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  1. Quite the contrary, infantry for the most part accompanied tanks in a protection role. With the proliferation of infantry anti tank weapons such as the Panzerfaust, Panzershreck, PIAT and Bazooka to which either tank armour could not counter or posed significant threat as to render tanks inoperable, doctrine was changed to suit an evolving situation. During the Polish campaign the Germans learned the hard way that tanks are not suited to urban warfare and as such high loses were incurred when moving into Warsaw. The European theatre also posed challenges in that the wide open terra
  2. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and armchairs are a very comfy vantage point to look back from. The German military was never not at its peak. It was, at most times, at a strategic disadvantage in terms of materials to wage war.
  3. Are you saying that the opposing armies were neither well trained or spirited and a lack of political will was the downfall of the "Allies" in the early war period? Any military action is a gamble and the best devised plan is only good up until engagement.
  4. Only partially true. The BEF were outclassed by a better unified military that used all elements of said military force as a whole cohesive unit in support of each other. German early war period tanks were vastly inferior to their counterparts. The bulk of the armour used to invade Poland and France and later Russia, were a mix of captured Czech tanks (Pz.Kpfw 35t and 38t) or Pz.Kpfw I and II with small numbers of the larger Pz.Kpfw III and IV. The IV having a short barrelled, low velocity gun designed primarily for infantry support, not tank on tank engagements. The Pz.Kpfw III at the time wa
  5. We didn't even go for the DU armour. Oh no, Australia can't have anything to do with radioactive materials. No instead, lets go for composite armour consisting of kitchen foil and plastic wrap. Same thing will happen when they decided on new submarines. No, let's not consider nuclear powered subs, never mind the fact we have 31% of the worlds recoverable uranium. Let's do what we did the last time. Wring our hands for ten years trying to make a decision, then come up with and agree on the crappiest design ever that makes more noise than a Def Leopard concert and runs on something a
  6. Going to admit, I was very dubious about that red at the start, but I am really liking how this is turning out, especially the face. Excellent work.
  7. If I recall correctly, they were "re-manufactured" vehicles. The exact reasons it was not selected, I was not privy to. Both Challenger and Leopard II were the other tank options considered. I don't recall the exact conversation word for word, but I remember my OC stating that "at least the Yanks are giving us a reach around with this deal".
  8. My immediate recollection, my unit received 6 as part of the initial batch purchased many years ago as a supplement to the Leopards (and the eventual replacement of) and to familiarize ourselves with the vehicles. By the end of the second week, we had two that were still operational. Two had had turbine failures, one had its ventilation system fail (turning it into a WWII Japanese hot box. It got the subsequent nickname of the slow cooker) and the other suffered transmission failure (never saw that vehicle again). Not a good introduction.
  9. Depends on whom you ask. Those that thought it was a good idea to purchase them (the ones whose only armour is a chest full of long service medals and a large desk), definitely. Those of us that serve/d on them, mixed bag but definitely more against's than for's. Now, admittedly, I only spent 2 of my 12 years on them, with most of my time on the combat roller skate, but I don't have one good thing to say about them. Merely my personal experience and opinion of course.
  10. Be nice if they spent the 1.685 billion on building the infrastructure/capacity to manufacture our own stuff here rather than relying on questionable imports.
  11. Back in the late 80's early 90's a computer game of this movie was made. I recall playing it on a friends Amstrad 128. It inspired me to watch the movie, which was great. Like how this is turning out.
  12. You forgot to mention the other great thing, if you miss, you can beat a hasty retreat in the cover of the great cloud of smoke.
  13. Black powder is a shooting experience all of its own. Ive got a repo Parker Hale Enfield 1861 .58cal muzzle loader that I fire a 500gr MiniƩ ball through, between that and the M-H its a hard choice to pick which one. The M-H generally wins for ease and speed of loading. Water buffalo are angry sods when you don't quite drop them with the first shot. I'll add as an edit, other reason the M-H wins. Top hat percussion caps tend to fragment on firing, no one wants a face full of metal fragments. That's my personal experience anyways. And sorry to sidetrack your thread.
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