- Aug 1, 2002
Please tell me that helmet was a real thing.
The realm rejoices as Paradox Interactive announces the launch of Crusader Kings III, the latest entry in the publisher’s grand strategy role-playing game franchise. Advisors may now jockey for positions of influence and adversaries should save their schemes for another day, because on this day Crusader Kings III can be purchased on Steam, the Paradox Store, and other major online retailers.
The giant ears? Yep. It was a real portable acoustic locator, made by a Dutch firm (and perhaps used by the Dutch army, of this I am not sure). Here's the description I found of it : "The Dutch personal parabola, 1930s. This personal sound locator consists of two parabolic sections, presumably made from aluminium for lightness. They are mounted a fixed distance apart, but the size of the human head varies somewhat. To accommodate this, it appears that the instrument is fitted with inflatable ear-pads. According to a report dated 1935, this device was put into at least limited production."Please tell me that helmet was a real thing.
I love weird military equipment. Our species' awfully good at killing itself, in simple, brutal, lethal ways, but we also have this uncanny ability to invent bizarre tools for finding/maiming/killing our brethren.Impressive start to the real war... still loving all the flavour you add through the many characters and 'unorthodox' pieces of equipment... Aluminium ears, really, won't those reflect sunlight really well and reveal your position? Probably the least of that design's problems, but still, a pretty big flaw.
Decoy or not, this seems like the only time those C2s can be somewhat useful. As most of the Luftwaffe is in Poland, they only have to be protected on the ground, so they can actually get somewhere... very slowly... rolling up the Siegfried line along the way, before they are all destroyed. In any case, one hell of a decoy strategy, playing right into German idea that the French haven't learned anything new, on a tactics level, since the Great War...very clever, right into their feelings of superiority.
You Sir are much too kind. I should have written a lot more for this last update to make it real good - meh, to make it better. The German HQ scene is way too short, for example. I should have milked it more, so the sudden offensive is not immediately recognized as something major, also the offensive's success should come as a shock to French HQ officers who certainly thought it impossible to drive deep into Germany. Even I, as a player, find it odd that I can! Two or three additional pages could have done the trick. Let this be a warning to aspiring writers: whatever the urge you have to conclude a chapter, ask yourself if it's long (or short) enough.AtlanticFriend, once again you prove yourself a beautiful writer. Just fantastic.
Yeah, I was shocked to see Poland melt away like that. It had a sizeable (fifty divisions!) and respectable in-game army (not to mention the real one) and would have deserved a lot better. I do have pictures of Polish volunteer units which fought as part of the French Army in 1939, and you can bet they'll be featured in a future update, ready to make pierogy out of whatever Axis unit stands in front of theirs. Hell, they should be the most motivated soldiers of the French army now, and I pity whatever French officer will have to hold them back. It's going to be like that scene from 'Battle of Britain', only worse.Enjoyed that episode - always keen for a bit of intense armoured action. Interested to see where the broader offensive goes, even if it is still too late for poor old Poland.
That's why he's so keen on classical education - he knows he would have benefited from it (or paying attention during the one he had) so is trying to stop others making the same mistakes he did.Job-wise, I'm typing down the recording of a Minister supposed to be keen on, y'know, classical education. I feel the urgent need to send him and his cabinet a pocket edition of an Alexandre Dumas book, so they can see how the French language is supposed to be spoken and written. Whenever we let them speak without adult supervision, it's like 'Veep', without the jokes.
That's very good news.Writing, writing, writing... I'm 50% done for the next update.
Interesting job you've got there, I'm sure being that close to the actual politicians must give you some extra insight into those circles, always a plus for an AAR like this one...Job-wise, I'm typing down the recording of a Minister supposed to be keen on, y'know, classical education. I feel the urgent need to send him and his cabinet a pocket edition of an Alexandre Dumas book, so they can see how the French language is supposed to be spoken and written. Whenever we let them speak without adult supervision, it's like 'Veep', without the jokes.
Seems about right.That's why he's so keen on classical education - he knows he would have benefited from it (or paying attention during the one he had) so is trying to stop others making the same mistakes he did.
It sure is for me, as that means I might grab a little additional "reading time". I have Cornelius Ryan's book about the Battle of Berlin, a Mao biography, H.H. Kirst's "8/15 The revolt of Corporal Asch" crying for attention on my bedside table.That's very good news.
I cannot complain too much about my job: I've had a nice career, my job puts me in a position to meet interesting people and contribute, however modestly, to interesting projects that can affect a sizable part of the population, and my work as union delegate allows me to fight some good fights (which, as time flies by, certainly satisfies some sort of Three Musketeers-like ego trip in which I'd definitely be Porthos). Venting about semi-literate Ministers and their cohort of special advisors/speechwriters is an added bonus.Interesting job you've got there, I'm sure being that close to the actual politicians must give you some extra insight into those circles, always a plus for an AAR like this one...
The SOMUAs have yet to roll out of my factories in any significant number - a bit like the Panzer IIIs.I am surprised von Leeb would fall for an attack by France's lesser tanks as the main offensive.
No Somua S35s? Then it must be the diversion.
Ummm.... are you still okay as of now?I think my "English submarine vocabulary issues" are solved, thanks to William Tuohy's 'The bravest man', a book about USS Wahoo in WW2. I really should thank ly ex-in-laws for giving me this book. Yes... I .... really......... should................................ thank......................................................
Fine and dandy!Ummm.... are you still okay as of now?