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  1. Dogs? Parachutes? Yes?
  2. That's an understatement. If they had cut off the German forces, it is entirely possible that the forces in Italy might have been able to enter Germany from the south long before the Russians even approached the border.
  3. *shrug* Patton was overrated. He was the Stalin of the Allied side. The lives of his men were expendable, so long as he got his name in the history books. Much like General Mark 'Lookitme, I'm teh king of Rome!' Clark.
  4. Hiyas. A friend is trying to renew his subscription, but it won't accept his valid credit card info. Which rat does he have to provide sexual favours to in order to resolve this? Please and thank you.
  5. Beevor is very good. Heh. Actually, it was the last of the three books to come out. The publisher didn't think it was exciting enough. It ends with the author's unit finally leaving England in early-July 1944, so it was mostly about the process of becoming a soldier and the Canadians in Great Britain with very little combat. I found it fascinating, but my main focus of interest is the story of low man on the totem pole, not the Generals, so it suited me fine. Some interesting little tidbits in there, too. For example, the Allies landed several troops of guns from the Royal Canadian Artillery during the Battle of France. They were being sent to help fortify the French lines in the hopes that the British could be re-landed in the South of France to help the French push north. This was scrapped very quickly, and the Canadians were recalled, ordered to destroy their stores and material, and to board a ship set to depart the next day. Now, they new that at best the Germans were days away from where they were, they had an idle crew and an empty ship. They began to immediately put their guns, tractors and everything they could onto the ship. This was in direct violation of their orders, but they did it anyhow. By the time the ship had to sail to meet it's escorts, they had loaded everything except for one gun tractor, which they dutifully set on fire before driving it off the dock into the sea. By the time they reached England, their guns were the ONLY modern artillery that the British had left. Pretty much everything else had been blown up to prevent it from falling into German hands. Retrospectively, this doesn't mean much... it's not like they needed field artillery at the time, and by the time they did, there was plenty. At the time though, it was considered a minor Godsend, with them expecting Germans on the beaches at any moment.
  6. I recently re-read 'the Guns Trilogy' by George Blackburn. He was a forward observation officer with the 4th Royal Canadian Artillery Regiment in Northern Europe. Through the three books he recounts his memoirs and the stories of those he fought with starting from the days before he volunteered, through training at home and abroad, across the beaches and fields of Normandy, through to the bloody slogging match that was the Battle of the Scheldt. Where the Hell Are the Guns?: A Soldier's View of the Anxious Years, 1939-44 The Guns of Normandy: A Soldier's Eye View, France 1944 The Guns of Victory: A Soldier's Eye View, Belgium, Holland, and Germany, 1944-45 This other book is about all of the deception that went into D-Day, and is largely based on material that was declassified by the British in the 1990s. Provides a great deal of background on espionage in general. Book is also large enough to use in self-defense, assuming you can lift it over your head. Bodyguard of Lies: The Extraordinary True Story Behind D-Day
  7. Or the weaponless variants called 'Defrocked Priests' AKA 'Kangaroos'.
  8. 25-Lb artillery cannon with carriage and Chevy Field Artillery Tractor(FAT) "The first of the new Mk II was issued to 8th Army Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery in April of 1940, and its first use in action was in Norway in 1940. Thereafter the 25pdr served with few changes throughout the war..." If it wasn't for these, we'd all be speaking German.
  9. Canadians are the obvious choice to be added next. The first Canadians were on the continent in the weeks following the Blitzkrieg. They were landed to assist the French on stabilizing the line, but when it became apparent that that was not going to happen, were withdrawn to Great Britain.
  10. Very Interesting. Thanks. Here's some videos about a battle we won. Part 1 iHj88WeLohk Part 2 AlRI94wLH0I Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10
  11. Nice. Thanks. The Canadian memorial at Saint Julien is one of my favorite.
  12. HIs name is 'Nope I changed it David SuckerD'.
  13. If two completely modern armies went head to head, the first thing they would do is use passives against each other to damage or destroy computer and electronic equipment. The ability to hurl unguided chunks of steel, lead or stone will ALWAYS be required.
  14. Literally. 'Undermine' comes from the fact that they used to dig a mine under castle wals, the purpose to take away the wall's footing and make them more subscetible to battering rams and the like.