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  1. After looking at a CoC battle set there, I tried to explain sand channels on LRDG trucks to those unfamiliar with them. These are the PSP slats which are used for extraction if mired and for crossing super fine and/or steep slithery sand. In turn, that led me here, to this very cool LRDG site. These people are hard core researchers and re-enactors, who study the weapons, tactics and engagements, engage in mock battles, dress the part, etc. Suspect they'll skip the 300 mile one team did--on foot--after things went bad. http://www.lrdg.org Regards, John Kettler
  2. We know BFC can't afford all the visual FX wizardry the FPS players are accustomed to, and WoT has created all sorts of bizarre expectations (firing while in mid jump), I'm sure. But now an outfit is called Wargaming is pioneering some sort of fusion between board games and miniatures. Could watch precious little of the video because the FX hurt my battered brain. The firm is doing stuff for the History Channel and others. Regards, John Kettler
  3. Need to visit the GDF more often, as just found this. Unfortunately, it's closed. https://www.facebook.com/neptunemonograph/ And if you go to the KS, then the Indiegogo link, it looks like it's dead there, too. CLOSED The Neptune Monograph Project The top-secret plans behind the D-Day invasion restored and published for the first time in history. PROJECT OWNER Sure wish I'd known about this in time! Regards, John Kettler
  4. After following a link on a military news site while on someone's Twitter feed, I came across this. Because I have a TBI myself, whose downstream late onset cognitive effects have totally destroyed my ability to play CM now for many months, this sort of thing is of keen interest to me. I know we have at least one other TBI sufferer here, and I bet many others know someone like that. Am planning on taking this up with my doctor ASAP. If the National Intrepid Center for Excellence (on campus of Bethesda Hospital), a joint service organization specializing in TBI treatment and psych issues has anything that will help heal my TBI, I want to know what it is. https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/eco-tourism/sponsorstory/giving-soldiers-tbis-second-chance Regards, John Kettler
  5. Article wasn't by a retired officer, but an NCO. As such, I think it offers a perspective not typically seen in such pieces. Believe it's relevant and not just generally because it can be used to inform decisions about leader quality selection when playing CM. If today's officers can't meet the selection criteria, which should be obtainable, for WW II Marine officers, then I think we have a problem. Part of this is attention span, and cognitive specialists refer to the children who grew up watching MTV as "the generation of broken brains."Go watch commercials from the 1950s on YT, and you'll see exactly what I mean. These days, because attention spans are so short, viewers would fall asleep. Super short commercials used to be the stuff of SF, such as the blipverts in "Blade Runner." When I was a boy, we had several recesses and PE (many schools now don't have PE), so spent a lot fo time outdoors, likewise when at home. TV was something we saw little of, and play was usually outside, too. We hardly ever had fast food, and soda was once in a great while. All that sugar in those giant drinks affects the brain, and diet drinks are worse, because they contain known neurotoxic sweeteners. A friend of mine suffered major cognitive disruption which stopped after he quit drinking them. Here's the reality. The percentage of prospective recruits who can meet the physical standards has dropped dramatically, in large measure because of so many being couch potatoes, electronics addicts, living on junk food and more. Nor is this a US only problem. I've read Russia couldn't begin to field the great armies of the GPW, because so many of their recruits vegetate, live in their phones, are obsessed with music videos and more. Believe the rejection rate there is ~80%. If that isn't militarily relevant I don't know what is. How is the US Army having to write military manuals at a 6th grade level not important? We do that and have since the 80s. In 1879, though, the 6th graders were operating at an intellectual level at least on par with sophomores in my high school class! McGuffey's Sixth Eclectic Reader https://www.gutenberg.org/files/16751/16751-pdf.pdf All the whiz bang tech notwithstanding, the ability to take in, assess, logically consider and effectively and timely act on a bewildering array of information, let alone while sleep deprived and under fire, is absolutely vital to force effectiveness and troop survival. Poor leaders get people killed, and now it can happen in an instant. If our officer corps is indeed getting dumber, then we have a military problem of considerable magnitude and maybe need to consider leader mental sharpness as a factor in CM as it evolves. Look at the studies that have been done on various famous commanders by military historians and others who dissected their command styles, communications, willingness to take risks, decisiveness and more as cases in point. Indeed, such assessments have been the basis for who knows how many wargames, even if reduced to a single digit leader rating. Regards, John Kettler
  6. This was on the CoC board, and I thought many here would appreciate it: some information and a great photo series of his customized for war M-43 jacket. Sold by Winters to a collector in Europe long ago, it's now back in the States. Regards, John Kettler
  7. This is a hair-raising read by a former Green Beret weapon specialist, among other things. What I found particularly harrowing is the percentage which can't meet the USMC WW II criteria for officer selection. WW II! The comments are most interesting, too, perhaps more than the article. http://weaponsman.com/?p=33034 Regards, John Kettler
  8. Andy, "Kampfgruppe Von Luck" has gotten lots of coverage on the CoC board, including my bafflement at the strange German halftracks, which turned out to be UNICs of the Citroen Kegresse type (same sort of suspension as US halftracks). Lots of good pics in the write-ups. Regards, John Kettler
  9. Wodin, Here's a wargame blog you may wish to include in your links. As it happens, the most recent article is about a CoC Mini-Campaign called 29 Let's Roll, something I got to see the first battle of only a few hours ago! Playing Germans in it is something that requires a lot of mental toughness, resilience and perseverance. This particular outing ran some four hours, during which the German player lived in a state of almost continuous martial frustration. The blog name is simple and cute: rollaone.com Regards, John Kettler
  10. Wodin (and anyone who does FRP with minis), You should be aware there's a KS for something called Caverns Deep! by Dwarven Forge. If you wish to go underground, this is for you and is mind-boggling, amazing, etc. No exaggeration whatsoever. Would post a URL, but that might get me into trouble with the Mods. Suffice it to say you NEED to go look at this for yourself, starting with the very well done promo video used to showcase what this KS is all about. Regards, John Kettler
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    Free WW II Military Manuals

    Archive.org is your friend! Here's THE GERMAN SQUAD IN COMBAT, published by the Military Intelligence Service on January 25, 1943 as Special Series No. 9. Believe the strength was later dropped from 10 to 9, but it's 10 here. https://archive.org/details/TheGermanSquadInCombat Regards, John Kettler
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    Murphy's Laws of Combat

    3j2m7, Am confused by your statement. Can't tell whether you're saying I pay close attention to CM or that I need to be paying close attention to it. Please clarify. Thanks! slysniper and Ultradave, Sometimes, it's not Murphy's fault. Turns out a disastrous Hummer multiple drop was from sabotage, not him! Just learned this will hunting for the fail video. https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2018/05/09/soldier-found-guilty-of-cutting-parachute-straps-in-botched-humvee-air-drop/ Regards, John Kettler
  13. An outfit called Eugen Systems, which apparently makes some sort of wargames, posted a fascinating article on 91 Division Luftlande, which was a strange duck indeed, as far as organization and equipment. Armor consisted of ex-French Beutepanzers and StuGs only. Unit wass incorrectly depicted in SPR. Despite the name, it was also Heer, not Luftwaffe as you might reasonably conclude. The core URL is what you'd expect (not given here to avoid potential problems with Mods), but the rest of the URL is steel-division-normandy-44-91-luftflande/ Well worth a read. Has photos and maps, too. Regards, John Kettler
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    Mattis and KenMech, Welcome aboard! You'll find it was worth the effort to register, for this is a fantastic online community, with some members on active duty, some in the reserves and others formerly in the military, providing the unique perspectives only those who do/have done this stuff for real can provide. Regards, John Kettler
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    Murphy's Laws of Combat

    Great list! Here's another entry from a real CM tournament (CMx1 RoW). The ability of your ability of your AFV to Bog and, worse, sometimes Immobilize, too, even under Dry conditions, is inversely proportional to a)purchase cost and b) criticality to your battle plan. I have had exactly this happen to me several times, and it was maddening, particularly given the corollary. In the event of Bog or Immobilization for a limited traverse weapon, the AFV will be oriented such that, at best, it can use its roof MG. Said AFV will be flank/s exposed at best, too. If a tank, the turret will be jammed and point in a useless direction which also exposes weak parts of the AFV. In both cases, the enemy will have potent DF weapons, tank-killing infantry teams, or both. The more potent the AFV, the higher the likelihood of an F-Kill on the main gun, generally before the planned battle winner can fire a shot. Regards, John Kettler