- Apr 6, 2017
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I want to know what Sean Connery did to rise from the rank of Private invading Sword Beach on D-Day to the rank of Major General in the 1st Airborne Division in 4 months!
Grog is still an official USMC issue. It occurs on the Marine Corps Birthday, and the issue is made by the President of the United States to the Marine Corps Band, following the traditional naval recipe for grog. Each Marine present receives one tot, the Marine Band Drum Major receives two tots, which he traditionally shares the second with the President.In the Royal Navy, the tot of rum/grog was abolished as late as 1970. It took them until then to have 'enough concerns that regular intakes of alcohol would lead to unsteady hands when working machinery'. Sherlok Holmes would have remarked: "'Splendidly fathomed, Watson!"
Then again, I think it took the British to formally declare the mounted lance obsolete until 1946...
If this weren't enough, the British had this dude John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill, who would probably have fiercely insisted that he is Scottish known for his trademark of a Scottish broadsword slung around his waist, a longbow and arrows around his neck and his bagpipes under his arm who served in WW2 and allegedly shot a German with his longbow.
However, we have to give it to the Americans, who outdid him: It was John James Rambo, who as late as after 1979 shot down a Russian attack helicopter with bow and arrow in Afghanistan.
Grog is also a must at every MC Mess Night! Mess Nights are the absolute best.Grog is still an official USMC issue. It occurs on the Marine Corps Birthday, and the issue is made by the President of the United States to the Marine Corps Band, following the traditional naval recipe for grog. Each Marine present receives one tot, the Marine Band Drum Major receives two tots, which he traditionally shares the second with the President.
Politics aside, the tradition still continues to this day, and represents an official in the regs issue of grog to American troops on active service. It is the only remaining official issue of spirits to the troops in America.
Yes. Mess nights were always an enjoyable experience. Mess Dress looks outstanding, way better than simple Dress Blue Alphas.Grog is also a must at every MC Mess Night! Mess Nights are the absolute best.
As I understand it, Urquhart was holding the rank title of GOC at the time of Market-Garden, rather than just Major General.
He was a CB affixed after his name, Urquhart that is. No idea when it was awarded. Perhaps someone has access to that information?
I can't wait to give this one a try. Please keep the reports coming!Euan Dennison and I got underway with playtesting this awesome product. Completed 2 turns of the first scenario. I formed all the USMCs into platoons, which used armored assault to get on to the board. Usually I wouldn't make such target rich stacks for the Japanese, but it's that or dance in the open. Marines have to pick their poison. I got everyone on okay, but got very little smoke/WP help. In turn 2, the Japanese AT gun brewed a M4, then shredded a fire team some 13 hexes away (with the help of back-to-back-to-back snakeyes). At least the surviving M4s
landed a number of direct fire hits and have broken the crew. Still need to find 3 caves. Euan's cave dwelling Japanese are playing reclusive for now....
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This is indeed an awesome product.I can't wait to give this one a try. Please keep the reports coming!
Definitely. I have KZR and have played 2 scenarios so far. It's a blast. Glad to see this one progressing!This is indeed an awesome product.
At the risk of being Captain Obvious, I recommend cutting your teeth on Kakazu Ridge in the meantime....
( that's good stuff, too - especially the Spigot Mortar Caves !!! )
This was an interesting, if longer than expected (due to my difficulties last year). I like the scenario. I feel tactically, my error was in turn 5, moving the 8-1 led HMG/MMG kill stack to the right for fire position, rather than to the left to beef up the final push for Hill 1. By turn 5, the right was secure and the focus should have switched over to Hill 1. That japanese DC on the right of sugarloaf east is possessed by a marine 7-6-8.Jon and I finished our game of BD-003 "Western Anchor" this morning (evening for him).
Initially, the Marines got cut up pretty bad in the opening turns, but 2 key caves and their contents were destroyed by well placed satchel charges nonetheless. As a result, the Marines were able to canter onto Sugar Loaf Hill, but getting squads across to Hill 1 remained in serious doubt. By the time the turn 7 RPh rolled around, the Marines had hit a wall, as no units were in position to get to level 2 of Hill 1.
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Another very enjoyable scenario. I can't emphatically say that it's perfectly balanced, but so far so good....