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Carl Puppchen

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  • Birthday 05/15/1968

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    Portland OR
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    wargaming, computers, history
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  1. Thanks very much your tip worked! The screen looks slightly different on the new mac - it basically asked if I wanted to open the package from combat mission and I said yes.
  2. I have been playing CMFI and had a problem that has occurred 4x now. It occurs when I am on defense and I carefully place a gun, generally right behind a wall (not on the wall, behind the wall). Then, when I am playing, all the sudden I have no forward LOS and cannot target any enemies. I can traverse all the way around and shoot behind me, but not forward. Another aspect of this that occurred recently is that my gun and crew were invulnerable - my opponent came right up to me with MG's blazing and I had no casualties (but I couldn't shoot back, either). Eventually a side shot killed my c
  3. I did hit the tank and the sherman was immobilized but not sure if it was from the mortar or some proximity HE fire. It was fun!
  4. Hello all. I used to play Combat Mission back in the day and build my own scenarios but stopped playing for a long time (10+ years!). Recently I got back into Combat Mission and started playing CMFI. I have played maybe 6 or so games since the patch was applied. I noticed that the observer for off-board artillery actually adjusted shots! I had an 81mm mortar that was shooting at a Sherman tank and the observer actually moved the fire when the tank switched positions. I hadn't noticed this behavior previously and when my shots were falling away from the target they never seemed to
  5. I hadn't seen the tanks pushing each other. That is a good tip
  6. There is a new Rolling Stone magazine with Keifer Sutherland of "24" fame on the cover. On page 54 they have an article about US basic training called "The Killing Factory". Here is a quote "During WWII an army historying named SLA Marshall decided to study combat behavior... 75% of American soldiers, he claimed, had failed to shoot back when fired upon... the firing rate during the Korean War roes to nearly sixty percent. In Vietnam it was ninety percent, and in the first Gulf War it reached 98%. In Iraq, the number of soldiers who fail to fire is thought to be statistically insignfic
  7. What is the opinion on Marshall's comments that stragglers from broken units were extremely ineffective relative to cohesive units? I read the book and definitely remember that element seemed to be important to Marshall. That thread generally leads to the point that during Vietnam the rotation system badly hurt small unit cohesion. But since I am not a military guy and have only seen things through books I don't have a lot of confidence in these opinions. What is the opinion of the board on aggressiveness of fire in today's army engaged in combat in Iraq? Also must be matched agains
  8. Duh! Sorry I can't believe I said 16" not 18" for Yamato. I must be getting a bit daft
  9. Duh! Sorry I can't believe I said 16" not 18" for Yamato. I must be getting a bit daft
  10. don't forget that Japan broke the rules big time... how about the 16" Yamato class. I don't know where to find it but remember reading somewhere that someone asked the Japanese if they were building any 40,000 or 50,000 ton battleships. They could legitimately say no because... the Yamato class was over 60,000 tons (63,000 tons if my memory serves correctly). A lot of the impetus of the treaties were to avoid the "arms race" that occurred prior to WW1 between Germany and the UK that raised tensions significantly. In the end, that goal wasn't achieved, obviously.
  11. don't forget that Japan broke the rules big time... how about the 16" Yamato class. I don't know where to find it but remember reading somewhere that someone asked the Japanese if they were building any 40,000 or 50,000 ton battleships. They could legitimately say no because... the Yamato class was over 60,000 tons (63,000 tons if my memory serves correctly). A lot of the impetus of the treaties were to avoid the "arms race" that occurred prior to WW1 between Germany and the UK that raised tensions significantly. In the end, that goal wasn't achieved, obviously.
  12. Thanks I will do that but don't want to miss 3 days of turns while in London
  13. I am in London and wanted to know how to buy a copy in a store. Any UK people have any ideas where I can look in downtown London? My disk is scratched and won't load
  14. Glad you liked my scenarios. I am working on a bunch of CMBB ones that I am going to post up there... switching over in honor of the new combat missions campaign game. They are what they are, and they are supposed to be fun. One thing I really like about going back to cmbb is the return of the factory tile, because I love factories ever since scenarios 1-3 from SL. Also, there are a lot of good mods out there for graphics. Nothing is as easy to setup as the awesome CMETO mods, but very good once you pick through everything. It is amazing that a game from this many years ago still h
  15. There are many books out there that claim varying degrees of information on Stalin's plan to attack Hitler. Go to google and look for them. I hold the one by Pleshakov in my hand. Suvorov is a long standing proponent of this theory, but he has an axe to grind, clearly. Now I am not in a position to put in the hours needed to judge whether these people are right or wrong, and I can't read Russian, but I have been reading military history for 25 years and the # of these books has definitely increased over time, if that is any type of indicator. One thing that is tangibly clear is that
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