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  1. 2 points

    Target Armour Arc and Assault Guns

    This is not just a workaround but good SOP. Using a face command is a order the TC will try to get the driver to follow. If something dangerous or juicy shows up while they are executing that order the dance of death (or missed opportunity) can result: where the AFV is conflicted between the ordered face command and engaging the target. It used to be really bad where neither would happen. Now they at least finish the first engagement and then go back to the face order but that is still pretty inconvenient a lot of the time. I try to setup my move orders so that AFVs end up naturally pointing in the direction I think is best. That way once they arrive the TC is free to engage whatever is there or shows up without any conflicting orders.
  2. 2 points

    This guy is worth a watch

    Nah - while I appreciate his efforts, the video is full of errors and he comes to the wrong conclusions. You have to be very careful with all those Youtube prophets. While invading the Soviet Union in 1941, Hitler wasn't that preoccupied with oil as the author suggests. Hitler was formed by the WW1 experience of hunger caused by the naval blockade, so his main goal was to create an agrarian empire. So he was mainly going for the black earth of Ukraine. At the beginning of Barbarossa, Hitler's main objective was not Caucasus but Leningrad. Then in the second place Ukraine and Caucasus and on the third place Moscow. The 2nd Panzergruppe was turned south not to capture Caucasus but to liquidate the Soviet forces around Kiev ( which was a sound decision ). As to the 4 months fuel stocks theory, the operation Barbarossa failed not because the Germans ran out fuel. Actually none of the major German defeats like Moscow, Stalingrad, Kursk, Ukraine 43 or Bagration was caused by this reason. The main reason why Germany lost the war, was that Wehrmacht bled to death in the Eastern Front and eventually got defeated by the Red Army. The oil shortages were severely affecting German war waging capabilities from the second half of 1944, when the war was already lost. As to the inability to access the the main world oil sources of USA, Wenezuela, Middle East and Soviet Union, it meant that the Third Reich never had a chance to win a global war, but the reasons why they actually lost, were different.
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    This guy is worth a watch

  4. 1 point

    Best CM Game?

    All of them
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    I don't understand the childish downplaying. What is the purpose of this comment? And this? I think you have a great point John. A fatigue feature which affects more than just running speed would come with a very welcome yet drastic change in gameplay.
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    This guy is worth a watch

    Ok, watch this video: This is a seminar by the same guy who wrote "The First War for Oil: The Caucasus, German Strategy, and the Turning Point of the War on the Eastern Front, 1942." That was written in 2016, and he wrote his Ph.D dissertation on this, so he's not just some internet Youtube guy. I found it to be pretty interesting. He's a specialist in energy geopolitics and served as a historian with the US State Department and US Central Command. He argues that yes, Germany lost mainly due to oil, and the turning point of the war was not Stalingrad, not Moscow in 1941, or anything like that, but that Germany lost the war right when it was winning -- in the middle of 1940, when Britain refused to surrender and end the blockade. WW2 was an industrialized war of production, not of manpower. In fact, the numbers between the Allies and Axis were not really all that different. But comparing the economies between Germany and both the US, Britain and the Soviet Union, it is by no means a contest of equals. It's like comparing an 800 lb gorilla with a chimpanzee. It was never going to be a fair fight in any way. I thought it was pretty common knowledge that the Allies were able to massively out-produce the Germans, producing several times the number of tanks, planes, artillery shells, ships, and so on. Why? Oil. Germany was, of course, a mostly horse-drawn infantry army and had relatively tiny numbers of tanks. From June 1941 to the beginning of 1943, what weapon did the Soviets massively increase production of more than anything else? Mortars. Because they were facing an army of mostly infantry and didn't feel the need to massively increase production of tanks and anti-tank weapons, because the Germans were never able to produce tanks in significant numbers (because of, again, oil). The Germans had loads of men already. Nazi Germany was one of the most militarized countries in all of human history. When looking at it in terms of oil, it's remarkable that the Germans managed to even last as long as they did, but this was because of their synthetic fuel plants. They allowed the Germans to fight the war, to tread water so to speak, but not to win it. When those were bombed to oblivion in 1944, Nazi Germany collapsed along with it.
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    Stryker vs Bradley

    An important thing to distinguish is that a MRR also has an engineering battalion attached that can bridge that secured bridgehead with MT-55s and TMMs carrying pontoon bridges in an hour. So their range extends by the (admittedly limited) throughput of those light bridges. Presumably the next mission would be to capture the nearest real bridge!
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    Mainly general behaviors, tactics and "story telling". Gear is mostly in order (though I wonder what this Luger wielding german offiver guy is meant to present), since actors appear to be hired from local german reenactor group I think. Though I´ve seen some way more professional UK and US groups who at least mastered the basic drills of the time. These films look simply like some youngsters playing war in the park. I lack time (and interest) to go deeper into detail with these short films, but considering this young group of filming students is not specialised in making WW2 films (they do various other topics as well), one does not need to take it all that serious. https://www.paralightworx.de/
  9. 1 point

    This guy is worth a watch

    No worries @Lethaface that comment wasn't directed at you. The push onto Moscow was motivated by one big assumption: that the grip Stalin and his clique had on the Soviet Union would loosen up and disorganise the war effort. That wasn't a far fetched idea entirely. In Glantz's Stumbling Colossus it is discussed to great extent that the NKVD had about 1 million personnel deployed throughout the Soviet Union, in a variety of tasks, from beating the bush for conscripts (draft evasion was pretty massive in some areas of the Soviet Union) to policing "wreckers" (anybody showing some sort of discontent). Those security troops stayed in place throughout the worst of 1941... so one can tell that Stalin was worried about something untoward happening. But he was paranoid and maybe just imagining an opposition which I think it would have been hard to exist after 5 or 6 years of purges. On the other hand, would it have been possible for the Germans to get over the Red Army and on to Moscow with two or three weeks more available? Maybe, but AGC was weakened and needed rest and refit anyways. Would have that toppled the Soviet Union? Probably not, but it may have weakened it enough so as to create the conditions for an armistice. The "diversion" to the Ukraine was borne out of necessity. The Red Army had managed to bog down the push of AGC, and it was necessary to reorganise, replenish and consolidate the lines of communication. The pigheaded resistance of the Southwestern Front along the Dnepr created the conditions to dislocate the two main groupings of the Red Army (around Vyazma and Kiev), and eliminate the southern one. Distracting the freshest formations of AGC to strike, and help the AGS - which was suffering also a bit trying to get a bridgehead over the Dnepr - was less of a gamble than to press on. David Stahel's first book on this matter was very illuminating. Afterwards I think he got a bit too distracted by the anecdote of the experience of the German soldiers and lost sight of the scope. But that's personal assessment.
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    This guy is worth a watch

    He read Liddell Harts transcripts and examined detailed notes of his from when he carried out training exercises in regards to the use of 'armour'. So no Guderian didnt conceive the idea he just built on the original idea.
  11. 1 point
    Badger73, The issue was whether Fatigue in the game affected spotting and shooting performance. Tests showed it doesn't, which was highly counterintiitive based on what I've read in hundreds of accounts and a few things I've heard from combat veterans, too. This caused me to find evidence real world fatigue, let alone broken sleep on top of sleep deprivation, has all sorts of effects not presently modeled in CM but which would appear to be highly germane to a combat sim. I'm arguing that such known and identified fatigue effects should be reflected in the game, especially given what we now know about their impact even on a firing range with none of the other factors I named earlier in effect. Believe this is a perfectly valid argument to make here in order to perhaps prompt further discussions (and maybe code tweaks) of what seems to me to be somerthing of real significance in modeling combat dynamics properly. Regards, John Kettler
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    For the accuracy test I did multiple runs with first a rifle squad and then a sniper team firing at an infantry targets at various test ranges. Each test condition was repeated 5 times. The tests were broken up as follows; Fatigued vs Rested at 100m ,200m, 300m +2 Leadership vs -2 Leadership at 100m ,200m, 300m +2 Motivation vs -2 Motivation at 100m ,200m, 300m +2 Fitness vs -2 Fitness at 100m ,200m, 300m Elite vs Conscript at 100m ,200m, 300m The only soft factor which consistently affects accuracy is experience. Similar results were found when testing for spotting.
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    New features curiosity

    I haven't come across anything ingame that suggests it might not be 1:1 for soldiers and whatnot.
  14. 1 point

    This guy is worth a watch

    You don't think the fact that the war was fought largely on Soviet territory might have affected those casualty figures at all? I'm pretty sure that if the Wehrmacht had been marching across New-England or the Japanese were in California US losses would have been considerably higher.
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    Mad Addy always considered the western part of the old Russian Empire as a "bread basket" for German "Lebensraum". Hence his emphasis on it's importance. Also, the plonker thought that he "only had to kick in the door for the whole edifice to come crashing down" i.e. the war in the East would be over by the autumn of '41, and there would be no reason to capture the southern oil fields as they would pass to him on the surrender he envisaged. The need for more oil than he could get from Romania only came after the Russian counter-attack in the winter of '41/42. As the old saying goes, never trust a man who spends all his time in Bierkellers, and only drinks mineral water.
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    It won't end well.
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    Michael Emrys

    This guy is worth a watch

    Exactly. While he seems to have gotten better as he has gained experience in this field, his earlier efforts are hobbled by all the things he doesn't know. This leads him to make shallow and misguided conclusions at times. As is sometimes said of books about the war, these shows are okay as an introduction to their subjects for those new to them, but should not be relied on as an authority. Michael
  18. 1 point

    This guy is worth a watch

    No, he specifically states that Germany had always suffered from a lack of oil, and it was this critical lack of a fuel source that hamstrung them. He doesn't make broad generalizations about resources, only how a lack of available and accessible oil reserves severely limited Germany's ability to wage mechanized war, which is true. This is a contradiction. If his main goal was Ukraine, then why weren't all efforts devoted there? Why was it supposedly second on his list if it was his main concern? Unless you are disputing all the various sources that state the opposite, this is unfounded. Germany had a very limited reserve of fuel from the beginning. He goes through everything, showing why Germany could only support the small amount of mechanized divisions it had, and why many were trying to reduce that number even more. They had no fuel reserves in 41, nevermind 44. This is a gross over-generalization that isn't even true until post-Stalingrad. No good deed goes unpunished. Believe what you wish, I'm washing my hands of this thread.
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  20. 1 point

    Sulomon vs Sid: A Quick Battle AAR

    Cheers to that. That's how we all learn
  21. 1 point

    The patch?

    Bah. The spirit of the offense can overcome that HE. Willpower, my good man, willpower.
  22. 1 point
    Sorry to take so long to look at this. I loaded up the saved campaign on my 'full 4.0 installation' of CMBN and was able to play it for 28 minutes without issue (saved the game at that point). I played the game in a fairly passive manner, not issuing a lot of or detailed commands. I played this on a PC with Windows 7 64-bit and an i5 2500k with 16GB of RAM and a GeForce GTX 770 video card (with NOT the latest drivers). Everything played fine and I even played it twice; the first time for about 6 minutes before quitting the game... I had forgotten when exactly you were experiencing the crashing, so I had to load it up again and play for a bit longer to make sure I was duplicating the issue. This install should have been a '4.0 full' installer, but I can double-check on another installation that I'm fairly certain would also be that.
  23. 1 point

    Combat in woods - clip from TV series

    I will say this, its not quantity that counts. JK posts a lot of stuff, but not all useful. It seems to come in waves where he is literally 80% of the top 10-15 posts on any given forum. Some of it game-related, some not. When you take the approach of quantity over quality, you are going to get dinged by people eventually. Frankly, I don't think I have looked at a JK-started post in years. I have given this advice in the past to JK...when you stumble across something using that great tool called google, wait 24 hours and then revisit it and see if its still something useful. And I mean useful, versus just interesting to you.
  24. 1 point
    You'd be surprised. Some lefties play wargames too
  25. 1 point
    Very interesting. No fat re-enactors this time. Thanks!