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  1. Going clear back to when CMBO was in development, there has been a lot of effort put forth trying to properly understand the nitty gritty of Panzer armor, an effort which I believe far eclipses far harder to get info on the Soviet side of things, though quite a bit of work went into understanding terminal effectiveness of vs Russian AP projectiles and their various limitations and causes thereof. Happily, while looking into T-34 books, this popped up, and am I glad it did! This thing is gold clean through. It looks at gun barrels, armor plate and shells. It's got such things as US analyses of armor samples taken form a T-34 and KV-1 sent to the US by the Soviets and some of the scariest live fire comparison tests ever. If you think I'm exaggerating, take a look at what happened when the Soviet cast iron 82 mm mortar projectile went against our own steel 81 mm mortar projectile. Tests against 1" thick pine witness boards found the Soviet mortar shell put out an almost incomprehensible 9 X more hits and 8.1 X more total perforations at 40 feet as a result of a hurricane of shell fragments our 81 couldn't begin to match. No wonder Ivan was in love with mortars! Artillery shells using cast iron or steel bodies are also covered. As for tanks,, coverage is much more than the early T-34 and Kv-1, in fact extending through the IS-2,. It delves into AP shells and shot, including arrowhead, where direct comparisons are made between it and US HVAP down to the level of tungsten carbide core weights. This paper can be read readily, but the level of technical information is eye watering, a condition worsened by the fact that the text was typed and that this was microfilmed, making reading fine print in the tables exciting and making the photos hard to see in the bargain. This was originally SECRET, with a distribution which was a Who's Who of American military ordnance. If Herr Tom loses his mind reading this paper, I'm not responsible! http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/011426.pdf Paper Presented at Meeting on Trends in Soviet Metallurgical Developments Central Intelligence Agency Washington 25, D. C. I! 16 April 1953 Regards, John Kettler
  2. Wicky, Great story, and everyone who's walked through the area has indeed been fortunate. One of the things I marvel at is that in Russia so much still seems to be on or just below the ground line, resulting, for example, in finding soldiers' remains in the woods, instead of having to dig several meters deep, as in the case of some WW I entrenchments in Flanders. My English Comp teacher would've flayed whomever wrote that headline, for who knew a road had mine sleuthing abilities? Pretty extensive field, and I wouldn't, if there, be so blithe about the state of that old ordnance, considering a guy here in the States obliterated himself a few years ago while grinding rust off a Civil War 11" Dahlgren shell recovered at Vicksburg, Mississippi. Seems the shell was fitted with a waterproof fuze for naval warfare and that the grinder removed the protective wax and ignited the powder train. KABOOM! Regards, John Kettler
  3. Interpretations of what's going on vary, but the latest news indicates Japan will get back two of the four northern islands seized by the SU late in the GPW, with more possible. The return of the two is based on Japan's signaling acceptance of the 1956 treaty which ended hostilities between the two nations, but depending on how negotiations go, Japan might get more back, or at least have the use of them, with Russia maintaining ownership, as it were. Naturally, Japan wants back all four, and both nations have committed to addressing this northern island issue now, instead of kicking the can down the field for later generations to address. Would expect making Japan happy would make things easier on Russia, opening up previously blocked trade possibilities and putting some desperately needed money into Russia's relatively weak economy, the product of sanctions and low oil prices. Reducing the number of island garrisons alone would save Russia millions of dollars a year, regardless of any potential trade benefits. Nice to know things will be calmer somewhere on this strife-ridden planet! https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-Relations/Japan-and-Russia-to-push-peace-talks-with-island-return-in-sight?utm_source=paid.outbrain.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=BA US interest&utm_content=RSS Regards, John Kettler
  4. Though this is ostensibly a kit review for the Dragon model, it has some great pictorial material on this potent 251 variant, both of the training sort and combat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKNatBiDemQ Regards, John Kettler
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    The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    You've heard of a two headed calf, but try this instead. Found it an arresting image. Believe it's real, but if so, sure hope none are loose in the wild! Regards, John Kettler
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    The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    Found this both amusing and educational. Regards, John Kettler
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    If Fury was a British Film

    Wicky, Thanks for this. Very well done and most amusing. Have passed it to a gaming group I play miniatures with. Regards, John Kettler
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    11/11 Never forget!

    Regards, John Kettler
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    The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    General Jack Ripper, My brain hasn't undergone such an extraordinary philosophical workout since I took a Philosophy honors course on The Great Chain of Being. A simply phenomenal piece of critical work, which I believe it at least Master's level in terms of the sophistication and rigor of the analysis. I never felt that the ST society was fascist, and I think Heinlein's approach to citizenship was brilliant. Believe it was Ben Franklin, a philosopher himself, who pointedly remarked "That which we receive cheaply, we esteem not." Clearly, Heinlein believed that the greatest prize in society should be obtained only by sustaining the greatest risk, potentially outright fatal in the attempt. Always loved the line regarding (near) universal right to serve. Went something like "It might be testing nerve gas on Pluto while sitting in a wheelchair..." As a student of the Classics, I note that the term of service for a Roman citizen in the legions was twenty years, but in the auxilia, whose members consisted of non-citizens, it was twenty-five to become a Roman citizen. The Mobile Infantry was so lethal a job that you attained, providing you survived, the same functional result in roughly a tenth of the time. The comments, based on quick skim, are worthwhile. Was fascinated to read that the only nonfiction book used in the curriculum at West Point is ST. ST is used to teach military leadership, and though I was never in the military (VN War ended before my draft number came up), the ethos expressed in that book is burned into my consciousness to this day. I recall that whole discussion which occurred when a recruit complained of being roughed up by the DI, who responded with things he could lawfully do, particularly on the battlefield, including killing the recruit who wouldn't fight or ran and that he, the DI, had an affirmative duty to do so. That shook me up, but later in life, I read account after account of officers shooting their men if need be. There is a book by one officer about such incidents, and it is called The Men I've Killed. All in all, I think this video was a tour de force. Am deeply grateful you posted it. Shall share it! Regards, John Kettler
  10. Kurt Knispel was in the thick of it from Barbarossa until late in the war. He was gunner or TC in practically all principal Panzers except the Panther and racked up a total of 168 kills. Not only is the most informative, but it got lots of wonderful clips of weaponry and fighting at various times and places during the war. Has some shots of destroyed Russian tanks with lots of markings and slogans visible, too. Spot read comments and found them informative and insightful. Input from veterans and their offspring on their own encounters with the Panzers were especially valuable. Regards, John Kettler
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    Tiger 1 cannon emergency trigger

    Mattis, If I haven't done so already, welcome aboard! Which is the great find, the Tiger 1 emergency cannon trigger or the clutch of Tiger tank Bosch spark plugs? Regards, John Kettler
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    Tiger 1 cannon emergency trigger

    Combatintman, As CM has evolved, the level of realism and consequent need to really go into detail has rocketed. CMx1 had no incremental damage, but now it gets down to subsystems and shotline modeling of which ones got hit, how badly and what this does to the overall functioning of the tank. Part of that picture is redundancy, and when your cannon is electrically fired, you're screwed without a backup. Tanks typically have a power traverse and a manual mode, and we already have such things as the variable rate of Panther turret traversing speed as a function of engine revs, so why is it all that odd to think about fighting a Tiger 1 with the electrical system down temporarily or for duration of the fight. Something else not modeled is that the T-34/76 had, in the early war ones, at least, really awful turret drive motors, with the net result that lots of tanks had manual only. But I will also admit to being on an info high since I made the happy/fatal mistake of going to the auction sites. Wicky, Now, that's impressive. "The perfect gift for your favorite Tiger 1 restorer!" Regards, John Kettler
  13. Wodin, Emailed you but haven't heard anything back. Did you get it? Regards, John Kettler
  14. I know that the Waffenfarbe (weapon color, but really branch color) for the Panzer troops was pink, but I wonder who thought that was a good idea? Not exactly soiling myself over this getup, though the shape it's in is phenomenal.The color combo of anthracite gray and pink looks like athleisure wear for those of a feminine bent. Another from Dan Morphy Auctions, an outfit which properly describes its offerings! Some put the coolest things up, provide an all but useless description and list practically everything as unauthenticated. Sloppy, lazy and not a confidence builder for prospective bidders. Regards, John Kettler