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      Special Upgrade 4 Tech Tips   12/27/2016

      Hi all! Now that Upgrade 4 is out and about in large quantities we have now discovered a few SNAFUs that happen out in the scary, real world that is home computing.  Fortunately the rate of problems is extremely small and so far most are easily worked around.  We've identified a few issues that have similar causes which we have clear instructions for work arounds here they are: 1.  CMRT Windows customers need to re-license their original key.  This is a result of improvements to the licensing system which CMBN, CMBS, and CMFB are already using.  To do this launch CMRT with the Upgrade and the first time enter your Engine 4 key.  Exit and then use the "Activate New Products" shortcut in your CMRT folder, then enter your Engine 3 license key.  That should do the trick. 2.  CMRT and CMBN MacOS customers have a similar situation as #2, however the "Activate New Products" is inside the Documents folder in their respective CM folders.  For CMBN you have to go through the process described above for each of your license keys.  There is no special order to follow. 3.  For CMBS and CMFB customers, you need to use the Activate New Products shortcut and enter your Upgrade 4 key.  If you launch the game and see a screen that says "LICENSE FAILURE: Base Game 4.0 is required." that is an indication you haven't yet gone through that procedure.  Provided you had a properly functioning copy before installing the Upgrade, that should be all you need to do.  If in the future you have to install from scratch on a new system you'll need to do the same procedure for both your original license key and your Upgrade 4.0 key. 4.  There's always a weird one and here it is.  A few Windows users are not getting "Activate New Products" shortcuts created during installation.  Apparently anti-virus software is preventing the installer from doing its job.  This might not be a problem right now, but it will prove to be an issue at some point in the future.  The solution is to create your own shortcut using the following steps: Disable your anti-virus software before you do anything. Go to your Desktop, right click on the Desktop itself, select NEW->SHORTCUT, use BROWSE to locate the CM EXE that you are trying to fix. The location is then written out. After it type in a single space and then paste this:


      Click NEXT and give your new Shortcut a name (doesn't matter what). Confirm that and you're done. Double click on the new Shortcut and you should be prompted to license whatever it is you need to license. At this time we have not identified any issues that have not been worked around.  Let's hope it stays that way Steve
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      Forum Reorganization   10/12/2017

      We've reorganized our Combat Mission Forums to reflect the fact that most of you are now running Engine 4 and that means you're all using the same basic code.  Because of that, there's no good reason to have the discussion about Combat Mission spread out over 5 separate sets of Forums.  There is now one General Discussion area with Tech Support and Scenario/Mod Tips sub forums.  The Family specific Tech Support Forums have been moved to a new CM2 Archives area and frozen in place. You might also notice we dropped the "x" from distinguishing between the first generation of CM games and the second.  The "x" was reluctantly adopted back in 2005 or so because at the time we had the original three CM games on European store shelves entitled CM1, CM2, and CM3 (CMBO, CMBB, and CMAK).  We didn't want to cause confusion so we added the "x".  Time has moved on and we have to, so the "x" is now gone from our public vocabulary as it has been from our private vocabulary for quite a while already.  Side note, Charles *NEVER* used the "x" so now we're all speaking the same language as him.  Which is important since he is the one programming them

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  1. eBay served this up to me (have bought military books there on eBay before) when I was buying a replacement keyboard . Never heard of this anti-Sherman tank book before then and was wondering whether anyone here has read it, and if so, what. impression did it leave? https://www.amazon.com/Want-Gun-Sherman-Tank-Scandal/product-reviews/0764352504/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_show_all_btm?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews Regards, John Kettler
  2. Brother George had asked me to provide proof they were present after I mentioned a clip I saw. They were! Axis WWII Discussion Group: Marder III Ausf M Used In Battle Of The Bulge ? Axis WWII Discussion Group: Marder III Ausf M Used In Battle Of The Bul... Fair Use Re: Marder III Ausf M Used In Battle Of The Bulge ? January 18 2006, 1:25 AM Joey, The following information is extracted from Ron Klages. Marder III (75) DECEMBER 1944: PJAbt. 3 [3. PGD] with 7 units PJAbt. 246 [246. VGD] with 8 units PJAbt. 1553 [553. VGD] with 2 units Note that some of the Marder III could have been the H model. Units from the above listing that participated in the Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge); 246th Volksgrenadier (VGD) (was 6th Army Reserve) 3rd Panzergrenadier Division I hope this is of some use. Tom Nelson Also this, but site is showing as suspect. There may be more, but I can't see the rest of the blurb. German Army, Battle of the Bulge, 15 December 1944 - US Army ... usacac.army.mil/cac2/CGSC/CARL/nafziger/944GLAA.pdf Battle of the Bulge. 15 December 1944. OB West: Feldmarschal G. von Runstedt. Army Group B Feldmarschal W. Model. Army Reserves: 79th Volks Grenadier ...... Führer Grenadier Brigade Artillery Battalion (3 btrys). Führer Grenadier Brigade Panzerjäger Company. (10 Marder III). 2nd SS Panzer Division (Das Reich)35. Regards, John Kettler
  3. 3j2m7, You're most welcome. Believe a Remagen Bridge and related goodies would be a real draw. Regards, John Kettler
  4. The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    Love it Now to important business--what really gave rise to agriculture. Regards, John Kettler
  5. This is well worth a read and has lots of photos and maps. Numerous citations, too. http://www.v2rocket.com/start/deployment/v2s-on-remagen.html Regards, John Kettler
  6. This is a great site on a unit which saw more consecutive days in action (341) than any other in the Fifth Army. This is an extensive site covering pretty much everything you'd want to know about an independent tank battalion which fought its way up from the toe of the Italian boot. Wiring diagrams, personnel lists, tons of photos, route maps, battle expositions (including great material on a Tiger 1 engagment, equipment lists, honor and more grace this useful site. If you would understand the independent tank battalion, this is a fine resource. http://www.752tank.com/index.html Regards, John Kettler
  7. How to use mortar halftracks?

    Bulletpoint, In order to engage a target, the mortar must either be in direct lay, where someone can eyeball the target from the mortar position and, with or without a map, figure out the range, the appropriate charge, then begin adjustment firing until the bracket is achieved and FFE can commence. In order to conduct indierect fire, an FO or somebody else has to pass the coordinates to the mortar team, the team must have a pretty good own location in order to be able to shoot effectively, and adjustments have to be made based on spotting the impacts before the shoot proper can begin. What you want to do is run up (not necessarily Fast) on a piece of ground which may or may not be level and start firing. Won't work because the mortar could easily be out of alignment in both traverse and elevation after that, not to mention cant, all of which must first be sorted out; the range isn't known, the crew's been likely subjected to jostling. The ammunition is still in racks, too. Therefore, no charge bags can be added until the rounds are removed from their shipping tubes (or is it boxes?). Nor can the right charge be applied until the range is called. All in all, you're looking at an evolution which may, likely will, take longer than for infantry to deploy the mortar in the usual way. Realistically, I don't see how you could move up the mortar track and do all the other needed things in a mere minute. Could I be wrong? Sure. But I don't believe I am. Am not familiar with the mortar halftrack in CMFB, but I do know that many pointed rearward for quick escape. This says the M4 type, the first model, which used the M2 halftrack, fired aft, but the M3 based M21 fired forward. If that's the case, then you also have to factor turning around and reversing into position for the M4, which makes things worse. Consequently, taking the various factors in aggregate, I find it eminently reasonable you can't do what you want to in a single turn. FM 17-27 81-MM MORTAR SQUAD and PLATOON is here. It is the complete how to for the M4 series and is from 1942. Regards, John Kettler
  8. Sequoia, Much appreciate your posting this! Pity there wasn't a video in it. Regards, John Kettler
  9. Thought many of you might appreciate seeing this. The "AMU" referenced is Army Marksmanship Unit. http://worldwarwings.com/86-year-old-vet-sniper-gets-3-headshots-1000-yards/ If you don't care about the article, here's the video. Regards, John Kettler
  10. Anticipatory post for CM:Stalingrad!

    Ivan Zaitsev, Am all ears. Please provide some sort of summary of the main points. Am most curious. Thanks! Regards, John Kettler
  11. The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

    My doctor is a big advocate of vigourous exercise, but I'm not doing this one, for it's so kinetic it's exhausting to watch! Regards, John Kettler
  12. After I mentioned Pavloc's house over on the CoC board on FB, one of the guys essentially said the story of Pavlov's house was propaganda. When I asked for evidence, he sent me this link to a massive discourse on the whole situation, complete with photos and Russian CC film clips. The amount of information here is overwhelming, but I thought it would delight the troops. The carnage is sobering (a battalion down to 18 effectives), showing how truly close the Germans came to taking Stalingrad, and there's grog chrome galore, too. Nets on upper story windows on German buildings to keep out incendiary bottles, for example. And did you know Serjeant Pavlov took the house with only three other frontoviki? They were its sole garrison for a time, and the buld-up began from there. All in all, this Reddit is a marvelous resource for what I'm sure is a CM game people dream of (or wake up sweating at the thought of it). There is a great deal more at the link, including a lot of amplifying remarks, corrections to the article's translator, comments about being respectful to the fighters and more. All in all, quite the education! Fair use Regards, John Kettler
  13. MOS:96B2P, No, it would be hot! Regards, John Kettler
  14. Warts 'n' all, There is just enough resemblance between him and me I cringed a bit. Song's droll but failed my foot tapping excitement test. That said, I'm not British, so doubtless don't appreciate how this processes for people hearing it there. Regards, John Kettler
  15. Don't know, but it sure is exciting to watch. Better than many war movies, in fact. The Sanis are very busy. I have one in my BA troops, thanks to brother George. Regards, John Kettler