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hank24 last won the day on November 11 2018

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  1. According to the 4.0 manual, there are the following limits: Maps can have a maximum total surface area of 18 kilometers squared (4248m x 4248m if shaped as a perfect square). No side can be longer than 8,000 meters. The ratio of the length and width of the map must be 10:1 or less. So, the longest map can be 8 km x 2.25 km (18/8 = 2.25). Very useful for an interesting vehicle recon scenario displaying a long range recon behind enemy lines after infiltration.
  2. Precisely what I think. Just did never found the time to dive deeply into scenario scripting. Sometimes recon troops stay at an observation point for longer time, though. But that is not interesting for a scenario here.
  3. Schneller Durchbruch eines leichten Spähtrupps. Quick Break-thru of a lt. recon troop. A Quick Battle with CM:RT. Three light recon troops (lt. Spähtrupps; two eight-wheel SPW each) cross the map Village Forest Meet 056 (1008m x 992m) against a Russian Inf Battalion reduced to third strength to get low force density on map. Two of three troops succeeded, but in the end, a quick break-through was inevitable but nice to watch. Unfortunately, there is no bigger map available as Quick Battle that is suitable to the tactical situation desired here (Studienka has a river and Gog and Magog is de
  4. A deep recon Quick Battle can be designed the same way against the US forces in CM:FB as described above.
  5. Aufklärungsabteilung (AA) of Infantriedivision (with slight variation here and there): Staff Reiterschwadron (cavalry squadron) Radfahrschwadron (bicycles) Schwere Schwadron (hvy. squadron) with 2 lt. Inf. Geschütz 7,5 cm, 3 PaK 3,7 cm, and 3 lt. Panzerspähwagen (armored car; '39 that was SdKfz 221 (MG), 222 (2 cm), and 223 (Fu = radio with frame aerial). SdKfz 221 was tactically useless and soon relegated to message relay vehicle role. The AA and Anti-tank battalion were often used as Schnelle Truppen (fast forces) because they were the only ones being at least par
  6. Interesting discussion here, recon is not subject of CM scenarios often. @SimpleSimon, you are right in principle, Abteilung means department. But here it is different, in the Wehrmacht it was used for battalions when applied on tank or armored recon forces, e.g. Aufklärungsabteilung 33 (in short AA33). The recon forces had and still have a strong relationship to the cavalry and their traditions. The 24. PzDiv (sign see above), which was converted from 1 . Kavalleriedivision in 1942, retained words like Rittmeister instead of captain and Schwadron instead of company. I served with Pz
  7. Must have been late '79 or early '80. I remember I was just busy to learn to drive the M113 for the drivers license. The GIs liked my boots which were privately purchased and made of nice, shiny, soft leather. I instantly took orders, rode to the shop at Hildesheim and bought some 8 or so pairs of boots and exchanged them for cigarettes. Everybody won with this deal. And I mean their boots were rather primitive, thin, and ugly. I think it is like living next to a volcano. You know about the danger, but you simply don't care after some time or when you are born at that place.
  8. Wow, that picture looks exactly like the landscape where I grew up; east of Brunswick, north Germany. Rolling hills, much agriculture, very small woods between fields and larger forests on hilltops. Villages typically two kilometers apart. North of the Autobahn A2, the Lüneburg Heath starts with less hills, larger distance between villages, and more forest, because the soil is not that good. To the south, the Mittelgebirge starts at the Harz mountains and the Weserbergland with steeper and higher hills and more forest. So, long lines of sight here, this is the perfect ATGM country. C
  9. The Bundeswehr PzAufklBtl (armored recon) had a radar platoon at that time, 4 Rasura on DKW jeep and 5 AN/TPS 33 on Spz kurz (Hotchkiss). As far as I remember moving targets only, you just see a spiky plot on a very small screen or a signal on your ears. Much depended on the skill of the operator. They were able to discriminate tanks from moving infantry and give an estimate on number of targets. The range was fairly long, though. So, as the name says, it was for surveillance, not more.
  10. @FlatEric999 your pictures are not visible.
  11. I remember to meet a comrade in 1980 from the Bundeswehr PzAufklBtl (armored recon) at Eutin. This btl had the M48 with 105 mm gun. Do not know the version, though.
  12. And the sound of the Leopard1! Not long ago I happened to hear one again at Trier proving ground. It roars like a lion, pure brutality - I love it. Leopard2 does not have that.
  13. Yes, it is the badge of 24. PzDiv, one of my uncles served in it, he was flown out of Stalingrad wounded and my grandfather was missing in action while serving in the artillery branch of this division 1945. And now this is the color of the German recon forces, which I served in.
  14. I grew up just 8 km from the inner-german border and never felt any fear or such - today I think that is strange. Just the opposite, there are many nice memories concerning the military of that time. We often had the 16/5th Queens Royal Lancers on exercise at the farm of my father. They were stationed at the town of Wolfenbüttel nearby and everybody loved to see them, my mother because we talked english all day, the soldiers because they had warm places to sleep and a shower, and my father because he had an agreement to get a bottle of Famous Grouse for each day of their stay. We did thin
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