Sunday, January 22, 2017

Duc Thang.

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"'These people won’t listen. They make the same…mistakes over and over again in the same way.'"

Image as attributed to Life magazine.

That instantaneous thought having occurred to me when reading of the anti-helicopter mine was Ap Bac from the era of the Vietnam War.

BEFORE large-scale involvement of American forces during the Second Indo-China War Ap Bac a less than glorious [disastrous] military operation, South Vietnamese combat units [ARVN] and their American advisers defeated and rather soundly by the communist [VC] enemy, almost in a leisurely fashion.

This was Ap Bac. Operation Duc Thang to the South Vietnamese [ARVN].

Everything that could possibly go wrong did go wrong and disastrously so.

Ap Bac a combination of heliborne assault, armor assault, parachute insertion and overland attack from several directions NONE of which succeeded!!

WELL, YOU HAVE TO READ THE WHOLE THING FOR YOURSELF.

AP Bac for the United States represents in a microcosm the entire American experience during the Vietnam War?

"microcosm - - noun 1.a miniature representation of something, esp a unit, group, or place regarded as a copy of a larger one"

Those words "these people won't listen" as spoken by the American aviator/adviser John Paul Vann flying over the battlefield in an observation aircraft the entire time, issuing command and orders to no avail. This was the Fire Fly concept as deemed by many counter-productive!

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Dire!

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Yet once more from the DEBKAfile news letter that situation in the Syrian city of Deir Er-Zour described as desperate. The situation grave, any sort of amelioration difficult if not impossible.

Dien Bien Phu deja vu all over again!

"ISIS overruns Syrian army command posts in Deir Ez-Zour"

16 January.

"ISIS followed up on the offensive it launched Saturday in the eastern Syrian Deir Ez-Zour province and town and, by Monday, had overrun the Syrian military command center in the town and beaten the Syrian army back from two districts, Bagheliya and Tallat al-Broul. Both sides sustained heavy casualties in the battle. The ISIS advance was not slowed by heavy Syrian air strikes."

See my previous blog entry regarding that situation in and around Deir Er-Zour:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/01/deir-ezzor.html

EVEN AFTER ALMOST THREE FULL YEARS OF AERIAL BOMBARDMENT THE COMBATANTS OF THE ISLAMIC STATE [ISIL] RETAIN A FORMIDABLE GROUND WARFARE CAPABILITY? HOW IS THIS SO?

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Vlad & Don.

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From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter it is asserted that American and Russian military forces will begin to operate in harmony to defeat the combatants of the Islamic State [ISIL]. EVEN A COMBINED OPERATION?

"US and Russia to free Palmyra after Trump sworn in"

15 January.

"Some of the ambiguity and mystery surrounding the nature of President-elect Donald Trump's relations with Russia's Vladimir Putin may disperse after the new US president takes office Thursday, Jan. 20, because one of their first joint military actions is ready to go."

"a combined US, Russian, Syrian and Jordanian force is preparing for a major operation to liberate the Syrian heritage town of Palmyra from the Islamic State."

PREVIOUSLY I had thought Palmyra had been liberated. Portions of the city once again under ISIL control? JOINT operation in what manner not specified.

Coalition warfare rarely succeeds! We shall see!

See previous blog entry the topic of which was Palmyra:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/12/palmyra-syria.html

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

AHM.

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Never heard of this before. The anti-helicopter mine [AHM].

"In every war they invent a new way of killing you." - - Will Rogers.

Anti-helicopter Mine AHM-200.

"The Anti-Helicopter Mine AHM-200 is designed to destroy low flying helicopters within 100 m[eter] range. The mine is provided with a built-in unified fuse, which is activated by a combined acoustic & Doppler SHF sensor identifying the helicopter by the noise and Doppler signal. The mine cannot be activated by occasional noises, moving people, animals, ground military machines, etc."

"The control system of the fuse processes and analysis the signals from the sensors and activates the mine in case a helicopter enters in its combat range, or deactivates it on expiration of the preset operation time."

"The mine is positioned on a stand, which allows to aim the combined sensor to a defined direction."

Thanks to the tip from the excellent Internet web site isegoria.net.

This is an adaptation of the American claymore mine! Designed with low-flying helicopters in mind and not ground personnel. A directional and aimed spew of pellets from the AHM enough to "bring down" a chopper.

POTENTIAL LANDING ZONES DETERMINED BY THE DEFENDER IN ADVANCE, AHM IN PLACE, SELF-ACTIVATED AND DEADLY.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

NATO Poland.

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"We waited for decades, sometimes feeling we had been left alone, sometimes almost losing hope, sometimes feeling that were the only one who protection civilization from aggression that came from the east."

Also from the Chicago Tribune:

"As U.S. troops arrive, Poland says: 'We waited for decades'"

15 January.

"WARSAW, Poland - - Polish leaders welcomed U.S. troops [an armored brigade of  3,500 American troops from Fort Carson] to their country Saturday with the defense minster expressing gratitude for their arrival and calling it the fulfillment of a dream Poles have had for decades."


Polish soldiers displaying captured commie battle flags in the aftermath of the Battle of Warsaw, 1920.

Three times in history the Polish nation has defended Europe and Christianity from foreign invasion: 

* 1240. The invasion of the Mongols. * 1683. The invasion of the Turk. * 1920. The invasion of the Soviets.

Polska zawsze!! Poland now not alone! Decades!

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Swarm!!

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Rise of the machines! The collective acts as one! Skynet science- fiction becomes reality!

"U.S. Department of Defense Successfully Tests Composite Drones" by Evan Milberg

"A recent episode of CBS News’ “60 Minutes” highlighted the U.S. Department of Defense’s successful test of one of the world’s largest micro-drone swarms at China Lake, Calif."


"DoD said that during the tests, the Perdix micro-drones demonstrated 'advanced swarm behaviors,' including collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying, and self-healing."

“'Due to the complex nature of combat, Perdix are not pre-programmed synchronized individuals, they are a collective organism, sharing one distributed brain for decision-making and adapting to each other like swarms in nature,' . . . 'Because every Perdix communicates and collaborates with every other Perdix, the swarm has no leader and can gracefully adapt to drones entering or exiting the team.'”

Micro-drones with embedded computer technology and able to communicate and act as a "collective" during an attack.

SMALL be better and SMART SMALL be even better!!

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CG Militia.

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Move along folks! Nothing to see here!

Here with some clarification in regard to a previous blog entry:

"After Massive Outrage, Trump Team Reverses, Asks Head of DC National Guard to Not Resign at 12:01 Inauguration Day"

"Transition Team Requests Major General Stay Extra Three Days"

"The Trump transition team has reversed course and is now asking the head of the Washington, D.C. National Guard to not resign at 12:01 PM on Inauguration Day, after massive nationwide outrage including from at least one local city councilman. Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz received a memo instructing him to tender his resignation effective 12:01 PM January 20, the moment Donald Trump is sworn in as president – which is a customary expectation of all presidential political appointees and cabinet members on every Inauguration Day, even when a president is re-elected."

That commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard is under direct authority of the President, the chain of command bypassing the Pentagon? An appointed official who as all others is customarily expected to resign his position at the pleasure of the President. President-Elect Trump in this case.

MUCH IS BEING MADE OF THIS WHEN REALLY NOTHING SHOULD BE MADE? APPEARS TO BE SO.

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