Friday, February 21, 2020

ATS WW2.

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English women combat arms World War Two [WW2]

Only very vaguely was I aware of this. Anti-aircraft artillery [AAA] batteries as "manned" by Englishwomen during WW2. Yeoman work and done very successfully. Combat arms duty and carried out in an admirable manner without fault.

BUT NOT EXACTLY AS I THOUGHT.

From the wiki entry for ATS:

"Women were barred from serving in battle, but due to shortages of men, ATS members, as well as members of the other women's voluntary services, took over many support tasks, such as radar operators, forming part of the crews of anti-aircraft guns [AAA] and military police."

"The first 'Mixed' Heavy Anti-Aircraft (HAA) battery of the Royal Artillery (435 (Mixed) HAA Battery) was formed on 25 June 1941, and took over an operational gun site in Richmond Park, south-west London, in August. It was the forerunner of hundreds of similar units with the ATS supplying two-thirds of the personnel: at its height in 1943 three-quarters of Anti-Aircraft Command's HAA batteries were mixed. Several Heavy Anti-Aircraft regiments deployed to North West Europe with 21st Army Group in 1944–45 were 'Mixed' regiments."

"MIXED" COMBAT ARMS UNITS. MIXED BY GENDER.

Further, women serving in "mixed" units able to load, aim, service and maintain AAA firing pieces. WOMEN HOWEVER STRANGELY ENOUGH NOT ALLOWED TO FIRE THE GUNS!!

Germany the same situation existed. Women "manning" AAA units but not allowed to fire the guns.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Berserk

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The mind benders! To war with drugs. And they work!

Thanks to the Daily Mail English tabloid and the tip from Mike devoted readers are strongly encouraged to read the entire article.

"Rampaging Vikings were fuelled by hallucinogenic herbal tea that made them feel less pain and become 'highly aggressive' say scientists"

   * Berserkers.
   * Rampaging elite.
   * Mind-bending.
   * Stinking henbane.

"ber•serk:  Destructively or frenetically violent. Mentally or emotionally upset; deranged. Unrestrained, as with enthusiasm or appetite; wild."

Viking commando units from the times of the Middle Ages warriors drugged with substances to create a frenzied and uncontrollable rage during periods of battle. Fighting men best described in modern terms as shock troops Almost impossible to stop in combat, relatively impervious to pain and injury, deadly to the opponent in the extreme

The use of "substances" to create an enhanced combat ability hardly confined to the Viking of the Middle Ages. The Zulu also had advanced and very sophisticated pharmacology useful during a time of war and battle. Commando units of the Zulu also making liberal usage of "substances" to enhance battlefield performance.

"Shooting Up: A History of Drugs in Warfare" by Lukasz Kamie'nski

"Members of the special commandoes [Zulu], whose task was to breach the enemy lines to enable the regular troops to flow and carry out a rapid encircling maneuver called 'the horns of the bull', received a special drug that both  sharpened their senses particularly sight and hearing and enhanced concentration and alertness. They were probably given, though here we can only speculate, Amanita muscaria because the fungus occurs in Africa . . . the shaman doctors [inyanga] also had at their disposal a special remedy for the wounded . . . a potent painkiller and hallucinogenic"

"The Zulus fought with fanaticism, dedication, and fury. Armed by and fortified by their shaman doctors [inyanga] with potent intoxicants, they were into battle utterly without fear . . . Even when injured they did not stop fighting because their bodies were rendered insensitive to pain the through the use of powerful anesthetizing plant remedies."

One pill makes you happy. One pill makes you small. And the one the inyanga gives you does make you feel as if you are ten feet tall!

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Rebound.

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"Once on the phone, the virus would give Hamas operatives control over all aspects of the phone, including pictures, the soldier’s location, text messages and the soldier’s contact list. The virus would also have access to the phone’s camera and microphone, taking pictures and recording conversations remotely without the soldier knowing."

Courtesy the Jerusalem Post article and the tip from Mike

Boys will be boys. Beware the old Mata Hari routine. It does work!!

"IDF stops Hamas 'honeypots' from trapping soldiers"

"As part of 'Operation Rebound,' the IDF has foiled the third such Hamas network foiled in three years."

"The IDF has foiled a third Hamas network posing as attractive young women on social networks that lures in IDF soldiers in order to access as much information and intelligence on the army that they can.
The phones of hundreds of soldiers, including combat soldiers, were compromised in the third such Hamas honeypot operation foiled by the Israeli military and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Service) since 2017."


Here is Noa D. The temptress. Hamas operative and purports to be a recent immigrant to Israel and is having trouble with her Hebrew. Can the soldier help [of course he can!!]? Noa not too bad really. If I was fifty years younger I might go for it myself. Does she shave her armpits? You download to your smart phone the image of  Noa and get a virus installed on the phone as well. A virus that allows Hamas to gather intelligence without you the unwitting soldier even realizing so.

NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU WARN THE TROOPS ABOUT THIS TYPE OF STUFF AND TO AVOID IN ALL INSTANCES IT NEVER ENDS.

See previous blog entries as germane:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/06/honey.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/04/telefon.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/03/track.html

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Jan Mayen.

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Jan Mayen island. Arctic. A land only the locals could love. If only there were any locals.

Once more the Arctic/Norwegian/Russian connection.

Russians in a lather. 

"lath•er  - - n: condition of anxious or heated discomposure; agitation."

"Russia alarmed by U.S. Air Force visit to Norwegian island"

"MOSCOW/OSLO (Reuters) - Russia said on Thursday it was alarmed by a trip to a Norwegian outpost in the Arctic by a U.S. Air Force unit and urged Oslo to refrain from what it said were de-stabilizing moves in the strategic region."

USAF PERSONNEL CONDUCTING A FEASIBILITY STUDY AND NOTHING MORE AND ALARM BELLS IN MOSCOW GOING OFF ALL OVER THE PLACE??

Take-off and landing of American C-130 transport aircraft Jan Mayen the item at question here? Take-off and landings of NATO aircraft Jan Mayen already routine. So what is the big deal?

Jan Mayen occupied by scant allied military units [weathermen] during World War Two. Attempts by the German to occupy the island during the conflict for naught.

Russian alarm much to-do about nothing? At this point in the game of strategic geo-political considerations it can only be deemed so.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Spew.

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Thanks to our good friends at The Barents Observer some material of an obvious interest.

Continued testing of nuclear powered Russian weaponry vicinity the Barents Sea as you might expect of great concern to the Norwegian.

"Norway  Norway’s intelligence chief fears more accidents with Russia's reactor-powered weapons systems"

“We should expect development and testing of new, advanced weapons systems in the areas east of Norway. Several of these will have nuclear propulsion systems,”- - Director of the Norwegian Intelligence Service, Lt. Gen. Morten Haga Lunde.

Spew of nuclear radiation inadvertently released as a result of abortive nuclear propulsion testing contaminating the Barents sea. Spew as released seemingly in a callous manner repeatedly so and of no concern to the Russian.


Once again thanks to The Barents Observer for the image. From left to right: 1. Poseidon nuclear-armed and nuclear-propelled underwater drone torpedo/unmanned submarine. 2. Sarmat [Satan-2] ICBM with enormous multiple hydrogen bomb warhead. 3. Burevestnik nuclear-powered nuclear-armed cruise missile. 4. Khinzal hyper-sonic missile. 5. Avangard hyper-sonic re-entry vehicle. 6. Peresvet laser weapon. Please note the inclusion of several human figures for scaling purposes. Soup to nuts, macro to the micro. Click on image to see an enlarged view.

And we are not even talking about the release of radioactive particles from the recent Losharik incident. From the Norwegian perspective fisheries of great importance to their nation at stake. And their impotence at being able to control or mitigate "radioactive spew" from Russian missile and weapons testing obvious.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Gone.

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Retired without mission as originally envisioned?

Littoral Combat Ship [LCS] U.S. Navy gone. Littoral = green water.

Thanks to the Internet web site "The Drive: and the article by Tyler Rogoway. The tip from Freeper.

"The Navy Now Wants To Retire The First Four Of Its Troublesome Littoral Combat Ships"

"It was something many of us saw as a near-certain eventuality, the Navy has formally announced that it wants to retire its first four Littoral Combat Ships. Split evenly across both the Freedom and Independence classes of the failed Littoral Combat Ship concept, the oldest of the vessels was commissioned just 12 years ago, the youngest a mere six years ago . . . The troublesome fleet within a fleet has been serving as a training and test force, a dubious role from the start that the Navy says isn't even needed anymore."

A DUBIOUS ROLE AND THAT NOT EVEN NEEDED ANY MORE. ORIGINALLY LCS WAS SEEN AS THE FUTURE BUT IN QUICK TIME LCS HAS BECOME THE PAST?

Think also the Zumwalt class of destroyer at one time also the future of the U.S. Navy and that too now the past. Zumwalt as in the inventory [three ships] also yet one more white elephant.

U.S. Navy now what?

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Activation.

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Back to the future! American Cold War status Europe restored?

At least on paper.

"Army announces activation of V Corps to push back against Russia in Europe"

"The Army announced on Tuesday the activation of V Corps (or Fifth Corps), the latest development in the U.S. military's push to build up capabilities in Europe in the face of great power competition with Russia."

"V Corps will be based out of Fort Knox, Kentucky, per Tuesday's Army press release. It will be made up of 635 soldiers, 200 of which 'will support an operational command post in Europe on a rotational basis.'"

"It's expected to be operational by this fall."

Comments:

1. The American army during the height of the Cold War at all times maintained a force of two Corps sized elements in Europe. A Corps consisting normally of two division plus an armored cavalry regiment with additional combat support and combat service support elements.

2. The activation consisting merely as described apparently a HEADQUARTERS element with a rotating "operational command post".

HARDLY A FULL DEPLOYMENT OF MAJOR COMBAT UNITS. A TIGER NO TEETH!

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