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  1. FH2 #2 Road to Glory

    FRIDAY , 24 November, 19GMT , the map Elsenborn Ridge will be played in the campaign Road to Glory History The Battle of Elsenborn Ridge was the only sector of the American front lines during the Battle of the Bulge where the Germans failed to advance. The battle centered on the Elsenborn Ridge east of Elsenborn, Belgium in the Ardennes forest. West of Elsenborn Ridge, near the cities of Liège and Spa, Belgium, was a vast array of Allied supplies and the well-developed road network leading to the Meuse River and Antwerp. The Germans planned on using two key rollbahns or routes through the area to seize Antwerp and force a separate peace with the United States and Britain. Capturing Monschau and the nearby village of Höfen, and the twin villages of Rocherath-Krinkelt just east of Elsenborn Ridge, were key to the success of the German plans, and Hitler committed his best armored units and infantry troops to the area, including the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend. The green, untested troops of the 99th Infantry Division had been placed in the sector during mid-November because the Allies thought it was an area unlikely to see battle. Their soldiers were stretched thin over a 22-mile (35 km) front, and all three regiments were on line, with no reserve. In early December, the 2nd Infantry Division was assigned to capture a vital crossroads marked by a customs house and a forester’s lodge named Wahlerscheid, at the southern tip of the Hurtgen Forest. They transitioned through the 99th Division's lines and after a deadly, costly battle, captured the crossroads. But the Germans counterattacked in what the Americans initially thought was a localized spoiling action, but was actually a leading element of the Battle of the Bulge. The 2nd Division consolidated their lines, pulling back into Hünningen, and then to the twin villages of Rocherath-Krinkelt, and finally at the dug-in positions held by the 99th Division at Elsenborn Ridge. In a fierce battle lasting 10 days, the American and German lines were often confused. During the first three days, the battle raged over the twin villages of Rocherath-Krinkelt, during which American G.I.s were at times isolated in individual buildings surrounded by German armor. Attacking Elsenborn Ridge itself, the Germans, although superior in numbers, were stopped by the Americans' well-prepared and deeply dug-in defensive positions. The German attack plans were not well coordinated and frustrated by the rugged terrain, built-up areas around the twin villages, and massed American artillery firepower positioned behind Elsenborn Ridge. American artillery batteries repeatedly pounded the German advance. While the Germans employed an effective combined arms tactic and penetrated the U.S. lines several times, the Americans called in indirect fire on their own positions, pushing the Germans back. U.S. reserve forces consisting of clerks and headquarters personnel were rushed in at one point to reinforce the 395th Infantry Regiment's lines. Although the Germans possessed superior armor, they were held in check by the innovative American tactics, including better communications, coordinated time on target artillery strikes, new proximity fuses for artillery shells, and superior air power. The Sixth Panzer Army was unable to break through and take its immediate objectives on the Meuse River. The stubborn American resistance forced Kampfgruppe Peiper to choose an alternative route well south of Monschau and Elsenborn Ridge. As a result, the German forces were strung out over miles of winding, single-track roads, unable to concentrate their armored units. Peiper's units were repeatedly stymied by U.S. Army engineers, who blew essential bridges along their route of advance. One column of roughly 40 tanks and support vehicles was destroyed on 17 December when they were discovered by an L4 air observer of the 62nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion, assigned to the 102nd Cavalry Group. They were attacked by the 62nd's 105 howitzers mounted on M7 SP's, Corps 155's and Army 240's. The panzers finally reached the Amblève River, only about halfway to the Meuse River, but ran out of fuel. Food and ammunition also ran low. After 10 days, the German forces had been reduced to an ineffective strength and withdrew. The Americans had about 5,000 casualties; while exact German losses are not known, they included significant amounts of armor. While the Americans had considerable supplies and enough troops to re-equip their forces, German losses could not be replaced. Click Below To Join https://cmp-gaming.com/topic/612-how-to-join-a-campaign/
  2. This Animated Short Beautifully Illustrates Surfing’s Complex History Any surfer worth their salt would be able to tell you about surfing’s Hawaiian origins. But the specifics are lesser known, and sometimes misunderstood. In this animated short from TED-Ed, an initiative that animates lessons from some of the world’s best educators, Scott Laderman a history professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, succinctly tells the complex history of surfing’s Polynesian roots – a story wrapped up in colonialism and U.S. annexation. This is a history lesson that touches anyone who has picked up a surfboard or any of its boardsport derivatives, including snowboarding, skateboarding, and wakeboarding. http://www.theinertia.com/surf/this-animated-short-beautifully-illustrates-surfings-complex-history/
  3. Scientists believe that interstellar dust streams might be able to transfer organisms between planets. The idea that life can be transferred around the cosmos on comets and asteroids - a concept known as panspermia - has been around for years, but now researchers at the University of Edinburgh have put forward the idea that even the smallest of particles may be capable of carrying life to other worlds. The study centers around the fact that the Earth's atmosphere is being bombarded on a constant basis by fast-flowing streams of interplanetary dust particles. If these particles were to collide with particles in our own atmosphere at sufficient velocity, there is a chance that they could be propelled out in to space and off towards other planets. It is also possible that microorganisms such as tardigrades, which are known to survive in space, could hitch a ride on these particles and make their way to other worlds. There is even a chance that alien organisms might have reached our own planet the same way. "The proposition that space dust collisions could propel organisms over enormous distances between planets raises some exciting prospects of how life and the atmospheres of planets originated," said Professor Arjun Berera from the University of Edinburgh's school of physics and astronomy. "The streaming of fast space dust is found throughout planetary systems and could be a common factor in proliferating life." Full Article here: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-42051252
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  5. The 500-year-old painting, which sold for a record-breaking sum at auction, has a few peculiarities. Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi, or 'Saviour of the World', made waves in the art world recently when it sold for $460 million at auction - making it the most valuable painting in history. Incredibly, it originally sold in the 1950s for a mere $45 because it was believed to be a copy. But is the painting really a da Vinci ? In recent years, art experts have hotly debated several key inconsistencies with the piece that suggest that the Renaissance genius may not have created it. Chief among these is the way that the artist has painted the orb that Jesus is holding. According to biographer Walter Isaacson, Salvator Mundi was painted when Leonardo was 48 years old - a time of his life when he had been deeply invested in studying physics and optics. The orb in the painting however does not exhibit the diffraction of light, nor reflection of the hand expected of a glass sphere positioned as it is in the piece. Da Vinci would have never made such a mistake - at least not accidentally - so could he have left out these details on purpose ? On this possibility, Isaacson wrote that Leonardo may have been "subtly trying to impart a miraculous quality to Christ and his orb." As things stand however, we may never know for sure. Full article here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/artists/salvator-mundi-mystery-orb-worlds-expensive-painting-real-leonardo/
  6. Discord Integration

    Just bumping this thread so that everyone knows we have a very active discord channel. Join us!
  7. The latest version of the firm's SpotMini robot has been revealed in a new YouTube video this week. Sporting a fetching coat of yellow paint and a much more refined look than its predecessors, the latest quadrupedal contraption from Boston Dynamics looks a lot less like a work-in-progress and more like something you could actually imagine seeing inside someone's house. The previous version of SpotMini was a lot more rough around the edges but featured an extendable neck and head capable of picking up and dropping objects. Due to the fact that the newly released video is only intended as a teaser, little is known about the new robot aside from its general appearance and the fact that more details are likely to be coming soon. Could Boston Dynamics be aiming at the home consumer market this time around ?
  8. FH2 #2 Road to Glory

    Here is a short but still very interesting interview with a veteran who fought on Hill 262.
  9. FH2 #2 Road to Glory

    FRIDAY , 17 November, 19GMT , the map Hill 262 will be played in the campaign Road to Glory History Hill 262, or the Mont Ormel ridge (elevation 262 metres (860 ft)), is an area of high ground above the village of Coudehard in Normandy that was the location of a bloody engagement in the final stages of the Normandy Campaign during the Second World War. By late summer 1944, the bulk of two German armies had become surrounded by the Allies near the town of Falaise. The Mont Ormel ridge, with its commanding view of the area, sat astride the Germans' only escape route. Polish forces seized the ridge's northern height on 19 August and, despite being isolated and coming under sustained attack, held it until noon on 21 August, contributing greatly to the decisive Allied victory that followed. The American success of Operation Cobra provided the Allies with an opportunity to cut off and destroy most German forces west of the River Seine. American, British and Canadian armies converged on the area around Falaise, trapping the German Seventh Army and elements of the Fifth Panzer Army in what became known as the "Falaise pocket". On 20 August Generalfeldmarschall Walter Model ordered a withdrawal, but by this time the Allies were already blocking his path. During the night of 19 August, two battlegroups of Stanisław Maczek's Polish 1st Armoured Division had established themselves in the mouth of the Falaise pocket on and around the northernmost of the Mont Ormel ridge's two peaks. On 20 August, with his forces encircled, Model organised attacks on the Polish position from both within and outside the pocket. The Germans managed to isolate the ridge and force open a narrow escape corridor. Lacking the fighting power to close the corridor, the Poles nevertheless directed constant and accurate artillery fire on German units retreating from the pocket, causing heavy casualties. Exasperated, the Germans launched fierce attacks throughout 20 August which inflicted losses on Hill 262's entrenched defenders. Exhausted and dangerously low on ammunition, the Poles managed to retain their foothold on the ridge. The following day, less intense attacks continued until midday, when the last German effort to overrun the position was defeated at close quarters. The Poles were relieved by the Canadian Grenadier Guards shortly after noon; their dogged stand had ensured the closure of the Falaise pocket and the collapse of the German position in Normandy. Click Below To Join https://cmp-gaming.com/topic/612-how-to-join-a-campaign/
  10. Community Music Channel

    1 hour 3 complete different types of music. Thats me. ^^
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