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Medieval and premedieval equipment and tactics Strelok 01/02/2021 (Sat) 18:48:40 No.11609 [Reply]
A thread dedicated to medieval and premedieval equipment and tactics. I don't know what to say
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>>12277 Flexibility of the maniple system combined with the superior numbers. It doesn't matter how fancy lines your enemies have if you have more people that can just walk past them and stab them in the back. And even if that doesn't work first time, it will work eventually if enough bodies are thrown at it. I think that the real issue here that should warrant further investigation is the whole industrial backbone that made raising new armies in a relatively short order even possible. How, exactly, did the post-Marian roman legionary end up getting his equipment, how it was decided what manner of equipment was to be standardized on, and how that said equipment was manufactured, and where?
>>12280 "Roman" legions by the end also consisted almost entirely of said Germanic tribesmen so there's probably a connection there. Unless you're counting the Byzantine empire too, but I don't know all that much about them yet.
>>12277 My memory on this subject matter is a bit shaky but what i recall is the romans have deeper rows and were narrower (less files) than a phalanx which allowed them to have more "platoons" that could out maneuvor the greeks. I think spears have always been the apex infantry mans weapon in melee since cavalry was common in ALL militaries at one point or another which spears formations were useful at keeping at bay. Maybe theres a cause and effect relationship between horsetactics being used by eastern invading armies to out maneauver the romans and spears suddenly becoming standard. Same with infantry becoming more lightly armored or maybe the knowledge was lost in the times rome was being sacked.
>>12277 To add to the other posts. The phalanx was a very rigid formation with a weak right side as the shields were all carried on the left (This why the experienced fighters were put on the right side to compensate), so when an enemy army managed to flank that side or break through the line the phalanx usually collapsed. The Romans used more flexible formations that were spread thinner which made flanking the phalanx easier. Additionally the Romans used the pilum/pila (Javelins), The pilum is debatably a specialized anti-shield weapon which could be used to harass the phalanx from a longer distance than the long pointy sticks could reach. Then when the (western) roman empire was reaching its end-of-life and after its collapse, the states that sprung up were significantly poorer and with less disciplined armies at which point the cheap pointy stick becomes much more economical and practical in the hands of the largely untrained masses. You should also be aware that an army that could rival the roman legions at their peak does not appear in Europe until well after the medieval period.
>>12163 But then other tribe make tiny tiny stick into grug with bendy stick long long way many holes in arm and leg. Big round flat rock work many times yes but not always times. If other grug have many many tiny tiny stick then all grug bunga make red water and walk with ancestor.

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Camo and other clothing Strelok 05/31/2020 (Sun) 21:06:19 No.1085 [Reply]
Camo, jackets, hats, paint, shoes, and etc. go in this thread. The rule of thumb for camo is that if you don't know what to get, you want a general camo, your options are limited, or you're on a budget just get flecktarn. ATACS and SS-Leto are god-tier for lush environments, and alpenflage, strichtarn, and multicam are good for drier areas. M05 Winter for Winter.
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>>10122 I have no idea about cleaning ancient leather, but post pics of the bag. Also consider taking it to a leather worker and get his opinion on it.
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>>10127 So far I've given it a rub with a damp cloth and some saddle soap. I don't think a specialist will be necessary since it's in surprisingly good condition. The leather is dry but still flexible and none of the seams look rotten.
>>10129 Looks like old German South West Africa gear. That is a very nice find.
>>10129 Make sure to use a leather conditioner on it, so the leather doesn't crack
>>10129 Hey, I used to have one of those belts. I think it's Swedish or Belgian from around WW1.

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Strelok 01/02/2021 (Sat) 19:42:16 No.11610 [Reply]
So, what kind of Military Rank System and/or names you prefer? Germanic Under-Officers? Classic Sergeants? United Major First Staff Sergeants? Because myself would prefer them simple, something akin to Royal Army of UK. I also wonder which rank insignia look good. I even made some certain fictional insignias myself out of boredom, although I cannot show them, except 2nd pic related though it's modification than creation. I also wonder which rank insignia would fit staff administrators.
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>>11614 >>11612 >wanting it to be easy for the enemy to identify your leadership you should know who you are serving with from just the shape of their brow.
>>11890 Are you serious? It's not hard to learn ranks by title. Let's say there's on average 20 of them per branch per military. Assuming there are four branches per military you're memorizing 80 titles, most of which are similar but with differences that are noteworthy enough specifically for the purpose of easier identification among the ranks. Then there's weird classes like warrant officer but those are usually just called "WO-1" or "WO-4" or some variant until you get to the max rank. Though to be fair I still don't know why warrant officers are a different rank system, but I've never looked it up for myself and I never asked despite being in the zog system at one point years ago. Regardless ranks aren't nearly as hard to make out as you sem to think, they're designed so literal retards can remember them. Seriously, there are literal retards in almost every military that can identify ranks among their individual branches, you're not dumber than a crayon eater are you?
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>>11924 WO-X in NATO grade is a snowflakery for the USA. I might be wrong, but it seems that Burgerland's Warrant Officer have some kind of complex subordination shit, while other countries have Warrants in the OR-8 and/or OR-9 normally. >>11890 You can look up NATO Rank Grading, which may fit your autism over power levels. >>11882 They seem to inherit 3-star system (just instead of stars you have pips), and leaves for the high officers and generals. However, its hint ends here, because pips indicate NCO and CO status, as well it can go up to four.
>>11927 >its hint ends here, because pips indicate NCO and CO status, as well it can go up to four. They are Germans, the people who are perfectly capable of taking a simple and logical system, and needlessly overcomplicating it with their autism. And you'd also have to look up how it changed over the years and find the earliest system they had, because in the very beginning they actually used the armbands to indicate rank.
>>11901 see >>11924 i rest my case

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/ak/ thread Strelok 01/06/2021 (Wed) 07:45:59 No.11734 [Reply]
Are you watching STALKER with lesbians (Urasekai Picnic) this season anon?
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>>11738 We have both the /k/anteen and the QTDDTOT for such questions.
>>11734 Ochhh damn, this looks really good. I hope a non-pozzed fansub-group will take on the translation
I feel sad for this thread, so here are some pictures that involve swords and guns.

/out/doorsmanship Strelok 12/05/2020 (Sat) 03:47:46 No.10262 [Reply]
A thread dedicated to camping, hiking, traveling, outdoor sports, and general outdoorsmanship. The fresh open air, clear blue skies, ice-cold white winters, and grey-black storms that threaten fire and flash floods are your domain Strelok. What will you make of it? Have you done any camping in the last year? Are you making sure to get that D get sunlight for your eyes and general health? Even in a concrete jungle there's usually great secrets to be found with a little time, exploration, and innovation.
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>>10873 Nice, I'm thinking of making some this winter as well when I have a bunch of free time. Got an recipes you care to share, or do you just make it up as you go along? No real point in posting about it now, but I'd like to see the old innawoods challenges come back next summer, like the old $20 overnight challenge. If this board lasts that long
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What kind of MRE does /k/ take with them when they go innawoods? I was looking to buy some for myself as I wanted to take them hunting and camping. Also I have some friends I wanted to take with me as well and they have lost most of their teeth so I would like the food to be fairly soft, if possible.
>>11620 This is a kind reminder that you probably shouldn't be using google. This isn't /tech/ so I won't judge you for it (and at worse, its indirectly advertising for google, but I do not view it as deliberately shilling outside ib links.. much like archive it serves a purpose), but it's generally a bad taste compared to uploading these files locally on the pdf/webm thread and/or hosting on another site Mega is a FBI op and shouldn't be trusted. I'll try to get some sort of alternate upload/torrent added but currently since my internet is ran by the equivalent of the USPS and it is slow as fuck. >edited for forgetting to write advertising for, I need my morning coffee.
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>>11656 based infosec vol

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Royal Navy to be Deployed to the English Channel in Event of Brexit Strelok 12/12/2020 (Sat) 17:54:37 No.10788 [Reply] [Last]
UK navy on standby to protect fishing in case of no-deal Brexit There are concerns about possible skirmishes between the UK and foreign fishing vessels if no trade deal is reached. >Four Royal Navy patrol ships will be ready on January 1 to help protect the United Kingdom’s fishing waters in the event the Brexit transition period ends without a deal on future ties with the European Union, the Ministry of Defence said. >There are concerns about possible skirmishes between the UK and foreign fishing vessels if no trade deal is reached, with existing transitional rules that give EU boats access to British waters set to expire at the end of the year. >“The MOD has conducted extensive planning and preparation to ensure that Defence is ready for a range of scenarios at the end of the Transition Period,” an MOD spokesman said. >The 80-metre-long navy vessels will have the power to stop, check and impound all EU fishing boats operating within the UK’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which can extend 200 nautical miles (370km) from shore. >The Guardian newspaper reported on Friday that two vessels will be deployed at sea with two on standby in case EU fishing boats enter the EEZ. >The River-class patrol vessels of the Fishery Protection Squadron – the Royal Navy’s oldest front-line squadron with a history dating back more than 500 years – already enforce UK and EU fisheries law. https://web.archive.org/web/20201212174953/https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/12/uk-navy-on-standby-to-protect-fishing-in-case-of-no-deal-brexit
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>>11287 >>11291 Imagine beinf such a cuck and nit posting irl grilled girls, but going full pussy and posting 2d animu girls.
>>11328 Thank you anon this was very interesting and you btfo the /pol/nigger who read to much Kaczynski which was entertaining as much. Also a good example how industry is to be used as a weapon.
>>11515 Kaczynski is good, and definitely an important author to read, since not many identify the problems of industrialization as concisely as he does. It's impossible to solve a problem you don't even know exists. He does fail to note that industrialization solved an incredible amount of problems we were facing, and the problems it created probably are much smaller in comparison.
>>11635 > the problems it created probably are much smaller in comparison. Lol you are retarded
>>11635 It's more like the human mind can't control what the human mind has created.

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France approves bionic augmented soldiers Strelok 12/09/2020 (Wed) 20:43:06 No.10650 [Reply]
>The French armed forces now have permission to develop "augmented soldiers" following a report from a military ethics committee. >The report, released to the public on Tuesday, considers medical treatments, prosthetics and implants that improve "physical, cognitive, perceptive and psychological capacities," and could allow for location tracking or connectivity with weapons systems and other soldiers. >Other possible interventions considered by the armed forces ethics committee include medical treatments to prevent pain, stress and fatigue, and substances that would improve mental resilience if a soldier were taken prisoner. >It has forbidden any modification that would affect a soldier's ability to manage the use of force or affect their sense of "humanity." Further examples of banned modifications include cognitive implants that would affect the exercise of a soldier's free will, or changes that would affect their reintegration into civilian life. >The release of the report follows an opinion column from John Ratcliffe, US Director of National Intelligence, in the Wall Street Journal, in which he raised concerns about China's threat to the US and world democracy, as well as its plans for military technology. "U.S. intelligence shows that China has even conducted human testing on members of the People's Liberation Army in hope of developing soldiers with biologically enhanced capabilities," Ratcliffe wrote. "There are no ethical boundaries to Beijing's pursuit of power." https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/09/europe/french-army-soldiers-technology-ethics-scli-intl-scn/index.html https://archive.md/ONjDD
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>>10799 Well Oscar Pistorius was able to run competitively with the normies, but the olympic committee forbade him for the aforementioned reasons, and his records are pretty good. Furthermore, the number of people with double below-knee amputations is very low, and the number of those that have a passion for running, the genetics to do it at the olympic level and the money to afford good prosthetics is lower still. So I guess it's not entirely provable whether or not they actually are better than human feet. Maybe we should chop off Usain Bolt's lower legs and see if he can beat his old record with prosthetics...
>>11345 That's true, but running as a sport is a very sterile activity compared to running across real terrain. Since this is /k/, I'd also keep in mind how reliable leg prosthetics are for navigating really tricky areas out of and during combat, since feet are very agile and provide lots of feedback to the body as opposed to anything augmented.
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>>11356 slight sage but remember you also can't do certain actions like mountain climbing easily with prosthetics. Imagine having to rapell with bladed legs. Back on topic, UK cucked out of no-deal, didn't even bother to elaborate the specifics. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-55435930 https://archive.is/V8ldo
>>11377 > Imagine having to rapell with bladed legs. Nice dubs, but imagine having to repel down a cliff face with legs, and arms, specifically designed for that environment and that role.
>>11377 why the Brit hate? Is this just a pubescent America trying to insult its father and progenitor in the hopes of establishing a unique identity? Protip: You don't have one, at least not yet.

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/ant/arctic Warfare Thread Strelok 12/09/2020 (Wed) 03:23:20 No.10607 [Reply]
A thread about Antarctica. While the snowy continent will likely remain a barren rock/ice for most of our lifetimes unless another world war breaks out, as it stands most of the countries who originally signed the peace treaties related to the continent will not do so when those expire in 2048 since it's become clear the continent is rich in oil, natural gas, and various rare metals. What do you think the conflicts will be like at that time, /k/? Will it be like Middle Eastern oilfields where rebel forces take pot shots at fully armored land rigs shooting back? Will we see snowmobile units or a return of hovercraft to remain off of the thin ice sheets if global warming continues on its current path? Most animals use special antifreeze proteins that trap ice particles to survive in arctic waters. Will scientists figure out a way to design something similar for scuba suits for underwater combat? Will we see a return of Finns taking lethal amounts of pervitin? A general thread for discussing the icy wasteland and how warfare might be waged on its surface in the name of resources to make the host countries rich.
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>>10771 >Submarines That would work for the outlying areas, but Anarctica is still a continent under all that ice with all that brings with it, and most of the mineral resources are locked up in the land part. Can you imagine the nightmare scenario of a brinicle forming where your submarine is?
>>10772 Secure the coast first and then you can move in overland. If you can't control your lines of supply, there's no point in trying to control the resource rich area because the enemy will just starve you out.
The Sandpit has derka derkas because despite how inhospitable it is, it is still inhabitable. Antarctica is not inhabitable. Not without massive amounts of startup funds and a constant supply of warmland supplies. Ergo, unless something really drastic happens to the climate, we will never see antarctic nomads blowing up convoys of american snowmobiles with IEDs. We could have people raiding and squatting in abandoned bases, but they won't really have the power to stand against any of the warring empires and since they can't just take to the wilderness they'd have to behave themselves lest they get sieged.
>>10775 Anarctica, at least right now, is only accessible from October through March. If climate change is to be believed, this period is actually shortening thanks to weather conditions being on the fritz. Its borders are entirely artificial and built on international goodwill that is quickly crumbling. Nations that have stakes claims to the land have basically cut the continent into pieces like slices of pie. See >>10639 As it stands, Australia and Patagonia are the only two nations with militarily enforceable land claims at the moment, but given Chinese involvement in South Africa that could change very quickly if Russia were to say "fuck it" and sell their land claim at an exorbitant rate to China, and given Chinese-Australian relations that would almost certainly spell war.
>>10783 It still has six months of perpetual night though.

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/100rads/ - The Offtopic /k/anteen Strelok Board owner 05/14/2020 (Thu) 01:15:10 No.202 [Reply] [Last]
If you want to talk about things only tangentially related to firearms, then welcome to 100 Rads. If you want to trade, talk, get a mission or find out the latest news, this is the place to go. If your posts in an existing thread are starting to seriously derail the main subject, they might be moved here.
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>>10506 Uh, I think rich people have plenty of self-respect. What they lack is slave morality.
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https://twitter.com/i/status/1335612569453801473 https://archive.is/J39b5 Conservicucks versus blm, high school edition.
>>10528 I hope no white kids got involved in that on the side of the conservatards otherwise they just ruined their lives for literally nothing.
>>10529 Libshit detected. Thanks for the concern-trolling friend, but we can safely assume then that you think BurnLootMurder terrorism is the best thing to happen this side of your local Trannyshit March?
>>10530 >conservatards sending their kids to get unpersoned because of a football game How DARE you tell me to not encourage my kids to ruin their lives!

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Board Description Lottery Strelok Board owner 12/06/2020 (Sun) 22:31:07 No.10419 [Reply]
I'm thinking of hosting a board description lottery for fun. The thing that currently says "A Magical Place" Strelok will be able to enter in submissions weekly and we'll do a weekly drawing via random number generation just as a community event. We could even do it Attention-Hungry Games style for shits and giggles if everyone wanted to. Would everyone be up for something like that? Lottery or Attention-Hungry Games simulator. Rules if we do it: >Submitted description must not be an advertisement for another board >Submitted description must follow the board rules
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>>10485 That's supposed to be Si vis pacem, para bellum. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Si_vis_pacem,_para_bellum
>>10419 God created men, Col. Colt made them equal The Gun is good, the Benis is evil Alfred Nobel did nothing wrong Blowout Bunker Tacticoolizing a bolt-action rifle is a bannable offense DAKKA-DAKKA-DAKKA-DAKKA-DAKKA-DAKKA-DAKKA-DAKKA-PING Don't go ballistic
"Give me your tired, your poor, Your strelok masses yearning to operate free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the gunless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my AK beside the golden door" Ti's a bit long.
>>10486 Yup, i Just noticed it too. I guess that's what I get for gay Phoneposting
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