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  1. Yeah until you see an uber Abrams death star with APS swatting KH66s outta the air and laughing at battalions of APS equipped T90AMs. Unless a tunguska gets a burst in on it before it can fire. Then theyre stuck. lol
  2. Sublime

    What will the next CM be?

    I have some I fell off on the DCS. theres a few that have come out and a few on the way I really want but there whole system has just gotten too pricey for me and I have a couple of real buyers regret issues on a couple of A/C. that havent gotten much support or I thought Id like and outright didnt (Ka50, where I love the UH1 for example)
  3. I always loved Gen Rippers monologues to Mandrake in Strangelove. Youre right to the overrunnimg of the base was done just right so it felt real. Greatest thing ever when he goes to his golf bag and pulls the .30 cal out. Thanks for the recommendation on Rome Im going to check it out
  4. Oooh was Rome that good? I need to check it out then I never watched that one.
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    Yeah... CMx1 was late 90s. x2 was definitely developed in 2005 and 2006 time frame. And the initial SF is light years away from even the original CMBN let alone the engine now. Plus no one is making you buy SF2, most of your complaints seem graphics repated and theres definitely no shortage on eye candy RTS'. As realistic a landwar game though? Not so much. The aim low comment is unnecessary really. Since you said you domt come here much then you wouldnt know but the forum has been an absolute $hitshow with ppl complaining about release delays, claiming BFC is a sockpuppet company or is bankrupt. It really was getting insane. If they did the improvements you wanted it'd take years to do. Frankly Im impressed BFC is offering a discount to owners of the first game since Im guessing most of the purchases related to SF 1 are almost ten years old now.
  6. Nidan1 and I used to roleplay a PBEM campaign in BS. Basically we were allowed 1 light bttn sized group. We.d keep track of AFVs and MBTs lost and delete them in following engagements. We.d throw in special stuff like a random night infantry only battle where say the Ru player had to goto buildings ans hold them 10 minutes to simulate going through files and sabotage. If they won they say there wouldnt be Blufor air support next battle or no resupply. We kept looser track of infantry but would delete squads or platoons just by adding up KIA/WIA figures. IIRC he got strykers and Ukrainian until the 5th day when he got Abrams. I had 2 BTGs - one T90A one T72B3. Ill look for the file we had. The initial rules were VERY loose anything went as long as it was both ok.d to a previous battle. As for as advancing and retreating we had a rule units in last tile had escaped even if KO.d later. We basically operated on a 2 cities 1 town 1 vill 1 wilderness then same other way. Campaign started in wilderness and as battles went one side would progress towards the more urban area of the other side eventually winning the campaign if it won at the 2nd city battle. We never finished it but it was a lot of fun. RIP buddy.
  7. Good point. I think part of it was just hatred and anger. The para said they were usually easy to spot with arrogance, a sneer on their face etc. Mind you this wasnt an interrogation to say get info about spies or somethung - this is info that probably lots of the other German troops would know e.g. Are there tanks? Whats around the corner? @sburke I thought it was anecdotal at first too.Upon reflection I dont think so. He spoke in first person terms like he was there. He didnt gloat or anything. Just had that hardbitten cold truth look infantry vets have. Again anevdotal stuff whem it involves war crimes is rarely mentioned in the first person - though Ive been seeing a lot more of it in recent interviews and its making me wonder if its an old age get it off my chest thing. This includes interviews with Waffen SS that admitted to being in killing squads. Waffen SS being told if they took black PoWs to kill them on the spot but break their necks not "waste" bullets. The American paras story. Again I think you fellas are all thinking high level intelligence when the GIs probably wanted to know something like "are you a patrol or are there others etc?" This is probably whythe shootinh was important. It was more relevant to the on the spot in that moment info they were after - stuff that would be worthless after the PWs were processed. Theres also an imterview with the US pilot Bud Andersen ( actually I have to recheck that name ) who. himself on his own words saw a German pilot purposefully machine gunning American aircrew in parachutes. He chased the German down shot him down let him bail and emptied his 6 .50 calibers into him. Can old men lie? Absolutely. Does age affect memory? Absolutely. Would I sit and call any of these men who are verified to have been the places they were and NONE of us were at liars? Absolutely not.
  8. Yes except in the format of 1hr episodes and like say a 10 episode season. Das Boot is long and excellent but imagine how much more fleshed out it could have been @DerKommissar Very well aware of it. Directors cut in German is the way to go. And yes I know it initially was on tv. I just meant something that has more the length of some of these modern hbo productions.
  9. I vividly remember an interview with a US 101st AB vet on the AHC channel. He openly stated if they needed info from some rounded up Germans theyd pick the one who seemed in charge - he said it was usually pretty obvious - and outright walk over and blow his head off with a .45 to make a point. Apparently they never had any holdouts. IIRC this was happening around this soldier around the time of the Bulge and into Germany..
  10. Id really like to see more of a BoB or Pacific type series either based perhaps on 303 sqn or a bomber crew. Any side if it was realistic afaik. I also think the format would work really well covering a U Boat crews' journey. For a less bleak ending cover US subs in the PTO. ( We all know we really want the UBoat =p )
  11. speaking of concussive effects I just read one of the most vivid first person accounts Ive ever read about Vietnamese civilians caught out in the open near where an Arc Light B52 cell dropped its bombs and civvies were near the hit. My god just the concussion from the blasts... roughly 1km away IIRC - dead all over. Eyes bleeding ears bleeding mouths bleeding. Some interesting stuff I wish had been explained more about it doing something to your lungs.. All in all sounds horrific. Im sure the grid eraser MLRS isnt a nice thing to be on the end of either. ( of course a 152mm is NOT a caliber to laugh at)
  12. Oh theres no doubt their squadron records prove they were proficient. Possibly even crack or elite. Best fighter squadron anywhere at the time? Disagree. For one all that time training is good, but does that make them better than say a squadron from the 4th FG that had been in Europe actually killing Nazis during the same period? Would I place them above in skill level to some of the expertern German units or even say JG26? Obviously if you narrow it to the very last 9 months Germany was in the war the comparison is skewed. For one how do we define what the best fighter squadron is or was? For 2 if we.re going to compare we need to compare both at their best so red tails after a few combat missions for experience in Europe. Vs every other squadron in the entire war during their best time when they had the most training and had been blooded. When looked at like that I think its a bit much to name them.the best fighter squadron anywhere. If your argument is because they achieved this despite conditions in America... Well yes its impressive. Of course the Poles had the highest scoring Battle of Britain squadron and theyd lost their homeland, had their military butchered, and most likely were never going home unless they wanted to be shot on arrival. Id say theyd been through a lot of suffering and would continue to suffer... Still though is the fact that political correctness etc leads to grave errors or fallacies. Saw a crappy film on WW2 the otherday that sadly didnt do their homework enough to even realize the GIs werent integrated as combat units until 1947.
  13. post modern pc society is basically what I define as living in America society now ultra political correctness... in a post modern society. what exactly does "warts n all" not get ? Or is it just disagreement
  14. All true cholos love hollywood - theyre a great purchaser of one of our great national exports - illicit drugs
  15. Maybe. You Germans arent out of the woods completely though. You guys have plenty of soppy nationalistic old marching songs ( I had a comrade... ) and campy WW1/WW2 era productions. All Quiet on the Western Front is brilliant but is not an example of average German literary work from the period. Im going to derail the thread here.. but I feel like I have to here - anyone else see the noticeable difference from how Germany was treated as far as rubbing their noses in what they did vs the Japanese who we went way softer on because the Cold War started? Japanese history books are almost insulting or are downright insulting to America and basivally act like Ww1. Someone overflew Pearl Harbor by mistake. Nothing to see in China. OMG 5 CHAPTERS NUKES OMG And so in turn you see stuff like nationalism starting anew in Japan etc. And of course a warped view of history. Hollywood does still make some hood war movies sometimes ( I thought Eastwoods dual movies about Iwo Jima from both perspectives were great) and has made some classics in the past. Also let us not forget Band of Brothers and The Pacific. Both I thought were well done and the Pacific hardly glamorizes the war or is overtly patriotic. Not a lot of raa raa American in pulling gold teeth from charred corpses. Just the terrible reality of the tragedy war is. I just really hope it doesnt take us losing two world wars to realize you dont have to have schlock, or uber nationalism to make a good war movie. And that being an infantryman is basically somewhat like being homeless with people trying to kill you all the time. Not as glorious as they.d like to make it. I also feel that Spielberg in particular but also Ambrose as a historian do not just US troops but all Allied troops a disservice when they perpetually portray the Gernans as bungling fools. They were quite formidable opponents and acknowledging that does more to honor the incredible sacrifices and underscores the very reason why it was such a big deal. Instead it always seems to be hordes of Germans getting gunned down. This is especially pertinent too because as brutal as the PTO campaign wasthe Germans inflicted a lot more US casualties on us than the Japanese. Of course invading Japan would have changed that. The REAL trash war movies are the Chinese war flicks about them fighting the Japanese. It.s comical to a westerner to see its so moronic. Theres literally one scene where a guy throws a grenade in the air, does a somersault and kick and the grenade flies into ans blows a Japanese zero out of the sky. sigh.
  16. feel oddly embarrassed i didnt know that was Blucher
  17. U571 literally and Im American disgusted me and I didnt even sit through it. I didnt watch red tails because in the new( not rlly) post modern pc society everyone knows the entire US military was racist and the red tails were the best fighter unit anywhere ever because the color of their skin. I fimd it especially ironic given the interviews Ive seen with actual black veterans saying things like " the first time I WASNT segregated was in the Nazi PoW camp. " Regarding the U571 I mean really FFS theres enough outlandlishly action hero like things that actual Amerivans in WW2 did singlehandedly to crow about. It was a gigantic war you have dozens of examples on every side and more no one knows about. Why the hell steal someone elses story? Frankly I think its insulting to our actual veterans do that anyways. America certainly contributed its fair share enough for there to be stories aplenty and no reason for any revisionism or shame.
  18. Der Untergang was superb inaccuracies aside. I thought it caught the mood very well and the guy who played Hitler was superb. The Bunker ( is that the name ) was amother good playing of Hitler. i remember someone suggested the very old German movie Die Brucke on here to me in like 2001. I ordered it, it never showed, bitterly forgot about it and 2 years later voila. haha. It was a really good movie though, HJ defending a bridge against US troops. Naturally being a 50s movie the special effects and battle scenes could be so much more now.. I really wish HBO had gone through with that Mighty 8th series based on Masters of the Air. The trailer looked incredible. However its been years without any news Id say that its a wrap - shame too the HBO format e.g. BoB favors following say a bomber crew, elite unit (101st..) or naval vessel, or as seen in Fury a tank. Fury only exists in my mind because the special effects and battle scenes. The rest is... sigh.
  19. Sublime

    What will the next CM be?

    we can also add the new sailing game ( ill dig up the name later ) that looks pretty groggy on YT. Saw some guy take down the Constituition in a Brit ship of the line. Oh the humanity! Theres really more too but Im not going to keep adding. Do I think there could be more niche super realistic naval games? of course. if i had my way all games would provably be super realistic versions of different military or historical things. Am I gonna get that? Why even ask.
  20. Idk. In FI when it was just Sicily I hated the terrain. Idk why. Especially those damned vineyards. My god those were like the ultimate tank trap. FI went from being my least fav to my fav( at the time ) with the module to Rome though.
  21. Whose defending Enemy at the Gates? I dont think anyone on either 'side' has said its even a good movie let a lone accurate. As I said its bad when halfway through a movie about one of if not THE biggest city battle of all times the ambient backround noise of battle just.. disappears. I will say this though in defense of western histories of ww2: What exactly has the SU done to help or Russia to clarify? Russia reclosed its archives. The SU made up myths and there wouldnt even be a sniper duel legend without the direct existence of the SU. Russia hasnt helped matters by tryn to charge or publicly shame people who try to come out with things that arent seen as pro Soviet at that time. Whats that leave the West with? Well we have the stories od the losers. Lots of self vindication etc. Some truth. Some stuff got out of the East or can be confirmed. Otherwise all we really knew is the biggest land war in history happened in Eastern Europe against 2 brutal dictatorships. One with every reason to lie about its failures and reasons to hide evidence of crime. The other a victor who got to write history in the manner it desired and one who perpetuated outright untruths and lies for up to even over 40 years after the event ( Katyn ) That said the German movie Stalingrad was good IMO though I wish instead of trying to make it more movie like at the end with the corrupt nazi officer and the woman etc they should have just shown the men die off in various defensive positions/starve as was much more a common reality. maybe a dream like sequence at the end in one of those massive open wire open air camps at the end of winter of 42/43 that the great majority of the 6th Army pows died in the immediate aftermath of the battle.
  22. But what about the fulda gap? or what if god forbid they do something like say whys monty so special he gets 2 cap badges or even commits heresy and dares suggest that Monty didnt really save the US in the Battle of the Bulge? Im of irish ancestry* on both sides so Im assuming paddy has a hot tempter like me. things could get ugly. My ancestors had some *cough* issues with the British in Ireland around spring of 1916 and somehow ended up in Boston by way of Nova Scotia. They were going to be deported soon and my great grandfather would probably have beem hung vecause his alleged fenian connections.. until WW1 he enlisted and our family got to stay. he survived but dived into a shellhole and got a lung full of mustard gas. he died 5 years later from lung and throat cancer at the ripe age of 26. poor bastard. apparently was brewing beer in the bathtub to help with money. (the other side was alrdy in nova scotia and contributed a daughter to come with my great grand pappy in boston and here i am)
  23. Read about Berlin at the end. Before Berlin there was a standing order I forget where and when but there was an order ( probably selectively enforced) to shoot "traitors" trying to surrender. They had penal battalions. If you didnt move fast enough or werent considered interested enough off to a camp. That is if you didnt have an accident first. However almost any lower level history of the Eastern Front thats lengthy you will find multiple incidents on both the Eastern and Western fronts of German troops opening fire on other Germans surrendering. Google it you.ll find examples.Of course given the nature of the combat there was a lot more bitterness and your odds of being shot bt a former kamaraden increased dramatically if you pulled that sh*t in the East. Heinrich Biddermans autobiography about his time inthe Wehrmacht is interesting because he fought most his war in the east. he ended upin the west at the end. some notable takebacks - first of all these were only his experiences. if you try to claim im inferring this was corps/front/theater wide youre an idiot. Now that said according to him yes Germans did shoot at surrendering Germans. Also generally in thr west it was considered risky but if say 4 surrendered maybe one would get shot by accident but barring any local atrocities you were going in the bag. with the east it didnt matter. you could ve taken prisoner you could all be shot out of hand. Apparently panzer crews had a real tough time because their black uniforms often led to accussations of them being SS and getting shot. Bidermann also noted that in the east no one gave a flying f*** about medics or red cross markings or cease fires to collect dead. he was flabbergasted when he saw medics not getting shot by snipers etc in the west.