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 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: "Germany tested tactical nuclear device in WW2"

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:00 pm 

Replies: 22
Views: 664


We Germans are utterly, totally, completely paranoid about nuclear radiation. Trust me, if someone had detonated a nuke in Germany you'd knew. If POWs and concentration camp inmates had been used as Guinea Pigs the ongoing outrage and hysteria over this would be ... Hard to describe but remember we...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: US Flag at the opening ceremonies

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:06 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 202


The tags told the tale: he's black, she's white, so he should have been selected solely on that basis, and doing otherwise was racist dishonorable. On the other hand, she's female and he isn't. Difficult question who's more disadvantaged. Personally I'd have been in tears regardless of who had won ...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Article by an E-6B crewman

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:03 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 457


I'm more worried about nuclear war now, and I still sleep fine. Same for me though I think that my chances of surviving a nuclear war have increased a lot. If the Cold War had turned hot, it wouldn't have taken a lot time until tactical nukes would have been used on the battlefield and Germany woul...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: This is Jotun, signing off (for now)

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:50 pm 

Replies: 54
Views: 753


Congrats !

And take your time, nothing's more important than getting well again.

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Article by an E-6B crewman

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:14 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 457


I’ve just popped over to post a link to that; it makes for interesting reading. I did have to laugh at this bit; Those who lived through the Cold War had trouble escaping the constant fear of a nuclear apocalypse. Studies of children who grew up during that era have found pervasive feelings of anxi...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Testing the Chinese

 Post subject: Re: Testing the Chinese
Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:27 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 417


Apart from being a test as described above, my interest in the watch is from a general interest in mechanical systems. It’s interesting to observe the mechanism in action, and I guess you could call it a novelty item. But it is not solely mechanical watches that I’m talking about in the more genera...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Testing the Chinese

 Post subject: Re: Testing the Chinese
Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:18 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 417


The Chinese manufacturing industry seems to have come a long way in recent years, the quality is increasing yet the costs seem to remain low. If they start being able to establish "real" brand names as well that works in the west they may be able to capture a market share in the "qua...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Founder of GSG 9 dead

 Post subject: Re: Founder of GSG 9 dead
Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:02 pm 

Replies: 2
Views: 166


He's right up there with all the other great lawmen. *salute* Him, his unit and the Landshut are symbols of a dark time... I was seven at that time (and went to school about an km away from the GSG9 barracks) but I still remember depressed mood before Mogadishu and the incredible joy when they got ...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Brexit impact report

 Post subject: Re: Brexit impact report
Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:01 am 

Replies: 52
Views: 1705


I think few people realised Turkey was even asking to join, I mean how much time has been spent of telling people which countries have asked to join?? The EU is just scooping up countries whatever state they are in in a willy waving exercise to say ' we are this big', ' we have this population' and...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Brexit impact report

 Post subject: Re: Brexit impact report
Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:52 am 

Replies: 52
Views: 1705


I understand and sympathise with your concerns. I agree that our positions now seem quite close to one another. The problem is that if the British government were always domestically open and consistent about its EU policy, probably Britain would have already left the EU, or even never joined. Memb...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Brexit impact report

 Post subject: Re: Brexit impact report
Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:16 pm 

Replies: 52
Views: 1705


It is hard for me to think of an example that more neatly illustrates my point than this. Successive British governments have supported Turkish membership of the EU diplomatically for many years, despite the fact that Turkish EU membership is drastically unpopular among the British public. The Brit...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Brexit impact report

 Post subject: Re: Brexit impact report
Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:25 am 

Replies: 52
Views: 1705


Cameron became leader of the Conservative Party in 2005, and Prime Minister in 2010. Did he say anything like that as Prime Minister? Your theory is that the British people are inclined to support the EU (or at least neutrally inclined), but are put off it by Europhobe politicians. Cameron condemni...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Brexit impact report

 Post subject: Re: Brexit impact report
Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:27 pm 

Replies: 52
Views: 1705


Was reminded the other day of a campaign slogan the Tories used in 2001: 'In Europe 'Not run by Europe'. In 2017 I think May et al have changed it to: 'Not in Europe 'But run by Europe'. ;) I'm no expert so I might missing something. But it's completely beyond me how the UK could stay in something ...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Brexit impact report

 Post subject: Re: Brexit impact report
Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:54 am 

Replies: 52
Views: 1705


I think that the British political class always liked to play the "us vs. them" card in regard to the EU and you can't turn back decades of political messages within a few months of campaigning. What British government has ever done this? In my experience British governments have been rel...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: I guess when you have an MoH...

Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:57 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 323


Jokes aside: The haircut could be deliberate. In his line of work a haircut that doesn't say "military" might be very helpful now and then. What do you think? I have no idea if they conduct missions where they pose as civilians. My guess is that you don't do much of undercover work anymor...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Brexit impact report

 Post subject: Re: Brexit impact report
Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:41 pm 

Replies: 52
Views: 1705


Yes, that's correct. The campaign reminded me very much of the Scottish Referendum campaign. In both any mentions of potential downsides were shoured down. The levers on both even used 'Project Fear'. I think there were two huge differences between the campaigns. The first one was that Scotland had...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Submarines: Sex, Drugs And SSBNs

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:53 am 

Replies: 48
Views: 1744


No argument about cocain but by now people should know that non fraternisation doesn't work that well. Might as well order the sun to rise in the north. But the Captain of a SSBN? I mean, in the worst case he's expected to follow an order to kill a few million people. If he hasn't got the willpower...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: NATO Grapples with Serious Organizational Shortcomings

Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:38 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 272


For quite some time, the smaller command posts were more than sufficient because the armies belonging to the alliance no longer saw large land wars as the greatest risk. Indeed, the militaries underwent substantial changes, instead focusing on "international crisis management," a referenc...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Re: World War One + 100 Years Archive of Discussions

Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:53 pm 

Replies: 371
Views: 11257


German troops land on Oesel Island at the mouth of the Gulf of Riga. Thanks for posting. Oesel was a pretty large amphibious operation involving significant parts of the German navy. There were some clips of a propaganda movie made about it which shows things like the loading and unloading of horse...

 Forum: War Against Terrorism   Topic: Navy SEALs Were Ready

 Post subject: Re: Navy SEALs Were Ready
Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:44 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 377


DaveAAA wrote:
Ms. Coleman's family are glad to see her returned, but they are vocally unhappy with their son-in-law for taking their pregnant daughter to Afghanistan.


I fully agree with them being unhappy with their son-in-law. But I'd also question the judgement of their daughter.
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