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Alsatian

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About Alsatian

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  • Birthday 02/16/1970

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    Arlington, VA
  • Interests
    Cycling, DCUnited, Vintage WWII books
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    Historic Architect
  1. This one's good too: https://www.infantry.army.mil/monographs/content/wwii/index.htm It's the Maneuver Center of Excellence Libraries Donovan Research Library World War II Collection. Mostly student papers from the late 40's at Benning. The students mostly wrote about their own WWII experience and analyzed the events for lessons learned.
  2. If you left mouse click, it assumes bottom floor. If you right mouse click for a way-point it gives you the option of bottom or top floor.
  3. Nice pic of a Stuart going through the mud at Fort Knox, 1942. Big version that and some dusty Grants going through their paces too.
  4. Why doesn't battlefront.com just warehouse all the scenarios? Seems logical to me.
  5. If you already hit the Go button, no. Your arty is committed and you can't recall it. You get that as a warning when order preparatory bombardment.
  6. Not a silver bullet, but it is free. Sometimes you get what you pay for
  7. Certainly has been a lot of change. Even with just simple things like suburban sprawl. What were rural engagements in the 40's are now smack dab in built up areas. But moving mountains is hard. A lot of topography is going to be constant. But as you say, there are exceptions. I thought about doing a US 30th ID scenario for their night attack against Altdorf. I had the unit history, aerial photos taken right before the attack, and a translated German POV. I go to google maps to see what it looks like today, and it's not there. A little sleuthing and I figure out it's not there because a giant strip mine has wiped it, and alot of other little German towns, off the map. So sometimes they do move even mountains.
  8. Finally, I've found topo maps for any scale, for any place (ETO, Italy, East Front, North Africa). Scenario designers no longer have to guess or interpolate from flat maps. No more obscure Italian geographic society maps to crunch through. Here's Cassino: To use these maps: 1. Go to maps.google.com 2. At the top of the left navigation bar, select the "My Maps" tab. 3. After the refresh, again at the top of the left navigation bar, select the "Browse the Directory" link 4. In the search box, type "elevation" 5. Select "Elevation Countours" NOT earthtools.org because the latter does not show contours for all locations. 6. On the new window, click the "Add it to maps" button 7. In the new window, upper left hand corner, click the "Back to Google Maps" link. 8. Enjoy
  9. Thanks for the reminder. I checked it out, but it's still skimpy. Six scenarios (5 Brits, 1 Ami); mostly fictionals. Considering the strategic consequences and the see-sawing tactical events, I still think Salerno is overlooked in general. And who wouldn't be interested in a scenario based on this guy, the pre-Audie Murphy Audie Murphy, awarded the CMOH for actions at Altavilla and sent on a homefront publicity tour during the war.
  10. I'm slowly but surely up to Operation Diadem and the Anzio breakout. Still stellar in terms of the writing, except for two minor critiques. Atkinson should give his thesaurus a rest (too many oddball words), and for all the maps he has it would have been nice to have one that showed Anzio in relation to Cassino and Diadem. And the word Salerno is not found anywhere at the Scenario Depot. Nor Avalanche. Using google anyway.
  11. Cool. I've added it to my CMAK Google Map
  12. Ha! That's a good one. Whenever the briefing tells you that it's a good one. You know it's a well crafted briefing when it has a nice dose of that eternal oxymoron "military intelligence."
  13. Ha! That's a good one. Whenever the briefing tells you that it's a good one. You know it's a well crafted briefing when it has a nice dose of that eternal oxymoron "military intelligence."
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