Thursday, March 21, 2019

Ushakov.

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Never heard of this man before.

Think not Nelson of Copenhagen. Think not Nelson of the Nile. Think not Nelson of Trafalgar.

Think rather Ushakov the Russian. Naval commander the combat record of which exceeded Nelson?

Indeed, a case could be made that this Ushakov is the most brilliant and accomplished military commander of all time?

From the Internet web site Russian Insider and thanks to same:

"40 Naval Battles - He Won Them All - The Brilliant Russian Admiral Ushakov"

"He fought 40 battles without defeat and put the British Lord Nelson to shame."

"Fyodor Fyodorovich Ushakov . . . was the most illustrious Russian naval commander and admiral of the 18th century."

Further from the wiki:

"Distinguishing features of Ushakov's tactics were: use of *  unified marching and fighting orders; * resolute closing to close quarters with the enemy forces without evolution of a fighting order; * concentration of effort against enemy flagships; * maintaining a reserve (Kaiser-flag squadrons); * combination of aimed artillery fire and maneuvering; and * chasing the enemy to its total destruction or capture. Giving great value to sea and fire training of his staff, Ushakov was a supporter of generalissimo Suvorov's principles of training for sailors and officers. Ushakov's innovations were among the first successful developments of naval tactics, from its 'line' to maneuvering concepts."

THOSE COMMANDERS RECOGNIZED AS GREAT CAPTAINS NORMALLY MILITARY LEADERS ONLY OF LAND FORCES. NAVAL COMMANDERS GIVEN SHORT SHRIFT.

Alexander the Great and Horatio Nelson those two military commanders only normally as historically recognized as having been undefeated during their careers.

Ushakov also in a league with an Alexander or a Nelson and perhaps even beyond? Ushakov however his accomplishments unheralded and unrecognized. Until now?

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

3G2 Atomic.

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You know this headline would stimulate my curiosity instantly.

The street-gang Brazilian style [3G2] gone nuclear? GWOT? WMD?

Thanks to the story from the Russian controlled [?] media Russian Times:

"Armed gang raids convoy carrying uranium fuel to Brazil nuclear plant"

"A truck carrying nuclear fuel to one of Brazil's power plants has come under attack by a group of armed men who engaged in a shootout with police officers guarding the convoy."

"The uranium shipment came under attack on Tuesday in the town of Frade, about 30 km (19 miles) from Angra dos Reis, where the Angra 2 nuclear power plant is located. Following an intense fire exchange with the gunmen, the officers, none of whom were injured, managed to thwart the assault, police said."

Read previous entries here and here, the street-gang as a threat to the internal security of many nations and also the street-gang as having an international dimension in addition.

STREET-GANGS THEIR MOTIVATION AS THEY EVOLVE NOT STRICTLY MONETARY. THE DESIRE FOR POLITICAL CONTROL AT SOME POINT BECOMES A MAJOR CONSIDERATION!

Nuclear fuel [not weapons grade uranium] either for: 1. Sale on the international black market. 2. A means to intimidate the Brazilian government. Construct the dirty bomb [radiological device] and threaten detonation of same. INTIMIDATION!

Attack this time unsuccessful and thank GOD for it. Next time? Beware!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Three-fold.

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NOT just pantomime?

"India, Pakistan threatened to unleash missiles at each other: sources"

Thanks to the tip from Freeper the original story as obtained from Reuters.

Closed to the nuclear holocaust than thought? From Freeper and copied more or less in entirety.

"The sparring between India and Pakistan last month threatened to spiral out of control and only interventions by U.S. officials, including National Security Advisor John Bolton, headed off a bigger conflict, five sources familiar with the events said."

"At one stage, India threatened to fire at least six missiles at Pakistan, and Islamabad said it would respond with its own missile strikes 'three times over', according to Western diplomats and government sources in New Delhi, Islamabad and Washington.

"The way in which tensions suddenly worsened and threatened to trigger a war between the nuclear-armed nations shows how the Kashmir region, which both claim and is at the core of their enmity, remains one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints."

"flashpoint - n - 1. something that causes violence or conflict to flare up 2. a critical moment beyond which a situation will inevitably erupt into violence"

Missiles "unleashed" does not necessarily mean missiles with an atomic warhead? Or I am being overly optimistic and naive?

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Garland.

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As was referred to in a prior blog entry and worthy of further consideration:

"Her father embarked at sunrise
with a flask of water, a samurai sword
in the cockpit, a shaven head
full of powerful incantations
and enough fuel for a one-way
journey into history"

- - Beatrice Garland.

READ THE ENTIRE KAMIKAZE POEM WITH ANNOTATION. ALL THANKS HERE TO BEATRICE GARLAND!

See also these You Tube video the topic the Beatrice Garland poem Kamikaze. The recital of the poem itself followed by critical analysis. I recommend highly without reservation or qualification.









Shame and dishonoring the family name remains an important factor in modern Japanese society. Shame and dishonor in some cases only being expiated by suicide.

See another blog entry atonement for guilt in the Second World War done in a manner most devastating to others.

Devoted readers to the blog be well aware it often amazes Bert himself the places for which I get ideas and topics for blog entries. Kamikaze! Poetry! Wow!

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Omissions.

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Euro Army. Euro Corps. Euro Force.

Pie-in-the-sky?

From an article as seen at the Internet web site "As I Please" of Martin van Creveld the topic of which is an European Army.

"From NATO to EUA (European Union Army)?"

Macron of France and Merkel of Germany having both proposed and endorsed a transnational European army independent of NATO and capable of totally independent military action.

"The idea of a united Europe, complete with a united European army, goes back at least as far as Napoleon. Not to mention Charlemagne a thousand years previously. In a certain way, Napoleon did in fact adopt the concept."

Read the whole thing.

At least from my perspective Van Creveld fails to list two serious impediments for the EUA to exist as a viable and serious military force. Impediments of a much more profound nature not easily to be overcome if at all.

1. Financing.

Those nations part and parcel of the EUA will need to markedly increase their defense spending beyond what already is the case. CONVENTION WAR-MAKING IS EXPENSIVE AND THOSE NATIONS OF NATO ALREADY UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO MEET SPENDING GOALS.

2. Nuclear weaponry.

France and England [assuming the British become part of the EUA] at the present have a very small strategic atomic force. And at least to my knowledge little if ANY tactical nuclear weapons as that term "tactical" understood. An EUA will require a ROBUST nuclear potential way beyond what already exists. Politically again from my perspective the European Union any decision to go atomic in a much bigger manner is dead-on-arrival as they say.

Am I wrong about all this? Devoted readers to the blog let me hear from you. Thanks in advance.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Mini-Harpy.

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SEAD = Suppression Enemy Air Defense.

Devoted readers to the blog will understand fully well my instantaneous response to the South Front Internet web site headline:

"Israeli Defense Firm Released Video Showing Destruction Of S-400 Radar"

Rest assured [?] devoted readers to the blog that no such attack has actually occurred. A Russian S-400 surface-air-missile [SAM] battery has NOT been destroyed.



See this You Tube video of Israeli anti-radiation munitions as capable of destroying a Russian S-400 SAM battery.

Harop, Harpy and Mini-Harpy. Israeli drone UAV each and everyone a dedicated to the SEAD mission. The latter an anti-radiation drone with loitering feature. Anti-radiation [radar homing] with an additional opto-electronic guidance feature.

Russia too having just announced a new UAV drone with "kamikaze" like performance. Undoubtedly too KUB the mission of which probably also SEAD.

But once more devoted readers to the blog. Israeli having the ability to destroy the S-400 SAM system but has NOT actually done so. If and when such an eventuality does occur it is going to be front-page news and big time.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Renewal.

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We've only just begun?

The India/Pakistan crisis/skirmish not over?

Once more from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter:

"India and Pakistan on alert to renew Kashmir skirmishes"

14 March.

"Western intelligence sources report that India and Pakistan are bracing for a resumed round of hostilities over Kashmir. On Thursday, both air forces were on high war readiness. On Wednesday, the Indian air force downed two Pakistani drones over the Indian side of Kashmir. The Pakistani air force is reported to have moved its entire fleet of F-16 fighter bombers to bases close to the Indian border and placed them on the ready."

Pantomime not over? More rituals forthcoming? That is what this all seems to me.

FOR A SHORT TIME THERE IT SEEMED AS IF THE INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT WAS GOING TO GO NUCLEAR IN THE WARFARE SENSE OF THE WORD.

See the most recent and prior blog entries the topic the India/Pakistan crisis/skirmish and atomic war as a possible:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/03/winter.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/03/encounters.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/03/threshold.html

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