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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 sa
  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 t
  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
  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...
  16. Any difference the Marines would have made inthe ETO would have been a very small, local contribution, though it most likely would have been dramatic. Such as the Battle of Belleau wood during the First world war. Insignificant in the big picture, but mesmorizing in detail. Somebody else said it quite right, 6 Divisions of infantry wouldn't have been that major of a contribution. On the other hand, I'm sure if they had been there "Howlin' Mad" Smith would have had "Chesty" Puller knocking on the Reichstag door in Jan. '44!!! Semper Fi! Finess? Who needs finess? Fix Bayonets! Zamo
  17. Can't please all of the people all of the time... See ya. Z
  18. I saw a VHS tape with a title something like "Eager Beavers IV: Wicked Schoolgirl Fantasies", is that what you guys are refering to??? As to the trees, it is quite simple: "There is unrest in the forest There is trouble with the trees For the maples want more sunlight And the oaks ignore their pleas" -Rush (NOT Limbaugh!)
  19. Yeah really. Despite the fact I found his post rambling and difficult to follow (I really hate it when people compromise English due to laziness), he has valid concerns and is due the same respect we would give anyone. I personally don't share his oppinion, but he certainly has the right to express them in an open forum. Zamo
  20. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think CM currently DOES model all members of a squad, and it's only the graphical representation of that entire 12 man squad which is modeled as a visual representation of 3 men. This doesn't bother me a bit. Sure it would be nice to see all the guys, but IMHO it would simply be eye-candy. Play with your units set to actual scale and you'll see that it would be meaningless. My 2 cents. Zamo
  21. Quick Battles. Almost exclusively, whether against a PBEM opponant or the AI. Once in a while I'll make a scenario and play it for a while. I have played few of the canned scenarios or other peoples scenarios...I don't really know why...
  22. Tiger I It just LOOKS so damned menacing...When I think of the worst thing I could see rumbling towards me as a WWII allied grunt...NOTHING is as ominous looking as a Tiger! It just screams MURDER! Zamo (I'm not trying to claim it's the best, just the coolest! My "Favorite")
  23. I have a hearing loss in the high frequency range I attribute to my time as a tanker in the Marines. Of course I also used to race moto-x, played in a punk band and have always listened to music quite loud, not to mention the years I used to go to the rifle and pistol ranges...all of which I did without what we now call "hearing Protection" (quite a novel idea, that...) The only things I have trouble hearing are the alarm on my watch, the alarm on my dive computer and my girlfriend when she's nagging. It's not all that bad... Zamo
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