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Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day
« on: 14-02-2018, 05:02:42 »

Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day (Other eras)
« on: 03-02-2018, 15:02:17 »

ISIS child soldier in a recent propaganda video, Damascus. They're SO done, well at least in Syria. They declared war recently on HAMAS and killed one of it's members on camera tho.

Why does the belt has rounds in group of three separated by an empty "slot"?

Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day (Other eras)
« on: 29-01-2018, 06:01:13 »

Image from The Great War taken in an Australian Advanced Dressing Station near Ypres in 1917. The wounded soldier in the lower left of the photo has a dazed, thousand-yard stare - a frequent symptom of "shell-shock".

Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day
« on: 25-01-2018, 19:01:00 »

Japanese (Now Hybrid-Carrier-Battleship) Ise opens fire with her main armament during the Battle of Cape Engaño, 9th October 1944. Photo taken by an airplane of the USS Essex (CV-9).

Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day (Other eras)
« on: 21-01-2018, 14:01:28 »

A British Harrier GR.1 lands on the deck of the newly acquired and former Dutch Navy HNLMS Karel Doorman (R81), ARA Veinticinco de Mayo (V-2), in 1969. The idea of Hawker Siddeley was to sell the new Harrier to the Argentine Navy and made their tests on board the Argentine Carrier as it was making it's way to Argentina, in 1969.

The Argentines however decided to go for the American built A-4, which the Americans first declined. The Harrier was too costly for the Argentines, and when the Americans decided to sell 16 A-4, all hopes for an Argentina Harrier were lost.

Ironically, the Harrier was one of the deciding factors of the Argentine Defeat in the 1982 War, with the A-4 fighting on Argentina's behalf. The Aircraft Carrier itself would not see much action during the conflict.

Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day
« on: 02-01-2018, 03:01:06 »

Panzer IV Ausf. H No. 536 belonging to SS-Unterscharfuhrer Willy Kretzschmar from the SS-Panzer Regiment 12 in Normandy. He has around 15 confirmed kills.

Apparently, his Panzer IV was hit by Canadian Artillery in Buron and it was immobilized for a day (explains the missing track).

Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day
« on: 23-12-2017, 02:12:48 »

As Torenico said, they were the first to be used for Anti-Guerrilla warfare in colonies so tanks were usefull

Indeed, they're more than enough to support local Gendarmerie actions against a small group of lightly armed guerrillas, however, for how long did these tanks served?. I know a solid number of old Hotchkiss, Renaults and Somuas served in the Gendarmerie, but for how long?.

Hitler and Albert Speer visiting a Ferdinand/Elephant production plant

Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day
« on: 22-12-2017, 13:12:19 »
Plate indicate that those are from the Gendarmerie.

What did the Gendarmerie need tanks for?

Policing, Anti-Guerrilla warfare.

Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day (Other eras)
« on: 17-12-2017, 01:12:19 »

Austro-Hungarian submarine U-12 entering the port of Pola, 1914.

Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day
« on: 16-12-2017, 22:12:03 »

Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day
« on: 14-12-2017, 05:12:05 »

Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day
« on: 12-12-2017, 04:12:38 »

Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day (Other eras)
« on: 01-12-2017, 01:12:29 »
The Navy announced today they all rescue efforts have ceased, ARA San Juan is lost with her entire 44-man crew. I hope they died in the least painful way, without having to suffocate to death down there.

The latest submarine report indicate that water entered the sub through the snorkel and reached the forward batteries, igniting a fire that was "controlled" (any fire in a submarine is highly problematic), the crew reported that she kept going with her aft batteries. Nothing else is known after that last report.

Involved parties will still look for the submarine remains, as the US and Russia will be more or less having a competition for it. Russia will arrive with their oceanographic ship Yantar on December 5.

My humble thank you to those who offered and sent help.

Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day
« on: 26-11-2017, 16:11:13 »
DFS 230 glider

Off-Topic / Re: Picture of the Day (Other eras)
« on: 24-11-2017, 04:11:39 »
The situation is beyond desperate at this moment.

So far they haven't been able to find the submarine, today was a pretty chaotic day.

It started yesterday with two sources, one being the USN and the other being the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) detecting a "Hydroacustic Anomaly" in the area in which the ARA San Juan was last "seen". There was "Sensitive information under state secret", said by the navy. Around that time, the Chilean Oceanographic ship "Cabo de Hornos" joined the SAR efforts.

Early on this day, Captain Enrique Balbi, the Navy spokesperson, confirmed “a singular event, short, violent, non nuclear, consistent with an explosion” had occurred some 30 miles north of the site the submarine disappeared.

This is terrible news, because if the submarine suffered an explosion, there is almost no way back.

Now, two things remain unresolved.

First, the location of the submarine:

This is where the sub may be located, where the explosion was heard. As you can see, it's almost about to fall down into the abyss, a bit to the west and you might find yourself about 300 meters below the surface, a bit to the east however and the depth increases greatly, 500, 700, 1.000, 3.000...

The sub is definitely not capable of resisting the pressure after 400m, some sources claim that it is as far as 3.000m wich is letal, it would just crush the submarine and kill everyone on board.

That -might- explain why nobody has been able to find the sub yet, could it be there?, crushed at 1.000m?. So far, we don't know.

Another question is what caused the "explosion"?, could it be the batteries?. Many things have been said about them, the Sub had a battery change a couple of years ago when it went through it's mid-life upgrades, but apparently they did not used the "recommended" batteries from Germany but they actually used chinese models, that remains to be clarified though.

While an explosion was recorded and confirmed, the magnitude remains to be known. The forward batteries are right under the crew's sleeping rooms and kitchen The sub is literallly divided in two, there is a "wall" that is made of the same material as the hull that divides it, with a small hatch in the center. The submarine captain reported a "shortcircuit" with the forward batteries but it was "solved", and it went on. If they exploded, and the ship was having most of it's crew sleeping, it could have knocked out a large portion of the crew and rendered it unable to deploy any emergency measure such as a beacon, but since the sub is divided in two, the engine room could have a few crewmembers alive despite the explosion.

The hopes are diminishing, the families yesterday were seen crying and calling the Navy "traitors" as they erupted in anger as Enrique Balbi told them about this before giving information to the public minutes later. I have almost given up hope on the possibility of rescuing them alive, the situation is far too critical for them to survive in such conditions for 8 days.

This is not the Kursk, which was a double-hull monster, this is a rather small sub made in Germany in the 80s that lasted for 30 years. If they are dead, I hope they died quickly in the main explosion, because dying down there waiting to be rescued while oxygen runs out...

It's really really sad.

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