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The_Integral
The_Integral @ KV-2 tank

The Bishop was not heavy, weighing under 20 tons, and while I don't know much about its reliability record I would assume it is similar to that of the Valentine(which shared the same chassis), which was a quite reliable tank.

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The_Integral @ KV-2 tank

Events like that really don't reflect the greater usefulness of a vehicle. You can take any of the early war heavy tanks-Matilda IIs, Churchill Is, KVs, ect.-and find instances where they seemed like unstoppable beasts, but these events are far outnumbered by the ones were the heavy tanks end up abandoned in a ditch without ever firing a shot.

Ultimately though, the KV2 was a victim of its circumstances. It was a vehicle designed for assaulting hardpoints being operated in a time when the Soviets were doing very few offensive operations. By the time the Soviets' situation improved, German weapons had improved enough that the tank's armor was no longer sufficient to make up for its massive profile, slow speed, and short range.

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The_Integral @ T-72 rush

Aye, no experienced general would do that, but the Soviets had the bad habit of positioning politicians to lead their troops. Voroshilov even stepped it up a notch during the Winter War, by not only sending tanks in alone, he didn't even give them orders for what to do if they broke through(and since Soviet tanks of the era didn't have radios, this meant they just ended up milling around uselessly behind Finnish lines until they were all finally picked off).

Plus, the Russians made the same basic mistake of sending in tanks with insufficient support at Grozny in 1994.

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The_Integral @ Forgotten Hope 2.4

Did you check your server filters? If you get on at an odd time there might not be many players, but even then you should be getting much more than 5 servers.

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The_Integral @ bestest camo or what?

Granted, it won't be a huge difference, but it's not necessarily useless. For instance, if the plane is on the ground at an airfield, camouflage will play a factor in concealing the plane since radar and other traditional sensors any enemy aircraft are using will have much more difficulty differentiating it from its surroundings then they normally would were the aircraft in the air.

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The_Integral @ Ratte's explosion

The thing that would be exploding would be ammunition, not the engine. Seeing as the Ratte using a turret from a battlecruiser it probably would have a similar magazine, and naval magazines cooking off create a pretty gigantic explosion. Having seen it in game it looks like a small atom bomb and is no doubt exaggerated, but it would be a pretty large explosion in any case.

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The_Integral @ Stealth helicopter - Operation Neptune Spear

Do you have a source for that? I've heard basically what you said from multiple people but I don't buy that the US would not release any info on the helicopter at all yet give a detailed explanation like that.

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The_Integral @ LOL UNBALANCED T80 VS M1A1

Why do so many people here not understand that depleted uranium is not radioactive...

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The_Integral @ COH: Eastern Front MOD IS-3

I would assume it would destroy the engine, since that's what petrol bombs were usually used for in WW2. However, flamethrowers have limited range and are extremely conspicuous, so I can't imagine one being useful against a tank that had any proper support.

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The_Integral @ South Korean K-2 Black Panther

Not to mention the only way to create an EMP of any size is with a nuke, and once nukes start flying around it's pretty much over anyways.

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The_Integral @ Delicious flan

Flan is a custard, it's kind of like a creme brulee without the hard sugary crust.

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The_Integral @ Predator

Well, UAV controllers wouldn't need anywhere near the amount of training a pilot needs. I've worked with civilian UAVs, which are no doubt much less advanced than what the military uses, and you don't really need to do much other than watching for anything going wrong and imputing new orders when necessary. Plus, since military UAVs have a large signal delay, as they're often controlled from very far from the war zone, any air superiority UAV would need to be able to pretty much fight completely on its own.

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The_Integral @ Predator

UAVs certainly have advantages, primarily in cost, but I wouldn't expect to see manned aircraft completely disappear. Besides the technological hurdles facing a UAV that needs to be able to make split second decisions without the aid of a human controller, I simply cannot imagine a military willing to completely go over to a system that requires a GPS hookup to function. Most militarys are already very reliant on GPS or similar systems, but mostly in secondary functions. Having your entire air force grounded because satellite communications were impeded would very different.

Also, there is a very real advantage to having even a relatively small number of highly advanced fighters. For example, the US has basically not had to endure any significant air combat in the last few decades, mostly because the F-15 showed itself to be pretty much invulnerable to anything they were fighting. There's little doubt that Iraq would have fielded its air force in 2003, rather than scuttling most of it, if they thought they could do damage to the US forces even if they still knew they couldn't obtain air superiority.

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The_Integral @ Tank Fails

Different things for different people, I personally like FH2 a lot better than FH.7. It has less total content and tank combat is a little off, but infantry plays so much better than in .7 it completely makes up for it.

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The_Integral @ Predator

B1's are intended to be used in the way you mentioned, not B2s. B2s are far too valuable for the US to risk in any sort of air-to-air engagement, and the only reason to include B1's is to compensate for the F-35's and F-22's relatively low payload of missiles while stealthed.

Furthermore, the US armed forces have expressed no concern over the ability of the F-22 to handle other air superiority fighters. While Russia and China may be working on their own programs, almost all specific information regarding the F-22 and other modern fighters is classified, the PAK-FA/T-50 is still in the prototyping phase, and almost nothing at all is known about the J-20. There is no way anyone outside of the intelligence community can make any reasonable comparison between these fighters.

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The_Integral @ Tank Fails

It's the Forgotten Hope mod for 1942. It's an amazing mod that adds a ton of new content if you still play 1942(and it still has players online I hear), but there's also a version for BF2.

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The_Integral @ Forgotten Hope 2

Certainly if you can have only one branch, you want a land army. However,I'm referring to the fact that most well funded militarys value the three branches roughly equally. For instance, the distribution(percentages) in the US budget is as follows:
Army : 31.8
Navy : 27.4
Airforce: 22
This is of course not a perfect comparison though because all three branches have their own aircraft, infantry, and ships(except the airforce).

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The_Integral @ Forgotten Hope 2

It's much more complex than the manpower disrupted to each front and there are more complex factors involved. For instance, most of the major eastern "collaborators" (Ukraine, Finland, Romania ect.) didn't like the Germans either, but they hated the Soviets. These nations would not have fought against any of the other allies, it was the Soviets own bad foreign policy that made these nations align with Germany.

Plus, by modern standards naval and air power are equally important as a land army and the western allies certainly did more than the soviets in terms of destroying the Axis's airforces and navys.

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The_Integral @ leopard 2 and marden 1a5

I'm assuming he means for export variants, the US obviously has modern equipment for its own tanks.

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The_Integral @ Warhammer 40K Fan Group

I was confused by that boss. Was there even a point to destroying the towers?

It took me and my friend about half an hour to kill him in the Eldar campaign.

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The_Integral @ Tank Lovers Group

"But if the front will get a nasty hit and Du starts pouring out of the front armor the crew will have to bail (du is very radioactive and flamable"

Pure DU is barely radioactive at all, and externally it's not much more harmful than common, naturally occurring elements like radon. This isn't to say there aren't health concerns with it, but its small degree of radioactivity really isn't the main problem.

Also, while it is highly reactive, in bulk it isn't any more flammable than many other metals used in armor like aluminum. Under the right conditions it can "burn" even at room temperature, but a solid plate or mesh of the substance won't ignite from an HE round any more than a M113 would.

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The_Integral @ Header Idea.

Take off the text, it's redundant since moddb already puts text on top of the banner.

Otherwise it looks good, and not stretched like the other ones were.

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The_Integral @ Chinese Cromwell (was catured during Korean war!)

It used the same round and had very similar performance to the M3 75mm that was used with the Sherman. However, as late war Shermans mostly used the 76mm M1 they had an edge in AP performance.

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The_Integral @ Warhammer 40K Fan Group

The screen shot is from a freeware game called Battleships Forever. It's unrelated to WH40K but you can build your own ships to look like whatever you want.

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The_Integral @ Warhammer 40K Fan Group

It is just a presentation to THQ/Relic from when they were looking at the studio for the original Dawn of War game.

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The_Integral @ T34 and Sherman

It's purely conjecture, but it seems to me at least part of that could come from people looking at different levels of the command structure.

There wouldn't be much reason for a Soviet general to like the Sherman, as to him its a tank that fulfills the exact same role as the T-34 but presents an added logistics burden due to using unique ammunition, spare parts, ect. However, the crews actually driving the tanks would no doubt have a very different perspective of them.

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The_Integral @ Tank Lovers Group

Well, all auto-loaders are pretty big, and circular, revolving magazines are actually pretty common on them, albeit they generally aren't oriented directly behind the gun like a revolver.

The problem with the said design is that the tank would need both a human loader and a auto-loader, since it could fire 6 shells at a very fast rate of fire but then would need to be reloaded manually.

Also, 13 rounds/minute is pretty average for a modern gun. Manually loaded Leopards and M1A2s both average around 15 r/m.

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The_Integral @ Some HOT mil jets

About 200 will be built, but they're not attached to their own squadrons. The plan was never to completely replace F-15s, rather it was to integrate F-22s into the existing structure. The production halt means now there will be about a 1:3 ratio of F-22s to F-15s in a squadron, rather than the originally planned 1:1 ratio.

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The_Integral @ T34 and Sherman

The source of the photo said it was taken in the Austrian Alps.

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The_Integral @ T34 and Sherman

"Tommy Cooker" was coined as a result of early/mid war Shermans having a slightly higher than average chance of catching fire when hit, Shermans had a superb reliability history with the Western nations that used it. I've never heard of the Soviets having a problem with it, but if they did I would guess it was caused by the weaker training of Soviet drivers(T34s were famously easy to drive, Shermans not so much).

And Soviets crews loved the Sherman, in addition to excellent visibility and a 3-man turret it was practically like riding in a Cadillac when compared to most Soviet tanks. Hell, it even had leather seats.

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