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  1. Regarding the female sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko. I always keep myself a little reserved for the high claims that these sniper claimed. This applies to all sides of the war. Lyudmila has been given credit for 309 kills including 36 sniper in less than six months. I ask myself how to confirm that these claims are actually correct. These figures were published during the war, long before the possibility of comparison with German / Romanian data was available. Theoretically there is a chance that after an attack you can took in the terrain where the shootings took place and match the damage with
  2. How many M1A2S have the Saudis lost in Yemen?. 30-40? That doesn't mean the Abrams is a bad MBT compared to say Challenger 2, T-90, Leopard 2, Type 10 etc. It all boils down to crew training, tactics, supplies.
  3. In Ockert & Urbanks book they write that the attack on 28. Jan was a disaster for the battalion. "A newly-arrived panzer battalion was practically run into the ground within a few days by a blindly authoritarian and wrongly-acting unit commander." They then quote an 8.Armee report from 30.Jan. "Panther Battalion I./26 has very little combat experience... Operational leadership still inexpert... Standstill after loss of battalion commander, sharp intervention was necessary. Things will get better after arrival of the new battalion commander (Hpt. Wallroth) from GD."
  4. It was several years since I read that book so I don´t recall the details. I have Zetterlings Comments by Niklas Zetterling on the Soviet General Staff study on the Korsun-Shevchenkovskii operation in 1944 . Here I see some differences on I./26:s firsts action at Tishkova on 28. Jan. Ockert & Urbanke: 61 panthers attacked, 12 total losses in the fighting 28-29 Jan. Seven Panthers were knocked out, while five were blown up or abandoned by their crew. Zetterling: "...additional Panther battalion, I./26 committed. This unit had 64 Panthers operational on 26 January, when it was st
  5. The Panzer-Battalion "Brandenburg" 1945 and its Prehistory as I./Pz.Rgt. 26 by Wolfgang Ockert & Axel Urbanke (Luftfahrtverlag START) This is a well written and very well researched book that covers a small sized german panzer unit. You follow the Panther battalion from its beginning as I. Abt. Pz. Rgt. 26 to its end as Panther-Abteilung "Brandenburg". Battles that are covered are Korsun, Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Oder and at last the Halbe pocket. Most of the book deals with the Oder and Halbe sections as these were the main areas that the Brandenburg Battalion was deployed to. An e
  6. Here is s a Swedish study in English titled "Russian Military Capability in a Ten-Year Perspective 2016" from the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI, Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut). From the summary; "This report analyses Russian military capability in a ten-year perspective. It is the eighth edition. A change in this report compared with the previous edition is that a basic assumption has been altered. In 2013, we assessed fighting power under the assumption that Russia was responding to an emerging threat with little or no time to prepare operations. In view of recent events, we now e
  7. FORWARD OBSERVER KILL CREDITS Wow! COMBINE SQUAD COMMAND Wow! IMPROVED INFANTRY SPACING Wow! Thank you very much Battlefront for this new upgrade
  8. Playing that right now H2H and enjoining it very much. Good map with interesting forces.
  9. As always the facts differs in the sources. Some American AAR states that the Germans lost over 100 panzers in the Twin villages (741st TB, 644th TDB, 801st TDB, 2nd ID). Samuel Mitcham says 67 lost Panzers, Steven Zaloga mentions 31 Panzer and Jagdpanzers. According to author Jeff Dugdale the 12-SS lost totally 18 Panthers, 8 Panzer IV, and 8 Jagdpanzers during the whole time period 16-31 December. Michael Reynolds claims that the 12-SS lost 15 Panthers, 1 Panzer IV and 2 Jagdpanzers in or around the Twin Villages. While 18 Panzers and Jagdpanzers doesn't sound that much we must add t
  10. Yes I also think there is a big request for a new engine. It's been almost 10 years since CMSF released and its beginning to show. There have been some major and impressive improvements of CMX2 over the years but that doesn't take away the facts that it's just improvements on an old engine. When Battlefront went from CMX1 to 2 it was a leap forward. I would love to see that same leap soon again. I only hope that CMX2 haven't seen TOO much investments and job effort to let go, even after that long time. Of course a new engine will be a very tall investment but its a step I think must be ta
  11. That's a lot of names . I've also seen a German name Jakobsdorf in some publications.
  12. That´s why I would like it to have a set up time just like for example mortars and HMGs. But when its deployed it would be far superior to standard binoculars during spotting for artillery missions.
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