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  1. usgubgub

    This guy is worth a watch

    Before 1939 was the era of appeasement. Once that delusional (albeit inevitable given the parlous state of British armed forces and French complacency at the time) policy was rendered obsolete by events and Winston Churchill became Prime Minister, UK diplomacy came into its own, harnessing the industrial and financial power of the US, opting to enter into an alliance with the USSR and finally achieving US entry and the Germany First approach which eventually brought about the Allies victories. Given the prevalent situation in 1940, none of this was bound to happen. It was orchestrated primarily by Britain.
  2. usgubgub

    This guy is worth a watch

    This is a very good point. Hitler does not appear to have been a student of Sun Tzu. For him, diplomacy was useful only to gain temporary advantages on the way to his war. War was his objective, rahter than the means to achieve objectives. He believed in the supremacy of the German People which would bring about the conquest of Western and Northern Eurasia through a war of conquest. The British, of course, were consummate diplomats. They struck up an alliance with Stalin and dragged the US into a war in which its people did not want to get involved, helped by Hitler's asinine and futile declaration of war on the US in 1941. He was truly outclassed in this context.
  3. usgubgub

    The patch?

    I must admit that I am getting worried about this. The long silence and inactivity is unusual. Perhaps there is a deeper problem behind all of this that cannot be resolved. That would be a great shame. I find it difficult to explain what we are seeing (or not seeing) as just a bit of a sulk. I can't remember a patch taking this long after the new version release.
  4. usgubgub

    This guy is worth a watch

    I guess what happened proved that starting a war of conquest was not a good solution to that problem after all.
  5. usgubgub

    This guy is worth a watch

    Well, I think Hitler came to power because the collapse of the Imperial regime, the draconian terms of the Versailles treaty and the ensuing depression after the roaring 20s created a cahotic political situation in Germany that allowed his extreme vision to chime with the dark side of the German people's fears, their need for order and economic hope and their feelings of humiliation around about 1930 to 1933. Someone else might have channeled all of this in a different way, but we can't deal in hypotheses. So, my view is that it was caused by the two scenarios merging and exploding violently because of the extremism of Hitler and the main leaders of his party.
  6. usgubgub

    This guy is worth a watch

    Germany lost the war because of a combination of factors, but in my view the most important was the poor quality of its political leadership, starting with Hitler himself. The German leadership operated on assumptions that had no basis in what was the real strategic situation of the nation they were leading. There were plenty of leaders in high positions who were aware of some or all of the discrepancies between what efforts the nation could be asked to produce and what it would eventually find itself having to produce to cope with the situation brought about by the leadership's choices, but they were not high enough to matter and the key decisions were made by a small coterie whose blind ambitions and instincts for gambling with their people's futures knew no bounds. They were a bunch of chancers, blinded by initial good fortune. The Soviet Union had an appalling beginning of hostilities in 1941, and its experience only began to turn around at the end of 1942, but its general strategic situation was always better than Germany's so they could afford to take losses that would have crippled Germany many times over. I include support from the UK and the US in that strategic situation, as well as Japan's decision not to attack the Soviet Union (they recognised that they had their hands full having to cope with an enraged US). 1941 was a close run thing, but close run is good enough. The Soviet Union, and Stalin, also enjoyed better luck. With all of his faults, Stalin was a better leader than Hitler, and better suited to the peoples he was leading. The German people have enormous potential, but their strategic situation is poor, stuck as they are in the middle of a continental mass with borders that are hard to defend. Twice in the past century, it has been proved that no matter how superior their land forces may be in like for like combat power compared to their adversaries, this vulnerability puts them in a bad place to start and win a war that they can't finish quickly. The lack of oil, which by the way affected Japan, too, was just one given at the beginning that should have featured more in the leadership's calculations. Their strategy should have been very different from the outset, in 1933, when they seized power. Hitler, alas, was a man in a hurry. He wanted to finish the whole project while he still enjoyed vitality. He bent the whole nation's timetable to his own. He was not of sufficient stature to understand that what he wanted to accomplish might be achieved only if he was prepared to allow more time than what he had left to live to be taken, and built a political machine instead which would have stood a chance to continue to the objective long after he was gone. The USA have done a better job of achieving and maintaining a dominant position globally than the Third Reich or the Soviet Union, at least so far. We are now witnessing China attempting something similar. So much for the "end of history".
  7. This all looks fascinating, but it all stopped last July. Is there an update to be had? Have you suspended work on this potentially very interesting scenario? I have begun working on a scenario about the battle between Canadian forces and the 15th Pz. Div. for Leonforte. Leonforte was a sizeable town perched on the steep side of a hill and reproducing it is proving to be quite a challenge!
  8. I use Combat Mission Fortress Italy (both modules updated to v4) on computers in different locations. I have never had problems transferring scenarios to continue working on them except lately. One of my computers crashes when I try to load a scenario I am developing into the editor, while it transfers to other computers without a problem, and a scenario modified on that computer may not even appear in thne list of loadable scenarios. All my computers are windows nad all games updated to v4. Please help.
  9. usgubgub

    Any news about CMFI 4.0 release

    Thank you for the update, Steve, it is nice to know about CMFI being improved in this way. Looking forward to getting the upgrade when it is ready.
  10. usgubgub

    Any news about CMFI 4.0 release

    Thanks for the update, Steve. We appreciate your effort, believe me, and your dedication. There is not one game out there that can touch Combat Mission for completeness. Knowing the resons behind the delay also helps.
  11. usgubgub

    Any news about CMFI 4.0 release

    Well, it is frustrating, having bought the big bundle upgrade 10 days ago and CMFI being my current focus, to see that if I had a Mac I would be there, but as I am a PC user I have no idea when I might be able to get the upgrade. Still, I am sure when it eventually turns up it will have been worth the wait.
  12. usgubgub

    License key for 4.0 Upgrade

    By the way, I have just looked in the install directory for CMFI to prepare the shortcut to the ANP utility for CMFI for use when CMFI's upgrade 4 comes out but there is no such utility in that directory. This was a new install done not more than 6 moths ago from the CMFI bundle. This should save CMFI users grief when they upgrade as I hope it will be taken into account and resolved before the upgrade ships out.
  13. usgubgub

    License key for 4.0 Upgrade

    Hi guys and belated Happy New Year! Well, I have been trying to get back my CMFB since upgrading to GE4. It has not been the usual, clean and fast Battlefront experience. Still, I am a big fan and I got through all the hurdles reading the excellent advice on this thread to find the magical Activate New Products utility in the CMFB install directory, create the shortcut, put it in the same place as the shortcut that starts the game (the CMFB subfolder of the Battlefront folder on my desktop from where I start all my CM games), double clicked on it full of expectation and... NOTHING! A phantom window fleets on my screen for a fraction of a second and then nothing, not even a raspberry or a "take that, sucker, you thought you were home and dry, did you?" This has been a very frustrating upgrade, and not the standard I have got used to after probably over 20 years with Battlefront as a great admirer and enthusiastic user. When I think this could happen with all the other 3 games I own... :-( Seriously, guys, why on earth should my Activate New Products utility which I can't ever remember having to use before and which seems to all of a sudden have become critical to me being able to continue to enjoy the upgraded game not work as it should? More importantly, how can I get it to work? Thank God I started this with CMFB, where at the moment I am not working on any project (I have been concentrating on CMFI for the last month or so) as a trial, at least I can carry on with the other games until I am given a proper and serviceable route to upgrade all my other games and recover my CMFB. Please help, guys!
  14. Thank you again Schrullenhaft. Ok, I have reset the DPI settings to the default, which is 150%, reset the screen resolution to the recommended one (3840x2160), checked the display size file (0 0 0) and made sure the compatibility setting "Disable display setting on high DPI settings) is checked. The game loads and there is no flicker. It works well. The trouble is that all the writing is very small, the UI is very small, even the landmarks and objectives on the battle screen are very small and sometimes illegible. It was because of this that I had tried a lower screen resolution (1920x1080) yesterday, but that's what brought the flicker problem on. The start screen and writing were normal size as before but I got flicker. Before I updated the TV's software two days ago the game worked perfectly and the writing was normal. Unfortunately I had not set the game up myself so I don't know what combination of settings were being used. I guess I can get used to the small writing but if there was a way to get back to what I had before I would prefer that.
  15. Well, now I have a new problem: when I start the game the start screen flickers alternating between the creen or total blackout, sometimes it will stay black for a few seconds, then the start screen appears for a fraction of a second, then black again. I have set the DPI settings to 100%, then back to 150% but no improvement. What am I not doing right?
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