Wednesday, October 27, 2021

147th Ohio.


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Always thought the Battle of  Iwo Jima strictly an affair of the U.S. Marine Corps. Ground action sans U.S. Army. Not so. From the wiki combat action  continuing to occur for three months after the island as deemed captured and secure.

147th Regiment Ohio National Guard [ONG] performing yeoman duty under trying circumstances.

"yeoman's/yeoman work/service : very good, hard, and valuable work that someone does especially to support a cause, to help a team, etc."

As extracted from the wiki:

"Once the island was declared secure, the regiment was ostensibly there to act as a garrison force, but they soon found themselves locked in a bitter struggle against thousands of stalwart [Japanese] defenders engaging in a last-ditch guerilla campaign to harass the Americans. Using well-supplied caves and tunnel systems, the Japanese resisted American advances. For three months, the 147th methodically scoured the island, using flamethrowers, grenades, and satchel charges to ferret out the enemy. 1,602 Japanese were officially credited as killed, and 867 captured, with potentially thousands more sealed up in caves using explosives. Some sources credit the regiment with killing at least 6,000 Japanese soldiers in those anonymous and merciless small unit actions. In return, the 147th suffered fifteen men killed in action and 144 wounded."

Go 147th Ohio! Job well done.

The Japanese soldier during WW2 well known for his determination and willingness to fight to the dead 100 %. Surrender not an option even if the situation totally forlorn and hopeless. The die-hard mentality carried to the fullest measure.

"die-hard adjective: strongly or fanatically determined or devoted"

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

WS3 B-61.

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"But you tell me over and over and over again my friend,

Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction."

Barry McGuire, "Eve of Destruction."

From the Internet web site Sputnik and thanks to same.

"US Actively Upgrading Tactical Nuclear Arsenal, Russian Defence Minister Says"

"Earlier, Washington withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which banned short and medium-range nuclear-capable missiles, which could carry tactical nuclear weapons – small fission-based devices that can be used to obliterate a small territory killing all enemy forces in it."

"The US, with the full support of NATO allies, has intensified efforts to modernize tactical nuclear weapons and their storage sites in Europe."

Nothing new to see here folks. Just move along.

THESE APPARENTLY ARE WS3 VAULTS AND BUNKERS. STORAGE FACILITIES FOR ATOMIC WEAPONS DELIVERED ON TARGET IN TIME OF WAR BY TACTICAL WARPLANES!

"215 WS3 vaults were built for the United States Air Forces in Europe at 13 sites in seven countries. Additionally 34 WS3 vaults were built for the Royal Air Force to store the WE.177 nuclear bomb; 10 at RAF Br├╝ggen in Germany and 24 at RAF Marham in Britain."

Here you go! This graphic [click on image to see an enlarged view] shows American Nuclear weapons in Europe as of 2017. Some sites now inactive, others active with additional [?] bunkers being built.

See previous blog entries [some with additional links] the topic  the storage of atomic weapons Incirlik air base Turkey:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weapons_Storage_and_Security_System

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/03/gone.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/01/incirlik-afb.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/08/karagul.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/08/atomics-incrilik.html

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Rising.

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As seen first at the Internet web site BMEWS.

World War Two naval wreckage brought to the surface by the forces of nature.

"Volcanic activity, seismic shifts: WWII ships from Battle of Iwo Jima raised from watery graves"

"Eruptions from volcanos in Japan’s Ogasawara Islands have caused movements in the earth’s crust, created a new island, and raised ships sunk during the Battle of Iwo Jima above the sea surface, according to Japan’s TV Asahi."

This is a curiosity and miscellany. New islands appear from volcanic activity not often but not terribly rare either. But to push sunken sunken once again to the surface that is very rare? Never even once heard to such a thing.

"The sea gave up the dead who were in it: Revelation 20:13"

Ships as well as men it seems.

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Monday, October 25, 2021

AHEL.

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Death ray from above! Or is it??

Airborne High Energy Laser. Mated to an AC-130 gunship. Consider this a prototype only!

"The AC-130J Gunship’s First Solid State Laser Weapon Has Arrived For Testing"

"The U.S. Air Force has taken delivery of the first prototype Airborne High Energy Laser, or AHEL, which is set to be flight tested on one of its AC-130J Ghostrider gunships next year. The service hopes to demonstrate the feasibility of adding this directed-energy weapon to the AC-130J’s already very diverse arsenal, which could give these aircraft a unique capability to engage ground targets"

Think not this AHEL a directed-energy weapon able to obliterate one-and-all targets from a distance. As reported by the Internet web site "Zero Hedge":

"The 60-kilowatt laser weapon doesn't have enough energy to punch a hole through a main battle tank or blow an enemy soldier to pieces, but rather it can melt ground-based satellite antennas and optical sensors."

Lot of pessimism regard the aviation version of the directed-energy weapon. Too much power required. Such systems will be strictly limited to large warplanes of the four engine type?

See previous blog entries the subject directed-energy weaponry:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/09/talws.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/07/zap-ii.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/06/hel-ii.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/05/pessimism.html

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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Minelayers.

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Guards Minelayers. The Russian tradition continues!

Courtesy the article as seen at the Internet web site isegoria.net

"Aviation mines use an acoustic-infrared sensor to identify the noise of an aircraft up to 3.2 km away and then launch a projectile when it’s within 150 meters"

"Russia designed aviation mines in the late 1990s"

Described as anti-helicopter mines. Fires when acoustic and infrared signature of a rotary-wing low-level aircraft in the area. Automatically activates sending a spew of projectiles toward the target.

See also from the Internet web site "19fortyfive" as further described of this Russian anti-aircraft mine.

"Helicopters Beware: Russia Is Deploying Anti-Helicopter Mines"

Additionally think of a similar weapon from the era of the Cold War. Soviet special purpose ranger/commando Spetsnaz units employing an acoustically fired MANPAD SA-7 Grail missile.

As described by the Soviet defector Suvorov:

"Spetsnaz. The Story Behind the Soviet SAS"

Chapter 9: Weapons and Equipment:

"On the subject of mines, we must mention a terrible spetsnaz weapon known as the Strela-Blok. This weapon was used in the second half of the 1960s and the first half of the 1970s. It is quite possible that by now it has been very substantially improved. In a sense it can be described as an anti-aircraft mine, because it operates on the same principle as the mine laid at the side of a road which acts against a passing vehicle."

"The Strela-Blok is an ordinary Soviet Strela-2 portable missile . . . A spetsnaz group carries one or several of these missiles with it. In the area of a major airfield the launch tube is attached to a tall tree . . . nd camouflaged. The missile is usually installed at a short distance from the end of the runway. That done, the group leaves the area. The missile is launched automatically. A clockwork mechanism operates first, allowing the group to retire to a safe distance, then, when the set time has run out . . . a very simple sound detector is switched on which reacts to the noise of an aircraft engine of a particular power. So long as the engine noise is increasing nothing happens . . . but as soon as the noise decreases the mechanism fires. The infra-red warhead reacts to the heat radiated by the engine, follows the aircraft and catches up with it."

Consider then these anti-helicopter mines as a version of the Strela-Blok but more sophisticated and going to be used on a much more massive scale.

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PELE.

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An old idea brought back to life? The military autonomous nuclear reactor providing power on demand?

From the Internet web site "The Drive" in both instances and thanks to same.

1. "The Military’s Mobile Nuclear Reactor Prototype Is Set To Begin Taking Shape"

Courtesy the article by BRETT TINGLEY 

"Project Pele is one potentially revolutionary, albeit controversial, answer to the military's growing battlefield energy requirements."

"The Office of The Secretary of Defense (OSD) has requested $60 million dollars for Project Pele, which is aimed at developing a new, transportable nuclear microreactor to provide high-output, resilient power for a wide variety of Department of Defense (DOD) missions"

2. "This Alaskan Air Base Will Host An Experimental Mini Nuclear Reactor"

Thanks here to JOSEPH TREVITHICK.

"The military hopes its new mini nuclear reactor will lead to new battlefield energy capabilities and help power its sprawling installations."

"The U.S. Air Force recently announced that it has picked Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska as the base to host a new small nuclear reactor as part of a pilot program. The U.S. military, as a whole, together with the Department of Energy has been increasingly looking into micro-reactor designs as possible ways to meet ever-growing electricity demands, including for units on the battlefield,"

Consider none of this to be brand-new pie-in-the-sky never coming to fruition as envisioned.

See this topic as covered in prior blog entries:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/07/atomic-barge.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/03/small.html

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Phenomenal.


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Within context the eminent British military historian Sir John Keegan rated the Finnish soldier during the era of World War Two as the BEST.

CONSIDER THIS TO BE A WORLD-WIDE PHENOMENON AND  NOT JUST THE FINN.

Thanks the Russian Internet media outlet Sputnik in both cases.

1. "Finnish Military Lowers Physical Condition Threshold to Include 'PlayStation Boys'"

"As the proportion of men has decreased significantly over the years, from 93 percent in the early 1980s to below 70 percent today, the Finnish Armed Forces would also like more women to volunteer to plug the gap."

"Finnish Armed Forces is reviewing service classes amid a general drop in the physical condition of conscripts. The goal of this reorganization is to accommodate less fit conscripts."

2. "Finnish Conscripts' Fitness Conditions 'Worse Than Ever Before'"

"In the past few decades, the average Finnish draftee gained entire seven kilograms [fifteen pounds], while losing muscle strength and stamina."

"Fitness tests, continually used by the Finnish Armed Forces, indicate that overall conditions have deteriorated to a previously unseen level, with weight rising and muscle strength plummeting," 

Again, this is a world-wide phenomenon and not relegated merely to the Finnish recruit or the American civilian counter-part for that matter.

See previous blog entries as pertinent:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/03/food.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/09/frustrated.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/07/73.html

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