Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Canada!

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Canada under siege!

Events transpiring even as we speak:

From the other day two Canadian military personnel run down with a car, one soldier not surviving the attack. The assailant a Muslim convert:

"ISIS’ Call For ‘Lone Wolf Attacks’ Hits Canada Where A Would-Be Jihadist Just Ran Down Two Soldiers"

"ISIS’ call for 'lone wolf attacks' has hit North America."

"The attack took place while two soldiers were standing in a parking lot in Montreal. One soldier was wearing his uniform. The man behind the wheel, 25-year-old Martin Roulea, intentionally hit the armed forces members and then attempted to make a getaway from police in pursuit."

"However, Roulea lost control of his getaway car during the chase and flipped. As Roulea made his exit from the vehicle, police exercised the use of deadly force. One of the soldiers Roulea hit didn’t survive."

AND NOW FROM TODAY THIS BREAKING NEWS:

"Shots fired on Parliament Hill, soldier shot at National War Memorial (Canada)"

"Parliament Hill is in under lockdown after reports of shots being fired from inside the halls of the centre block. Nearby, at the National War Memorial, a man believed to be a soldier was shot by an unknown gunman."

. . . .

"Police said a man believed to be a member of the Canadian Forces was shot at the memorial."

Canada has strong controls on the individual ownership of firearms. But the jihadist does have the automobile. As in England not so long ago. That soldier ran over first, then beheaded.

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Whiskey.

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Devoted readers to the blog have been following the latest incident involving Swedish submarine hysteria.

This is actually a hot button topic and on-going even as we speak.

And of course remind of the various purported intrusions into Swedish waters by unidentified submerged warships during the Cold War as was the case over thirty years ago now.

This culminated in the famous "Whiskey on the Rocks" grounding of a Soviet Whiskey class submarine.

NOW the rest of the story thanks to Harry at Sharkhunters.com:

"WHISKEY on the ROCKS - Many years ago, probably a good 25 years ago [over thirty years actually], Sweden was realizing that Soviet submarines were in their territorial waters and sure enough, one Russian WHISKEY Class boat ran aground and was there for the world to see when the tide went out and thus, we dubbed her 'Whiskey on the Rocks' after a popular drink.  The boat was eventually refloated and went on her way."

     "Right around this time we reported that PepsiCo, parent company of Pepsi Cola, was moving into the Soviet Market quite rapidly.  People wondered how they paid for all this since the Soviet Union had no hard currency and it was Sharkhunters that revealed they were paying with submarines.  Yep - with submarines.  Each boat was worth about $200,000 in scrap value and boats were sent to the breaker yard in Sweden with the cash going to PepsiCo as payment.  They even did this with the old battleship ARCHANGLSK, the former HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN [originally British].  As the boats were being moved to the breaker's yard, one sharp-eyed Swede spotted one very special boat - it was the one that had been grounded, so it was transformed into a park in Sweden."

The Whiskey class of submarine considered as a POOR clone of the German World War Two Type XXI submarine. ALSO THAT GROUNDED WHISKEY DETERMINED TO HAVE BEEN CARRYING TORPEDOES WITH NUCLEAR WARHEADS!!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mystery!

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From intelNews.org more info on the current episode of Swedish submarine hysteria. The hunt continues.

"Sweden closes Stockholm airspace in search for mystery submarine"

October 21, 2014 by JOSEPH FITSANAKIS

"Swedish authorities shut down airspace above Stockholm on Monday, as they continued searching for a mystery foreign vessel that was sighted repeatedly off the coast of the Swedish capital last week. Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reported on Saturday that the search began last Thursday, after Swedish intelligence detected a number of Russian-language emergency radio signals, which were sent from the vicinity of the port of Stockholm to Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave located on the Baltic Sea between Poland and Lithuania.

And the possible reasons for such an incursion of a Russian submarine into Swedish waters might include:

 * " 'mapping the waters' around the Swedish capital"

* "installing underwater surveillance equipment" 

* "testing Sweden’s maritime defense systems"

* Insertion/Extraction of agents.

This is the work of Russian Naval spetsnaz?  Suvorov describes those GRU forces  as being very active in peace time as well as during war time.

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Fifteen.

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Even while the siege of the Syrian town of Kobane continues without resolution, the combat forces of ISIL still on the move.

"Officials: ISIS attacks Kurd forces in Iraq [15 simultaneous attacks in Northern Iraq]"

"ISIS militants launched about 15 near-simultaneous attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday in what Kurdish government officials and the Kurdish news agency Rudaw said was a fierce and renewed push for Kurdish-held territory."

"The deadliest of the attacks targeted Mosul Dam, a hugely important location."

"First, an ISIS-commandeered military truck loaded with explosives targeted a Peshmerga checkpoint along the security belt circling the dam, killing six Peshmerga security forces and injuring seven others critically, according to Peshmerga forces"

The determination of ISIL quite strong. And too the ability to attack more or less simultaneously in so many locations indicative of staff planning and an understanding of the operational art.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Overrated.

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From the latest issue of "Armchair General" as extracted.

"Who was the War's Most Overrated leader?" by Laurence Rees. [World War Two]

A list from that period the choice to include those leaders from among the military and political sphere both. Considerations to include only the war years and nothing more.

* Arthur "Bomber" Harris.     Max Hastings, British historian.   "became almost obsessed with pursuing the destruction of German cities, when a more strategic approach . . . might well have more greatly benefited the Allied cause."

* George S. Patton.     Geoffrey Wawro, director of the Military History Center at the University of North Texas   "he was pitiless about American casualties."

* Omar Bradley.      Conrad Crane, chief of Historical Services for the Army Heritage and Education Center    "too cautious at very critical times in 1944  and I don't think he reacted well at the Battle of the Bulge."

* Bernard L. Montgomery.     David Cesarani,   British Historian   "grossly overrated as a military leader and his political ineptitude is absolutely breathtaking."

* Mark Clark.     Andrew Roberts,   British historian  " Clark doesn't seem to have any personal redeeming features"

* Douglas MacArthur.     Antony Beevor,   British military historian.   "attempts to influence strategy in the Pacific were probably totally wrong"

* Dwight D. Eisenhower.     Richard Overy, professor history at the University of Exeter.   "He plays almost no part really in constructing, organizing and carry through the operations."

* Franklin Roosevelt.     Anita Przmowska, Polish historian.     "a gap between  between pronouncements and delivery."

* Winston S. Churchill.     Juliet Gardiner,   British social historian  "He made a lot of very stupid military decisions, or tried to make them, to interfere"

* Joseph Stalin.     Robert Service,  Soviet expert.     "He brought the political and the military sides of the war together, but he fought a disastrous war in other respects."

* Georgi Zhukov.     Kirill Anderson, Russian historian    " the number of losses among his soldiers wasn't very important"

* Charles de Gaulle.     William Hitchcock,  professor of history at the University of Virginia.  " difficult, so obstreperous, so unwilling to be flexible, so unwilling to take a second tier position, when he was lucky even to be in the room"

* Emperor Hirohito.     Akira Iriye,  Harvard historian.   "overrated by postwar apologists as a man of peace."

* Adolph Hitler.     Simon Sebag Montefiore, British historian.   "more and more mistakes and became less and less educable"

* Albert Speer.     Adam Tooze, Professor at Yale and a German expert.   "his contribution to the war effort has been grossly exaggerated"

* Heinz Guderian.     Robert M. Cition  professor at the U.S. Army War College.    "Guderian was as loyal to Hitler as they come."

So many possibles. And other experts would have submitted other names. And the devoted readers to the blog can compile their own list?

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Influenza.

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Within the context of the Ebola outbreak and scare, we have some interesting headlines as they were almost one hundred years ago.

The Swine Flu epidemic, sometimes referred to as the Spanish Flu, and as reported by the Chicago Tribune

The influenza pandemic of 1918 having also a definite military dimension to it.

"CHICAGO FLASHBACK"

"I had a little bird, it's name was Enza, I opened up the window and in flew Enza"

"Flu hit hard, fast in 1918" by Ron Grossman.

"2,000 INFLUENZA CASES IN BOSTON"

"IN 3 ARMY CAMPS U.S. FINDS SPANISH INFLUENZA PERIL"

"INFLUENZA WAVE HOLDS UP DRAFT OF 142,000 MEN"

"THEATERS AND MOVIES CLOSED BY 'FLU' ORDER"

"FLU MORE DEADLY THAN WAR: 300,000 VICTIMS IN U.S.A."

"100 SAILORS AT GREAT LAKES DIE OF INFLUENZA"

"ALL 'FLU' CASES QUARANTINED BY ORDER OF CITY"

"2 YOUNG DOCTORS GIVE LIVES IN INFLUENZA FIGHT"

"SCIENTISTS OF NATION START WAR UPON 'FLU'"

"The Spanish influenza, as it was dubbed because of it's supposed country of origin, was one of the worst plagues in history. It killed quickly, sometimes in less than a day, and attacked not only the weak and the elderly but also otherwise healthy young adults. Historians estimate that it killed 30 million to 50 million worldwide in just a few months from 1918 to 1919.

Understand that TENS OF MILLIONS MORE PERSONS DIED FROM THE INFLUENZA PANDEMIC THAN DURING THE FOUR YEARS OF COMBAT DURING WORLD WAR ONE!!

Most surprisingly too persons stricken and becoming fatalities in the prime of their life, almost unprecedented!!

Blame it all on the pigs!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mobilization.

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YET once more one if by air and two if by sea.

Only a short time ago this sort of thing was the topic of a previous blog entry.

Deja vu all over again.

From the Chicago Tribune of today:

"Sweden scouring sea for foreign activity"

"STOCKHOLM - - Sweden boosted the military's presence in Stockholm's archipelago on Saturday to scour its Baltic Sea waters for 'foreign underwater activity' in a mobilization of ships, troops, and helicopters unseen since the Cold War.

"The operations comes amid increasing tension with Russia among the Nordic and Baltic states over the Ukraine crisis. In the final years of the Cold War, Swedes repeatedly hunted illegal submarines along its coasts with depth charges."

Perhaps we are again chasing sea otters?

I might think the waters of the Baltic make for poor submarine operations. Covered with ice a goodly part of the year, relatively shallow, congested, submersibles of the nuclear type not being able to take advantage of their inherent depth and speed capability. Diesel/electric boats of the special operations variety however are a different matter?

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