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Michael Emrys

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Michael Emrys last won the day on November 5

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  1. ...Who served in a variety of jobs and did them well. Personally, I am in particular admiration of those ladies who flew airplanes of all sizes and complexity to assigned destinations, even across oceans. Michael
  2. Then his math might have been off. I think a 105mm should have been called a 32pdr. The 25pdr gun-howitzer had a bore of ~88mm. Michael
  3. I think in light of all that has gone down in the last few decades that that quote needs to be changed: "The proper study of mankind is woman." Michael
  4. Well you know how hidebound the British are about traditions. They couldn't completely let go of them. Michael
  5. It seems to have had its origins in naval canons during the Age of Sail. Perhaps it was easier to accurately cast canon balls by weight than by diameter. The same system of measurement was also used for army canon, although these were by and large much smaller and lighter. I suppose on land portability was valued above the ability to smash down walls after the end of the 17th. century or thereabouts. Michael
  6. I don't think that is an accurate description of what goes on. Plenty of criticisms get voiced—including my on—without the voicer getting labeled as anything but an interested party. The only people I see getting treated as trolls are those who are either wildly emoting or so sloppy that they don't know how to present a reasonable criticism. Some people seem to have very tender egos and expect any idea that they present to be greeted as handed down engraved on stone tablets and become offended if instead that all the mistakes in their own thinking are pointed out to them. That experience is apt to be especially harsh if all those errors are things they should have thought of themselves if they had just been willing to consider the matter from any point of view other than their own. Michael
  7. Thirty years ago I probably would have agreed with you. But occasional snippets of recent news on the subject give me cause for hope. Michael
  8. Well now that depends, doesn't it? If speaking of the coax (or, god help us, the AAMG), which I'm sure you were, you are absolutely correct. But during the WW II period, a majority of medium and heavy tanks (some light tanks too) also had hull MGs which were well placed for grazing fire (about chest high to a standing man). Michael
  9. Link doesn't work, at least not on my machine/connection. Michael
  10. I once read a book by a vet tc who said that he sometimes needed to fire as many as 17 rounds at an enemy tank before he got a burst on target. Estimating range could be hard. Michael
  11. She may just be an art lover interested in heroic seascapes. Michael
  12. Important points. I think a lot of Churchill's decisions which had unfortunate consequences had rationales behind them that never gets talked about. Take the expedition to Greece as an example. Militarily it was a disaster, but it showed the world that Britain and the Commonwealth would stick by its allies come what may. I think this was important in light of the efforts he was making at that time to get Roosevelt to take an openly belligerent stance. And so it goes... But to return to your opening statement, I think battles and production figures draw attention because they are relatively easily defined and quantified, whereas psychological factors seem so vague and slippery. Sociology is still an evolving science. Michael
  13. GDW did that one about 40 years ago. Michael
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