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  1. Well to be fair, for Paradox anyway, some content does come free when they create an improvement but most of the additional / upgrade content comes with the purchase of the DLC. So not everything is free when they upgrade. Some fraction of the content is free and if you want all the new features unlocked you still have to buy the upgrade.
  2. Okay hang on a second here. All any scenario designer can do is create an AI plan. As to whether it is challenging or not is going to depend on the situation and the player. In Drive Them Out the scenario is very difficult for the attacking force - even for a player attacking and I did the best that I could do but the Americans frequently get pinned down and the MG sections and the tank often have trouble spotting the enemy so they don't fire very much in support so it is what it is. The scenario designer can't adjust the attack based upon circumstances or adapt on the fly. A scenario des
  3. Drive them out has an American AI plan. I know because I made it myself lol. Not sure what you are doing - you sure you selected the German side? I'm at a loss as to why they wouldn't be moving for you unless you maybe selected the American side instead of the German side after picking the scenario.
  4. You are playing a scenario or a Quick Battle? If you are playing a QB you would have to be playing with a map that had AI plans but if it's for a scenario then maybe if you say which scenario you are playing we can look at it.
  5. here is an instance where the turret crew bail out and the driver and radio operator remain fighting in the tank. So anyway, the long and the short of it is that people can quote regulations and from that derive opinions of what tank crews are supposed to do or act, but the reality can be something entirely different. The only way to know for sure what really happens is to read first hand accounts - lots of them because one veteran's experience will not always be the same as another veteran's experience, but you can sort of get a picture of what is probable and what isn't by sifting t
  6. Okay so in fairness I decided to put a couple of good Soviet accounts up. Just in case anyone had doubts about the veracity of the descriptions of tank crews bailing out of moving vehicles here you go. I should point out that these are Soviet veterans describing their own troops and not German accounts which some might doubt - although there are German accounts that describe the same thing This is just one of those things that make you go hmmm Here is an extended account and at the end he basically explains why you might need to be cautious about taking some accounts at
  7. I'm not sure that's it, but the author is using the Japanese description of it (the book is from the Japanese perspective). They describe it as thin flat metal strips and they don't mention any barbs on it but maybe it is? Or maybe Piano Wire in Japanese is their word for Concertina wire and the author is just translating it exactly? However, the Japanese describe it as though it's some mysterious new thing that they never encountered before which seems odd if it was concertina wire, unless they just never saw any before?
  8. Okay, well maybe one last one just because it's so ridiculous for a tank to be taken out by a tree but odd things can happen I guess
  9. I found a couple of Japanese accounts so I figured I would post those. I could probably post a different account every day for the next couple of months, but I think I'll just put these Japanese ones up and leave it at that. These Japanese ones can probably be characterized as extreme behavior relative to what could be expected from tank crews for most armies. Here is another one and one more Not really sure what this piano wire stuff is. Apparently it was used by either the Mongolian or Soviet troops and it doesn't seem to be like normal barbed wire. Piano wire is
  10. Here are a few Tigers rampaging through a British battalion position who end up getting immobilized - one with a non penetrating hit from a PIAT and the other just running into the first one and getting stuck. All crews bail out and surrender
  11. So here is a Soviet account So obviously I wasn't there so maybe everything happened exactly as described but I have my doubts. Was the tank hit by fire and did he bail out? More than likely. Did he spend several minutes inside a burning tank gathering extra SMG ammo, first aid kits, camouflage cloaks, and removing a machine gun? Unlikely. Did they spend time hiding under a burning tank? Unlikely. Did he make his way back to friendly lines - more than likely. Did he encounter a German sentry and get past him by using the 'Fascist salute' (I guess clicking his heels, raising his
  12. So the diagram shows what the suspension would look like with the wooden skid. Now I'm not an expert in tank suspension, but from what I can tell there were six road wheels arranged in pairs on each side. I guess each pair of road wheels would be a bogey? So the picture shows two road wheels from a pair and there is a smaller center round thing between the two road wheels that he has identified as the 'Rollenwagen / Idler Arm'. I'm guessing that what he is referring to as the Idler Arm is the part that attaches each bogey to the body of the Elephant and upon which the bogey is centered. A
  13. IIRC they actually have a diagram of what they are doing in the source material so I may pull it out and look at it later to see if maybe there are some terms that didn't translate in the way you are reading it or something.
  14. I decided to go ahead and post a typical account for you guys. I might look for the Japanese accounts for comparison, but I would have to look for them as I don't seem to have that document handy anymore and I would have to retype the accounts from the source book again. This is just one account of many.
  15. I actually have collected numerous first hand accounts of what tank crews do when the tank is hit and typed them into a word document for these kinds of discussions. In the case of an immobilized vehicle it's probably around 50/50 as to whether the crew bails or not (in general). If the crew knows or suspects that there is a gun capable of destroying their vehicle they will bail out of it as soon as it's immobilized because an immobilized tank is a sitting duck. If the tank is in a relatively safe environment or they don't think they are in immediate danger they tend to remain mounted. The
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