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  1. Tank on tank combat was not the main cause of tank losses. However, as someone else mentioned, the Sherman did fine toe to toe with Mk IVs and Mk IIIs. However, all German tank destroyers were armed with guns that had little difficulty in penetrating the sherman. And the German towed AT guns were mostly all at least 5cm by 1944. In one of the British/Canadian attempts to break out of Normandy, just a couple or German 8.8cm guns blunted the entire offensive. I think they weren't even the really good anti-tank 8.8cm guns, but the anti-aircraft "88". Basically, tanks get into trouble when they go it alone. It is combined arms that wins battles. A hidden gun can destroy a half dozen tanks in minutes; it takes infantry recon, artillery suppression, and tanks in direct fire all working together. I think the T-34 and Sherman were pretty evenly matched, however, the pre-HVSS shermans were not nearly as good as the T-34 in cross country maneuverability. The T-34 had lower ground pressure than the sherman (the HVSS suspension evened things up on that score, but that was in late 44 or 45.
  2. This forum has a IL2 1946 section, but I understand 1946 is moribund. However, it is currently the best game for areas BOx hasn't been to yet. So, if you want to fly Zeros or Corsairs for now, you're stuck. Having said that, I haven't played 1946 in many years, but I think it's worth $5 for anyone who's also looking at buying a BOx module, too. Not as a substitute, just another theater while we wait for 3c to get there. I also own CLoD, although I have never played it. But for $10 . . . maybe one day I will! Here's a follow up newbie question though: I currently have BOM and BOS. I haven't bought BOK yet, but was thinking of skipping it and going to pre order BOBp. Frankly, I'm a bit worn out of the Russian planes and itching to get those US/British high powered fighters. Is there any estimate on when the full BOBp will be released? Should I get BOK in the meantime, or buy BOBp now to fly the already released planes?
  3. At the current sale prices, why not buy both? I think I saw IL-2 1946 on sale for under $5 last week, and with the basic IL-2 BOS at $17 you can have both for just over a jackson. I cannot put half a tank of gas in my car for that little.
  4. Merry Christmas from a newbie! Thank you all for keeping the planes flying.
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