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  1. It was A Polish Battlefield that I was refering to. I believe I have A Polish Finish on my hard drive. Thanks for setting me straight.
  2. There are a few scenarios that are corrupted for some reason, and that no one can get to work. I remember people asking for original versions of 3-5 scenarios, one of them being A Polish Finish. The mystery has never been solved, and as far as I know a workable version of the scenario has never come forward.
  3. Some parts of Chicago got 7+ inches today, with another 3+ coming in tonight; all before Ike moves through. We only rarely get the remnants of hurricanes, but this year Gustav dropped 4 inches on us, and Ike will pass over as well.
  4. Despite Boo's cheatsy air strikes, an entire platoon of his Shermans have fallen victim to my Stuggery and I have a platoon of infantry rampaging behind his front line; gunning down his panicked, teary American boy scouts. In other news, all of today's soccer games are rained out, so I can't yell at small children. Turns would be appreciated.
  5. I tend not to play with those that are very concerned with such practices as attacking crews and unusual force purchases. That being said, I'm not the type that uses crews as scouts, or anything of the like. I was playing a regular opponent, a rather laid-back Englishman, and the action took place fairly deep in my rear area. No accusation of gameyness was made.
  6. I discovered this property of support weapons the hard way. In a PBEM scenario, my opponent snuck a pair of panzerschreks into my rear area to attack armor that was arriving as reinforcements without escorting infantry. I couldn't spare a rifle squad from the main battle, so I decided to send a couple of tank crews from knocked out Shermans to take them out, figuring they couldn't defend themselves. 7 tank crewmen against 4 Germans resulted in 3 American casualties and 1 German.
  7. While I'm not sure if this is the case with Gov. Palin, I know that there are a fair number of parents that would prefer to teach their own child the birds and the bees. They prefer to introduce that information to their children in a more controlled environment than marching them in to a class where they listen to old Mrs. Floppy-Arm-Skin talking about coitus and autofellatio or whatnot, or pushing a government standardized soft porn video into a VCR and letting that do the teaching while she flips through the latest JC Penney catalog. Preferring one's own brand of education to that of the state is not always the sign of a closed-minded, unrealistic, reactionary fuddy-duddy. Parents home school children in every other subject all the time. And is it really that far out to believe that a parent may want sex kept out of their child's school like others want religion kept out? Of course, both of our cases are based on unproven suppostions. I think this is unfair. Everyone is quick to point out when the child of strict parents gets pregnant. Sure, kids with strict parents act out. But there's no ahhhh moment when parents that don't give a damn about what their kids do wind up with pregnant children, or when kids from anywhere else in the strict-to-lax spectrum get preggers. I don't even think that there is irony here. If Bristol was an abstinence advocate, or had taken one of those vows of chastity and then gotten pregnant, that's ironic. But this would hardly be the first time a child didn't hold a parent's point of view, or acted outside the realm of their idea of a model child. I meant unconditional, but left off the prefix. And I find it hard to believe that teenage girls are so desperate for love that they go on the hunt for baby juice to make a little bundle of life changing love of their own. The girl who thinks her parents don't love her is high on the list of candidates to get drunk and laid in a closet at a homecoming party, but I don't think all that many girls want a baby before they're out of high school. Sure, it does happen. I know girls that have gotten pregnant and married at 17, but it's hard to know the breakdown of whether the marriage was because of the baby or not. I see teen irresponsibility on a daily basis, so I can hardly take exception. And condoms aren't hard to acquire. As you mentioned, they can be found in any convenience store. Pills are another story. There are parents that don't like the idea of their daughter being sexually active, and thus refuse to go along with the practice, and it's not always possible for high school girls to pay for the drugs themselves. But I'm not a girl, and I see this issue from the other side. That being said, there are a lot of guys that carry condoms in their wallets, either because they want to imply that they're getting some, or because they actually are. I'm not keeping records, nor do I look for stories, but I would have to say that the ratio of protected sex to unprotected sex is very high. Very few high school guys want to have children when they're 17 or 18. That's for after college, when the wild oats have all been sown. And because man seed is required for the making of a baby, most guys tend to cover their bases. The guys I know that have gotten girls pregnant are for the most part those least suited to be fathers. They're the ones that don't bother with condoms either because they don't like the feel or it would interrupt their game, or whatever other excuses they dig up afterwards. What I'm saying is that even if the girl wants a baby, the guy can still choose to use a condom. And I think instances of both individuals wanting children because their mothers didn't hug them enough are suspect at best.
  8. I have no idea how much they talked about it, nor does that really matter. You can't tell me that an American teenager who goes to a public high school and who presumably watches television isn't educated already, and isn't aware that having unprotected sex with some guy could possibly lead to a baby. Claiming that Sarah Palin doesn't love her children conditionally is an interesting line to take. And perhaps times have changed, but I see teen pregnancy as having mostly to do with hugely horny teens not taking the time to put on a condom or check if their partner is taking the pill. Teens having sex is nothing new, but of the peers I have that have children already or on the way, I can assure you that the baby is an unintended consequence.
  9. How many 17 year old high school students do you think are out there that have never heard of contraception? If you don't want to get your girlfriend pregnant, wrap it up. You don't need a sex ed class for that. I took 18 weeks of health class over three years in grade school, and another 18 as a 1 semester health class my sophomore year in high school. Care to wager how much of the curriculum was sex ed? None of it. Not a single day. Sex ed or even drug ed programs don't prevent kids from having sex or from doing drugs. I did hear a lot about how bad drugs and alcohol are, yet a large percentage of my classmates smelled of weed or were talking about the coming weekend's parties while this education was in progress. All sex ed classes achieve is to make class awkward for a time. Engaging in drug related or sexual activity has nothing to do with a class you take in school, and everything to do with the circumstances an individual places themself in and their judgement.
  10. This stupid **** comes up every time they open a new particle accelerator. Tiny black holes evaporate, and RHIC didn't compress the east coast of the US into matter singularity when it began operating. And no one is playing God. To go along with that figure of speech, the scientists would be making new species of animal out of nothingness, or passing down guidelines for people to live by, or demanding a jihad, or killing Egyptian babies. See the difference? And wouldn't God already know if the Higgs boson existed?
  11. That depends on whether it's dog hair or hair of the dog... Hammer toss.
  12. "Tobruk positions" are fortifications that are level with the ground. They are so named because Rommel first viewed this type of postion at Tobruk. The fortifications seen by Rommel were actually constructed by the Italians, and were so well sited and constructed that he later adopted them into the Atlantic Wall. It is basically a concrete bunker that's been dug into the ground, thus reducing its target profile. As such, the concrete pillbox would be a much closer fit than a wooden bunker, but even this doesn't really do the Tobruk justice. The Tobruk was hard to see, hard to hit, and usually held only one MG. While the concrete pillbox is notoriously hard to kill it is too visible, too large, and too well armed to be a true Tobruk.
  13. 94 plus 6 Marine Divisions makes 100. Not that it was outlined to make exactly 100, and some of these divisions should have asterisks, such as the Phillipine Division (12th), the 39th, and the 2nd Cav.
  14. Quick! Incorrectly spell a commonly used word that most second graders won't miss on a vocabulary quiz!
  15. Bite-and-hold itself is and was a proven tactic. I don't believe anyone would criticize a general for taking ground. But these tactics also limited him. If the objectives were taken, the capturing forces settled down and prepared for the next assault after waiting for guns to be resited and supplies to be brought up. Little thought was given to further advance, even if the ground could have been cheaply won, as it was outside of the scope of the limited objectives and the logistical contingencies weren't drawn up. It's said where the army goes, the logistics will follow. While that is not absolutely true, a greater flexibility in the execution of his battle plans would have made Monty a better general, in my opinion.
  16. This book suffers from a flaw that quite a few history books do: it is too large in its scope. Too many authors try to cram in a theater's worth of action into four or five hundred pages, and attempt to do so both from a larger strategic perspective and with ample narration from the guys in the lines. From what I have seen, this is an impossible task to accomplish in a work of such size, and as a result the quality of the work suffers. If you are unfamiliar with WWII, or just want a generic overview of the early Italian campaign, The Day of Battle or something like Neillands' Eighth Army would do you well. But if you want a more informative an detailed read, I would recommend reading a variety of books that focus on individual battles such as Sicily, Anzio, Monte Cassino, and the fall of Rome.
  17. Monty is a character that is revered in the UK, but largely unliked in America. In my own opinion, his bite-and-hold mentality was an anachronism from the First World War, and one that reduced his effectiveness. In the Italian campaign, breakthroughs were few and far between. When a line was breached, pushing hard and fast into the German rear area before they could establish another defensive line was far preferable to waiting until everything was properly supplied and emplaced before advancing, and in so doing wasting days at a time. His penchant for using airborne divisions as heavy infantry after their drops also earned him few friends in the States. However, I've never liked Clark as a commander, either. I believe he should have been tossed out, but instead he remained in command for the duration. There were a number of generals sitting on their tushes waiting for Overlord, and any of a number of them likely would have been more effective.
  18. The US had plenty of young men to throw into the fight. When the Joint Chiefs were analyzing what would be required of the American military machine during the war in the dark months of early 1942, they estimated that the US would need to field 180 divisions. After the Japanese and Germans reached high tide at Guadalcanal, Stalingrad, and Alamein, and the campaign in France went far better than expected, this estimate was reduced to 100 divisions. Of the units that were formed, many only saw action in the last few months of the war. A majority of the mechanized cavalry regiments served only in the last 3 months of the war in Europe, and there were infantry and armored divisions just coming off the boats right up to the end. Even the airborne arm was just coming into its own at the end of the war, with the 11th, 13th, and 17th divisions all coming on line very late, in addition to the 555th PIR which served in the Pacific. By comparison, the Empire was largely spent, and certainly could not have come up with an additional 80 divisions should the need have manifested itself.
  19. Not true in the least. The Japanese undertook a lot of measures later in the war ('43 on) that the Allies had done slightly earlier. They began to organize convoys, they ensured all ships were escorted, they detailed fleet destroyers to convoy escort, they began a concerted corvette building campaign, they introduced larger spread and more effective ASW air patrols, they put radar in their planes, and they even took an additional step; that of laying large minefields to create barriers to keep Allied submarines out of large patches of ocean. Most of these measures were countered with new tactics and technologies, such as the wolfpack, the "hell's bells" mine locator, and orders to target Japanese escort ships, a doctrine initiated by USS Harder. I would suggest reading Bowfin or The Last Patrol to gain a better understanding of the constantly changing war between Allied subs and Japanese surface and air forces.
  20. Lost in the shuffle of the recent conflict is the fact that the Russians sent an FFG into the Eastern med on the 10th to participate in combined anti-terror operations with the US Navy, while most of the rest of the Black Sea Fleet was doing its thing off the Georgian coast. US-Russian naval relations have been fairly cozy in the past few years. Sending US warships into the Black Sea would be a lot like the Russians sending theirs to the Chesapeake. No one emerges from that situation happy.
  21. I've been out of middle school for a while now, but back in the day I did learn that one can't insult others and take the moral high ground simultaneously. You annoy a hell of a lot of people, Abbott. It's what you do best. But expect to get peeved yourself. Getting the thread back on subject [namely anything but Abbott], Boo is the cheatingest bastard CMAK has ever seen. The fool buys a P-38L, which zooms over and launches 14 harmless, flower-and-puppy-killing rockets. A few turns later it comes back and fires an additional two rockets. The only possible answer to this gamey riddle is that Boo is a l33t3 hax0r!!1! But he will lose. And if you lot are going to prance around like a gaggle of fuzzy-navel-drinking, Matt-Nathanson-listening, skinny-jeans-wearing preteen girls, you could at least put a decent beat down video on youtube.
  22. The scenario is Fruhlingswind, by rune, but was adapted for the demo by dropping the platoons of PzIVE's and Marder III's and replacing them with two additional platoons of Panzer IIIM's (the US also has a vehicle change). Nothing special about the III's, there are just 15 of them.
  23. Not all penetrations are killer blows. Hits to less vulnerable parts of the vehicle and partial penetrations often do little other than affect the morale of the crew. Also, CMAK, unlike CMBO, has a "death clock" feature, which means that after you have knocked a tank out, it can take up to three minutes for the crew to leave and for the tank to be labeled as knocked out. However, if the tank was returning fire, this would not have been the case. All hits aren't penetrations, and all penetrations aren't fatal. I can sympathize with you, as there is nothing worse than thinking you've penetrated and destroyed a Panther, only to have it turn on you and light you up. If you ever have any questions, this is a great place to post them as there are always folks around to answer them, and some are very knowledgeable when it comes to game mechanics.
  24. New maps, Space Commies, functional Marine landing craft, and a chance to shoot Ace Pilot in the back. You can pick your side over at Gyrene's place, or PM me or post here or somefink. Those BFC old-timers you thought were dead? They're not, they just play BugHunter.
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