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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