Discussion in 'The Members Lounge' started by Skua, Mar 6, 2004.
hey it's nice to see another canuck a round here
a couple things about myself i forgot to add was that my grandpa used to work in the same Heinkel factory that the bombers when he lived in Germany. Also i am going to be at Vimy Ridge for the 90th anniversary.
Hi, I'm Blackclaw (Mike in person).
I just found this forum recently and wished I had found it earlier. My small game company just released a gaming book called World War Two Roleplay and the insights offered here would have quickened a lot of the research on armored combat that I did. My game company can be found at www.blackclawgames.com. Folks who have played d20 based games might be interested in our new game. There's also some equipment spotlight articles there that offer general historic information.
I'm fortunate enough to live near the US Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force base. If anyone ever wants photos of historic aircraft just let me know. The museum offers access to hundreds of historic aircraft from the dawn of flight to the present.
My father is a volunteer at the museum. One of his current projects is the restoration of the top gun turret on the Memphis Belle. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam war as the Captain of a KC-135 tanker.
I've always loved aircraft, but I've aso always been fascinated by tanks and I look forward to reading the many great posts on this site.
Awesome , welcome to the forum.
I don't do much role playing. Most of my playing is with miniatures.
I'm David. I was invited to come here and introduce myself by "Ricky". This forum was recommended to me by someone else on another armor forum.
I have over twenty years of service and training mechanized forces for the U.S. Army. I have aslo been fortunate to have trained with German, British and Canadian forces. I have "visited" 19 countries including in the Balkins, Southwest Asia, Europe, and S. Korea. I currently live and work in Germany.
I continue to remain interested in the armor field and it's soldiers. I try to maintan my knowledge base of the subject. One of the methods I use is by using such forums. However, I often see some wild "data" put out from gamers, model builders, and those without any real experience in the field. As I am new to this forum, it will take me awhile to learn the "proper" way of doing things here so please be patient.
Welcome David, Where in Germany are you? I am off to Karneval in February, for a few days, at Altenahr in the Eifel.
Which British units did you train with? I am ex.BAYS/KDG & 1st.QDG. Take it from me you will certainly see some 'wild data' on here! :roll: BUT some genuine info also. Brian.S711.
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I bounce between Baumholder, Büdingen, and Grafenwöhr.
I am sorry but I have a hard time remembering the Canadian and British unit's names. They are so unique, compared to U.S., one would think it would be easy. I'm going to mess these up but I'll try. Queen's Dragoons comes to my mind as well as the Irish Guards. I wish I could do better than that. I can remember one unit that had a sholder patch that looked as if it were a black rat or mouse that was standing up on its back feet. I have done some coordinating work with the simulation staff in Centerlager (SP?) as well.
Our partnership unit in Germany was Canadian. I seem to remember them as the 8th Hussairs "Princess Louise". They hosted the CAT competitions and sent two platoons in the competitions as well. They were based out of Lahr Germany but that was a few moons ago.
I've already said 'Hi', but this one is official! :grin:
Nice to have you on board - we now have more Davids than I know what to do with!
Yeah, I bet. I can't tell you how often my name gets confused with others.
I'm one too :-?
Enjoyed your comments on a couple of threads - hope you stick around.
A black 'MOUSE'!!! the famous Black Rat of 7th.Armoured!! The Desert RATS!!! but I'll forgive you if you've been with the '1st.Queens Dragoon Guards' the senior cavalry regiment of the line, who's home base is at Osnabrück while the lads are in Iraq.
Welcome to the forums MikeGolf (David.)
I appreciate the insights you have shared, so don't be a stranger.
I built an M2A3 Bradley CFV model for a Bradley commander wounded in Iraq. He told me if I ever get out to Ft. Carson, Colorado he could get me a ride in a Bradley and Abrams.
I just wish I had been in a position to take him up on that offer.
This particular SSgt was 3/3 ACR--Killer Troop.
He went back to Iraq for a second tour after recovering from a head wound--deaf in left ear--and was wounded a second-time. Last I heard he was being forced into retirement as he can't pass the physical.
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HA! HA! Thats it.
The model was a very nice gesture. I can assure you he appreciated that. I too have lost some good friends and some badly scared.
Since I promised it somewhere else in this forum, my introduction:
My name is Kris and I live in that little country that has been host to a couple of major conflicts the last 2 century's.
I rather accidently stumbled onto this forum and since I am a ... hmmm, how shall I put this... admirer of armoured warfare I thought I would "enlist".
Maybe also interesting to know is that I am a volunteer restorer of the Brussels Tankmuseum, although the repairshops are not really in Brussels.. :wink:
Welcom on board for all the new ones since my last post. Hope you all enjoy the forum.
Crossbow, well well, a restorer at the Tank Museum. We (Me, Roel, Ricky and PanzerProfile) visited it last year in august. Momently we think about doing it again this year since there's a new WW2 section (see "Brussels army museum" topic)
crossbow, a thousand welcomes!
Yes, I already browsed the topic.
Perhaps I have some interesting info for you guys.
The armoured vehicles you see in the Royal Army museum (except the WW1 ones) are nearly all "flower pots". This means, that the insides of these are completly stripped out.
I do the restauration work in one of the two the Central depots of the Royal Army Museum. It is here that all working and surplus vehicles are kept (about 300 vehicles).
Now normally these depots are not open to visitors, but since last year we do have a couple of "visitor days" (4) a year. On these days only a limited number of people is allowed to visit the depot and they get a live demonstration of restored and maintained vehicles.
However this year there is also a general visitors day planned again, but I do not have futher details yet, but you can always keep an eye on the Army Museum website.
That's odd. Too bad really, but considering this I also have a question:
When we went there in august, I noticed that a few of a russian tank's(can't remember which one unfortunately) fuel drums were leaking something. it looked an awful lot like there still was oil in them. Is that true? Just curious to know...
I'd LOVE to visit one of those days. Any chance you can get us in?