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11 hours ago, John Kettler said:

One of my CoC colleagues brought up the Russian battlecry, which led to turning up this. Putin initiates the ura, which is then chorused back with stunning force and fervor. Gave me the chills.  

Very cool.  

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That brings back memories,  Just realized that I have the Tamiya 1:25 scale model still sitting in my childhood home.  Not sure if it is supposed to be the same one as Otto's.

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11 hours ago, John Kettler said:

 Ex-Tiger ace and pharmacist when pic was taken Otto Carius holds the Tamiya 1/35 scale model of his tank. If you haven't read his excellent Tigers in the Mud yet, you owe it to yourself to do so, presuming you're a treadhead.

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+1.  Cool.  Also agree, Tigers in the Mud is a good book.   

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Despite some truly bizarre photo choices in places, this is a very good piece on a previously unsolved US Navy ship loss, the only such during World War I. The case wasn't solved until December 2018. Also, this particular piece doesn't require the endless iterations of the Next button in order to read it. Simply scroll down.

Here is a long interview with an ordinary Panzer man (loader, gunner and then TC), Wolfgang Kloth,  who fought at Kursk and Courland. He was in Panzer IIIs, Panzer IVs and StuGs. This is a much more extensive and wide ranging interview.


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John Kettler

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Some of my CoC colleagues are getting into playing CoC, but slightly modified for the Korean War. In answer to the request for book suggestions, I posted S.L.A. Marshall's The River and the Gauntlet, which I thought was a great book when I read it. Since then, I've seen considerable discussion here on the Forums about various problems (some major) with his methodology and conclusions. My CoC post resulted in a reply including this excellent HistoryNet article ("The Long-Dead Hand of Marshall Misleads Historians" by Bateman) which left me wondering how much to believe in the book and why. The astronomic number of WW II company interviews he claimed to have done were shocking, considering how short the time span was in which to do them, and his papers don't support those claims, either.  Worse, his wonderful monograph The Soldier's Load and the Mobility of a Nation also came under fire. Happily, I have since read one of the books not tainted by him: The Deadly Brotherhood by McManus.That was quite the education into the realities of the sharp end, in a way no one book I'd read before could adequately convey. An absolute must read!

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John Kettler

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I suppose this belongs here:

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The Pentagon says it has tested a U.S. missile that exceeds limits set down by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a Cold War agreement between Washington and Moscow that was officially scrapped less than three weeks ago.

https://www.npr.org/2019/08/20/752657167/u-s-tests-missile-with-a-range-prohibited-by-now-abandoned-treaty

Michael

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Michael Emrys,

Thanks, as didn't know of this! ER Tomahawk would certainly be a quick fix, since before SALT II (?), it was a strategic weapon already and an absolute nightmare for the then Russian air defense network.

Sgt. Squarehead,

Iskander is nasty. Wonder what capabilities are of monkey model vs home version? Can't imagine Putin would sell NK the all-up version!

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John Kettler

 

 

 

 

 















 

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Great article on a German resistance group before and during WW II. The group was called Edelweiss Pirates. Also discussed is the only German resistance group I knew of before that, called the White Rose.

https://allthatsinteresting.com/edelweiss-pirates

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John Kettler

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On ‎8‎/‎21‎/‎2019 at 8:03 PM, John Kettler said:

Iskander is nasty. Wonder what capabilities are of monkey model vs home version? Can't imagine Putin would sell NK the all-up version!

No, indeed not.  However he can easily test a bigger fuel tank for them in anticipation, of the US abrogation of the INF treaty. 

North Korean:

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Russian:

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You decide.  ;)

PS - Looking at that launch image, its amazing to me that the tyres survive the experience!  :o

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The Great Wargaming Survey of 2019 runs through August 31, and, stocks permitting, every one who takes it will receive a special sprue of 28 mm WW II TC upper bodies. The pics of them at the link are most impressive. That link is linked to the survey.

https://www.karwansaraypublishers.com/wssnews/rubicon-tank-commanders-for-great-wargaming-survey/?fbclid=IwAR3vudu_ydFtsTNFYmg_TitMoQQQv3gcZEN8Aw5Agnr4bsMmWhYBbWByiwM

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John Kettler

P.S.

Just completed survey, which is all about wargaming in miniature and all that's related. Have already received make the code to pick up the TC sprue or one of several other items, to a value of 6.5 pounds.

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Wanted to pass the word UK firm ITV is airing a superb three-part mini series called "Fighter Pilot: The Real Top Gun. The doc follows a clutch of pilots transitioning to fast jets (Hawk 2) from propeller driven trainers, in an effort to achieve UK fighter nirvana, a slot in the famed 617 Squadron flying the super advanced F-35B, the VTOL version of the F-35 which replaces the Harrier. The other track follows the. more advanced part of the unit already in the F-35 and learning to use this super sophisticated plane and employ it effectively in combat. There are only months to stand up the unit to meet IOC and deploy aboard the Royal Navy's newest carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth. Two of the three episodes have aired already and can be seen for free on ITV's site. 

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John Kettler

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Been watching this.  It's been amusing to see sometimes, the F35 is so advanced that its computer locks out the pilot and it takes an hour for the techies to figure out how to start it.  I suppose one has to send a message to the oppos - "Please wait before attacking, we can't start our aircraft."   

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Erwin,

Those incidents scared me, but imagine the havoc one agent in the right place could cause.

Here is a wonderful piece of military nautical archaeology. Had long known about the ill-fated SOL Vasa, but had no idea Sweden had lost a second such vessel, the Kronan, which not only made it out of the harbor but into battle. The finds are incredible, and I hope. the Swedes can eventually raise her. Love the story, but hate that Next nonsense!

https://tettybetty.com/post-7743005478129/?dai=50PKwZA1cleauLf88lc3Zr&fbclid=IwAR3IPI1NaPcp0n_XDjRO-XzPKEGY-o8QBUxy_mmqjnM1qSO78NyrVGim2mc

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John Kettler

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15 hours ago, John Kettler said:

imagine the havoc one agent in the right place could cause.

The irony is that the computer lock system was probably someone's bright idea to prevent stealing the plane (a la Clint in "Firefox") and flying to China or similar.

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You could well be right. If they're worried about someone stealing it as you described, and since the system is already looking at the pilol's eyes, why not have a built-in retinal scanner, too? The book was much better than the movie.

When wearing a gas mask (during WW II) , you could still look chic in this B.F. Goodrich number.



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John. Kettler

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During the GPW had and used mine dogs, a practice likely continued to this day by Russia's SO units. This certainly was the case during the Cold War, as attested by then GRU officer Suvorov/Rezun, who was a Spetsnaz training officer for a time. He said their dogs were used to protect the Spetsnaz teams but were also trained to wear a mine pack under their backs and run under missile transporters. But ISIS is using something larger and wearing suicide vests--cows!

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7430463/ISIS-strap-suicide-vests-COWS-blow-animals-attack.html

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John Kettler

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