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  1. Nice to see Iain in the video, and he is an absolutely passionate wargamer and has been very successful in seeing that passion work for him and deliver to players great games. Iain worked for Intelligent Games many years ago which was run by a close friend, it was a games software company that collapsed with cash flow issues when a major company failed to pay on time what they owed. A very painful experience for everyone affected at the company, lessons learnt which came at a price.. I am glad he has teamed up with Battlefront as they have similar passions. Sure his games have perhaps a broader appeal as they could be said to lack depth and are easier to pick up, but he and his team have provided gamers with many hours of fun. To succeed in life you need passion for what you are doing... Let's hope this partnership continues and we might see some benefits, even if it is just to keep Battlefront afloat and supporting the games we love...
  2. Yes a big congratulations to all involved with the company. 20 years a massive milestone and years of quality gaming. Thank you...
  3. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0074q1j/dunkirk-the-soldiers-story Another documentary but just the actual soldiers talking about their experiences of the retreat to Dunkirk. The lockdown is meaning gems like this are back available to view. Very moving and with the historical footage well worth watching. Get a VPN for those abroad as I have been able to keep using BBC while travelling abroad. I think I missed this 1st time around so glad I have had a second opportunity...
  4. I obviously missed it first time around, 🙄 BBC showing old material and placing it on iplayer is useful, glad I caught it. Mind you with my memory I could have seen it 7 years ago and just forgotten! 😟
  5. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pyjfw Just caught this and if you have access to BBC well worth a watch. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1sNypDldRvWjdZ5VVtY2GrW/5th-royal-tank-regiment-the-perfect-choice It follows 6 men and their stories from their diaries and interviews. Only 2 episodes and it might have been shown previously but on iplayer at moment so might fill a few hours for some folk.
  6. As it was some 20 years ago my memory is dim, but I remember that when I was in cases ladder it became known that people could stop tanks from being hit? My memory is vague and a quick google failed to jog it. Anyway people will always seek an edge and for some cross the line of what is acceptable. I will have a further Google at some stage, the trouble is if I go to sleep I will forget today, so 20 years ago is a tough proposition. 🙄
  7. Wow... sounds like the old days when I played close combat and ultimately discovered people could cheat... What a sad world, but I guess just humans being humans, always looking for an edge...
  8. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-middle-east-52537663/coronavirus-by-air-the-spread-of-covid-19-in-the-middle-east Come on Erwin it is not Pearl Harbor you are better than that? The link above explains the Iranian spread and shows how travel to and from China was happening. China is no innocent and has been ripping off any country they can. That is not unique America stole UK secrets in WW2 and no doubt is trying to make inroads in China too. That is the world wide game...
  9. Thanks Rocketman that was a very useful article.
  10. Erwin are you working for Mr T Trump says coronavirus worse 'attack' than Pearl Harbor https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52568405 I guess it was just a matter of time. 🙄
  11. Or send tourists who like Cathedrals and leave deadly perfume bottles around to be picked up by innocent folk on the look out for a valentine's gift...
  12. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52542943 The economic shock from this is going to be very unpleasant and will drive people into the arms of extremists populist politicians who promise salvation by creating an enemy people can unite against. I was hoping for a peaceful retirement (starting end of this month) but the next ten years (if I am lucky enough to be around) will be very very interesting times... Thanks to everyone for making some really good and insightful posts it is great to understand it from the different countries perspective. A pity to see the charts showing America and Sweden are not decreasing the numbers. The UK seems to be winning and at least our numpties are now on track to increase testing and trace to really nail it. Took longer than it should and not enough preparation beforehand but at least our dissenting medical staff don't fall out of windows!
  13. Desertfox Yes that is happening now in Germany because Germany has been one of the successes in keeping on top of it. Likewise in the UK the emergency hospitals in Exhibition centres have not been used and as we see a drop off in cases there is a push to get people back in for normal treatment which is great as we need to find a way of getting back to normal, whatever that is going to be. The world Governments were truly horrified at what happened in Italy and that informed the responses and lock downs that have curtailed the death rates. Please read the link provided to understand why those two gents are not the chaps to be informing Government health policy as they can't get the basics right! 0.4% death rate vs 0.1% doesn't sound too much different but what that is saying is it 4000 people will die compared to 1000 in a million people. Say 83 million Germans let's open up and let it run free, 332,000 people die, that is not going to have a great economic impact. Germany might have kept it to 0.4% but that is through test and trace and lock down which those muppets you have quoted would not have done...
  14. That is Great support for her and I wish her and her colleagues well. As a society we are going to have to give the healthcare staff some serious PTSD support as they are taking a battering. This is not just the Flu as some YouTube pseudo Drs are still pushing... Doctors and healthcare staff in UK without PPE have fallen and the sustained influx of dying patients on the mental welfare of the staff is not great... 🙄
  15. Anyone who watches this clip I then suggest you read the following... (The truth is out there, imo usually not in YouTube clips...) https://theprepared.com/blog/dr-ericksons-viral-covid-19-briefing-video-is-dangerously-wrong/ His starting point is seriously flawed... "So if you look at California—these numbers are from yesterday—we have 33,865 COVID cases, out of a total of 280,900 total tested. That’s 12% of Californians were positive for COVID. So we don’t, the initial — as you guys know, the initial models were woefully inaccurate. They predicted millions of cases of death — not of prevalence or incidence — but death. That is not materializing. What is materializing is, in the state of California is 12% positives. You have a 0.03 chance of dying from COVID in the state of California." Here’s the obvious reason why using a 12% test positivity rate to claim that 12% of Californians already have SARS-COV-2 is so dangerous. Right now, the USA and many other countries are limiting their testing only to people who show symptoms of COVID-19. Furthermore, in many parts of the country since this all began, only those with the most severe COVID-19 symptoms have been tested. We aren’t testing 100% of the population. What Erickson does in this video is conceptually the same as sampling a communion line to figure out how many Catholics live in California. Or estimating the prevalence of alcoholism by sampling an AA meeting. It may be hard to believe that a physician would do something so dumb, but that’s exactly what he’s up to in this clip.
  16. So I said I would furnish some examples that is all about decisions and less about the actual combat. Attached is the current area of operations where the German player is tasked with crossing the River Arun. The German player does not get this detailed view until they have been in the area for a length of time and then I start to feed them these A grade maps. The A3 Map is the quality the Germans get to begin with. The key with any of these games is understanding the terrain and how to use it. As a commander maps are absolutely key. In the ACW period they rarely had detailed maps, some commanders even brought Map Makers along with them Stonewall Jackson employed an amazing chap called Jedediah Hotchkiss. He is one of my mapping heroes and Jackson was capable of great things in the Valley because of his maps. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jedediah_Hotchkiss Anyway I digress... So examples of decisions rather than combat affecting the outcome of the game. Allied player rightly blew the bridges at New Bridge but failed to put any thought into the foot bridges... Result the Germans are crossing at Guildenhurst foot bridge. The Allied player put units in Paplands Hanger woods and the buildings just South of the woods and the German player just tried to rush units in open across the bridge. Result lots of dead Germans. Eventually they worked over the allied positions but a simple fire mission on the possible enemy locations would have saved a company of infantry from dying. The Allied player then made a key decision to pull back a heavy weapons company from the woods just before the Germans woke up to the fact that they should be shelling with artillery those woods. Again combat little effect and the Allies saved a Heavy Weapons company. With hidden movement and only being updated when things are revealed it is about the commanders decisions rather than the combat. Of course the dice rolls do have an effect and it can sway a battle but often it is more about the decision of where things are located. CM is often about that too...
  17. If Anyone fancies an interesting read on German Equipment I found the PDF here: - http://efilms.assets.ushmm.org/_media/movies_wm/_img/Originals/War-Department_Technical-Manual_Handbook-on-German Military-Forces.pdf That was the 1943 version This is the 1945 Version https://openlibrary.org/books/OL18004993M/Handbook_On_German_Military_Forces
  18. Great, let's hope it drives some new blood to the store front and fresh questions on the forum. I will be checking out some of games mentioned.
  19. Ok found a report on this. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/coronavirus-doctor-putin-positive-test-update-a9438391.html As mentioned the doctor had been tested before being allowed near Putin. Obviously there are still concerns about testing not being accurate. Still interesting to see the pivot in how Putin is now portrayed in full PPE...
  20. Thanks AlanSA I had previously read that darling Putin was having everyone tested off screen before he staged photo shots like that? Do you have the article to hand with that story? Certainly a different approach now being communicated to the Russian people. Early days it was a Western thing nothing to fear I am a hard man and won't wear a mask, but I will have checked the folk who I meet. Now the media message with him in full PPE has changed and asking the Russian people to take it seriously. Comrades look how serious your President is taking it. Compare to the American leadership approach. Different message being sent... Media is important and I guess Putin now thinks he needs to remembered in full PPE, why?
  21. This world leader is taking his safety seriously, no shaking hands and wandering around un protected in the covid wards.... https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52461431 A pity his medical teams don't get the same level of PPE, mind you our UK staff don't either... Ohhh and then I just saw this.... Joy.. (Sarcastic joy...)
  22. Does it really? Hmmm China makes money from supplying the world with goods used by humans. Hmm let's shut down the whole world economy and put our own population out of work, get them really mad at the leadership and ferment political change.... That sounds like a cunning plan Baldric would come up with!
  23. ONS has updated chart with latest statistics. Not getting any better and still some way to go...
  24. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-52435463 BBC article on India and trying to understand the apparently low death rate. Might be of interest to those with work colleagues in India. Gives some insight that it is far harder to track deaths due to local and family cremation practices and I guess less bureaucracy on the process. In the UK it has to follow a strict process, you can't just do it on a field near your home. Feeds into the discussion of how does each country get accurate numbers.
  25. The UK has the ONS office for national statistics and they are doing work on trying to get an accurate picture of what is really happening. It is politically independent. The image from the BBC shows 2015 vs 2020. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51979654
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