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One of the important things the West learned about the Soviets was that they would use ANY unprotected avenue of approach to penetrate NATO defenses. Now, most thought in terms of trails and such, but

What with all the carping and kvetching of late, I thought I'd start an omnibus post thread for various items of interest, but which aren't necessarily directly connected to CM. For my first effo

Oohh damnit you got here first Erwin. Tell me John - are you REALLLY REALLY checking for any shady Kampfwagons that may be converted Ice Cream nuke VBIEDs? Jingle jangle.

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Got the head's up on this incredible doc from a couple of my brothers. This is likely one of the post important WW I docs ever made--from a bunch of perspectives, too. The imagery verges on incredible in terms of content and insights provided, and there are tons of segments providing context for many major battles.

World War I from Above
 

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This is a great article on how a famous museum resolved problems with a diorama depicting colonial times. Nor was the demand for destruction of the offending diorama ever, but a civil and reasoned request to more accurately represent the Native Americans (Lenape) in it. To be clear, this wasn't about inflating their role, but in properly showing them as they appeared and in their customary roles, including that the culture was woman dominated when it came to elders. By museum cost standards, the fix was probably a cost avoidance measure when compared to a major redo of the 1900s vintage work, but I think it was ridiculously overpriced given what was done. See what you think.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/20/arts/design/natural-history-museum-diorama.html?fallback=0&recId=1IplsXOLuNzZwSGIMQahz7xpdfk&locked=0&geoContinent=NA&geoRegion=TX&recAlloc=top_conversion&geoCountry=US&blockId=most-popular&imp_id=991501169&action=click&module=trending&pgtype=Article&region=Footer

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Believe this was full size, and I think it would make a fabulous scuplt for a wargaming miniature.

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“LMG-Schütze” (Light Machinegun Gunner) by Bernd Hartmann-Wiedenbrück, 1941

Haven't seen many pics of captured Polish armor in use by the Germans, so this one's even more interesting, since it's a TKS tankette, apparently in what looks like Russia.
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FJ, unknown Italy location, 1943.

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John Kettler

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2 hours ago, John Kettler said:

Haven't seen many pics of captured Polish armor in use by the Germans, so this one's even more interesting, since it's a TKS tankette, apparently in what looks like Russia.

Knock yourself out:  http://beutepanzer.ru/

EDIT - It's a tricky site to navigate at first, so here's the Polish stuff:  http://beutepanzer.ru/Beutepanzer/poland/poland.html

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18 hours ago, Erwin said:

Interesting as soldier on the right appears to be carrying what could be an early Bolex 16mm camera.  (I recall that was one of the first I was trained on as they were still in use in the 70's.)

I wondered about that as well.

I used the 8mm version to shoot a friend's Project One in the UCLA Film School in 1968.

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Many of us have heard about the Japanese soldier on Guam who refused to surrender, but I bet most of you (starting with me) never heard of the German captive who escaped a US POW camp in New Mexico and remained at large for 40 years. 

https://www.coloradoan.com/story/life/2018/12/06/colorado-hitler-nazi-wwii-fugitive-gaertner-wanted-nazis-last-soldier/2072854002/

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Did you know how dangerous tank transporters are, eveen when static? Forget Hollywood FX, for they simply aren't needed to get the same results, practically effortlessly. These and many more Russian and Ukrainian AFV and other debacles await, including some unusual insurance claims and the whole bogged T-90 sequence in the first video at around the four minute mark. Also, these offer views of the latest Russian AFVs outside of the typical parade environment

 

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Let's hope this assault rifle sized laser  is Chinese propaganda. If not, people may suddenly lose interest in some CM game vs current/near-future clash with PRC! But it might not be so bad, since the PLA player could afford only a handful of troops, given how CM charges points based on combat capability.

https://gizmodo.com/china-claims-to-have-a-real-deal-laser-gun-that-inflict-1827284198?rev=1530546067868&utm_medium=socialflow&utm_source=gizmodo_twitter&utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_twitter

Also, looks as if the crime post immediately above this didn't cut properly after being accidentally posted to the wrong thread and stayed! The transplant is where it should be, though.

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