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Thursday, November 15th 2018, 9:39pm

Author: Brockpaine

Signs of life

Welcome back! Been pretty busy here, too. No rest for the wicked...

Sunday, November 11th 2018, 3:55pm

Author: Brockpaine

Armistice Day

A hundred years ago today, World War I ended.

Friday, October 26th 2018, 8:29pm

Author: Brockpaine

Philippine Designs for 1949

Do you already have an 8" gun in service, or might you be interested in evaluating the French 20cm/L55, as used on Marseillaise et al?

Wednesday, October 24th 2018, 2:46am

Author: Brockpaine

It's a...

Thank you! :)

Tuesday, October 23rd 2018, 11:08pm

Author: Brockpaine

It's a...

Lady L and I learned today that we'll be having a boy. (In March.) Carry on.

Saturday, October 20th 2018, 4:43am

Author: Brockpaine

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" Mistakes were to be expected... Hence why you practice! Work out all those mistakes in your practice sessions, before you go on stage... ;) :D ("But," said the bean counters, "practices are expensive!" "Nonsense, my good sir," replies the veteran. "Losing is expensive...")

Wednesday, October 17th 2018, 3:59am

Author: Brockpaine

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" Novosti News Service, Friday, 19 November 1948 King Petar has returned from an extended visit to France, where he had frank discussions with French officials about the future of relations between Yugoslavia and that nation. The Office of the Prime Minister has yet to announce any concrete outcomes of His Majesty’s visit but it is believed that the discussions revolved around increased economic cooperation. France is always happy to increase their economic cooperation w...

Friday, October 5th 2018, 8:26pm

Author: Brockpaine

RE: Artillery

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" A new heavy field howitzer – probably of 15cm; a heavy field gun – also probably of 15 cm, though I am going to explore alternatives. A new mountain howitzer - probably of 10.5cm and sharing ammunition with the FH44. The question of SP artillery will hinge in large measure on the choices made for towed artillery. Could have a look at the French Obusier de 155 mm Modèle 44, which is a slightly earlier variant of the OTL Model 50. Could use either as a licensed design, o...

Friday, October 5th 2018, 4:41am

Author: Brockpaine

RE: Future Developments in German Arms and Ordnance – 1949 to ?

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" In the interim, the Selbstlade Gewehr G5 will be adapted to the Polte cartridge and existing stocks of rifles modified accordingly. Production of the modified G5 will continue until production of the G6 catches up with requirements. The Heer decision to modify its stocks of G5 rifles may influence other users of the SK-42 to do likewise; discussions with SIG and Kazanlak will be explored along these lines. Kazanlak would certainly be willing to assist with rechambering...

Tuesday, October 2nd 2018, 9:36pm

Author: Brockpaine

Operation Pegase

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" I am sorry to have taken so long to produce it but real life of late has been more hectic than usual, and inspiration somewhat lacking thereby. I resemble that remark...

Tuesday, October 2nd 2018, 4:51pm

Author: Brockpaine

Operation Pegase

Well written. :) Thank you!

Wednesday, September 19th 2018, 5:12pm

Author: Brockpaine

Meanwhile, in Russia: 1948

Yeah, thought you'd enjoy that. ;) When the idea occurred to me, I just started giggling like a crazy person... :)

Wednesday, September 19th 2018, 3:36am

Author: Brockpaine

Bruce, I hold you responsible for this...

Jingles: Howdy folks, and welcome back to World of Tanks with the Mighty Jingles! Jingles: I got this replay in my inbox a few days ago, and I have to admit, I nearly didn't watch it. But something in the description caught my eye, and oh boy am I glad I did watch it. Jingles: This is... Yeh... yehosh... okay, I'm not even going try to pronounce his name. Let's just call him Dave. Jingles: Yup, it's the return of Dave! He sure does get around a lot - I mean he was in yesterday's World of Warshi...

Tuesday, September 18th 2018, 4:28pm

Author: Brockpaine

Meanwhile, in Russia: 1948

Added the above with a more detailed account of the tank incident during Operation August Storm. Pretty much boils down to "new tank curbstomps old tanks." Shouldn't be much of a surprise.

Tuesday, September 18th 2018, 4:18pm

Author: Brockpaine

Meanwhile, in Russia: 1948

Operation August Storm - Engagement at Dund Gol One of the most notable events of Operation August Storm was the one-sided tank engagement that took place between Captain Ivan Rozhkov's lone T-47 ("Lisichka") and Colonel Balingiin Otgonbayar's column of rebel T-35 tanks from the Tank School, which took place in the vicinity of the modern Peace Bridge over the Dund Gol (Middle River) in Niislel Khuree. Prior to the engagement, Captain Ivan Rozhkov had taken "Lisichka" to spearhead the initial pha...

Sunday, September 16th 2018, 2:10pm

Author: Brockpaine

Meanwhile, in Russia: 1948

Yeah, waited several months to post that to see if he was back. Finally decided to just push ahead, as I am falling behind.

Thursday, September 13th 2018, 7:19pm

Author: Brockpaine

Meanwhile, in Russia: 1948

Operation August Storm One of the critical questions facing 1940s Mongolia was nationhood. In prior eras, Mongolia had seen both empire and incorporation as a province of China. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, turmoil in China caused Mongolia to take on autonomy and virtual independence, if not in name then in fact. By 1930, Inner Mongolia's autonomy was eroded and the region fell once more under Chinese suzerainty, but in 1911 Outer Mongolia declared independence under the eighth Bogd Khaan,...

Thursday, September 13th 2018, 7:12pm

Author: Brockpaine

Meanwhile, in Russia: 1948

Work Begins on the Trans-Mongolian Railway July - Workmen and engineers began construction of the Trans-Mongolian Railway. The rail line will stretch an estimated 2,200 kilometers, ranging from the northern border with Russia at Naushke to the southern border with China at Zamyn-Üüd. Agreements for the construction of the rail line were finalized between Russia and Mongolia in 1946, but an official agreement with China did not take place until earlier this year. Much of the work in Mongolia is b...

Wednesday, September 12th 2018, 3:21pm

Author: Brockpaine

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Russian Naval Ship Admiral Kolchak, Baltic Sea Tueday, November 2, 1948 The two French and three Russian technicians sat side-by-side at their electronic altar. Although the Kolchak was a Russian warship, their liturgy was French. "RTD contact bearing zero-nine-two, height eight-four, range three-zero." Captain Morozov stood in the Battle Information Post, four steps away from the electronics specialists; two Frenchmen stood behind him to the left, and two German observers to his right. Morozov ...

Monday, August 20th 2018, 7:14pm

Author: Brockpaine

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Port of Warnemünde Thursday, October 28, 1948 Kapitän zur See Friedrich Poske kept a critical eye open as the tour of the Admiral Kolchak started. As a former cruiser commander himself, he was curious to see how the Russians put together one of their ships. Granted, the Kolchak was not truly representative; it was built like a large destroyer, with no armor belt or deck. But the ship surprised him. Of the five Kriegsmarine officers assigned to participate in Exercise Shaka, Poske viewed himself ...