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#1 Marsh

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 0528 AM

I have just heard from Richard Ogorkiewicz's wife that he died suddenly on Sunday. As all will know, he was a brilliant writer and analyst in the field of AFVs. He was still active physically and mentally, just completing his memoirs. 

I remember all his many kindnesses, keen intelligence and his wry sense of humour. I wil miss him.

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#2 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 0531 AM

Im very sorry to hear that, he was truly one of the landmarks in studying AFV history.


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#3 Mikel2

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 0841 AM

Rest in peace.
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#4 TTK Ciar

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 1138 AM

Oh no! :-( of the authors in the field, he was most respected.  He will be missed.


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#5 RETAC21

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 1400 PM

What TTK said, RIP


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Posted 05 December 2019 - 1408 PM

Horrible news. :(
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#7 Przezdzieblo

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 1802 PM

RIP :(


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#8 Simon Tan

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 0027 AM

He was a reference man and will be mussed.
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#9 Rich

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 1130 AM

He first got me interested in tanks when I was a kid. Very sad.


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Posted 08 December 2019 - 1634 PM

RIP :(


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#11 Paul Lakowski

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 1816 PM

RIP , but his works will live on in our numerous libraries.
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Posted 10 December 2019 - 1837 PM

https://www.youtube....h?v=0R3gaRNkmh4


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#13 Leo Niehorster

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 0510 AM

What a lovely tribute. Thanks for the link.


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#14 JasonJ

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 0553 AM


What a lovely tribute. Thanks for the link.

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#15 Marsh

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 1228 PM

That was a nice video clip about Richard.

 

I went to his funeral on Wednesday and it was a moving event. Rupert Pengelly of Jane's and David Willey of the Tank Museum led the eulogies. They spoke of his complete lack of patience with people in authority, (military and political), who were less informed about a topic than they should be. On the other hand, they both mentioned his kindness and tolerance towards people in junior positions and who were learning their trade. I was lucky enough to have experienced the latter. 

 

Richard did a lot of work behind the scenes, cooperating with primarily British and  US but also Swedish, Israeli and Brazilian tank experts and manufacturers. Only some of this is in the public domain and is a story in itself. He was still being invited at home and abroad to classified discussions on armour development until he reached his 80s. He really was an impressive bloke.

 

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#16 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 19 December 2019 - 0358 AM

I dont know if its appropriate to highlight this, but one of his books, the Technology of Tanks, is hosted on Archive.org, and very good it looks too.

https://archive.org/...=chieftain tank


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#17 Inhapi

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Posted 19 December 2019 - 0546 AM

Thanks: that is the one that Ralf raths is referring to as being unobtanium now.


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#18 Inhapi

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Posted 19 December 2019 - 0553 AM

Is that legal ?


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#19 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 19 December 2019 - 0607 AM

Perhaps not, though there is the other way of looking at it, if its out of print and its not costing the printers or the author anything, where is the harm? I dont see it as being any different from being given a second hand book, or buying one in a second hand book shop. That too I would think is technically illegal.

 

Its down to everyones individual conscience I guess.


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Posted 19 December 2019 - 0953 AM

RIP


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