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  1. Last surviving member of Easy Co, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Blue Skies Sir. We are diminished. 😪
  2. On Netflix. Starring Colin Firth. Worth a view. That is all.
  3. Does your armament industry still support M3/M36 90MM Cannon?
  4. German Flak Battalions were owned by the Luftwaffe. Reading accounts of RAF and US Army Air Corp Raids on Flak Protected Targets you read descriptions of "Vicious German Flak". What is the opinion of the learned members of this forum reference the makeup and efficiency of the German Flak units?
  5. Other then M77 AP, T82 APC, T33 AP and M304 HVAP rounds, did any of the Other End users ( Korea, Taiwan, Israeli) develop AP rounds for the M41 Cannon?
  6. Jeff, know you are and Always will be My Friend. May you be at Peace.
  7. Seems somebody got motivated enough to do Terry Pratchett's Series on The Watch And Sam Vimes. Looking forward to it. Merry Christmas. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8080292/
  8. Yes. Hypo build of Hawaii with the 3/50. Sorry for not replying sooner. Life got in the way.
  9. Ok, Stumbled across this.
  10. 125 MM HE Frag at foxholes. The definition of overkill.
  11. I’m in for October. Was planning on Interschutz in Hannover in June but that has been cancelled.
  12. This is more directed to the 105 MM users, 120 is such a mish mash of MPAT, HEAT and other geee wiz ordy. Danes had a true HE round for the Leo I they used in Bosnia. US used/issues a HEP/HESH round for use in the MGS Stryker. Brit/Commonwealth Folks liked the HESH round as both General Demolition round as well as Anti Armor round up until recently. I like HEP for its duality function. I do however see the utility of a dedicated HE round. Nick Moran had far more experience then most With His Tank Company in Iraq and used MPAT almost exclusively. What saith the forum?
  13. AT bunker in the British sector If I recall. Mounted a 50MM PAK gun on a pedestal. Could fire directly up the beach. Was supposedly a bastard to knock out.
  14. I was TDY there back in 2015 working a fraud case. Visited the local museums and got to look at the beach area and where the fighting had taken place. I know we invested a huge amount of money once we took it back but why knowing its position in the Pacific, did we not invest or prepare it for the coming conflict? We put a Defense Battalion and a squadron of Fighters on Wake Island with far less utility but the Navy did not commit the investment in the infrastructure in a Asset worth far more.
  15. Sidebar comment. Australian Armor support in the MK5 Cent C Squadron 1st Armoured Regiment arrived in Feb 1968. The Task Force Commander got an additional Infantry Battalion in December 1967 and two Rifle Companies from 1 RNZIR in May of 1967. The NZ Rifle companies were combined into 2 RAR rifle Battalion resulting in a 5 Company strength unit.
  16. 1 ATF ORBAT: 1 ATF consisted of two infantry battalions—5 RAR commanded by Lieutenant Colonel John Warr, and 6 RAR under Lieutenant Colonel Colin Townsend. Other units included the 1st APC Squadron operating M113 armoured personnel carriers; 1st Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery consisting of the New Zealand 161st Battery and two Australian batteries equipped with eighteen 105 mm L5 Pack Howitzers; as well as six 155 mm M109 self-propelled howitzers from A Battery, 2nd Battalion, 35th Artillery Regiment permanently attached at Nui Dat; 3rd SAS Squadron; 1st Field Squadron and 21st Engineer Support Troop; 103rd Signals Squadron; 161st Reconnaissance Flight operating Cessna 180s and Bell H-13 Sioux light observation helicopters; and an intelligence detachment.
  17. Appears promising. Only question is why such small force and limited Reaction assets? I remember in Iraq when a company of Deuce 4 of 1 Brigade 25 ID got into a Scrap and the whole battalion piled in with Nick Moran and his tank company rolling out as the QRF.
  18. Seems both were designed around the same time. Both built to the 1850 ton standard. Both had low angle (LA) armament 4.7 vs 5/38 twins and a total of four mounts with twin barrels. AAA fit was equivalent 1.1 vs 2 PDR and .50 cal MGs for close defense. The Tribals only had a single 4 bank Torpedo rack vs two 4 bank racks on the Porters, Somers class had three torpedo mounts. Porter was the only one of her class lost in Combat, Warrington (somers class) was lost in a hurricane. The Tribals were used hard and it showed in their losses. Of 27 built, 12 were lost to combat. One was rammed by a British BB. The Tribals were well liked by their users. The Porters didn't seem to enjoy the same possibly due to the small number built and the raft of DD's built by the US.
  19. Question for the group, Was there ever a full bore AP/APCBC round for the L7/M68 Cannon?
  20. AKA W. E. B. Griffin passed 12 Feb 2019. He will be missed. https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/Obituary/article/79294-w-e-b-griffin-dies-at-89.html
  21. Ok, you buggers been holding out again. I laughed myself silly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6EO75SnWGo&list=PLGMxd7mN-H1UY0J0jVbsbh1-vNwyaSA2D
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