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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Edward, The Black Prince

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  1. I've got some pictures of Dachau somewhere - visited in 2012. That was not a pleasant experience but please I paid my respects and its got for an education of the soul and real morality.
  2. Blimey that's a long list! What was the most interesting? I think everyone should visit one in their lifetime. Will genuinely ground everyone.
  3. I haven't. I've seen it advertised. Any good? I see its based in Hastings which is about 2 hours from me.
  4. To be honest I don't read the articles any more. I found them to be lacking in historical accuracy with a lack of academia on the part of the author clearly visible. The result of this was a large amount of people being misinformed ending up in a whole army of comments on Facebook of largely nonsense. I also detected a current of anti-British feeling amongst the articles. It seemed for a while that articles predominantly highlighted examples of things Britain has done badly and examples of things the US has done well mixed in with a bit of hero worshipping of Nazi Germany. As much as I like Americans there is often a reluctance to praise anyone else. This may have changed now but it certainly put me off. I just stick to the forum now.
  5. I'm east of Portsmouth on the south coast of England. Its really good for history as a lot of the Battle of Britain was fought overhead and there are old runways dotted about and pill boxes and stuff. Also the home of the Royal Navy is in Portsmouth and there loads to see HMS Victory, Warrior, Alliance and the D-Day musem (d-day launced from Portsmouth). A lot older history too. Fair few castles about, forts, Roman stuff and iron age hill forts. London not too far way as well and there is lots there. Not been to New York yet. Would like too!
  6. England's alright! If you like history, particularly military and political, then it is a bit of a goldmine. Where abouts in the US are you from? I went to LA, San Diego and Chicago last year. When I visit I do try and tick off as much US history as I can. USS Iowa on the last visit and saw the Midway too. A couple of the active carriers were in port too. Been to Peal Harbour a few years back and did the museum, tour by the Arizona, tour of USS Bowfin and also looked round the aviation museum. Love my history! Berlin the year before. PS I'll give the game another go I reckon.
  7. Hi, Sorry for the late reply. I am playing as the RAF as I am English. I have spent ages shooting away at planes trying to take into count deflection. I damage planes and then quite often they out skill me and I end up dead! I think in the 3/4 games I have played I have shot down 1 plane! Damaged a few. I don't really play games much any more but it does look good and is fun. One of those games you need to commit time to though.
  8. I have recently, yes. Someone else on here recommended it. I've played a few hours a few weeks back. Had a go with a tank but mostly planes. Was fun. Haven't got used to the interface though with all the upgrades. You like it then? Takes an age to shoot anyone down.
  9. Not a huge fan of either three really. If pushed to choose probably the P-47. Favourite of all US planes in the war would probably be the Dakota and the Corsair. P-40 is a nice looking plane too.
  10. Got one I'm solidly reading which is: A few I'm dipping in and out of:
  11. It depends what your parameters are really. Spitfire and Hurricane were designed as short range interceptors and in that role they were excellent. Mustang brilliant as a long range fighter.
  12. The Mosquito was a great plane so that would be my choice. B-25 worth a shout too.
  13. The info I can find is that the fastest plane over a "lap", which appears to be how it is measured now, is by a modified P-51 last year - achieving an average of 531.53 mph. http://vintageaviationecho.com/steve-o-prop-record/ There are quite a few claims for outright fastest speed and some are discredited because they're in a dive such as a Spitfire in 1952 reaching 690 mph https://spitfireassociation.com.au/the-spitfires-that-nearly-broke-the-sound-barrier/
  14. No worries. Best of luck with it. Could be very difficult. Might be worth trying to buy old vhs copies from ebay which might be edited less/differently (if you haven't already).
  15. Love the World at War series. The blueprint and best documentary on World War 2 in my opinion. The content is amazing with all the contenders who survived appearing on the show along with the haunting music and Lawrence Olivier narrating. In regards your query it is worth checking Amazon and Ebay and see whether those on sale are the full versions or edited. Older copies of things usually are less edited. Thames Television in their original form do not exist any more however the following lifted from wiki states they are alive in some form: So I would suggest maybe contacting them direct and they may have further information.
  16. Thanks Damian! I'll certainly take a look. Will have to be PC for me. Not got a new game console. 360 is in the loft! And PS2.
  17. Thank you! I used to game quite a lot but don't really any more. I've got spare time but I tend to spend that fishing, occasionally exercising, reading, dossing on Youtube and scale model making. However I fancy having a go at this! I find your points regarding the plane characteristics interesting. I always worry games are historically inaccurate (which they usually are) which misinforms a lot of young people and puts me off playing them plus I find them often to be very pro US instead of a nice balance and/or a genuine reflection of reality. Is the Stuka with the 37mm cannons under each wing on the game? Hawker Typhoon on there?
  18. Which one would you pick if you wanted to be a fighter pilot please?
  19. Difficult question. You could quite easily put forward a case for various aircraft. The Hurricane did the bulk of the work during the Battle of Britain preventing Hitler from dominating western Europe and ensuring Hitler's, at that time, sole remaining opponent, was not defeated. Hitler's first major loss and ensured they would have to fight on multiple fronts and also gave the US a platform. Spitfire also for its performance against the fighters during the BOB and its continued successful service right through the war in 24 marks resulting in it being the most produced British plane and only one produced right throughout the conflict. Also a case for Lancaster, B-17, BF109 and the lethal Hellcat. Bf109 - the most produced fighter of the war, the top fighter aces flew them and they also served right throughout the war. I would say the Stuka though. Absolutely pivotal during blitzkrieg which led Hitler to conquering most of Europe and so close to defeating Russia. Despite being in theory obsolete towards the end of the war they were extremely successful culminating in Hans rudel - the most highly decorated German servicemen during the war. Not technically the best aircraft but very important in Germany's successful years and bleeding the Russians right up to 1945.
  20. Although obsolete the Boulton Paul Defiant's record isn't actually too bad. Not good enough but there are certainly far worse from the war - and from the UK in the Fairey Battle. Stumbled on the below video on youtube recently which is worth a watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUWq4ymz8Yw&t=5s
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