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    Ivanov reacted to panzersaurkrautwerfer in A Marine artillery battalion in Syria fired more rounds than any artillery battalion since Vietnam.   
    Sigh.

    My contention is this:

    We throw a wild party for Battlefront, and all of us are in attendance.  We all get positively rip-roaring drunk, do stupid things.  At the height of the party I'm demonstrating armor maneuver by going full sprint through the office swinging my arm wildly to indicate turret direction while screaming "Death before dismount." I certainly 100% do damage.

    However it's hard to separate the next morning what specifically was damaged by my "Thunder Run" vs what other parties did too.  Sure there's my tanker boot treads all over the shattered remains of someone's desk...but I "ran" it over after someone else already kicked it down screaming "THIS IS SPACE LOBSTER COUNTRY!" I contributed my share to the massive pile of bottles yes....but I wasn't even the one who drank the most.

    Within the context of both fights, US artillery and aviation certainly did destroy things.  This is a known variable.  However pointing to the rubble of Mosul and chittering how it was all those damned Americans and their bombs, or Raqqah and placing all the blame on 18 heavily abused 155 MM howitzers is a bit disingenuous.  

    ISIS vigorously practices scorched earth type tactics.  Our "Friendly" and friendly forces all practice firepower warfare vs manuever (or they're going to shoot the objective with every weapon they have for an hour, THEN move to a closer firing position to repeat the same tactic, and then maybe five hours later, short on ammo move onto the objective).

    Both of those cities felt the full weight of a 3rd World conventional military attack, a suicidal bomb happy defender, and then some Western precision fires.  Between those three, those fires certainly did their part in damaging those cities.  But again the contention that basically, without those fires the attacks would have left either of those cities pretty much intact is very much a falsehood.  Aleppo for instance serves as a really good example of what happens without the US precision fires, and with the opposition not being generally ISIS tier individuals.

    So.  Again not denying there's collateral damage, but it's just idiotic to lay the preponderance of the damage at the feet of 18 howitzers while ignoring the effects of thousands of ground combatants, tanks, conventional artillery from both parties, IEDs in all guises all duking it out in close quarters.
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    Ivanov got a reaction from Blazing 88's in Happy Valentines Day   
    Yeah, Happy Valentine's Day!


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    Ivanov got a reaction from Sgt.Squarehead in Whats next? When?   
    The level of rantiness is no doubt the biggest on the CMBS forums
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    Ivanov reacted to IMHO in How accurate *is* CMBS?   
    Can you differentiate between "my ATGM PtoK is almost zero against your frontal projection" and "your ATGM team will die one second after the launch and before missile hits the tank"? Because the first case means I need to maneuver my ATGM to hit sideways or from behind. But the second case means my infantry more or less does not possess long range AT capability at all. Or I rather pay 1.5 ATGM team for every launch against the tank whether taken down or not.
    Well... I guess Trophy must be wasteful spending then, right? Since ATGMs stand no chance against composite spaced armor... 
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    Ivanov got a reaction from Sgt.Squarehead in How to use LAV-AT, M1134, Shturm-S ext. efficiently?   
    In theory the ATGM carrying vehicles are good at engaging targets from a long distance. But that requires a good, uninterrupted LOS, which is not going to happen to often on most of the maps. The tank would always fire first, while the ATGM is much slower than the tank gun projectile. Plus tanks are well protected in comparison to the light vehicles, that carry ATGM. So in real terms, the tank destroyer vehicles won't be very useful. The infantry teams are much more effective because they are easier to conceal than the vehicles. In one epic, defensive battle that I played as a Stryker company against Russian mech batalion, the Javelin teams killed about 10 tanks, while all the TOW-2B Strykers got killed before they even fired at the enemy. I just don't find those vehicles very useful. 
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    Ivanov got a reaction from The_MonkeyKing in How to use LAV-AT, M1134, Shturm-S ext. efficiently?   
    In theory the ATGM carrying vehicles are good at engaging targets from a long distance. But that requires a good, uninterrupted LOS, which is not going to happen to often on most of the maps. The tank would always fire first, while the ATGM is much slower than the tank gun projectile. Plus tanks are well protected in comparison to the light vehicles, that carry ATGM. So in real terms, the tank destroyer vehicles won't be very useful. The infantry teams are much more effective because they are easier to conceal than the vehicles. In one epic, defensive battle that I played as a Stryker company against Russian mech batalion, the Javelin teams killed about 10 tanks, while all the TOW-2B Strykers got killed before they even fired at the enemy. I just don't find those vehicles very useful. 
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    Ivanov reacted to Falaise in just to say: MERCI   
    Hello it will be a year now that I discovered CMBN and this forum and  is time to intervene to say thank you
    I'm not the only one to do it but the repetition is good
    Since my childhood I have a dream, a desire, to see with my eyes this battle that has rocked my childhood, imagining to travel the battlefield like a drone.
    I was born in Falaise in 1970 and my family suffered the battle : 4 killed, the house bombed, the exodus on the road, the strafing of the bomber fighters, the artillery, the fighting but also after the battle, the destroyed houses, the burning vehicles and corpses littering the battlefield were all family meal conversations. Here in Normandie this was an important trauma.
    It always impressed and interested me, in a word: fascinated. I constantly asked for clarification and to question civilians or soldiers who had experienced these events.
    All the film reports on the subject, I watched them. I think I have seen ¾ images known from the battle.
     I never stopped walking the battlefield, collecting vestiges and remaining some hours to imagine the events.
    I used every means to immerse myself in this battle and the battles of the second world war in general. Movies, books and even games
    Squad leader then Close Combat  that I practiced  a long time.
    But although this battle has become my daily life because I have made it my job (I am a guide of  museum and even considered as an expert of fighting led by the Poles during the Battle of Falaise pocket), the time passing my imagination has declined. and little by little the image of these fights in my mind was becoming more and more abstract. I ended up consoling myself by telling myself that if I go to paradise there I  will can achieve this wish
    i was not counting on CMBN
    What a shock and even if it remains a game, my imagination work and as in my childhood events come to life in my head.
     After a year of practice my enthusiasm is not blunted my dream is somehow realized.
    So for that:
    thanks for this formidable game
    thanks to the moder who improves even more are aspect,
    thank you to  persons who animates this forum
    thanks to the battle designers (for the anecdote I live on a map of the game !)
    I'm begining to smoke again and  to say some nastiness on my neighbors, paradise has lost its appeal !!!
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    Ivanov got a reaction from AtheistDane in BMP-3 on the firing range   
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    Ivanov got a reaction from sbobovyc in Stryker vs Bradley   
    I love when people start comparing Bradleys and Strykers based on their gaming experience 

    The games like CM focus on the actual combat and don't consider issues like logistics and operational or strategic mobility. And those were the two main issues considered, when Stryker brigades were designed. They can be deployed anywhere in the world faster than any other type of unit. They have also were high operational mobility, which was demonstrated during the recent deployments to Baltic States, Poland and Romania. So yeah, keep comparing the armour and weapons of Bradleys and Strykers because it's relevant 
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    Ivanov got a reaction from Rinaldi in Stryker vs Bradley   
    First of all, Strykers are probably too small for 120 mm guns. There were enough problems with the 105 mm. Secondly, if you need more firepower, then you have already heavy units equipped with Bradleys and Abrams. Strykers are not designed to conduct heavy, set piece combat. Even if they packed more fire power, then they are not protected well enough. In a regular combat, they would be conducting screening missions and disengage, if heavy enemy force was encountered.
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    Ivanov got a reaction from IanL in Stryker vs Bradley   
    I love when people start comparing Bradleys and Strykers based on their gaming experience 

    The games like CM focus on the actual combat and don't consider issues like logistics and operational or strategic mobility. And those were the two main issues considered, when Stryker brigades were designed. They can be deployed anywhere in the world faster than any other type of unit. They have also were high operational mobility, which was demonstrated during the recent deployments to Baltic States, Poland and Romania. So yeah, keep comparing the armour and weapons of Bradleys and Strykers because it's relevant 
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    Ivanov reacted to JoMc67 in Late to the show   
    Sounds Good, and can use another PBEM Opponent, if this interests you :-)
    I generally play up to Reinforced Company (Tiny, Small) QB Meetings, with certain 'House Rules' to be discussed, and can return files a few times a week.
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    Ivanov reacted to JoMc67 in Late to the show   
    Yes, all those games are at v4.0 and fully patched, etc. 
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    Ivanov reacted to sburke in Late to the show   
    All games (CMBN, CMFI, CMRT, CMFB) are at 4.0 if bought new. 
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