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Sunday, April 25th 2021, 7:01pm

Author: Brockpaine

British Empire News 1950

Eyup, living up to the terms and conditions of "Ugly Aircraft, Inc."! :D

Wednesday, April 14th 2021, 2:33am

Author: Brockpaine

RE: Yugoslav News and Events, December 1949

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" Novosti News Service, Wednesday, 7 December 1949 A spokesman for the Palace announced this morning that Queen Xenia is expecting the birth of an heir to the throne. The birth is expected in early summer. King Petar commented that he and Her Majesty are overjoyed at the prospect. Hum, I seem to have missed this... The French, Russian, and Bulgarian governments all extend their congratulations to the expectant couple and nation. :)

Wednesday, March 31st 2021, 3:53am

Author: Brockpaine

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" Quoted from "Brockpaine" Hope they've camouflaged the cargo better than normal... given the increased scrutiny for piracy and gunrunning in the region - going into places like Berbera especially - they're likely to get at least one warship giving them the stink-eye. Perhaps they are counting on the attention of the Italians - at least - being diverted elsewhere by the visiting East Asia Squadron. Perhaps... But the French tripled their patrol forces in Djibouti in Sept...

Tuesday, March 30th 2021, 12:50am

Author: Brockpaine

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

Hope they've camouflaged the cargo better than normal... given the increased scrutiny for piracy and gunrunning in the region - going into places like Berbera especially - they're likely to get at least one warship giving them the stink-eye.

Tuesday, December 15th 2020, 12:02am

Author: Brockpaine

Spammer in Aisle Three

Yeah, I've deleted thirty or forty over the last few days. They shouldn't be able to post there, since the permissions are set to actively prevent it, but...

Sunday, November 29th 2020, 12:34am

Author: Brockpaine

German News and Events 1949

Yeah, I think that's the Bofors 120mm coast-defense gun. Usually it's got a hat that makes it look like a rock, though. :P

Monday, October 26th 2020, 1:51pm

Author: Brockpaine

And now for something entirely different...

This video of the pre-war French Navy was also fun to see. Audio was pretty poor, though.

Monday, October 19th 2020, 10:34pm

Author: Brockpaine

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Aha, I see "the Variag" has entered the equation. It's a good thing we don't have any Manchurian troops!

Sunday, October 11th 2020, 12:58am

Author: Brockpaine

And now for something entirely different...

I have a feeling Bruce will enjoy a book I recently finished: A Sailor of Austria: In Which, Without Really Intending to, Otto Prohaska Becomes Official War Hero No. 27 of the Habsburg Empire. But I will recommend it to everyone else, too. :)

Saturday, October 10th 2020, 7:26pm

Author: Brockpaine

Happy Birthday, Wes!

Bappy Hirthday!

Sunday, September 20th 2020, 3:33pm

Author: Brockpaine

British Army 1950

Yes, and I've not updated my encyclopedia, either. :/ I need to do that.

Saturday, September 19th 2020, 7:07pm

Author: Brockpaine

British Army 1950

Quoted from "Hood" This variant was a further refinement of the Mk.III. The main change was the new diesel engine, developed to address the range and speed issues. 400 tanks were built Royal Ordnance and Leyland from 1948 and the type was also an export success with sales to Australia, Chile, Egypt, Greece, Iraq, Ireland and Switzerland; Chile, Greece and Switzerland all having specified a Swiss 88mm main gun. Just a quick minor comment: the Irish and Swiss tanks are actually Mk.II models, not ...

Thursday, September 17th 2020, 6:54pm

Author: Brockpaine

British Empire News 1949

Is this Bulganov fellow Russian, or is he an expat?

Monday, August 31st 2020, 5:43am

Author: Brockpaine

Russian Naval Infantry

Overview The Russian Naval Infantry (Morskaya pekhota Rossii), sometimes called the Russian Marine Corps, are a branch of the Russian Navy that specializes in amphibious assault. They are a separate unit from the Coastal Defense Artillery. Organization The standard unit of the Russian Naval Infantry is a brigade. A brigade is composed of: -- 3x infantry battalions -- 1x artillery battalion with 122mm howitzers -- 1x mortar battery (120mm) -- 2x mortar batteries (82mm) -- 1x logistics company -- ...

Friday, August 28th 2020, 2:46pm

Author: Brockpaine

Greek army.

The Republic of France is willing to sell AMX-40B3 tanks to the Greek Army. Similarly, the Russian Federation is willing to sell the T-45 Grom and T-47 Tsiklon to the Greek Army. The Czechs (Skoda) and Polish would also offer various designs, some of which are getting slightly outdated and some of which haven't appeared in service yet. * * * * * OOC: that said, my personal opinion is that the Centurion is probably by far the best choice for the Greeks. It ticks off all of the boxes for what I th...

Thursday, August 20th 2020, 10:57pm

Author: Brockpaine

A Question

Well, that's fine. Have you considered perhaps listening to the Bilgepumps podcast instead? He does more of a roundtable discussion with Drachinifel and ArmouredCarriers.com talking about various naval events. Different sort of setup, and two other noted naval historians also contributing.

Tuesday, August 18th 2020, 5:54am

Author: Brockpaine

A Question of Philosophy

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" As an example, I have consulted the official Statistical Digest of the Second World War which details Britain’s output of munitions and other equipment. The figures for .303in rifles for 1938 give me a clue: ... This seems extremely low. I think that production numbers alone won't be indicative. It's worth pointing out that the British aren't actively trying to replace the SMLE in 1938 - they were working on various projects including semi-automatic rifles, which of co...

Monday, August 17th 2020, 2:59am

Author: Brockpaine

A Question

Quoted from "thesmilingassassin" I'd love to see him debate these posters with regards to each others views so I can assess just how "knowledgeable" these posters are. If you'd like, I could invite him to do so...?

Monday, August 17th 2020, 12:21am

Author: Brockpaine

RE: RE: RE: A Question

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" I am glad to hear that his output is improving. I shall have to see if I can find some of his more recent work and reconsider my opinions. I'd recommend his introduction videos (for instance, this one or this one) rather than his livestreams. Dr. Clarke views the introduction videos as a "lecture" whereas the livestreams are a lot more loosely-organized - viewers asking questions (sometimes very off-topic) and getting answers, so on and so forth. I enjoy the livestream...