map is a must. However , not every scenario gives you a lot of artillery support. And in a PBEM game, your human opponent may deployed to a different place. Or put the ATGM in safe place , deploy them as soon as the barrage stops. Javelin team in a good human opponent's hand are nasty, because before you bring up enough direct area fire onto their exposed position, they may already be 20m away. Before your artillery drops, they may have already jumped on a Humvee and go to the other side of the map But I agree, if you have enough artillery assets in the beginning, plan the fires. ID the possible ATGM position , put yourself in the other side's shoes, think about where you would like to deploy ATGM at. Suppress those area. It is always good to have a plan. The best case scenario is the attack goes with the plan most of the time, react to unexpected situation once a while. It is easier said than done
  9. You mean the Russians right? and escalating to tactical nukes for an anti armor threat you might as well not bother sending your tanks forward and just toss a few nukes as the war is gonna end shortly thereafter.
  10. Chibot Mk IX

    Operating your IFV/APC under the threat of Javelin

    War, War never changes. I agree you on most of the part, but disagree with some part. When BMP-1 get into Soviets armed force service, it was designed to follow tank formation closely. However after Yom Kippur war Soviets realized their BMP-1 are very brittle on the battlefield. So they changed their doctrine. The BMP companies must keep distance with tanks companies , preferred distance is 500m-1000m. So Tank companies lead the way, BMP companies are in "on call" position, follow behind and ready to provide support. This doctrine will not only keep BMPs relatively safe in nuclear warfare with tactical nuclear weapons detonate everywhere, but will also keep them safe in a 70-80s conventional warfare. Yes, NATO has a lot of ATGM assets, but Heavy ATGM are issued to Battalion/Company level. Light ATGM M47 Dragon at platoon level may not be able to effectively stop MBT. Later the TOW 2 on M2 IFV increased a lot of firepower to the Mech inf platoon. But basically Soviet can concentrate their artillery, use their MBT to absorb enough damage, Mech infantry in an "on call" position to provide support, the whole formation keep moving. Javelin could change the whole situation, they are relatively light weight, relatively cheap, easy to change fire position, hard to detect. Issued to Squad/Platoon level so it has both the quality and quantity, and they are providing same punch as a heavy TOW 2 Glad the cold war didn't turn hot. And cold war ended before Javelin get into service. So we don't know what Soviets will do to adapt to this new threat (maybe their solution is very simple: use tactical nukes and chemicals). One thing is clear, if you try to reenact this Soviet doctrine in CMBS, you will get a lot of burning T-90s. Like you said , sending out infantry as screen is a solution, but this will cost speed, it is not fit into Soviet doctrine. For some of the NATO screen force at the border, forcing Warsaw Pact change into an assault formation can be considered as a victory, it will disrupt Soviets schedule and slow down the enemy. My point is, new high tech shining toys could force the opposite side to adapt a new tactics. Naval and Air operation are more sensitive to this. Land warfare is less sensitive. But charging a machine gun post in a Napoleonic era column formation is a bad idea. In modern day battlefield, mass your artillery in a Soviet WW2 style will make the enemy's counter battery mission a piece of cake. So, new weapon system/hardware has an impact on tactics my 2 cents
  11. @Wicky since my crash im so bored i take to getting stoned and answering military history quora questions. So a question about nukes and Japan comes up. Look at the link I find and it talking about Nazi nukes in 43. I think I just may have found someones muse... https://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/topic/191553-nazi-atomic-bomb-used-in-1943/?page=9
  12. Dell has 4 8gb files to download to boot from a flash drive. Thats what im working on now. Im on file #2 and so far no luck 2 more chances. If not I know someoe who I can give food stamps to to try to fix this. If its a BIOS issue at least Ill know and can work towards that goal. When i try to restore without a thumb my comp does see the HD and even tje free space.oddly I connect to my wifi and then i get an error sayin my comp doesnt support that feature. It doesnt help googling this has about 200 different solutions and its hard to figurre out which. Im tempted to try some solutions but VERY WARY of breaking my comp - Im in way over my head. If this was circa 2000 and a tower Id be much more able but even thwn a rank amateur. With a laptop and 20 years later Im almost a danger to the computer.. Im not entirely sure but some of the suggested fixes to try seem like they could catastrophically screw me. I *CAN* access my bios now it seems getting a boot file that my comp will boot from. The one today it saw the thumb it saq the files but wouldnt work. P.s. thanks for the answers
  13. On British Shermans : 21st Army Group Tanks by Peter Brown
  14. Scouting before you move is something you think doesn't occur in real life? No they're not.
  15. This is a book review one of the CoC guys, Matt Williamson, posted. Seemed eminently appropriate here. Covers push through Mayenne department through Sarthe to capture Le Mans and northward to close the Falaise pocket. What the reviewer describes the book to be has me licking my chops, but I'd need a translation app like I saw a guy use on his phone to read Russian MREs, since the book's in French. Looks like lots of grist for the mills of the CM scenario designers. Has 850 photos and 65 maps! (Fair Use) "Book Review Sarthe, août 1944 Histoire d’un Libération Fabrice Avoie Recently while doing some research for battles around my house in August 1944 and the American breakout from Normandy through Brittany and Pays de Loire I kept coming across references to this book, so for Christmas I ordered it from the author, to my surprise Fabrice works in Mayenne and we scheduled a rendezvous at my home. Fabrice spent 15 years doing the research on the push from Mayenne department through Sarthe to capture Le Mans and then pushes South and finally the advance North to close the Falaise pocket. Fabrice attended several reunions in Germany, France and America receiving photos and anecdotes from the war from the remaining veterans. Published in French in 2009 it is loaded with information and Photos I have never seen before. A good mix of German units are covered including day to day breakdowns and unit strengths; 9th Panzer, Panzer Lehr, 352nd Infantry Div, 708th Division, 91st infantry Division, 77th Infantry Division, Sicherungs regiment 1, Sicherungs regt 194, -195 and 196, 17th SS, 5th Fallschirmjager, Flak units and various retreating units and scratch batns. Allied units include; US 5th Armoured, La 2nd division Blindee Francaise, US 79th Infantry Division, US 90th Infantry Division, US 80th Infantry Division, 106th US cavalry group. Very interesting research regarding the aviation units in the allied support role. The Hard back 440 page book is well worth the 38 euros that I paid for it, although the text is in French it is a must for those interested in the southern flank of the Falaise pocket, lots of photos, small unit actions and after battle reports to wade through now! Cheers Matt" Regards, John Kettler
  16. This is a book review one of the CoC guys posted. Seemed eminently appropriate here. Covers push through Mayenne department through Sarthe to capture Le Mans and northward to close the Falaise pocket. What the reviewer describes the book to be has me licking my chops, but I'd need that app I saw a guy use on his phone to read Russian MREs, since the book's in French. Looks like lots of grist for the mills of the CM scenario designers. (Fair Use) "Book Review Sarthe, août 1944 Histoire d’un Libération Fabrice Avoie Recently while doing some research for battles around my house in August 1944 and the American breakout from Normandy through Brittany and Pays de Loire I kept coming across references to this book, so for Christmas I ordered it from the author, to my surprise Fabrice works in Mayenne and we scheduled a rendezvous at my home. Fabrice spent 15 years doing the research on the push from Mayenne department through Sarthe to capture Le Mans and then pushes South and finally the advance North to close the Falaise pocket. Fabrice attended several reunions in Germany, France and America receiving photos and anecdotes from the war from the remaining veterans. Published in French in 2009 it is loaded with information and Photos I have never seen before. A good mix of German units are covered including day to day breakdowns and unit strengths; 9th Panzer, Panzer Lehr, 352nd Infantry Div, 708th Division, 91st infantry Division, 77th Infantry Division, Sicherungs regiment 1, Sicherungs regt 194, -195 and 196, 17th SS, 5th Fallschirmjager, Flak units and various retreating units and scratch batns. Allied units include; US 5th Armoured, La 2nd division Blindee Francaise, US 79th Infantry Division, US 90th Infantry Division, US 80th Infantry Division, 106th US cavalry group. Very interesting research regarding the aviation units in the allied support role. The Hard back 440 page book is well worth the 38 euros that I paid for it, although the text is in French it is a must for those interested in the southern flank of the Falaise pocket, lots of photos, small unit actions and after battle reports to wade through now! Cheers Matt" Regards, John Kettler
  17. I have those and took a quick look. Mein gott! there is so much programming. Could sit in my bunker for years and not watch everything that looks interesting. And they keep making new good-looking stuff!
  18. Erwin

    Barbarossa

    really handy as am often abroad. might even tempt me into actually getting a smart phone.
  19. Sniper is one of the most popular roles in modern FPS and similar games. Wonder why that is if above is true. It's understood these are games not real, but some of these games are gruesomely graphic - and that appears to be the primary attraction. Are we training gamers to be less "sensitive"? That question is even more puzzling for drone operators. That truly is very like a computer game.
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  21. Thanks homewrecker! I definitely need to fine tune the camo because of that too-large purple splotch on the right thigh and elbow. I need to shrink the template for sure.
  22. sburke

    Barbarossa

    that will be interesting for Japanese. you need to know gender and relative relationship of the parties involved. it gets real complicated to do right https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honorific_speech_in_Japanese
  23. John Kettler

    Panic! Battle Fatigue in WWII

    Swervin11b, Welcome aboard! What a tremendous and superbly documented piece of historical analysis! Would observe that the IDF has learned the hard way how to treat its battle fatigue cases. Careful investigation found that men sent to the rear became permanent losses, but that if a soldier was kept within the sound of the guns, given, food, sleep, an opportunity to clean up and visits from comrades who told him that he was missed and would soon RTU, also conveyed to him by everyone involved in his care, then the soldier was restored to combat fitness after I forget what interval (am thinking 24 hours, but maybe more) and was indeed RTUed. Pretty sure this was in Parameters in the mid 1980s. Would also note that Haiduk has provided some shocking numbers for Ukrainian psych casualties in small infantry units, where they roughly approximate the physical casualties. Frankly, it's a wonder the Ukrainians can continue to fight given such a hemorrhage of men from psych issues. A couple of other things spring to mind, too. Snipers, because of telescopic sights, have historically had much more exposure to the effects of their fire (bullet to the head, etc.) than typical soldiers, though with the proliferation of optical sights, that likely isn't as true now as it was before. From what I've read, this is a big factor in the psych trauma equation. That this is an issue has also shown up in drone warfare, where the operators at places like Creech AFB can see their grisly handiwork in high res full color. Worse, they can replay it! On top of that, they have been found to be anything but detached in their work, for they strongly identify with the supported unit and in a real sense suffer with it while having a God's eye view of things and access to comms, so know more than those physically present and being hit, yet time and again find themselves unable to help. Am told by a now deceased old SEAL friend who rose to high rank that things reached a point where the operators were asking for combat decorations, which were refused. The lesson is clear as far as I see it. Telepresence can and does create psych casualties, potentially at even higher rates than troops with scoped weapons. Do drone operators have fixed tours of duty? Somehow, I doubt it and believe they are in at least the same class as troops long in the front line and ground down because of it, though I grant they're not subjected to adverse WX, lice, hunger, artillery fire and the like. But think about our own reactions to CM game events or incoming fire in movies and TV. Now imagine doing that with live people and live ammo, while being able to see perhaps more than any commander in history through Vietnam at least. Regards, John Kettler
  24. MOS:96B2P

    New Scenario - Assault on Port Cros

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  25. IICptMillerII

    Multicam 3rd Infantry Division

    Yeah I can show the dorito chip some love as well. Right now I'm planning on doing: 2nd Infantry Division 4th Infantry Division 1st Cavalry Division 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division I'll probably throw in the Rakassans as well 1st Armored Division The ETA is the dreaded soon at the moment. I have to find the time to sit down and bang em out. Shouldn't be too difficult once I have the time though.
  26. MOS:96B2P

    New Scenario - Assault on Port Cros

    /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////SPOILER/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////SPOILER////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// SITREP 0810hrs. Fortin de la Vigie secured. Fortin de L'Eminence secured. Screenshots of the fighting at the gate of Fortin De L'Estissac Engineers use Demo charges and hand grenades on a bunker.
  27. I´d definitely use it for my maps. Would be nice if BFC anytime considers adding the ability to turn buildings (and other terrain objects) in 15° steps, like it is for flavor objects.
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