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John Kettler

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  1. MIkeyD, Have seen various pics of the many times repainted (including hot pink overall) T-34/85 in some UK park, but not this one. If the tank's self-aware, does it cry inside over what's been done to its proud martial self? Regards, John Kettler
  2. Among most military enthusiasts, the view prevails that the last bayonet charge took place on Mount Tumbledown by the British against dug-in Argentine troops during the South Atlantic War. But I just learned there was one quite successfully employed in the Bosnia-Serbia set-to in 1995 by the French against the Serbs, who had taken UN peacekeeper French soldiers captive by a highly effective ruse de guerre aka dirty trick. The French resorted to the bayonet so as not to potentially shoot their own captive comrades and not only carried the position and inflicted casualties but thoroughly intimidated the Serbs. I'll let an expert military commentator on the correct use and psychological effects of the bayonet do the wrap up. Here is Lance Corporal Jones, of long and distinguished service in many wars with Her and His Majesty's Army, including with "Chinese Gordon" at Khartoum. Regards, John Kettler
  3. For WW I (and maybe mass produced tanks in general), the hands down winner for ugliest, in my view, at least, is the St. Chamond. Not only does is look ugly, stupid and ungainly, but from a functional aspect, it seems optimized for taking core samples out of the far wall of a trench when crossing! The Cromwell baffles me. As a tank that looks martial? Full marks. But as a design I'd want to go to war in? Seems to me that the positive aspects of the Crusader, all those sloping surfaces, were abandoned utterly, resulting in an armored box whose only real armor slope on upper hull and above was the glacis plate, a device for assisting arriving projectiles to hit the driver's plate. with everything else vertical. Compared to a Crusader, the Cromwell was a super tank. Regards, John Kettler
  4. Lucky Strike, It's a new Red Army technique called Instinctual Traffic Control. Trial would have progressed more had the tankisti stopped squishing the traffic directors! On a separate note, I find seeing such a super clean tank disconcerting. Looks for like an overgrown toy than a combat vehicle. Regards, John Kettler
  5. Nektoman, If I understood you correctly, you seem to be saying that some units, such as your Motor Rifle Regiment, did take in raw recruits and train them inside the unit,? And troops requiring specialized skills were trained elsewhere before being assigned to their actual units? If those things are right, then the comedy in question depicted a real practice but in the wrong kind of unit, for if ever there was a unit requiring specialized training, it would be the Strategic Rocket Troops. Have read the SRT, of all the branches of the Red Army, had the top choice when it came to getting the smart recruits, and the exacting nature and danger of the work certainly isn't something I'd let a raw recruit anywhere near. During the Cold War, a mechanic fropped a wrech while working on a Titan II ICBM in its closed silo. The wrench hit something on the way down, bounced into the side of the liquid fueled huge missile, pierced one of the tanks and BOOM! The explosion was so powerful it blew the 50 ton sliding cover clean off the silo. That's with a highly trained missile technician! Regards, John Kettler
  6. Husker2142, Did you ever see, hear or read about shipping raw recruits directly to the receiving unit, rather than going through basic training (or similar) at a large dedicated recruit training facility? Seems like the Red Army of the early 90s and early 2000 was much like the US Army in the aftermath of the Vietnam War--a huge mess, made far worse by a host of high leverage related issues. Regards, John Kettler
  7. BornGinger, Am well aware of that fact, but I wanted to see whether there was any truth to the to me unusual approach to training depicted in that comedy. Regards, John Kettler
  8. This is a first class military technical article from the authoritative Tank Archives. Shows what the Red Army had and then the not pretty process of eventually fielding the RPG-43, as well as a quick look at wartime projects for more advanced grenades that ran out of war. https://www.tankarchives.ca/2021/01/red-armys-first-heat-grenades.html?m=1&fbclid=IwAR2yMG0YLBrjVRwPbStr-E8ePKkJUp5iJFsavdyjelrBgYghQGzCrMISG1A Regards, John Kettler
  9. The July 1, 2:42 AM entry on the page of the Military History Club za' oboronu has an extensive photo spread on the above event held June 26-27 this year. Had no way to share this directly, but here's the page link. https://www.facebook.com/zaoboronu Regards, John Kettler
  10. SAN loss near certainty, but delight certain! 830 paintings covering a multitude of periods and subjects. https://scrolller.com/r/BattlePaintings Regards, John Kettler
  11. On a separate note, brother George has identified this particular Firefly as a Mark IC (Hybrid). It's hybrid because it has a cast glacis and differential drive housing, but all the rest of the tank is welded. Never knew such a thing existed until today, and leave to my eagle eyed brother to a) spot it and b) quiz me about it publicly of the CoC FB page. When I first saw Henkel's, my brain interpreted it as Heinkel's, a decidedly odd thing to put on a public sign on the side of a building. Regards, John Kettler
  12. So many grog types we have on these Forums! Now we must add ad sign grogs to the list. Well done, guys! Does that make this place a laundry or just a vertical space witha highly durable ad on it? Regards, John Kettler
  13. A Canadian 17 Pounder Sherman (Firefly) of the 21st Armoured Regt. (The Governor General's Foot Guards) in Wissel, Germany. March/April, 1945. The tank appears to be fitted with an 8-tube smoke discharger I've never seen before. It's a fine study of a combat vehicle and building damage at excellent resolution. Regards, John Kettler
  14. Here's a short video of Challenger 2s in the field with no extraneous sounds, just the tank sounds alone. Though of no use now, it will be when we finally get the British. Regards, John Kettler
  15. Put it over here because this is where the skin modders dwell. Have seen quite a few pics and videos of Russian female soldiers with pigtails and earrings. Am fairly sure I've seen such ladies on exercise in makeup, too. Would note her weapon is well worn as well. Regards, John Kettler
  16. Have been up all night, so am not at all sharp, but the pic is and is expandable. PLease don't ask me to explain what that is behind her. Regards, John Kettler
  17. Took some doing, but I finally found that SU-100 film (translates as War is war) with English subtitles. The film is considered one of the best Soviet GPW films, having relatively little propaganda. The site itself sovietmoviesonline.com is a subscription site, but for $5 you can watch as many movies as you want in a single day (many longer subscription options available, and if you subscribe for a month or more, you can download), and it's got some truly fantastic things to see, such as Soviet torpedo bombers. https://sovietmoviesonline.com/drama/na-voyne-kak-na-voyne Regards, John Kettler
  18. FogForever, Haven't been on the CM Forums much lately, so if I haven't done so already, welcome aboard! Based on what I've read and seen about running a shoot, I'm amazed they hit at all. It's possible that they were already ranged in for the sector and/or that the guy radioing in the corrections was a trained FO on the GTL (Gun Target Line) enabling proper corrections to be determined and sent. Maybe, too, these guys have been in sector long enough that they know own location and what's where on the enemy end. Certainly, the fact the AGS-17 is already at mortar type elevation when the video begins tells me they're no strangers to using it as a mortar, and with all the buildings in the way, it would be impossible to conduct any shoot by direct observation. This leads me to think this is their norm, rather than being an exception. Regards, JOhn Kettler
  19. Mods, If this isn't in the right place, please move it. Guys, Recently saw the dark and hilarious Russian military comedy Demobbed and was surprised by the lack of any facility for basic training, boot camp, etc. Instead, our hapless Russian Federation recruits go straight from interview, med exam, tests and being peeled like grapes by the barber, and are escorted and delivered by a warrant officer to their unit. After some unknown number of weeks, they finally are squared away and take the Military Oath. Was I looking at artistic license in the film, or is there really only training once in the unit, rather than huge training establishments to teach core service skills? Does Osoviakhim or something similar now obviate the need for US style large group training? Genuinely want to know and would appreciate your insights. Thanks! Regards, John Kettler
  20. For comparison, here's how the Japanese did it in the same time frame. This is nothing short of astounding, but there's nothing in the video at all on the pole mines visible in the keyframe. Also, while the Japanese incendiary bottles were designed to use a wick (impossible to light under windy conditions), happily for them, the tanks, under extreme heat conditions, provided the means to ignite them. By contrast, the Russians used a wickless system employing a chemical igniter activated when the bottle broke. Regards, John Kettler
  21. What's shown here would be broadly applicable to German and probably Axis forces working closely with the Germans. Nor would it be confined solely to the Eastern Front. The guy who did this is a dyed-in-the-wool hands on German (nationality) military historian. He is brutal on every nation's defects in equipment tactics or both and not one of those fanboy types. There is an error of omission or lack of understanding regarding the use of the axe, too, for German close combat against tanks training films show that one important use is to bend exposed MG barrels, using the back of the axe head as a hammer, as a way to defang the tank , thus facilitating its ultimate outright destruction. Another tactic not mentioned at all was putting a grenade up the cannon barrel. There's video from Iraq of this being done with devastating effect on a T-72. Strongly suspect the gun breech was open when this wass done, for the effect was pretty much instantaneous. Regards, John Kettler
  22. Mods, Am posting this here because this is the only Forum specifically addressing the modern Ukraine situation. By all means move it if some other Forum is better. While this is naval in nature, presuming the information is true, it looks like Putin has dramatically upped the stakes ref control of the Black Sea and the Russian views on the waters around the Crimean peninsula. The video title is overblown, and the keyframe is deliberate clickbait of the most sensational sort, but it got my attention, and I'm glad I saw this video. Speaking as someone fairly familiar with how Chicken of the Sea was played during the Cold War, things have definitely gotten much hotter. Never have I heard of either side using cannon fire, much less aerial bombs, to drive the other side away. Historically, Chicken of the Sea was a who blinks first fight for right of way or trying to mess with a carrier conducting flight ops. But if the info in this video is correct, this Chicken of the Sea incident, which occurred during a Freedom of Navigation mission, could easily have gone south--clear down to Antarctica! Frankly, this video rattled me. Regards, John Kettler
  23. Have never seen this done before, but I found it because I saw in the sidebar on YT one on US Marines doing this with a MK-19. According to the comments for this vid, the weapon manual for the AGS-17 describes how to do this. I get the sense this was improvised, rather than taken from the manual. Fire direction is anything but like mortar firing, starting with the complete absence of panoramic sight or cross leveling between shots. It's more like a really crude version of observed fire. No grids, no shot out, etc. Regards, John Kettler
  24. They think they can fire a short mission and clear out before any counterfire hits, but I have grave doubts on that score, considering that the Soviets, circa 1980, were already using 4 minutes as the time window before the MQ-4, a far cry from the Hughes Firefinder radars to come, could bring down counterbattery fire. This is especially true if MRLs, particularly with bomblets (a la US steel rain) are employed. Regards, John Kettler
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