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Politics, political provocation and extremist political views.
The Luftwaffe was part of the Wehrmacht and as such an instrument of war in the hands of the Nazi regime, because of this we can never fully separate the military aspect from the political aspect. A similar line of thought can be entertained when dealing with the Soviet Air Forces and the Stalinist regime. Bearing both in mind it is clear that in order to keep our focus on the military side, we cannot allow ourselves to drift deeply into politics. Material that is clearly political is off topic and will be dealt with accordingly. However provocation will be handled in a similar manner as personal attack. This forum has no room for extremist political views and there will be a zero tolerance policy towards offenders.

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How to maximize your chances on getting answers?
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  2. If you are new to the forum, explain why you are interested in this particular piece of information. Why not start by introducing yourself?
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If you scroll down your advanced message editor screen you will find a number of additional fields and options. The second section deals with attachments.


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The current maximum file size is limited to 200kb and you are allowed to attach 6 files to a single post. Total attachment user allowance is 1024kb.

Before uploading please check:
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  2. Keep the size down (in terms of both picture and file*).
  3. Can’t you host material yourself?
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Compare what you find in books and translate those dimensions to the screen. Just think in terms of WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get).

Not only will you safe dbase space, but you’ll keep download time to a minimum. Lets not forget that there are still enough people without broadband connections.

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A number of these settings will determine how you will experience this forum.
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It pains me to see criticism about lacking functions when I know they are only one visit to the UserCP away...
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