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    Israeli AFVs

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    Domus Acipenseris

    General news thread

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/12/us/college-admission-cheating-scheme/index.html Parents paid up to 6 million dollars to get their kids into college. About 50 people were arrested on fraud charges. Some of it is absurd. Ringers for the SAT. Bribing coaches to recruit non-athletes who then suffer injuries once they step on campus. Whatever happened to just putting up a building Thornton Melon style?
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    This whole ordeal has been an example of the previous Administration and rogue agents in the Federal government getting away with abuses of power so egregious that the Nixon Administration or J. Edgar Hoover would blush at in embarrassment.
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    https://zen.yandex.ru/media/gurkhan/izdelie-327--samohodka-obognavshaia-vremia-5c87f93f44a47600b4faa265 Izdelie 327 SPG
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    M3 Stuarts that somehow made it to Europe with British forces, here during and after Operation Charnwood. The first vehicle appears to have what I assume is wading gear attached at the rear still.
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    UAV thread

    Light drugs. From otvaga:
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    Collimatrix's Terrible Music Thread

    This is some epic stuff!
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    Domus Acipenseris

    General news thread

    The defendants were so busy looking out for #1 they stepped in #2.
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    Except aircraft are a hell of a lot more expensive than plate. The British carriers were just not suited to operations in the Pacific which is fair enough, its not what they were designed for. Regardless of any particulars of the ships themselves, their embarked aircraft were generally inadequate - for a range of reasons. War is always about doing the best you can with what you have. My maternal Grandfather served in Indomitable - Hellcats and Avengers. He was injured in the 1945 kamikaze attack. The armoured deck is generally credited with saving the ship in that case. He also got to see all the remaining aircraft pushed over the side when the war ended. But I digress, if we are talking over rated or not, then context is all.
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    David Moyes

    Britons are in trouble

    Storage at the back of a Challenger 2 turret. Swings open. Model but you get the idea.
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    Said to be photos of Karrar from inside.
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    David Moyes

    French flair

    @Laviduce I stumbled upon these. Don't know if they're any help: EDIT: Found the website - http://sirpat.idix.fr/3d/LECLERC/desktop.html
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    Polish Armoured Vehicles

    This is not an assumption by me, but mentioned in the patent by KMW. Each individual armor element has an opening (covered by a plug) on the top, which is used to fill them with Schüttgut (via gravity). This plug is visible on the Wisent 2 aswell. Aside of that, the shape of the armor element is optimized for being filled with Schüttgut rather than NERA; if it would be NERA, why not reuse the same falt-sided NERA modules as fitted to the Leopard 2A4M CAN? Hole and plug for filling the armor boxes, labeled with the number 8.1 in the patent. Light-weight NERA by itself provides poor protection against KE projectiles such as AP(DSFS) munitions and EFPs. That's why modern vehicles usually use a combination of light-weight NERA and passive armor (ceramics, spaced steel plates, etc.). Diehl designed a type of anti-EFP armor consisting of hollow steel bars meant to shatter the brittle EFPs. For additional protection against EFPs, NERA sandwich plates (labeled 11 in the patent drawings) could be added inbetween the hollow spaces:
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    I hope it's ok to revive an old thread? How about the bouncing bomb, used famously in the "Dam Busters" raid. Although regarded as a local tactical success; the failure to achieve its wider strategic goals and high collateral damage cast a shadow over its overall effectiveness. http://www.bombercommandmuseum.ca/s,dambustersstudy.html
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    I've made them before. They tend to be more dangerous to the person using them than the target, because some extremely smart and clever ally of authoritarian governments everywhere popularized the method of making them where you stick a gasoline-soaked rag into a bottle, light it, and go. That tends to just put the user at risk of getting set on fire, and it makes him very vulnerable as he's trying to gingerly light a rag that's dripping gasoline everywhere without getting any on himself. The correct way to make a mollie is to get a large bottle - like a wine bottle or an empty handle - and fill it partly with gasoline, then cork it. Wipe it down, and let it sit for like half an hour to get all the gas on the outside to evaporate. Now get some of those loong camping matches that burn for a while, or sparklers, and duct-tape them to the side, with the tips pointing up and sticking up past the neck of the bottle. Then tie a rag around the neck of the bottle (this is your sustainer, essentially; you need something that will catch fire long enough to reach the gas in the bottle, and then keep burning to ignite as much gas as possible). You can soak the rag in something flammable, but you want it dry when you come to throw it. There are a bunch of things that make rags more flammable even after they've dried, and you can use paper, or something else very flammable instead of a rag. Don't use flash paper, it doesn't burn long enough. You can also use a flammable grease or oil and soak the rag in that. In my experience, gasoline is a very poor choice, since it drips everywhere and evaporates. When it comes to throw it, you simply light the tip of the sparkler/match, and chuck it towards the target. The match/sparkler should ignite the gasoline and rag, and that will set fire to some things. Car upholstery, for example. As a serious weapon? There are other things you can make that are probably more useful, but if you're going to make Molotovs, you can at least do it correctly.
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    Tank tracks are pretty tough, actually. On a typical military off-road track layer, the tracks are about 10% of the mass of the total vehicle, so there's actually quite a bit of steel there. The_Chieftain did an article on tests of wedging crap into the tracks of a very light interwar tank. The tank basically didn't notice it. IIRC there was a British study on what sort of firepower it took to knock the tracks off a tank, and I believe the conclusion was that a 75mm round was necessary to reliably break the track of a tiger. Lighter guns would suffice for lighter vehicles. There are a number of stories of abramses rolling over anti-personnel mines in Desert Storm and not even all the crew members were sure what had happened. The tank continued moving; the tracks apparently unhurt. Asymmetric warfare fetishists will often point to the tracks of a tank as some sort of achilles heel that can easily be knocked out, thus immobilizing the great beasts. Oh the folly of technologists who think that sophisticated weapons will prevail against the cunning of the dedicated guerrilla! As with most other things, they're wrong here. Tanks are goddamned hard to stop. That said, wire entanglement is apparently effective at temporarily immobilizing tanks.
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    Again. There's the definition. Overrated does not equal "bad". I think both the Garand and MG42 both fall in the overrated category despite both being very good firearms for the time. The MG42 as we know still is serving today in various countries as the MG3/MG74. The Garand was a great rifle. I would consider it to be obsolete right now as a military firearm. Does any country still use it? And, no, it isn't even "functionally" obsolete like say, an SMLE Enfield or Mauser 98K or Mosin Nagant would be a functionally obsolete weapon in that some goat herder in the Stans might still have one on hand that he is able to make ammo for by hand in order to take pot shots at The Infidel. The en bloc clip in the Garand sorta adds one more bit of complication for this sort of guerrilla activity.
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    Israeli AFVs

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    I'm kind of glad this little thread got resurrected for at least a little bit, if only as a reminder how superior most of the American (and much of the Allied) equipment was compared to their Axis adversaries. And even if there is a debate over whether a weapon was "overrated" it wasn't necessarily bad, and was certainly better in most cases than contemporary Axis equipment, assuming the Axis even had anything that was contemporary to it to begin with.
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