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  1. You've got the very oil-rich region of Cabinda there. That could fund a whole lotta whatever it is you're gonna do. Soyo looks like a miserable swamp.
  2. Found these after going down a rabbit hole Ken sent me down. I think they're utterly fascinating. Tells you where every USMC (and often US Army) unit is, what they have, what they're doing and what they've done on almost any given day. This is the Vietnam era: https://www.usmcu.edu/Research/Marine-Corps-History-Division/Research-Tools-Facts-and-Figures/Status-of-Forces/Vietnam-Era/ And 1976-1985: https://www.usmcu.edu/Research/Marine-Corps-History-Division/Research-Tools-Facts-and-Figures/Status-of-Forces/1976-1985/
  3. Hey... I'm only finding some wargame OOBs without sourcing, but does anyone have a good idea of how USMC tank, AMTRAC and AT battalions were organized and equipped in the late 50s and 60s? I think tank Bns had an H&S company with 2x M48s and a flame platoon of 9x M67s, two M48 companies with 17 (2+ 3 platoons of 5) M48s and an M103 company (17 tanks too?). Is this generally accurate? How many M51 VTRs would the battalion have? Jeeps, trucks, LVTPs? In Vietnam the M103 company was replaced by another M48 company in 1st and 5th Tank Bns, I think, but still only three tank companies. 2nd Tank Bn had M103s throughout the 60s? Did the PACFLT Marines just keep the M103s in a depot? I have no idea how AMTRAC battalions were organized. How many LVTP-5s, LVTH-6s, LVTE/C/Rs? How many per platoon (and could a platoon generally carry a rifle company?) I think the AT battalions had three companies of 15 (3 platoons of 5) Ontos each... is that accurate? Thanks
  4. This is a beautiful depiction of tanks, but it has no soul. You're effectively playing for a very expensive screenshot simulator. And unless it's changed since it was officially released, it's very much a tank game inside of a flight sim. The control scheme is complicated and difficult to figure out when it doesn't need to be, and remapping the controls is similarly a headache. I remember trying out the SU-122 in one of the quick battles just to try it out and I kept getting hammered by halftracks and Stug IIBs because I couldn't figure out how to 1) get to the gunner position (it apparently was synonymous with an airplane turret gunner), 2) how to align the gun and 3) how to fire the damn gun. None of these were intuitive, and looking them up in the control scheme was byzantine. I last tried it over the summer, but I'm not sure how much has improved since then and, frankly, I have no desire to figure it out. This is probably not the WWII tank sim you're looking for, despite how superficially gorgeous it is. It's a slower, slightly less multiplayer oriented game than War Thunder.
  5. The December teaser video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNH_nPvRO3I
  6. Promising but a very long and difficult development road ahead of them. I'll check back in 3-4 years to see where they are.
  7. I really love the game. t's not the cleanest release, sure, but it's got style and substance. I don't know any open world game that's had a clean release, but I'm pretty far into the game now and I haven't had any game breaking bugs or performance issues, just some minor glitchy stuff. I can see the ambition CDPR had any sometimes I notice where they fell short, but to be honest it doesn't bother me. I also love that the game is like an alternate timeline of the 1980s - like the worst fears of the Reagan era realized. This world fits in with the Blade Runner and Robocop and Predator 2 vibes pretty comfortably. It's much more appealing to me than a version of our own future.
  8. Seven tons each. Can't even sling load 'em on a Blackhawk. I like the idea - and I'm not totally sure if these are supposed to be the vehicles that support an infantry squad - but that's pretty heavy, especially since it can only carry about 3.5ish tons. What is the purpose of these specific vehicles, anyway? Log? Recce?
  9. https://twitter.com/CMC_MarineCorps/status/1300513520052776961 CMC talking about the need for a new light amphibious warship.
  10. Necroposting, but I blame the absence of a proper search function, The Navy is retiring the first four LCSes (OCIR = Out of Commission In Reserve). Has there ever been a USN ship class that has started retirement even before all the build orders are complete? The Coronado was only commissioned 6 years ago. USS FREEDOM 31 Mar 2021 OCIR (LCS 1) USS INDEPENDENCE 31 Mar 2021 OCIR (LCS 2) USS FORT WORTH 31 Mar 2021 OCIR (LCS 3) USS CORONADO 31 Mar 2021 OCIR (LCS 4) https://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/reference/messages/Documents/NAVADMINS/NAV2020/NAV20187.txt
  11. They're not even keeping a minimal capability in the Reserve?
  12. Harry Yeide's books are among my favorite. I wish he was around here...
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