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About dieseltaylor

  • Birthday 02/21/1952


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    Ex-foodtaster and renaissance man : )

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  1. I suppose special mention should be made of the Churchill as being a tank designed for First World war environment that gained its spurs because its design allowed it to do things other tanks could not do in the mountains of Tunisia. And later with 6" 150mm of frontal armour it did not suffer as badly as other western tanks from the vanilla 50mm and 75mm ATG's. The very long hull beside giving great climability also meant plenty of room for becoming a Funny.
  2. I absolutely agree it was the Russians who were the masters of tank design in WW2. In a sense they had to be as they were perpetually involved in a ground war and had been practising in Spain, in Finland, in the Far East, and Poland before the big match. For tank guns the Germans and the British probably share the honours. For ingenuity the British but there again a matter of needs must as the Dieppe raid proved that some special thinking would be needed for the invasion. Curiously the Germans though having two fine fighting tanks in the Tiger and Panther they were not strategic successes in the fiddliness to build and weight department. The Panther was a belated response to the T34 and did suffer some serious teething problems. Mind you I suspect most tanks did but not all of them started off in one of the biggest tank battles to prove it.
  3. Traverse times are a very iffy area if translated as a target acquisition measurement. AFAIR one of the problem areas can be a speedy traverse can be linked to a "sloppy" turret where over-traversing occurs. Also taking a 360degree figure is not really a battlefield measurement as hopefully you are fighting with the enemy in a known quadrant. It would be an interesting line of enquiry as to whether short barrel weapons always have an advantage in quick targeting - all other things being equal. Rather as a pistol in a room is more use than a rifle! When I get a chance I will look at some of my reference books but AFAIR early war and tank turret rotation speed rings no bells. I suppose so many things are more relevant to tank effectiveness.
  4. Me and my friends play it LAn here and at my mates. Normally three players here and up to five at my mates. His nephew has learned the game recently and become obsessed with it! Due to a pernickety member we play short games of 201 to 301 turns which are still great fun. There is an amazing learning curve and most of us play solitaire practising our strategy for the two game lengths. Settings noble level , random sea level, random climate, huge random map,and always with the AI making up the numbers to 12. Obviously some races have starting advantages either by troops or leaders, and then again a favourable starting area .... normally defined as not jungle, not the Artic! Oh and to make things less predictable the AI players have random personalities. : )
  5. A huge influence on the wargaming fraternity starting from the 1960's onwards http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Featherstone_%28wargamer%29 If you want a ghoulish story and a insight in to being lucky to survive listen to this 4 minute oral history http://www.tankmuseum.org/asset_arena/audio/me/the_tank_museum_podcast_7_-_the_tank_regiment_made_me.mp3
  6. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wellington_boot
  7. We all have hopes otherwise we might aswell be dead or join the Darkside. I think having reflected on what you say that you are right and probably the worst result possible has been achieved for the American people. But then lets face it the people are regularly screwed over there - other than financial frauds of course. In disgust they drink sodas which seems to me a very slow and expensive way to die.
  8. Pilot Officer Edwards,1 was attacked by an enemy seaplane over the North Sea. His guns failed; the machine caught fire and crashed on the sea. The enemy pilot, keen to have confirmation of his victory, landed and picked Edwards up and he became the first British officer to be made prisoner of war.
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_%26_Order:_UK Gives the reasons.
  10. India - worlds largest democracy - basket case economy. China - stable if undemocratic government - worlds third largest economy US - worlds 2nd largest economy - democracy - worlds largest debtor War is not going to help the US in any way other than increase debt but get some quid pro quo arms sales from interested parties. So economically speaking the public pays and shareholders come out ahead.
  11. Quality discussion! Talk of democracy and my entire argument cut down at its knees reduced by two jabs on China. In case anyone is interested: http://urbanpeek.com/2013/04/13/top-10-cities-with-the-worlds-worst-air/ or more fully http://www.who.int/phe/health_topics/outdoorair/databases/en/ Unfortunately I cannot see a corollary between democracy and other forms of government. As to corruption in public services the US has is 19th with 18 more honest countries - curiously eleven of them are constitutional monarchies.
  12. Well the good news is that democracy has worked in the UK - this time. Shame that Blair got away with it last time. I always think we actually have a problem with democracy, and an implicit assumption that is is the best form of government. Even the phrase the "least worst form" is a convenient cop-out to explain the huge running sores in many system of "democracy". Unfortunately the two nations that shout the loudest about democracy are also two of the biggest examples of what is wrong with most democracies. In the UK a party with a majority of the votes has not existed for decades. So when Cameron claims to speak for Britain he is a man that 11 million wanted and 18million did not. What kind of legitimacy is that? As for the US the level of corruption and special interests being served is also not that clever. Now in China there is every chance a party big-wig will be executed for corruption and I suspect the vast majority of non-politicians the world over will think is a very good idea. The Chineses system also bring stabilit with a large amount of consensus and long enough terms - 10 years that pandering to short term populist goals can be avoided. ANYWAY - a group only has to start a revolt claiming to be a new democratic force and the Wests leaders leap in to encourage [misleadingly] the revolution. Of course I should add this only applies if you are not a pro-Western dictator. I think most civilians prefer health and stability to fictitious possible improvements under "democracy". My brother was in Syria on holiday around three years ago and everyone seemed happy and I have also seen a very nice series on the school system. As in most revolutions a tiny minority start the action and with sympathisers and well engineered incidents a widr conflagration can be started. Perhaps the West would have more authority if the democracy that we preach as so wonderful actually was nearer the good end of the spectrum and less the cosy sewing up of the voting system. The revitalising of democracy is required : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics_of_Switzerland http://swiss-government-politics.all-about-switzerland.info/ http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2013-02-26-james-en.html For power-hungry politicians this simply will not be very attractive as power is so diffused : ) A lot to recommend it then ....... and what did we offer Iraq? A bodge.
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