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  1. Alternate Cold War proxy wars and conflicts

    As an Australian I would put my money on the ADF rather than TNI. The ADF has experience in large scale military operations whereas the TNI does not. We managed to pull together in a very short time our largest expeditionary force in out history in 1999 when we intervened in Timor. The...
  2. Alternate Cold War proxy wars and conflicts

    Australia nearly went to war with Indonesia in 1960 over Dutch New Guinea. It didn't though 'cause Washington was not willing to back them or the Dutch. They preferred to court Djarkata so as to allow free passage of their SLBM carrying submarines stated in Guam and gain free access to the...
  3. WI: The Cold War goes Hot

    Professor Ball would simply agree that you have the right to disagree. He was the preminant nuclear war strategist downunder, having learnt all about it from his research he had done for "A Suitable Piece of Real Estate". Interestingly he had never really been a peacenik, he was just a...
  4. WI: The Cold War goes Hot

    The size was pretty immaterial. Once one missile was launched, all missiles would be launched. Once one bomber was committed, all bombers would be committed. The danger was that if that didn't happen then they might all be lost. The problem was that they would be attacking the opposition...
  5. WI: The Cold War goes Hot

    Apology accepted. You're right it was primarily fear, not reality though. I remember getting an Australian Civil Defence booklet in the mid-1980s. It was rabbiting on about how nuclear war was survivable, which it was in our case but the problem was, it was using US/UK examples all too often...
  6. WI: The Cold War goes Hot

    Turret-tops? Not sure why he referred to me as a "tankie"? Never served in Armour. Was an infantryman, first and foremost. Tried sitting in a Leopard AS1 drivers hatch once. I was too tall to fit. Targets downunder were few and far between. North-West Cape? Pine Gap? Perhaps. Both...
  7. The Death Collectors: Bond Films that Never Were

    Gibson? I assume this was before he started drinking, super-heavily and advocating rather strange conservative Christian conspiracy theories? He was adequate as Mad Max but apart from that IMO not much good in his other roles.
  8. WI: The Cold War goes Hot

    "Very likely" is not definite. As I had related, the fUSSR had much higher priority targets in the USA and Europe where most of it's missiles would have been assigned. The Soviets would have been much more worried about the possible failure of their missiles to waste them on a largely empty...
  9. WI: The Cold War goes Hot

    I studied nuclear war fighting strategies during my Master's degree. We had Des Ball just before he had been sucked into the Pentagon's orbit. He made it clear that Australia would be relatively unscathed by a general exchange. We simply are too far down the fUSSR's list if priorities to be...
  10. WI: The Cold War goes Hot

    As I have recounted before - Australia would be relatively unharmed in a nuclear exchange as would most of the Southern Hemisphere. We simply do not have the targets worth wasting nuclear warheads on downunder. Our cities are too far apart. Neither the fUSSR or USA would have nuclear...
  11. A different first US LMG – a different doctrine path?

    It appears you and the US Army are mixing up the roles of machine guns. I know this a period when they are formulating them. Machine guns all tend to be heavy and cumbersome initially and as they progress, they become lighter and more handy. You really can't have a true light machine gun...
  12. A different first US LMG – a different doctrine path?

    And yet, MMGs were included in the list... The Vickers was available before WWI. It was a relatively light machine gun, particularly compared to the Maxims. If the US is looking at foreign designed guns, I cannot see the Vickers not being included in the list, unless there is an obvious bias...
  13. A different first US LMG – a different doctrine path?

    And yet you included the water-cooled Maxims in your list of available MGs but not the Vickers.
  14. A different first US LMG – a different doctrine path?

    Since was that a criteria? The Vickers predates WWI.
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