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  1. The first rule of MOUT fighting is "Do I need to take this building"!

    MOUT is very bloody, for both sides. If you don't have to have the building level it with CAS, artillery or tank fire.

    Lay massive amounts of fire on it and make the enemy decide they would rather be someplace else.

    Only assault and stack all the odds in your favor as Wombie described only if you really really have to have that building.

  2. If it is the Ost Front you are really interested in then Red Thunder is the way to go. Bear in mind that as stated before BFC has said they will never do a game on the scope of CNBB again.

    For my own reasons I love Fortress Italy and the Gustav Line module. For one it starts in '43 so you have access to mid-war formations and equipment. The second is terrain. The base game really feels like sun-brenched Sicily. 

    Try the RT and FI demos out there and see what you like. Keep in mind the demos don't get updated so they don't have all the latest bells and whistles. And check out the demo for Final Blitzkrieg.

  3. I believe all US vehicle launched smoke grenades are thermal blocking. For Redfor and UKR the new models of MBT and IFV also launch thermal blocking smoke. Older kit launch older smoke grenades which affect the visible spectrum only and appear as black smoke in the game. 

    Tube launched smoke effect visible spectrum only.

  4. On June 27, 2016 at 5:47 AM, Erwin said:

    Recon by MG fire is always a good idea.  But, it's common that one has limited ammo.  How do you balance that? 

    Also, re "RL tactics" vs "computer game tactics", was recon by fire (ie: area fire) used that often?  I wait till I see some sort of contact b4 area firing. 

    Use an M1. 11k rounds of MG ammo onboard!

  5. I don't think mortar ammo carriers are all that specialized. Given the same soft factors they would perform just as well in a scout role as a team split off of a infantry platoon.

    I don't think it gamey to use specialist teams or HQs as scouts. A bad choice yes. If I see an HQ out front I will hit it as hard as I can to create C2 and morale problems for the enemy

  6. IMHO, Germany lost the war the day they invaded Poland and Britain didn't stay neutral. The German economy didn't get into full scale war production until 1942. The German navy didn't feel they would be ready for a war until 1945 with a minimum 300 U-Boats (100 on station, 100 in transit and 100 in port at any given time). 

    With an unsinkable aircraft carrier so close to mainland Europe, backed by an 'everything short of war' America Germany didn't have the resources or industrial capacity to compete. A war with Russia would be the last thing the Reich needed. I don't see how they could have defeated Russia, too big, too much distance to cover for an army that existed on boot leather and horseshoes and too many men to fight. 

    And the Russians learned. It took them several years and millions of men but they got better tactically and strategically.  

    Napoleon said of his foes at Leipzig in 1813 'These dogs have learned something.' Even after the war no German general admitted that the allies got the better of them. It was always Hitler's fault and interference  

  7. That is how things work. As the generation that fought for that war becomes less and less familiar to us through old age and death the war itself becomes pages in a book.

    To those of us with an interest in history we keep the past alive. I see the relevance in all history. History shapes who we are, as people and nations. 


    18 minutes ago, TheVulture said:

    My grandparents fought in the war.  My parents were born during the war and grew up in the aftermath. And for my kids, it is as distant from them as the Boer war was from me. Weird.

    My father was drafted before the war started and served in both Europe and the Pacific. One uncle went ashore on D-day and fought in Europe until the war ended, another uncle was in the Navy in the Pacific.

    My mother's brother was killed in Holland in October, '44 and my father lost 3 cousins in Italy, France, and Germany.

    So for me the war was and is very real and relevant. 

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