Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Thrash & Thresh.

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Is it a thrashing or is it a threshing?

From the Atlantic and the article by David Frum some more WW1 stuff. A perusal of which is well well worth the effort by the devoted reader to the blog.

"What If the Allies Had Lost World War I?"

"To understand the conflict’s legacy, consider what might have been."

"The question confronting the U.S. in 1917 was the same question that confronted Americans in 1941, and again after World War II, and now again as China rises: Who will shape world order?"  

Germans on the left, Austro-Hungarians on the right, French, Russians and English on the ground. WW1 was nearly this way? Those Kaiserschlacht battles of 1918 nearly did destroy the allies on the Western Front. Without American intervention what is shown as a cartoon might have very well been reality! Thanks for the image The Atlantic and (Museum of Hungarian Military History / Wikimedia).

And even if total and 100 % German victory not possible, whatever negotiated settlement to the war might have occurred would have been much to the favor of the Kaiser and his Empire?


Monday, April 24, 2017


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Before there was the U-2 you had the B-45, reconnaissance version!

Until just a few minutes ago I was neither familiar with the warplane or missions as engaged in.

Where the American would not the English could and did!

From the wiki entry:

Operation Ju-jitsu.

"The only other nation to use the RB-45C was the United Kingdom, where it was operated by an ad hoc unit of crews. " .

"Whilst the USAF was prohibited by the President of the United States from overflying the Soviet Union unless under a state of war, US allies closer to the European theatre of war could" . . .

"As a result, under Operation Ju-jitsu, in July 1951 four aircraft were leased to Britain from the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing to form a Royal Air Force (RAF) Special Duties Flight ": . . 

B-45 the first all-jet American bomber aircraft!

"The aircraft were tasked with flying deep-level reconnaissance missions over the Soviet Union to gather electronic and photographic intelligence. The Special Duties Flight conducted missions during the period 1952–54."


Sounds to me sort of like like Guy Gibson and Dam Busters stuff. Those elite aircrews on those most secret and dangerous missions.

"Subsequent flights over the Soviet Union were carried out using English Electric Canberras under the codename Project Robin, operating at higher altitudes of around 54,000 ft (16,000 m)."

You learn something new every day! And are more the better for it too!


Sunday, April 23, 2017


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Until just the other day I was not aware of such a document as even existing!!

"Japanese declaration of war on the United States and the British Empire"

"The declaration of war by the Empire of Japan on the United States and the British Empire was published on December 8, 1941 (Japan time; December 7 in the United States), after Japanese forces had executed an attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor and attacks on British forces in Malaya, Singapore, and Hong Kong."

TEXT OF HIROHITO'S WAR DECLARATION December 8, 1941. [those elements most germane}

"By the grace of heaven, Emperor of Japan, seated on the throne occupied by the same dynasty from time immemorial, enjoin upon ye, our loyal and brave subjects"

"We hereby declare war upon the United States of America and the British Empire . . ."

Those key points:

* "More than four years have passed since China, failing to comprehend the true intentions of our Empire, and recklessly courting trouble, disturbed the peace of East Asia"

* "the regime [National Government of China] which has survived in Chungking, relying upon American and British protection, still continues its fratricidal opposition."

* "America and Britain, giving support to the Chungking regime, have aggravated the disturbances in East Asia." . .

China is to blame, China is to blame, China is to blame! Aided and abetted by the world powers of the United States and Great Britain. DISTURBS the peace of East Asia. First and foremost, China was to blame!

Modern warfare does not need nor require declarations? That is old fashioned?


St. Catherine's.

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From the latest edtion of the DEBKAfile newsletter.

St. Catherine's monastery under attack! A fourteen hundred year old agreement has been violated by the Salafi to their discredit in the extreme:

"ISIS affiliate takes responsibility for attack on Sinai monastery"

    "An Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility early Wednesday morning for the attack on a security post at the entrance to Saint Catherine's Monastery in the southern part of the Sinai Peninsula. One Egyptian soldier was killed and four others were wounded in the attack on Tuesday evening. The Greek Orthodox shrine was built in the 7th century at the foot of Jebel Musa, a mountain that many Christians believe to be Mount Sinai. The monastery, one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world, contains a priceless treasury of relics, art and ancient documents."


Make your mark! Mohammad was an illiterate and using a hand print was the manner which a pact or treaty was agreed to.


Saturday, April 22, 2017


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From Capt'n CHRIS thanks to Harry at Sharkhunters we have some details of the measures as taken by the Soviet/Russian submarine fleet the purpose of which was to defeat active/passive sonar. Thick rubber slabs on the outside of the hull [defeat active sonar] and an additional "coating" on the inner hull [defeat passive sonar] That latter referred to as de-coupling.

Soviet/Russian submarines their designers preferring a double-hull design for reasons all their own!

As described by Capt'n CHRIS as copied more or less in entirety:

"Russian submarines since the 1950's have used hull coatings - - multiple layers in fact. On early first generation nuclear submarines, like the Project 627A [November] SSN or Project 675  [Echo II] SSGN, the outer hull was coated with Medusa-2, a reversed engineered rubber coating based on the German Alberich. Medusa-2 was purely an anechoic coating. That is it was designed to reduce the submarine's vulnerability to detection by active sonar. There was another coating on the pressure hull that was a decoupling or sound attenuating coating to help reduce the boat's noise signature."

"The next generation of outer hull coating was called 'August' and it was fitted on later second generation and early third generation Russian subs. August was much more robust and heavier than Medusa-2, being 3 inches/76 mm thick and had 'golf-tee' like cavities instead of circular ones. The August coating has been described as multi-purpose in that it had both anechoic and decoupling properties . . ."

An image of August. That rubber coating is three inches/76 mm thick!!

"When the Project 677E/AMUR-1650 was being advertised, a new external hull coating was also being pushed on the arms market. It is called 'Molniya' and is described as a multipurpose anechoic and decoupling coating."

Capt'n CHRIS it seems is an authoritative source in such matters and we thank him for his insight.


Friday, April 21, 2017


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Once more from a variety of sources and authors that American perspective of the Great War [WW1], with one-hundred years of hindsight.

1. "US Marks Centennial of Entry Into the 'Great War'"

C. Maddux - VOA News

"The United States formally entered World War I a hundred years ago, on April 6, 1917. The nation set aside its posture of neutrality nearly three years after the start of the bloody conflict that came to be known as the “Great War.” ... The legacy of the Great War is hard to overstate."

2. "One Hundred Years of Using War to Try to End All War"

David Swanson - CounterPunch

"This April 4th will be 100 years since the U.S. Senate voted to declare war on Germany ... This was the Great War, the war to end all wars, the war without which the conditions for the next war would not have existed."

3. "Five Myths About World War I"

Michael Kazin – The Washington Post

"One hundred years ago, on April 6, 1917, Congress voted to declare war on imperial Germany. The First World War was the pivot of the 20th century: It took the lives of 17 million people and resulted in the collapse of three major empires (the German, the Ottoman and the Austro-Hungarian)."

4. "From Wristwatches To Radio, How World War I Ushered In The Modern World"

G. Myre - NPR

"... The [1914-1918 world war] is best remembered for the brutal trench warfare, the millions of deaths, and the failure to bring a lasting peace to Europe. But the conflict also saw a convergence of emerging technologies that would remake life on and off the battlefield ..."


New nations in eastern Europe also emerging as part of the dissolution process of empire! Poland, Czechoslovakia, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, etc.


WW1 I.

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Over there!!

The Yanks are coming!! One hundred years ago now!

From a variety of sources and authors some items of interest, the Great War [WW1] the topic for discussion in all instances.:

1. "Should America Have Entered World War I?"
By Michael Kazin - The New York Times

"One hundred years ago today, Congress voted to enter what was then the largest and bloodiest war in history ... The intervention led to big changes in America, as well as the world."

2. "When America Joined WWI and Became a Global Power"
By Carlos Hamann – AFP

"When America entered World War I, a century ago this week, the European powers were bogged down in a grinding trench war that had killed millions and ravaged the European continent."

3. "Should the U.S. Have Entered World War I?"
By Christopher Klein – History / A+E

"On April 6, 1917, the United States entered World War I after the U.S. House of Representatives followed the lead of the U.S. Senate in approving a declaration of war against Germany."

American perspectives on the Great War [WW1] thanks to one-hundred years of hindsight. Hindsight ALWAYS 20/20 perfect vision. It SEEMED like the correct thing to do at the time.