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PBI / Re: How do HMG armed tanks work against infantry ?
« Last post by martin goddard on Today at 11:03:12 AM »
Thought I would just "dip in" here.

There are always going to be players who "just want to win at all costs". These players don't seem to care about the gaming experience as it relates to history .  Instead , they will find some perceived loophole to get them the all important win. Examples might be the "20 Pz " when only a maximum of 8  are be allowed by the rules. Another example is using a wave of MG armed trucks to lead an attack.  These players seem to care little for having an historical game but rather getting the win at all costs.

I will not play against such people, as they destroy any sense of "social gaming". This is obviously my problem, not theirs. Being my problem means that i will not be able to take part in PBI events if they are also playing.  I would instead use that time to play games against opponents who wanted a good game in terms of  social enjoyment and tactical "on table" skill. So i will probably not be at any PBI events, which does seem ironic , me being one of the rule creators. 

Having said that, I hope the participating players still have a great day out at Arnhem or PBI days.
PBI / Re: tank morale - by buildings and woods
« Last post by Smiley Miley 66 on Today at 09:08:20 AM »
Yes these scumstance are correct,but you forget that first you have to shoot at the tanks to force a moral test?
PBI / Re: How do HMG armed tanks work against infantry ?
« Last post by Smiley Miley 66 on Today at 09:02:49 AM »
To be honest though if you know there are HMG about static or mobile then most players won't risk clustering a square.
Eye Candy / Re: Scots Lowlanders
« Last post by Smiley Miley 66 on Today at 08:39:04 AM »
I 've got the Dremel with the LED readout to change the speed. It was a bit more expensive at the time but worth it's weight in gold.
PBI / Re: How do HMG armed tanks work against infantry ?
« Last post by brianw on March 16, 2018, 11:50:26 PM »
Thanks for that
Pieces of Eight / Re: Hex mat for pirates
« Last post by martin goddard on March 16, 2018, 10:45:41 PM »
All good points that contribute to the discussion. Thanks
The Men of Company B / Re: New NVA figures
« Last post by martin goddard on March 16, 2018, 10:44:49 PM »
Yes, they are the ones.
General discussion / Re: Currently Reading
« Last post by martin goddard on March 16, 2018, 10:39:56 PM »
That is good information Simon. All contributes toward an understanding of what it was like at the trooper level
The Men of Company B / Re: New NVA figures
« Last post by Kustenjaeger on March 16, 2018, 09:18:18 PM »

Thanks. Is this pack 71 and 72?  The pack descriptions say bolt action rifles while SKS are semi-auto.


General discussion / Re: Currently Reading
« Last post by Colonel Kilgore on March 16, 2018, 09:06:08 PM »
I have just finished "Tank Action: An Armoured Troop Commander's War, 1944-45" by David Render.

The author was sent out with some Churchills just after D-Day and joined the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry as a Sherman troop commander during the campaigns in Normandy, Operation Market Garden, The Bulge and into Germany.

There is some really good detail about the practicalities of living in and fighting from a tank (specifically Shermans) as well as on their opponents. Key things for me included:

 - all the German armour mentioned during the Normandy campaign is referred to as being painted in grey (I'd previously understood that much of it would have been in Dunkelgelb by 1944...)
 - the standard Sherman gun had little hope of penetrating either Panthers or Tigers with AP unless from the rear, so they used HE from the whole troop instead, in the hope of blowing a track or their target's optics, and generally forcing a withdrawal (assuming they got in the first shot: if not a whole troop of Shermans could rapidly disappear - especially at night as the first one to brew up silhouetted the others...)
 - Panzer IVs and StuGs would be easily taken on with AP from the 75mm gun
 - bocage fighting involved 15 to 20 minutes of "reconnaissance by fire" (HE and machine guns) as each hedgerow was neutralised and taken (ideally - but often not - with close infantry support)
 - the short ranges involved helped to neutralise the advantage of the Germans' longer-ranged guns and target acquisition
 - the 17 pounder-armed Fireflies were initially held back as a mobile reserve within the HQ element in the Normandy campaign, but soon packaged out to each troop, where they typically operated in overwatch and took on anything that the 75mm-armed Shermans could not
 - the Fireflies themselves were particularly vulnerable in close country as they lacked the hull machine (taken out to save space for more main gun ammo)
 - the 75mm Sherman was preferred by many crews to the Firefly as it could also traverse more rapidly (and also faster than the German "big cats")
 - the crews hated the petrol-engined Shermans: not only for their propensity to brew up even faster than the diesel versions, but also because the engine design meant it was liable to conk out at critical moments, as well as lacking the diesel oomph
 - tank commanders were ordered (at least in this unit) to always (except when under artillery fire or air attack) have their head out of the turret for tactical awareness: the casualties they suffered were thus extremely high
 - the standard-issue Webley revolver was deemed useless: crews liked Lugers, but Walter P38s even more so
 - Sten guns were also not universally popular: the MP40 that the author procured saved his life, while his best friend's Sten killed him when it fell and discharged accidentally inside his turret
 - Panzerfausts were very effective against British armour when used properly

All in all a fascinating book and written in a very modest yet honest style: highly recommended!
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