Jump to content

John Kettler

  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Everything posted by John Kettler

  1. We know that e=mc2, but if I want to convert energy into mass, presuming stupendous amounts of power are available, what does that equation look like, please? Regards, John Kettler
  2. Here's a great video from Curtiss-Wright on M60 upgrades. Naturally, it's not showing the video directly! http://www.militaryaerospace.com/sponsored-videos/curtiss-wright-m60-main-battle-tank-turret-drive-system-upgrade.html Regards, John Kettler
  3. tagge, Just saw this, so belated congrats on 100 years of independence! Apologies on behalf of the US, whose absence from the list of illuminators is conspicuous and embarrassing. Regards, John Kettler
  4. I PMed Falaise to let him have first crack at this, which was one of the books which launched his passion, as a child, for Falaise research. He's not pnly got a copy, but informs me he sold them at the museum for years. After the Battle Number 8The Battle of the Falaise Pockethttps://www.amazon.com/After-Battle-Number-Falaise-Pocket/dp/B00IKMHBO8 He recommends Paul Latawski's book, Falaise Pocket, a work is "full of detail and sticks to the Kampgruppe Engel Campaign". https://www.amazon.com/Falaise-Pocket-Paul-Latawski/dp/0750930144/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1517718003&sr=1-1&refinements=p_27%3APaul+Latawski&dpID=51H263PuMJL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch He also kindly provided the URL for the museum. His connection with it is special, but it's up to him to characterize it or not as he chooses. http://www.memorial-montormel.org Regards, John Kettler
  5. Regarding Wicky's contribution, the wag in me feels it a must to point out we now have photographic and multiple eyewitness proof of the existence of ESP! SLIM. Don't know how you came across the Magog video, but it's beyond even Monty Python, I believe. Either parts of the audio are muddy, I'm having some audio processing issues today or both, making for some difficulties in understanding him in places. Even so, that video was a trip, and full marks to its creator for one heck of a set, acting and wardrobe. The slide-in signs and PC "spankings" added to his confoundment and our merriment. Did Gog clear this for release? Regards, John Kettler
  6. Falaise, Yours is one of, if not the, most astounding post string I've seen on the CM Forums since I joined in January 2000. What most of us have read about and some studied, you have walked and (with your wife) unearthed. To live in a house outside of which unimaginable carnage occurred recently enough that there are those who could tell the tale; to grow up hearing from the direct experiencers what it was like puts a face on history the likes of which few here or in general will ever see for themselves. Seven kinds of cool you are a museum guide. I know there are huge areas in which UXO keeps turning up, and I have a favorite story (not fun for the person involved) in which a Belgian farmer cut down an old tree for some reason and, after sweating up a storm to do so, sat on the stump to rest. Next thing he knows, his rear is on fire and blistered. The place was the heavily fought over Ypres, Beligium of WW I fame/notoriety, and his sweat had released mustard gas which had soaked into the wood back then as a result of one or more such attacks in which the tree was a participant of sorts! Am PMing you some info on a Falaise pub you may not have seen. Or you might have severa of it alreadyl! Thanks much for sharing your amazing story with us. In closing, I think that's a CW 2" mortar bomb. Here's one just like yours recovered in England. http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/9132523.Unexploded_WW2_bomb_discovered_in_Dorchester/ But the slam dunk is here, which shows all of the 2" mortar projectiles. http://visualcollector.com/VisualCollectorLinks/MortarsMines.htm Regards, John Kettler
  7. Herewith some actual news and extremely bizarre at that. Would you believe the recent 7.9 off Alaska has triggered early spawning of a super rare desert fish in the California/Nevada Death Valley National Park?! https://www.fastcompany.com/40523707/earthquake-in-alaska-desert-pupfish-death-valley There's also this. All sorts of strange things happen in the wild, but this is one for the books. Has vid! https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/01/30/Buffalo-herd-rescues-baby-elephant-from-attacking-lions/4451517329733/ Regards, John Kettler
  8. Given the way the AI works, the only way to make sure your AFVs keep going is Fast, but this is best done while possessed of iron nerve and the best model Abrams to be had! Have had some harrowing time on the end of the lased/smoke/reverse syndrome. Frankly, it's paralyzing to any sort of armored movement which isn't an out and out charge. You race from one place to another on the battlefield, hoping you can get to cover instead of being caught on the hop. The syndrome is also very effective in wiping out smoke capability, soon leaving the lased tank or IFV's owner with a feeling of profound nakedness. Once smoke exhausted, you find yourself on the wrong ends of both equations, for you can't pop smoke to hide when lased yet are still subject to the reverse when lased AI. As if that's not bad enough, throw in some hostile autocannon-armed IFVs or a Tunguska shooting at you. There, a single burst (let alone several) can cause significant degradation to combat performance, starting with ripped up targeting systems. Even the mighty Abrams starts falling apart under such conditions as I've described. The particular QB referenced here had T-90AM as the tank threat, too, something the Abrams can't ignore. Had the tank losses to prove it. Overall, I think it makes all the sense in the world for the defender to do something like what I suggested. The LDUs (Laser Deception Units) could be operated remotely and not switched on until the foe started rolling on the assault. Imagine the fun when the LWRs abruptly lose their minds and the attack collapses--with the force now no longer in cover. Talk about a combat momentum killer! One that sets the table for the hard kill weapons not brought into action until the attacker is broken down into readily consumed bites of a unit once coherent and mutually supporting, but instead instantly in chaos. Regards, John Kettler
  9. Not news, but would sure make it if observed! Should we request this capability from BFC. After all, things are pretty bleak on the horse and motorcycle fronts. Regards, John Kettler
  10. Brother Ed was kind enough to let me borrow his copy of Zaloga's Armored Thunderbolt, a Sherman book which covers a lot of new ground on little discussed aspects. On page 259, I was astounded to see a photo of a wrecked (talking direct hit which ripped away the top half of the tall gun shield) M5 3-Inch ATG. The photo was new to me, but the shock lay in the caption. The gun was destroyed a few days after Christmas '44 at a crossroads outside of Humain, Belgium, but before it died, it killed an officially credited fifteen (15) German tanks belonging to 9 PD! There were no details provided, but I thought this was deserving of a post and might trigger a response from those knowledgeable or with deep libraries. I can only presume this monster of a gun (have stood next to one at Ft. Benning) was firing at a tank column, rather than dealing with a combined arms attack. Also noteworthy is that the gun wasn't dug in. I suspect WX helped considerably with postponing how long it took for the Germans to locate and silence the gun. Am sure we all know full well how brief that same gun's combat life would've been in a CMx2 fight! Regards, John Kettler
  11. Wish to note for interested parties the tracking beacon on a TOW is a xenon light, not red phosphorus. Earlier Russian ATGMs do, I recall, use flares. Regards, John Kettler
  12. Today's shocking offering really isn't shocking if you approach it with a clean mind. Didn't realize I'd get the second image with the first, but that's how it panned out. If you're stiull rattled, please look lower left of the first image and read the container label, which is admittedly faint. Regards, John Kettler
  13. Vanir Ausf B, Dead certain. What you're seeing isn't rocket propeelant burning but the tracking beacon. Ought to know, since I worked for the firm, Hughes Aircraft Company Missile Systems Group, that built them at least clear into TOW 2B before Raytheon bought the firm. That missile had both the old style beacon and the "waffle iron" IR souce which allowed the system to work through WX, smoke, dust that the other beacon couldn't. My department, Operations Analysis, did effectiveness studies on numerous TOW missiles, launchers and sights for a host of platforms. Have watched lots of TOW footage. Herr Tom, I have a twisted mind that thinks about nasty tricks like that. During the Cold War, in INFANTRY magazine there was a piece on using a post, to which was nailed a tin can and in whichwas placed a grenade simulator. Boom! Instant missile launch flash to bedevil the assaulting Russian horde trying to find the TOW launchers and kill them. My approach is much higher tech and far more expensive but can cause alll sorts of havoc with but one sweep of the traverse arc. Regards, John Kettler
  14. Would like to point out a few things. What's visible of an inbound ATGM can vary quite considerably, starting with what seems to be a misconception amaong some here that the rocket motor burns continuously, making a lovely IR target in the process. This simply isn't true, for missiles such as the TOW exhaust the launch motor in the tube, and the flight motor burns a mere 1.6 seconds, after which the missile is simply coasting the rest of the way. There most definitely is a significant launch signature, but a LWR is only good vs something with an active laser to trigger it. As such, it is separate and distinct from an entirely different piece of kit called an IWR (Infrared Warning Receiver). The latter is designed to see not only launch signatures but the inbound missile itself, so that IRCM is deployed and evasive maneuvers can be initiated. Mind, it helps if the missile gets hot because of high Mach number and is seen against a cold sky. My father worked on such a system years ago for the F-15, and I believe its coverage was the entire rear hemisphere. Don't know whether or not it was ultimately deployed, but the principle is still valid. I've watched a bunch of visual and thermal footage of jihadi launbches of Russian ATGMs and confess myself surprised at now little there was to see as far as missile plume--even in IR--from the launcher. Essentially, if the ATGM is coming right at you, all you see is a rapidly growing dot, one which may or may not be easy to spot given a host of environmental factors. But remember that this dot subtends only a very small angle on a BIG busy battlefield, one in which all kinds of upheaval is occurring. Compared to a shell detonating, an ATGM launch signature and resultant debris cloud is minuscule, and relative to the TOW, the Russian ATGMs these days have tiny launch signatures. Fundamentally, unless an LBR missile is employed, thus tripping the LWR with near unity confidence, there is a significant signal processing problem in which the signal (ATGM X o'clock!) must be extracted from the noise (battlefield chaos, fires, explosions, reflections, WX, etc.). This processing has to be done by the all-too-human crew, bouncing around in a tank which may well not be completely functional (things get dinged up or fail on their own), not some never gets tired, never blinks, isn't frightened automatic system. If you watch ATGM launch footage, all it would take is a few seconds of inattention, distraction, rubbing an eye or any number of other things to miss an ATGM launch altogether, after which we're back to the dot. It the tank crew is busy or distracted and isn't looking in the direction of the launch, then here comes the ATGM with no one the wiser. Today's ATGMs are many times faster than the leisurely AT-3 of Yom Kippur notoriety, thus compressing the battle space by reducing reaction time. It's a lot harder to dodge today's ATGMs than it was an AT-3. Would be interested in hearing fromn our Abrams people on where the crew persons (excluding the TC and the gunner) can see, especially to the sides and rear. After that, presuming they're in active combat already, what would they be able to see if, say, already trying to deal with a frontal threat? Believe this would go a long way toward getting a sense of how credible some of the tank detecting a launch, whipping around the turret and blasting the launcher and crew near instantly really is, especially if the ATGM isn't a LBR type. Finally, if I were the Russians, I'd make a bunch of lasers of the type that get the LWR worked up, spread them around the battlefield and light up every American tank, IFV and APC I could find. This would cause all sorts of additional stress, distraction and rapid decrease in countermeasure capability. There aren't very many cycles of popping smoke or broadband obscurants, after all. Regards, John Kettler
  15. Michael Emrys, You didn't intend to, but you briefly scred the daylights out of me with your post! Why? I have a niece named Christine Kettler, and that name, being familiar to it, is where my mind went instantly when seeing Christine Keeler's name. In such situations, it matters not that I spoke only a few hours ago with brother George who saw her just last night or that it makes no sense at all that any announcement of her death would show up here, particularly with regart to a Wiki entry. Here's the link to the CBS obit of her. The part about sleeping with "a Soviet naval attache with ties to intelligence" practically made me giggle, for anyone who knows anything about espionage at all knows full well any kind of military attache is a legal spy operating under diplomatic protection. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/christine-keeler-profumo-affair-scandal-cold-war-britain-dead-at-75/ Regards, John Kettler
  16. I have an image which may well forever alter your view of subways. Also made me hungry! This was on Tumblr from a site called behindthegrooves. Video information linked to YT. Incredible if you like iconic singers! Regards, John Kettler
  17. Michael Emrys, Sorry about that spacecraft business. Just happened to notice the thread, was intrigued by the subject and started reading, which is how I found that beautiful piece of space art you posted and took no note of the date when I replied. Regaeds, John Kettler
  18. Used to be pretty good at limbo, but this is definitely a whole new approach! It hiurts my head to watch it, but I still like it. Regards, John Kettler
  19. HUSKER2142, Alas, for me reading something, especially that long ago in this sea of information on the Forums, lety alone the world at large, is one thing, but retaining it, what with my multiply battered brain and all, is another thing altogether, sadly. I do, though, have some vague recollection of this (horrified it was that long ago) and that I was thrilled to have the info at the time. Now to my response questions to your answers. Ref the CCTV merits, when you talk about protection of the unit, do you mean against outright terrorist or organized military attack or something else? Am greatly hearted to read the Red Army is all over soldier on soldier violence and that COs are extremely motivated to maintain appropriate discipline, and if the doctors are highly motivated to find and report evidence of assualts, so much the better. Sad, though, such measures are required in the first place. Thanks also for your reply ref AFV crews and their fingerprints. Having officers eat what the troops eat is about as good an incentive to properly feeding them as I can think of myself. I'm fond of modeling (love it, in fact, just as I do figure painting), but I haven't done serious modeling (was an AFV guy) for decades. My last AFV was an SU-100 diorama using the Tamiya 1:35 scale SU back when Tamiya's tanks came with electric motors tracks that were rubber! Pretty thrilling switching my SU-100 on, setting it down and watching it trundle across the snow. No RC (certainly in that scale) then. Pro tip. Drying plaster of Paris in the oven to make it set rapidly is the road to disaster. My base cracked so badly and in so many places I had to scrap it and enter just the model--which didn't place in the IPMS South Carolina competition. After that came a crash move to Calidornia, getting swept up in a huge new school, choir, the school musical, subsequent musicals, an intense immersion into board wargaming and gaming with miniatures. There was also college. I did paint a few figures here and there (a paladin and a hobbit in 25 mm, as well as two retiarii in 54mm to play Gladiator, in which I won the only first place wargame ribbon I ever got), but other than those, my main modeling activity, stretching the term to the elastic limit and then some, was painting GHQ's !:285 MicroArmour and doing some mods to a few items from ROCO's 1:87 scale AFV line. !:72 scale and 1:76 scale kits were dear then, but worse now by far, while ROCO is simply obscene for price vs what's delivered. ROCO--AFV models which are woefully deficient in many areas simultaneously. I had/may have (quantum state as noted before) a 1:16 scale Panther G, but it is static, not RC. Had to go look up the two cars you listed. Thought they were AFV or other miltary vehicles but hadn't heard of them. Please post video of your RC T-72 on the GDF, together with the specific model and such. I love building models, but four car wrecks and a TBI have greatly exacerbated a congenital nervous tremor I already had. Even with meds it is a major hindrance. and painting figures, let alone paying for and incorporating the enormous amount of fiddly work (etched brass, special castings, etc) on today's models, is way beyond where I ever was, even before all the traumas. Not only do I have a huge appreciation for models (as seen in the delghts here), but I've got a brother who builds big RC warbirds (current build is 1:16 Me-410 with two Dragon pilot figures) and another who bulds 1:285 scale aircraft masters from scratch and does something similar with sailing warships, ironclads and 1:2400 scale ship minis. Both of them assemble, tweak, paint and base 15mm and or 28 mm figures, as well as make items such as walls, fortifications, buldings and more. Too twitchy and have problems seeing small details even sans glasses. Frustrating in the extreme! Fortunately, one brother bought me some troops, didhead swapping, pose changes, made weapon substitutions (please ignore thiose Tesla rifles!) and more, painted them up and sent them to me, so I can go play as the WW II German infantry (selected since my local brother has Russians) on such few opportunities I get. Were I somewhat more functional, I'd be hard at in in CMBS and CMBN, but my brain missed the meo and left some key circuits offline! Being able to play CM every now and then is great relative to never being able to play again, but Erwin makes me, in terms of CM play time, look like I've barely played CMBO, never mind anything later. Catch you later (or maybe not since you have an IFV and I have no car). Regards, John Kettler
  20. Ridaz, Would you like some of mine? I haven't solved them! On a more serious note, I'm glad you got whatever it was sorted out--even if your fingers were late getting the memo. Regards, John Kettler
  21. HUSKER2142, Your answer suggest you are on active duty. If so, in what type of unit, where and what do you do--within the limits of security, of course. Appreciate further details on CCTV situation. Please describe typical cafeteria/canteen meals. What I saw for the Arctic Brigade seemed to be woefully small and low in claories when compared to the whopping numbers for the Russian MRE. Am surprised Anna didn't keel over when she saw the total of over 4K calories. Granted, that was for the day, not one meal. Ref the fingerprint problem you mentioned, are you talking about grease and dirt wearing down the scanner pad, abrasion to the AFV crewman's fingertips, both or something else I haven't thought of? Appreciate info the new helmet is now standard. I tried modeling the old version in 1:35 scale and like to lost my mind trying to capture that complex structure in Bondo or whatever you guys call plastic auto filler. Still, it turned out far better than the debacle which ensued when I used scaled down blueprints to create correct plate shapes via orthographic projection in a disastrous attempt to convert a GAZ-66 into a BA-64. Regards, John Kettler
  22. IMHO, From a US, NATO, UKR, etc. perspective, that footage is the strongest possible argument for having effective means to combat Russian, Chinese, etc.drones. That's superb hi-res color footage, not that dreadful Pchela B&W material. Speaking of drones, am of the firm opinion the US would've been in really deep raw sewage had such an attack been mounted against one of its bases, starting with our grotesquely poor tactical AD. We probably have (but is it fielded?) very good jamming capability vs drones, but I have no idea whether we can hijack them and send them back to those whose sent them winging toward us. Ref the P-8, it likely has quite the ESM suite, and such passive monitoring would be entirely reasonable to expect to be conducted. Have also read the remarkable (to say the least) claim is that the P-8 not only was controlling the drones but that the US ONI (Office of Naval Intelligence) was behind it, in an alleged pattern going back to instantly declaring the battleship USS Maine was sunk by Spanish saboteurs as a way to trigger the Spanish-American War in the first of many subsequent wars. That the US Navy has engaged in warlike acts before the outbreak of a war is a matter of historical fact. See, for example, such things as sailing cruisers into Japanese territirial waters (an Act of War) as deliberate provocations before WW II started for the US. Another was the US Navy (US was then a neutral) providing armed escort for British/CW convoys carrying munitions and other supplies to England. This resulted in the sinking of the destroyer USS Reuben James by a U-Boat and very nearly led to the outbreak of war at the time. Regards, John Kettler
  23. Wanted to mention that the first four episodes of RT In The Army Now deal specifically with a regiment of the much discussed Arctic Brigades. There is an extensive look at the winter kit, but I don't recall if the commo gear was shown. It appears the Russians have the same high contrast problem the US does: Dark green camo against winter white or light colors. "Here are my head, neck and torse. Please aim accordingly." Impression was given that MTLB was a gun tractor, with no discussion of its use as an APC. Wonderful material on driving the MTLB and the PP-10, which looks like a ripoff of the Haglund BV-206. 2S1s shown, but (wisely?) the intrepid duo didn't get to play with them. Doubtless, this also had something to do with very limited live fire ammo for the real artillery troops. Same ref mortars, presumably. Sure wish I got to fire the PKP and RPG-7! Thought there was lot of dispelling "myths" and "rumors" which happend to be solidly grounded in unfortunate reality, though there was a bit of a nod ref the grandfather system and comprehensive CCTV to stop it. I have no doubts the Arctic Brigade gets some of the best Russian Army food there is to be had, but if the cafeteria requires a fingerprint scan in order to eat, that tells me that some sort of victual shennanigans were taking place before it was put in. With the scanners in use, the troops get consistently and properly fed. Period. Or was the whole food segment propaganda, with what was shown for the being the exception, or maybe never, rather than the rule? The reindeer and sled dogs were gimme category stuff, though the reindeer material got into scads of stuff of which I knew nothing. Strongly suspect the whole set of troop intereactions, especially officer to enlisted, was tweaked, and did they hide the sergeants altogether? Certainly, no one got a butt chewing. Barrack cleaning was interesting to watch, but rest assured, toothbrush latrine scrubdowns and the like are certainly available for various miscreants, slow learners, and people in bad graces. My understanding is that this happens in US forces, so I see no way the Russians wouldn't do it and have read a bunch of accounts describing this being practiced, but said accounts aren't recent. Still, noncoms are noncoms, and such scrubdowns impart lessons seldom forgotten! By far the funniest bit is how the hosts somehow managed to gloss over howling winter winds and blizzards. Am wondering whether Russian hands don't get cold, since I saw many, including the hosts in several sequences, running around sans gloves. Also, don't know whether it is Arctic Brigade specific or something soon to be across the Russian AFV force, but there is a new AFV crew helmet utterly unlike the type whose basic design goes back the the 1930s, if not earlier. It's smooth and appear to be made of polycarbonate or similar. Regards, John Kettler
  24. HUSKER2142, That was amazing, and am absolutely besotted with Anna Nedelko! Beautiful, intelligent, sweet, fun and girly. What more could I ask for? Pretty sure it was the first time I ever saw an AFV crew person wearing red nail polish, too. Thought the guy teaching her was unbelievably poised in the face of such an enchanting distraction. Russian desert fatigues seem overly bright and too orange, but maybe they bleach out to something not as noticeable. Wonder whether Pavel's that stupid ref the egg or was made to look bad by the director or producer. Am going to make it a point to watch all of these episodes. Regards, John Kettler
  25. c3k, I'm in the hole because of those other holes, as it were? Unbelievable! Had no idea the reputation scores were anything but that, still less they translated into dollars.Egad! Regards, John Kettler
  • Create New...