Saturday, June 16, 2018

Tinian WW2.

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Best amphibious operation of the entire Second World War!

Tinian, 1944. First it was Saipan. then it was Guam. Then Tinian. The Marianas Campaign, World War Two.

As extracted from: "1001 Things Everyone Should Know About WWII".

"This ten-mile-long [sixteen kilometers] islet shuddered under a forty-three-day air/sea bombardment before the 2nd and 4th Marine Division . . . went ashore on July 24, 1944. Opposed by more than 8,000 Japanese soldiers, the Marines overwhelmed organized resistance by August 1, with a little mopping up left to be done. U.S. losses came to 295 killed and 1,554 wounded while the Japanese lost 7,000 killed along with 316 prisoners."

"Marine lieutenant general Holland M. Smith, heading the Marianas Expeditionary Troops, thought Tinian the best amphibious operation of the Pacific campaign."


See this Marine Corps news reel type documentary movie the subject of which is the Tinian operation. They make it all sound so easy. And in comparison to other amphibious landings of  WW2 it probably was so. Tinian only three miles [five kilometers] from the southern most point of Saipan. Tinian is that very rare example of a military operation proceeding more or less according to plan, deviation in response to dynamics very limited?

Best a very subjective judgment in most cases but in the instance of Tinian we can all agree [??] the amphibious invasion of the island, reduction of the Japanese garrison and capture by U.S. forces was indeed the BEST of WW2.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Death.

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Fact or fiction?

From the wiki entry for Directed-Energy weaponry we have this item:

"The fictional 'engine-stopping ray'"

"Stories in the 1930s and World War Two gave rise to the idea of an 'engine-stopping ray' [internal combustion engine]. They seemed to have arisen from the testing of the television transmitter in Feldberg, Germany. Because electrical noise from car engines [ignition coil minus radio wire] would interfere with field strength measurements, sentries would stop all traffic in the vicinity for the twenty minutes or so needed for a test. Reversing the order of events in retelling the story created a 'tale' where tourists car engine stopped first and then were approached by a German soldier who told them that they had to wait. The soldier returned a short time later to say that the engine would now work and the tourists drove off. Such stories were circulating in Britain around 1938 and during the war British Intelligence relaunched the myth as a 'British engine-stopping ray', trying to spoof the Germans into researching what the British had invented in an attempt to tie up German scientific resources."

A WEAPON IN THAT ERA BEFORE AND DURING WW2 THE CAPACITY AND PURPOSE OF WHICH WAS TO SHUT OFF THE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OF A WARPLANE WHILE IN FLIGHT!!

NO SUCH DIRECTED-ENERGY WEAPON "DEATH-RAY" DEVICE EXISTED BUT WAS THOUGHT FOR A TIME TO BE A POSSIBLE!

Now you know the rest of the story and are so much the better for it too.

"Here's looking at you kid!!"

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

6th Gen.

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From Sputnik and the original article as seen at Militarywatchmagazine.com.

"Chinese ‘Dark Sword’ is the First Sixth-Generation Warplane - Military Experts"

"The recently-revealed Chinese ‘Dark Sword unmanned aircraft, already dubbed a 'nightmare for the US,' might be the first military flyer to achieve the 'sixth generation' milestone."

"It should be noted that the definition of a ‘sixth-generation jet' is not yet defined. According to some, the jet must include direct-energy (laser) weapons and missile defenses and/or cyber-attack capabilities — apparently this means the plane should be able to hack the adversary's systems remotely — and travel at much longer range.

"The definition of a sixth-generation aircraft would then simply entail [include]: 'cheap, expendable and swarm-capable unmanned drone.'" .

TO REITERATE WHAT EXACTLY CONSTITUTES A SIXTH GENERATION WARPLANE?

Features to include: [but I think hardly limited to]

* Unmanned.
* Cheap.
* Expendable.
* Swarm-capable.
* Direct-energy weaponry?

VARIOUS OF THE WORLD MILITARY POWERS HARDLY NOW ABLE TO PLACE INTO THE AIR FIFTH-GENERATION FIGHTER PLANES, WARPLANES EXPENSIVE AND TOUCHY, DIFFICULT TO MAINTAIN AND SUSTAIN DURING A PERIOD OF PROLONGED COMBAT CONDITIONS.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Slim.

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Bill Slim. Viscount Slim of the Arakan.

More on the famous British general officer from the era of the Second World War [WW2].

Extracts with commentary from the "The Reader's Companion to Military History" and thanks in measure to the article by Williamson Murray.

See previous here and here blog entries the topic of which was Bill Slim.

Operational plans [OPLAN] of the British Fourteenth Army in Burma as mandated by Slim to incorporate in all instances:

1. "The ultimate intention must be for an offensive one."

2. "The main idea on which the plan is based must be simple."

3. "That idea must be held in view throughout and everything must give way to it."

4. "The plan must have an element of surprise."

Imphal and Kohima excellent examples of the strategic defensive of which Slim as was Wellington before him a master.  Strategy offense - - tactics defense.

"The attack of a position is becoming notably more difficult than its defense. The defensive during the first phase of battle offers a decisive superiority. The task of a skillful offensive will consist of forcing our foe to attack a position chosen by us, and only when casualties, demoralization, and exhaustion have drained his strength will we ourselves take up the tactical offensive.... Our strategy must be offensive, our tactics defensive."  - - Von Moltke [the Elder]

This also regarding Bill Slim:

"His memoirs rank with those of Ulysses S. Grant as one of the few honest testaments to the profession of arms by a great general."

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Geography II.

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Continuing and concluding.

Your military geography lesson further all thanks once more to the "The Reader's Companion to Military History" and the article by Robert Cowley

1. Oceans.

"the greatest part of the earth's surface has been hardly, if at all, touched by war. Most of History's major naval battles, for instance,  have been fought inshore, often as an adjunct to land campaigns. Opposing naval forces have trouble finding one another in the open ocean . . . even as late as World War II."

ON THE WATER AND BELOW THE WATER BOTH IN THE MODERN CONTEXT.

Just in number of participants the largest naval battle of all-time fought entirely inland, brown-water naval combat.

2. Seventy percent [70 %].

"'Almost seventy per cent of the world's 60 million square miles [about 160 million square kilometers] of dry land' . . . 'is either too high, too cold, or too waterless for the conduct of military activities.'" - - Sir John Keegan.

With exception consider [and then only on a limited basis] areas such as desert, jungle, woodland historically not places where large-scale combat fought.

Woodland where the predominant growth of trees is eighteen inches or greater [about forty-six centimeters] in diameter normally not passable by an armored force.

URBAN TERRAIN AND URBAN WARFARE IN ADDITION GENERALLY PRESENTING A SERIES OF DIFFICULTIES UNIQUE AND HAZARDOUS IN THE EXTREME FOR THE ATTACKING FORCE. URBAN WARFARE TO BE AVOIDED IN ALL POSSIBLE CIRCUMSTANCES.

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Geography I.

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Some aspects of military geography I was not so conversant with. From an entry by Robert Cowley as seen in the "The Reader's Companion to Military History".

1. "Armies have always chosen the paths of least resistance, staked out by geological features."

Paths to include [but hardly limited to]:

Bosporus.
* Northern Italy.
* Israel [Levant].
* Khyber Pass
Flanders.
* Eurasian steppe land.

For clarification:

* Levant that area directly adjacent to the eastern most coast of the Mediterranean.
* Khyber Pass only one of several passes through the mountains acting as a barrier between Afghanistan and the Indian sub-continent.

2. "Certain areas are combat-intensive, it follows that military actions have converged repeatedly on a handful of places."

Areas to include [but hardly limited to]:

* Vimy Ridge.
* Panipat.
* Jerusalem.
* Adrianople.

WITH REGARD TO THE LATTER: "Adrianopole [now called Edirne] west of the Bosporus" that "most fought-over place" . . . "Adrianople has witnessed no fewer than fifteen major battles and sieges between 323 A.D. and 1913 A.D."

MOST fought over. Hardly a good thing I would think.

Give us this day your daily geography lesson and all devoted readers to the blog are more the better for it too. Yours truly included!

More to follow!

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Chi-kuang.

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Thanks in part here to the "The Reader's Companion to Military History"as edited by Cowley and Parker an extract from the entry by William McNeill with my commentary.

Consider the Chinese combat commander Ch'i Chi-kuang a leader at least an equal to Napoleon and even beyond that!

Ch'i Chi-kuang. Chinese general. 1527-1587.

"Ch'i Chi-Kuang initiated reforms of tactics and training that allowed Chinese troops to move safely across the steppe lands of East Asian and use their superior numbers to defeat nomad horsemen decisively and permanently in ensuing decades."

Training and tactics to include:

* Incessant drill.
* Cart divisions.

Read of the Chinese "cart divisions" their organization and how employed in combat.

"The Chinese state as we know it today thus came into existence, largely on the strength of the improvement in tactics and training that General Ch'i instituted."

As to Ch'i at least an equal to Napoleon and perhaps even more proficient and successful as a combat commander add defeat of the wokou pirates as an additional big plus to the impressive resume of General Ch'i.

Ch'i a combat commander and practitioner of the operational art again at least an equal to a Napoleon?  You the devoted reader to the blog decide for yourself.

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Valmy.

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Valmy not listed as one of: "The Ten Most Important Land Battles." but perhaps it should be.

Before there was Napoleon there was Dumouriez and Kellermann [the Elder].

"The Battle of Valmy, 20 September 1792, was the first major battle of the War of the First Coalition, and saved the infant French Republic from early destruction. French victorious over the coalition forces of Austria and Prussia. Efforts to restore a French monarchy by the coalition in vain.

NO French victory at Valmy and NO French Republic. NO French Republic, NO Napoleon. NO Napoleon or French Republic and modern European history and indeed world history irrevocably changed.

"The new commanders arrived in mid August. On 16 August General Charles François Dumouriez took command of the Army of the North, while on 27 August General François Etienne Christophe Kellermann [Kellermann the Elder] took over the Army of the Centre. The two French armies were made up of soldiers from the old Royal army, with a sprinkling of volunteers. At Valmy it would be the experienced Royal artillery that would win the day."

"The battle of Valmy ensured the continuation of the French Revolution."

You need not say anymore!

The Austrian and Prussian in coalition. Warfare by coalition difficult at best.

Kellermann at Valmy the father of the famous Kellermann of the Napoleonic era, the two not to be confused.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Forty.

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'In time of peace prepare for war!" - - Cicero.

SWEDISH HOME GUARD DRILLS! FIRST TIME IN OVER FORTY YEARS!

SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME?

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

"War cry: Sweden mobilizes all its reservists for 1st time in 40 years (PHOTOS)"

"For the first time since the height of Cold War, Sweden has called its entire Home Guard force – 22,000 reservists – for snap exercises."

"Sweden mobilized all 40 Home Guard battalions in an unprecedented exercise that has not been held since 1975. The drills marked the National Day of Sweden, celebrated on June 6."

. . . .

"The main task of the Home Guard is to fulfill secondary military roles, such as patrolling and guarding important infrastructure objects, while the standing army is engaging an enemy at the front lines."

HOME GUARD HAVING A COMBAT CAPABILITY BUT MORE OR LESS IN A DEFENSIVE AND PASSIVE POSTURE!

FORTY THAT NUMBER SIGNIFYING THE END OF ONE ERA AND THE BEGINNING OF ANOTHER! SURELY THIS IS SO!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Radio WW2.

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A MUST!

6 June 1944. The D-Day invasion, Normandy, France.

AS IT WAS REPORTED BY THE NATIONAL [USA] RADIO MEDIA.

Thanks to the tip from Al.

I recommend highly without qualification or reservation. Listen 

"Complete Broadcast Day D-Day [CBS]"

"D-Day Broadcasts: Compare and Contrast."

"It's fascinating to listen to CBS News' careful, scrupulously-vetted accounts of the Normandy landings (often based on confusing, fragmentary information). Compared with modern media debacles . . . this is exemplary work---should be mandatory listening for student journalists."

"Complete Broadcast D-Day [NBC]"

"Subject: What Was It Like On June 6, 1944? Listen To These Podcasts!"

"Because these are recordings of the original live news reports, you can learn how the American people were informed of the D-Day invasion."

". . . . On this particular occasion, the producers of that program decided to rebroadcast excerpts of radio news coverage of that day."

MODERN JOURNALISTS AND JOURNALIST STUDENTS AND ESPECIALLY THOSE IN THE BROADCAST MEDIA COULD BENEFIT GREATLY BY LISTENING TO THESE BROADCASTS? I MIGHT VENTURE SO!

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Doomed.

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With the context of these prior blog entries here and here consider also these comments of an acknowledged aviation authority, the Turkish Air Force now rendered for all practical purposes null and void, combat ineffective now and for the foreseeable future:

[what follows is profound and heavy stuff!!]

"The more complex a military weapons system is, the more complex and lengthy the manner of choosing, training, and maintaining its personnel is. A fighter plane force needs pilots who are chosen from a large pool of available, qualified people, who show the right amount of intelligence, physical skill, ability to learn, open mindedness receptive to training, and desire to learn throughout a career."

"Erdoqan’s efforts to turn his fighter pilot forces into a religiously correct, politically reliable fighting force are doomed to failure . . . [choosing pilot candidates on the basis or religious and political reliability] will automatically exclude the most capable people in the pool of prospective pilots."

"All military organizations are comprised of several levels of people—a progression of education, experience, and maturity.  Removing all levels at once means . . . you have to take up to three years to properly train and prepare a qualified fighter pilot: one year for basic pilot training (more if he or she needs physics and math training), up to one year for fighter pilot training, then at least one year before the young pilot is really considered 'combat ready' to do his or her job."

"After that, there needs to be a level of experienced pilots to lead and add to the training of the newer pilots.  You can’t just throw a bunch of newly minted fighter pilots into combat without having older, experienced ones to lead them and show them how to fight wars beyond what an instructor tells them in a training unit.  Each unit fights together, combining different roles and formations in different missions.  These roles and formations may even differ from week to week, as an enemy adjusts or alters its approach."

"Finally, there has to be a level of top leadership, comprised of the most senior officers in each fighter unit—the ones whose vast experience and continued training throughout their careers has prepared them to make the tough decisions, identify and promote the up-and-coming future leaders, and to ensure that the right training programs, opportunities and efforts are directed in the way that benefits the unit and the nation."

"So after the training phase of about three years to make a qualified combat pilot, it should take years more to make a force that includes new pilots and the mid-level combat qualified pilots who are the leaders of combat formations and who add to the training and education of the new pilots. Then there is the years of weeding out, promoting and further educating the experts and highly qualified, and maturing of the senior officers who can guide and direct the entire force into total effectiveness."

"The guidelines for bringing up a senior level of fighting men to existence do not necessarily equate with the best men/women available when the criteria still demands the most politically or religiously reliable people be considered ahead of other, more secular qualities of science, experience, education, and maturity."

"Removing all three levels to make the force more reliable in ways that have nothing to do with the science and skill of flying complex machines in war ensures that an Air Force will remain ineffective for at least the three years needed to select and train its new fighter pilots, and then it will be relatively less effective for the rest of its history, so long as a program designed to keep out the most qualified pilot selectees, mid-level officers, and senior officers, is in place."

"It is guaranteed."

IT IS GUARANTEED! TODAY, TOMORROW, PERHAPS FOREVER!

And thank you acknowledged aviation authority! Most impressive.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Mob II.

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Conclusion.

Herewith comments of an acknowledge military authority the topic of which is the mobilization process as was the case in those days just prior to the commencement of hostilities, The Great War [WW1]: 

"Yes, all mob [mobilization] plans, once started, could not be undone. Most countries’ plans had no where to keep the huge masses of men; they were assigned road routes right up to the border. No nation could ignore entire armies standing spring-loaded along its borders in an invasion posture, unless it had its own maximum number of troops there, ready to resist or counter invade in another location. Many mob plans included a swift move into invasion, as there were only plans to feed, equip, and shelter men already moving into battle inside the enemy’s area. As German soldiers debarked from trains to their mob stations on the border, they were pushed forward by the mass of troops unloading just behind them. One Belgian citizen reported seeing German soldiers march on the street by his house by the tens of thousands per hour, somewhere well inside his country for ten hours straight without break, none of whom had seen combat yet. A huge grey river of humanity."

"How, indeed, do you stop that clock. No country had any option but to mobilize its own masses in response, often with their own invasion plans at the same time. Or, if not mobilized, have it’s politicians talk to an enemy whose Army-led diplomats already knew they were holding a gun pointed across the table at an enemy who came empty handed. You can’t bluff a man in poker where you and your opponent know he has four aces and you have nothing, not even a pair of deuces. The only discussion will be how much you will pay him to feed and clothe his troops in your house. And where to stack your army’s rifles for the enemy to pick up."

ONCE STARTED COULD NOT BE STOPPED! GET THERE FIRST WITH THE MOST!

And thank you acknowledged military authority.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Mob I.

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"To horse lancers, to horse!" And to trains too!

From the Internet web site Strategy page and special thanks to the Professor Al Nofi CIC # 461 a discussion of the mobilization procedure, the Great War.

MILLIONS OF MEN, HORSES, WAR MUNITIONS ON THE MOVE SIMULTANEOUSLY ACCORDING TO AN INTRICATE PLAN/TIMETABLE ALLOWING FOR NO LEEWAY AND A DIPLOMATIC SOLUTION, WAR MORE OR LESS INEVITABLE.

"Mobilization for the Great War"

Mobilization having several distinct phases:

* "War Warning. Whether it was called 'War Warning' or 'Threat of War' or some other term, all of the countries had arrangements to take certain preliminary steps before initiating full mobilization."

* "The 'Couverture.' All armies had some forces immediately ready to take the field, to serve as a 'Covering Force,' known in French as the Couverture'”

* "Activation and Concentration. In all armies, active duty units were rarely at full war strength and second- and third-line units existed largely on paper. So reservists, territorials, and militiamen had to be notified to report to their duty stations"

* "Entrainment and Deployment. Once concentrated, units began moving to their assigned deployment areas, mostly by rail."

"Mobilization in World War I"

"Intricate plans for mobilization contributed greatly to the beginning of World War I, since in 1914, under the laws and customs of warfare then observed (not to mention the desire to avoid compromising national security), general mobilization of one nation's military forces was invariably considered an act of war by that country's likely enemies."

WE MUST GET THERE FIRST WITH THE MOST!!

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Images II.

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Conclusion!

Yet more images those battlefields of the Great War:

"The Fading Battlefields of World War I"

    Thanks to the Atlantic and the photo-essay by Alan Taylo.

"This year will mark the passing of a full century since the end of World War I—a hundred years since the 'War to End All Wars.' In that time, much of the battle-ravaged landscape along the Western Front has been reclaimed by nature or returned to farmland, and the scars of the war are disappearing. Some zones remain toxic a century later, and others are still littered with unexploded ordnance, closed off to the public. But across France and Belgium, significant battlefields and ruins were preserved as monuments, and farm fields that became battlegrounds ended up as vast cemeteries. In these places, the visible physical damage to the landscape remains as evidence of the phenomenal violence and destruction that took so many lives so long ago."

The Atlantic photo-essay many captions mentioning the Newfoundland Regiment. Canadian army unit of the Great War their ordeal during the Battle of the Somme [1916] the details of which are most horrific.

As related in the wiki entry and thanks to same:

"Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Lovell Hadow, the battalion [1st] commander, decided to move immediately into attack formation and advance across the surface, which involved first navigating through the British barbed wire defences. As they breasted the skyline behind the British first line, they were effectively the only troops moving on the battlefield and clearly visible to the German defenders. Subjected to the full force of the [German] 119th (Reserve) Infantry Regiment, most of the Newfoundland Regiment who had started forward were dead, dying or wounded within 15 to 20 minutes . . .  So far as can be ascertained, 22 officers and 758 other ranks were directly involved in the advance. Of these, all the officers and slightly under 658 other ranks became casualties. Of the 780 men who went forward only about 110 survived unscathed, of whom only 68 were available for roll call the following day. For all intents and purposes the Newfoundland Regiment had been wiped out, the unit as a whole having suffered a casualty rate of approximately 90 percent"

NINETY PERCENT LOSSES IN LESS THAN HALF AN HOUR AND FOR ZERO GAIN!!

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Images I.

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Readers to the blog merely perusing or otherwise need to access this Internet article courtesy the Daily Mail and view the images. Outstanding in all regards.

"The Great War pictures that are NOT colourized: Incredible photographs of World War I taken by some of the first colour cameras"

Pictures as taken with colored film to be pedantic but more exact.

"At first glance these photos from the First World War appear to have had digitally colourized, but in fact these rare images were taken using some of the world's first colour cameras."

From a caption to one of these rares images an entry that gets my attention and interest right away:

"Original Australian War Records Section caption: 'An Australian Light Horseman collecting anemones near Belah in Palestine'. The soldier was identified in 2007 as being 2601 Trooper George 'Pop' Redding, 8th Light Horse Regiment. Redding enlisted from Benalla, Victoria, on 28 August 1915 stating his age to be 44. He was in fact 57 making him nearly 61 at the time of this photograph and one of the oldest enlisted men in the AIF [Australian Imperial Force]."

Redding obviously a man of relatively advanced age to be doing serious soldiering. Also a man in the same league as and worthy of mention with the more illustrious names of Frederick Selous and H.H. Munro.

1. Frederick Selous2. H.H. Munro. [Saki]

Gentlemen during a time of war feeling honor-bound to respond, even unto death.

THEY JUST DON'T MAKE THEM LIKE THAT ANYMORE! OR DO THEY?

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Purge.

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Joseph would approve?

NOT impending! Is NOW!

From the article by Metin Gurcan and thanks to same.

"Turkish military purges decimate career officer, pilot ranks"

"The impending dismissal of another 3,000 Turkish soldiers suspected of disloyalty is raising concerns about military readiness."

"The most affected group by the purges has been the commanding elite. Out of the 325 generals and admirals in the Turkish army, navy and air force, almost half (150) have been discharged. Among them were two four-star generals, nine lieutenant generals, 30 major generals and vice admirals, and 126 brigadier generals and rear admirals. In all, nearly 44% of army generals, 42% of air force generals and 58% of admirals were formally discharged. An additional 586 colonels were forced to retire by the Supreme Military Council on Aug. 23, 2016."

NOT MERELY 3,000 SOLDIERS BUT 3,000 OF THE UPPER ECHELON OF THE COMMAND APPARATUS.

See also my previous blog entry the topic of which was the preparedness of the Turkish air force, the  combat aviator capability of which diminished to nearly a zero!

At least not since the late 1930's has there been such a purge of a military elite? Top ranking officers and command staff as necessary to a modern military having been either cashiered to just done away with [executed/imprisoned]. I am thinking of the Soviet Great Purge during the time of Joseph Stalin.

WHEN I LOOK AT YOU AND SMILE, TREMBLE WITH FEAR!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

C6ISR.

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Institutionalized ad hoc units? A contradiction in terms? 

C6ISR? Never heard of this before.

Thanks to the Internet web site of Thomas Wictor and found quite accidentally so! Read the whole article. Worth doing so.

"Feign disorder, and then crush your enemy and his supporters"

From several years ago but the topic still valid.

"There’s no doubt in my mind [Thomas Wictor] that Israel and the Arab League have created strategic special forces, dubbed 'C6ISR forces' by IDF Brigadier General Gal Hirsch (retired). The term C6ISR stands for 'Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Cyber, Commando, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance.'”

"No need to feign."

"Open sources give me [Thomas Wictor] a good idea. A C6ISR force is based on a rapid-reaction, rapid-intervention, rapid-deployment, or expeditionary unit. Here’s the organization of a US Marine Corps Expeditionary Unit (MEU)".


That Table of Organization and Equipment, an archetype C6ISR unit all-arms and beyond that. Click on image to see an enlarged view. A unit of six self-propelled guns deemed more correctly a battery. Agreed I am being pedantic but not without good reason.

More than anything else these C6ISR units resemble what has traditionally been referred to as a "flying column".

A flying column is a small, independent, military land unit capable of rapid mobility and usually composed of all arms. It is often an ad hoc unit, formed during the course of operations. The term is usually, though not necessarily, applied to forces less than the strength of a brigade."

"As mobility is its primary purpose, a flying column is accompanied by the minimum of equipment. It generally uses suitable fast transport; historically, horses were used, with trucks and helicopters replacing them in modern times."

Minimum amount of equipment but maximum amount of firepower and able to call on assets of whatever echelon as needed during active operations. Commander a man of proven ability and experience, and given great latitude as how to accomplish a mission.

C6ISR!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Mike.

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The contrast could not be greater. Mike and Calvin.

The former Mike Mansfield. The latter Calvin Graham.

Thanks also here to Professor Al Nofi and the item as seen at the Internet web site Strategy Page CIC # 261.

[image accompanying this blog entry that of Mike Mansfield]

Mike the underage U.S. Navy sailor falsifying his enlistment. When discovered Mike merely discharged without it seems any repercussions. Calvin also the underage sailor and falsifying his enlistment AND bravely participating in combat, in addition dishonorably discharged, decorations justly awarded taken away.

"Mike Mansfield (1903-2001): In 1917, aged 14, he altered his birth certificate to join the U.S. Navy and served on Atlantic convoys until his real age was discovered and he was discharged. Mansfield later worked as a miner, became a professor of Far Eastern History, and entered politics as a Democrat, serving ten years as a Representative and 24 as a Senator."

Mike Mansfield his curriculum vitae [CV] most impressive. His career in public service and a life worth led culminating with the man being appointed Ambassador to Japan. Mike highly esteemed across the board as they say.

Calvin his life and career after dishonorable discharge not so good. Denied his awards, benefits  and decorations. ONLY when at a rather advanced age Calvin receiving worthy recognition of his military service, that original prevarication on his part seen more or less as somewhat noble youthful indiscretion.

What worked for Mike did not work as well for Calvin.

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Oil Spot.

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Oil spot. Tache d'huile!

"Clear and hold one spot, then expand to another."

That role of the French general officer Gallieni during the Battle of the Marne [1914] well understood.

That military and combat role of Gallieni in those years prior to the Great War perhaps far more important far less understood:

OIL SPOT. A counter-insurgency strategy found to be effective and as first enunciated and put into practice by Gallieni. Suppression of Vietnamese insurgency during that initial period of  French colonial rule in what became French Indo-China.

"The oil spot approach is the concentration of counter-insurgent forces into an expanding, secured zone. The origins of the expression is to be found in its initial use [?] by Marshal Hubert Lyautey, the main theoretician of French colonial warfare and counter-insurgency "strategy."

THERE DOES SEEM TO BE A DEGREE OF CONFUSION THAT PERSON THE ORIGINAL THEORETICIAN OF THE OIL SPOT STRATEGY.

Rather than Gallieni think Lyautey?

"Lyautey adopted and emulated Gallieni's policy of methodical expansion of pacified areas followed by social and economical development (markets, schools and medical centres) to bring about the end of resistance and the cooperation of former insurgents. This method became known as tache d'huile (literally, 'oil stain'), as it resembles oil spots spreading to cover the whole surface."

Oil spot the strategic conceptualization courtesy Gallieni? As put into practice, "emulated" by Lyautey?

Devoted readers to the blog more conversant with the topic let me hear from you.

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

S-500.

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Weaponry. Offensive and defensive.

The Russian wants both and has both?

Unstoppable and unbeatable? That is the question?

From CNBC and the article by Amanda Macias:

"Russia quietly conducted the world's longest surface-to-air missile test"

SAM! SURFACE-AIR-MISSILE.

"Russia quietly conducted the world's longest surface-to-air missile test, according to sources with direct knowledge of U.S. intelligence concerning the weapons program."

"The S-500 surface-to-air missile system successfully struck a target 299 miles [480 kilometers] away, which the U.S. assessed is 50 miles [80 kilometers] further than any known test"

S-500 ANALOGOUS TO THE AMERICAN THAAD? THEATER SAM DEFENSE.

Hyper-sonic and maneuverable missiles. Nuclear-powered cruise missiles. Tsunami producing autonomous nuclear torpedoes. Etc. NOW long-range surface to air missiles! President Putin wants it all and has it all?

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Stew.

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Who would have thought of such a thing?

Came across this quite by accident.

Budae-jjigae.

Comfort food Korean style with an added American element.

"Budae-jjigae ("army base stew") or sausage stew is a type of jjigae (stew), made with ham, sausage, spam, baked beans, kimchi and gochujang. The dish was created shortly after the armistice that ended the Korean War, using the scrounged or smuggled surplus foods from the U. S. army bases. Although the dish was born in the period of post-war impoverishment, it continued to be popular during the period of rapid growth, and is still popular today. There are many restaurants specializing in budae-jjigae; the most famous ones on the budae-jjigae street in Uijeongbu, where the dish was first made."

A combination of ramen noodles, kimchi, fish and vegetable based broth with added American meats to include spam and frankfurters [hot dogs].

"Budae is a military unit, often a 'troop'. As a troop's camp is also called budae, the word gun budae ('military camp') is often used to refer to military camps in general, and migun budae ('U. S. military camp') to the U.S. military bases. Jjigae , often translated into 'stew', means a soup thicker than guk (soup)."

Meats not even traditionally Korean to include American spam and frankfurters quite thrown away and discarded by American troops, deemed as unwanted or unpalatable!

American soldiers deployed to all parts of the world taking their culture with them to include food.  The local society incorporating into their own diet those aspects of American cuisine found to be favorable.

Et frui cibum!!

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Scheme # 1.

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Invasion USA Canadian style!

A plan, on paper, never to be implemented. This was Defence Scheme No. 1.

"Defence Scheme No. 1 was a plan created by Canadian Director of Military Operations and Intelligence Lieutenant Colonel James 'Buster' Sutherland Brown, for a Canadian counterattack of the United States".

"Defence Scheme No. 1 was created on April 12, 1921, and details a surprise invasion of the northern United States as soon as possible after evidence was received of an American invasion of Canada."

CANADIAN MILITARY FLYING COLUMNS CROSSING THE BORDER SOUTH ON COMBAT MISSION BUT ONLY IN CASE OF WAR BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND GREAT BRITAIN!

"The purpose of invading America was to allow time for Canada to prepare its war effort and to receive aid from Britain."

CANADA THE NATION-STATE WE KNOW TODAY NOT WHOLLY AND FULLY 100 % INDEPENDENT UNTIL 1982! DOES THAT SURPRISE ANYONE?

Confrontation between the United States and Great Britain continuing on the world stage at least until the years just before the Great War [WW1]. Most specifically so the Venezuelan Crisis of 1902.

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P & B.

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The state of Maine USA versus the British Empire? Almost.

The Aroostook War.

Only the most vaguest terms possible was I familiar with this incident. Incident as best characterized.

 "The Aroostook War (sometimes called the Pork and Beans War was a military and civilian-involved confrontation in 1838–1839 between the United States [militia of the state of Maine and not federal U.S. troops involved] and the United Kingdom over the international boundary between the British colony of New Brunswick and the U.S. state of Maine. Several British were captured; no one was killed, but two Canadian militia were injured by U.S. Army troops [Maine militia?] prior to the diplomatic compromise . . . The term 'war' was rhetorical; local militia units were called out but never engaged in significant combat. The event is best described as an international incident."

CONSEQUENCES OF THE "WAR" HOWEVER MORE LONG-LASTING AND PROFOUND THAN THE INCIDENT ITSELF!

"Despite the lack of military action the episode had major consequences on the states' right to use military force on their own with the understanding that the main purpose was to address internal conflicts. In the aftermath of the crisis, the Federal government assumed complete control over military matters. The episode was to be the last serious confrontation between the US and the United Kingdom."

NO STATE ALLOWED TO FIGHT A WAR AGAINST A FOREIGN POWER! PERIOD!

See also the "54° 40' or Fight" crisis of 1846. The United States and Great Britain continuing to be at loggerheads.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Failed!

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Hardly things are what they are reputed to be?

The latest test of the brand-new Russian nuclear-powered cruise missile, undetectable and having unlimited range, is a failure?

As has been reported by various news and media outlets to include CNBC and thanks to same:

"Putin claimed a new nuclear-powered missile had unlimited range — but it flew only 22 miles in its most successful test yet"

OF FOUR TEST FLIGHTS THIS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL/

"Russian President Vladimir Putin bragged that a new nuclear-powered missile had unlimited range, but it has yet to perform a successful test, according to sources with direct knowledge of a U.S. intelligence report on the weapons program."

"The cruise missile was tested four times between November 2017 and February 2018, each resulting in a crash."

"The U.S. assessed that the longest test flight lasted just more than two minutes, with the missile flying 22 miles before losing control and crashing."

NUCLEAR POWER EITHER NOT CRITICAL OR OPERATIONAL FOR THIS FLIGHT TEST? THIS IS NOT CLEAR. I CAN WELL IMAGINE A NUCLEAR-POWERED CRUISE MISSILE  UPON CRASHING WOULD SEND A SPEW OF DEADLY RADIOACTIVITY ALL OVER THE AREA.

Read from the wiki an American B-29 bomber crashing [Travis AFB] with nuke weapon on board, an explosion then occurring with the release of radioactivity..

"Only in 1994 was it revealed that an atomic bomb . . . The Mark 4 nuclear bomb contained a depleted uranium tamper as well as radioactive material inside the electronics making up the arming and firing circuits . . .  A public health assessment found no detectable levels of uranium at the crash site."

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Karl.

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My instantaneous thought when reading of the Syrian Golan-1000 multiple-rocket-launcher was the German World War Two "Karl" siege mortar. Karl having a bore of 24 inches [600 mm] and firing a round of prodigious size.

"'Karl-Gerät' . . . was a World War II German self-propelled siege mortar designed and built by Rheinmetall. Its heaviest munition was a 60 cm (24 in) diameter, 2,170 kg (4,780 lb) shell, and the range for its lightest shell of 1,250 kg (2,760 lb) was just over 10 km (6.2 mi). Each gun had to be accompanied by a crane, a heavy transport trailer, and several modified tanks to carry shells."


See this You Tube video of a Karl as being fired in combat at the Siege of Sevastopol, WW2.

"Seven guns were built, six of which saw combat between 1941 and 1945. It was used in attacking the Soviet fortresses of Brest-Litovsk and Sevastopol, bombarded Polish resistance fighters in Warsaw, participated in the Battle of the Bulge, and was used to try to destroy the Ludendorff Bridge during the Battle of Remagen."

Read from the wiki that instance of  "Karl" as was used by the German during the Battle of Warsaw, 1944. Damage as done perhaps quite similar to the destructiveness of Golan-1000? A whole city block of an urban area reduced to absolute rubble with a single shot. Golan using a thermobaric detonation as opposed to the "Karl" high-explosive but the result more or less the same.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Fallout.

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"During a time of peace prepare for war" - - Cicero.

Consider this item from the Internet site of the English Guardian and the article by Jon Henley.

"Sweden distributes 'be prepared for war' leaflet to all 4.8m homes"

"Defence pamphlet shows how population can prepare in event of attack and contribute to country’s ‘total defence’"

"The new pamphlet prepares the population for cyber and terror attacks and climate change, and includes a page on identifying fake news."

"The Swedish government has begun sending all 4.8m of the country’s households a public information leaflet telling the population, for the first time in more than half a century, what to do in the event of a war."


Consider also this particular image from the Guardian article. Click on image to see an enlarged view. Measures as can be taken to protect yourself from nuclear radiation and fallout as the result of atomic weapon use. Protection as taken ameliorating to a degree the danger from radioactivity. A little amount of preparation and knowledge can go a long way?

See prior blog entry with links to additional posts the subject of which was Swedish preparation for a Third World War. Shapes of things to come? You the devoted reader of the blog have to decide.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Huns.

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One more from the book: "THE FALL of the ROMAN EMPIRE" by Arthur Ferrill.

1. With regard to the Roman general Aetius:

"Aetius saved the Western Roman Empire from the Huns, the scourge of God, and he stood out as a popular, active champion of Roman civilization at a time when the dynasty of Theodosius seemed lethargic, incompetent and degenerate. Possibly the great general did not deserve the high repute he achieved . . . but in the tragic drama of Rome's fall, history assigned him one of the leading, heroic roles."

2. And with regard to Chalons:

". . . the battle of Chalons was genuinely one of the great decisive battles in western history . . . it is true that the victory did not save the Roman Empire and that the Empire of the Huns might have collapsed on Attila's death anyway . . . Yet, as a a conflict between Christians and heathen, as an engagement that seemed to confirm Christian power in western Europe, indeed as a formidable, real blow to the power of the Huns in their relations with Rome, it was one of the world's most important battles."

See also the wiki entry as pertains to Chalons, the importance of the battle or the lack thereof, depending on perspective.

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Horses.

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"Not e'en the Centaurs - - offspring of the Cloud
Were horsed more firmly than this savage crowd.
Brisk, lithe, in loose array they first come on,
Fly, turn, attack the foe who deems them gone."
-  Marcellinus

My impression of the Huns [and all the images I can find seem to suggest this is so] is that of the steppe nomad light cavalry warrior, wreaking havoc from the back of a horse. Light cavalry eschewing any body armor, using primarily the horse-bow as a weapon while also being able to close with the adversary using lance and short sword, but always fighting from horse back.

THIS IS NOT SO?

From the book: "THE FALL of the ROMAN EMPIRE" by Arthur Ferrill.

". . . nomadic horse nations require enormous stretches of suitable territory for the support of their horses. To get the speed, mobility and range necessary for effective raiding, nomads needed many remounts for every cavalryman . . . If one assumes that the Huns used ten horses per cavalryman for large-scale horse campaigns and that the Great Hungarian Plain (with some 42,400 square kilometers of pasture) could have supported only about 150,000 grazing horse, then there were enough for approximated 15,000 cavalry."

"'when the Huns first appeared on the steppe north of the Black Sea, they were nomads and most of them may have been mounted warriors. In Europe, however, they could graze only a fraction of their former horse-power, and the chiefs soon fielded armies which resembled the sedentary forces of Rome.'"

Is is reputed the Mongol Horde on the advance more than anything else resembled a moving menagerie or stockyard. Four to five remounts [?] per warrior, sheep, camel and oxen pulling the platform mounted yurts of the most senior commanders.

At Chalons for instance, the Hun fielded an army mostly of men-a-foot and not cavalry? This is so? Devoted readers who know about this can comment?

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Fortitude.

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"Every Colonel,
Adjutant or Captain
knows well that no doctors,
learned-men or other God-fearing
people come to him,
but a mob of bad boys from
all sorts
of nations and strange people who
have left wife and
babe, food and everything to
follow the war." - - Adam Junghaus.

From several sources to include: "The THIRTY YEARS' WAR" by Herbert Langer.

“The most important qualification of a soldier is fortitude under fatigue and privation. Courage is only second; hardship, poverty and want are the best school for a soldier.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte.

As was noted by Napoleon so was noted before him by Gustavus.

"The Swedish soldiers were regarded as brave fighters  who 'preferred to die chivalrously rather than flee'. The social background of such soldiery qualities was described by Gustavus Adolphus [King of Sweden] in a letter to Maurice of Orange, the outstanding Dutch commander. He wrote that he had not hired his soldiers for money nor had recruited them in taverns with handsome promises. On the contrary, they [soldiers as recruited] were raised from the peasantry, accustomed to hard work and toil. They could withstand cold and heat, hunger and guard-duty without difficulty. Unaccustomed to luxuries, the soldiers of the army were satisfied with less and became used to obeying their commanders."

"You must help God and Fatherland,
For protection and honour,
And often duck, hump your load and crawl,
Often sleep but little, lie uncomfortably,
Often hunger, thirst, sweat and shiver,
And everywhere to be ready
for your fate or  fortune."

A FATE OR FORTUNE OFTEN QUITE GRIM!!

AND BE BRAVE!

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Su-57 Six.

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In the nutshell!

From Sputnik and the original article by Tyler Rogoway courtesy The Drive:

"US Analyst Describes Six Most Impressive Aspects of Russia’s Su-57"

"US defense journalist Tyler Rogoway illustrated six points about Russia’s 'misunderstood' Su-57 that people may not know."

Those six points to include: [I hardly think totally inclusive]

* . . . "side-mounted active electronically scanned array X-band radars"

* . . . "advanced 101KS ‘Atoll' infrared search and track sensors"

* . . .  [able to] "fire modulated laser beams at an incoming missile's seeker"

* . . . "well-suited for taking off and landing from rugged airfields"

* . . . "engines . . . capable of 3D thrust vectoring"

​* . . . "internal weapons bay"

Comments:

* Infra-red sensors for detection of enemy warplanes and missiles.

* Laser capable of defeating enemy infra-red guided missiles.

* Internal weapons bay critical for stealth.

Formidable without question in all regards!

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Golan-1000.

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From a variety of sources to include the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter we have details of a new Russian [Syrian??] multiple-launch rocket-system [three tubes] firing an artillery rocket round of immense size and destructiveness.

An artillery rocket round the warhead having the destructive power and force of a tactical nuclear weapon!!

1. "Russian heavy Golan-1000 rocket launchers for Assad, Kalibr cruise missiles off shore"

16 May.

With special regard to the Golan-1000:

" . . . Military sources in Moscow also revealed that the Assad regime's 4th Armored Division had received heavy rocket launchers deliberately dubbed Golan-1000, which can deliver 500mm caliber rockets [20 inch] loaded with 500kg [1,000 pound] of high-explosive fragmentation ammunition. They have a range of up to 6km and are capable of knocking over IDF [Israeli Defense Forces]  fortifications on the Golan"

GOLAN-1000 DELIBERATELY NAMED TO SIGNIFY THE INTENDED TARGETS ISRAELI TROOPS CONCENTRATIONS AND FORTIFICATIONS LOCATED PROXIMITY THE GOLAN HEIGHTS.

2. "Syrian Army Roll Out New Secret Golan-1000 Rocket System"

"Built on a T-72 tank chassis, the new rocket system has already been put into service with the Syrian Army's 4th Armored Division and participated in its counter terrorism operations throughout the country."

"Presumably called the Golan-1000 out of reference to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the new rocket system carries three massive 500 mm [20 inch] rounds, each packed with 500 kg [1,000 pounds] of high-explosive fragmentation ammunition."

MOUNTED ON A SOVIET/RUSSIAN T-72 TANK CHASSIS. THE SHORT-RANGE MLRS REQUIRING PROTECTION FROM COUNTER-FIRE!!

3. "Golan-1000"

"Description: The Golan-1000 is a short-range flamethrower developed by Syria utilizing the T-72 tank chassis fitted with three 500mm [20 inch] rocket launchers to conduct counter-terrorism operations. The massive Golan-1000 rocket carries a 500 kilograms [1,000 pounds] high explosive fragmentation warhead capable of engaging personnel, armored vehicles and enemy fortifications."

That 500 kg. [1,000 pound] warhead primarily if not exclusively so a thermobaric round!

EVEN PERSONNEL HAVING COVER IN HEAVY FORTIFICATIONS AND PROPERLY PROTECTED AGAINST CONVENTIONAL MUNITIONS AT DANGER FROM THE THERMOBARIC DETONATION!

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SGM.

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SGM = Small Glide Munition.

The decision has been made. Small Glide Munition now authorized to be placed into production and carried by the Air Force AC-130 gunship. Capability of the gunship now significantly enhanced. Other projects of a similar nature [glide-munitions] to be discontinued.

From Zero Hedge and thanks to same.

"Special Ops Getting 1000s Of Small Glide Munitions That Pack A Bigger Punch Than Hellfires"

THE LITTLE MISSILE THAT CAN! SON OF HELLFIRE BUT BETTER!

"As global counter terrorism operations show no signs of slowing down, U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) are receiving thousands of light, gliding missiles that are smaller and more powerful than an AGM-114 Hellfire and fired from a Lockheed C-130 Hercules above the modern battlefield."

With regard to SGM:
* Slightly over a meter [yard] long.
* About 2/3 of the weight of the SGM devoted to "bang" stuff.

SGM YES and these NO:
* NO Viper Strike.
* NO G-CLAW.
* NO Griffin.

I might well imagine the AC-130 able to carry prodigious numbers of the SGM. And use in a profligate manner as is needed. It cannot get better.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Krim.

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Of this man and the Rif War I was only the most vaguely familiar with.

Abd el-Krim. Berber insurrectionist waging war against the Spanish and French colonial powers. An amateur, indeed, the archetype of the insurrectionist leader and commander able to formulate grand strategy, strategy, operational art and tactics, wage a guerrilla war and do so quite successfully.

"The Rif War was an armed conflict fought from 1920 to 1927 between the colonial power Spain (later joined by France) and the Berber tribes of the Rif mountainous region. Led by Abd el-Krim, the Riffians at first inflicted several defeats on the Spanish forces by using guerrilla tactics and captured European weapons."

"Abd el-Krim (1882–83 – February 6, 1963) was a Riffian political and military leader. He and his brother Mhemmed led a large-scale revolt by a coalition of Berber-speaking Rif tribes against French and Spanish colonization of the Rif, an area of northern Morocco. The rebels established the short-lived Republic of the Rif. Abd el-Krim's guerrilla tactics influenced Ho Chi Minh, Mao Zedong, and Che Guevara."

Comments:

* Nothing in the early background of Abd el-Krim seems to have prepared him for the role of insurgent and guerrilla leader.

* The Rif War Insurgency only suppressed with the use of massive French military intervention, methods and techniques as employed draconian in nature, including the use of poison gas against civilians.

* Strangely enough too, Abd el-Krim when captured sent to comfortable [?] and prolonged exile not executed or even it seems held captive under excessive duress.

If Ho, Mao and Che all agree that Abd el-Krim the insurgent leader to be emulated, we must do so also? I do think so.

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Vanuatu.

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As seen at the outstanding Internet web site Scholar's Stage. I recommend Scholar's Stage highly without qualification or reservation.

Think not merely String of Pearls! Think also Vanuatu?

"Losing Games We Don't Know Are Being Played"

"The Sydney Herald Morning Post has this on their front page"

"China eyes Vanuatu military base in plan with global ramifications"

CHINESE NAVAL PORT FACILITY VANUATU, SOUTH PACIFIC, OCEANIA.


"China has approached Vanuatu about building a permanent military presence in the South Pacific in a globally significant move that could see the rising superpower sail warships on Australia’s doorstep."

Geopolitical ramifications of the power projection variety using naval power! And of particular concern to Australia.

Nine-Dash Line/South China Sea/Spratly Islands we can all appreciate. Waters at least to a degree contiguous to the Chinese mainland. String of Pearls we can too appreciate. Energy supply routes and countering what is perceived as also geopolitical concerns vis-a-vis India.

Vanuatu is different however? Chinese naval forces no longer coastal-hugging sailors but with a pelagic [deep water] capability and far from home.

Devoted readers to the blog can comment? Australians! Obey tremble-ing-ly!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

BONE.

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BONE = B-1B bomber. Bad to the BONE!

Close-air gunship ground support? That is the question?

From The Drive and the article by Tyler Rogoway:

"Boeing's Been Granted A Patent For Turning The B-1B Into A Gunship Bristling With Cannons"

"The patent includes various concepts that would allow multiple cannon configurations to be uploaded into the B-1's weapons bays."

"B-1B Lancer 'gunship' may sound like something a kid doodles on his desk during a 4th-grade math class, but Boeing has actually been awarded a patent for just that."

"U.S. Patent 9,963,231 B2 was awarded on May 8th to Boeing. It depicts a number of cannon configurations that can be stowed in a B-1B's weapons bays and extended down outside of those bays for use"



See also this You tube video the concept of a bomber aircraft [medium-range] in use as a close-air support gunship. This was Pave Gat the concept of which was first formulated and proposed as an add-on for the B-57 Canberra. An idea never brought to fruition but apparently never discarded either. Think AC-47, AC-119, AC-130.

Bushmaster gun system with a variety of exploding ammunition available on demand if and when the B-1B ever configured as a ground-assault warplane of formidable capability.

But for now remains a concept and idea and nothing more.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Transplant.

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War! What is it good for? 

Developments in plastic surgery and transplant techniques?

Read the latest!

"scrotum - - n. - -  The external sac of skin enclosing the testes in most mammals."

"Injured veteran gets first complete penis and scrotum transplant"

"Patient's lower abdomen was completely reconstructed"

"A veteran badly injured by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan is recovering from the first-ever transplant of a penis and scrotum"

"The soldier lost both legs above the knee, his penis and the area around it when the IED — improvised explosive device — blasted him."

Scrotum transplant complete to include a new penis. Testicles not transplanted [undoubtedly a prosthesis will be provided for cosmetic purposes] as an unwanted issue with parenting might occur. Procedure evidently successful in entirety, doctors optimistic.

A first ever and done in a response to war injury of a very severe nature.

See this Internet web site [courtesy of the BBC] as devoted to war wounds and the plastic surgical techniques as applied to same. Very amazing stuff! Surgeons able to perform procedures almost miraculous in nature.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Al Kiswa.

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From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter and update on the Iranian response to the most recent Israeli air strike.

Iran apparently undeterred and continuous to be determined. And all this in the aftermath too of the American withdrawal from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. Tensions unprecedentedly high! And should be recognized as so.

"Constant flow of Iranian missiles replenishes arms destroyed by Israel, including new Fateh 313"

10 May.

"Tehran is keeping new missile supplies landing at Syrian airfields, undeterred by the Israel's air strikes that destroy incoming supplies, including the large-scale IDF bombing raids which destroyed units, missile stores and command centers in Syria. early Thursday, May 10 in the Damascus region. A long confrontation lies ahead since Tehran is determined to keep going with its plans, while the IDF is equally resolved to thwart Iran's effort to establish a base in Syria as a platform for aggression. In the air strike on Al Kiswa Tuesday night [8 May] - directly after President Trump announced US withdrawal from the nuclear deal - Israel hit the Iranian command center for southern Syria headed by Maj. Gen. Hossein Hamadani, destroyed a consignment of Fateh 313 missiles, indicating that Iran is upgrading its weaponry in Syria, and killed 8 Revolutionary Guards officers and men as well as Hizballah members."

I am somewhat confused here. I thought there was only one Israeli air strike, 8 May. There was an additional air strike 10 May also? I am confused.

Iran rated # 1 as a threat to the United States by the late David Hackworth. Due to ideological hatred.

P.S. Apparently there were two independent Israeli air strikes. May 8 and May 10 both. The latter in response to Iranian Fajr-5 rocket artillery being fired at the Golan Heights.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Twin.

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I have always thought this warplane to be and oddity and curiosity of which there was no real usefulness. But I am wrong! An expedient design [?] but nonetheless successful to a degree.

The P-82, later F-82 Twin Mustang. Long-range escort fighter and air defense interceptor.

A warplane as described by an acknowledged aviation authority:

"Long range fighter to be used with B-29s on missions where the single cockpit Mustang didn't have the range. Didn't arrive before the end of WWII and Iwo Jima negated the need for a super long range fighter--numerous P-51 squadrons were now based there to escort the B-29 Tokyo raids."

"Extra pilot to give the other some rest.  Later plans included long range escort for B-50 and B-36 nuclear operations. Shot down the first enemy aircraft (3) in one mission over Korea.  (Lagg-9, Lagg-11, unknown)"


"Betty Jo" as on display at the National United States Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio, USA. Established distance and speed records for a propeller-drive aircraft that still stand!


Yes, two P-51 Mustang joined. Two engines, two pilots, two tails, one and one-half wing per plane. A heavy-fighter warplane concept similar to the American P-38 [P-38 having only pilot]. Allowed for long-range bomber fighter escort all the way to the target and back again. Also useful as an interceptor in the traditional mode in areas of the world where airfields few and far in between [such as Alaska].

Method of attack [similar if not downright identical to the American P-38] once again as described by acknowledged aviation authority:

"Start the attack from above, at high speed, dive through the enemy formation firing that concentrated cone of fire from guns and auto cannons, and keep going, zooming up to altitude to sit on the perch and contemplate the error of your last attack. From the perch, like a patient hawk, you were supposed to choose your fights, not just flip on down to turn and burn with the others.  That is not what your plane was designed to do."

The F-82/P-82 performing yeoman service in those immediate years after World War Two, and the only warplane able to escort Strategic Air Command bombers to the target and back again.

And thank you acknowledged aviation authority! You input and insight appreciated.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Har-Magedon.

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Strike and counter-strike. Israel versus Iran. See previous post items as are now seen to be most germane. What has occurred evidently well anticipated.

The Syrian Civil War if not already having become so has now escalated into a regional conflict. With all that means now and all it may mean in the future.

All items courtesy the Sheldon Adelson Internet web site Israel Hayom.

1. "If it rains in Israel it will pour in Iran, defense minister warns"

"I hope we finished this chapter," Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman says hours after Israel bombs Iranian targets in Syria in response to Iranian rocket barrage • White House: Israel "absolutely has a sovereign right to defend itself and we support it."

2. "After Quds Force missile attack, Israel pounds Iranian targets in Syria"

"In 'one of the air force's largest operations in recent decades,"'over 50 Iranian targets in Syria destroyed after Iran fires 20 missiles at IDF bases"

Apparently [??] this rocket artillery as fired on Israeli military [not civilian] targets in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. Details unknown.

More to follow as available. Armageddon is upon us? I hope not!

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F & M.

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From the book "WAR on the EASTERN FRONT" by James Lucas.

As describing a display of military tactics and as witnessed by Hitler prior to World War Two.

"The few professional officers who did join the SS brought with them new ideas of tactics which had been considered revolutionary by the Army commanders. One of the most successful innovators was Felix Streiner who abolished barrack square drill and replaced it with training using live ammunition. His regiment Deustschland astounding Hitler in the spring of 1939 with the new tactics which he had designed were demonstrated. Hitler, who had been searching the ground with his binoculars, asked when the attack was about to begin, only to be told by Steiner that it had been in progress for twenty minutes. Then there appeared within storming range of the objective small groups of assault troops moving rapidly and easily forward, almost undetected, not pausing or allowing themselves to be pinned down by fire. This demonstration group of Deutschland Standarte had been advanced a distance of three kilometers in less than twenty minutes, but had still arrived at the objective so fresh that they could fight a close quarter battle using hand grenades, demolition charges and machine pistols in place of rifles."


"The German Infantry Squad in Action - A Demonstration of minor field Tactics"

Tactics now referred to as fire and movement. Not so innovative or novel as was understood by Steiner or other professional officers of the period. Was thought to be too complex to be taught to and mastered by novice soldiers and also delegated too much responsibility to non-commissioned officers at the rank of sergeant and corporal. But that video indicative of what Hitler saw?

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Ritual.

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Warning: If full frontal nudity what it is called offends you hit escape now! You have been warned!

We do not have to imagine how prehistoric warfare might have been fought. We can see for ourselves how prehistoric warfare was fought and even to this very day is fought now. Not so much warfare as a modern would understand the term but rather ritual combat.

The highlanders of New Guinea a battle as having been filmed [circa 1961 and edited as presented] and made available for your perusal.


Read further thanks to You tube remarks about the film:

"'Dead Birds'. Robert Gardner, 1964 . . . Dead Birds is a film about the Dani, a people dwelling in the Grand Valley of the Baliem high in the mountains of West Papua. When I [Robert] shot the film in 1961, the Dani had a classic Neolithic culture. They were exceptional in the way they dedicated themselves to an elaborate system of ritual warfare. Neighboring groups, separated by uncultivated strips of no man’s land, engaged in frequent battles. When a warrior was killed in battle or died from a wound and even when a woman or a child lost their life in an enemy raid, the victors celebrated and the victims mourned. Because each death needed to be avenged, the balance was continually adjusted by taking life. There was no thought of wars ever ending, unless it rained or became dark. Wars were the best way they knew to keep a terrible harmony in a life that would be, without them, much drearier and unimaginable."

Warfare of this type occurring normally as a result of: 1. Inter-tribal blood feud. 2. Bride-snatching. 3. Inter-tribal raids.

Lots of foot-stomping, making faces, ribald and obscene jokes, taunts, insults. Combatants not closing on the adversary, exchanging arrows at a prodigious rate.

THE GOAL MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IS TO SAVE FACE, REVENGE SOME INSULT, SHOW YOUR MANLINESS AND GRIT, ATTAIN HONOR WITH A WOUND! NOT TO OBLITERATE YOUR OPPONENT, KILL AND DESTROY IN A GRATUITOUS MANNER!

Men as wearing a penis sheath from what I can discern the length of the sheath designating some sort of rank. The higher your rank the longer your penis sheath.

Go watch it all.

coolbert.