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  1. Warts 'n' all, Am going to have to watch that series somehow. Freyberg, Indeed. Regards, John Kettler
  2. Here we have section leader training, and in it the film clearly shows the British do get it when it comes to hiding the telltale helmets and themselves generally. The unit breakdown is highly specialized, notably in that two men are designated bombers (grenade men), who also become smoke men when screening is needed. Also of note is that hip shooting at close range is pretty common, both for Lee Enfields and the Thompson. Regards, John Kettler
  3. Wicky, Appreciate the piece, but unfortunately, it's not expandable, so I can't read it. Something from a TV show? Guys, Now that we've learned to patrol, let's move on to a platoon attack! Now, this one's a leap back to early war, but even so, there's a ton of useful information here. Besides, how else are you going to learn what the ammo loadout was for the Boys ATR? Regards, John Kettler
  4. Warts 'n' all, This is what happens when I respond right after watching, instead of going into research mode. In fairness, though, I consider myself lucky to have correctly identified the model of a real WW II US Army helmet I bought last year. The pic looks like Normandy, and from what I know of British practices, these men are attacking, which is why they're parading about with pickaxes. Have seen another one in which they were carrying shovels. Either way, it's to provide for rapid digging in so as to best repel the inevitable promptish German counterattack. Pickaxe grog! Kaunitz, That's only because you failed to make the LOB list! Warts 'n' all, Who's Pike? Regards, John Kettler
  5. Childress, Bravo on the writeup! Read Bernal Diaz's book as part of an ethnohistory course I had in college, though the course was more about the similarities between Sumerian (?) and Meso-American cultures. Dad used to have a historical novel called Cortes and Marina. As I recall, it was a good read. Regards, John Kettler
  6. As a result of my telling the CoC troops about the British WW II streetfighting guide, "We Shall Fight in the Streets", one of them posted the Swedish summary of things, presumably vs an AK-47, but maybe vs full-power 7.62 mm x 54 mm. OP believes this is at 100 meters. Not shown was the German version of Pyecrete--logs soaked with water and allowed to freeze. Log bunkers of this sort were many times stronger than standard ones and required artillery fire to destroy them when fired upon. For reasons unknown, I can't insert the graphic, so am posting the link. https://imgur.com/QRKczLB Here is the Russian equivalent. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2730261837016834&set=p.2730261837016834&type=3&theater Regards, John Kettler
  7. Warts 'n' all, Given everything else shown on exactly how the men prepare for the patrol, to include not taking water bottles (eek!), I took what was shown as to how things were supposed to be. That said, I know precious little about CW helmets. Aragorn 2002, Ever happy to help! Sgt.Squarehead, Based my spelling on a number of British and CW accounts which used the same version I did. Gusss I'm not alone in my mistake. Regards, John Kettler
  8. Sgt.Squarehead, Definitely not a good choice while tipsy, stoned, etc.! But if you still have eyes, there's always this. Regards, John Kettler
  9. One of my CoC colleagues posted this, and I found it so informative I'm passing the word here. What I know of patrols is highly US-centric, so it's great to see things from a different perspective. What's common is that the British used a two man scout team like we did though, I think, not in the same way, but what's distinctive is that the British LOB has an extremely low level counterpart called the stay behind man, who is always one bound behind the main body. It's his job to report what happened if things go pear-shaped. Also of note is that a Leftenant leads and is painfully obvious by virtue of having neither rifle nor Tommy gun. Believe another man is that way, too. At section level, the Bren stays home! Also noteworthy is that the British have bare helmets, which makes their heads quite obvious in many cases. Regards, John Kettler
  10. Great find! It's a wonderful blend of a period broadcast and lots of great clips. Hadn't seen the one of the Panzerschreck team firing through the gap in ages. Pretty sure I first saw it on "The World at War". That shell detonating on the sunken road gave me flashbacks to a CMBN battle where that was done to my Landser by a 60 mm mortar. Some of that bocage is freaky looking, with trees tall enough to be in Hollywood and shooting up like a century plant on steroids. Regards, John Kettler
  11. Here is a real category winner for today. Looks like something out of SF, but Fincantieri is a real deal shipbuilder, including warships! https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7776379/James-Bond-style-luxury-super-yacht-doubles-SUBMARINE-allow-meetings-complete-secrecy.html And if you ever wondered why there was so much of an outcry over well-heeled Church clergy back when, this is a Cistercian monastery library, the largest monastic library in the world, apparently. It's in Austria. Magnificent, but how is anyone supposed to be able to read in the face of such stunning distraction?! Regards, John Kettler
  12. These are outstanding examples of hugely public misspellings, but just last night I saw a guy explain how his plan for stalwart Chinese ideograms went completely wrong because the site wasn't serious but some sort of meme affair. Net result? He now has "chicken chow mein" tattooed on the left side of his face! https://viralplot.com/index.php/2019/12/05/these-spelling-mistakes-are-worst-yet-hilarious-2/?utm_source=sterradesktop&utm_term=facebook&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=sterradesktop14398817 Regards, John Kettler
  13. Why you shouldn't mess with people or pets! This is a fine compilation of artful revenge techniques employed--by people and animals. https://www.dadpatrol.com/lol/people-who-ticked-off-the-wrong-person/36/?utm_source=rc&utm_medium=115734-conservative_news-rc&utm_content=4153581&utm_campaign=636391-rc&utm_fix=hi&rev_campaign_id=636391&rc_uuid=nGjAzqQX7RRZzfjVEv1oCfB36-YNzq6nxGSe7YQEsL8lzjQOnXANLdEQZ1ax0BraYmonPs241L8l--TEikKtHHq2T3Fm4dY3xrLZuYmAFeif9IEgfmim0q62Xo5XLrF0XfwscF0poyofP_r0zS7Ui4nkHvqj0HeDjY-k8pIp5PAQVvdWVhdoY8Qsh9h6ch36&safari=1&D4c=1&D_4_6cALL=1&D_4_6_10cALL=1 Regards, John Kettler
  14. Michael Emrys, As my brother George will aver, my info retention was poor at best on this trip, but at least I got the gist of what you had told us down, despite errors with the game play count. Regret we had neither time for tea or beer, but at least we were finally able to meet! Have you tried out what I brought? Also, please, what was the name of that game system you thought I'd enjoy? MOS:96B2P, Thanks for the kind words regarding us. Regards, John Kettler
  15. Have exciting news! MIchael Emrys is not an avatar, AI construct, a myth or anything other than a genial. kind and wise man. This isn't speculation but the result of a direct meeting with him at an undisclosed PNW location recently while accompanied by a professional meticulous observer (brother George, who served 20 years as a Scout for the US Army). The Michael Emrys of the CM Forums is the same one we met and spoke with, but F2F provided far more nuanced and less constrained communication. The Grand Old Man of Combat Mission (a role he takes both seriously and wryly) is a keen observer of Forum doings and a hardcore CMBS player, having replayed one scenario 20 times before cracking the code on how to win. Wish we'd been able to spend more time with him, but we had had to get back in fairly short order. If you ever get a chance to see him, jump on it. He'll greet you with a warm smile and an impressively strong handshake. Regards, John Kettler
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