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Thanks for the link MLC, I have an interest in Tanks in general, more so the German ones from an engineering standpoint because they weren't over engineered like some may think, they were in fact over complicated for what they needed to do, however, the technology developed back then paved the way for modern day Tanks and armoured vehicles.

 

Tanks are cool. I got to go inside a WWII era tank when I was a kid at an airshow at Moffett Field Naval Air Station. I was too young to appreciate it or learn much about it but I did develope an affection for tanks and planes and other things that day.

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I got to crawl around a Soviet T-55 tank once (in Hawaii, thanks for asking). Soviet tankers had to be short.

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I got to crawl around a Soviet T-55 tank once (in Hawaii, thanks for asking). Soviet tankers had to be short.

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There was a tank battle in WW2 where the Soviet Union brought in loads of tanks on trains to outnumber the superior German ones. Not sure which battle ?

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Hi,

 

There was a tank battle in WW2 where the Soviet Union brought in loads of tanks on trains to outnumber the superior German 9ones. Not sure which battle ?

Probably Kursk, the largest tank battle ever fought.
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Tanks were a big part on both sides in North Africa too.

 

They did indeed, and I'm no expert but the British Tanks were vastly outclassed by the German equivalent. The Cruisers were not reliable enough, and didn't have the penetration against the German armour, even with AP rounds, and it was really only with the introduction of the M4 Sherman , M3 Lee and the M3 Grant (the M3 Grant was a very similar tank but with a British turret) when the odds were finally somewhere near equalled. Surprisingly the M4 Sherman, most often associated with the European theatre of WW2 first saw action in North Africa in British hands. Needless to say there were a few surprised German Panzer commanders at El Alamein.

 

I'd like to take this opportunity to say "Thanks" to the USA for all their help in WW2, otherwise we'd have been well up shit (or should that be schiesse) creek without a paddle.

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They did indeed, and I'm no expert but the British Tanks were vastly outclassed by the German equivalent. The Cruisers were not reliable enough, and didn't have the penetration against the German armour, even with AP rounds, and it was really only with the introduction of the M4 Sherman , M3 Lee and the M3 Grant (the M3 Grant was a very similar tank but with a British turret) when the odds were finally somewhere near equalled. Surprisingly the M4 Sherman, most often associated with the European theatre of WW2 first saw action in North Africa in British hands. Needless to say there were a few surprised German Panzer commanders at El Alamein.

 

I'd like to take this opportunity to say "Thanks" to the USA for all their help in WW2, otherwise we'd have been well up shit (or should that be schiesse) creek without a paddle.

 

Germany would have been eventually defeated without us. We may have eventually defeated Japan in the Pacific but we needed help there.

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I finished A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami which was an enjoyable read with one of the most quirky, eccentric plots I've ever read. He has a good writing style so I think I may well read some more of his. I'll give this one 8 out of 10. I've been so busy this year my reading rate has slowed down to it's slowest since 2012 when I only read 16 books. I normally read well over 20 but so far this year I'm on my tenth which is Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis.

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I just finished Mark Bowden’s “Hue 1968:  A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam”.  It’s one of the best non-fiction book that I’ve read about the Vietnam War.  

I was in high school in 1968 and getting too close for comfort to draft age so I was paying close attention to the news media accounts of the Tet Offensive.  I thought I knew a lot about it, but Mark Bowden’s book revealed that I knew very little.  I apparently was drinking General William Westmoreland’s Kool-Aid about the inconsequential and ineffective Viet Cong and NVA forces during the Battle of Hue.  

https://www.amazon.com/Hue-1968-Turning-American-Vietnam/dp/0802127002/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=battle+of+hue&qid=1551839669&s=gateway&sr=8-1

 

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On 3/6/2019 at 2:52 AM, Yujin said:

I just finished Mark Bowden’s “Hue 1968:  A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam”.  It’s one of the best non-fiction book that I’ve read about the Vietnam War.  

I was in high school in 1968 and getting too close for comfort to draft age so I was paying close attention to the news media accounts of the Tet Offensive.  I thought I knew a lot about it, but Mark Bowden’s book revealed that I knew very little.  I apparently was drinking General William Westmoreland’s Kool-Aid about the inconsequential and ineffective Viet Cong and NVA forces during the Battle of Hue.  

https://www.amazon.com/Hue-1968-Turning-American-Vietnam/dp/0802127002/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=battle+of+hue&qid=1551839669&s=gateway&sr=8-1

 

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There's another book coming out soon, I saw an article on it in the Daily Mail called "Shooting Vietnam" comes out at the end of July.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7228001/Gruesome-images-captured-military-photographers-pressure-politicians-end-campaign.html

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Last time in Pattaya I found a copy of an eye opening book even if it was first printed in 1991 and revised to some degree in 2003. Seems ancient but very fresh for me. The book is PARLIAMENT OF WHORES by P.J. O'Rourke. I am sure that many Americans here have read it but for someone who has no understanding of the political set up in the US it is an eye opening page turner. P.J takes no prisoners but seems to be fair and well balanced as he has chips on either shoulder. A recommended read. 

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