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BletchleyGeek last won the day on June 4 2020

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  1. Happy New Year to you too @Battlefront.com. Congratulations for scoring significant business successes in a year with so much uncertainty and chaos as this one. I wish you guys to keep scoring like that throughout 2021, hopefully in an easier environment. All the best!
  2. Maybe Steve will just spend his New Year's Day playing some strategic war game or doing something else that brings him joy. That's how I spent mine.
  3. Excellent write up @SimpleSimon. Each weapon is just a component in a system. While, philosophically, almost all WW2 armies were on the same page regarding concepts, they sometimes differed wildly in the approach to bring about abstract concepts like "fire and maneuver". Comparing weapons 1:1 is only meaningful if they are playing equivalent roles on those systems. My contribution to this thread is that the CW armies favoured organisations in "fours" rather than "threes" or "twos". So a CW Bn packs actually 33% more "mass" than a German one. It is not uncommon to find that one CW Bn can c
  4. They had to run to the chemist to get enough bromide to dip the bones in...
  5. I hope your dad recovers alright and thanks for the post @Ithikial_AU. Enjoy the Xmas break and I'd like to wish a happier 2021 to you and your family!
  6. Cheers John - I am the kind of guy who is happy with a ballpark figure
  7. Those two battle campaigns sound like an interesting concept. Looking for to play them. .... aaaand out of curiosity, how many scenarios are shipping with Fire and Rubble?
  8. Those look like pretty serious losses, how many forces took part in this disaster? 6 or 8 binaria divisions? BTW, sounds a lot like the performance at the invasion of Greece. I highly recommend the Italo-Greek scenarios in Command Ops 2 to study that campaign.
  9. Haha, I think you're right. It's all about having the right filter for the data This also was an important factor for the Third Reich decision making, but my understanding is that GROFAZ was actively encouraging that competition and division amongst services (and also within a single service!). For instance, I am not sure it make so much sense to have two different "Oberkommandos", most of the time in open competition for resources, assets, recognition and using parallel intelligence services. I always found confusing that there was an OKW (high command of the armed forces), an
  10. This year I have been in SO MANY Zoom meetings where my colleagues were just like this. Sure this approach has a name...
  11. I would be happy to send an Amazon gift card to cover the cost of the book 🙂
  12. That pretty much answers my question regarding the offensive in Western Egypt...
  13. That's a very interesting observation, thanks for sharing. The disasters in Western Egypt and Greece were quite a double whammy, looking forward to next installments!
  14. Cheers Simon, that's was very useful. I am not a big fan of Beevor but he did a good job summarising the main political and military aspects of the Spanish Civil War. Hugh Thomas' "The Spanish Civil War" work is still the to-go reference (the revised 2001 edition remains a standard mandatory text across all History degrees in Spain, as it is remarkable balanced and non-partisan while going to describe the gory details of a very messy war). While it is correct that the sides were relative lightweights, materially speaking, the chiefs of staff (and their staffs) were all traine
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