Monday, November 23, 2020

Marmaduke.

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The British Royal Air Force [RAF] combat fighter pilot during the Second World War [WW2] was: "the most capable - - the most aggressive!" - - Gunther Rall.

Rall, of course, the esteemed German Luftwaffe fighter pilot from WW2. Rall  possessing a very distinguished combat record on all fronts, against all opposition. 

Here is the RAF pilot during the Second World War that was among the "most capable - - the most aggressive!"

Marmaduke Pattle. Indeed. Pattle it can be very reasonably be suggested the BEST of the BEST!!

"Marmaduke Thomas St. John "Pat" Pattle DFC & Bar . . . was a South African-born World War II Flying ace for the Royal Air Force. He was an ace with a very high score, and is sometimes noted as being the highest scoring British and Commonwealth pilot of World War II. He has been unofficially credited with about 50 victories . . . Pattle did all his scoring in a period of nine months, against Axis opponents who outnumbered the RAF fighter contingent at all times"

Even more remarkable Pattle flying during his various aerial combats an antiquated warplane, the Gloster Gladiator.

Pattle after making such a significant contribution to the war effort losing his life  - - shot down and killed in aerial combat.

I am impressed. Not the  plane! The man behind the controls of the plane!

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John Finn.

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From just less than a week ago:


"The U.S. now has another defense system defending against North Korean ICBM’s". 

"In a first-of-its-kind test, the United States has successfully used a small ship-fired missile to intercept a target Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), according to the Missile Defense Agency. The successful test shows the U.S. military now has another missile defense system capable of defending against North Korean ICBM’s aimed at the United States." 


An animation of the intercept. SM-3 IIA missile still in the developmental stage. Ballistic missile as the target fired toward the mainland USA. Ballistic missile intercepted on a down-ward trajectory? Normally these anti-ballistic missile systems ship-carried attempt to intercept during the boost phase rather than the terminal phase of flight.

Read additionally an appraisal by our good friend Commander Salamander:


THE FIRST THOUGHT I HAD WAS THIS WAS A SIGNAL THINLY-VEILED TO THE CHINESE THAT THE MUCH TOUTED CHINESE ANTI-SHIP BALLISTIC-MISSILE NOW HAS A COUNTER.

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Blitz WW2.

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Blitz [1940] Italian style.

Again the topic the Italian military enigma. The Italian military during both World Wars their ineptness and poor performance marked in contrast to the military forces of other warring nations.

Another Mark Felton You tube video, the topic the Italian contribution to the Battle of Britain [1940. Thanks to the outstanding Internet web site of Bruce G. Charlton for the tip.


Italian contribution to the Battle of Britain 1940 rather scant and apparently ineffective at best. Warplanes bombers and fighter escort both antiquated models and easy targets for the RAF Hurricanes and Spitfires.

The poor performance and apparent marked incompetence of the Italian military during World War Two having many exceptions. See my previous blog entries the Italian on a number of occasions comporting themselves on the battlefield with elan' unmistakable:





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Urine.

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From the Internet web site "West Hunter" and thanks to same.

"National Greatness"

Penicillin the anti-biotic as arriving in the nick of time as they say.  Many allied lives saved during World War Two. Treatments prior to penicillin rather crude and ineffective.

"At first, penicillin was largely reserved for US and British military needs.  Later, it became available to US and British civilians, and soon after for general usage."

Correct. Until industrial production of penicillin "ramped-up" the wonder drug having to be rationed and quite so in an appropriate manner, allied military men first.

"But there was a  time window of several months in which American-produced penicillin was available for American wounded but not for French casualties. Fortunately, it happens that penicillin is rapidly excreted in urine.  It can be recovered.  Between January and April 1945, Rhône-Poulenc extracted penicillin from the urine of wounded American servicemen being treated in hospitals around Paris, penicillin which was then used to treat the wounded of the French Army.  They typically recovered about 100 doses from 300 liters [one liter equal about one U.S. quart] of urine."

Penicillin as obtained from urine of wounded American troops made available to the First French Army?

American servicemen to the rescue of the French and in a manner they could have hardly thought possible.

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Blackburn.


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Consider this a new one on me. Bio-warfare era of the American Civil War.

An idea to infect major cities of the North during the American Civil War with yellow fever considered. Measures to implement the plan taken but nothing substantive ever achieved.

The culprit and main [?] conspirator Dr. Luke P. Blackburn.

"Blackburn supported the Confederate cause during the Civil War. In the early days of the war, he acted as a civilian agent for the governments of Kentucky and Mississippi. By 1863, he was aiding Confederate blockade runners in Canada. In 1864, he traveled to Bermuda to help combat a yellow fever outbreak that threatened Confederate blockade running operations there. Shortly after the war's end, a Confederate double agent accused him of having carried out a plot to start a yellow fever epidemic in the Northern United States that would have hampered the Union war effort. Blackburn was accused of collecting linens and garments used by yellow fever patients and smuggling them into the Northern states to be sold. "

NEFARIOUS PLOT NEVER HAD A CHANCE. YELLOW FEVER TRANSMITTED BY MOSQUITO BITE AND NOT BY SOILED CLOTHING AS WORN BY INFECTED PATIENTS. BUT THE INTENTION AND WILL WAS THERE TO MAKE THE CONSPIRACY SUCCEED.

Dr. Blackburn his medical professional status post-war not hindered or hampered in any manner by his association with the Confederate cause. Also achieving high political office, Governor of Kentucky.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Shahid Roudaki.

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Iranian global naval reach?

The commercial sea-going merchant vessel converted to a warship?

Thanks to You Tube for the video.


Attack helicopters [greatly resembling the American Huey Cobra gunship], fast-attack patrol vessels, drones and apparently containerized cruise missiles presumably of the Lora or Club-K variety. Ship defense some sort of surface-to-air missile system?

The armed merchantman. A concept normally only strictly a war-time measure. Not any more evidently?

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Spitfire.

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A propeller-driven plane supersonic? A propeller-driven plane? Supersonic?

Close but not quite!

Thanks to the BBC and the article by Stephen Dowling. 

"The Spitfires that nearly broke the sound barrier"

"A handful of British Spitfire pilots cheated death in high-speed dives that helped pave the way towards supersonic flight."

The single greatest impediment to a propeller-driven aircraft achieving supersonic speed the propeller itself. A propeller creating  too much "drag, buffeting and noise".

Even with the advent of the jet engine research continuing into the development of a high-speed propeller-driven aircraft. A warplane not able to exceed the sound barrier but close. 

Warning! The following You Tube video contains a slight amount of material of an adult and risque' nature some may find offensive. View at your own discretion. You have been warned! Additionally turn down the volume level on your speakers prior to viewing the video.


See also from another Internet web site further research into the propeller-drive supersonic warplane. XF-88 Voodoo. Once more a concept that was "fly-able" but never placed into production or service.

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