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  1. Ivan Zaitsev, Well, I suppose having played in one game does make me a player, but I don't even have the rules yet. They're being shipped from the UK, but I'm in the US. It's a great game system with some truly clever mechanics. If you go to the CoC FB Forum, you can see pics from my maiden game, together with the extended descriptions. All to the good, and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting some great people, but I sure wish I could again play CM! Regards, John Kettler
  2. General Liederkranz, Appreciate the info, but could've sworn I read a bunch of complaints about not being able to break down the Italian squads into teams and of how difficult the Italians were to use. I don't own CMFI in any form but was trying to help. In any event, I'm sure that TFL thread will be quite tasty to some. Regards, John Kettler
  3. A guy on CoC was asking about the Italians, and I mentioned to him the Italian squad fought as a single team. Man, did I get schooled! This is really important information, I believe, and I've asked him for references. TFL is Too Fat Lardies, the guys/firm which makes CoC. Stephen Philp Actually the Italians did use teams. It's well documented. The 15 man squadras in the Beraglieri and Alpini broke down into a 5 man LMG group (gruppo mitragliatori) under the caporale and a 8 man Rifle group (gruppo fucilieri) under the sergente for the squadra. The 20 man groups in the Fucilieri regiments broke down into a 9 man gruppo mitragliatori commanded by a 'corporal major' with 2 LMGs ('machine rifles') and an 10 man fucilieri group. The whole squadra was commanded by a Suttofficiale. Some of the period docs are in the share. Others have been discussed at length on the TFL forum. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155824549384366&set=p.10155824549384366&type=3&theater&ifg=1 The extensive TFL Forum discussion, including links to primary period docs, is below. https://toofatlardies.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=9600&sid=561e69752bf70beaea91ccce013b03d9Regards, John Kettler
  4. Find it annoying that I have more control over my texts on my phone than I do on the Forums, where there is no selective deletion, only thread annihilation. Since we're moving to a new site, I was wondering whether it might be possible to provide a deletion within a message thread capability? Regards, John Kettler
  5. For years now I've seen people sounding off about running out of ammo for a 60 mm mortar team. It happened again over on CoC, so I did a bit of digging and found something informative on the matter. This is how the 60 mm mortar is operated in the field, down to who carries what, in what condition and how much. Also addressed are the ROFs. The team has a whole 36 rounds, and a good crew could exhaust that in but a few minutes. I've read, in various accounts from WW II, Korea and Vietnam, that units valued the mortar so highly the already overburdened rifle squad GIs would each take a round to keep it in the fight longer. Believe the ammo situation was much worse than this for the British 2 inch mortar crews. http://www.hardscrabblefarm.com/ww2/60mm-demo.html Regards, John Kettler
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    The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    Funny and terrifying motorcycle training video, especially that appalling ditch crash, followed by the straight out of Monty Python recruit popping straight up like a meerkat with "The bike's all right." Talk about misplaced priorities. Regards, John Kettler
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    The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    We've seen lots of video of this critter ate, swallowed, etc., some other, but this is new territory for sure. Frog caught something unusual--and now looks unusual, too! Regards, John Kettler
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    The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    Fellow CMers! WHO thinks we have a full-blown disorder. A gaming disorder. http://www.who.int/features/qa/gaming-disorder/en/ Regards, John Kettler
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    The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    May or may not have posted this before, but it's so cool it needs to be! Regards, John Kettler
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    Jason Mark books sale

    Wodin, Al I can say is that I just found this and (Expletive Deleted) because I missed out on such a grand opportunity! Regards, John Kettler
  11. benpark, Read a great story a long time ago about a woman who moved to your neck of the woods and was absolutely baffled when someone would talk about a "nominal egg." Took her some time to learn it was the highly regional pronunciation of "an arm and a leg." Though I can't recall any examples because I'm exhausted, southern lingo has some real bafflers, too. An enterprising and amusing fellow wrote a decryption guide for the benefit of you Yankees. By the way, I love your screwdriver. Absolutely fascinated and delighted me as a kid. Power tools are fast and efficient, but they lack the charm of the Yankee screwdriver, the brace and bit, spokeshave and other such marvels. Regards, John Kettler
  12. banpark, Are you by any chance from the American South? Isn't everybody, after all, who expresses the way you did. Happen to be from there myself. Regards, John Kettler
  13. Yes, there are such things, and here is the exegesis on that most important frontovik topic. As BFC continues to release GPW titles and Modules, this will be a must on getting the gear right, for as you'll learn, the shapka (bedroll, but really a folded greatcoat) was essential. http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/09/bedroll.html The source of the info was this GPW Red Army re-enactor site, which has a superabundance of material on the Russian soldier of the GPW, with tons of photos (many color of period artifacts), drawings, charts, tables, etc. This is lose your mind grade material. Not kidding! Or do you already know how to do your foot wrapping, something I believe the Red Army does to this day? Based on spot reading, I'd say those Red Army shows from Star Media I've raved about are really accurate, though I HAVE seen guys running around without their shapkas. https://www.13thguardspoltavaskaya.com Regards, John Kettler
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    The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    Believe it or not, this came from Admin Louise Bollevin of the Paranormal and Ghost FB group, but it's really fascinating military history wholly new to me. The Chinese, as in so many other fields of military invention going back through time, may've been the inventors of the suicide vest. There isn't a lot out there in English, that I've seen, on Sino-Japanese conflict at this level, and is it juicy! (Fair Use) DARE TO DIE CORPS , WW2 CHINA , The battle involved a Japanese plan to conquer Xuzhou, a major city in the East. However, the Japanese failed to consider the plans of generals Li Zongren and Bai Chongxi, who planned to encircle the Japanese in the town of Tai'erzhuang. The Japanese operation started on 24 March. Overconfidence led the Japanese commanders to overlook the thousands of inconspicuous "farmers" in the area, who were affiliated with Li Zongren and cut communication lines and supplies, diverted streams, and ruined rail lines. By late March, supplies and fuels were being dropped from airplanes to Japanese troops, but the quantities were insufficient. On 29 March 1938, a small band of Japanese soldiers tunneled under Tai'erzhuang's walls in an attempt to take the city from within. They were caught by the Nationalist defenders and killed. Over the next week, both sides claimed to hold parts of the city and surrounding area, and many were killed in small arms battles. Finally, the Japanese attacked frontally, failing to consider the greater Chinese numbers. A major encirclement on 6 April, with Chinese reinforcements, preceded a major Japanese defeat and retreat, which the Chinese failed to capitalize upon fully through pursuit due to a lack of mobility. The Chinese captured 719 Japanese soldiers and large quantities of military supplies, including 31 pieces of artillery, 11 armored cars, 8 armored fighting vehicles, 1,000 machine guns and 10,000 rifles. A "dare to die corps" was effectively used against Japanese units. Chinese suicide bomber putting on an explosive vest made out of Model 24 hand grenades to use in an attack on Japanese tanks Due to lack of anti-armor weaponry, Suicide bombing was also used against the Japanese. Chinese troops strapped explosives like grenade packs or dynamite to their bodies and threw themselves under Japanese tanks to blow them up. Dynamite and grenades were strapped on by Chinese troops who rushed at Japanese tanks and blew themselves up. During one incident at Taierzhuang, Chinese suicide bombers obliterated four Japanese tanks with grenade bundles. Amid the celebrations of the victory in Hankow and other Chinese cities, Japan tried to deny and ridiculed the reports of the battle for days. It was reported in the world's newspapers, however, and by mid-April had provoked a Cabinet crisis in Tokyo. The Chinese scored a major victory, the first of the Nationalist alliance in the war. The battle broke the myth of Japanese military invincibility and resulted in an incalculable benefit to Chinese morale. Like Regards, John Kettler
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    The Real Speed and Power Abrams

    Michael Emrys, Just imagine having to do decontam! If course it'd be even worse for the Russians. Regards, John Kettler
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