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  1. Well, I remember you all the same Steve Actually I was notably involved in a debate on tattooed bikers in bars, though not topless and not in Manhattan, thus Jon's and Michaels memories remain excellent. I scarcely think that solidly off-topic debate ever made it out of the inglorious General Forum, but it was rather amusing nonetheless. I seem to recall a Mr Dorosh being a partner in crime here. But I might be mistaken - as Jon pointed out it's been six years. What I actualy wrote to say was - Thanks for sending me my original Dandelion profile, I really appreciate it. The only thing I
  2. JoM67 Seriously, do you think we're all linguering here to write endless posts on matters we are all already well familiar with? This forum is all about the exchange of knowledge. It always was. You might want to reconsider your presence here, if this offends you. Sinceriously Dandelion
  3. Not familiar with hardcoded statistics concerning the spotting of mines, I seem to achieve satisfying success spotting mines using infantry scouting ahead, making a point of having them stationary every once in a while. Stationary meaning lingering for at least one minute, or they will not spot properly. Ordinary infantry, not engineers. Unfailingly doing this, I have actually only once ever (!) driven a vehicle into any minefield in the game. And in that scenario, there was no infantry, only tanks and desert. Then again, I have marched scouts into minefields, and more importantly perhaps I
  4. Horrible news indeed. So we've now been hanging around here for so long that we're starting to die off of old age.
  5. One of those authors used to be a frequent poster here at the forum. If I were you, I might try using the name Rexford in the thread name (rather than lost book) and he just might find you. He'll know. You know, something like "Looking for Mr Rexford" or the like. Cheers Dandelion
  6. There is a command exactly the way Dook describes. It will appear whenever relevant (infantry (not exclusively engineers) equipped with Demo charges (not grenade bundles, as these are treated as antitank (antitrack) weapons in the game) within 29 meters of any enemy, and issued with a "fire" order). The range of the use of explosives is, according to previous announcements by the BFC, to reflect the men actually applying explosives. Seeing as the squad actually is supposed to disperse over an area much larger than the dot-on-the-map that it appears in the game (and within which it can be af
  7. How about Kraut Calamity? or Bothersome Boardwalk Boche? or Fritz has a fit? or Merry Jerries assault our ferry? or Brandenburger with fries? or U-137 strikes again - the prequel? or Failed integration of heavily armed immigrant groups in the municipality of Eastport, july 1942, a US Justice Dpt Survey? or How we almost made it to Canada - a German account? or Seven Years in Maine, by Heinrich Harrer? or One Eastport too far? or The hitherto unknown second air assault landing by Rudolf Hess behind enemy lines? or This aint Kansas, Dorothy? or "The special-operations forces are
  8. How did German squadlevel tactical behaviour differ from, say, US, in june 1944? And what marked consequences did the German frame of mind create? Cheers D.
  9. Infantry training in WWII did not differ much from modern training. The components you mention were all there, and you do see a lot of it, especially fire-manoever, even in the series BoB. Of course training varied. Within Easy company, there were men with 12 months of training, others with just a few weeks. Status was the same with the opposition, German training looked much the same. Training is overrated. In peacetime professional armies, everybody tends do undergo endless series of courses, usually labelled Advanced or Modern. This - much like Red Tape - is a peacetime phenonema. Speaki
  10. King's idea is good. Too bad you can't pit US vs US, since that would allow you to create a german Special Forces unit in US uniforms, fluent in (US) english, connecting the story to several actual german operations during the war. At any rate, you can use any of a large number of commando raids actually performed during the war, for OOB. If you want it larger scale, just simulate an invasion. You can use the landings and paradrops in and around Narvik, and adjoining archipelago, as a model. The area is not entirely unsimilar. Cheers D.
  11. 1. You write posts on this forum. 2. You are reading a book using correct foreign abbreviations for handheld automatic weapon systems more than 50 years old. 3. You're an engineer. Plus of course you have a very masculine approach to written expression. You use no capital letter att he beginning of sentences, nor dots at the end, and you get straight to your point, delivering it with absolute minimum keyboard strokes. Seriously, there are no females in here, nor has there ever been any, ever, throughout all these years. A Grognard who has Outed is 100% female repellant. You can rela
  12. Maschinepistole. In text correctly abbreviated MPi, as Mr Sudowudo points out. The term "Schmeisser" stems from the first world war. As with so many nicknames. Actually the MPi 40 had quite a few ties to the Schmeisser brothers. Making the international (rather than specifically American) pseudonym "Schmeisser" rather reasonable. First of all, the MPi 18 of the Great War was widely internationally known and recognised (in spite of it appearing in very few numbers). Although called "Bergmann" (it being produced at the Bergman weapons factory, the employers of the Schmeisser brothers at
  13. Yes, same animal, the biggest of the tigers. And you can say "Bengaltiger" or in German as well. But it doesn't have quite the same ring to it. "King Tiger" is quite understandable. "Royal Tiger", another common translation of Königstiger, is a bit further down the road isn't it? Cheers D
  14. Thanks everybody, the little ones name is Sibel but I usually call her Decibel as she's quite a loud little demon I must say She's quieting down tho, get's better every week. She's just 7 weeks so far. The original Carentan CMBO operation had many virtues as playable (not all would agree) but made quite extensive compromises with historical accuracy. I found that every step back in that compromise led to a corresponding degree of lack of playability. This not just referring to correct sizes of formations, armament, terrain and distances - even the landscape as such in a topographical
  15. Hi Jon Yes I certainly did, and the article did actually alter my understanding of the UK-Empire-Commonwealth relation on this issue quite considerably. The fundamental issue of white dominance conspired against the UK use of "black" troops as I had believed, but I had not quite understood how the issue of dominance had become a separate interest of the (white dominated) dominions alone, and that the UK herself seems to have displayed no such concerns at all. The sole inhibiting factor in UK policy of deploying "black" troops seems to have been the ferocious protests of South Africa and Rh
  16. Sure thing. It's in yar ebox. Cheers D </font>
  17. Lurking in the shadows for sure! Nicknames was not the norm in the German army. It might seem to have been, given the widely known Ofenrohr, Möbelwagen and what have you. But it wasn't, and I don't know of any popularly conceived nicknames for german tanks used by Germans during the war. Nor do I recall any female names or other colourful, romantic names. I am challenged to find any German tanks wearing US-type Pinup girls or cartoonish figures on them. If colourful at all, German tanks would be decorated with colourful unit emblems, not individual such. In contemporary sources, in parti
  18. Oh Hi Matt, sorry about the late reply there, vacation and the birth of a daughter got in the way As for directions to sources I'm probably the most boring bloke on the forum to ask, as I am using almost exclusively archive data copied from BA/MA rolls, and whatever war diaries I can come across (and by no I've got a hold of quite a few, but they are of infinitely variable quality I fear - the indomitable 12th SS wardiary, now available in English too I believe(?), acully covers Carentan in surprising detail). Not really easily accessible sources unless you happen to be German, living in
  19. On another note - being as ever completely incapable of sticking to a subject - this reminds me of the situation in Indochina in the 1950's. The French army was a fantastic construction, perhaps the most drastic organisational chaos I have ever seen, even worse than the Third Reich (no other comparison intended). - There was the French Metropolitan army, i.e. French regular troops. These were beefed up by scores of locally recruited native Vietnamese. - There was the French Colonial Army, i.e. frenchmen recruited in France for service overseas. These were beefed substantially by the same ty
  20. I am (quite genuinely) interested in these troops. Simply because they are unknown. We had a thread a few years ago here at BFC trying to unearth any facts about black British British troops (i.e. not merely black troops in British service), but we weren't able to find much (not from lack of serious attempt). Even had some help at the time from an expert on the topic of black US troops but still we couldn't come up with much. As you use quotation marks around "black", I am starting to suspect I am insulting somebody by referring to people as such? What I mean is of course people with some so
  21. You must endure my ignorance, but were any of these units actually allowed to fight German troops, or allowed to enter European soil, or other soil with a white majority population? I know that Africans were fighting in East Africa, but rather thought they were subsequently shipped off either to garrison duties throughout the (non-white) empire or to the Far East (to fight non-whites), if left in armed service at all? Cheers Dandelion
  22. I align with the posters vainly attempting to reach out here, and grasp the inner meaning of this argument. Focus is the chivalric repute of the African campaign in WWII, and the point driven is that this is a myth, no? Your argument being a) The region fought in was harsh. - Certainly, that's why no people live there. It is either brutal drought or diseaseinfested swamps, or deserts of salt for that matter. The hostility of the terrain however has no bearing on the mentioned chivalric repute of this theatre of operations. The most beautiful paradise islands of the Pacific did not encourag
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