Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Disorder 2040.

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The Swedes are making ready! The Swiss are making ready! the Germans too are making ready?

A dissolution of the existing world order with chaos ensuing? Make ready and be ready?

Chaos with an international dimension, draconian methods only the last resort but to be implemented if need be.

Thanks to the English Telegraph from 2017 but just as relevant now as it was then!

"German army 'plans for break up of the European Union' in war game scenario"

"The German army has war-gamed the break up of the European Union in study of security crises that could face the country by 2040."

BREAK-UP OF THE EU ONLY ONE OF SIX SCENARIO AS WAR GAMED!

"Military planners in Berlin played out a scenario in which a growing number of countries follow Britain in leaving the EU, resulting in an 'increasingly disorderly' world, Der Spiegel reported."

A break-up of the European Union [EU] as may occur from a combination of reasons. Movements  of people from within the former union and beyond merely one terrifying consequence.on an apocalyptic and Biblical scale not seen since the Dark Ages, uncontrollable and far-reaching.

No amelioration possible without resorting to military force!

We prepare for the worst while hoping for the best. That German military as it exists now relatively unable to respond in an effective manner to crisis? Much needs to be done.

Think also much prior to the year 2040? 

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Romans.

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"Prepper - - Someone who focuses on preparedness, generally for various worst-case scenarios like [peak oil] or [Armageddon]. Sometimes used to avoid the more loaded term [survivalist]."

"SHTF - - When the Shit Hits The Fan. To survivalists and preparedness people, this is the big disaster. Normally connotes suggesting the total break down of civilization and social order."

As seen at a prepper Internet web site and as extracted from same some key points worth reading. Thanks also to Jeremiah Johnson.

"Lessons from the Roman Army for Post-SHTF Combat Operations"

"Friends, Romans, country men, lend me your ears."

"Let’s 'fix' ‘em: set the enemy up and zap ‘em!  Let’s do a few things that the Romans were famous for…using these techniques here and now."

1. "Choose the Ground: Yes, you choose the place you will engage them.  Along with this, you pick the time of day, the formation of the attack, the objective, and the criteria for withdrawal."

2. "Prep the Ground: The Roman Army were masters of this task".

3. "Always Fight with the Sun at your Back: The Romans positioned themselves and attacked to place the sun in the eyes of their enemies."

4. “'SPECVLATORES'- the Speculatores…the deep-cover operatives…the Special Forces and Reconnaissance warriors of the Roman Empire." Intelligence gathering with eyes on the ground!

5. "Alliances – 'The enemy of my enemy is my friend.' Not always so, but you can use such rifts to your advantage…with other groups who your enemy is at odds with."

6. "Feed Them Disinformation: Yes, the Romans were very adept at sending messages or planting information that was false. This regarded their strengths, their movements, supplies, and reinforcements."

7. "Lure Them and 'Stake' ‘Em – the Roman Army would plant different things out in front of an approaching enemy force in order to delay and distract them…making them ripe for an attack or ambush."

8. "The Violence of Action in a Controlled Manner – the Romans did not win their mastery over all of Europe and most of the Middle East by conducting drill and ceremony."

9. "A Perfect Chain of Command – Modern militaries all have a chain of command and an order of succession for someone to fill the 'vacancy' at all levels."

10. "Discipline: this encompasses all areas . . . Physical toughness, adherence to standard operating procedures (SOP’s), a cool head and iron nerves, and endurance…the ability to keep this up for years…to go the distance"

The Ten Commandments so to speak? Applicable not only to preppers but any military under any scenario or circumstance? I guess so.

Preppers perceiving danger and preparing for conflict of the low-intensity, war-of-the-flea asymmetric nature. Tips and hints as derived from the Romans as valid now as was the case two-thousand years ago? You the devoted reader to the blog decide for yourselves.

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Desecration.

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Here without a whole lot of comment a series of images monuments of various nations to include war memorials desecrated by graffiti and downright vandalism. This is not hardly just an American phenomenon and the world is a worse off place for it!!

Click on all images to see an enlarged view:


"Place de la République, Paris. The Place de la République: . . . contains a monument which includes a statue of the personification of France, Marianne . . .  Marianne is surrounded with three statues personifying liberty, equality, and fraternity, the values of the French Republic. These statues also evoke the three medieval theological virtues. Also at the base is a lion guarding a depiction of a ballot box."


Place de la République, Paris. Place a memorial dedicated to the French Revolution and not to war dead, but nonetheless of great significance to the French nation that undeniable.


English war memorial, Kensington.


Etaples, near Boulogne on the Channel coast  British war memorial. Thanks to the Guardian.


Vietnam War memorial in the Venice area of Los Angeles

Evil! Evil! Stop!

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Six.

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Cap the Knife!!

As extracted from "The Reader's Companion to Military History" and the article by Michael L. Handal:

The Weinberger Doctrine. Casper Weinberger. Secretary of Defense during the administration of President Reagan.

"The Weinberger Doctrine was a list of points governing when the United States could commit troops in military engagements. ... The Weinberger doctrine: The United States should not commit forces to combat unless the vital national interests of the United States or its allies are involved."

The Six Criteria of the Weinberger Doctrine From Vietnam to Bosnia.

1. "Vital U.S. interests involved."
2. "Commitment to victory."
3. "Clearly defined political and military objectives."
4. "Continual reassessment of troop/objective ratio and of costs."
5. "U.S. government mobilized people opinion before action."
6. "Intervention/war was last resort."

As to American wars [or interventions] from Vietnam onward to include: *Vietnam * Grenada * Lebanon * Central America * Panama * Gulf War I * Somalia *Bosnia.

Vietnam NO to all six criteria military invention nonetheless occurring. The outcome a loss.

Gulf War I a YES to all but criteria # 6, troop intervention still a YES the outcome a win.

As for Afghanistan and Gulf War II, the Iraqi counter-insurgency and the intervention against the Islamic State the devoted reader to the blog can draw his own conclusions.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Suvorov.

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Conclusion Military Olympics Russian style!

 Tank driving! Armor off-road driving skills + gunnery.

Links of interest event past and present:

1. "Suvorov Onslaught | Tank Nut Stan"

"The People's Liberation Army of China brought four Type-96 tanks for the Tank Biathlon, four infantry combat vehicles for the Suvorov Onslaught competition, 120mm self-propelled mortar-howitzer PLL-05 systems to participate in the Masters of Artillery fire contest and Russian-made Su-30MKK ..."

2. "Suvorov onslaught - Ministry of Defence"

"'Suvorov onslaught' — motorized rifle units will show off-road driving skills and overcoming obstacles on their vehicles, firing accuracy on different type targets and teamwork."

3. "Russia: Drone captures armour pushed to its limits at ..."

"Drone footage captured the challenges faced by the crews participating in the 'Suvorov Onslaught 2015' competition during the International Army Games-2015, ..."

Suvorov that great Russian general officer from the time of Napoleon and the black-powder era of warfare. Alexander would not have understood the Suvorov Onslaught?

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Elbruz.

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Military Olympics Russian style continued!

Skyrunning. Mt. Elbruz!

TROOPS LADEN WITH GEAR AS A UNIT AND IN COMPETITION WITH OTHER TEAMS MAKE AN ASCENT OF MT. ELBRUZ. HIGHEST POINT IN ALL OF EUROPE!

Links of interest past and present:

1. "Power, precision and persistence: Stunning images from ..."

"As well as established favorites, such as Aviadarts - in which hypersonic planes compete to hit ground targets - and Ring of Elbrus, which forces teams of soldiers in full uniforms to ascend to the 5,642-meter summit of Russia's tallest mountain, for the first time ever there has been a drone piloting competition."


Skyrunning World War Two combat style. German mountain troops make an ascent of Mt. Elbruz. Hoist the Nazi flag. Actual [?] wartime footage courtesy of You Tube. Considered a stunt by A. Hitler not worthy of respect.

2. "Elbrus Race - Wikipedia"

"The Elbrus Race (or RedFox Elbrus Race), is an international skyrunning competition held for the first time in 2008. It runs every year in Mount Elbrus, ..."

3. "Climb Mount Elbrus with Alpenglow Expeditions - Alpenglow"

"Climb mount Elbrus with Alpenglow Expeditions, led by our most experienced western guides. One of the 7 summits, Elbrus is perfect for beginners. Join us!"

YOU TOO CAN CLIMB OR RUN MT. ELBRUZ! PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS? GOOD LUCK AND COUNT ME OUT!

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Aviadarts.

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Military Olympics. Russian style, past and present.

Aviadarts that military combat aviation portion of the competition.

Some links of interest:

1. "Aviadarts - Главная"

"'Aviadarts' — pilots, best from RF Air Force units and formations, as well as pilots of foreign armies will show mastership in low altitude piloting and using their aircraft combat capabilities.

2. "Russia Brings Together Some of the World's Best Fighter Pilots"

"Chinese and Russian fighter pilots have been testing their skills in an unprecedented series of maneuvers in southeast Russia. Some observers have billed the Aviadarts exercise as a Russian Top Gun—a…"

3. "#aviadarts hashtag on Twitter"

"On 9 Aug 2017 @CGTNOfficial tweeted: '3rd-round #Aviadarts competition of 2017..' - read what others are saying and join the conversation."

4. "It's a Knockout: Russia hosts Aviadarts competition for ..."

"The international military aviation competition Aviadarts-2015 has opened in Russia as part of the Army Games, dubbed the 'world's first military Olympics.'"

5. "Su-57s destroy mock targets at Aviadarts army contest (VIDEO ..."

"A pair of cutting-edge Russian Su-57 fighter jets have taken part in the Aviadarts-2018 army competition, launching a mock attack on ground targets and destroying them.The modern jets are currently undergoing extensive testing."

Close-air-support? Hit the target? Who is best. Precision-guided weaponry of the Paveway version are allowed?

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