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  1. That's sure the sense I get from this pic. Look at how he's comforting the teary-eyed girl who's wrapped around him. Regards, John Kettler
  2. Artkin, This is flatly untrue. HEAT is highly sensitive to angle of strike, for that determines a number of things, such as the effective thickness of armor needing to be penetrated. If. the angle of strike is low enough, the HEAT projectile may ricochet or not detonate at all. Evaluation of destroyed tanks in the 1967 War showed that HEAT projectiles could be rendered nonfunctional or deflagrated by such things as lifting eyes, headlight flanges and such. Sometimes toolboxes sufficed to defeat HEAT by acting as spaced armor. Most of the rear turret proper of a Tiger 1 is protected by tha
  3. Brother George, a retired Army Scout, found this and passed it to me. Looks like prime material for CM use. http://www.bayonetstrength.uk/USArmy/USArmdInfBn/Org of the US Armd Inf Bn 1942-45.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1qczOynlwbn9jSp6oHYZyKBhLV29fW756-mafJ38uKpiE2qIzbIbi3w6Q Regards, John Kettler
  4. This is a long and penetrating piece not just about recent problems, but of how the SAS and commandos are used and super heavily at that. The article shows that current SAS purported war crimes don't exist in isolation, but in fact are but the latest in a long line of war crimes and claims of same going clear back to the Boer War. It lays the ducked responsibility for their continuation chiefly on Australian high command and the pols. The deployment stats are shocking. Some Australian SAS troopers have had eight (8) tours in the same province, and there is apparently intense competition betwee
  5. Alexey Tyuzhin posted this official Ukrainian MoD video on the OPLOT. Dated but juicy! Regards, John Kettler
  6. After watching this, you'll learn something quite remarkable about the terminal ballistics of the first cartridge and will understand part of the reason it's a favorite of snipers. https://www.facebook.com/kentuckyballistics/videos/2493198490948835/ Regards, John Kettler
  7. MikeyD, Did some digging, and NVA T-54s were destroyed by ARVN M41 Walker Bulldogs and M48A3 Pattons. In one battle I'm trying to recall, the ARVNs were killing T-54s from so far away (well outside of their own effective range) the T-54 crews thought they were in an antitank minefield. This juicy morsel was from intercepted radio traffic from panicked TCs. Offhand, I don't recall how much better protected the T-55 may've been than the T-55. Regards, John Kettler
  8. Here's the one on artillery effects. Sobering! Also, this was done before US shoots done Soviet style shockingly revealed the Soviet norms for destroying AFVs, tiny as they were by US ammo expenditure figures, were in fact correct. FA of 150 mm and up is far more lethal than we imagined vs tanks. Regards, John Kettler
  9. One of my CoC colleagues found and posted this British Army 1983 training film on fighting the Soviet Advanced Guard. In my 11+ years as a Soviet Threat Analyst, I never saw anything like this. It's fantastic, and that's an understatement. This sort of thing was my bread and butter at Hughes Aircraft Company Missile Systems Group, since we built both TOW and Maverick and were involved in work on what eventually was the Javelin, as well as deep strike systems, such as Assault Breaker and WASP. Regards, John Kettler
  10. Here's a T-72B3 firing. This looks a lot more different than what you see when an Abrams fires, which is surprising to me, since they're both smoothbores. Strongly suspect at least part of the difference lies in the propellants used. Looks like something the modders might be able to use, too. Regards, John Kettler
  11. StieliAlpha, Thanks. I defer to your language knowledge. I recognized APOTHEKE immediately as APOTHECARY but had no idea what the other word meant. Regards, John Kettler
  12. Vacillator, Presuming the picture is legit, what I see is a Coelian, not a Kugelblitz. https://tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2-germany-leichte-flakpanzer-iv-3-cm-kugelblitz/ Ts4EVER, All true, and there's excellent coverage of these online, but I first saw the T-34 Flakpanzer in the Fedororowicz tome on that unit. Want to say that was the 653rd Schwere Panzerjaeger Abteilung. Regards, John Kettler
  13. Captured or maybe defected?! Regards, John Kettler
  14. In his phenomenal Four Stars of Valor, Thorndyke describes a terrifying encounter the 505th had near Groesbeek, Holland. It was described as a Mark IV with the turret removed and two cannon fitted that could rotate. Cannon size wasn't listed, but believe reasonable options would've been 37 or 40 mm. Firepower was devastating, and the AFV was found to be hard to kill because of the screens on its sides. A Moebelwagen can't possibly be what's described because a) neither had a twin mount of the sort of weapon described by the lucky to survive it paratroopers and b) have never seen a pic of one w
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