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The_Chieftain #1 Posted Feb 15 2012 - 20:44

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About The Event

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Wargaming America and resident tank expert The Chieftain are hosting an interactive gathering of the leading, world-renowned, published authorities on tanks. The event will be March 10, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., followed by an optional museum tour. The event will be videotaped from the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation in Portola Valley, California.

The Military Vehicle Technology Foundation oversees one of the largest and most significant collections of historical military vehicles in the world.


Submitting Questions

Have a question about tanks or their history you'd like to ask the authors listed below? The topic is the tanks and tank development 1930s-1950s. The floor is yours--just submit them through the method below that is most comfortable for you.

The best questions submitted will be chosen to help drive the discussion during our Q&A session with the authors. This is your chance to learn more about the tanks you love, so don't miss out!


Discussion Forum

We've created a special discussion forum for Operation Think Tank 2012. Feel free to join in on the discussion, and be sure to pay the question submission thread a visit if you would like to toss your question into the pot.


Facebook

Are you social media savvy? We've put together a special page devoted to Operation Think Tank 2012 on Facebook. Head over now to take a look, start sharing with your friends, and of course post your questions on the wall.

Oh, and don't forget to click the “Like” button while you're there! We'll be sharing all the latest news and updates on Operation Think Tank 2012 with our fans.


Twitter

Does Twitter course through your veins as much as tank lore? If so, feel free to Tweet us your question!

Simply send out your question with the hash tag #thinktank and we'll take note of it.


E-Mail

Have a question you've classified Top Secret, deemed worthy of viewing only by the eyes of The Chieftain? No problem--we've created a special email address specifically for Operation Think Tank 2012.

Send your question to events@worldoftanks.com, and be sure to include your World of Tanks username so we can give you credit at the event!

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Attending

We'll have more information on attending the event at a later time. Space will be limited, so keep your eyes peeled on the Operation Think Tank 2012 Facebook page or the World of Tanks community portal for more details.

Watch It Online

We won't be able to invite everyone, but that's not stopping us! We're going to record Operation Think Tank 2012 and will make it available for viewing online, after the event takes place.

Stay tuned for more details on the online availability, including where you can watch it and what extra goodies it will include. We're cooking up some fun behind-the-scenes content that will be exclusively available in the video version of the event.

The Panel

Hilary Doyle

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Hailing from Dun Laoighre, Ireland Mr. Doyle has written about armored vehicles since 1964. He is currently working on a series of books on the Panzer Tracts with Mr. Thomas Jentz.

With over 100 publication mentions to his credit and counting, if anyone is synonymous with accurate World War II vehicle plans and specifications, it’s Mr. Doyle.


Kenneth Estes

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A retired US Marine Corps Lt. Colonel, Mr. Estes served as a tanker from 1969 until 1993. Since then, he has penned official histories of both US Marine Corps and US Army units.

Mr. Estes has also written commercially successful books including, Marines Under Armor: The Marine Corps and the Armored Fighting Vehicle, 1916-2000 and US Marine Corps Tank Crewman 1941-45: Pacific


David Fletcher MBE

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Mr. Fletcher currently resides as the resident historian of the Royal Armored Corps Museum in Bovington, England. A highly respected authority in the field of British Armor from 1916-1945, Mr. Fletcher has been on the museum staff since 1982.

He has also published several books, including The Great Tank Scandal and The Universal Tank.


Rob Griffin

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Still serving to this day in the Territorial Army, Mr. Griffin also served 25 years in 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards. Originally from Gloucester, England Mr. Griffin has penned the definitive books on the post-war British tanks “Chieftain” and “Conqueror.”

Mr. Griffin is also a keen modeler – contributing to Military Modeling and Military in Scale magazines.


Harry Yeide

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Mr. Yeide has been a published authority on tanks since 2003. He has published the definitive book on the US Army’s Tank Destroyer Corps, The Tank Killers, as well as other works including Weapons of the Tankers and Steel Victory.

When not writing about US Army steel, Mr. Yeide works as a foreign affairs analyst in Washington D.C.


Steven Zaloga

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An esteemed author of numerous books detailing armored fighting vehicles, Mr. Zaloga holds an MA in History from Columbia University – particularly celebrated for his attention to Soviet/Russian equipment.

Mr. Zaloga is an enthusiastic modeler and member of the Armor Modeling and Preservation Society, while also serving as senior analyst at the Teal Group in Washington, D.C.


"The Chieftain"

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A US Army armor officer, The Chieftain is a modeler, historical wargamer and a volunteer at the MVTF. He has written for the specialist press and runs Wargaming’s Military Op-ed/history column, “The Chieftain’s Hatch”.

He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area

easy8tanker #2 Posted Feb 16 2012 - 03:33

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Sounds interesting. I know most of the authors and historians that are listed there too. Wish I could come though.

slayerst0rm #3 Posted Feb 16 2012 - 03:46

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This is pretty cool. I was actually thinking about something like this the other day. Only with like a group guide or something answering questions and giving opinions. Look forward to the vid :)

ForcestormX #4 Posted Feb 16 2012 - 03:48

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Sounds like an awesome event, sad I won't be there myself, hoping to see the stream afterwards.

Also, is that an M103 fronting the banner image?  :Smile-hiding:

C013RA #5 Posted Feb 16 2012 - 03:50

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So where is the photo taken of those tanks? (The one between the e-mail, and Attending topics?)

The_Chieftain #6 Posted Feb 16 2012 - 03:52

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View PostC013RA, on Feb 16 2012 - 03:50, said:

So where is the photo taken of those tanks? (The one between the e-mail, and Attending topics?)

The location of the event, Military Vehicle Technology Foundation.

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I am kinda confused in here...

Chieftain, if you dont mind us giving a very quick DO and DONT, like, an example of which questions are valid and which ones not?

The_Chieftain #8 Posted Feb 16 2012 - 04:02

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View PostTheRonmasteh, on Feb 16 2012 - 04:00, said:

I am kinda confused in here...

Chieftain, if you dont mind us giving a very quick DO and DONT, like, an example of which questions are valid and which ones not?

Point. Modified the OP a little.

destroyeroftank #9 Posted Feb 16 2012 - 04:50

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found a typo, nothing big but its there...

Wargaming America and resident tank expert, The Chieftain ARE hosting


change the ARE to IS

not to sound mean but just thought that youd like to know.

sounds really cool! am looking forward to the video.

The_Chieftain #10 Posted Feb 16 2012 - 04:58

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Actually, the comma might need to go.

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Is that the hat you use with the ATGM?

(I'm sure it's the no.1 question on everyones mind)

CatinHat #12 Posted Feb 16 2012 - 06:47

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I like the old WoT banner, this one looks like it came from the mid 90's :blink:

FryaDuck #13 Posted Feb 16 2012 - 08:02

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Unfortunately, it doesn't have Jenz so I won't attend. I might be seeing David this year when I head to the UK for my annual sojourn.

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Nice , we can watch it online :)

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"The Chieftain"

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A US Army armor officer, The Chieftain is a modeler, historical wargamer and a volunteer at the MVTF. He has written for the specialist press and runs Wargaming’s Military Op-ed/history column, “The Chieftain’s Hatch”.

He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area



Way to represent the Bay Area. I live and work in Palo Alto.  :Smile_honoring:

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View PostWhord, on Feb 16 2012 - 17:20, said:

"The Chieftain"

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A US Army armor officer, The Chieftain is a modeler, historical wargamer and a volunteer at the MVTF. He has written for the specialist press and runs Wargaming’s Military Op-ed/history column, “The Chieftain’s Hatch”.

He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area



Way to represent the Bay Area. I live and work in Palo Alto.  :Smile_honoring:

SANTA CRUUUUZ.

I'm going to see if I can make it up to the event... Unlikely, but who knows? 8)

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View PostForcestormX, on Feb 16 2012 - 03:48, said:

Sounds like an awesome event, sad I won't be there myself, hoping to see the stream afterwards.

Also, is that an M103 fronting the banner image?  :Smile-hiding:
They certainly have a M103 there, and given the rounded nose, I'd say it is one.


I look forward to this, I live across the Bay, and hope I can go.

Is there going to be any way for people not among the first 20 lucky people to notice when signups open up to get to go? Last time there was a community gathering at the MVTF the sign-up thread was locked after like 2 hours. Given this has even more happening, it'll probably fill up faster. Could we perhaps have a few days forwarning before sign-ups are opened?

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This event has great potential.

I've taken the liberty of tidying a paragraph for Mr. Flethcher's entry as it contained redundant words and used US spelling for "armour". Not wanting to spark a US/UK English debate but when referring to British armour, especially a place/organization, please include the "u".

One of many words we took from the French :)


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Mr. Fletcher is resident historian at the Royal Armoured Corps Museum in Bovington, England. A highly respected authority in the field of British Armour from 1916-1945, Mr. Fletcher has been on the museum staff since 1982.
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Can you give us a ballpark estimate of how many will be able to attend? 50? 100? That sort of thing.

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View Postdestroyeroftank, on Feb 16 2012 - 04:50, said:

found a typo, nothing big but its there...

Wargaming America and resident tank expert, The Chieftain ARE hosting


change the ARE to IS

not to sound mean but just thought that youd like to know.

sounds really cool! am looking forward to the video.

The "are" is fine, because there is more than one subject in the sentence. "Is" would imply only one subject.

View PostThe_Chieftain, on Feb 16 2012 - 04:58, said:

Actually, the comma might need to go.

The comma is fine.