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John Kettler

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  1. SAN loss near certainty, but delight certain! 830 paintings covering a multitude of periods and subjects. https://scrolller.com/r/BattlePaintings Regards, John Kettler
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Erwin, Suspect the reason this was allowed was because Putin was still solidifying his regime at the foundational level and was simply too busy with that. Seriously doubt this would be allowed today. Would be instantly branded anti-Russian, and harsh consequences would follow. Did you watch it yet? Regards, John Kettler
  17. Just to show I'm not always serious when it comes to films and series about the Soviet or, later, Russian military, here's a 2000 comedy or black comedy. Regardless, it would've been viewed as outright subversive and dealt with accordingly in the Soviet Union. Frankly, I'm amazed it was allowed under Putin, for it does NOT paint Russian young men, or the Russian military, in a good light at all. To the contrary, it skewers some of the worst traits, including pandemic drunkenness, spousal abuse, the grandfather system, and the general bleak pointlessness and corruption of Russian military life. Even so, the movie was so funny I repeatedly choked from laughing so hard! I thoroughly enjoyed this wildly original take at a soldier's life in someone non-US's military, and would say the state of the Red Army in this movie is on par with the shape the US Army was in during the 1970s--terrible. Russian with English subtitles. Regards, John Kettler
  18. Brother George has had some experience with SMGs (don't recall offhand which ones) and doesn't consider them effective beyond 50 meters. Here is a very good Quora thread on comparing major combatants' SMGs. Some of those responding have owned one or more of the types listed and put many rounds through them. The only SMG I've ever fired was an Uzi, and that was in semiautomatic in a piss poor indoor range attempt at hip shooting! In the long Quora thread is a dazzling video (below) in which a heavily body armored and assault helmed a la OMON Kalashnikov firm gun expert puts over 900 rounds through a GPW PPSh41 practically as fast as he could change magazines. According to him, an assault rifle would've been done for at 500 rounds put through it in rapid succession. https://www.quora.com/How-effective-was-the-PPSH-41-compared-to-other-WW2-SMGs-such-as-the-MP40-and-the-Thompson?share=1 Bizarrely, firing tests against a pipe with a Thompson, an MP40 and a PPSh41 resulted in a big dent, a smaller dent and a jagged hole from the last SMG, but paradoxically, Russian troops preferred the MP40 for its penetration, when its apparent advantages were greater range and single shot capability via much slower rate of fire. The Thompson, even with compensator, climbed like crazy. The PPSh41 , as you can clearly see in the video, pretty much doesn't climb at all. The master shooter says the recoli is no worse than a .22 Long Rifle because of the heavy bolt.The. below video pretty much left me in shock. Was also shocked to learn that drum magazines for the PPSh41, other than the two with serial numbers matching a particular SMG, often weren't interchangeable, because of sloppy tolerances which varied from shoop to shop. For some components, there might be as much as a centimeter! Does anyone have any GPW period combat accounts of the effective range for the PPSh41? So far, the best number I've been able to find is 150 meters, and it doesn't say combat, just effective. At close range, the volume of fire the PPSh41 produced, and the hitting power and penetration of the Tokarev pitol cartrdge combined apparently to make the weapon capable of ripping off limbs. Regards, John Kettler
  19. This is a joint Australian, south Korean, Israeli and US entry in the current Australian IFV competition, with the finalists be the RedBack and Rheinmetall's Lynx. The baseline armor on the RedBack is, to me, farcical--protects vs NATO 7.62 mm AP, but apparently at least the front can be fitted to protect against Russian and similar 30 mm auto cannon. The RedBack will be be transportable on the Royal Australian Navy's amphibious warfare vessels, the Canberra-class LHDs (Landing, Helicopter, Dock), and the C-17, both for rapid movement to outer islands. As you can see, it's very high tech, including integral APS. It's designed to work with manned and unmanned turrets and can even be operated as a robotic IFV. It's armed wiht a 30 mm Bushmaster auto cannon and the Spike LR ATGM and has a 7.62 mm coaxial MG. As the second video indicates, The Royal Australian Army (RAA) is in the midst of a major recasting (ha!) of its armored force, with huge amounts of money in play for, not just a new IFV, but a new recon vehicle and SPH. RedBack IOC is expected to be 2023 and serial production in 2024. Baseline armor aside, I'm hugely impressed with what appears to me to be a highly capable and well thought out IFV with heavy armament and specifically built to demanding RAA operational requirements, requirements so stringent that two candidates were summarily dropped for not meeting them. While this has no immediate connection with CM per se, I think it's wise to be aware of such a major defense program, especially in the context of some future game BFC might decide to do involving the Chinese and a very large, mostly empty neighbor! For the RAA, getting RedBack or Lynx will be a tremendous jump, considering the current AFV in use is an M113 version. Regards, JOhn Kettler
  20. KGBoy, You know where the AI terrifyingly excels? Identifying LOS under the most demanding conditions! Very early in my CMBN days, I was playing a scenario in which dense woods covered much of the right side of the map. Got zapped near instantly via a thread the needle shot )which passed between a great many trees by a matter of inches) and nailed my TD. Figuring out how that was done took me many minutes of hard work to figure out via repeated replay and shot line reconstruction. Have never played RT (way too brain processing demanding, stressful and also neurologist prohibited because of my TBI), but if the AI's also super quick on LOS identification and exploitation via fire, then it would be really difficult to deal with in high obstacle density situations. Regards, John Kettler
  21. This is a truly awful film, so why post about it? It's full of Soviet military hardware, including the star of the show, a then state-of-the-art Ka-50 Black Shark, NATO codename HOKUM! The video's not crisp, but even so, you'll be able to see some amazing things, including Soviet AFVs in an operational mountainous environment, not the Poligon. This film obviously had Soviet MoD support, for real AFVs get shot up and blown up. The bill alone just for the helicopters used must've been enormous, but I suspect a lot of it was charged off as training. Because some of what's shown is pretty gruesome in places, I've opted not to post a link, but the war toy goodness is on YT and the title for this post is how YT lists the video. The impressive maneuvering capabilities of the Ka-50 are on considerable display. If you're used to regular helicopters, prepare to be surprised. Regards, John Kettler
  22. Probus, Got into them initially by way of seeing a number of GPW series on Amazon Prime and branched out from there. Overall, I find GPW movies and series from Russia, Belarus and elsewhere to be far superior to what Hollywood produces, with the added advantages of new terrain, new stories, new culture/s, considerable amounts of period weapons and hardware. In these, too, there are factors at work not generally found in western war stuff: spies, denunciations, NKVD, Special Department and more. Most of these films and series also show what it's like to wage war on own turf, something we in the US have almost no experience of. Often, during the GPW, your own people are more dangerous than the Germans, and if you're some sort of a general, you may find yourself in hot water with Stalin! StarMediaEN on YT is a great resource, but there are others, too. Have even watched some GPW movies with no English subtitles and been able to somewhat follow things by observing how people speak, act, react and so on. Regards, John Kettler
  23. As Russian war movies go, this is pretty much brand new (2015). The Road to Berlin is a beautifully crafted, at times, moving film. It is full of CM goodness, albeit only part of the story. ONe of the more interesting CM aspects is that you can see a HUnt order being executed. What it has, that The Burning Snow does not, are some very good VISMODS and adaptations for earlier German armor and what appear to be real T-34/76s. Link's good.It's in Russian, with English subtitles. Regards, John Kettler
  24. They Fought for the Motherland, directed by Sergei Bondarchuk who directed the 8-hour War and Peace that cost $100,000,00 in then-year dollars and had 40,000 Red Army soldiers in it, follows a Rifle Regiment in the run up to the Battle of Stalingrad. The shoot location had to be moved when digging entrenchments turned up bones of the war head and lots of UXO. Another one for which the link is good but Mosfilm blocks embedding! Regards, John Kettler
  25. Wanted to pass the word on this gritty intimate doc all filmed by one guy but am not posting a link because there most definitely is some gory stuff. Even so, it is rich in all sorts of details that ought to be very helpful. to the skin modders for weapons, buildings and more. It shows the environment, what really low level combat looks like and much more. It's on Vimeo. "Donbass under fire: War is War" documentary by Maxim Fadeyev. 18+ Донбасс на линии огня. Фильм седьмой «На войне как на войне» 18+ Assault on the New Terminal of Donetsk International Airport, combat footage 16-18 January "Donbass under fire" documentary Maxim is the only journalist who were at the terminal on the fisrt day of assault, he moved out to the New Terminal with "Sparta" troops to film the fights there, spent night in the New Terminal when only first and fourth floors were controlled by the militias while second and third floors were held by the UAF. Regards, John Kettler
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