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StieliAlpha last won the day on June 7 2018

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  1. Just finished „Third Reich“. A good read, indeed. Not great, but worthwhile. One of the few books about playing wargames... No crime story as I thought. More about somebody playing „Third Reich“ and crumbling away. Anyway, I don‘t want to spoil it. A bit like „Player of Games“, with the opposite attitude. Next is a diary of a monk from the Andechs convent in Bavaria. Covering the 1630‘sh years of the 30 Years War. Pretty heavy stuff. Written totally cool and distanced, but brings the horrible point across. Hm, looks like I have to play GMT‘s „Won by the Sword“ finally. 🤓
  2. Ok, just bought the BD. Supposed to come out these days. With almost 5h movie time for 14 Euro, there’s not much of a risk. But if it turns out to be not THAT good, I’ll tel my wife that it’s all your fault.😎
  3. Seems it‘s about time to recommend this excellent, “must read” again: Svetlana Alexievich „THE UNWOMANLY FACE OF WAR"“
  4. I finally finished „Use of Weapons“. It took my quite a long time. Probably three „Culture Wars“ in a row are enough for the time being. I liked it least of the three. Whenever I got into it, it was good reading, but in general I found it too confusing. One thing I wondered about: Though Banks describes long space journeys here, he is not losing a single word about time dilation. Anyway, next it „Third Reich“ by Romero Bolano. Starts strange. It seems to describe I German wargamer scene, set in the nineties. But as described, it has very little resemblance to the wargaming scene as I experienced it back then.
  5. Difficult question. As always, when it comes to the roots of names or even words. There is certainly no “one size fits all” answer to your question. This link gives some additional info: http://www.babynamewizard.com/baby-name/boy/strauss In respect to the name, the reference to a coat of arms as origin of the name is interesting. Also note the reference to the old Dutch name “Strüsso“ as origin for „Strauss“. Which could mean a family name originating from „Strüsso“ has no explicit meaning (unless „Strüsso“ had a meaning in Dutch. 🤔😎) Further this one: https://de.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/Strauß Acc to this explanation, one meaning of “Strauss” comes from an old German word for bushes, which again would fit nicely to the coat of arms explanation. Or just a description of a location as origin of the name. Later the “Strauss” developed into bundles of upright standing twigs, branches, feathers, etc. From this use, it obviously later developed into the word for bouquets.
  6. I remember a PBS America documentary covering Monte Cassino, which detailed a disastrous uphill charge of an Italian regular company (or Battalion? Can’t remember.) It failed badly, but what stuck to me was a veteran, saying „We knew what we were up against, but we wanted to show, that we are there and ready to fight for our liberty.“
  7. Sounds like you did not meet too many in your 400 years. Late 19th, early 20th Century would have been a good time to go and have a look. Later, you might even have been starring in a highly recommendable classic movie.
  8. It sounds like Markus Pöhlmann, a German historian, did a serious research on the topic quite recently. Unfortunately, I could not find his paper in the Internet, only some references to his works and the corresponding case study in his book about the developement of mechanized warfare in Germany.
  9. And then? Many Afrikaans speaking people I met, did not speak English very well. And the other way round, it‘s even worse. But it would be nice, if the South African‘s would have their lovely English accent.😊
  10. Well, sometimes it helps to read first. 🤔 The bottom line of the article is, that those charges did not exist, resp cavalry-armor clashes happened only by chance, when cavalry bumped into armor by accident. Like in the Battle of Krojtani, based on which German propaganda shaped the legend.
  11. Here‘s an interesting piece about the famous Polish cavalry charge in WW2: https://sz.de/1.2124860 Big surprise: It sounds history was quite different from what we remember from the movies. The article is in German, though.
  12. Hm, „sounds“ maybe. But I had my first encounter with them a few days ago and can assure you, it‘s more like a splatter movie. The first cut is the deepest, you know? 🤢😎
  13. Ah, very good. I was wondering what to grab as free audio book. Since you “strongly recommend”, it will be Excession, of course. 😎
  14. Never underestimate the power of an umbrella! The clip is in German, but you’ll get the message.
  15. Yep. Reminds me to a night exercise during my Bundeswehr time. We were stumbling through a pitch back forest, until one of the guys “found” a trip wire and started an amazing show with flash-bangs and fire from all sides. Would have been a very short adventure in RL...
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