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  1. Just wanted to say I'm loving FI. Like the 120 mortars and wish they were in Normandy. It was a very important weapon for the Wehrmacht (and copied from the Soviets).

    Also like the radio being carried. Shouldn't there be a battery carried by a team member. Or maybe we need a guy with a hand crank generator !

    Perhaps the PzIII N is much overused (Conrath's Counteratk) as Jentz's Vol 2 shows the HG had only 3 such 75L24 models. Also it may be too accurate and effective as the German field reports quoted in Jentz indicate the crews disliked that HEAT rd and said repeated hits (5 or 6) were necessary and the range was only good out to 5 or 600 meters. These reports were all from Russia so its possible the rd was better against the US vehicles.

  2. The reason I just did 2 rerinstalls of Win 7 is because I had serious malware issues with Mic Sec Essentials which I'd had for some time.

    But I'll stick with Norton at least until my contract runs out. I had it with no issues for many years before switching to MSE. I do however appreciate the recommendation for the free system.

    I guess everyone has their own umbilical cord but this was posted for people having the same problem I was having and the fix couldn't be easier.

  3. Just completed this campaign. Well, I played all the scenarios but the last one (attacking the beaches) as it seemed silly and not entertaining so I CF'd after 20 minutes into the scenario.

    The initial scenarios were fun, although each successive one was less fun. Conrath was my first CMFI campaign and unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it as much as the CMBN campaigns. The problem I had was that all the maps until the last were small and one had limited options - every situation was a head-on assault. After a few dozen of those in CMBN and CMFI etc. they just get repetitive.

    I was initially excited re the final scenario as the map is one of the largest I have seen in any CM2 WW2 scenario. But, then one is only given 2 platoons and tanks and two platoons of inf and no artillery at all to cope with enemy ATG's. The scenario more than most became a game of examining LOS's to ensure that ATG's couldn't see/fire at the German tanks. Very time-consuming and not fun.

    The few units seemed lost in the large terrain area. I know the designer wanted something "realistic". But, I couldn't help but wonder if Conrath had more units than that when he arrived at the beach. However, it took a while to save, so I imagine that more units would have slowed things to treacle(?)

    So, a good effort, as I know how much work goes into campaigns. But, ultimately I hoped to find something more entertaining.

    I was wondering why this scenario starts with 5 PzIIIN's with the short 75L24. According tp the OB in Jentz's Vol 2 the 2 armor bns of "HG" had 43 Pz III 50L60 and only 3 Pz III N 75L24. It also had 32 Pz IV and a few Pz Bef tanks. The 3rd Bn had 29 Stugs (9 with the Haub). Would be best I think to change those Pz III to maybe 4 with 50's and 1 with the short 75.

    I also checked Kurowski history of the "HG" but could not find the Px III by model.

  4. As has been said: the CM exe is not deleted but quarantined by Norton.

    I again had a PC issue that required a reinstall of Win7.

    So I started reinstalling CMBN, Commonwealth and Italy. Oddly with Norton on I was successful installing CMBN with no blocking by Norton. But then Norton quarantined both the Commonealth module and the Fortress Italy.

    Here was the easy fix. Pull up Norton. Click on "Settings", go to "Tasks", go to "Security History." Scroll down to your quarantined CM file. Click on it. On the right of screen click on "Restore." The game and module loaded and played. On Italy it did require after loading the license number but the module did not ask for the license.

    Btw, closing down your Norton firewall for 15" doesn't work to install the games or module at least for me. They wre still quarantined.

  5. The problem seems to be that infighing among the top brass kept TD battalions out of Sicily for some obscure reason. So you find both AT guns and whatever SP vehicles they had buried deep in places where you wouldn't expect them. Don't blame Steve, blame Patton. ;)

    Certainly there was infighting over the concept and employment of tank destroyers whose performance was very poor at Kasserine but good at El Guettar but El G was a defensive battle for them ( M3 75GMC and M6) not the attack role planned for them.

    However after Tunisia the tank destroyer units were being reequipped with the much better M10 tank and that appears as the main reason they did not appear in Sicily but did go into Italy at Salerno.

  6. Ferdinand wasn't in Sicily, and the first release covers Operation Husky. I don't think it makes an appearance in Italy until... Feb 44 I think, off the top of my head.

    Glad the Pz III and some Italian stuff made it. Seems the Pz III was in both the "HG" (43 long 50 and 3 short 75) and 6 long 50's in the 15th PzGrd Div.

  7. Ferdinand wasn't in Sicily, and the first release covers Operation Husky. I don't think it makes an appearance in Italy until... Feb 44 I think, off the top of my head.

    Oops! My face is red. I thought game was Sicily plus mainland. Hah, I ordered it but would order it in any event as I love the play in CM.

  8. I am curious to know what the American opinion is on whether the US would have entered World War 2 on a combat basis if there had not been an attack on Pearl Harbour?

    No, not without the stupidity of Hitler declaring war on the USA a few days after Dec 7.

    Perhaps at some later date as it has already been said that Roosevelt was determined to do it (but needed Congressional OK remember, Congress declares war not the Pres.). Possibly if the US had supplied Britain and the USSR with those large lend-lease items ( recall the Stuarts, Grants, and Shermans to North Africa) the German rage would have resulted in them finally declaring war on the US.

    Recall the Germans wanted the Japanese to attack Russia in the East to take the pressure off them and it was the Jap Army generally that preferred assisting the Germans but the Navy wanted Indonesia and its oil. Hitler should've held out for a Jap invasion of eastern USSR (despite the drubbing they got there in 1939) or not declared war on the US for no adbantage to Germany.

  9. Perhaps the most decisive event was not a battle but a decision. The decision by Hitler for solidarity with Japan by declaring war on the USA ( not required by their treaty).

    Would the USA Congress have permitted a declaration vs Germany without a German declaration or provocation. Probably not in 41 or 42, who can say about later. Without the US resources (not just troops but thousands of essential landing craft) there would not have been an invasion of Sicily, Italy or France. Possibly, if the undeclared US had still furnished the Brit 8th Army with the reliable Stuarts, and reliable and upguned Grants and Shermans a stalemate would have taken place in North Africa but no invasion from Morocco into Tunisia. And in Russia again it might have depended on what an undeclared US would do relative to lend lease. Furnishing the Red Army about 500,000 motor vehicles, aviation fuel additives, commo gear, locamotives and much would have slowed down the advances the Red Army could make even after Stalingrad.

  10. this picture of a panther out of the tankmuseum münster, germany makes it clearer how small those front turret triangle left and right of the mount must have been:


    (look at the left triangle beside that huge gun mount)

    you can also see the sloped turret side armor from the left side (ok the picture isnt taken perfectly from the front but i think you wil get the idea ! ;) )

    by the way here is the link to the rest of the pictures:


    and here is another one that shows the small turret area beneath the mount:


    Nice pics. I made a video several years ago there while visiting family in Austria. I rented an Audia A4 and drove from Linz. Great and fun drive btw. Spectacular museum and it had just received all the East German Soviet stuff.

    Btw, when I was there I don't think that Panther had the Pz Lehr marking. Have to dig out my video and look.

  11. I would imagine it will turn up later this year. A number of factors would seem to determine this apart from the fact I'm a mind-reader. BFC have said themselves that modules will now take less time to produce due to the engine improvements. A number of the vehicle models already exist and require minor alterations rather than complete overhauls. They can nab the organisational structures of the commonwealth and British forces from existing games rather than completely rewriting them from scratch. Cashflow. It's a module that everyone is going to want. The only thing I can imagine taking serious amounts of time will be the ongoing improvements to the game they want to implement (like fire and flamethrowing units ;) ) and the scenarios and campaigns.

    Oh, Oh, Michael Wittmann must be trembling in his boots ! But then he has no idea about the 17pdr Sherman. Surprise !

  12. 1. I do not condone what Japanese did.

    2. Well... Then one can apply this logic to 9/11.

    Well... I believe it's true that Allied leaders were very much similar to Hitler et al. Bombing Hamburg, Dresden, Pforzheim the way that was done is not very different from the Hitler's mass killings of Jews. It's just Hitler lost and Allies won. So German concentration camps are war crimes but the proposal to exterminate 100'000 Wehrmacht officers is not in every school textbook on history. Truly Allies probably did not care much about how many Japanese civilians they should kill to get an "unconditional surrender".

    Its odd how totally wrong you are.

    Hitler initiated the war in Europe as a matter of conquest for resources and for political-racial interests. Political to reverse the results of WW1 (some of which by Versailles were wrong) and racial to kill the subhuman Slavs and Jews). The Allied countries reacted to aggressionto defend themselves and their allies. The allied nations were at peace and did not initiate any military action against Germany.

    The Japanese initiated the war in the Far East as a matter of conquest to acquire resources and gain the overlordship of Asia because of their supposed racial superiority. They attacked peraceful neighbors without any provocation. They initiated bombing of Chinese cities and conducted the infamous rape of Nanking and murder of tens of thousands of civilians. The allies did not attack Japan they were attacked and defended themselves.

    There is no logic in your arguments.

  13. Kuril Islands

    Here's the direct citation from the Yalta agreement

    The leaders of the three great powers – the Soviet Union, the United States of America and Great Britain – have agreed... (a) The southern part of Sakhalin as well as the islands adjacent to it shall be returned to the Soviet Union; ... 3. The Kurile Islands shall be handed over to the Soviet Union.

    Here's a direct quote (Article 2c) from the The Treaty of San Francisco (signed by Japan)

    Japan renounces all right, title and claim to the Kurile Islands...

    So it's no more an occupation than the fact that Hawaii belongs to the US. Let's not grad it into the politics.


    Those were the bombing of civilian population not the military installations. Like the fire bombing of Japanese cities where 500'000 people died. Again cities not military targets. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were big cities not remote places to show the might of new weapons. It's exactly like 9/11 - deliberate killing of as many civilians as possible to reach military objectives by inducing terror among the population.

    Wow! What a stretch. As I recall we were in a declared war with Japan and Germany and they declared war on the US - both of them. And we bombed German cites as well. The Japanese & Germans bombed open cities as well when they were able early in the war.

    There were 2,000,000 Jap soldier in Japan and another 2,000,000 in Korea, Manchuko and the roughly 20% of China the Japs occupied. The Jap military was reluctant to surrender and the nukes gane them the reason to swallow and sign. How many additional Allied soldiers should we have sacrificed by land invasions of China, Korea, Manchuko and the Japanese islands. The US alone had just lost 50,000 casualties on Okinawa ( about 13000 dead).

    As far as the Soviets go it was really the victor taking what he could like the Russians still in East Prussia. Naturally the Japanese agreed.

  14. The Japanese were still fighting in the Phillipines and controled most of China, all of Indochina, most of the DEI. US casualties were going up steadily as the battles got closer to Japan. Given how little they had, they did a lot better than the Germans. And in the end they faced all of the allied forces alone.

    Certainly not. The Japanese had lost the war by June 1942 certainly by early 1943.

    The Japanese strategy in engaging the US was never to conquer but to defeat us in a series on naval and air battles so that we would come to terms and leave them alone in Asia.

    They hadn't meant Pearl Harbor to be a "sneak" attack but it was perceived as such by the US and there would be no thought of settlement.

  15. Killing a quarter of a million civilians looks hardly a "life-saving" act. The only reason, I believe, why Truman needed nukes was to prevent a repetition of the Europe front - where Soviets got half of Europe. Plus threaten Stalin with an uber-bomb because for some reason the Western powers believed Stalin could go right through their lines and reach Atlantic.

    By the time the atomic bombing took place Japan was bombed into the stone age. No oil, no metals, almost no food. Fighting with bamboo sticks Japanese would have hardly be major threat for allied armies.

    So it's not a war it's a war crime.

    That was not how the Allies saw it. I used "bamboo spears" to make a point but there were great numbers of Japanese Army with weapons and after the blood letting at Iwo and Okinawa the nukes were called in. The nukes caused fewer casualties than a protracted land campaign would have caused based on our experience in Okinawa where there were Japanese women and children in large numbers. They were advised, and did commit suicide in horrific numbers rather than be captured or occupied. In Okinawa the Jap troops also used their own civilians as shields as they drove them forward into American lines.

    It was Okinawa that turned the page on to use or not use the nukes. There was also legitimate concern anout our own casualties and about the Russians who were rushing to get in against Japan and as you are certainly well aware still occupy parts of Japan's northern islands.

  16. They still had all of their gains in China and the DEI and Singapore and all of Indochina and all their home islands. It took nukes to knock them out. All-in-all they did much better than the Germans with much less of an industrial base. They didn't do very well, but they still did 10 times better than the Germans.

    Great a little bit of contested China. Kicked out of Burma, about to be totally beaten by the Soviets, no longer in the Philippines. In addition no navy and the entire country open to B29 strikes. Only islands controlled those we didn't care about.

    Japan was starving, no oil was getting in, no coal from Manchuris. They were handing out bamboo sticks to the population to kill the invaders.

    US subs, surface ships and aircraft sunk 2,534 ships of 8,897,393 tons. They had no merchant marine. Subs got 1178 ships of slightly over 5 million tons and another 214 naval craft of 578,000 tons.

    Nukes were used to avoid US casualties and Japanese casualties and wind up the war. The point here is we could've done nothing but blockaded Japan in 1945 and waited for them to beg for peace after millions died of starvation. In addition we wanted our few still alive POW's back that hadn't been murdered already.

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