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John Kettler

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  1. Sgt. Squarehead, That was wonderful, and I'm verklempt! Concur as to the splendor of the dog. Looks very intelligent, too. Regards, John Kettler
  2. Tumblr, for reasons unknown, seems to have lots of supposedly hypnotizing animations. I like this one. It moves slowly, doesn't strobe and definitely holds my attention, while being curiously calming, too. Apparently someone knows the Classics and passed the word. The testudo is back! Regards, John Kettler
  3. Wehrtechnische Sammlung Koblenz goes to a Moto Cross--brings toys! Regards, John Kettler
  4. Sgt. Squarehead, Excellent find! This one's both weird and important. Besides, I learned the word "biosecurity." It seems that trying to upgrade litter size also risks unleashing multiple diseases in the process. https://allthatsinteresting.com/australian-farmers-smuggle-pig-semen The kids need a spanking, counseling or both. Had I or any of my siblings done this, EOW would've been a net improvement. Probably still couldn't sit down! https://metro.co.uk/2019/08/13/parents-ordered-pay-trail-destruction-left-sons-4-6-10563520/ Regards, John Kettler
  5. Great article on a German resistance group before and during WW II. The group was called Edelweiss Pirates. Also discussed is the only German resistance group I knew of before that, called the White Rose. https://allthatsinteresting.com/edelweiss-pirates Regards, John Kettler
  6. Michael Emrys, Thanks, as didn't know of this! ER Tomahawk would certainly be a quick fix, since before SALT II (?), it was a strategic weapon already and an absolute nightmare for the then Russian air defense network. Sgt. Squarehead, Iskander is nasty. Wonder what capabilities are of monkey model vs home version? Can't imagine Putin would sell NK the all-up version! Regards, John Kettler
  7. Some of my CoC colleagues are getting into playing CoC, but slightly modified for the Korean War. In answer to the request for book suggestions, I posted S.L.A. Marshall's The River and the Gauntlet, which I thought was a great book when I read it. Since then, I've seen considerable discussion here on the Forums about various problems (some major) with his methodology and conclusions. My CoC post resulted in a reply including this excellent HistoryNet article ("The Long-Dead Hand of Marshall Misleads Historians" by Bateman) which left me wondering how much to believe in the book and why. The astronomic number of WW II company interviews he claimed to have done were shocking, considering how short the time span was in which to do them, and his papers don't support those claims, either. Worse, his wonderful monograph The Soldier's Load and the Mobility of a Nation also came under fire. Happily, I have since read one of the books not tainted by him: The Deadly Brotherhood by McManus.That was quite the education into the realities of the sharp end, in a way no one book I'd read before could adequately convey. An absolute must read! Regards, John Kettler
  8. Despite some truly bizarre photo choices in places, this is a very good piece on a previously unsolved US Navy ship loss, the only such during World War I. The case wasn't solved until December 2018. Also, this particular piece doesn't require the endless iterations of the Next button in order to read it. Simply scroll down. Here is a long interview with an ordinary Panzer man (loader, gunner and then TC), Wolfgang Kloth, who fought at Kursk and Courland. He was in Panzer IIIs, Panzer IVs and StuGs. This is a much more extensive and wide ranging interview. Regards, John Kettler
  9. Sgt. Squarehead, Too funny! Not so funny was this, which freaked me out. So many ways for something injurious to fatal could happen. Regards, John Kettler
  10. Have decided this tree must be a wargamer. Regards, John Kettler
  11. The cuffs far left are a classic example of failing to think through the entire design. The cuff assemblies themselves look as though they could contain Hercules, but look at that pathetic excuse for a chain! And here we have a pistol the likes of which you've never seen. It is a cut down Mosin-Nagant rifle firing the full power 7.62 mm x 54 mm cartridge. This is what you get in countries where pistols are illegal but rifles aren't. Absolutely shudder to think what sort of recoil, noise and muzzle blast this thing puts out when fired. Regards, John Kettler
  12. The cuffs far left are a classic example of failing to think through the entire design. The cuff assemblies themselves look as though they could contain Hercules, but look at that pathetic excuse for a chain! Regards, John Kettler
  13. No, this isn't some PSed Halloween themed bat. This is the natural coloration of some bats in Thailand. Regards, John Kettler
  14. Have seen pink Cadillacs and pink guns, but this is a first for me. My first impression was it was Barbie themed, but it's really the almost ubiquitous Hello Kitty. Regards, John Kettler
  15. Was trying desperately to recall a book to list here, and my failed search turned up this small delight on Hobart's Funnies in the Scheldt Campaign. In turn, that allowed me (tripped a synapse) to remember the author of the book I was thinking of, from the prolific 11 AD WW II combat veteran Patrick Delaforce. His canon has quite a few books relevant to the OP. https://www.firearmsnews.com/editorial/hobarts-funnies-and-the-battle-for-the-scheldt/363813 Marching to the Sound of Gunfire is not only a superb and moving book by , but his pen and ink drawings are the perfect accompaniment. Besides, that's where I first heard of the British wheeled amphibian the Terrapin! https://penandswordbooks.com/marching-to-the-sound-of-gunfire.html#.XVjxyS2ZNT4 Regards, John Kettler
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