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      Special Upgrade 4 Tech Tips   12/27/2016

      Hi all! Now that Upgrade 4 is out and about in large quantities we have now discovered a few SNAFUs that happen out in the scary, real world that is home computing.  Fortunately the rate of problems is extremely small and so far most are easily worked around.  We've identified a few issues that have similar causes which we have clear instructions for work arounds here they are: 1.  CMRT Windows customers need to re-license their original key.  This is a result of improvements to the licensing system which CMBN, CMBS, and CMFB are already using.  To do this launch CMRT with the Upgrade and the first time enter your Engine 4 key.  Exit and then use the "Activate New Products" shortcut in your CMRT folder, then enter your Engine 3 license key.  That should do the trick. 2.  CMRT and CMBN MacOS customers have a similar situation as #2, however the "Activate New Products" is inside the Documents folder in their respective CM folders.  For CMBN you have to go through the process described above for each of your license keys.  There is no special order to follow. 3.  For CMBS and CMFB customers, you need to use the Activate New Products shortcut and enter your Upgrade 4 key.  If you launch the game and see a screen that says "LICENSE FAILURE: Base Game 4.0 is required." that is an indication you haven't yet gone through that procedure.  Provided you had a properly functioning copy before installing the Upgrade, that should be all you need to do.  If in the future you have to install from scratch on a new system you'll need to do the same procedure for both your original license key and your Upgrade 4.0 key. 4.  There's always a weird one and here it is.  A few Windows users are not getting "Activate New Products" shortcuts created during installation.  Apparently anti-virus software is preventing the installer from doing its job.  This might not be a problem right now, but it will prove to be an issue at some point in the future.  The solution is to create your own shortcut using the following steps: Disable your anti-virus software before you do anything. Go to your Desktop, right click on the Desktop itself, select NEW->SHORTCUT, use BROWSE to locate the CM EXE that you are trying to fix. The location is then written out. After it type in a single space and then paste this:


      Click NEXT and give your new Shortcut a name (doesn't matter what). Confirm that and you're done. Double click on the new Shortcut and you should be prompted to license whatever it is you need to license. At this time we have not identified any issues that have not been worked around.  Let's hope it stays that way Steve
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      Forum Reorganization   10/12/2017

      We've reorganized our Combat Mission Forums to reflect the fact that most of you are now running Engine 4 and that means you're all using the same basic code.  Because of that, there's no good reason to have the discussion about Combat Mission spread out over 5 separate sets of Forums.  There is now one General Discussion area with Tech Support and Scenario/Mod Tips sub forums.  The Family specific Tech Support Forums have been moved to a new CM2 Archives area and frozen in place. You might also notice we dropped the "x" from distinguishing between the first generation of CM games and the second.  The "x" was reluctantly adopted back in 2005 or so because at the time we had the original three CM games on European store shelves entitled CM1, CM2, and CM3 (CMBO, CMBB, and CMAK).  We didn't want to cause confusion so we added the "x".  Time has moved on and we have to, so the "x" is now gone from our public vocabulary as it has been from our private vocabulary for quite a while already.  Side note, Charles *NEVER* used the "x" so now we're all speaking the same language as him.  Which is important since he is the one programming them


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  1. Yesterday, I stumbled upon an impressive series of books dedicated to Operation Barbarossa. Here the author takes one of TiK's videos. Pretty impressive stuff if you ask me: http://www.operationbarbarossa.net/an-essay-on-why-i-believe-a-tik-u-tube-presentation-is-incorrect-in-regards-to-losses-and-strengths-on-the-east-front/ http://www.operationbarbarossa.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Essay-alt-view-TIK-presentation.pdf Pretty good summary of TIK: "Overall, the video made some good points. However, on its own it definitely gives the average person (who may have a cursory, or no significant, knowledge of the War on the Eastern Front) the completely wrong impression".
  2. @Bozowans everything you'd like to know about the Nazi war economy ( but you were afraid to ask ) can be found in a book "Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy" by Adam Tooze. Achtung! There's no youtube, short version available. I'd recommend also Hitler's biography by Ian Kershaw. It's very good in showing the decision making proces and dynamism with the Nazi leadership. I'd recommend also "Why the Allies Won" by Richard Overy. it's a lighter book than the two previous ones, but Overy is a real historian. I see that the internet personalities like Tik already do more harm than good. Well, the guy from Military History Visualised is more often right than wrong. He's just very boring and his accent makes it's hard to follow him. But he tends to see always more than one side of the coin and he seems to understand, that no easy answers are possible. I think he actually studied history and it shows in his critical and analytical way of thinking. My recommendation - start with some credible, mainstream historians. They will make you immune to the internet, then over the time, you may encounter something groundbreaking. But first you have to spent at least 20 years on reading. There's no workaround for it
  3. Oh boy... I don't have time now to see the video but after your summary, I'm not sure if I want to devote 50 minutes of my life to it. This guy has to be some mad scientist Few quick points. Even in 1941 German industry wasn't fully mobilized for war and there was no rationing of oil for the civilian use. At that time, the restrictions imposed on German civilians were much less severe, than the restrictions imposed on the British civilians. German military production peaked in 1944, just as the oil production dropped for the first time during the war. So it's hard to back up the claim, that Germany couldn't produce enough of armaments because of lack of oil. In this case, the bad management of industry and bad policies in general were the key factors. The claim about the production of Soviet mortars vs tank is ludicrous. At the end of 1941 and through the first months of 1942, Soviet tank production dropped because of the industry relocation. Also ( surprise, surprise ), the production of mortars is much less costly and complex than the production of tanks, so they could produce them in larger numbers. The whole notion, that the Soviets preferred one type of weapon over the other ( completely different type of weapon, built for a different purpose ) pretty much explains to me, that this guy is an amateur if it comes to the military matters.
  4. OK, I think we can wrap up the discussion about oil. If somebody is still unconvinced, well there's nothing to be added from me in this matter. Back to gaming.
  5. Lack of sufficiently big pool of trained reserves, impedes the ability of waging a long, attritional war in a comparable way, as lack of sufficient oil reserves hampers the war effort in the long term. They both didn't have impact during the decisive campaigns of 1941-42, but from 1943 onward ( lack of reserves was actually felt quicker than the lack of oil ), when the war entered in the attritional phase. But don't cling to my my reserves theory - I made it up just to imitate the shallow oil theory from the video. War is just too complex to be explained it in such a simple way ( and "it's too important to be left to generals" ). You have to see it through in a multidimensional way, as a sum of factors that act simultaneously. One stop shop theory is laughable.
  6. @Bozowans Hitler wasn't preoccupied with the oil because the war with USSR was supposed to be over by the end of 1941. The only mention of oil during the planning of Barbarossa, was curiously enough in the context of Crimea, which was supposed to be captured in order to prevent Soviets from bombing of the Romanian oilfields. I'm not saying that oil was unimportant. I'm just opposed to a simplification, that it was the main reason why Germany lost the war. And yes, I've watched the whole video and I think the author contradicts himself. The source he quotes most often is: "The First War for Oil: The Caucasus, German Strategy, and the Turning Point of the War on the Eastern Front, 1942", which I think is an article. To me it seems like a "one source syndrome": an enthusiastic amateur gets excited over one, maybe a little revisionist source and starts constructing his own narration. Back to Hitler - Kershaw or Snyder write at length about his aims for the upcoming war. It was an autarkic, agrarian empire in the east, that would allow Germany to be immune to the British or US naval blockades. He was too chaotic to be seriously preoccupied by some practical considerations, like getting enough of oil for his armed forces. Again, in the long run lack of oil was one of the biggest issues, that were affecting war waging capacity of the Third Reich. But there were few other, at least equally important issues. They assured German defeat, long before the oil shortages became critical. For example at least equally serious was the small pool of trained reserves, caused by the fact that until 1935 ( only 4 years before the outbreak of a major, world war against major powers ), there was no conscription in Germany. This lack of trained reserves ( especially in comparison to the Soviet Union ) was at least equally crippling as the lack of oil. Hell, I think I should grab now my camera now and make a video, claiming that Hitler lost the war because of insufficient reserves of trained manpower: "TIK destroyed - the shocking, real reason why Germany lost revealed"
  7. Where did you get this information from? On 22nd of June 1941, USA wasn't involved in the war and it's industry wasn't fully switched to the war production. The first significant weapon deliveries to USSR took place in the autumn of 1941 and it were the British who delivered to the Matilda tanks and Hurricane fighters. They were distributed to the combat units in small numbers in the winter of 1941/42. Overall, the 1941-42 Lend-Lease deliveries comprised of about 15% of the whole materiel delivered during the war. The remaining 85% was delivered in 1943-45, which means that it helped the Soviets to conduct the offensives, when the outcome of the war was already decided. By the way, more important than the weapons, were the deliveries of raw materials and machines. It's worth noting than after the Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939, US introduced an embargo on sales of industrial machinery to USSR which significantly hurt Soviet industry.
  8. That's what happens if you lose the access to the grain of Ukraine For Stalin, Ukrainie which was the breadbasket of Soviet Union, was equally important as to Hitler. Hence the forced collectivization, artificial famine and terror of the 30's. They were designed to ultimately subdue the Ukrainians to the Soviet rule and destroy any solidarity of various peoples and social groups that were inhabiting that land.
  9. All theatres were important and contributed to the German defeat overall. I'm not ignoring them but the indisputable fact is, that the Germans suffered 90% of their loses in the east and they got defeated well before the Red Army become "lend-leased". In 1941 and 1942 the Allied help didn't play a significant role. It really helped the Soviets in the later years to conduct the massive offensives. But by that time the outcome of the war was already decided.
  10. He starts the video with a sentence: "why Germany lost the war? It can be summed up with one word: oil". This is a gross oversimplification. I understand that Youtube needs simple, catchy answers, but in reality the lack of oil was one of few significant reasons why Germans couldn't win. Incoherent German leadership, bad management of it's available resources and industry, strategic and operational errors, logistics and vast material superiority of the Allies, were equally important. Selecting one decisive factor ( in this case oil ) is absurd and naive. In theory taking the Caucasus could be a decisive problem for Soviet Union. The thing is, that the Germans could never succeed in this task, because they had never enough forces, to seriously contemplate a success there. The forces forces of Army Group A were absurdly small for the task. A quick look on the map reveals it all. Caucasus offensive failed, because there were insufficient forces allocated to the task and because of the logistics. Not because the panzers didn't have enough of fuel. Another issue is bad management of the conquered resources. In theory by 1942 the territories that Nazis had under their control, could allow them to match the production of United States ( Tooze, The Wages of Destruction ). They never came close. Unfortunately what Hitler thought was decisive. Many of modern commentators apply a hindsight and current day, rational thinking to the Nazi leadership of the WW2 period, which is a mistake. Nazis were shooting and gassing Jewish women and children, because according to their ideology it was acting "in self defence". Jurgen Stroop said, that he had to liquidate the Jews "for honey and milk of Ukraine". How could anyone expect a rational thinking from that kind of people? From the other hand, in theory the food supplies and oil were both indispensable for waging a prolonged war. Bad management of the war effort and atrocious policies towards the conquered peoples, assured that the Nazis could never get hold and take a full advantage of either.
  11. Yeah, I'm ready to spend over 100 bucks for the Normandy bundle and also purchase Final Blitzkrieg, but the only thing that is preventing me from doing this, is the lack of patch. In case you were wondering, if the lack of patch is preventing BF from earning some sweet $$$.
  12. Well, this is actually what the author of video states. The force allocation for Barbarossa was designed by the German military planners not by Hitler, who at that stage wasn't that much involved in the detailed military planning. The German commanders assigned most resources to AGC because they were preoccupied with Soviet forces deployed in Bialystok salient. After liquidating the Bialystok and Minsk pockets, the 3rd Panzergruppe was turned north to support the offensive of Army Group North, so obviously that theatre, was at that time more important to Hitler than Moscow. I'm not saying that giving a priority to Leningrad was a sound decision, but it's just what Hitler was thinking at the time. This was also the source of disagreements between Hitler and his generals in the autumn of 1941. As to AGS, the second priority for Hitler, it didn't have enough resources allocated because there wasn't enough of them and the generals didn't consider that theatre a priority. In 1941 in Hitler's mind, the main objectives were industrial centres of Leningrad and Donbas, which doesn't mean that the German General Staff had the same priorities. Hence all the confusion, changing of the actual course of operations and ever deepening conflict between Hitler and his generals. As to Ukraine, I meant that for Hitler the Ukrainian grain had a priority over the oil of the Caucasus. This is absolutely true that Germans had very few fuel reserves through the war and I agree with the author, that the hold fast order in 1941/42 was a result of that. However as I said the decisive campaigns of 1941, 42 and 43 were not lost because of the general lack of fuel. If German tanks didn't have fuel during Operation Barbarossa, it was because the logistic system was unable to deliver it to the units, not because Germany ran out of the fuel. Until mid 1944 Luftwaffe was still flying and only after that time the fuel shortage become crippling. Obviously this is an oversimplification because there was not single reason why Germany lost the war and for sure it wasn't only because of the lack oil. As I said, the lack of oil ensured that the grandiose plans of waging a global war were a pure utopy from the very beginning. But in the actuality Wehrmacht was beaten and spent before Germany ran out of the fuel.
  13. Nah - while I appreciate his efforts, the video is full of errors and he comes to the wrong conclusions. You have to be very careful with all those Youtube prophets. While invading the Soviet Union in 1941, Hitler wasn't that preoccupied with oil as the author suggests. Hitler was formed by the WW1 experience of hunger caused by the naval blockade, so his main goal was to create an agrarian empire. So he was mainly going for the black earth of Ukraine. At the beginning of Barbarossa, Hitler's main objective was not Caucasus but Leningrad. Then in the second place Ukraine and Caucasus and on the third place Moscow. The 2nd Panzergruppe was turned south not to capture Caucasus but to liquidate the Soviet forces around Kiev ( which was a sound decision ). As to the 4 months fuel stocks theory, the operation Barbarossa failed not because the Germans ran out fuel. Actually none of the major German defeats like Moscow, Stalingrad, Kursk, Ukraine 43 or Bagration was caused by this reason. The main reason why Germany lost the war, was that Wehrmacht bled to death in the Eastern Front and eventually got defeated by the Red Army. The oil shortages were severely affecting German war waging capabilities from the second half of 1944, when the war was already lost. As to the inability to access the the main world oil sources of USA, Wenezuela, Middle East and Soviet Union, it meant that the Third Reich never had a chance to win a global war, but the reasons why they actually lost, were different.
  14. CMBS is worth every penny. It's a deep, immersive and realistic gaming experience, that you would enjoy for years to come. It's has a great value comparing to other types of entertainment I'm not sure if you could even call it an entertainment. It's rather a lifestyle choice
  15. Yeah, Happy Valentine's Day!