Friday, May 24, 2019

Mystics.

This is coolbert:

IDF = Israel Defense Forces.

"Mystic - n - a person who claims to attain, or believes in the possibility of attaining, insight into mysteries transcending ordinary human knowledge"

Believe me, there hasn't been anything like this since the Vietnam War over fifty years ago now.

Supernatural [?] powers used during a time of war or conflict able to detect tunnels as used by criminals/terrorists/guerrillas/insurgents.

"Report: IDF Officers Convinced Kabbalist Rabbis Located Terror Tunnels"

Thanks to various sources and the article by Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz.

"A recently released media report detailed how two mystic rabbis patrolled Israel’s border and successfully identified the locations of tunnels terrorists had dug into Israel. Several officers were sufficiently impressed to recommend using them in future IDF operations but more senior officers have refused."

Adepts able to locate underground passages/chambers/tunnels using some sort of super-human ability??

Sounds too good to be true. Even the skeptics however seem to be impressed.

Again, last time means and methods of this sort used by American troops during the Second Indo-China War using dowsing sticks as a means [futile] to detect underground complexes of the Viet Cong.

Count me among the hard to convince unless proven otherwise.

coolbert.



Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Vernacular.

 This is coolbert:

French submarine contract with Australia I had thought was a done deal. But that turned out to be not so.

French Shortfin Barracuda class no, Japanese Soryu class YES! Next generation Australian submarine force a $60 billion dollar contract with the French for the long term now in abeyance. The French having already invested heavily in the project and wanting compensation.

FRENCH NOT HAPPY!

From WIZARD through Sharkhunters:

"Australia will be forced to make multi-million-dollar compensation payments to France if the future submarine program is terminated, a break payment of €250 million euros (about $404 million) would apply if the French delivered a detailed submarine design and Australia then chose to go no further."

"If Australia accepted its first completed submarine but decided to cancel future orders, the Commonwealth would have to pay the French company about $355 million.  The submarine project needed to be organized so that French translations were not just into English, but Australian English, and for employees 'to speak a common language in cultural terms'" 

"The French company was accused of giving Taiwan $400,000,000 so they would buy subs from them and gave $100,000,000 to China to keep them happy.  So, one wonders if the Australian Federal Police will show any interest in the deal between France and Australia. The first of the new French-designed submarines are not due to be in service until the mid-2030s."

See previous blog entry [with further embedded links] regarding this topic:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/10/impasse.html

coolbert.


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

XII MAS.

This is coolbert:

Italian contribution to the Siege of Leningrad, World War Two.

Consider this to be a new one on me. Devoted readers to the blog also?

Italian naval commando unit, motor-torpedo-boat squadron. Lake Ladoga. Intercept and interdict Soviet shipping. Prevent the besieged city of Leningrad from being re-supplied!

"The XIIª Squadriglia Squadriglia MAS . . . was a formation of the Italian Royal Navy . . . which served on Lake Ladoga as part of the Axis siege of Leningrad during World War II."


Click on image to see an enlarged view. An Italian motor-torpedo-boat [MTB] of the World War Two era. As was active on Lake Ladoga during the Siege of Leningrad.

Actions of the XII MAS on Lake Ladoga inconclusive. From the wiki entry:

"Following its 1000-mile journey [via railroad] to its area of operations, XII MAS served on Lake Ladoga for a 90-day period, making 59 sorties, and engaging in 17 actions, during which they sank a Soviet gunboat (Bira class) and a merchant ship of 1300 tons. Despite the skill and enthusiasm which the MAS brought to this corner of the Eastern Front, they were unable to stop, or even seriously inconvenience, Soviet efforts to maintain supply route to Leningrad"

Soviet military intelligence [GRU] before, during and after the Second World War having a grudging admiration and respect for Italian naval commando units. As described by the Soviet era defector Suvorov:

"before the Second World War Italy's technology was at an incredibly high level . . . achievements, especially in the sphere of aviation, submarines and high-speed launches, were really amazing . . . the Italians were the unrecognized geniuses of military and naval technology." - - Suvorov.

ITALIAN NAVAL COMMANDO UNITS DURING WW2 EVEN TRAINING AND PREPARING FOR A MISSION TO SABOTAGE NAVAL AND MERCHANT SHIPPING VICINITY NEW YORK HARBOR. AN ATTACK WHICH DID NOT COME TO FRUITION BUT ENVISIONED AND IN THE WORKS TO SOME EXTENT.

coolbert.


Monday, May 20, 2019

Magdeburg.

This is coolbert:

For JESUS and Mary!

I recommend highly and without reservation or qualification this You Tube video. All thanks to You Tube.

"Surviving the Battle 1631 - The Sack of Magdeburg"


Magdeburg the Thirty Years War in the microcosm. Warfare as fought by the rules and mores of the era. 

See previous blog entries the topic the Thirty Years War:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/08/florin.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/03/comet-1618.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/05/fortitude.html

coolbert.



Sunday, May 19, 2019

Florida.

This is coolbert:

For shame!!

Yet one more incident of American military personnel behaving badly. Thanks to the  Russian media outlet Sputnik.

"Sailors Used 'RAPE LIST' to Rank Female Crew members Aboard US Sub - Report"

"Sailors aboard a US guided missile submarine [USS Florida] reportedly created a so-called 'rape list' in 2018 where they ranked female crew members and detailed the sexual acts they wanted to perform with them"

EVIDENTLY THERE HAVE BEEN FOR SOME TIME MIXED-GENDER CREWS ON AMERICAN MISSILE FIRING SUBMARINES. THIS I WAS NOT AWARE OF.

"The incident followed a 2014 scandal surrounding a video recording of female officers and midshipmen undressing in a shower aboard another American submarine, the USS Wyoming. It was revealed that for a year, a sailor had been filming his crew mates [female?] showering without their knowledge."

The intention of the U.S. Navy according to what I knew was that two Virginia class submarines were to have an all-female "manning" table but that was in the future at least as of 2011. The future in reality at least to an extent is already so?

See other instances of American military personnel behaving badly:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/10/dwi-darwin.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/01/clip-sheet.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/11/restricted.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/10/usafa.html

When in the military you are expected to comport yourself in a more discipline manner. Failure to do so can bring harsh punishment and don't expect less.

coolbert.


Friday, May 17, 2019

Jawan.

This is coolbert:

Smart phones. Applications. Social media. Malware. Military intelligence.

How many times now have I had blog entries concerning this topic? Social media as it is referred to in this instance as the "honey pot". Entice and trap the unwary soldier via a Smart Phone.

Even in India this occurs!!

"Indian soldier [jawan]  leaked sensitive info to Pakistani ‘honey pot’ on Facebook"

"honey pot - - something or some location that is attractive or rewarding and that entices a specific group of people"

Thanks to the Russian Internet web site Russian Times [RT].

"An Indian Army clerk [jawan] has been arrested for passing information on troop movements and military exercises to a Pakistani spy on Facebook and WhatsApp and may have been paid for his betrayal"

"The Indian Army announced a nationwide crackdown on social media “honey-traps” in January, and military intelligence has been conducting spot-checks of soldiers’ phones and laptops ever since, warning them not to post any photos or share any material containing sensitive military information . . . In this particular model of honey-trap, attractive young women 'like' and comment on soldiers’ social media photos and gradually ply them for more information under the guise of flirtation and developing a 'relationship.' As the dialogue moves into private messages, 'intimate' videos and photos are exchanged, and the women – who invariably turn out to be ISI operatives – can then blackmail soldiers into telling everything they know."

Boys, be aware and beware!! Heather, Holly, Amber, Mallory probably really isn't Heather, Holly, Amber, Mallory! Expect fully well Heather, Holly, Amber, Mallory not even to be a she!

You have been warned!!

coolbert.


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Bottom.

This is coolbert:

Submarine back in service. Submarine back out of service.

From a variety of sources through Sharkhunters. Thanks to STEINER LIED, Matthias Gebauer and "Der Spiegel".

"LOVE THAT SEA BOTTOM"

German submarine U-36 first patrol after spending a considerable time in shipyard for repair now damaged again and out of commission? So it seems

"It seems that U-36 was at sea her first deployment since spending almost a year in the shipyards for major repairs.  She didn’t get far and as she was departing the Norwegian port of Haakonsvern this past Tuesday, she ran aground, causing serious damage to the boat . . . This set-back with U-36 will most likely put her back in the yards again, reducing their [German navy] number of operational boats to two."

Normally a submarine captain for such an action losing his command and permanently placed on desk duty for the remainder of his career

Admiral Doenitz would hardly be pleased.

coolbert.