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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Lethaface in Catching rare events on film   
    Yeah BMP-3's are very prone to sympathetic detonations and like to share them with their close friends ūüėČ.
    If I recall correctly I once observed a Pz-IV getting taken out by an exploding Pz-IV next to it (due to 105mm HEAT cooking off the ammo, I presumed). Would indeed be nice to know more about what happened under the hood that destroyed the tank (for example was it KO'ed because of consequences of blast wave? or did shrapnel from the exploding tank penetrate the other tank? etc). 
     
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to domfluff in Catching rare events on film   
    If you use BMP-3s incautiously, you'll see a lot of mutual kills

    I don't have footage of it, but my favourite was a glancing hit on the front of my Panther, that bounced off in a high, near-vertical, really slow arc, before arcing back down directly onto one of my squads.
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Cobetco in Pre-orders for Fire and Rubble are now open!!   
    yes, sadly and I'm kinda sick of seeing it. its the bob semple tank. the internets haha meme tank
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Semple_tank

    yes I am a grump
    edit: I too am excited to have some su100/jagdpanther shootouts
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Hacket√§uer in Pre-reading recommendations   
    That's an impressive list. I purchased the soviet counterpart to David Isbys book on the NATO forces. It is called:
    "Weapons and tactics of the soviet army". 
    So it also covers tactical aspects. The soviet way of war, so to speak. Btw quite funny to read that many westeners expected the auto- loader to be a weakness or kind of design flaw in the "new" T-64 and T-72
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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from Sandokan in Catching rare events on film   
    ... like this one
     
    The AI was driving those two tanks very close to each other, and I have seen proximity kills of soft-skinned vehicles (or as my buddy @Lethafacepointed out, something to watch out for when around vehicles like the BMP-3), but in 10 years of CMx2 I haven't even seen a proximity kill of a reasonably armoured AFV... by another AFV blowing up.
     
    Any other rare events like the one above people would like to share? Spotting stuff like this highlights how much happens under the hood with CMx2... and also how much more could this game tell us about what it does.
     
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Holien in U.S. Thread - CM Cold War - BETA AAR - Battle of Dolbach Heights 1980   
    ūüė≥ some¬†times you get things wrong....
    Now to find how I delete old forum entries....
    ūü•ī
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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from Lethaface in Catching rare events on film   
    ... like this one
     
    The AI was driving those two tanks very close to each other, and I have seen proximity kills of soft-skinned vehicles (or as my buddy @Lethafacepointed out, something to watch out for when around vehicles like the BMP-3), but in 10 years of CMx2 I haven't even seen a proximity kill of a reasonably armoured AFV... by another AFV blowing up.
     
    Any other rare events like the one above people would like to share? Spotting stuff like this highlights how much happens under the hood with CMx2... and also how much more could this game tell us about what it does.
     
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Holien in U.S. Thread - CM Cold War - BETA AAR - Battle of Dolbach Heights 1980   
    Ermmmm
    I will get my coat...
    ūüėÄ
     
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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from The_MonkeyKing in U.S. Thread - CM Cold War - BETA AAR - Battle of Dolbach Heights 1980   
    Those were two fun turns, Bil. Any chance of a video covering the last 5 minutes of the battle? It would be a great advertisement for the game.
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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   
    Those were two fun turns, Bil. Any chance of a video covering the last 5 minutes of the battle? It would be a great advertisement for the game.
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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from Rice in U.S. Thread - CM Cold War - BETA AAR - Battle of Dolbach Heights 1980   
    Those were two fun turns, Bil. Any chance of a video covering the last 5 minutes of the battle? It would be a great advertisement for the game.
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Holien in CM Cold War - Beta AAR - NO The_Capt or Bil   
    The above from The Capt's own words... (My bolding)
    Well he has analysed the dangers to himself very well!!!
    Let's see how he can adjust his plan when he sees what Bil has / is doing! Bil has a great eye for  knowing when things are not working and trying to adjust his plan. Excellent game so far and more popcorn ordered.
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to IICptMillerII in CM Cold War - Beta AAR - NO The_Capt or Bil   
    The Dragon is not good, but it isn’t bad either. It’s... hard to classify. I think some people will love it and others will hate it. 
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Bil Hardenberger in U.S. Thread - CM Cold War - BETA AAR - Battle of Dolbach Heights 1980   
    In this fight, they are bait.. they are only effective against enemy infantry, BMPs would eat them for lunch. 
    My hope is that Warren gets target fixated and fails to notice the two M-60s stalking him and also continues to push into my Dragon's Lair.
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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from Rice in CM Cold War - Beta AAR - NO The_Capt or Bil   
    Wrong assumption! Bil still has some cluster munitions available.

    The revolving door game on Warren's right flank is going to get very interesting soon. Also, that infantry screen has done more damage than I thought possible with those Dragon missiles.
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Bil Hardenberger in U.S. Thread - CM Cold War - BETA AAR - Battle of Dolbach Heights 1980   
    The Twenty-First & Twenty-Second Minutes ‚Äď Beyond Here, There be Dragons
    ‚ÄúBattles are won by slaughter and maneuver.¬† The greater the General, the more he contributes to maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.‚ÄĚ
    Winston Churchill
     
    There was a second T-62 in Dolbach, and this one caught one of 2nd Platoon's tanks.. after two penetrations...

    On my far left with the delay force, Warren's T-64B across the map caught one of my M-113s trying to withdraw and took it out with one round.

    It's obvious now that this Soviet force has taken the bait and is pushing into my Scout teams, obviously trying to go on an APC killing spree.  Note my Tank Section 1 (1st Platoon) is moving up carefully.. if they are spotted Warren hasn't shown any reaction. 

    The Soviets are leading with their tanks... oh joy... well my lead 3rd platoon Dragon team takes a quick shot (note this took about 10 seconds from spot to launch).  

    The result.. another burning T-62.

    This team was heroic.. firing a LAW at a BMP, which alas went high (you can see the rocket just above the BMP)...

    ...but also a 40mm HEDP round which hits and penetrates!  The BMP was withdrawing as the turn ran down. 
    This team has another T-62 in its sights for next turn... if that damned Dragon can finish reloading before they eat an HE round!

    Tank Section 1 is closing in... note how I am staying close to the trees to remain out of the LOS of that damned T-64B across the valley.  I'm curious to see Warren's reaction when he notices these guys coming up his rear.  I really hope he didn't leave a couple dismounted teams in these trees...  ..but I think this is an armored attack.. I have seen no hint of any dismounts (other than the dismounted tank crew)... still.

    Oh.. and my support started to arrive.    Including my mortars and 155mm battery falling on Dolbach.. and my two AH-1s arrived in zone... though I do lose one to a MANPAD.
    Oh!  And some great news!  My Cluster munitions Battery freed up and I was able to plot them this turn too.. it'll arrive in six minutes.  

    After looking at my options with the Short route.. now that my tanks are here.. the less I am liking it. I wanted to drive up the flank of the enemy BMPs in the treeline overlooking my right.. but that looks hazardous.  
    So.. remaining ever flexible, I have decided to pull all of the 3rd Platoon tanks out of the stream bed and push them around the right and deep onto the Soviet held road.  Note the smoke rounds used to block Warren's eyes on this movement.  Once they get on the road there will be very little left to stop them.  On my right (Warren's left) he has two damaged T-64As and some BMPs.  But this type of fight will not be to the BMP's advantage, it'll be fast and close.


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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from IanL in Fire and Rubble   
    For @BFCElvis with love
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Cobetco in Fire and Rubble   
    the name of this scenario is burned into by brain, I know it well. and I love it in the worst sort of way. I cannot wait to drive myself crazy again in something that is in the same spirit.
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to Ithikial_AU in Fire and Rubble   
    What can I say without breaking my NDA. Mmmm.... 
    It's a small and highly experimental battle/situation. Certainly not 'tournament friendly'. If you were the commander launching this kind of action in real life I'd guess you'd likely be shot by your own troops. Sort of 'Hollywood flair' mixed with 'Kiwi Soldiers' kind of difficulty. At least based on testing results. I even lost playing my own work as the defenders.
    If you think this experimental idea is garbage, rest assured there's plenty of other more traditional thinking man's CM scenarios to get your teeth into with this module.
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    BletchleyGeek reacted to George MC in Ost Front Books   
    What @BletchleyGeeksaid  But Prokhorovka whilst a pivotal moment on the southern sector was not the decisive material victory claimed by the Soviets. The Soviet anti- tank trench that had stalled LSSAH - that many of Rotmistrovs tanks drove into or veered away from was a key factor. 
     
    This is one of Dr Ben Wheatly's studies and covers the AT trench that was a pivotal part of the fighting at Prokhorovka in LSSAH sector. NOTE: I first came across this AT trench mention in v.Ribbentrop's account vividly describes the attack in this sector. Tanks from his zug were some of the few KOd in LSSAH sector. I did an old CMBB scenario called 'Born Again' and it had the AT trench in it. Note dropbox link is a short term transfer.
    https://www.dropbox.com/t/CwElScdTyunlQP9b
    overall though German losses in the Kursk offensive - especially in men - were serious and losses that would increasingly become harder to replace with quality reinforcements and experienced officers and NCOs. But as importantly it effectively turned the strategic initiative over to the Soviets. 
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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from George MC in Ost Front Books   
    Maybe he had a bad day... But seriously, the Allies had a lot of trouble at their mid-level of command (battalion, regiment) for several reasons. Prokhorovka is what happens when mid level officers reinforce failure and higher level officers do not rectify as feedback on decisions comes up the command chain.
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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from George MC in Ost Front Books   
    Yep, Prokhorovka was a defensive battle where the German Army did very well. And a complete dog breakfast for the Red Army. It's remarkable because of the exchange ratio and the cover up effort.
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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from George MC in Ost Front Books   
    To a great extent yes. Kursk was bad business as it both blunted the edge of the German Army and put most of its strength in an awkward place to respond to incoming Soviet offensives. The real grind came along the long road to the Third Winter.
    German losses at Kursk were not catastrophic but serious. Especially in comparison with had been achieved in 1941 and 1942 with similar concentrations of force.
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    BletchleyGeek got a reaction from Rice in CM Cold War - Beta AAR - NO The_Capt or Bil   
    All US Scout sections can act as forward observers for artillery, Bill highlighted this in the AAR as an important factor when selecting forces.
    Since he hasn't really mentioned that he is relying on further arty fires in the last update, I assume Bil doesn't consider those  to be an important part of his plan any more.
     
     
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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   
    Beautiful report @Bil Hardenberger, greatly appreciate the vignettes that illustrate the in game events... it's great to see some combined arms action (even if some of that was blue on blue!).
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