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Leo Niehorster

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  1. For the pennypinchers. When I worked for Hertz Rent-A-Car, we were issued pencil lengtheners. Only when the stub was too short to fit into the slot, were we finally issued new ones. -- Leo
  2. Maybe offering joint manufacturing a-la Airbus to interested parties might lower the cost per unit, or at least offer an incentive. -- Leo
  3. OK. Agreed. But only if they get to pick their own dress uniforms. -- Leo
  4. I could think of potential customers, such as Indonesia, Australia, India, Vietnam, Thailand. -- Leo
  5. Not just the islands. For many centuries, the western Turkish coast was also "Greek". -- Leo
  6. Wow. Thanks a million. Now to get permission to install one in Germany — not going to happen, of course. But one can dream. -- Leo
  7. Hmmm, you may be onto something, there. -- Leo
  8. The Atlantic was smaller than the Pacific Ocean. The Atlantic was surrounded by land that had airfields. Indeed, most of its islands had also airfields. Most flying distances between islands and land masses in the Pacific were much longer, so short-range aircraft were impractical even though they only need inexpensive, cleared, relatively flat runways. As even then, building one of these unhardened land airfields was a major undertaking, whereas sea planes could be made operational by placing a few buildings (or tents, for that matter), on the waterfront in a matter of days. There were very few long-range aircraft before WWII, and these were large and heavy, needing the more expensive, improved runways. Frankly, most just did not have the range to fly from land to land airport. So, flying boats had to be used. (PanAm even built hotels at their intermediate landing points.) After the USN and USA got involved in WWII, and practically constructed an airfield on any atoll or island large enough that could fit a hardened, if not paved, airfield [1], the need for water-based aircraft was greatly reduced. Finally, land-based aircraft achieved far greater ranges than before WWII, obliviating the need for intermediate, inexpensive, water-based landing places. The Japanese still use flying boats for SAR work. And China also has several in operation. [1] OK, OK, slight exaggeration. -- Leo (who loves flying boats)
  9. Convair F2Y Sea Dart Wiki also has an article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convair_F2Y_Sea_Dart Thanks. Everything's easy, if you know how. -- Leo
  10. And then there was the XF2Y-1 Sea Dart. (Some day, I am going to have to learn how to post images here. The ones I try to add as attachments are too large in size, or, if reduced in size, no longer discernible.) -- Leo
  11. The US Army and the USMC also considered as a heavy machine gun the water-cooled Browning machine gun M1917 and M1917A1, which fired the .30-06 Springfield cartridge.
  12. So what's so special about Imoto-san イモトさん with only 128 YouTube subscribers? -- Leo
  13. Oh, I completely agree! However, from the aging population point of view, it is a solution. And pensions would be stable. Also, lots of cheap workers. Europe has benefited from immigration over the millennia, starting with the Romans, followed by all the waves of people from the East. Hurt short-term, but benefited in the long run. And the US has also had immigration waves, such as the Germans, Irish, Italians, etc. which have positively affected the culture. And from the Devil's Advocate: is national culture a good thing? Why not let people kill women for getting raped? Slaughter their goats in the bathtub? Torch businesses form "insulting" God? -- Leo
  14. There's always mass immigration, legal or otherwise.
  15. In the US, we had turkey sandwiches for one day after while watching football. The rest of the bird was sliced and frozen. So you could have turkey sandwiches or anything else "turkey" until Halloween. On the other hand, we used to have pheasant in Holland, and here in Germany there is a tendency to eat goose for Christmas. -- Leo
  16. The Swiss LMG Model 1911, (Caliber 7.44mm — taking a 7.5x55mm GP 11 cartridge), fitted with a folding metal bipod under the muzzle. It could be converted to what I would call a MMG, by adding a tripod. Nice video from "Forgotten Weapons": https://youtu.be/pD3o1KkLeiM The weapons were issued at all levels as LMG. The tripods were issued as extra equipment, usually about 25% of the total LMG of the combat (infantry, cavalry, bicycle, motorcycle, mountain) units. For example, Infantry companies received 12 LMG with 3 tripods (Lafette). Even when so mounted, the Swiss continued to refer to them as light. Motorized light machine gun companies received 12 LMG and 12 tripods. Note: their HMG M25 had the same caliber, (and the same 7.5x55mm GP 11 cartridge), but were water-cooled, heavy tripod mounted weapons. It was similar to the German 08. -- Leo
  17. Best of Seasons Wishes to you all. (Now wasn't that just PC?) -- Leo
  18. Maybe those that fell into the river were the ones that crashed later?
  19. If Jamie comes along, there will be plenty of people willing to talk with (listen to ?) her, if you are at anytime not so inclined. And there will be others to talk to you directly. But the worst meal for social media I remember was the place where they threw food at you. In all fairness, maybe it was the 'hurry-up' service that clouds my memory. Nothing wrong with taking a picture or two. And Sunday's mega-icecream — the look on his face — just had to be immortalized. -- Leo
  20. Maybe just supper. Hmm, OK. I'll give you breakfast. But I'll take lunch and supper.
  21. Sounds good. Although — perhaps — smart phones should be barred during meals. -- Leo
  22. Seems that a variant of the Plateforme Arbel adapted to pneumatic tyres was trialed in October 1937 but was not adopted. -- Leo
  23. Each 75mm field gun battery carried one platform with them. There were two types, an older one which allowed 60° traverse, a newer one with 360°. -- Leo
  24. Yes, you are right. And it was Special Armed Forces unit (Spezial-Einheit der Wehrmacht), as opposed to the Heer. The Commander was Generalleutnant Erich Homburg (Luftwaffe), and the Technical Director was the civilian engineer Günther Schlicht (a member of the board of Ost-öl GmbH), Other German technicians and specialists were civilians drafted into the Army. The Non-Germans were forced labor Soviet civilians. In any event, Göring had his fingers in everything German and economic, indulged by Hitler. For those interested in the German activities regarding natural resources and their exploitation, and can read German, there is fascinating many-paged thread at the Forum der Wehrmacht. See: https://www.forum-der-wehrmacht.de/index.php?thread/29239-aufbau-einer-kriegsindustrie-im-eroberten-teil-der-sowjetunion/&pageNo=1 The monthly reports 01.12. – 31.12.1942 of the MBK begin on bottom of page 2, followed by reports by various units of the brigade on page 17. -- Leo
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