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    Post  d_taddei2 on Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:28 pm

    GarryB wrote:Here is that Syria book:

    https://www.amazon.com/Russian-Weapons-Syrian-Conflict-Polovinkin/dp/5990655312


    Thanks garryb but have you seen the price. I use to have a lot of soviet army books and uniforms, helmets and bayonets. The uniforms all sold and books given away to charity shops had to get rid of everything for my mission in Africa. I even had a deactivated 120mm HESH round for a challenger 2 tank which was bloody heavy. All I have left now is deactivated mosin nagant 1938, tokarev TT30 1948, SKS 1953, even sold my trabant p601 but I know that I will get another once I finish in Africa.
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    Post  George1 on Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:25 pm

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    Post  ScotchedEarth on Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:27 pm

    Regarding Polovinkin’s book, depending on how much they charge for postage, you might get it marginally cheaper direct from Ruslania. (You’ll have to ‘goolag’ it as I’m not allowed to post URLs.)

    (d_taddei2, you mention your deactivated Mosin-Nagant—are you aware that bolt-action rifles are still legal in Britain? You might already be a Firearms Certificate holder for all I know, but it is quite a common misconception that all guns are banned—while we no longer conform to the intent of our 1689 Bill of Rights (‘That the subjects which are Protestants may have arms for their defence suitable to their conditions and as allowed by law’; for Scotland, Claim of Right 1689: ‘That the Dissarming of protestants … are Contrary to Law’), you can still obtain bolt-actions, if you’re prepared to jump through a few hoops. You can even legally own a fancy .50 cal. sniper’s job: see the website of the Fifty Calibre Shooters Association UK.)

    Some here might be interested in a novel, Twilight’s Last Gleaming, by John Michael Greer (2015), about the demise of the USA. Recommended by the Saker website, whose opinion might weigh with some. Readable book (my opinion as someone who enjoy[s/ed/ing] C.S. Forester’s Hornblower tales, Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series, and Bernard Cornwell’s novels). I would be interested in knowledgeable others’ input about the plausibility of some of the plot points.

    Greer is optimistic with his costs for the F-35: “[H]ow much did we spend for this plane?” “Just over $350 billion for the whole program.” (p.271) GAO (USG Accountability Office) as of August 2017 now estimate final cost in excess of $400 bn (not taking into account the DoD’s estimate of costs ‘over the 50-year life of the program … at least $1.4 trillion’ (PoGO, The Defense Monitor, Jan–May, 2017)).

    I’ve read that US military exercises are often ‘gamed’ to ensure the ‘right’ side and ‘right’ tactics win. And Lt Col James G. Burton’s 1993 The Pentagon Wars: Reformers Challenge the Old Guard (another recommended book) shows how corrupt USG’s procurement and development process is. It is near certain that if the US/West finds itself at war with a peer power—where it can’t enjoy its advantage of overwhelming firepower and superior technology—it’s going to suffer a shock, even without the various ‘deus ex machina’ used in Greer’s novel. Not necessarily a ‘losing the war’ shock—who can foresee?—but certainly a 9/11-type shock, i.e. a shedload of casualties in a brief period rather than dribbled over a decade or more-long war as currently and hitherto.
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    Post  GarryB on Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:32 pm

    Actually that is rather cheap compared to what we have to pay for books here in New Zealand.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/5990655312/ref=tmm_other_meta_binding_new_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=new&qid=&sr=

    At $110 dollars US that is about as much as I paid for that Soviet Afghan camo book I mentioned above... (looks like it is coming from Finland).

    https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=22449641700&searchurl=sortby%3D17%26an%3Dpolovinkin

    All I have left now is deactivated mosin nagant 1938, tokarev TT30 1948, SKS 1953, even sold my trabant p601 but I know that I will get another once I finish in Africa.

    Interesting. I have a Mosin 1938 carbine... it is a short handy little rifle with plenty of punch. I had an SKS, but my Tokarev is a BB gun... Smile

    I have about half a dozen other Mosin rifles and carbines as well as an SLR and a chinese AK and a chinese M4.
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    Post  d_taddei2 on Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:29 am

    ScotchedEarth wrote:Regarding Polovinkin’s book, depending on how much they charge for postage, you might get it marginally cheaper direct from Ruslania. (You’ll have to ‘goolag’ it as I’m not allowed to post URLs.)

    (d_taddei2, you mention your deactivated Mosin-Nagant—are you aware that bolt-action rifles are still legal in Britain? You might already be a Firearms Certificate holder for all I know, but it is quite a common misconception that all guns are banned—while we no longer conform to the intent of our 1689 Bill of Rights (‘That the subjects which are Protestants may have arms for their defence suitable to their conditions and as allowed by law’; for Scotland, Claim of Right 1689: ‘That the Dissarming of protestants … are Contrary to Law’), you can still obtain bolt-actions, if you’re prepared to jump through a few hoops. You can even legally own a fancy .50 cal. sniper’s job: see the website of the Fifty Calibre Shooters Association UK.)

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    I don't have a fire arms certificate but was in the army and have fired all kinds of weapons in various countries including in an underground bunker in Riga Latvia. Even fired RPG -2 although it turned out to be faulty causing me to sustain a shrapnel wound which is still in me to this day see my youtube channel dtads.
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    Post  d_taddei2 on Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:52 am

    GarryB wrote:Actually that is rather cheap compared to what we have to pay for books here in New Zealand.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/5990655312/ref=tmm_other_meta_binding_new_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=new&qid=&sr=

    At $110 dollars US that is about as much as I paid for that Soviet Afghan camo book I mentioned above... (looks like it is coming from Finland).

    https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=22449641700&searchurl=sortby%3D17%26an%3Dpolovinkin

    All I have left now is deactivated mosin nagant 1938, tokarev TT30 1948, SKS 1953, even sold my trabant p601 but I know that I will get another once I finish in Africa.

    Interesting. I have a Mosin 1938 carbine... it is a short handy little rifle with plenty of punch. I had an SKS, but my Tokarev is a BB gun... Smile

    I have about half a dozen other Mosin rifles and carbines as well as an SLR and a chinese AK and a chinese M4.


    Yeah but not fully knowing what the book actually contains puts me off such a price

    Nice collection I fire a Mosin-Nagant carbine in Ukraine a few years back your right it does pack a punch but the Dragunov had one hell of kick when I fired that on the same day. Also fired AK-74, M4, and some ukrainian semi auto pistol called fort 12. Also fired PK, M60, M30, M79 grenade launcher, Glock, uzi, makarov,  Tokarev including one that was used in liberation of Berlin so a soviet officer stated they were equivalent of Lt. Col they were given it as a gift (they weren't involved in WW2 but were in soviet army in till its collapse) and didnt really want me to fire it but after much persuading they gave in but only one mag full of rounds. I have pics on my FB if interested
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    Post  GarryB on Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:30 pm

    From the synopsis on the Amazon and other pages it seems to be an evaluation of Russian weapons systems in the Syrian theatre... which to me seems to be a rather interesting read... I might buy it myself...
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    Post  George1 on Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:38 am

    "Russian New Generation Warfare Handbook"
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    Post  Cifu on Sat May 19, 2018 8:07 am

    Molnibalage make several really good booklets about the air defense systems, here I try to cover them all:

    S-25
    S-75 family
    S-200 family
    S-300 family
    IADS / GCI systems of the Cold War
    Nike family and BOMARC
    HAWK
    Patriot
    Air defense at the XXI. century

    New booklets:

    S-125 vs. F-117

    Download directory

    Download Directory @ Mediafire

    This is the translation of the long Hungarian book what Molnibalage made in cooperation with other guys for ex. with Hpaps, he is well known for the SamSim.
    This is the whole, in Hungarian:
    click here

    Because these chapters (booklets) just a part of a big book are some parts in the document which refer to content of the book in other chapters. Slowly the whole book will be translated, but it could take years to finish it.

    Have a good reading!  Wink


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    Post  George1 on Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:30 am

    Can anyone suggest a book (or books) for

    1. Soviet Military during Cold war (deployments in Eastern Europe and elsewhere in Third world)
    2. Soviet war in Afghanistan
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    Post  jhelb on Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:40 am

    George1 wrote:Can anyone suggest a book (or books) for

    1. Soviet Military during Cold war (deployments in Eastern Europe and elsewhere in Third world)
    2. Soviet war in Afghanistan

    If you can read Russian you may choose to read

    Афганский дневник - A Soviet paratrooper writes about his experience serving in Afghanistan

    http://militera.lib.ru/1/cats/wars/20/1979-1989.html

    The only English book that I've read related to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan is a book titled The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan

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    Post  George1 on Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:50 am

    jhelb wrote:
    George1 wrote:Can anyone suggest a book (or books) for

    1. Soviet Military during Cold war (deployments in Eastern Europe and elsewhere in Third world)
    2. Soviet war in Afghanistan

    If you can read Russian you may choose to read

    Афганский дневник - A Soviet paratrooper writes about his experience serving in Afghanistan

    http://militera.lib.ru/1/cats/wars/20/1979-1989.html

    The only English book that I've read related to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan is a book titled The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan


    thanks friend!
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    Post  Djabberwocky on Tue May 14, 2019 5:35 pm

    Dear Colleagues!
    A book is being distributed (digital copy) "Defense enterprises of the USSR and Russia" (Moscow: TOM, 2010)
    Specifications: 300 dpi output resolution, conversion to pdf-format.
    Download link https://yadi.sk/d/so_ZosdYBB_5gw
    If there are any problems with the download, please email me at RAFAirBook@yandex.ru I can put the book on another resource.
    Book in Russian!
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    Post  GarryB on Wed May 15, 2019 11:15 am

    Thanks.

    Not many pictures... Shocked

    BTW It is a forum rule that the first post should be an introduction in the introductions section.
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    Post  Djabberwocky on Wed May 15, 2019 4:17 pm

    GarryB wrote:Thanks.

    Not many pictures...   Shocked

    BTW It is a forum rule that the first post should be an introduction in the introductions section.

    I apologize if I posted a topic in the wrong section!
    The book is primarily informative! There are no illustrations there, but for the first time in the Russian edition, all the number plants of the defense industry with a description of the products that were produced on them are gathered together!
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    Post  Djabberwocky on Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:39 pm

    Djabberwocky wrote:Dear Colleagues!
    A book is being distributed (digital copy) "Defense enterprises of the USSR and Russia" (Moscow: TOM, 2010)
    Specifications: 300 dpi output resolution, conversion to pdf-format.
    Download link https://yadi.sk/d/so_ZosdYBB_5gw
    If there are any problems with the download, please email me at RAFAirBook@yandex.ru I can put the book on another resource.
    Book in Russian!

    Dear friends!
    Book deleted! Thanks to everyone who downloaded. On distribution - only the catalog! If you need a book, write to RAFAirBook@yandex.ru
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    Post  jhelb on Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:08 pm

    Some Russian military magazines can be downloaded from this link

    http://www.armourbook.com/bronetechnic/bronafterwwii/
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    Post  Djabberwocky on Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:16 pm

    Dear colleagues!
    You can download the book:
    "Tu-16 aircraft. Technical description (Book 1: tactical flight data)" (Moscow: Oborongiz, 1956)
    The book is illustrated with drawings and photo illustrations. Volume - 22 pages of a larger format. "-.jpeg" file format.
    Download Link https://yadi.sk/d/m2y2VCNWj1tFsw
    For a full list of books in Russian, you can download our illustrated pdf-catalog from MAKS-2019: https://yadi.sk/i/Jx0Q2Elun2207A
    The book can be downloaded until December 22, 2019 inclusive. Distribution catalog - indefinitely.
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    Post  GarryB on Wed Dec 18, 2019 2:51 am

    Thanks for that Djabberwocky.

    Can I suggest, if you know the person scanning the documents, if they don't have colour pictures you will get a smaller file size with quality good enough for OCR if you save them in the GIF format. It is not good at colour images because it is limited in the number of colours it uses, but when the image is just text then extra colours is actually a bad thing because it adds a lot of extra information in the file that is totally wasted because 200 shades of colour of white through to black are not needed when it is black text on white paper...

    GIFs are also good for cartoon like images where there is not a lot of shading and thousands of colours as it makes the files smaller without losing useful detail.
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    Post  Djabberwocky on Wed Dec 18, 2019 3:22 pm

    Thanks for your technical comment!
    I will be happy to work with everyone who enjoys our work. There is a lot of unique technical material.
    I don’t really worry about file sizes. I hope you enjoyed my work.
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    Post  GarryB on Thu Dec 19, 2019 12:47 pm

    File sizes are important for most users... smaller file sizes load quicker and update quicker when you are moving through them in a slide show or media player.

    The only benefit of a large file size is resolution and detail, but if you can achieve a smaller file size while retaining the image quality then it makes sense to do so.

    Just reducing the jpg quality you can also reduce the file size but the image quality gets much worse and would make OCR much less effective.

    OCR means translations into other languages becomes possible converting what is essentially a group of pictures containing information you need to extract manually by viewing the image. It turns it into a text file which can be translated into other languages and searched to find information much more easily.

    It is like the difference between having a book with or without an index... to find specific information you need to manually search through the book to find what you are looking for.

    It is much better to have huge file sizes with very high resolution images than to have too low an image quality that ruins the information there, but you need to find a balance. Generally for text a good resolution is 300dpi to allow OCR, but as I said if it is just black text on a white or yellowing with age paper background you don't need the thousands or millions of colours a jpg can store... unless there are colour images I would save it as a grey scale and gif to make the image file rich in detail if OCR or other processing is needed but such settings would also mean a relatively small file size, so storing them or downloading or uploading them will be easier and quicker respectively... and also you can look through them faster on any computer.

    Very simply if you want to create a library of old books as a resource using OCR would make them much much smaller and fully search-able which greatly increases their value in terms of a library. Imagine a library with no index where you had to look through images of books to find what you want... very inefficient.
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    Post  GarryB on Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:25 pm

    Sorry, to be clear I have reread my posts and I almost come across as bullying... I am sorry for that, I appreciate you posting these books and making them available to us.

    Good resolution images like this can be loaded into Yandex and their OCR function can allow translation into other languages to allow this information to be made useful.

    On the internet however, making things available for downloading ties up resources and with large file sizes even more so, but if you can achieve an acceptable level of quality with a much smaller image size that can save a lot in terms of download size and increase download speed as well as reduce the footprint of a library of files on a hard drive.

    Again, My thanks for making this work available, I do appreciate that very much.

    (note at: https://translate.yandex.com/ocr you can upload a page of this Tu-16 book and after a few seconds it will load the image and highlight text it detects in yellow. If you then left click on the yellow blocks it translates them into english... or whatever other language you set... like having your own personal translator though not perfect of course...)
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    Post  Djabberwocky on Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:39 am

    Thank you again for the detailed technical comment!
    Maybe you could download the book and remake it for other users? Many would be grateful to you, I'm sure!
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    Post  GarryB on Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:50 pm

    That is the frustrating thing... I am currently using Linux and it is taking me a while to work out how to get windows products that would do the conversion job well like Irfanview or Format Factory to work under this operating system.

    Even very old versions of photoshop allowed you to save image files where you could change the format type and resolution and image size and it would show the file size so you could take one page and have four versions of it on screen each taking up a quarter of the screen with the original image and then three other available alternatives so you might have the original jpg in the top left and in the top right you might have a lower quality jpg setting, while bottom left you could have gif format and bottom right maybe tiff file format and you could see each image side by side zoomed in on text or images on the same page so you could compare the quality directly with the original. It would also display the file size for each format so if there is a huge reduction in file size but everything is still clear you could base your choice on file size, or if the picture is not good enough you can change the parameters... most jpgs have millions of colours per pixel which means 16 to 24 bits per pixel depending on the image quality.. with a gif you might only need 256 colours... which means 8 bits per pixel would be fine.

    It is something I have been meaning to do... work out more useful tools in Linux that I used to use a lot when I was using Windows or even Workbench. With Irfanview there are batch processing scripts... you could just drag all the pages into the process list and choose convert to gif and then click start.

    I remember doing a project where I was working with documents someone else had scanned where each page was 3-4 megabytes like these ones and it was a real pain in the ass because it was a few years ago and the computer I was using was much slower than this one. It took days to download ten pages on dial up, and I couldn't work with more than three pages open at any one time... jpg is a compression format so when you have it open it takes up orders of magnitude more space in computer memory... I opened one of the pages you posted in the Linux equivalent of Photoshop called GIMP and the file size open was over 100 megabytes and things didn't move fast or smooth. I decided back then to convert them to gif format files to make them easier to use and work with... do you know how many floppy disks you need for a 4 megabyte file and what a pain in the ass a file splitting programme is to split the files to fit them on a 1.4MB floppy...

    Anyway, after converting to gif, the files were less than 300K each and loaded real fast and I could still use optical character recognition software to convert it into editable text that I could then search and edit... it made everything so much easier.

    The person who scanned it didn't know what I was using it for so they scanned at 600dpi to get every single detail, but most of the time legible text is all you need... which means 300dpi is good enough without being too bloated a file for OCR.


    Anyway sorry for going on about this... thank you again for posting the book. Smile
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    Post  Djabberwocky on Sun Mar 01, 2020 3:00 pm

    Dear colleagues!
    The book “MiG-17F Aircraft with VK-1F. Technical Description. Book 1: Flight Performance of an Aircraft” is being distributed. The book is illustrated with drawings and photo illustrations.
    Book Download Link https://yadi.sk/d/AHQU6pGuSEu8Cg
    For those who want to read the list of books - an illustrated catalog from MAKS-2019
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    The book will be in distribution until March 8, 2020, the catalog - indefinitely.

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