Friday, November 27, 2020
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
American ranger units Gela as attacked actually in a degree of peril. A concerted effort by the Italian armor and the allied landing-force might have been in great danger. Troops of lesser quality than the rangers might have panicked with tank-fright the consequences for the invasion force dire.
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Courtesy the Internet web site Small Wars Journal and the article by Joseph Hammond.
"The United States should pay careful attention to the brewing conflict in the Sahara which if left unchecked could contribute to destabilizing forces across North Africa and the Sahel."
HEY, I THOUGHT THESE INSURGENTS [POLISARIO] WERE DEFEATED A LONG TIME AGO! IF NOT AN OUTRIGHT DEFEAT A STEADY TRUCE EVEN IF SHAKY SOMETIMES.
Polisario an African insurgency: "a Sahrawi rebel national liberation movement aiming to end Moroccan presence in the Western Sahara."
Two aspects of the Polisario COIN [counter-insurgency] odd. 1. The building of an enormous sand berm [wall] greatly restricting the cross-border movement of mobile Polisario units. 2. Autopsy of slain insurgents revealing uncircumcised men as combatants. For a part of the world where nearly 100 % of the population Muslim the presence of such individuals found as most strange.
Who are these guys?
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
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Biplane? World War Two? Biplane?
"The Gloster Gladiator was already made obsolete by the time of its inception, yet the type soldiered on through 1944."
AND AS FLOWN BY THE RAF ACE OF ACES MARMADUKE PATTLE. [THIS MAKES THE COMBAT ACHIEVEMENTS OF PAT PATTLE EVEN MORE SIGNIFICANT?]
"The Fiat CR.42 was designed off the successes of the CR.32, with Italy still believing in the capabilities of biplane aircraft. [as compared to the single wing monoplane.]
ITALIAN COMBAT FIGHTER PILOTS FLYING THE CR.42 DURING THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN  WITH VERY POOR RESULTS.
See two Internet web site comparing the plus and minus of the biplane [two wings] as compared to the monoplane [one wing].
Here also an oddity and curiosity. The jet powered biplane.
Monday, November 23, 2020
The British Royal Air Force [RAF] combat fighter pilot during the Second World War [WW2] was: "the most capable - - the most aggressive!" - - Gunther Rall.
Rall, of course, the esteemed German Luftwaffe fighter pilot from WW2. Rall possessing a very distinguished combat record on all fronts, against all opposition.
Here is the RAF pilot during the Second World War that was among the "most capable - - the most aggressive!"
Marmaduke Pattle. Indeed. Pattle it can be very reasonably suggested the BEST of the BEST!!
"Marmaduke Thomas St. John "Pat" Pattle DFC & Bar . . . was a South African-born World War II Flying ace for the Royal Air Force. He was an ace with a very high score, and is sometimes noted as being the highest scoring British and Commonwealth pilot of World War II. He has been unofficially credited with about 50 victories . . . Pattle did all his scoring in a period of nine months, against Axis opponents who outnumbered the RAF fighter contingent at all times"
Even more remarkable Pattle flying during his various aerial combats an antiquated warplane, the Gloster Gladiator.
Pattle after making such a significant contribution to the war effort losing his life - - shot down and killed in aerial combat.
I am impressed. Not the plane! The man behind the controls of the plane!coolbert.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
From the Internet web site "West Hunter" and thanks to same.
Penicillin the anti-biotic as arriving in the nick of time as they say. Many allied lives saved during World War Two. Treatments prior to penicillin rather crude and ineffective.
"At first, penicillin was largely reserved for US and British military needs. Later, it became available to US and British civilians, and soon after for general usage."
Correct. Until industrial production of penicillin "ramped-up" the wonder drug having to be rationed and quite so in an appropriate manner, allied military men first.
"But there was a time window of several months in which American-produced penicillin was available for American wounded but not for French casualties. Fortunately, it happens that penicillin is rapidly excreted in urine. It can be recovered. Between January and April 1945, Rhône-Poulenc extracted penicillin from the urine of wounded American servicemen being treated in hospitals around Paris, penicillin which was then used to treat the wounded of the French Army. They typically recovered about 100 doses from 300 liters [one liter equal about one U.S. quart] of urine."
Penicillin as obtained from urine of wounded American troops made available to the First French Army?
American servicemen to the rescue of the French and in a manner they could have hardly thought possible.
Friday, November 20, 2020
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Consider this a new one on me. Bio-warfare era of the American Civil War.
An idea to infect major cities of the North during the American Civil War with yellow fever considered. Measures to implement the plan taken but nothing substantive ever achieved.
The culprit and main [?] conspirator Dr. Luke P. Blackburn.
"Blackburn supported the Confederate cause during the Civil War. In the early days of the war, he acted as a civilian agent for the governments of Kentucky and Mississippi. By 1863, he was aiding Confederate blockade runners in Canada. In 1864, he traveled to Bermuda to help combat a yellow fever outbreak that threatened Confederate blockade running operations there. Shortly after the war's end, a Confederate double agent accused him of having carried out a plot to start a yellow fever epidemic in the Northern United States that would have hampered the Union war effort. Blackburn was accused of collecting linens and garments used by yellow fever patients and smuggling them into the Northern states to be sold. "
NEFARIOUS PLOT NEVER HAD A CHANCE. YELLOW FEVER TRANSMITTED BY MOSQUITO BITE AND NOT BY SOILED CLOTHING AS WORN BY INFECTED PATIENTS. BUT THE INTENTION AND WILL WAS THERE TO MAKE THE CONSPIRACY SUCCEED.
Dr. Blackburn his medical professional status post-war not hindered or hampered in any manner by his association with the Confederate cause. Also achieving high political office, Governor of Kentucky.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Thanks to the BBC and the article by Stephen Dowling.
"The Spitfires that nearly broke the sound barrier"
"A handful of British Spitfire pilots cheated death in high-speed dives that helped pave the way towards supersonic flight."
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Where the Russian mercenary Wagner Group has failed the Dyck Advisory Group [DAG] will not?
More Mozambique stuff. Insurrection succeeding seemingly unchecked. Bad guys unstoppable?
See previous blog entry [with many additional links] the topic the Islamic State insurrection Mozambique.
Thanks to the Internet web site "Africa Unauthorized and the article by Hannes Wessels large portions of this blog entry copied in entirety and unashamedly so.
DAG now involved in COIN [counter-insurgency] operations Mozambique? Target the Islamic State insurgents. Devoted readers to the blog invited to read the entire article.
According to Colonel Dyck:
“'The stakes are extremely high,' . . . 'but the Mozambique Defence Forces are unprepared and under-resourced and we have to move fast. Some of the atrocities committed are unlike anything I have seen before and I’ve seen a lot of wars, in a lot of different places. The massacre that followed the attack on Quissanga Police Post involved the mutilation of bodies, severing of limbs and we believe the attackers ate some of the body-parts. Despite this barbarism, this enemy is organised, motivated and well equipped. If we don’t get on top of this, it’s going to spread south fast and that will be a catastrophe for the entire region.'”
“We have discovered it’s a nasty mix of old, well organised, criminal networks involved in ivory, rubies and emeralds but the big, billion-dollar business is heroin being moved through the area and distributed north and south. This has now taken on an Islamic face and it’s a highly effective combination with strong external support.”
DAG operating on a "shoe-string" evidently and hardly it seems able to counter the opposition.
Dyck is operating on a shoe-string. With one helicopter having been shot down and destroyed, he has two Gazelle gun-ships flying, two ‘Bathawk’ microlights with front-guns, an old Allouette armed with 20 mm canon and two fixed wing aircraft. With a total compliment of less than 30 men, he has almost no ground-forces and his intelligence gathering capability is very limited."
HEY, NOBODY EVER SAID THIS WAS GOING TO BE EASY, DID THEY?
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
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From the Internet web site "We Are The Mighty" an article from over two years ago an aspect of naval warfare in the arctic I had never thought about.
An icebreaker a warship? An icebreaker?
"Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft has one very clear message: The country needs more icebreakers."
SURFACE naval warfare in the arctic a possible? It is so if you have icebreakers.
Russia their icebreaker fleet forty-one vessels.
AND NOW SOME RUSSIAN VESSELS EQUIPPED WITH CRUISE MISSILES?
The USA has: “'one-and-a-half” operable icebreakers . . . the heavy icebreaker Polar Star and the medium icebreaker Healy, which are in the Coast Guard’s fleet."
POLAR STAR "ARMED" WITH TWO FIFTY-CALIBER MACHINE GUNS AND NOTHING FURTHER!
We are going back to the old days of the armed merchantman? A commercial sea-going vessel in time of war equipped with a fighting capability. Stranger things have occurred. Technology makes this all very possible.
Mr. President. We must prevent an icebreaker gap!!
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"If everything goes according to plan, some of the boys might be home for Christmas."
As is germane to a previous blog entry and presented in chronological order.
Article from CNN by Jake Tapper, Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent and thanks to same.
"(CNN) Then-Secretary of Defense Mark Esper sent a classified memo earlier this month to the White House asserting that it was the unanimous recommendation of the chain of command that the US not draw down its troop presence in Afghanistan any further until conditions were met, sources familiar with the memo tell CNN."
And additionally from the tweet by Derick Waller from only yesterday:
"Per @ABC: A US official confirms that they are expecting orders by the end of this week to reduce troop levels to 2,500 in Afghanistan and in Iraq by mid-January."
"There are currently 4,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and 3,000 in Iraq."
11:23 AM · Nov 16, 2020
End ENDLESS wars Or making a pretense of ending an ENDLESS war. The devoted readers to the blog must decide for themselves.
Sunday, November 15, 2020
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Azerbaijan si, Armenia no?
The three "T's".
Thanks to RFE/'RL and the article by Ron Synovitz.
[Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty]
"It took Azerbaijan just 43 days to win back its territory around the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh -- seven districts of mountains and foothills that were occupied by Armenian separatists since Baku’s humiliating battlefield failures of the early 1990s."
THE FIGHTING BETWEEN ARMENIA AND AZERBAIJAN IS OVER AND THE LATTER HAS WON?
Read previous blog entries [with additional embedded links] the conflict between the warring parties the topic of discussion:
Saturday, November 14, 2020
"For seven decades, the world has been told that an invasion of Taiwan is imminent. The American military-industrial-congressional complex needs threats to justify wartime budgets, and China provides one excuse. American warships and aircraft routinely operate just off China’s coast. If China complains, the world is warned that China is threatening military action. The good ole 'China will soon invade Taiwan' tale is a perpetual favorite. In reality, China lacks the naval power to invade Taiwan and attempting to conquer this large island would prove bloody, devastate the Chinese economy, lead to domestic unrest, and may not succeed."
ONCE MORE THE BENCHMARK IS THE NORMANDY INVASION OF 1944!
Friday, November 13, 2020
Mission surveillance of the base perimeter so it seems. Robot dogs controlled by a remote human operator and additionally having the capability to operate autonomously.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
The Russians do it too. Reenactments [USA] call reconstructions in Russia. Apparently quite popular. See links of Russian reconstructions all quite well done. Thanks to the Internet web site English/Russia.
From the archives the Internet web site Mad Monarchist [now apparently inactive] and as extracted.
"The Austrian Empire and the Confederacy" [??]
"The American Civil War was the bloodiest conflict ever fought in the western hemisphere of the world and, as such, attracted a great deal of attention from other powers. Previously, I [Mad Monarchist] have discussed on these pages how a war between two factions of republicans [Union versus the Confederacy] actually had a tremendous impact on the monarchist cause in the Americas. Most of the ‘Great Powers’ of Europe had an interest in the War Between the States. The British Empire had an economic interest with southern cotton feeding the textile mills of England while the industrial centers of the northern states were major competitors. Indeed, only a few decades after the war ended with the north victorious, the United States of America surpassed Great Britain as the world’s largest economy and has remained so ever since. The tentative steps of the Kingdom of Spain to rebuild the Spanish Empire in Latin America, the French-backed restoration of the Mexican Empire and the French plans for a 'Kingdom of the Andes' in South America all depended on the Confederacy being victorious"
Monday, November 2, 2020
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"between October 9, 1944 and September 2, 1945: at Manila and at other places in the Philippine Islands, while a commander of [the] armed forces of Japan at war with the United States of America and its allies, [he] unlawfully disregarded and failed to discharge his duty as commander to control the operations of the members of his command, permitting them to commit brutal atrocities and other high crimes against people of the United States and of its allies and dependencies, particularly the Philippines; and he, General Tomoyuki Yamashita, thereby violated the laws of war."
THE INDICTMENT, TRIAL, CONVICTION AND EXECUTION OF THE JAPANESE GENERAL YAMASHITA [THE TIGER OF MALAYA] IN THE AFTERMATH OF WW2 CONTROVERSIAL AT THE TIME  AND REMAINING A CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC.
Yamashita NOT having ordered the massacres of Filipino civilians nor in contact with the troops that perpetrated the atrocities.
It is worth noting however that during the Malayan Campaign troops under the command of Yamashita did commit atrocity, prior and in the aftermath of British surrender.
This too. Sikh soldiers of the British Indian Army captured by the Japanese at Singapore used for target practice. Post-surrender!
A JAPANESE ARMY PATTERN OF ATROCITY OBVIOUS DURING THE ENTIRE WAR AND EVEN BEFORE PEARL HARBOR. STILL THE YAMASHITA CASE PROBLEMATIC?