Monday, April 12, 2021

4/12/1861.


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From the banner headlines of the New York Times as of 4/12/1861. Thanks to Freeper.

NEW-YORK, FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 1861,

"THE WAR IMMINENT."

"Formal Demand for the Surrender of Fort Sumpter."

"THE REFUSAL OF MAJ. ANDERSON."

"The Bombardment Probably to Commence Immediately."

"THE WAR FLEET OFF THE HARBOR."

"The Entire Government Forces Destined for Charleston."

"WARLIKE PREPARATIONS AT SAVANNAH."

All has been made ready. Preparations complete. Demands made and refused. No backing down now. AND for four years into the future. The die has been cast.

"On Friday, April 12, 1861, at 4:30 a.m., Confederate batteries opened fire on the fort, firing for 34 straight hours"

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

3M.


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All wrong! Every bit of it!

 From the Russian Internet media outlet Russian Times [RT] and thanks to same.

"200,000+ US military personnel & veterans claim defective 3M earplugs led to hearing problems as first lawsuit goes to court"

"More than 200,000 US service members and veterans who suffer from hearing issues are suing manufacturer 3M for allegedly supplying defective earplugs to the Pentagon. The litigation is one of the largest lawsuits of its kind."

AGAIN, WRONG! ALL WRONG! I CANNOT STATE IT STRONGLY ENOUGH!

It does not matter if the 3M ear plugs were defective or not. Ear plugs placed into the opening of the ear do little to protect your hearing from very loud and repetitive noise such as gunfire or artillery rounds being fired.

Hearing loss mainly due to damage to a bone located right under the skin and behind the ear. 

ONLY EAR CUPS WILL GIVE YOU HEARING PROTECTION AGAINST THE TYPE OF NOISE YOU WILL ENCOUNTER IN A MILITARY COMBAT ENVIRONMENT.

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Intense.


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Still another extract, a headline from the New York Times in those days just prior to overt combat action - - The American Civil War, The War Between the States.

"THE WAR CLOUD: Preparations for Attacking Fort Sumpter; MILITARY AND NAVAL MOVEMENTS: CONTINUED ACTIVITY AT THE NAVY-YARD AND MILIARY POSTS (4/9/1861)"

New York Times archives – Times Machine ^ | 4/9/1861

"CHARLESTON, Monday, April 8. Everything is now prepared for action. All vessels have been ordered to keep out of the range of fire between Fort Sumpter and Sullivan's Island. The famous Floating Battery is expected to sail at 7 o'clock P.M., for a point somewhere near Fort Sumpter. A house has just been blown up near the five-gun battery. Business is entirely suspended, and the most intense excitement prevails"

AS DESCRIBED "INTENSE EXCITEMENT" AND ALL HAS BEEN MADE READY!

OH, how glorious it must have seemed at the time.

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Cobra.


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Snakes, bugs, rats. Etc.

Military survival training the consumption of unpalatable and hardly normal sustenance routine.

Also controversial? According to PETA it is.

1. "PETA protesting outside Pentagon demanding Marines stop eating bugs, snake blood in survival training"

"U.S. Marines drink the blood of a king cobra during jungle survival training as part of Cobra Gold 19. . . . The organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) called on supporters to protest outside the Pentagon on Thursday and hold large photos of U.S. Marines drinking snakes’ blood during survival training in an effort to pressure U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to discontinue the practice"

A military training exercise? Drinking snakes' blood? Eating bugs? PETA is outraged? Perhaps without sounding too flippant PETA can suggest a computer simulation as a substitute?

And what about the U.S. Army Special Forces [SF] Dog Lab? Haven't heard about that in a long time. Surgical training of SF medics involving for a long time [and was controversial too] the use of dogs as live "victims" of gunshot wounds. Save the dogs life Mr. Medic! Use rudimentary surgical techniques as taught to successfully treat the wounded animal.

Here is the answer? Dogs no longer used. Now the animal of choice is the goat? Thanks to the Internet web site Wired.

2. "Secrets of the Special Ops Goat Lab Revealed"

"In follow-up to yesterday’s 'goat post,' we’ll now fill in the details. Just as a reminder: I asked yesterday why Special Operations Command at Ft. Bragg wants to buy goats. As much as I would desperately like to believe that the main purpose of the Goat Lab at Ft. Bragg is to allow Special Ops […]"

Goats si, dogs no? That is what it is?

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C-O-L-D.

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C - clean, O- overheating, L - layers, D - dry. 

Winter warfare. Minus twenty celsius [-20 C.] = minus four fahrenheit [-4 F.]

"SEVEN YEARS NOW OF ON/OFF/SPORADIC CONFLICT AND STAND-OFF IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE UNKRAINE. TERRITORY AS ANNEXED [?] BY RUSSIA FORTIFICATIONS AND TROOPS ON THE BORDER IN SOME WAYS RESEMBLING THE CONDITIONS OF THE GREAT WAR [WW1]."

"LESSONS IN WINTER WARFARE FROM THE UKRAINIAN WAR ZONE — A CASE STUDY FOR AMERICA’S ARCTIC PIVOT"

More than anything else from the Coffee or Die webzine article consider the spartan conditions troops on both sides of the conflict must endure at the Line of Contact [LoC]. "

"Today [2021], Ukrainian troops remain hunkered down in trenches and improvised forts along a roughly 250-mile-long [400 kilometer], static front line in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region where they weather daily artillery fire from an invasion force that comprises pro-Russian separatists, foreign mercenaries, and Russian regulars."

Ukrainian troop inside a front-line dugout opposite his Russian  counter-part. Image courtesy the Coffee or Die webzine. Conditions indeed resembling something you would have seen at the front during the Great War one-hundred years ago now. HEY, no one ever said war was going to easy did they! Get used to it! That Russian bear is a cold bear.

And NOW an apparent large-scale build-up of troops on the Russian side of the LoC. Gonna blow.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Controversy.


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For over seventy years General Eisenhower his handling of the military operations on the Western Front of the Second World War continually called into question. 

This is normally termed the "Broad Front" or "Narrow Front" controversy.

For particulars read this Internet Armchair General article by the famous author Carlo D'Este.

"A Lingering Controversy: Eisenhower’s ‘Broad Front’ Strategy"

"The war of words over the choices by which the war might have been won was, in the end, all but irrelevant. Not only was it politically impossible to have permitted the British to win the war by means of the narrow front, there is ample evidence to question if such a drive, if mounted, could have been logistically sustained beyond the Ruhr."

Eisenhower generally has been seen by some as a "timid" commander [a term highly pejorative in the military context]. Ike preferring the slow-but-steady  approach rather than a risky attempt at one massive concentrated breakthrough offensive [a rupture of the German defenses] with as a possible a very quick end to the war.

Eisenhower also very aware of the Great War and the Hundred Days Offensive.[1918].

One-hundred days at the end of the Great War a SERIES of offensive actions of the allied combatants [British, French, American]. NOT one single military operation going to decide the fate of the war and end the conflict quickly and that understood by everyone to be so. A hard slog for four years was only going to end with a continued hard slog.

Not Montgomery, Bradley or Patton satisfied with the decisions of Ike. Recommendations of the SHAFE planning staff prior even to D-Day suggesting the "broad-front" strategy the best [as is mentioned in the Carlo D'Este article] and in hindsight this seems to be correct.

Great image too thanks to Yousef Karsh.

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Joke.


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NO, IT ISN'T!

From the Internet web site Strategy Page as of a week ago.

"There will always be war and rumors of war." Read the whole article.

"Russia: This Is No Joke"

"April 1, 2021: Russia is once more conducting military exercises near its border with eastern Ukraine and the Ukrainian territory it has occupied since 2014. This time the 'training exercises' are more threatening because they involve the equivalent of six combat brigades, accompanied by additional artillery (gun and rocket) units moving to the border as well as a buildup of combat aircraft and warships in the Crimean Peninsula"

SEVEN YEARS NOW OF ON/OFF/SPORADIC CONFLICT AND STAND-OFF IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE UNKRAINE. TERRITORY AS ANNEXED [?] BY RUSSIA FORTIFICATIONS AND TROOPS ON THE BORDER IN SOME WAYS RESEMBLING THE CONDITIONS OF THE GREAT WAR [WW1]

TROOPS ARE MASSING! TROOPS ARE ALWAYS MASSING!

Read the perspective of the Russian military commentator Pavel Felgenhauer for more details.

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