Monday, June 25, 2018

Punjab.

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Here with a critique and key points: "Lessons from the Punjab Campaign".

As extracted from the South Asian Terrorism Portal and thanks to same!

The Punjab insurgency a rebellion by Sikh separatists seeking an independent nation. Defeat of the ten-year long insurgency due to a variety of factors.

SF = Security Forces. COIN - Counter-Insurgency.

"Secrets of COIN Success Lessons from the Punjab Campaign"

By Anant Mathur

 "The Punjab campaign stands out among the most recent, successful and victorious COIN campaigns in the world. This was largely made possible by a coherent grand strategy and tactical innovations on the ground. This campaign provides interesting lessons that are applicable to all COIN campaigns."

* "First, the importance of promoting an anti-insurgency leader needs greater emphasis than observed in available COIN theories."

* "Secondly, it is essential that Governments must demonstrate the resolve for a political solution of the conflict only from a position of strength."

* "Thirdly, election of insurgents for constitutional posts creates even bigger problems for the COIN campaign."

* "Fourthly, COIN campaigns are inherently labour intensive."

* "Fifthly, cutting-edge technology has a limited role to play in COIN campaigns."

* "Sixthly, the insurgency’s sympathizers in the SFs should be handled sensitively."

* "Seventhly, the COIN campaign should focus on the leaders and ideologues of the insurgency."

* "Eighthly, external help to the insurgency must be stifled using all instruments of state power."

* "Lastly, the campaign must develop specific measures of effectiveness to gauge the level of popular support."

The security forces [SF] of India perhaps the most experienced and adept in the world when it comes to counter-insurgency operations, at both the practical and theoretical level.

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Figures.

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Before May 1943 the German U-boat campaign in the Atlantic during World War Two [WW2] effective. In the aftermath of May 1943 the German U-boat effort more or less an insignificant factor in the war if not a total failure.

As excerpted from "The Reader's Companion to Military History" article by Holger H. Herwig the topic German WW2 Admiral Karl Doenitz; the German U-boat campaign, success and ultimate disaster:

"Donitz commanded Germany's U-boat forces in the Battle of the North Atlantic. His submarines sank 175 Allied warships and 2,603 merchant ships but lost 784 boats and 28,000 men. In April 1943 Convoy HX231 drove off all attacking U-boats. Allied convoys, radar, aerial patrols, depth charges, special naval 'killer groups,' and Ultra electronic intercepts blunted the German underseas campaign. Donitz conceded defeat in the battle on May 23, 1943, when he recalled his boats. After 1943  more than thirty-five hundred Allied ships in sixty-two convoys crossed the Atlantic without a single loss."

Those various convoys after May 1943 in totality by my calculations carrying enough war-making munitions alone to supply and equip an army of about five million men.

Eighty percent of German submariners losing their lives during the war!! A submarine sinking as you can well imagine the loss of life 100 % in almost all cases.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Trust.

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Nothing new under the sun!

As it was in the time of Augustus Caesar two-thousand years ago as it is now!

"The latest casualty in the global pension catastrophe is…"

From the Sovereign man Internet web site the article by Simon Black that initial portion copied in entirety the original tip from Chuck.

"In the year 6 AD, the Roman emperor Augustus set up a special trust fund known as the aerarium militare, or military treasury, to fund retirement pensions for Rome’s legionnaires."

"Now, these military pensions had already existed for several centuries in Rome. But the money to pay them had always been mixed together in the government’s general treasury."

"So for hundreds of years, mischievous senators could easily grab money that was earmarked for military pensions and redirect it elsewhere."

"Augustus wanted to end this practice by setting up a special fund specifically for military pensions."

"And to make sure there would be no meddling from any government officials, Augustus established a Board of Trustees, consisting of former military commanders, to oversee the fund’s operations."

"Augustus really wanted this pension fund to last for the ages. And to keep a steady inflow of revenue, he established a 5% inheritance tax in Rome that would go directly to the aerarium militare."

"He even capitalized the fund with 170,000,000 sesterces of his own money, worth about half a billion dollars in today’s money." [See previous blog entry  the purchasing power of Roman currency at the time!]

"But as you can probably already guess, the money didn’t last."

SOCIAL SECURITY TAXES IN THE UNITED STATES PLACED INTO THE GENERAL REVENUES DURING THE VIETNAM WAR IN MEASURE PAYING FOR THE CONFLICT. SOMETHING THAT WAS NEVER TO OCCUR BECAME SO! AND HAS NOT CHANGED SINCE!

CLEVER SENATORS BEING CLEVER! ROME FROM TIMES OF YORE, UNITED STATES TODAY! SENATORS! SOLONS! WISE MEN? SURE!

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UB-85.

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It seems that World War One U-boat Captain Forstner was not alone.

Sea monsters everywhere! And attacking without restraint!

So it was alleged. Consider now within the perspective of a recent discovery the entire issue of German U-boat under assault by a paranormal creature the existence of which is unknown to science.

Thanks to the English tabloid Daily Mail and their Internet web site.

"Mystery of the WWI U-Boat and the 'sea monster' solved: How bungling German captain sank his own vessel after demanding a heater in his cabin - and then blamed the leak on a creature of the deep"

* "UB-85 was patrolling the Irish Sea when captain claimed monster attacked"
* "Captain said damage forced them to surface and surrender to British"
* "Sub was recently found by Scottish Power when laying undersea cables"
* "German navy logs reveal sub sunk after issues caused by captain's heater"

NO! NO! A THOUSAND TIMES NO! NO SEA MONSTER!

This German U-boat captain in contrast to so many others apparently a slacker and a poor leader of men, infamous as one who shirked his duty unwilling to press home the battle to the enemy?

But, no sea monster! We can agree about that!

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

East & West.

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Here with perspective on the American Civil War I might have only very vaguely familiar with. Union forces in the western theater of the war effective. Union troops in the eastern theater of the war not so very effective.

Thanks to "The Reader's Companion to Military History" and the "American Civil War" article by Williamson Murray.

". . . what remains inexplicable is the considerable contrast between the eastern and western theaters in terms of the performance of the opposing forces. Unfortunately the disparity in the military effectiveness of the armies has to a great extent eluded historians. All too often, histories of the war have depicted Southern troops as an idealized country folk, trained and prepared for war by their youth on farms, whereas Northern troops, living in dank factory slums, were incapable of fighting. In fact, 85 percent of the North's population lived on farms, and if Northern armies had a difficult time against Confederate force in the eastern theater, their comrades in the West dominated their Southern opponents throughout the war. The performance of Northern and Southern armies had less to do with the makeup of the armies - - they were all drawn from similar backgrounds - - than with the particular styles of leadership and battle effectiveness that resulted from idiosyncratic factors, such as the ability of senior leaders"

Think Lee, Jackson and the Army of Northern Virginia [Confederate] in the east. Think Grant, Sherman and Thomas and the various army formations of the Union in the west.

LEADERSHIP MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE!

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Rampage.

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Boris has one! Benjamin has one too!

From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter:

This missile has been used by the Israel Air Force against Syrian targets? And with great success? Apparently a stand-off weapon system air-to-ground missile.

Rampage!

"New Israeli supersonic air-to-ground missile"

16 June.

"The new air to surface missile, dubbed Rampage after a popular video game, is a powerful weapon nearly impossible to detect or intercept and equipped with a warhead, rocket engine and advanced navigation for precision targeting, say its makers Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Military Industry Systems (IMI). It is also cheaper to produce than comparable weapons in Israel's arsenal. The 4.7-meter long missile weighing 570 kilos is designed for strikes on command centers, air force bases, infrastructure and field targets shielded by air defense batteries"


Boris boasts, Benjamin does not. The proof is in the pudding as they say and Rampage already battle tested. Nothing more to say!

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BB Saudi.

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"…we are in dialogue with the accused criminals who have been convicted with smuggling drugs, murder, rape, from the following nationalities: 110 Yemenis, 21 Palestinians, 212 Saudis, 96 Sudanese, 254 Syrians, 82 Jordanians, 68 Somalis, 32 Afghanis, 94 Egyptians, 203 Pakistanis, 23 Iraqis, and 44 Kuwaitis."

"We have reached an agreement with them that they will be exempted from the death sentence and given a monthly salary to their families and loved ones, who will be prevented from traveling outside Saudi Arabia in return for rehabilitation of the accused and their training in order to send them to Jihad in Syria." - [Signed] Director of follow up in Ministry of Interior [Saudi] Abdullah bin Ali al-Rmezan

THE DIRTY DOZEN BUT MUCH MORE THAN A DOZEN.

From the War Nerd Internet web site and somewhat dated but still of interest.

"The Saudi Dirty Dozen and Jihadi as Risk Disposal"

By Gary Brecher September 10, 2013

The BASHI-BAZOOK! Criminals in the Islamic context released from prison on the condition they perform military service as an irregular combatant. Their reward plunder if possible with their sentence expunged.

Foreign interventionists in the Syrian Civil War fighting in furtherance of Saudi goals.

Criminals rarely if EVER make for good soldiers. Criminals accustomed to using violence but in almost all circumstances doing so against persons far weaker than themselves and not having an ability to resist. Criminals too not used to or again EVER comporting themselves in the manner of a soldier, accepting discipline of any sort.

Just a bad idea! Image however as accompanying this blog entry outstanding!

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