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  1. Gator checking in -
  2. Thanks so much for the chance to become involved at least on a part-time basis, when the opportunity arises! GatorBMC~~
  3. Will Kiev and Brest be made deep water ports? Surely you meant "Kiel" and not "Kiev"? Otherwise, that is gonna be one heckuva long canal, from the Ukraine to the Baltic/North Sea.
  4. Thank you for the sentiment. Now, call your Congressman and Senator and tell them that every 80 minutes a veteran commits suicide, and one in 20 are homeless. Vets need access to quality treatment, affordable housing and REAL employment and educational opportunities. Stop the GI Bill benefit cuts; raising the interest rates on Federal Student Loans for Veterans; slashing GI Housing Loans; and increase funding for the VA Health system. Any one of these would be a sincere "Thank you for your service" rather than the political platitudes exuding from Capital Hill.
  5. Congratz to all award and commendation recipients.
  6. We actually won a short campaign, the Bourdeaux wine is flowing like water, the planes are dropping loaves of sweetbreads by the metric tonne, medals are flying like confetti on the wind; this one just happens to have your name on it, for stepping up and helping the new guys. Tempest in a teacup, even the service dogs got citations.
  7. Not acceptable - Italy is NOT part of the map! What happened in Anzio stays in Anzio. Next thing you'll want is LW personnel driving Tiger tanks!
  8. M101a1 105mm Howitzers? In game? Be still my heart...
  9. No doubt someone will point out that there is not a background soundtrack, perhaps Sabaton's Primo Victoria?
  10. Congratz, Merlin51! Well earned and much deserved!
  11. I second the nomination.
  12. 1. Assuming one has sufficient rank, missions may be started on either the brigade hq or the Theatre Map screens. 2. MSPs are placed using a vehicle (Axis may use either an Opel or a half track; Allieds: Laffy for the French, Bedford or Morris for the British).
  13. Hear hear!
  14. As has been said by many before me, these certainly were "the Greatest Generation."
  15. Agree totally; another Vet's Day Bump.
  16. On my paternal side, I had 4 uncles who saw active combat in WW2, 2 had ships sunk from under them at Iron Bottom Sound. My father's eldest brother, while involved in a firefight with parts of 17th SS Panzergrenadiers, was killed on July 28th, 1944, just north of Percy. The final of my father's brothers drove a Sherman in the 6th Armored Divison. He received 2 Purple Hearts. His first was awarded during the Battle for Avranches. During a lull in the bombardment of the old fortress, my uncle Lawson climbed out of his tank to releave himself. His "privacy" was not as private as he supposed, as a round from a sniper hit the large stone upon which he had perched himself, and fragments from it and the bullet lodged in his right buttock. His second was rather more impressive, earned during the Battle of Bastogne. His account of the action was that his Easy Eight had been tracked and set afire by a 75mm (he was very certain in his recounting of this story, that it was NOT an 88). As the crew was mostly bailed out, the after ammo stowage "cooked off" blowing the surviving members out of the vehicle and into a nearby snowbank, where they watched a pair of P47s avenged them upon a panzer company. On my maternal side, my grandfather was a Lancaster pilot assigned to 35 Squadron, No. 8 Group "Pathfinders." He was shot down on a mission over Bonn in Feb. 1945, leaving an orphaned daughter in Cardigan, Wales, who would ultimately become my mother.
  17. My memory is not what it used to be (initial signs of 'Old Timers' dis-ease?) but wasn't Lexfire associated with one of these squads?