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  1. Just got done reading through Von Dinklevitz's definative and exhaustive study "End Connectors, Tow Hooks & Sponson Boxes of the Third Reich" (Stinkgarter Press, 1971) and on pg. 371 there is a footnote refering to a "Panzerkampfwagon IV Ausf Q Rucksatz 11/werknummer 11721R Type VII/c (improvisiert)" and that it was "commonly refered to by those who crewed them as 'Zuckermehlkloß des tödlichen Liebefilmkanisters'". I am not sure if this pertains to this particular subvarient, or to all PzkfIV's...Just thought I'd throw this into the mix... Zamo (back from the dead)
  2. I went to both Koblenz and Munster while visiting Germany about ten years ago (hard to believe it has been that long!), and they are both excellent museums, with excellent vehicles. If you are already in Deutschland there's no reason to avoid them. I also visited the "Museum" at Sinsheim, and while they have a lot of rare exibits, I was rather disappointed by the carnivalesque atmosphere of the place. It seemed almost cartoonish. Some of the mannequins in the displays had masscarra and lipstick on them...that sort of thing. Silly. For me Munster was the best of the bunch.
  3. Well chalk one up to my oft thought defunct memory! What a shame it was omitted from the DVD. Makes me wonder what other wonderful scenes have been dropped. Thanks to all who responded. I knew I could count on you guys!
  4. Sorry, a little off topic here, but I figured this was THE place to find an answer. I was watching "Cross of Iron" on DVD last night and missed a scene I remember vividly from its theatrical run...or so I thought. The scene was a 3/4 top view looking down on a muddy road with a cadaver getting repeatedly run over by trucks. I seem to remember the scene being "returned to" at a later point in the movie with the body being much more squished. I remember it as I was A) Pretty young and impressionable when I saw it, -and- I remember my father leaning over and saying he saw something very similar during the battle for Okinawa, which also left an impression. If this wasn't "Cross of Iron", does anyone recognize the scene, and recall what show it was?
  5. Perhaps, but it hasn't done me in...YET! Soldier by day, lover by night, drunkard by choice, Marine by God! Semper fi, Lads "Eagle, Globe and Anchor - Marine Corps Tanker!" -Zamo
  6. Better late than never! Semper Fi, brothers! I drank a six-pack and watched "Sands of Iwo Jima" and a documentary entitled "Iwo Jima: Red Blood and Black Sands" or something very near unto that title. Last night out at dinner with the bride, I had to saddle up to a stranger with a devildog tatoo and wish him a belated BD. Thanks for being there buddies. God bless the United States Marine Corps. -Zamo
  7. While I conceed this does not include a certifiable AAR or historic instance, I believe this is the data cited regarding Stuarts and Greyhounds destroying Tigers. Check it out. I have not verified the account of the Greyhound, but it does list some units and dates. http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Arena/5096/upgtiger.htm Zamo
  8. (In Olympia here) Bars...I remember bars...they're where I used to have fun...I remember fun...that's what I used to have before I got buried...I mean married! (sigh!) Baby due in less than two months. The only way I'm ever going to get into a bar again is if they serve pablum. Maybe I'll catch up to you guys in about 18 years. Zamo
  9. I don't know waht you guys are talking about via the 500 yard argument. Hitting a man size target at 500 yards IS NOT THAT TOUGH. Granted, hitting a man-size target running, or lying down...not to mention shooting back at you may be somewhat difficult, but hitting a human siloette (sp?) at 500 yards is not very hard. I have done it many, many times, with an M-1, an M-14 and an M-16. You guys make it sound like it's more difficult than getting my Uncle Earl to say grace without swearing...THAT is tough! Zamo
  10. Maj. gen. William Rupurtis, USMC gets my vote, though I think it may be unwarrented, and just a bit biased.
  11. I never got motion sickness, but my gunner did. It must be the gunners position, the only one without a hatch...This poor guy got sick every time out...I remember thinking he was the "Odd" one until I had conversations like this and realized just how common it is, getting sick down there...
  12. ...or to get away from you. Good points. I still think it might be viable and should be implemented as an option. Some changes to the engine need to be done to hold the interest. Remember how droll Steel Panthers got after several games were produced without any "new" glitz? Yes, yes, I know there was some, but by the time SP III had come out, the interface just seemed dated to me and I lost interest. I would hate to see the same thing happen with CM. Surprise me guys! Make me hoot again!
  13. I was driving home tonight and thinking about the "gamey" tactic of skirting up the side of the map, and thought, "well, flight sims use Dynamic scenery generation, why can't CM?" What I mean is, for the previously "off-map" areas of a scenario. Sure, the guy who makes a scenario sets up his map "just so", but how often have we all had to resort to tactics that would have worked much differently if we could have executed a major flanking maneuver? The scenery generating code is already there...all that would need to be coded would be a procedure to "just generate a rolling topography around the edges of the map". Sure, this might lead to rolling battles that end up far from the original scenario, in terrain very unlike the original, but would that be worse than the way it is now? Just some food for thought. I'd like to hear your comments on the idea... Zamo
  14. Machine man's quote is pretty much spot on, but STILL, I'd not trade it for any other job. I was a tanker in M-60's during the early eighties in the Marines. While I never saw action, I took it very seriously and what has been said before is all true... Tanker life: You wake up in the morning, the dust sticking to the oil and grease which is impregnated in your cammies, and imediatly start performing maintenance on your tank. Then you squeeze in ten minutes to eat some cold rations and off you go, rocketing across the desert to blow up some pile of tires or old APC. Next you get to stop and grease some zirq fittings and "walk track", using a hammer to tell if the track link end connectors are tight enough by the tone that the hammer makes on each one as the tank is slowly driven forward. Then back on board and you clank on down to some range to burn up 5000 rounds of MG ammo. After that you spend three hours in the hot desert sun picking up MG brass from the infinite number of nooks and crannies inside the tank. Sure your coax MG has a brass catcher bag, but that lame-ass Private you have acting as loader forgot to zip the bottom shut. Next it's time to check all the POL levels and hydralic fluids. This gets more oil and grease all over your arms, which then attracts more dust and dirt...and it's not even noon yet... Now, put this in a combat situation where unseen Hinds, hidden grunt ATGM's, supersonic death jets and hords of advancing red armor T-80's are out to KILL you, and you get an idea of what life is like for a tanker... It was a blast! I still remember fondly my first night riding around in a tank. I recall that the suspension was very smooth and you sort of "undulated" over the terrain, yes, there were some big bumps, but not nearly as bad as the lads in the jeeps. It felt more like a boat, than a land vehicle. I also remember the terror I felt as out 50 ton monster began sliding on ice to a shear cliff in winter. It's BAD when something that bad starts sliding and you can't stop it... Sorry yo go on so far, but it was fungoing down memory lane... Take care! (former) Sgt. Sehmel, USMCR
  15. The Texas Me262's are still in production up here in the Seattle area. I went and toured the facility, located at Paine field several months ago and it was NEAT. If the FW190 deal is as cool, hopefully this will be the start of a great trend...
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