Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Model 97.

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More lead on the target faster than with an Uzi! Listen up humanoids!

Yet still more extracts with my commentary from original articles as seen at the isegoria.net Internet web site topic the Great War.

"Combat Shotgun"

The European combatants of the Great War [WW1] seem to have totally missed the versatility of the combat shotgun? Not so the American military. U.S. troops during periods of trench warfare using the Model 97 shotgun with effectiveness. Clearing out a section of trench or enemy dugouts during close-quarter-battle an excellent application of the combat shotgun.

At Model 97 pump shotgun in particular having a feature that made for rapidity of fire and able to place on the target faster than with a sub-machine gun!!

"Unlike most modern pump-action shotguns, the Winchester Model 1897 . . . fired each time the [pump] action closed with the trigger depressed (that is, it lacks a trigger disconnector) . . . This characteristic allowed troops to fire the whole magazine with great speed. "


"John Schaefer shares some numbers to illuminate just how effective a shotgun can be at short range"

"The table below shows the average results of firing at fifty and seventy-five yards [meters] at a full-length human silhouette with typical standard (non-premium) rounds of #4, #1, 00, and 000 buck from cylinder-bored, rifle-sighted, riot gun. Note: most of the hits at 75 yards were very 'marginal'.”

       Loading                                Average Number of Hits
(Full sized humanoid target)
                                               50 Yards                   75 Yards
27 pellet 4 buck                            10                             3
34 pellet 4 buck                              6                             2
16 pellet 1 buck                              6                             2
20 pellet 1 buck                              7                             4
9 pellet 00 buck                              3                             1
12 pellet 00 buck                            4                             2
8 pellet 000 buck                            1                             0

The "stopping power" of a shotgun at long-range however limited. I have it on good authority that using # 4 shot the penetration of a leather coat at twenty-five yards [meters] not possible. Again  shotgun effective at short range!



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Evidence of time travel in the year 1887? Courtesy Friedrich Engels!

Continuing with extracts and my commentary from original articles as seen at the isegoria.net Internet web site topic the Great War.

"Prophets of the Great War"

"Anatoly Karlin cites three prophets of the Great War — a Communist, Friedrich Engels; a Warsaw banker, Ivan Bloch; and a Russian conservative minister, Pyotr Durnovo."

"In 1887, in a preface to a pamphlet, Engels predicts that the next war will be terrible"

"No war is any longer possible for Prussia-Germany except a world war and a world war indeed of an extent and violence hitherto undreamt of. Eight to ten millions of soldiers will massacre one another and in doing so devour the whole of Europe until they have stripped it barer than any swarm of locusts has ever done. The devastation of the Thirty Years’ War compressed into three or four years, and spread over the whole Continent; famine, pestilence, general demoralization both of the armies and of the mass of the people produced by acute distress; hopeless confusion of our artificial machinery in trade, industry and credit, ending in general bankruptcy; collapse of the old states and their traditional state wisdom to such an extent that crowns will roll by dozens on the pavement and there will be no body to pick them up; absolute impossibility of foreseeing how it will all end and who will come out of the struggle as victor; only one result is absolutely certain: general exhaustion and the establishment of the conditions for the ultimate victory of the working class."

Friedrich had it all figured out, didn't he? Amazingly so at least with regard to battlefield casualties. "Crowns will roll" meaning the reigning European kings, queens, emperors deposed in a manner not imaginable prior to 1914. Think Wilhelm, Nicholas, Charles!



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Here begins a series of blog entries, topics of which are relevant to the Great War [WW1]. All posts done without regard to any sort of chronological order or importance.

Extracts with my commentary from the original articles as seen at the excellent Internet web site isegoria.net .

Stanford! Honors seminar! 

From the Chronicle of Higher Education.

"Our First View of the End of the World"

"In Our First View of the End of the World, Stanford professor Terry Castle explains the frustrations of teaching:"

"What does it mean to remember the First World War? Over the past few years I have been trying to get my students — mostly 19- or 20-year-old Stanford English majors — to learn about, think about, reckon with, remember the Great War. I have been spectacularly unsuccessful. My latest failure came just this spring, in an honors seminar on Virginia Woolf. We were reading Jacob’s Room, the hero of which dies on the Western Front, and I suspected — correctly — that my students knew little about the war or its repercussions. (Make of it what you will, but all of the students except one were female.)"


Perhaps some current Stanford undergraduate will read this blog entry and be ashamed of themselves? For some reason I doubt it.


Monday, December 10, 2018

SS Minden.

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How many times have we heard this before?

The lost treasure of the Sierra Madre?

In this instance the lost Nazi gold of the SS Minden.

German merchant vessel SS Minden reputed to carrying $130 million USD in gold [current value] from South America to German during the earliest stages of World War Two scuttled and sunk. Gold lost. At least until now.

SS Minden has been found??

From the British tabloids from over a year ago now but still an item worthy of consideration.

1. "British treasure hunters caught hunting for the wreck of a 'Nazi gold ship' sail into a diplomatic row with Iceland"

"A group of British treasure hunters are claimed to have prompted a diplomatic row with Iceland after they were caught searching for a ‘Nazi gold ship’."

2. "Nazi gold hunters held Brit crew caught looking for German WW2 ‘gold ship’ wreck in Atlantic ocean sparks diplomatic row"

"A NAZI 'gold ship' has sparked a diplomatic row after Brit treasure hunters were caught hunting for its wreck in the Atlantic ocean."

See previous blog entries the topic the hunt for missing gold treasure of enormous value as associated with events of the Second World War:




Saturday, December 8, 2018


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Some info courtesy of Sputnik  [controlled media outlet?] regarding the White Helmets. Self-described Syrian civil defense workers independent of the Syrian regime. As accused by the Russian  White Helmets in league with those adversaries of the despot Assad.

1. "Aleppo Chemical Attack May Be Work of White Helmets - Russian MoD (PHOTO, VIDEO)"

"Moscow and Damascus have repeatedly accused the White Helmets NGO of staging a number of provocations in Syria involving chemical weapons attacks to influence public opinion and provide foreign powers with a justification for interventions in the Arab country."

2. "White Helmets Stage Attacks to Give Pretext to US to Attack Syria – Prof"

"Haaretz reported that Turkey has dispatched troops to Idlib, Syria to reinforce its presence in the province. The reinforcements come despite the Turkish defense minister’s recent warnings against a military solution."

White Helmets the allegation of staged FALSE FLAG chemical attacks quite common in controlled [?] Russian media outlets such as Sputnik, Russian Times, etc. Assad not guilty as charged by the White Helmets?

A devoted reader to the blog has a better handle on the situation with the White Helmets? I am at a loss. Secret services of the various interventionist nations involved in the Syrian Civil War knew the correct answer to the FALSE FLAG accusations?


Friday, December 7, 2018


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Yet one more state-of-the-art piece of Russian military hardware as having been sent to Syria. Field test under real-world conditions.

Thanks to the tip and story from Strategy Page:

"NBC Weapons: CBRN In Syria"

"December 6, 2018: In late 2018 Russia, sent its latest CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear) detection vehicle into a combat zone for the first time. This RKhM-6 CBRN is a modified version of the 14 ton BTR-80 8x8 wheeled armored vehicle. The turret is augmented with a similar structure containing sensors for various toxic materials. There is also a thermal imaging sensor . . .  Chemical weapons have been used numerous times in Syria and there are conflicting accusations about who is responsible."


The Syrian government, the Russians and the despot Assad all say the reports of chemical weapons attack are unsubstantiated and bogus. Propaganda. Even FALSE-FLAG operations as perpetrated by those in opposition to Assad!

The White Helmets, those self-described Syrian civil defense workers as allied with the anti-Assad rebels say the regime in Damascus is responsible for chemical warfare attacks of a repeated nature.

So WHO exactly is to blame? A RKhM-6 can help resolve the matter?

"Truth is the first casualty of war!" This is so? The devoted reader to the blog must decide this for themselves?


Wednesday, December 5, 2018


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The Russians have it. The Chinese have it. The English had it. The Americans do not have it?

VIFF = thrust vector in forward flight.

"Thrust vectoring, also thrust vector control or TVC, is the ability of an aircraft, rocket, or other vehicle to manipulate the direction of the thrust from its engine(s) or motor(s) in order to control the attitude or angular velocity of the vehicle."

Modern Russian and Chinese warplanes having TVC and the "one-up" game-changer? TVC allowing for aerial combat maneuvers that cannot be matched. Russian and Chinese combat aviators now possessing an undisputed advantage?

1. "Harriers Could Gain the Upper Hand in a Dogfight by Literally Stopping Midair"

2. "China's New Upgrade Makes Its Fighter Jets Wildly Maneuverable"

 The J-10 fighter plane gets thrust vector control, a technology that allows for wild acrobatic aerial maneuvers.

3.  "Sukhoi SU-57 Russian Super Stealth fighter jets Amazing maneuver"

Thrust vectoring the proverbial game-changer? Russian and Chinese combat pilots will possess an overwhelming advantage in technology for which the opposition will have no answer? Is that what this is?

From a conversation with an acknowledged aviation authority regarding this matter:

"Those capabilities can be countered if an opponent is aware and expecting them. Many Russian planes have long had the thrust vectoring abilities, so this is now not unique in ACM [Air combat maneuvering]. The Western allies have been training with these characteristics in mind, and their tactics and strategies are developed to deal with them. These can include certain maneuvers, different tactics and even strategies. It is an enhanced capability for those new Chinese fighter planes, but it is no longer a game changer."

Forewarned is forearmed. 

Thrust vectoring impressive YES but hardly the "game changer" as many might assume.