Sunday, February 23, 2020

GW.

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In honor of the birthday [22 February] of George Washington the ode by Lord Byron.

"Where may the wearied eye repose

When gazing on the Great;

Where neither guilty glory glows,

Nor despicable state?

Yes, one—the first—the last—the best,

The Cincinnatus of the West,

Whom envy dared not hate,

Bequeath’d the name of Washington,

To make men blush there was but one!"


100 % concurrence and thanks to the tip from Nick. Washington as compared to Napoleon.

And it is no contest. Also additional thanks to the Lord. His sentiments most appreciated.

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Reads.

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As is the case once per year that ritual!

2019's Top Hits at MilitaryAnalysis.blogspot.com

Looking over the past year's statistics, my ten most-read articles [# 1 most-read] of 2018 (ignoring articles from prior years) were:


1. Scuttle.

2. Cash.

3. AS-12 Losharik.

4. B-Patrone.

5. Dome.

6. Kelly

7. Losharik

8. R9X.

9. Intercept WW1.

10. MADIS.

Russian submarine in peril AS-12 Losharik rather dominant. A major story and understood perfectly well as so.

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

VW 1994.

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Consider this to be a new one on me.

Vigilant Warrior. American response [1994] to what was perceived as a second attempt by Saddam Hussein to invade Kuwait.

"Operation Vigilant Warrior . . . was a military operation from 8 October 1994 to 15 December 1994 by the United States in response to two divisions of Iraqi Republican Guard troops moving toward the Kuwaiti border."

American troops a rapid mobilization and deployment of forces to Gulf region [Persian], forestalling the machinations of Saddam.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Vigilant_Warrior#Debate_over_Iraqi_intentions

PERSONALLY I CONSIDER IT PREPOSTEROUS BUT NOT SO TOTALLY IMPLAUSIBLE THAT SADDAM WOULD MAKE ONE MORE EFFORT TO INVADE KUWAIT. EVEN AFTER THE SEVERE BEATING HIS FORCES TOOK IN THE FIRST GULF WAR THE MAN [SADDAM] NOT THAT MOST ASTUTE AND KNOWLEDGEABLE OF MILITARY LEADERS.

Debate over Iraqi intentions:

"There is significant debate over Iraqi intentions during the October 1994 crisis. Saddam Hussein's son-in-law Hussein Kamel stated after his defection to Jordan in 1995 that Saddam had intended to invade Kuwait a second time and this was forestalled by a rapid U.S. response to reinforce the kingdom. Others have argued that Saddam never intended to actually invade Kuwait and the movements were intended as a provocation to draw attention to Iraq's plight under the international sanctions regime.

"Former Republican Guard general Ra'ad al-Hamdani claimed in an interview after the 2003 invasion that Saddam had decided in September 1994 to invade Kuwait, but that he had opposed Saddam during a meeting on 11 September 1994."

Comments:

1. It has often been suggested that there was no legitimate casus belli for the Second Gulf War [2003]. Iraqi provocations of the worst sort in the eleven year period [attempting without success many times to shoot down a single American war plane] alone an indication that Saddam had not abandoned his intentions toward Kuwait.

2. Those sanctions as purported causing a lot of misery for the Iraqi people only as a result of continued and stubborn Iraqi intransigence. Sanctions originally supposed to last for mere months lasting for years again as a result of Saddam and his intrigue of an unseemly nature.

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Katherine.

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Si vis pacem, para bellum.

Australia looks north?

"Australia to Spend $726 Million to Upgrade Strategic Northern Airbase"

As originally from Reuters and as seen at the Internet web site Epoch Times.

"Australia will spend A$1.1 billion ($725.9 million) to upgrade an airbase in the country’s tropical north, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, a development that increases Canberra’s military armory in the Pacific."

"The base in the regional town of Katherine in Australia’s Northern Territory will be the home of the country’s new fleet of F-35 strike fighters once the upgrade is finished in 2027."

Correct [?] also that those F-35 fighter planes needing improved and appropriate infrastructure for base-ing, mission not possible otherwise?

See additionally previous blog entries [with further embedded links] as revlavant:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/11/manus.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/04/mrf-2017.html 

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Friday, February 21, 2020

ATS WW2.

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English women combat arms World War Two [WW2]

Only very vaguely was I aware of this. Anti-aircraft artillery [AAA] batteries as "manned" by Englishwomen during WW2. Yeoman work and done very successfully. Combat arms duty and carried out in an admirable manner without fault.

BUT NOT EXACTLY AS I THOUGHT.

From the wiki entry for ATS:

"Women were barred from serving in battle, but due to shortages of men, ATS members, as well as members of the other women's voluntary services, took over many support tasks, such as radar operators, forming part of the crews of anti-aircraft guns [AAA] and military police."

"The first 'Mixed' Heavy Anti-Aircraft (HAA) battery of the Royal Artillery (435 (Mixed) HAA Battery) was formed on 25 June 1941, and took over an operational gun site in Richmond Park, south-west London, in August. It was the forerunner of hundreds of similar units with the ATS supplying two-thirds of the personnel: at its height in 1943 three-quarters of Anti-Aircraft Command's HAA batteries were mixed. Several Heavy Anti-Aircraft regiments deployed to North West Europe with 21st Army Group in 1944–45 were 'Mixed' regiments."

"MIXED" COMBAT ARMS UNITS. MIXED BY GENDER.

Further, women serving in "mixed" units able to load, aim, service and maintain AAA firing pieces. WOMEN HOWEVER STRANGELY ENOUGH NOT ALLOWED TO FIRE THE GUNS!!

Germany the same situation existed. Women "manning" AAA units but not allowed to fire the guns.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Berserk

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The mind benders! To war with drugs. And they work!

Thanks to the Daily Mail English tabloid and the tip from Mike devoted readers are strongly encouraged to read the entire article.

"Rampaging Vikings were fuelled by hallucinogenic herbal tea that made them feel less pain and become 'highly aggressive' say scientists"

   * Berserkers.
   * Rampaging elite.
   * Mind-bending.
   * Stinking henbane.

"ber•serk:  Destructively or frenetically violent. Mentally or emotionally upset; deranged. Unrestrained, as with enthusiasm or appetite; wild."

Viking commando units from the times of the Middle Ages warriors drugged with substances to create a frenzied and uncontrollable rage during periods of battle. Fighting men best described in modern terms as shock troops Almost impossible to stop in combat, relatively impervious to pain and injury, deadly to the opponent in the extreme

The use of "substances" to create an enhanced combat ability hardly confined to the Viking of the Middle Ages. The Zulu also had advanced and very sophisticated pharmacology useful during a time of war and battle. Commando units of the Zulu also making liberal usage of "substances" to enhance battlefield performance.

"Shooting Up: A History of Drugs in Warfare" by Lukasz Kamie'nski

"Members of the special commandoes [Zulu], whose task was to breach the enemy lines to enable the regular troops to flow and carry out a rapid encircling maneuver called 'the horns of the bull', received a special drug that both  sharpened their senses particularly sight and hearing and enhanced concentration and alertness. They were probably given, though here we can only speculate, Amanita muscaria because the fungus occurs in Africa . . . the shaman doctors [inyanga] also had at their disposal a special remedy for the wounded . . . a potent painkiller and hallucinogenic"

"The Zulus fought with fanaticism, dedication, and fury. Armed by and fortified by their shaman doctors [inyanga] with potent intoxicants, they were into battle utterly without fear . . . Even when injured they did not stop fighting because their bodies were rendered insensitive to pain the through the use of powerful anesthetizing plant remedies."

One pill makes you happy. One pill makes you small. And the one the inyanga gives you does make you feel as if you are ten feet tall!

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Rebound.

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"Once on the phone, the virus would give Hamas operatives control over all aspects of the phone, including pictures, the soldier’s location, text messages and the soldier’s contact list. The virus would also have access to the phone’s camera and microphone, taking pictures and recording conversations remotely without the soldier knowing."

Courtesy the Jerusalem Post article and the tip from Mike

Boys will be boys. Beware the old Mata Hari routine. It does work!!

"IDF stops Hamas 'honeypots' from trapping soldiers"

"As part of 'Operation Rebound,' the IDF has foiled the third such Hamas network foiled in three years."

"The IDF has foiled a third Hamas network posing as attractive young women on social networks that lures in IDF soldiers in order to access as much information and intelligence on the army that they can.
The phones of hundreds of soldiers, including combat soldiers, were compromised in the third such Hamas honeypot operation foiled by the Israeli military and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Service) since 2017."


Here is Noa D. The temptress. Hamas operative and purports to be a recent immigrant to Israel and is having trouble with her Hebrew. Can the soldier help [of course he can!!]? Noa not too bad really. If I was fifty years younger I might go for it myself. Does she shave her armpits? You download to your smart phone the image of  Noa and get a virus installed on the phone as well. A virus that allows Hamas to gather intelligence without you the unwitting soldier even realizing so.

NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU WARN THE TROOPS ABOUT THIS TYPE OF STUFF AND TO AVOID IN ALL INSTANCES IT NEVER ENDS.

See previous blog entries as germane:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/06/honey.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/04/telefon.html

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

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