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Leo Niehorster

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  1. Just how effective are modern ECM at battlefield level? Wouldn't radio communication between the "mother ship" and the scouts be affected by these measures? I could imagine that in case this type of system were implemented, that tactical echelon signal interception / interruption would quickly be developed. So you would have to revert back to autonomous vehicles with AI, which won't be viable for many years. Back to square one. I think the robotic-assisted positions / missions within an AFV are very likely. But having seen the comments from tank crews on this grate sight™ over the last yea
  2. Hi Alan, Survived a fierce bout with cancer last year. Apparently completely recovered. (Hope, hope!) Starting to enjoy life again. Maybe you should grooming your site again. Well worth it. All the best Leo
  3. Two in German: Dr. Ernst Klink "Das Gesetz des Handelns" DVA, Stuttgart, 1966. A Militärgeschichtlichen Forschungsamt publication, which always a guarantee of good material - although not necessarily of readability. A detailed account of the German operations. 355 pages. Silvester Stadler "Die Offensive gegen Kursk 1943" Munin, Osnabrück, 1980. The hour-by-hour, day-by-day description of the II. SS-Panzerkorps in action at Kursk. Based on the War Diary of the II. SS-PzKorps from 01 June 43 to 02 Aug 43. Maps are mostly from the Ernst Klink book above. 232 pages. And a website
  4. I lived in Deggendorf on the Danube, which is about halfway between Regensburg and Passau, and got to know the area quite well. (I was looking for traces of the Hungarian Army from WWII). As has been mentioned the terrain between the Czech border and the Danube is mountainous and heavily wooded (the Donau Wald), with numerous winter resorts and ski areas. Also hilly, curvy, narrow roads. In fact, there are no four-lane (dual-carriageway) roads through this area. The nearest Autobahn is the A3 (E56), which runs parallel to the Danube, from Nürnberg – Deggendorf – Passau. The Danube in this ar
  5. Whew. What a really tremendous effort. Congratulations. Cheers Leo
  6. FACTS TO PONDER: (1) The number of physicians in the U.S. Is 700,000. (2) The number of accidental deaths caused by physicians per year are 120,000. (3) The number of accidental deaths per physician Is 0.171 Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept of Health Human Services. ---- Now think about this: Guns: (1) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000. (Yes, that's 80 million.) (2) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500. (3) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is .000188 Statistics courtesy of FBI ---- So, statistically, doctors are appro
  7. OK – so whose going to be "it" this time? And yesterday – 26 October 2005 – in Berlin...Zapfenstreich – dress uniform, (you forgot torches), and marching songs ...
  8. Two bored casino dealers were waiting at a craps table. A very attractive blonde woman arrived and bet twenty-thousand dollars on a single roll of the dice. She said, "I hope you don't mind, but I feel much luckier when I'm completely nude." With that she stripped from her neck down, rolled the dice and yelled, "Mama needs new clothes!" Then she hollered..."YES! YES! I WON!" She jumped up and down and hugged each of the dealers. She then picked up all the money and clothes and quickly departed. The dealers just stared at each other dumbfounded. Finally, one of them asked, "What
  9. My ex's cooking was so bad... She used the smoke alarm for a timer Flies pitched in and fixed a hole in the screen door Cockroaches took dental floss and hung themselves We prayed AFTER the meal.
  10. Food for thought. Would Stalin have continued to fight the Germans if there were no Lend Lease, or a promise of a "second front"? My creaking memory seems vaguely to recall that Stalin seriously considered offering peace terms to the Germans, but was encouraged by the other Allies to continue on. Of course, the Germans might have refused. And frankly, I don't see the British winning North Africa without the US military equipment. Just try and imagine, for example, the British in North Africa without Stuart/Honey's, Lee/Grant's and Shermans. The Axis in Tunisia/Libya/Egypt would have been
  11. (My emphasis in the quote above) Well, there were hardly "equal terms" involved here. For an order of battle, see 1940 Scandinavian Campaign. As can be seen from this link, the Germans had the 139th Mountain Infantry Regiment (three battalions), landed by ship, which had lost all of its heavy equipment when three other ships carrying it did not arrive in Narvik. One battery of mountain guns and some reinforcements were parachuted (or air landed) in the area. The 139th was joined by the crews of the destroyers sunk by the RN in the Fjord. The Allies had French 1st Light Chasseurs Divisi
  12. Great pictures. Thanks a lot. I noticed that several of the trucks have the steering wheel on the right hand side. Did they drive on the left side of the road in France at this time? Leo
  13. Having been both in the position of publishing my own books, and having them published by others, I would like to add some thoughts. My comments below should also be seen in the light that I like to have control of how the reader sees the book I have authored. Publishing your own: You have complete control of everything. From layout to distribution. Offset printing is an expensive proposition, especially if you have small runs (500-1000 copies). Fixed costs make up a large percentage of the outlay, unless you are doing 10,000's. There is also printing-on-demand, which is more affordable, alt
  14. On the one hand, the US (a neutral nation / at peace) is scandalized with Japan (a nation already at war) when it attacked Hawaii without a due declaration of war. On the other hand, the US (a nation already at war) is justified in attacking France (Vichy was a neutral nation / at peace) when it invaded French North Africa without a due declaration of war? The US is shocked when the French defend themselves by firing at them? Nobody told the French troops (or their leaders) that the US was coming to "free" them. And, as has been amply pointed out in this thread, the British were certainly
  15. Why did the chicken cross the road? George Bush’s Answer We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or it is against us. There is no middle ground here. John Kerry’s Answer While serving in Vietnam, I was in favor of the chicken crossing the road. Then later I realized that there were those who needed the chicken on this side of the road. Now I would like to see the chicken on the other side of the road, unless of course it would be better served to be on this side of the road.
  16. Name: Leo Niehorster Age: 54 Country: Germany: Service: 4 yrs - US Army - Combat Engineers Interest: Military History, Science Fiction Tanknet: since the beginning - mostly lurking Comments: I maintain a WWII oob site at: http://www.niehorster.orbat.com/index.htm [Edited by Niehorster (10 Aug 2004).]
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