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  1. We learn from the necessities of our wildlife. Kill it with fire.
  2. There's an excellent lecture on this by Nicholas Moran, The crux of the tank burning thing is that on the battlefield, you shoot till the tank is dead. If you can see flames, you're sure it's dead. Plus, a burned tank is much harder to refit and return to battle.
  3. My dream: Shoot and scoot coming in as a new order brought in alongside CM: Fulda Gap... specifically for use with the Strv 103. I would buy CM:Whatever if it had a Strv 103.
  4. You've misread the book there my friend. Military service was far from the only way to acquire citizenship in Heinlein's universe, just the easiest. Unless you're talking about the movie in which case the political side of it is the director painting a different picture - that such a topic would inevitably trend to Junta, not democracy.
  5. ahh, opening up the pack I can see i... well, today's my day off working on phd proposals and coursework so I'll have a crack and see how it goes... Feeling the need to practice some ruski battles
  6. Looks great mate! there seems to be a strange 'downward' spurt of smoke in that hummer pic, is that a weird mirroring in the graphic, or intended? Still, a much smokier bang is a great idea! Gonna add it to my mods list now
  7. That is a strange use of the English language right there, a "friendship shoot". I know it refers to a friendly day at the range (not rated for competition?) but the construct is weird... immediately conjures, in my mind, either; "We became friends, so I shot him" "we became friends, so we went and shot (someone else)"
  8. My .2 cents, as this is an area I've been trying to develop myself over the past few games; 1. Pre-registered fires and, more explicitly, pre-registered target points, are fantastic if you get them right. I've taken to buying many TRPs in battles that they are 'fair' to use on (attack/defend types normally) and putting TRPS in ANY key terrain... This is ESPECIALLY important for ruskies and Ukrainians. 2. Fire type for me is dependent on the force I'm fighting with. Accuracy and high speed on-call times with the Yanks make the artillery a precision tool for them - even when not utilising precision rounds I'll emphasise short point-fires to destroy key enemy positions, vehicles and emplacements. Longer ones from the big stuff to bring down buildings. For the eastern forces, I tend to go with 'splat tactics'. I've deployed entire fire-fronts in a recent game in order to delay, disorganise or destroy an advance and it seemed to be reasonably effective, in another ww2 game I used a similar tactic against a German assault to an incredibly bloody effect, though it didn't secure me the win. 3. With the new 'fleeing from fire' mechanic, I've found slightly larger target areas with airburst can be stupidly lethal at higher firerates. This is from single player experience only mind you, but catching moving infantry in the open with airburst is just nasty.
  9. They still have the physical tank itself? I dunno guys, I ride a motorcycle and I think cars tare too dangerous a weapon to be given to under-trained civilians. Call it a sticky battering ram! ...need to get me a game against @c3k sometime... I think I've subscribed to his strategy too long.
  10. No serious state threats to Australia mate, hasn't been for a long time (though we do have a fetish for being invaded - we really want to matter. Makes us feel important on some cultural level). Last time we deployed tanks at all was Vietnam, and these days we certainly don't have enough for it to really matter.
  11. Oh, yeah the Leos were getting older but we could have gone for the Leo 2s imho.... Or a larger group of IFVs of some kind... We have a succession of governments that insist on buying american surplus, even of equipment we don't really need. Mind you, we're wondering way off the garden path at this point!
  12. *shrug* Not something I have direct experience with, so I can't comment from experience, simply the experience of those I talked with. The diesel is almost certainly a factor, and makes me wonder why we didn't upgrade our old Leopards... I do know a lot of the equipment we purchase is 'refurbished' and there are often changes that have to be made to fit with Australian requirements, though what exactly that entails I'm not sure. Thanks for the thoughts PzSkW!
  13. Army Head of Modernisation and Strategic Planning Major General Gus McLachlan recently hosted personnel from the US Army’s Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM) in Michigan to investigate what he describes as ‘very significant and reliability issues’ with the Abrams fleet in Australia. “At the end of it the Americans back-briefed me, saying we are using our tanks at 10 times the rate of a similar American unit and also, we use them on terrain that our soldiers would never contemplate crossing,” he told delegates at the SimTecT 2016 conference in Melbourne recently. A further difference between the two Abrams operators is that the Australian Army runs the AGT1500 engine on diesel, where US forces use Aviation Turbine (AVTUR) fuel. source - http://www.australiandefence.com.au/news/tae-cuts-abrams-engine-overhaul-times *shrug* we like to push ours a little hard p'raps?
  14. ...And a hell of a lot of work getting them to function reliably in our conditions, btw. From a few chats I had at the air show a few weeks back, it seems Aussie dust is very different to the dust you folks considered it for... Ours probably come with eskis too (cannot confirm however), and if so the beer inside is remarkably superior to anything you lot stash in them... @Ithikial_AU
  15. You have to admit though, it is kinda cute.
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