Sunday, May 1, 2016

Oil.

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Yet again as extracted from the outstanding Internet web site isegoria.net with commentary:

Admiral Halsey as was noted in the previous blog entry American submarine warfare in the Pacific Theater absolutely vital to victory.

"Unrestricted Submarine Warfare"

Oil as perhaps the number one commodity as essential to modern warfare the Japanese falling far short of their necessary needs. Exceedingly so in fact!! All thanks to American attrition submarine warfare!!

"The judgment of Navy leaders was validated by post-war government assessments. As noted in the US Strategic Bombing Survey [USBS], the impact of the submarine attrition warfare was strategic in effect"

"Instead of the 28,500,000 barrels of oil its leaders expected to import from the Southern Zone [Dutch East Indies] in 1944, it imported only 4,975,000 barrels. In 1945 its imports were confined to the few thousand barrels brought in during January and February by single tankers that succeeded in running the blockade…."

AT LEAST BY EARLY 1945 THE AMERICAN PACIFIC SUBMARINE FORCE HAD MORE OR LESS RUN OUT OF JAPANESE TARGETS TO SHOOT AT!

It is worth mentioning too that at the time of Pearl Harbor [7 December 1941] the Japanese stockpiled supply of oil was equal to two years of domestic consumption. It is not like the Japanese were TOTALLY OUT OF PETROLEUM PRODUCT!

The American submarine force and elite, consisting of the most adept and highly trained personnel and commanders and continues to be so even seventy years later!!

And thanks again isegoria.net.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Dirty

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Precautions taken for a reason!!

Thanks to Freeper.

"All Belgian residents issued with iodine tablets to protect against radiation"

"The entire population of Belgium is to be issued with a ration of iodine tablets, months after warnings about the threat of Isil [the Islamic state] building a dirty bomb."

NOT NECESSARILY BUILDING THE DIRTY BOMB, THE RADIOLOGICAL WEAPON, TERRORISTS ATTACKING A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, BREACHING THE CONTAINMENT VESSEL WITH A SPEW OF RADIOACTIVE PARTICLES AS A CONSEQUENCE. A CHERNOBYL IN SITU TYPE EVENT OF APOCALYPTIC PROPORTIONS.

"Iodine pills, which help reduce radiation build-up in the thyroid gland, had previously only been issued to people living within 20km (14 miles) of the Tihange and Doel nuclear plants."

"Maggie De Block, the Health Minister, said that would be extended to 100km, covering the whole country of 11 million people, following advice from an expert council."

"The pills will be sent to pharmacies, and the public would be ordered to collect their ration in the event of a meltdown. Children, pregnant women and those breast-feeding would be given priority"

See previous blog entries the surveillance of Belgian nuclear facilities and key perssonel:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/04/armageddon-isil.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/04/gwot-wmd.html

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Barracuda.

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Hey, I thought this was done deal. But evidently NOT. The Australians had been leaning to purchase a number of Sōryū-class submarines to replace the currently existing Aussie underwater fleet. Rather the French have gotten the contract so it seems!!

"French Barracuda submarine: the most complex artefact in Australia"

Barracuda as manufactured by the French for their own navy a NUCLEAR BOAT. The Australian version will be diesel/electric. A version referred to as Shortfin!

 A $50 billion submarine contract!

"Over a series of meetings in Paris, L’Orient, Cherbourg and Adelaide, engineers from the French naval shipbuilder DCNS [French naval manufacturing firm] shared with Australian naval officers secret data on their submarine’s acoustic signature."

"the data showed that when the Barracuda accelerated, as any submarine must do when pursuing an enemy or evading an attacker, the French design was significantly quieter than rivals."

Quiet to the degree remarkably so when compared to other boats:

"This class [Barracuda] reportedly produces approximately 1/1000 of the detectable noise of the Redoutable-class boats (submarines), and they are ten times more sensitive in detecting other submarines"

"The French declared that they were willing to share all of their cutting-edge technology and they felt then that they had surprised and impressed the Australians."

"DCNS submitted a conventionally powered diesel-electric variation to the design – named the Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A – to the competitive evaluation process (CEP) phase of Australia's Collins-class submarine replacement.. . . DCNS was chosen by the Australian Government on 26 April 2016 to build 12 of the Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A variant at a projected AUD$50 billion."

That is almost $5 billion AUD [Australian dollar] per copy. NOBODY ever said warfare was cheap!

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Ultimatum.

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Only recently having viewed the BBC production: "37 Days" those events as transpired in 1914 that led to the Great War [WW1].

The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife Sophie by the Serb ultra-nationalist Gavrilo Princip setting off a chain reaction beyond the control of the existing world powers. War as a consequence!

The Austro-Hungarian Empire have issued to the Serb government a list of demands, ultimatums actually, as described in the movie as consisting of FIVE POINTS!

The ultimatum rather listing TEN DEMANDS!

"Content of the Austro-Hungarian ultimatum to Serbia"

The Serbian government required to by the ultimatum: [with all due speed and without even the slightest degree of hesitancy]

1. "Suppress all publications which 'incite hatred and contempt of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy' and are 'directed against its territorial integrity'."

2. "Dissolve the Serbian nationalist organization Narodna Odbrana . . . and all other such societies in Serbia."

3. "Eliminate without delay from schoolbooks and public documents all 'propaganda against Austria-Hungary'."

4. "Remove from the Serbian military and civil administration all officers and functionaries whose names the Austro-Hungarian Government will provide."

5. "Accept in Serbia 'representatives of the Austro-Hungarian Government' for the 'suppression of subversive movements'."

6. "Bring to trial all accessories to the Archduke's assassination and allow 'Austro-Hungarian delegates' (law enforcement officers) to take part in the investigations."

7. "Arrest Major Vojislav Tankosić and civil servant Milan Ciganović who were named as participants in the assassination plot."

8. "Cease the cooperation of the Serbian authorities in the 'traffic in arms and explosives across the frontier'; dismiss and punish the officials of Šabac and Loznica frontier service, 'guilty of having assisted the perpetrators of the Sarajevo crime'"

9. "Provide 'explanations' to the Austro-Hungarian Government regarding 'Serbian officials' who have expressed themselves in interviews 'in terms of hostility to the Austro-Hungarian Government'."

10. "Notify the Austro-Hungarian Government 'without delay' of the execution of the measures comprised in the ultimatum."

Demands of the ultimatum prior to the beginning of armed hostilities AGREED TO BY THE SERBS. AND YET THE GREAT WAR WITH ALL THAT MEANT BEGAN AND PROCEEDED FOR FOUR TERRIBLE YEARS ANYHOW! SO HOW IS THAT?

THAT EMBLEM AND LOGO OF THE SERBIAN BLACK HAND MIXING CHRISTIAN HOLY SYMBOLS, THE DAGGER AND BOMB, THE SKULL AND CROSSBONES OF THE PIRATE!!

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

El Obeid & Mosul.

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"What would make a history-based movie from 50 years ago more relevant today than when it premiered back in the mid-1960s? The answer is events; the world has changed and has made the movie more relevant, more vital."

ONLY the other day I am casually perusing the TV channels and come across quite by accident the first few minutes of the movie "Khartoum".

"A 50-year-old Movie More Relevant than Ever"

As was noted in a previous blog entry, not since events in the Sudan [1883] has a rag-tag bunch of fighters been able to defeat what appeared to be a professionally equipped and trained modern military force [the Iraqi National Army], 2014.

NOT ONLY the battle scene but the conversation between Prime Minister Gladstone of England and his privy council [1883] probably about the same as President Obama had with his military experts and national security council [2014].

"After this battle scene, the film cuts to England, where we’re privy to a meeting of Prime Minister Gladstone with his cabinet and military brass."

Question: "How can a modern army of ten thousand men be annihilated by desert dwellers armed with swords and spears?" - - Gladstone.

Answer: "Colonel Hicks and his men were fighting for wages. The Mahdi and his men were fighting a holy war. Also Hicks thought he was fighting an ignorant savage and he wasn’t. The Mahdi is the most extraordinary man the Sudan has ever seen. And he knows his people. He promised them a miracle, he had to deliver it." - - Colonel Stewart.

Also: "The Mahdi and his forces now have ten thousand rifle, five batteries of artillery and five million rounds of ammunition." - - Colonel Stewart.

THINK RATHER OF THE TWENTY-THREE HUNDRED HUMVEE AS CAPTURED BY THE ISLAMIC STATE IN MOSUL, 2014!

It was not for FIFTEEN YEARS that the army of the Dervish in the Sudan was finally subdued. And then only with monumental effort. With the Islamic State it will be more or less the same?

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QZ.

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Weapons testing in the communist nations with live human subjected to weapons fire not merely confined to the Soviet Union during the Stalinist era and the Cold War.

Albania also!

"Bunkers in Albania"

"During the nearly forty-year leadership of Enver Hoxha [Hoe-cha] of the People's Socialist Republic of Albania, over 700,000 bunkers were built in the country – one for every four inhabitants. The bunkers . . . are still a ubiquitous sight in Albania"

"The prototype for the bunkers was built in the 1950s, with the chief engineer assuring Hoxha that it would withstand a full assault from a tank. Hoxha decided to test it, with the engineer inside, and when he emerged unscathed from the attack mass production began."

I guess fortification design and testing doesn't much more meticulous than that. If your design [as the chief engineer] works, you live, if it doesn't, you die! Get it right the first time.

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Aggression!

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From a blog entry at the Internet web site isegoria.net an extract with my commentary:

The Mexican-American War of 1848 always a contentious issue.

"One of History’s Most Successful Aggressor Nations"

"The Mexican war: this was absolutely a war of aggression, but it was a war of aggression by Mexico against the USA. The various letters and communications between the American ambassador in Mexico City, the Mexican government, the Texan government, and Washington DC are absolutely fascinating reading and make it completely clear that Mexico was spoiling for a fight and finally got one. Polk and Slidell (the ambassador) went to quite a lot of effort to try to avoid war. Mexico was simply not willing to admit that Texas had actually beaten them and that they didn’t control it anymore. American troops in Mexico City was pretty much the only way to reconcile them to it."

The Republic of Texas having been incorporated into the Union that BORDER BETWEEN MEXICO AND THE UNITED STATES NEVER HAVING BEEN CLEARLY DEFINED AND AGREED UPON!!

The United States claiming the Rio Grande river as the border. Mexico claiming the Nueces river [further north of the Rio Grande] as the border. Between the two rivers there existing a no-mans land in dispute unresolved.

American troops having moved into the no-mans land and set up camp, raising the American flag, a casus belli? The Mexican responding with force, the American encampment attacked!!

Such was the war started!!

AMERICAN NEGOTIATORS IN THE AFTERMATH OF U.S. MILITARY VICTORY NOT ONLY RESOLVING THE BORDER CONFLICT BUT INCREASING THE SIZE OF THE UNITED STATES BY ONE-THIRD, THE ACQUISITION OF WHAT HAS BECOME KNOWN AS THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST AS A RESULT.

Original source documents as cited in keeping with the Rankeian school of historiography.

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