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Michael Emrys last won the day on November 24 2018

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  1. Michael Emrys

    The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    Somebody has way too much time on his hands. I give him a +5 for whimsicality, however. Michael
  2. ISTR that the Japanese troops in Malaya had bicycles, which is part of the reason that they took the peninsula so quickly. Michael
  3. Michael Emrys

    Update on Engine 4 patches

    You medieval English aristocrats are all the same: drunk as a monk. Michael
  4. Michael Emrys

    Ideas for CMx3 Armour Penetration Effects

    A few years ago I was reading a book by a man who had been a company officer in the ETO, and he described watching the wakes of 88mm shells in the tops of a wheat field as they flew just above it. Michael
  5. Michael Emrys

    Update on Engine 4 patches

    With what? I sure don't know what BFC's operating budget amounts to, do you? I'm pretty sure they would love to have an additional programmer and half a dozen full time testers along with a dedicated PR specialist. And maybe a corporate yacht while we're at it. I haven't the foggiest myself of where the money to pay for all that would come from...even without the yacht. Michael
  6. Michael Emrys

    The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    ...the other side of the universe. Michael
  7. Michael Emrys

    The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    Yep, that's real nightmare material. Arthur C. Clarke once wrote a novel called The Deep Range. In it there is a passage where a submarine traversing a deep sea canyon gets trapped by an underwater landslide. Somehow the thought of dying miles below the ocean forever far from sunlight and free air totally freaked me out for decades. Michael
  8. Michael Emrys

    Update on Engine 4 patches

    What the hell is 'snak'? I understand that English is a living language which means that it continues to evolve, but I am far from convinced that its evolution should be in the hands of idiots. Not that I mean to say that BG is an idiot; in most things he has been reasonably sensible. But whoever was responsible for this particular barbarism should be locked up without access to the internet and fed only bread and water until he or she has come face to face with the error of his or her ways. Michael
  9. I read somewhere years ago that the leadership of the army was agreed that if the French had not accepted the remilitarization of the Rhineland, the army would have arrested Hitler. I doubt that he would even have made it to trial, and if he had it would have been a quick one that night before a military tribunal and a firing squad in the morning. About all the Germans had for a show of force was a few battalions of border police and it is even uncertain that they would have even resisted an incursion by the French army. If true, this was probably the most serious blunder by the Allies of that whole decade. Michael
  10. Michael Emrys

    What Are You Reading?

    Like MacArthur did in Korea. To the generals, nukes were just bigger bangs. They didn't grasp the qualitative difference in their effects. Fortunately the civilians, at least some of them, did. Michael
  11. I think he did. He gets blamed for a lot that the Baldwin government did and left for him to deal with. I don't want to get into this in the length that it truly deserves, but to some extent it wasn't so much anyone's fault as it was just an impossible situation. What with the Depression and the economic wreckage following WW I, there wasn't a lot of money to be spent. It was easy for Churchill to stand on the sidelines and say that more needed to be spent on defense when there were other things needing to be funded too. Things unfolded in such a way as to make it look like Churchill was right all along. But that whole game of rearmament chicken could have gone the other way. Hitler came very close to utterly crashing the German economy in order to cover his bets and got through by the skin of his teeth. From that point onward, the German economy stayed alive on transfusions of loot taken from conquered nations. If the Allies had called his bluff over the Rhinelands, even more than Munich, the game would have been over. *sigh* Ah, might-have-beens! Michael
  12. Michael Emrys

    Drone Tactics

    What are your drones getting shot down by? I use them a lot and in most games they are immortal...unless there are some Tunguskas around. If there are keep your drones well away from them as they are real Grim Reapers. If you can, try to get observation by some other means and take them out with precision rounds. Finding and liquidating them should be your first priority, then you should be able to use your Ravens pretty freely. The Russian MANPADS don't seem to be effective against them at all. Michael
  13. Michael Emrys

    What Are You Reading?

    As was common knowledge to anyone not committed to the fantasies being spun out by Washington at the time. And don't forget the MACV and all the careerists who were sucking up to them. Michael
  14. Another 200 at the start of the war might have done it. Of course such an ambitious building program (assuming Germany could even have pulled it off) would have caught the eye of the Allied navies who would have been mightily upset by it. Michael
  15. To expand on this a wee bit, a whole lot of things started to come together on the Allied side in the second quarter of 1943. In no particular order: Arrival of Long Range Bombers fitted with radar. Even when they weren't sinking subs, they might force them to dive with operational effects. Increased installation of HF/DF equipment on ships that improved direction finding of transmitting subs, allowing convoys to be detoured around them. Vast increases in number of available escort vessels in various classes. Not only were convoy escorts increased, this also allowed Hunter/Killer groups to be formed to hunt down and eliminate submarine underway replenishing. Escort carriers were important in this work. Improved weaponry such as mortars whose bombs exploded only on contact and thus did not interfere with sonar contact. These and other factors meant that finally from May 1943 on the Allies were able to build more merchant ship tonnage than the German U-Boots could sink. Without that shift, Overlord probably would not have been possible. Michael