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  1. You can trigger support fire. It tends to go off a bit early since it starts as soon as you spot the support fire target.
  2. You can get the US official history (and or Blumenson): http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-E-Breakout/index.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Blumenson http://www.armchairgeneral.com/martin-blumenson-my-remembrance-of-a-friend.htm
  3. Anything that makes the target button up is a pretty good idea: mortar fire, artillery, mgs, snipers, small arms are all good for that. I once cleared a village full of Panthers with an M10 and a 57mm mostly by using infantry to keep the Panthers buttoned up and spotted.
  4. He should have been more worried about 6pdrs which is what knocked out his Tiger at Villers-Bocage.
  5. Sounds about right when you think of all the new stuff. Achilles, 3-inch mortars! Sextons. various armored cars. Belgians with long knives in the Household Cavalry.
  6. I think Elron Hubub was that rarest and most wonderous of creatures: an actual troll. Not a sockpuppet at all. I was hoping to keep him for a bit. What I found interesting was that he seemed only to read various internet sources about the game and attempted to pass such things off as his own observations. So essentially he plagarized his complaints and had no actual interest in the games or anything else, but only in his trolling. I wondered why he pretended to have played the demo since nothing he said had anything to do with the demo. It's sad, but actual trolls are very hard to keep
  7. The French in 1936 are indeed hard to understand. Reading Paxton's French Peasant Fascism didn't help me much. Shirer's The Collapse of the Third Republic at least gives a feel for how messed up France was in the 1930s.
  8. Counting starvation for another year, attack from all sides and maybe some more fighting in China plus the US estimate (based on Okinawa) of 1 million US casualties, 12.5 million is probably a good ball-park guess. But at the time, blocking the Russians and avoiding 1 million US casualties seemed like a good enough idea.
  9. Mr Emrys is entirely correct. Downfall does show that dropping nukes probably saved at least 50 times more people than it killed as well as saving Japan from being partly occupied by the Russians. The crucial element for Japan was timing. They were busy surrendering, but is was way too slow especially with the Russians getting ready to hit the relatively undefended northern Islands.
  10. Yet the Japanese got a much better deal than the Germans. As you point out even the nukes were just as much to keep the Russians out as to take over an relatively well-populated Japan. so there was a de facto settlement or a series of de facto settlements with the Japanese. Even after the series of surrenders in September (and each regional Japanese command seems to have surrendered under a separate local protocol), Japanese forces were still in control of large parts of China, Indochina, and the DEI. And of course, the Japanese got to keep their Emperor. So not a big win for the Li
  11. 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.
  12. And Singapore. I don't think the Germans held "vast tracts" of anything when they surrendered. And it didn't take nukes to knock out the Germans.
  13. though in China they were still taking lots of territory clear into 1944.
  14. 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.
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