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  1. Wow, thanks for the excellently detailed answer and the easily comprehensible presentation! I appreciate it a lot as well as the linkage to the broader problem of describing military equipment.
  2. I don't know if this is an ignorant question or not since I know exceedingly little about small arms, or if this is the right place to pose it, but on at least some forums the M14 rifle is viewed as a bad rifle, while the FN FAL seems to have a positive perception. Why is the M14 so much worse than the FN FAL for military use? Surely they can't be that dissimilar, both being gas-operated rifles firing the same cartridge from what looks like roughly the same weight, and entering into service just a few years apart? What's better about the FN FAL?
  3. Strange. Thank you for pointing it out to me. I don't use Scribd much, and generally prefer DocDroid but it wasn't uploading there. I've uploaded it to Google Drive instead. From testing it the file is too large for preview but it does allow it to be downloaded.
  4. I am unsure if this is the right thread for it, but I recently found an online version for free of the book Les véhicules blindés français 1900-1944 by Pierre Touzin. So far as I know it is much utilized in citations of French armored vehicles from the era (wikipedia is jammed with it), and is an important book for French armored development. It is naturally, in French. I've uploaded it to Scribd as a private document.
  5. https://www.techniques-ingenieur.fr/actualite/articles/route-solaire-normande-electricite-51088/ >French ecological ministry says the Normand 1km solar roadway would produce 17,963 kW per day >Immediately forced to backtrack and then it becomes 767 kW per day >Actual production numbers come in and it is only 409 kW per day for 2017 >Efficiency is horrible and it would be better in the South but its vulnerable to heat and so it would literally melt >It cost 5 million euros to build and it'll produce 2.2 million kWh throughout its expected service live of 15 years, so 2.27 euro per kWh while French electricy costs are .19 euro per kWh. >But it gets even better, it might only last 7 years, amazingly there is "unexpected" stress and wear on the joints of solar panels on a highway Don't worry, solar roadways will be working any day now!
  6. On the topic brought up previously about push-pull configurations, but sadly off topic for the thread, why didn't four engined bombers use push-pull configurations to reduce drag? They wouldn't have the bailing out, take-off, center of gravity, navigation, and vibration problems that fighters had, and the 4 engine nacelles on a bomber look like they would cause a lot of drag that could have been reduced with just two push-pull nacelles. Just not worth it on a heavy bomber compared to a fighter? There seem to have been quite a few 4-engined push-pull aircraft in the Interwar but their designs cease almost entirely by 1935 after having trailed off after 1930.
  7. French armament 1940 makes the claim on pg. 94 that : ● Tank construction technology and Somua S35 tank The Somua S35 was intended to be produced in the USA but due to WW2 that never happened. All what the French learned about casting technology was transferred to the USA and that inspired more or less the turret of the Lee, the hull of the M3A1 and the Sherman general design. The conception/design of the future M4 Sherman is in fact partly inspired by these studies and French engineers were present in the US "Ordnance" during debriefing meetings in Washington beginning July 1940. But what is sometimes heard about the Sherman being directly linked to the Somua S35 is an urban myth. Is it known if there is any validity to such an assertions, that the Sherman was influenced heavily by the Somua S35? Frankly it sounds sort of like an attempt at face saving by "yeah we lost, but the silly Americans used our superior technology to build their tanks", but I mean, that's why I'm asking.
  8. Don't have any pictures unfortunately but I was reading a French document ( http://1951.polytechnique.org/URL/Launet_DCA.pdf) on anti-aircraft warfare and it reported that the French had a project to put a twin 90mm anti-aircraft gun on an AMX 13 chassis. Man the French loved that tank, its amazing all of the shit they tried to cram onto it. Ce matériel bitube de 90 mm résultait d’une évolution entreprise dès 1948 et qui devait aboutir à la définition d’un équipement en 1951. En effet la DEFA avait demandé à la Société des Forges et Ateliers du Creusot (SFAC), du groupe Schneider, par lettre du 17 septembre 1948 (44 94 ST/ART), d’établir un avant projet de «matériel de 90 mm DCA bitube sur affût automoteur à chenille», et dont la masse ne devait pas excéder 15 tonnes (9 ). La SFAC établissait alors un projet utilisant un châssis du char AMX 13 (10), mais ne parvenait pas à satisfaire toutes les spécifications. This twin 90mm gun resulted from a project undertaken in 1948 and which had an intended completion date in 1951. DEFA had asked the Société des Forges et Ateliers du Creusot (SFAC), of the Schneider Group, by a letter on September 17 1948, to establish a pilot project of a "twin 90mm anti-aircraft material on a tracked self-propelled mount", and that the mass must not exceed 15 tons. SFAC thus established a project utilizing the chassis of the AMX 13 tank, but this did not manage to satisfy all of the specifications. "Did not seem to satisfy all of the specifications" Hmm, however could that have been. Bonus: Finalement on renonça au début des années 60à l’un et l’autre de ces matériels, trop lourds et trop complexes. Certains les qualifièrent de «délire d’ingénieurs». Finally one renounced both of these equipments at the beginning of the 1960s, being too heavy and too complicated. Some people qualified them the "delirium of engineers".
  9. Normally I don't feel much sorrow from these events, but it is terribly sad that the Alexandrov Ensemble suffered such horrible casualties. They have such a proud tradition and have produced so much brilliant music, it is tragic that they've been so brutally winnowed. I can't imagine the difficulty they'll have in dealing with the grief of this and rebuilding seems almost impossible. According to Russia Today they lost the entirety of their choir except for three soloists...
  10. If I may inquire, is it known how the Japanese planned to deploy and organize these tank destroyers? Were they going to be ad hoc groups or small formations, or integrated into larger forces like their armored divisions?
  11. My personal favorite university president letter, dating from October 24th; She also sent out a letter about post-election affairs, but it was depressingly drab. She has a salary of more than $300,000 if I correctly understand.
  12. There is a thread posted there about post-election suicide prevention.
  13. http://greatlanguagegame.com I thought it was an amusing game and somewhat relevant, it is interesting to hear the differences between various languages. On the other hand when it gets to things like distinguishing between Hausa/Swahili/Telugu/Javanese it gets rather difficult…
  14. Loans in butter were acceptable in 16th century Europe; European history provides examples of international lending in commodities to add verisimilitude to theoretical discourse. In the 1520s Lubeck made loans to Sweden in kind, that is, in goods, and in the 1550s King Gustav Vasa made loans in both money and goods (Heckscher, 1931 [1953], pp. 213-14). The 1520s loans were repaid, as well as made, in kind, and in consumption goods including, in 1532, butter. A payment due in 1527 was postponed, as it happened, because the food gathered for the purpose in Stockholm was suspected of having become tainted (ibid.). (A Financial History of Western Europe, pg. 260)
  15. I hope that this is for others adding in with some of our own? I had posted this but then my normal tendency to second guess myself came into effect and I was giving myself thoughts about it being primarily for you to post seminars that you have collected. MIT has its own recorded courses ( http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/audio-video-courses/#history ), but there are only 2 in the history section, and they are significantly shorter than their Open Yale Courses equivalent, and they weren't even playing for me earlier… which is admittedly probably more due to me not upgrading relevant software than the actual course. Asia in the Modern World looks quite interesting; I haven't looked at the others in the same detail but they are available on . I also really recommend the already-mentioned Open Yale Courses' Global problems of population growth, which while not in the history department was a majority or at least a plurality devoted to historical matters, and which was my favorite course that I had watched there. And there was even one about France, so high praise from me!
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