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Re: US Half Tracks in British use

Post by yantaylor » 23 Oct 2019 11:01

No OP, we drive on the correct side of the road, the Europeans and Americans drive on the wronge side!

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Re: US Half Tracks in British use

Post by Sheldrake » 23 Oct 2019 11:47

yantaylor wrote:
22 Oct 2019 20:30
I was surprised that the British motorized company had no White Scout Cars, I would have thought that these would have been in the HQ along with jeeps and motorcycles.
Would an armoured squadron equipped with Comets be exactly the same as the ones with Cromwell’s and Sherman’s but with Comets? Or did the British bring in a new organization late in the war.

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Re: US Half Tracks in British use

Post by OpanaPointer » 23 Oct 2019 13:43

yantaylor wrote:
23 Oct 2019 11:01
No OP, we drive on the correct side of the road, the Europeans and Americans drive on the wronge side!

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I understand you need to keep your sword side free. I miss the 12th C. too. :lol:
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Re: US Half Tracks in British use

Post by yantaylor » 23 Oct 2019 21:18

Thanks Sheldrake.

You have lost me there OP, what is the 12th C?

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Re: US Half Tracks in British use

Post by OpanaPointer » 23 Oct 2019 21:42

yantaylor wrote:
23 Oct 2019 21:18
Thanks Sheldrake.

You have lost me there OP, what is the 12th C?

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12th Century, when people wore swords and rode horses. (That's probably off by a few hundred years. I haven't watched enough Time Team to be a savant in that area.)
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Re: US Half Tracks in British use

Post by yantaylor » 23 Oct 2019 22:42

God bless time team, bring it back I say.

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Re: US Half Tracks in British use

Post by OpanaPointer » 23 Oct 2019 23:07

yantaylor wrote:
23 Oct 2019 22:42
God bless time team, bring it back I say.

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Re: US Half Tracks in British use

Post by Sheldrake » 24 Oct 2019 00:32

yantaylor wrote:
23 Oct 2019 21:18
Thanks Sheldrake.

You have lost me there OP, what is the 12th C?

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Not my typo. But the C12th was a good time for castles and siege artillery of a muscle powered variety.

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Re: US Half Tracks in British use

Post by OpanaPointer » 24 Oct 2019 00:33

Sheldrake wrote:
24 Oct 2019 00:32
yantaylor wrote:
23 Oct 2019 21:18
Thanks Sheldrake.

You have lost me there OP, what is the 12th C?

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Not my typo. But the C12th was a good time for castles and siege artillery of a muscle powered variety.
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Re: US Half Tracks in British use

Post by yantaylor » 24 Oct 2019 11:32

Wow I just had a discussion with an ex-US Army Colonel who had been a battalion Co, and he wiped the floor with me and the British army, he said that the British never managed to combine infantry and armour and they couldn’t come close to the US Armies use of ‘Combat Commands’.

I said that I was fully aware of how the US armoured divisions had three battalions of infantry, three of armour and three of artillery, which could split into three groups three. I also said that the British got their act together, somewhat in 1942 and had more infantry per armoured division then the Americans, three US to four Brits. But he dismissed and said we couldn’t combine them. He said that an American army would not send tanks into the attack without infantry and artillery, which is what the British did in 1940-42.

Now I gave up, because this guy was more up on this stuff, so maybe he was right, but if he was how come we managed to be so successful.
He also dragged Monty through the mud, saying he was a rubbish, slow and out of touch with modern armoured warfare.

I thought I was lucky to get out of the discussion in one piece :lol:

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Re: US Half Tracks in British use

Post by OpanaPointer » 24 Oct 2019 13:22

I got into a "discussion" with a ex-Soviet historian who was convinced that Dieppe and the D-Day landings were about the same size.
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Re: US Half Tracks in British use

Post by yantaylor » 24 Oct 2019 14:54

Hi OP, I got a soft spot for both the Dieppe and D Day landings, as my uncle was given the 'military medel' at Dieppe and then he and my father went on to land in Frence on 6th June.

I think your Russian friend should seek some help with his mental health :D

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Re: US Half Tracks in British use

Post by Aber » 24 Oct 2019 17:03

yantaylor wrote:
24 Oct 2019 11:32
He also dragged Monty through the mud, saying he was a rubbish, slow and out of touch with modern armoured warfare.
Ask about the biggest single day advance by an armoured division - liberation of Brussels. :wink:

As to Montgomery's views on armoured warfare:

http://www.fieldmarshalmontgomery.com/u ... dec_44.pdf

1944 doctrine, with core message emphasised "success will be obtained only by the most intimate cooperation of all arms in the division".

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Re: US Half Tracks in British use

Post by OpanaPointer » 24 Oct 2019 17:39

yantaylor wrote:
24 Oct 2019 14:54
Hi OP, I got a soft spot for both the Dieppe and D Day landings, as my uncle was given the 'military medel' at Dieppe and then he and my father went on to land in Frence on 6th June.

I think your Russian friend should seek some help with his mental health :D

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I gave him an atlas of wwii. He was a bit gobsmacked.
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Re: US Half Tracks in British use

Post by yantaylor » 24 Oct 2019 20:54

Thanks Abner, I may just PM him the whole pamphlet, he will go balistic!

OP, tell him that the Bruneval Raid was the largest out of them all!

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