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  1. It's a shame that the northern theatre is rarely explored in media. Rarely do we see naval games about the Arctic and Baltic, and I've almost never seen the Lapland War in any sort of game. Even the Continuation War and Courland Pocket often get swept under the rug. I would love a module that built upon RT, to add Army Group North, Northern Front and III Corps. A big campaign for the III Corps, fighting against Soviets, and later, Germans. I'd prefer it to the Vistula-Oder/Berlin one.
  2. I snatched a narrow victory for that mission. The campaign was brutal. I believe there is some unit carry-over, so mileage may vary. *spoilers* I split my main forces into two halves -- one for the right flank, one for the right. I sent the platoon of sappers down the central road, to clear a path. The first thing I did was drop off MANPAD dudes in some rear bushes. The left flank was the most problematic. They had an open field between the base and the over-watching treeline. I had little problem clearing out the treeline, and put heavy weapons along it. The treeline was zero-ed by enemy artillery, and once the first airburst popped overhead -- I quickly got the infantry and heavy weapons back in their APCs. I took light losses, but lost valuable overwatch. After I called in CAS over the town, I carefully advanced through the field. My Oplots found BMP3s and T-72s covering it with overlapping fire. I did manage to take out a few of them, but they rendered an OPLOT useless, and blew up a great deal of BTRs. The infantry was demoralized and refused to advance, and my armoured spearhead was blunted. This flank offered spotting, and heavy fire at movement -- but that was it. The pioneers on the central road fared much worse. After clearing one layer of mines, they found another -- only to be caught under an airburst shower. I lost one section, and cohesion. After the second layer was cleared, the third one was overwatched by enemy AFVs. Luckily, the remaining Oplots on the right flank managed to return fire on the attackers. Central road was a no go, I brought them to the right flank. The right flank first looked impregnable, with a few BTRs finding mines, the hard way. It had a couple of fierce defenders in staggered treelines, on the path to the rear of the base. Perfect place to saturate with my artillery. My Oplots really shined here, taking out some infantry squads and a few AFVs from long range. The bulk of my infantry caught the defenders confused, and they blew up a BMP with rockets. After clearing out the central treeline on the left flank, it was smooth sailing to the back door of the complex. Two platoons, with support, managed to clear out more then half of the complex. The stalwart defenders at the front of the base decided to move AFVs to counter by rear action. Left flank Oplots got some easy kills. House clearing combat was slow, and I ran out of time. Minor victory. A good summary of my experience across the campaign. Tactical victories at a great cost.
  3. It's impressive that the crew is intact, after concentrated 200mm+ fire. In my CM campaign experience -- the obvious approach is always killzone. My advice is to focus on the flanks, probe for weaknesses and go with the path of least resistance. That Abrams is a tough nut, in that position. As your tank found out, he's like Han Solo. I say, avoid him, and focus on clearing the buildings. Being immobilized and flanked by infantry is a tanker's worst nightmare -- APS or not.
  4. Bofors gonna shoot me down some Luftwaffles!
  5. Think early 2000s rap. "Happy people have no history." -- Tolstoy Diseases were more rampant and deadly, in the past. Life expectancy and living conditions were poorer. In both respects, relative to their temporal peers -- Stalin and Hitler were not significantly below average. Indeed, most famous historical figures were not illiterate peasantry. I'd say that most scientists, inventors and philosophers had very good upbringing. Fun fact: The first Polytechnic, that Einstein applied to, rejected him!
  6. A 90mm HE from M36 hit a house with a squad of pioneers, they didn't quickly run outside like they did before. Instead, they slowly retreated to the 1st floor of the house. This is an improvement, IMHO.
  7. That makes sense to me. So the Dragoon is a support platform to replace the MGS. I think mounting a 30mm is certainly more practical than a 105mm. The Germans are the only NATO country that uses 30mms, as far as I know. It would make sense to make it ammo-compatible. EVERYONE and their mother uses the 40mm Bofors, if you want firepower and commonality, that's the sweet spot. If you can mount a 105 on a stryker, maybe a 40mm isn't out of the question? Especially if it is a fire support vehicle, and not a section carrier. 1. That's pretty good. But, the Bushmaster should be able to handle it with the tungsten-core M919 APFSDS-T, at reasonable ranges. No need to get the depleted uranium rods out. 2. Are all the BMP-1s phased out yet? I've been curious as to how the BMP-3 preformed in Yemen, with the UAE. I couldn't find any information in English. Any word from the other side of the pond? If the 30mm is replacing the 105mm. It would make sense to me to keep it back, behind a crest, on overwatch -- not with the infantry, like a section-carrying AFV. Like a light SPG.
  8. OH, right. Sturmpanzer means "Assault Tank", right? The thing doesn't look like an assault tank -- did they just name it to prevent the Artillery branch from taking it?
  9. Both the LAV-25 and LAV III have received armour upgrades since Shock Force time (2008). I am eagerly awaiting the release of the Canadian campaign for CMSF2, to check this out. In my CMSF experience, the LAV III had little problem with Syrian IFVs. The LAV has better situational awareness, and would fill up a BMP full of 25mm before they had time to swing their turret around. I did my best to keep LAV III's on overwatch, after reading how badly those vehicles handled HMG fire in Afghan. Generally speaking, American designs are tall. Even the Bradley is significantly taller than any comparable IFV. The war-winning Sherman was tall as heck. There's an argument to be made for choosing crew ergonomics over silhouette reduction. Why not go with the 40mm Bofors, then? What sort of BMP3 variant has 100mm RHE against APFSDS? I do not think it's fair to compare a wheeled AFV's firepower to a tracked one. Even with the 30mm, the Stryker is a far cry from the 100mm cannon the BMP 3 carries. Which, brings me back to my original question. Is the 30mm Stryker going to be used as an IFV, or is it simply an upgrade to an APC? The latter makes more sense to me, and follows the world-wide trend.
  10. Were the sturmpanzer I and II called Bison I and II by the Germans? Or was that also an Allied invention? Were the sturmpanzers considered tanks or self-propelled artillery, in German Doctrine?
  11. 1. US Army's APC needs a bigger gun than its IFV? The BMP-3 has rudimentary aluminum armour, can't the 25mm APFSDS-T will not penetrate it? They'd be facing mostly BMP1s and 2s, is it worth the logistical hassle to use an uncommon caliber? 2. They have quite a few upgrade packages for the platform. They're in use by quite a few nations, US included. 3. That's a good point. I know both vehicles are based on the Piranha, not certain how many parts are interchangeable. Slapping a modern LAV turret on top of a Stryker would be the best of both worlds.
  12. Wow, great post. I'm no art critic -- but I think his paintings should have qualified him for admission. He obviously has talent, and would have benefited much from Art School. I had a statistics teacher (who was Jewish) in high school. He said that there was nothing more dangerous than an uneducated philosopher and that Hitler was an uneducated philosopher. Which begs the question: if he had post-secondary education, would he still birth Nazism?
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