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    Default OTT-DYM Mission 5: Adler Tag-Team - 5th February 1916 {Stumptonian}

    Leutnant Till Huebner had decided to give green livery on his Fokker Eindecker one more try.
    “Es hat mir bei den ersten beiden Patrouillen gut getan ...“ <it served me well for the first two patrols>
    “Vielleicht war das letzte Mal eine Anomalie.“ <Maybe the last time was an anomaly>

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    Now approaching the edge of German-controlled territory he looked to his right to make sure rookie pilot Giesebrecht was keeping up.
    He was.

    Leutnant Günther Giesebrecht had performed well in his previous outings, claiming a kill his first time flying an actual mission.
    Nervousness was starting to be a thing of the past, although he hoped to avoid the flames that had terrified him last time he flew with Huebner.
    His Eindecker had been repaired, but to remove traces of the fire that had scorched his aircraft he had had the fuselage repainted a dark burnt ocher.
    The irony of that choice was not lost on Huebner.

    The Fokker pilots scanned the air looking for their compatriots who should be returning from their patrol at any time.

    Rookie pilot Leutnant Burkhard Baumann, flying a grey E.III, and his wingman, recent arrival Leutnant Felix Eisenhardt, were in fact following the German trench line, about to turn south toward the Adler airfield. Eisenhardt had replaced Leutnant Herbert Fiedler whose foolhardy action caused Onkel to relegate him to the Zweisitzer company. Two-seater pilots were regarded as second class by the flamboyant scout flyers.

    Eisenhardt was keeping an eye on Baumann who was flying his first actual mission in harm’s way.
    Scanning the sky around him his blood ran cold when he noticed a pair of biplanes approaching from his right.
    He did not recognize the type, but he knew they would not be displaying the Eisernes Kreuz ….
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    The British aircraft were the new De Havilland DH.2 and were looking ready to pounce!
    Pulling back on his stick to try to get up to the same altitude, Eisenhardt hoped that Baumann was paying attention.
    He was, but in an instant the Britishers were on them!
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    Da da da da
    The Lewis of Lieutenant Edward Fitzgerald sent a stream of lead through Eisenhardt’s E.III damaging the rudder controls.
    Tikka tikka tikka
    Eisenhardt’s LMG08/15 spat back, much to Fitzgerald’s chagrin.


    Da da da da
    2Lt Duncan Moore fired at Eisenhardt but saw no sign of any damage
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    Da da da…
    Fitzgerald gives Baumann his first taste of enemy fire, damaging his rudder controls before his Lewis stops chattering mid-stream.
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    The action takes a time-out while all the pilots sort out their bearings.

    Suddenly the Giesebrecht realizes that the count of their opponents has doubled!
    Another pair of DH.2 has joined the fray: 2Lt Barry Campbell in the DH.2 with CDL tail, and 2Lt John Moncrieff in the all-PC10 livery.
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    Giesebrecht takes on Campbell but his excitement affects his aim.
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    Da d ….
    Damn this cursed piece of %$&!”
    Moore’s frustration with the Lewis reflects that of Fitzgerald, although with an audible difference.
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    Tikka tikka tikka
    Giesebrecht’s gun is working fine, but his aim definitely needs some work.
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    Was zum Himmel …?” <What in heavens ...?>
    Giesebrecht is stunned my the maneuverability of these new British aircraft as Moore swings his DH.2 around
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    Da da d … “For $%*&$@! sake!” Campbell is pleased at first but then joins Fitzgerald and Moore, and especially the latter, in his displeasure with the reliability of his Lewis.
    His Scottish grandad would be proud.

    Moore, in perfect position to do some serious damage to Giesebrecht’s Fokker, is left to pound on his Lewis to try and clear the jammed round.
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    Not even noticing the DH.2 behind him Giesebrecht finally remembers to offer some return fire to Campbell.
    Tikka tikka
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    Campbell feels the bullets strike his nacelle.

    “Watch out!” / “Achtung!”

    Giesebrecht and Campbell have very nearly managed to run into each other, but luckiiy Campbell turns at the last moment.
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    Tikka tikka tik ….
    Huebner sees his bullets chipping of bits of the DH.2 in his sights, but then …
    “%$#$%!”
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    He joins his enemy in the cursing of his jammed armament.
    So much for checking his bullets before boarding his Eindecker ….

    Jammed guns be damned!
    Moore very nearly causes a three-way collision which would likely have seen the end of at least one of them.
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    Crowded air space is becoming a real issue.
    Eisenhardt, deftly avoids the rookie Baumann, not without some profanity to suit the situation.
    He will definitely have some choice words when they are back at the airfield.
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    Huebner furiously pounds on his gun.
    A perfect opportunity missed.
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    Tikka tikka tikka
    Finally there is noticeable damage as flames start to flicker from Moncrieff’s DH.2
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    Flames eat at the wing of Moncreiff’s aircraft.
    He madly flips from side to side to try to minimize the damage.
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    Tikka tikka tikka
    Eisenhardt adds to Moncrieff’s distress.
    The Gnôme Monosoupape 9-cylinder rotary engine begins to misfire badly.
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    Giesebrecht nervously tries to perform an Immelmann and very nearly takes down his target, but not by firing at it!
    The rookie would not have had the presence of mind to fire even if he had not been so close to the DH.2
    Moore, still working on his Lewis, does not realize how lucky he is.
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    Tikka tik ..
    Huebner’s gun has jammed again!
    Warum habe ich mir die Mühe gemacht?!“ < why did I bother? >
    Huebner really begins to question the effort he puts into checking his ammunition.

    Da da „Damn and Blast!“
    Fitzgerald‘s language is not nearly as colourful as his squadron mates as his Lewis jams for the second time, but that is the least of his worries.

    Tikka tikka
    Eisenhardt has set a second target on fire!
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    Huebner sees the flames pouring from Fitzgerald’s aircraft.
    “Habe ich das getan?” < did I do that? >
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    Moore sees Moncrieff’s flames and is reminded that there are worse things than jammed guns.
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    Campbell has Immelmanned but is unable to take a shot* at Baumann’s E.III
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    (*photo notwithstanding … the stand shifted while taking the picture)

    Moncrieff’s predicament is worsening.
    For a moment he considers the alternative to burning alive.
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    Fitzgerald’s flames are reacting to his flying skills.
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    Huebner again finds himself in the perfect position to finish off his enemy, but can do nothing about it!
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    Tikka tikka
    His guns finally functioning again Huebner hits the burning DH.2
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    Moncrieff’s actions finally get the fire under control.
    With a slight flare-up the flames are extinguished.
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    This time it is Fitzgerald who ponders alternatives as his flames appear to be getting worse and the Fokker is on his tail
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    Tikka tikka
    Huebner takes out Fitzgerald’s rudder.
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    And that is it …. The DH.2 can take no more and Fitzgerald drops to No Man’s Land streaming flames all the way down.
    Huebner has his 5th victory at last and becomes the first Adler ace!
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    Remembering that this was not the first patrol of the day, Eisenhardt has been watching his fuel level and decides it’s best to break off and head home.
    He hopes the young rookie is doing the same …
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    Baumann sees Eisenhardt pulling away and follows suit.
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    Oberleutnant Bernhard Wienand has decided to get some air time and flies out toward the ongoing battle.
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    Wienand finds himself in the thick of the engagement and is receiving fire from a diving aircraft, wondering what this one is.
    It looks like the RAF FE.2b but smaller?

    His fires instinctively as he climbs to meet his opponent.
    Tikka tik ..
    Jammed on his first shot!
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    But what a first shot!
    BOOM!
    The aircraft explodes in front of him.

    Moore’s day is done.
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    Things have definitely not gone in the RFC’s favour on what was supposed to be ‘payback time’ for the Eindeckers.

    Moncrieff’s flames may have gone out, but he still has a wonky engine to deal with.
    Giesebrecht spots the DH.2 heading for some low clouds and gets off a feeble parting shot.
    It looks like at least one DH.2 will ‘live to tell the tale’.
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    Moncrieff licks his wounds and limps back to the Bulldog airfield
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    Campbell comes to realize he is alone against the Fokkers.
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    Wienand and Giesebrecht see the DH.2 and head toward it.

    Tikka tikka tikka
    Wienand fires a deflection shot, leading his target.
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    He is not sure he has the range right, but does see the DH.2 jerk a bit.
    Campbell has taken a bullet through his left shoulder and is having a hard time keeping his aircraft straight.

    Wienand can figuratively smell blood and fires again.
    Tikka tikka
    The bullets fly between the wings of the DH.2 this time.
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    Tikka tikka tikka
    Struggling to stay concentrated on flying, Campbell sees chunks of his aircraft flying off as Wienand closes for the kill shot.
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    Perhaps he was trying too hard.
    Campbell suddenly lurches to the left again, pain searing through his shoulder.
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    “Jetzt gehörst du mir!” < Now you are mine! >
    Tikka tik …
    Perhaps prematurely Wienand claims his kill.
    Another jam.
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    Seizing an opportunity, Giesebrecht fires at Campbell.
    Tikka tikka tikka
    No jam this time ..
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    Giesebrecht has his second kill, although it has not registered with him yet.
    It appears his days as ein Anfänger < a rookie > may be behind him …
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    Campbell adds to his pain when he hits the ground, narrowly missing ending up in a stream.

    Sill conscious he hears muffled voices approaching.
    And they are not speaking the King’s English ….

    Three Eindeckers regroup and fly toward the Adler airfield.
    Each has a new kill to brag about in the mess tonight, especially Huebner.
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    “Die erste Runde liegt bei Ihnen!“ < the first round is yours! > Oberleutnant Wienand shouts ahead to Huebner.
    He is certainly glad he decided to take to the sky today.

    Butcher’s Tally

    Bulldogs

    Lt Edward Fitzgerald SD FLM NML
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    C&W roll 8 -2 FLM -1 NML = 5 : Injured 1D3(4) = Skip 2
    E & E roll 5 +1 NML -1 FLM -1 WIC = 4 : Captured and Escaped
    Roll 1D3(5) = 3 : Skip 3

    2Lt Duncan Moore EXP ET
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    C&W roll 6 -3 EXP = 3 : Injured 1D6(2) = Skip 2
    E&E roll 8 -1 BEL -1 EXP -1 WIC = 5 : In Hiding
    Skip 1D2(4) : Skip 2

    2Lt Barry Campbell SD ET WIAx2
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    C&W roll 6 -1 SD -2 WIA = 3 : Injured 1D6(1) = Skip 1
    E&E roll 5 -1 BEL -2 WIA -1 WIC = 1 : Captured!
    The war is over for Campbell

    2Lt John Moncrieff FRTB-E
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    Adler

    Ltn Till Huebner RTB 1 kill
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    Huebner is now an ace.
    Perhaps his bullet checking skills will improve ….

    Ltn Günther Giesebrecht RTB 1 kill

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    Giesebrecht has moved on from rookie status and has a second kill to add to his resume.

    Obltn Bernhard Wienand RTB 1 kill
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    Ltn Felix Eisenhardt RTB
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    Ltn Burkhard Baumann RTB
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    The third Adler Anfänger has no kills but has survived his first enemy encounter.

    Victory Conditions

    3 DH.2 shot down = 9
    1 DH.2 forced to retire = 1
    Total : 10

    Bulldogs were shut out : Total Adler Victory!

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    Well that certainly did not turn out as I had expected!


    I thought the new DH.2s would give our Eindeckers a shellacking!
    I am sure they next time we meet things will not go so well.


    Glad to see Huebner finally achieve his ace status, although his inherent Bullet Checker skill leaves a lot to be desired, and I doubt there will be enough time to gain another 'skill' before the campaign comes to a close.

    Giesebrecht is no longer a rookie, so hopefully he will improve over the next few missions.
    My primary rookie pilot, Rudiger, still has one more mission to sit out.
    Not much chance for him to become an ace methinks.

    I did enjoy a mission that I wrote this time, however.
    Tried to utilize altitude more than usual - I think I am getting the hang of it.
    I controlled the rookie Giesebrecht and used Dave's simplified altitude rules and his D8 charts (modified for Excel) as usual for all the others.
    I definitely like the fact that his charts utilize the special maneuvers like the wide side slip in the P deck.

    Looking forward to seeing how the rest of the group does with this one and getting some feedback on it.

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    The RFC definitely need to get on top of their Ammo Issues Pete. Far too many bloody gun jambs! Could have made things a bit more even with out the jambs but well flown mate.
    Rep on its way.

    "Its a fine line indeed between going out in a Blaze of Glory or having Crashed & Burnt!"
    Member Australian Society of WW1 Aero Historians

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    Thanks, Baz.
    The Adler were not free of jams either, though.
    Especially irking when my 'bullet checker' had two.
    Where were the damn green jam cards?

    As I have said before I think there are far too many jam cards in this game.
    At least with the 'A' deck I can have just one jammed.

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    Well played, Pete, and congrats on Huebner getting ace status and Giesebrecht becoming a seasoned pilot. A satisfying outing for the Adlers. not a good first showing for the DH2s in this or Dave’s AAR.

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    What a blast Pete, your Eagles returned home with barely a feather out of place, well done ! Was there a reason that Campbell didn't get a shot back at Giesebrecht in the final face off ? I was hoping to see another boom card

    Onkel says

    Well done my daring young men ! Three victories and one sent running for home - there is much to celebrate
    (That is 9 victory points for the kills & 1 for the FRTB..)
    ObLtn Bernhard Wienand gets his pilot badge for his first victory in his first combat.
    Ltn Günther Giesebrecht: gets closer to his Iron Cross with his second & shakes his rookie status
    Ltn Till Huebner: gets his Iron Cross 1st class with his fifth & is a confirmed ace
    Ltn Felix Eisenhardt: gets a mention & can buy a beer for sending a Britisher packing on his first combat
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    "He is wise who watches"

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    Great AAR. How do you do those explosion effects?

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    Ein weiterer Sieg für unsere herrlichen Adler!

    (Another victory for our glorious Eagles!)

    Honestly, not what one would normally expect, given the aircraft types, and the fact that the British start with a bounce. But that's what happens sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baxter View Post
    Great AAR. How do you do those explosion effects?
    It’s just cotton wool with a piece of the painted pipe cleaner I use for flames.
    Glad you enjoyed the tale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flash View Post
    Well done my daring young men ! Three victories and one sent running for home - there is much to celebrate
    (That is 9 victory points for the kills & 1 for the FRTB..)
    ObLtn Bernhard Wienand gets his pilot badge for his first victory in his first combat.
    Ltn Günther Giesebrecht: gets closer to his Iron Cross with his second & shakes his rookie status
    Ltn Till Huebner: gets his Iron Cross 1st class with his fifth & is a confirmed ace
    Ltn Felix Eisenhardt: gets a mention & can buy a beer for sending a Britisher packing on his first combat
    So Pete is buying us all a virtual round in the virtual pub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flash View Post
    Was there a reason that Campbell didn't get a shot back at Giesebrecht in the final face off ?
    Had me worried for a bit.. .
    I was at a Mothers Day brunch when I read your comment.
    Just got home and checked my log.
    Campbell was wounded in Turn 9, after playing a left turn.

    From the Optional Rules:
    Wounded Pilot: In addition to the usual rules a pilot taking a wound will, in his whole next turn, fly the same manoeuvre that he was flying when he took the hit (eg if he was turning left he will play 3 left turns) and will be unable to shoot. He will begin the next turn with a straight and again will not be able to shoot
    He was shot down in turn 10.3 after playing his third Left Turn and was still unable to shoot.


    I do think the rules should be changed to say the next three phases (replacing the planned cards) instead of the next whole turn.
    That would have saved him, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumptonian View Post
    ...From the Optional Rules:
    He was shot down in turn 10.3 after playing his third Left Turn and was still unable to shoot...
    I do think the rules should be changed to say the next three phases (replacing the planned cards) instead of the next whole turn....
    Ach so ! Knew there must be a reason but couldn't figure out what it was from the photos or text.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stumptonian View Post
    ... I do think the rules should be changed to say the next three phases (replacing the planned cards) instead of the next whole turn....
    That would work & would tie in with the rules as written in that the effect is immediate (re:jams/shooting).
    When written it was following the mode of other special damage that comes into effect in the next turn (rudder/engine damage) but could fit either model.
    As it suggests, the idea behind this house rule was that the pilot, amped up with combat, could take a hit but continue for a few seconds (if hit early in a turn) before he felt the full effect of the wound, then be out of it in the next turn before coming back to his senses the turn after... Unlike the actual rules where he essentially just carries on !
    Making the effect immediate wouldn't change the time out of combat but if a RTB wound it could prevent a final hurrah !

    A change I was thinking of was to have the pilot fly three of the last move of the turn he was hit in as it's maybe more logical.

    I have posted about the idea here if anyone wants to comment on it so we don't distract from the AAR
    https://www.wingsofwar.org/forums/sh...574#post502574
    Last edited by flash; 05-13-2019 at 01:38.

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    Nice AAR, I enjoyed reading it very much. What a firefight of the air!

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    Well done Pete. Uncanny how your mission more or less mirrored mine. That was a real hum dinger and a great AAR to go with a great result for your Adlers. Those gun jams certainly were significant again - got to get our armourers sorted out

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    Great AAR Pete, your boys did you proud, 3 kills out of 4 planes, a pretty good score.

    Sorry to be late commenting, I read your game report a few days ago but ran out of internet before I could say so.
    Well done.

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    Well, that surely cleared the sky of the Bulldogs! After reading this scenario BRF I didn't think this would happen. Hope my Frenchies can fare better!

    Good flying and great shooting for your Eagles.

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    No wonder my chaps keep going missing!
    Well flown Pete.
    Kyte.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."



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