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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:

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      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
John Kettler

Ma Deuce on CM Shermans--My Cognitive Dissonance

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1 hour ago, c3k said:

 

What if you're Audie Murphy...fighting in Hollywood???

;)

(Because that's him in the screenshot, for those that didn't know. He played himself in the Hollywood movie about his actions.)

They changed the vehicle to a M4 from a TD.  But otherwise spot on.  ;)

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4 hours ago, John Kettler said:

Someone else will need to tell us the exact model/s used in this Battle of Bloody Gulch (had forgotten how intense that was) scene from "Band of Brothers," but note well how the .50s are mounted and employed at 7:05, 7:39, and continuing. If the Ma Deuces can be simply rotated forward while staying in the turret and engaging that way, then why are there crewmen outside of the turrets and behind them? I haven't read the book, but so can't comment on what's said there about this. Also, from what I recall reading, the film had top period experts involved throughout. Seems to me that putting the Ma Deuce operators on the engine decks would be about as counterintuitive as it gets if all that had to be done was rotate the mount forward and fight while ensconced inside the turret but unbuttoned. Audie Murphy did the same thing in his MoH action at Holtzwihr, Belgium. He had no choice but to fight from there, for the M10 was dead and the .50 mount was to the turret rear.


Regards,

John Kettler

 

They show the commander firing the .50 from his hatch at least once in you clip. 

 

They also mounted extra M1919 machine guns on a mount in front of the Commanders hatch late in the war. 

 

Check out this video for more info on how the early rotation copula mounts work. 

 

 

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Edited by JeepsGunsTanks

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7 hours ago, c3k said:

 

What if you're Audie Murphy...fighting in Hollywood???

;)

(Because that's him in the screenshot, for those that didn't know. He played himself in the Hollywood movie about his actions.)

The last time I saw that movie it was on a Black and White telly.

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This is the caption info.

An M4A3 76w HVSS tank is climbing up a muddy road in this HUGE image. Note the commander has an M1919 mounted in front of him. The caption says 11th US Armored Division Einheiten Der Germany 1945. You can see a Jumbo and another A3 76 tank, this one VVSS in the background.

 

There is a really nicely done colorised version I'm having trouble finding, it's a great pic though, just os much going on. 

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It says that they are crossing the Muehl, there is a Little Muehl and a Great Muehl. They are tributaries of the Donau/Danube not far from the Austrian border.  So this picture might show one of those. Exits stage right, singing "Jeeps and Guns and Tanks" to the tune of "Trains and Boats and Planes"   ------------------>

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On ‎13‎/‎02‎/‎2018 at 2:34 AM, JeepsGunsTanks said:

There is a really nicely done colorised version I'm having trouble finding, it's a great pic though, just os much going on. 

Cheers fella.....Looks to me like they've fitted a .30cal to the commander's all round vision cupola somehow, so presumably it rotates, looks kinda cramped up there though, worse than the .50cal on the older cupola. 

PS - Aren't the tracks on the lead tank kind of unusual for WW2.....I thought it was pretty much all T-66 on wartime HVSS Shermans?  :o

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3 hours ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

PS - Aren't the tracks on the lead tank kind of unusual for WW2.....I thought it was pretty much all T-66 on wartime HVSS Shermans?  :o

Yeah, those are it's Transport Tracks...

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7 hours ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

PS - Aren't the tracks on the lead tank kind of unusual for WW2.....I thought it was pretty much all T-66 on wartime HVSS Shermans?  :o

The "U-Shaped" T - 80 steel track (23-inch double-pin) was one of the options tested in 1943.
According to "Sherman", OCM 21500 recommended the T - 80 track replacing the T - 66 track because it had a longer wear life.
So, the T - 80 track would become more and more common as the war went on.

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4 hours ago, SLIM said:

The "U-Shaped" T - 80 steel track (23-inch double-pin) was one of the options tested in 1943.
According to "Sherman", OCM 21500 recommended the T - 80 track replacing the T - 66 track because it had a longer wear life.
So, the T - 80 track would become more and more common as the war went on.

Was aware of the general facts/dates, but I didn't realise it made it to the front before the war ended.....Every day's a school day, as they say.  ;)

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akd,

Having seen neither, I'll take your word for it, but please clarify what you mean by "mounted" in your statement. Does this mean physically present, as in on the tank but stowed. or does it mean up there on the turret, uncased and in plain sight?

Regards,

John Kettler

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