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    BletchleyGeek reacted to slippy in New things added to the new thing   
    Hi all, really looking forward to this module. I served in BAOR from 1983 - 1988, so a little after this initial release. From my time at least i would say one of the main concerns was NBC warfare, not so much Nuclear at this stage but definitely Biological and Gas. I would estimate we spent about 80% of the time whilst on Exercise in our NBC suits.
    Nobody really knew what was going to happen, but initially there would of been a big fear of Chemical warfare, it would be good if this could be simulated somehow. i know at the time that any smoke, cloud, mist etc i saw and i would of had my mask on pronto.
    Training in NBC gear was extremely tiring and cumbersome, especially in the Summer months so even if reduced visibility, higher exhaustion etc could be modelled.
    I'm on the right in the picture below, taken about 85, with a typical bit of squaddie humour¬†ūüėČ. I see if i can find anything more relevant, i think i still have the old 'Survive To Fight' pamphlet in the loft.
    cheers all 
     
     

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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Bil Hardenberger in U.S. Thread - CM Cold War - BETA AAR - Battle of Dolbach Heights 1980   
    HEAT warhead damage on an M-113... the game has it pretty much spot on:

     
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Holien in CM Cold War - Beta AAR - NO The_Capt or Bil   
    I too like others think the lack of infantry will hurt Bil.
    Yes if his tanks can survive they can have a go at destroying them, but once you have the infantry in buildings away from the edges of the village then it gets a lot harder as you then risk your vehicles to hand held AT.
    The Capt seems to be prepared to walk infantry spread out down to the village?
    I am looking forward to learning about the effects of DPICM on armour and that will only work if you can get it on target, often easier said than done.
    My first understanding of this period of conflict was playing in the 80's with micro armour and using the WRG rules on table top.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wargames_Research_Group
    And just recently I played World at War Storming the Gap 85
    https://store.lnlpublishing.com/world-at-war-85-series
    This was being taught on TTS and allowed me to play the game with the designer. Excellent Table Top game and reminded me how the first M1 was no super tank as my tanks got taken out....
    https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2141595623
    Really glad that times have changed and this period has now become fashionable and hence a market for folk to spend money on.
    I think it is in part down to folk like me who were kids in that age, computer literate and with disposable income to relive their childhoods. Just seeing the number of people saying how they served in Germany and are up for this shows the demand I think (hope)...
    ūüôā
     
     
     
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to IMHO in U.S. Thread - CM Cold War - BETA AAR - Battle of Dolbach Heights 1980   
    Tanks at the hamlet on the right flank feel just fine. So you can try to move your formidable tank force on the right flank all the way to the Soviet hill and go up a bit. At least on Google Earth and original Weyhers topo there's a covered ravine one can use. And up the Soviet hill you may find a position that both dominates from above direct avenues of attack on the town over the center yet stays untouchable to Soviet armor at their current positions up the hill. Soviets will be vulnerable to flanking fire if they move directly. And should they try to go over the hill to dislodge you from above they will be clearly seen both against the skyline for your tanks below, and being on the move they will have a disadvantage in spotting to your TOW guys. Easy kills IMO.
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Geoff-Ludumpress in Fire and Rubble Update   
    Yep and the nazi fanboys also get their 'we only made 80 of em' Jagdtiger as well.   Will the commies get the Valentine III and IX? My guess is it will only be the IX even thought there were thousands of em sent in lend lease and in east action since  1941.  
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Sprocketman in CM Cold War - Beta AAR - NO The_Capt or Bil   
    I asked this question in Bil's thread, but I'll pose it here for discussion. Based on Bil's pre-game analysis, it sounds like the only infantry Bil has at his disposal is (6) scout teams (assumed to be small, 2-4 men squads), compared to Capt's maybe 2 platoons of Russian line infantry. If I were Bil, I'd be extremely worried about my opponent getting his infantry into the town because at that point I'm not sure Bil has the pixeltruppen to dig Capt back out. 
    It seems like Bil realizes that and is trying to dominate the field around the town and interdict his opponent's movement, but in order for that strategy to pay off I think he needs an overwhelmingly favorable result in the early game skirmishes, and I don't know he'll achieve that.
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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from Pete Wenman in CM Cold War - Beta AAR - NO The_Capt or Bil   
    Cheers @Holien for starting the thread, and @Pete Wenman for sharing the map source (and the mapping work which we all will be enjoying soon enough). Having the maps helped me heaps to wrap my head around the AAR.
    Bil's force doesn't seem to have much heft to hold ground. So my guess is that he expects to be killing lots of Soviet infantry (and tanks) before they can dismount with his arty and attack helicopters. All he needs is to stall Warren's attack long enough to pour molten lead on the heads of his enemies, and even the odds.
    Much can go wrong with that.
    Warren's proposition is much simpler and robust, in my opinion. Depends less on what Bill can or will do (and that would be the point, to render Bil's decisions irrelevant due to overwhelming local force ratios in his favour).
    So in the spirit of those late 1970s manuals @akdhas been digging out, I would say Bill has a success probability of 0.3.
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to IMHO in CM Cold War - Beta AAR - Soviet Thread - Glorious Soviet Victory at Small German Town 1980   
    @Rice I'll try to find. But here's the excerp from the BMP-1 technical description

    It says:
    "Ports for mounted element to fire small arms: PK MGs - 2, AK assault rifles - 7"
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to HerrTom in CM Cold War - Beta AAR - NO The_Capt or Bil   
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks like we can expect both main forces to run into each other in a nice clash of steel that the Capt might win due to his overwhelming firepower advantage. My read of the coming manoeuvres:
    https://imgur.com/scpRyd
    I'm not sure Bil is expecting a large push over the southern part of the valley, so it'll be interesting to see if he sniffs it out in time.
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Holien in CM Cold War - Beta AAR - NO The_Capt or Bil   
    Just thought it might be useful to have a thread where folk can talk about the AAR but without Bil or The Capt peeking?
    I enjoyed the discussion in Bil's thread about the tactics and other items that were perhaps better suited to it's own discussion. I have some questions which I will post later as off to enjoy the sun and get my daily walk in Lockdown....
    Just Pre-Ordered the game so really looking forward to this title...
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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from Megalon Jones in U.S. Thread - CM Cold War - BETA AAR - Battle of Dolbach Heights 1980   
    Thanks to @Pete WenmanI can link the pictures to places in the map. My guess is that you're preparing to advance on the town with your right flank, and also covering your back. You're moving your armor to what to me looks like a very safe FUP. It also incidentally would be a good position for your armor to be part of a KZ. If I am not wrong, you're moving them to what looks like a hamlet with a few buildings and a treeline, with possible keyholed battle positions. Not sure who are the dismounts on your right flank, but I presume they are taking with them their Dragon missiles.
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to kohlenklau in CMRT Winter Mod "Cholm GPU Prison" scenario   
    TIME TO RESUURECT THIS ENTIRE MOD EFFORT!
    Once F&R is released, I will take advantage of new rubbled walls and the winter uniforms. 
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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from Pete Wenman in U.S. Thread - CM Cold War - BETA AAR - Battle of Dolbach Heights 1980   
    Thanks to @Pete WenmanI can link the pictures to places in the map. My guess is that you're preparing to advance on the town with your right flank, and also covering your back. You're moving your armor to what to me looks like a very safe FUP. It also incidentally would be a good position for your armor to be part of a KZ. If I am not wrong, you're moving them to what looks like a hamlet with a few buildings and a treeline, with possible keyholed battle positions. Not sure who are the dismounts on your right flank, but I presume they are taking with them their Dragon missiles.
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Sprocketman in U.S. Thread - CM Cold War - BETA AAR - Battle of Dolbach Heights 1980   
    Bil,
    Thanks for doing yet another beta AAR - I know that providing your customary level of detail in maps/analysis/blood-boards must absorb an immense amount of time and effort so (if you're not tired of hearing it) I wanted to let you know it's appreciated. Really interested to see how this battle develops.
    My understanding is that your force basically has little effective infantry combat power (assuming your six 'Scout Teams' are small, 2-4 men squads). By contrast, it seems likely the Russians have 2+ platoons of dedicated line infantry dismounts. Are you concerned that if your opponent gets his infantry into the town objective that you won't have any good way to ferret him back out? It seems to me like your goal is to dominate the space around the town with firepower but may have a lot of difficulty later in the battle if you can't decisively win the long range, tit-for-tat phase.
    On another note, have you considered making fresh updates to your Battle Drill blog? It just so happens that today marks one year and a day (I think) since your last update. I really enjoy the content on your blog, and would love to see it expanded upon, your time/interest level permitting.
    For example, I'd be interested in seeing you finish the Rifle Platoon series. I also think a more in depth tutorial explaining how to analyze a map, things to look for/identifying approaches/key terrain features, etc. would be very useful. Men like yourself with formal military training may take it for granted, but for us civilians it's not always as obvious to look at a map and understand all the tactical implications of the geography. At least that's something I have a lot of trouble wrapping my head around.
    Thanks again, and good luck in defending Dolbach.
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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from Bil Hardenberger in U.S. Thread - CM Cold War - BETA AAR - Battle of Dolbach Heights 1980   
    Thanks to @Pete WenmanI can link the pictures to places in the map. My guess is that you're preparing to advance on the town with your right flank, and also covering your back. You're moving your armor to what to me looks like a very safe FUP. It also incidentally would be a good position for your armor to be part of a KZ. If I am not wrong, you're moving them to what looks like a hamlet with a few buildings and a treeline, with possible keyholed battle positions. Not sure who are the dismounts on your right flank, but I presume they are taking with them their Dragon missiles.
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to The_Capt in CM Cold War - Beta AAR - Soviet Thread - Glorious Soviet Victory at Small German Town 1980   
    Wow...no pressure.  Ok, so this is not as formal turn report, I will do a summary once we get a bit further but here is an example of the Soviet Missile Hell ("SMH" copyright) awaiting the US player.
    First a M150 get cocky and crest a hill, and three AT 3s light up (red circles)

    And 2 out of 3 aint bad...(Capt's Rule #4)



    Bil is lucky that was an M150 because those AT 3 would have killed anything short of an M1.  [edit AT3Bs..my bad, AT 5s are even deadlier].
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Bil Hardenberger in U.S. Thread - CM Cold War - BETA AAR - Battle of Dolbach Heights 1980   
    Apologies to all... here is the last half of the GIF that did not play properly in my turn 8 report.  Evidently three ATGMs were fired at this M-150.. two if which hit.

    The Eighth Minute post updated as well.
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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from Bil Hardenberger in U.S. Thread - CM Cold War - BETA AAR - Battle of Dolbach Heights 1980   
    No worries @Bil Hardenberger I wanted to appreciate your cinematic skills For the short form vignettes it is not worth the effort to upload to YouTube, but for the "Zapruder" ones maybe you can be granted permission to upload onto YouTube? Unlisted maybe?
    Learning a lot btw from the AAR, lethality, accuracy/reliability (or lack thereof) and spotting abilities. The Soviet gear is less of a mystery to me due to CMSF2.
     
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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from gnarly in U.S. Thread - CM Cold War - BETA AAR - Battle of Dolbach Heights 1980   
    The last GIF doesn't play for me, probably my browser doesn't like big GIFs.
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Bil Hardenberger in U.S. Thread - CM Cold War - BETA AAR - Battle of Dolbach Heights 1980   
    Eighth Minute - One Meter too Many
    ‚ÄúYou win in battles with the timing in the Void born of the timing of cunning by knowing the enemies‚Äô timing, and thus using a timing which the enemy does not expect.‚ÄĚ
    A Book of Five Rings, The Ground Book - Miyamoto Musashi
    (Yes I have Musashi’s book sitting next to me on my desk --- the man was an Effing genius)
     
    Clarity, according to the Oxford Dictionary is ‚ÄúThe quality of being certain or definite.‚Ä̬† Warren‚Äôs movements gave me that this turn.¬†
    First the good news!   I know where some of his armor is, and I know what the type is.  There are two T-64As and I have spotted four BMP-1s (yes the Sagger armed version).  So I believe this is a separate formation from what was already on the map.  This must be part of the FSE which I have been expecting… should be formed on one Motorized Rifle Company (BMP-1 evidently) with one four-tank platoon in support.  Of course the organization still needs to be confirmed.
    CMCW Feature:  The unit organizations for this game include many preformed task groups, including Soviet Forward Security Element, US Company Teams (different flavors), etc.

    Some tank porn for you perverts (you know who you are), I present Miss February, the T-64A:

    Before we continue let’s answer some PIRs:
    Priority Intelligence Requirements (PIRs):
    1.      Where is/are the enemy SBF position(s)
    Warren has spread several BMP-1PKs along the treeline, being careful to stay out of my tank’s line of fire… though maybe that’s coincidence as they just destroyed the two BMPs that were in their zone of fire.  I believe this line is his SBF position.
    2.      What is the size of the initial Soviet force?
    I am calling the initial formation the Recon Company, but I need to figure out why it has two BMP-1PKs… hmmm.
    3a.       Where are enemy’s tanks?  This is a persistent PIR and should be kept updated throughout the action.
    Two T-64As have been identified in EAA1.  There should be two more in the FSE but those have yet to be located
    3b.      What model tanks are in the Reconnaissance Company?
    No tanks have been identified in the Recon Company only BMP-1Ps   
    4a.       What is the organization of the initial follow-on force?
    4b.      What model tanks are in the initial follow-on force?
    5a.       What is the organization of any additional follow-on forces?
    5b.      What model tanks are in any additional follow-on forces?
    PIRs 4a, 4b, 5a, and 5b cannot be answered yet.
     
    Okay I admit it… moving my M-150s forward was ill-advised.. got a little impatient there.  Let this be a lesson to you.
    1.      M-150(1/5) moves forward, and luckily is still Hull Down to the BMP-1P that fires on it…
    The shooter (spotted after he launched):

    The result (from two angles):

    …meanwhile:
    2.      M-150(1/4) moves too far forward.. sees the vehicles on EAA1 and then reverses as quickly as possible.. I really misjudged my Hull Down with this one.  Totally on me.
    Two shooters (from EAA1):


    Well he did get a TOW off right before he gets smoked... of course the TOW went wild after that.   
    What did I tell you? Beware of the BMP in this game… they are deadly.
    Okay.. it’s late and I need to process this one and decide how best to respond.  Stand by for that.

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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Pete Wenman in Will NBC be an option?   
    all this ^^ plus you'd need a new death animation, as you shake, sh*t and vomit yourself to death.  When three combi pens is not enough and four will kill you.
    P
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Combatintman in Will NBC be an option?   
    You guys are determined to be tricky about this NBC thing aren't you?
    Trust me, it is no fun and as it is Feb 24 in Australia, here is me (vehicle commander in the helmet) 30 years ago in Australian time, 29 years ago and one day in the time zones that most forumites are probably living in, wearing an NBC suit about 10 minutes before we launched across the Iraqi border ... because yes it was that long ago ...

    We spent three days in that kit and that is nothing compared to having the overboots, gloves and respirators on.  Want to see how much fun it is ....
    Communicating .... put your COVID mask on.  Put a pair of gloves on and put a pair of washing up gloves on over the top.  Now try dialing a telephone number and speaking and being understood over that phone.
    Writing ... as above but pick up a pen and paper and then try and write down what you can hear from your telephone call.
    Using a keyboard ... as above.
    Marking a map ... as above but also put on a diving mask.
    Shooting accurately - COVID mask, diving goggles and two pairs of gloves - in your own time carry on.
    Anything physical ... put on your normal clothes, then put another layer on, add COVID mask, diving goggles, both pairs of gloves and just try and do anything.
    Or go for the full option - dare I call it 'Iron' with all of the above activities - COVID mask, diving mask, two pairs of gloves and twice the amount of clothes you'd normally wear.
    Don't forget to check that your gloves, mask and goggles are on properly at all times and readjust them as necessary.
    When you have done all of the above, you will see that there are more soft factors to be adjusted to simulate NBC than those being suggested.
    So it might be 'cool' it might be reflective of the era and I do support the use of chemical weapons as an inclusion in the game as I know this would have been the most likely scenario in a tactical environment; however, it isn't going to happen as @Bil Hardenbergerhas pointed out.
     
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to markshot in Assuming you ever get tired of war, what do you play?   
    Very funny.
    I ask for a list of non war games you folks play, and I get a list of non-Battlefront war games you folks play.
    Me:
    * City Skylines
    * Virtual Pool 4
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Bil Hardenberger in U.S. Thread - CM Cold War - BETA AAR - Battle of Dolbach Heights 1980   
    By the way, with this post I am caught up with our progress in the game.. so all future posts will be posted as close to my review as possible... work, the wife, and life in general permitting.
    Bil 
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Bil Hardenberger in U.S. Thread - CM Cold War - BETA AAR - Battle of Dolbach Heights 1980   
    Sixth & Seventh Minutes
    ¬†‚ÄúTake calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.‚ÄĚ
    George S. Patton
     
    Warren continues to stick his nose out… this time it’s a standard  BMP-1P that is spotted by a tank from Tank Section 2…


    …from top to bottom:  M-60A1(RISE+) (1/6) fires one APFSDS round, which misses, but does inflict one casualty… then quickly followed up by two HESH rounds... though the first of these was all it took to kill this BMP.
    Range:  1270m

    There are now at least four infantry or recon teams moving towards Dolbach, and one of those looks like an HQ... so either one full platoon, or parts of two.  They have a long way to go yet and they are on foot so I expect they’ll be getting tired by the time they get there.
     Planned welcoming party:
    ·         I have pushed Scout 1’s M113A2 forwards to get a gun laid on their route
    ·         I have plotted a mortar strike in front of them… set to hit in about three minutes

    A quick note, I am still biding my time here and gathering information.  Warren is being very cautious… I expected him to be a little more aggressive, and he has probably received his first reinforcements too so I will probably see some tanks soon, and the aggressiveness will ramp up.  I need to wait a bit until I get more information prior to moving on incomplete information. 
    That said, I am going to move both of my M-150s into better positions to try and bag one of the BMPs I can see in the tree line yonder.

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