Friday, November 27, 2020
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
American ranger units Gela as attacked actually in a degree of peril. A concerted effort by the Italian armor and the allied landing-force might have been in great danger. Troops of lesser quality than the rangers might have panicked with tank-fright the consequences for the invasion force dire.
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Courtesy the Internet web site Small Wars Journal and the article by Joseph Hammond.
"The United States should pay careful attention to the brewing conflict in the Sahara which if left unchecked could contribute to destabilizing forces across North Africa and the Sahel."
HEY, I THOUGHT THESE INSURGENTS [POLISARIO] WERE DEFEATED A LONG TIME AGO! IF NOT AN OUTRIGHT DEFEAT A STEADY TRUCE EVEN IF SHAKY SOMETIMES.
Polisario an African insurgency: "a Sahrawi rebel national liberation movement aiming to end Moroccan presence in the Western Sahara."
Two aspects of the Polisario COIN [counter-insurgency] odd. 1. The building of an enormous sand berm [wall] greatly restricting the cross-border movement of mobile Polisario units. 2. Autopsy of slain insurgents revealing uncircumcised men as combatants. For a part of the world where nearly 100 % of the population Muslim the presence of such individuals found as most strange.
Who are these guys?
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
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Biplane? World War Two? Biplane?
"The Gloster Gladiator was already made obsolete by the time of its inception, yet the type soldiered on through 1944."
AND AS FLOWN BY THE RAF ACE OF ACES MARMADUKE PATTLE. [THIS MAKES THE COMBAT ACHIEVEMENTS OF PAT PATTLE EVEN MORE SIGNIFICANT?]
"The Fiat CR.42 was designed off the successes of the CR.32, with Italy still believing in the capabilities of biplane aircraft. [as compared to the single wing monoplane.]
ITALIAN COMBAT FIGHTER PILOTS FLYING THE CR.42 DURING THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN  WITH VERY POOR RESULTS.
See two Internet web site comparing the plus and minus of the biplane [two wings] as compared to the monoplane [one wing].
Here also an oddity and curiosity. The jet powered biplane.
Monday, November 23, 2020
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 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!coolbert.