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Mk 1

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    Difficile est saturam non scribere
  • Birthday 11/13/1959

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    Pleasanton, CA, USA
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    Military history, collecting and shooting historic firearms, wargaming, a house full of kidlins, life in general.

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  1. No, that's probably not how must of us remember FDR. I would suggest that is a decisively minority viewpoint. Even Friedman, in the first minute of the video of the link you provided, suggests that perhaps 9 out of 10 bankers would not remember FDR that way. Truman was selected as the unflavored ticket mate. He was the least common denominator, the man no one objected to primarily because no one really knew him, or if they did, what he might stand for in terms of national policy. He was a nobody from nowhere. Wallace had been FDR's VP. He was rather farther to the left than FDR.
  2. I wouldn't own or use any Remington, but most certainly not a 700. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/popular-remington-700-rifle-linked-to-potentially-deadly-defects/ https://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/08/remington-under-fire-the-reckoning.html https://www.michigan-sportsman.com/forum/threads/remington-700-controversy.354816/ Nope, not for me. Too much blood on their hands. And on mine. And in my hair, and my eyes and nose and ears, and all over everything. And pieces of muscle and other flesh. And a best friend who needed 8 surgeries to get minimal function back in his left arm (now 2 inches
  3. Indeed. Another pic from that same day ... yes Jacques was a very gracious host, and an active friend to tanknet. And he was also not shy to recruit volunteers to break track from time-to-time. More than a few TankNetters got the opportunity to know that Panther. Both inside... and out... The Panther was, an is, a fascinating subject for anyone interested in military history. The next time I happen to be chatting with Steve Zaloga and Michael Greene I'll be hard-pressed to have a more interesting topic. Unless it's a Sherman. And even then, it is almost impossible to discuss
  4. Thought this might be an appropriate bit of remembrance for this thread: TankNetters with Jacques Littlefield at the local burger joint. From left to right around the table, I see the roster as: Ken, Vlad (yak_v), Jacques (the man himself), Colin, Jimmy (JWB), Mike (MasterBlaster), Carey (CG Erickson), and yours truly. Alas I can not recall who else was present with back turned. Hope I got it all correct -- and fully expect to be told if I didn't! We were later told that it was this same day that Jacques and family decided, in consultation with his doctors, to stop his cancer treatment
  5. From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_military_brothels_in_World_War_II Caption: Łapanka, 1941 kidnapping raid in Warsaw's Żoliborz district. Selected young women were later forced into military brothels -Mark (aka: Mk 1)
  6. Agree in general with the differing game-play of the national DD lines. Japanese have the consistent torp-sniping potential from Tier V on up, that is rare in any other national line. Russians are indeed generally gunboats, although with their speed Russian DDs offer a different twist on the torpedo-boat in confined waters (around dense sets of islands). US DDs also can be remarkable gunboats, given fast reload times, good accuracy within their range, and long-lasting smoke. They also retain the second-side torpedo barrage up through Mahan (excepting the Nicholas), which provides a VERY us
  7. Agree on the "start with a Langley..." view. But not just for development of tactics. As others have said the very basics of how you manipulate aircraft on a pitching deck needed to be developed. It's the block-and-tackle issues. Sure, we can hypothesize about how Swordfish and Martletts would have managed against Me-109Ts (a variant of the -109E). But ... who cares? Those -109Ts would have been rolling off the sides of the ship, crashing into the island, and chopping off the limbs of the deck hands at such alarming rates that there was about 0% chance of getting that ship out on a wart
  8. I'm not sure I get this. If the playerbase is all dumbies, that makes it easy to stand out as a consistent over-performer, right? Perhaps I'm one of the "mouthbreathers". But I find that I win some, and I lose some. Win more than I lose, but still ... My observation is that the playerbase is not uniformly anything. It's a mixed bag. And the "special ed" players come in many shapes and sizes. - Some players simply don't know how to cooperate on a team. Or maybe they just don't want to. The team will discuss and settle on a plan, and 2 or 3 will wander off to do random things. - Some
  9. I received the Bellepheron, Orion, and Iron Duke (the RN Tier 3, 4 and 5 BBs), with dock spaces, as part of the upgrade. This was a surprise to me. Didn't know we'd be getting them. Did everyone else get all 3? Has anyone read the terms on which we get them (ie: Are they a "try 'em for 3 days" kind of deal?). I could not get into a match with the Belle. 55 BBs in queue. Wasn't going to wait my turn. Had no troubles getting into matches with Iron Duke. I found the AP rounds to be about 3 degrees Kelvin (close to absolute zero) in terms of utility vs. the various tier 6 BBs I faced (B
  10. As Harold says, the "positioning" is indeed rough-and-tumble brawlers up to tier 6, and beyond that less armor but better concealment. Best damage control, and enhanced HE are also in the claims. Better concealment than other BBs means they can be within range of a reasonably accurate first salvo before they are spotted. Against other BBs it's pretty much only a first salvo advantage. Then you have the problem of weaker armor. But against cruisers it can be decisive. Nelson (offered as a premium before the rest of the line came out) has been pretty rough on cruiser players. Often the
  11. The notion that you can put a larger gun (or heavier armor) on the same chassis if you don't put it in a turret is true. And it can lead to a useful second life for an obsolete / undersized chassis. But this is all largely an ex post facto rationalization. These vehicles were not designed the way they were because someone said "How can we get a bigger gun on this chassis?" or "How can we keep this older smaller chassis in production?". They were designed the way they were because that's what the specs called for. The StuG was not an attempt to put a 75mm gun on a Pzr III chassis. It was an
  12. As I recall our late great King Sargent observed that there is virtually no case in history of a land based force defeating a carrier fleet, while conversely there are numerous cases of carrier fleets defeating land-based defenses. It seems to me that the ability to move an entire airfield (or better yet 3 or 4 or 6 or 12 entire airfields) over the horizon in an hour's time is hard to beat for siezing the initiative or concentrating forces in space and time. -Mark 1
  13. Leo: I agree 100%. Your comment matches exactly my own experience. Except that I was not quite so much a lad, but a young adult in my early 20's when I first read the Hornblower series. I loved the Hornblower books. Bought and read them all. I remember playing "Sail" 'til all hours on our VAX computer at work -- a networked multi-player computer game implementation of the board game "Wooden Ships and Iron Men" that had a whole set of scenarios based on the Hornblower books. Every summer for several years I would begin again at Mr. Midshipman and read my way back through the series. When
  14. My Secret Sam decoder ring came up with a zero on that one. Did I miss one of the expansion packs? -Mark 1
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