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  1. Not real sure why they wasted the money on a synchro gearbox at all. They are inherently weaker and you can change on the go without synchros if you have a foot throttle anyway.
  2. Why did IH bother with a synchro box but not give you a foot throttle so you could use it?
  3. I operate a D11T in the coal mine I work at.
  4. Sad times as the GM have axed Australia’s own car, the Holden. Pretty disgusting really as GM are not capable of supplying RHD cars do they are just packing up and leaving after destroying Holden.
  5. Just amazing to see harvest pulled up by snow. It’s always 40 degrees plus here during harvest! Unfortunately there is no harvest here again due to ongoing drought (centra west NSW Australia). There is a few blokes trying to get some seed back from extremely poor crops. My son is driving a chaser bin on a neighbouring farm that has some irrigated barley to harvest. But that’s it for our 2019 harvest. Just dust storms and smoke from bushfires burning 300km away on the coast.
  6. I have no real idea why the US didn’t join the war earlier, but I doubt it was because Europe was so far away. I think there was more to it than that. Not to mention that the US in reality had only participated in WW1 for a short period of that war anyway as they had apparently wanted to remain pacifist. Other nations had gone far further to fight in WW1 and WW2 than the US, and had been there for the entirety of both conflicts. Clearly this pacifist way of thought was no longer followed by the US after WW2.
  7. You have understand that not all people have a great understanding of WW2 or any war. To not appreciate the meaning of Pearl Harbor to Americans is probably understandable as many places like Japan teach nothing of the history of WW2. I was actually a little surprised when I went to visit the memorial at Pearl Harbor, to see that it was stated on one plaque that WW2 started when the bombings occurred there. As an Australian I was flabbergasted to see that the difference between America entering the war and the actual start of the war had been ignored.
  8. That’s fairly inaccurate. You might want to research the Bangka Island massacre. There 22 Australian nurses were marched into the sea and machine gunned. All the wounded allied soldiers present were also murdered. There was one survivor, Vivian Bullwinkle who ended up a POW and eventually made it back to Australia.
  9. You might like this video. No idea who filmed it. Black and brown snakes are common in most of Australia. Brown snakes are about the second most venomous snake in the world and are also very aggressive. Black snakes will kill you too. I have heard before that black snakes eat brown snakes but never actually seen it.
  10. I’ll trade you rattlesnakes and vipers for our brown snakes. This is a red bellied black snake. It was heading straight under my ute. I had just been lying under it changing the oil. They are deadly too, but not as bad as a brown snake.
  11. I know this was posted on here last year as seen at Agquip in NSW, but it’s gone into production apparently. https://www.farmmachinerysales.com.au/editorial/details/new-axial-flow-pays-homage-to-ih-heritage-117067/
  12. It’s an absolutely massive part of Australian history. All the Australians were volunteers and they set a very high standard of tough and brave soldiers. The big problem was that the British used the ANZACs as cannon fodder. It wasn’t until Monash (an Australian General)was able to take control of Australian troops(the first time our troops were led by an Australian)towards the end of WW1 that their ability was used to its potential. The whole Gallipoli campaign was a disaster that started from the moment they landed in the wrong place. They actually made more ground in the first night than they did in the whole failed campaign. There were some incredible stories from then, including Simpson and his donkey, Billy Sing and the ceasefire where ANZACS and Turks buried their dead side by side, sharing cigarettes. Then returned to trench warfare hours later. Yes the trenches were literally meters apart in places. I must add that the New Zealanders have just as big a part to play in this part of our shared history.
  13. I have been to Gallipoli. It’s incredibly open and exposed. To even get enough cover to be safe at all would have been difficult.
  14. You should read up on Billy Sing. He was Australia’s greatest sniper in WW1. He was sniping with a 303 up to 1000 yards at Gallipoli.
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