Sunday, October 13, 2019


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The Sworbe Pocket. Germans under the command of Field Marshal Ferdinand Schörner.

Hold out! To the end! No retreat! Terrain of no great value!

Thanks to You Tube video. Sworbe I had never heard of. 

Consider: 1. Sworbe yet one more example of German senior officers acting in a manner [after discussion perhaps?] contrary to the explicit and direct orders of Hitler himself. 2. Also one more instance of the successful reverse amphibious operation. Amphibious operations considered to the most difficult of all military tasks. Such an operation while under intense pressure even more so. 3. Ferdinand Schörner having so strongly encouraged his men to fight under hopeless conditions at the very end of WW2 himself donned a civilian suit and was flown out of the battle area to surrender to American forces.



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The good, the bad, the ugly! German style WW2.


The bad! Ferdinand Schörner.

"Ferdinand Schörner . . . was a German army officer and Nazi war criminal. He was a general and later Field Marshal in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany during World War II. He commanded several army groups and was the last Commander-in-chief of the German Army."

"Schörner is commonly represented in historical literature as a simple disciplinarian and a slavish devotee of Hitler's defensive orders, after Germany lost the initiative in second half of World War II 1942/43. More recent research . . . depicts Schörner as a talented commander with 'astonishing' organizational ability in managing an army group of 500,000 men during the fighting in late 1944 on the Eastern Front. He was harsh against superiors as well as subordinates and carried out operations on his own authority against Hitler's orders when he considered it necessary"



Within the context of "organizational ability" the German generals during World War Two noted for their ability on very short notice to form ad hoc credible fighting units. Making bricks without straw!



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The good, the bad, the ugly! German WW2 style.

And as is germane to several recent previous blog entries. See here and here.

The good. Von Schwerin.

"Gerhard Helmut Detleff Graf von Schwerin . . . was a German General der Panzertruppe during World War II."

German general officer of distinguished ability during the Second World War. And a man it seems to a degree a free-thinker.

Legacy prior to the war [WW2], during the war and after the war controversial

The type of German officer in the Prussian style as despised by Hitler. A German officer in the Prussian style a reactionary as Hitler would have deemed, not so much anti-Nazi but rather desiring a return to the days of the German Empire and rule by the Kaiser.

Schwerin making intimations to the British prior to September 1939 that the German officer corps under certain exact circumstances be willing to replace Hitler and the Nazi regime with a government more amenable to the western allies England and France.

Schwerin in disobedience to direct orders from Hitler attempting [unsuccessfully] to surrender the German city of Aachen intact without a fight to the American forces [1944]. Schwerin lucky he was not executed.

Finally Schwerin as a driving force post-war the creation of the Bundeswehr. A kindlier and gentler but still effective and respected German army.

"In May 1950 Schwerin was appointed to the post of chief advisor on military issues and security policy to the Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, and head of the covert government agency . . . responsible for the reconstruction of West Germany's military whilst under American occupation during the Cold War."

Schwerin undoubtedly a complex character!


Friday, October 11, 2019


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"The fairwater sail or bridge fin is a totally undesirable appendage when viewed from any hydrodynamic or hydrostatic aspect or, indeed, from any other aspect including stealth." - - Javier Silvano Arzola.

Sailless submarine?

From the Internet web site of H I Sutton and thanks to same.

"Chinese Navy’s New Mystery Submarine"

"China continues to surprise the defense world. It is probably the only country on earth who can build a full-size submarine without any details leaking out."

"This submarine is a unique design which has no sail to speak of. All other submarines have this fin-like structure rising up from the middle of the deck where the periscope goes. Until now it has been a defining characteristic of a submarine: this boat is flatter and has a tiny bump where the sail should go."

No sail but a slight bump. Image thanks to H. I. Sutton.

Also from the Internet web site of H. I. Sutton see an entire article as devoted to the sailless concept. As if the idea has never been proposed before. Various nations including the Soviet Union, USA and France have see an obvious advantage to the sailless submarine but never became an accomplished fact.



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WARNING! If you are an American and view this You Tube video be prepared for a painful experience. Not easy to watch and listen to but within context of the Vietnam War aspects that hardly can be denied.

Thanks to the tip from Nicky in this instance.

"A presentation and reading by Hamilton Gregory, author of 'McNamara's Folly: The Use of Low-IQ Troops in the Vietnam.' Because so many college students were avoiding military service during the Vietnam War, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara lowered mental standards to induct 354,000 low-IQ men. Their death toll in combat was appalling."

Assets of using low-IQ troops far outweighed by the debits. Persons 1. Did not want to be in the army in the first place AND had no reason being drafted anyhow. 2. Beyond that did not want to be in Vietnam even more so. Mr. Hamilton certainly knows the subject matter well from intimate experience and also is an excellent and persuasive speaker

Not mentioned is that quite often low-IQ troops having severe discipline problems and often discharged with less than honorable duty status. A big red-flag for future employment in whatever capacity. Benefits as normally due the veteran also denied.

Combat losses described as appalling. Combat losses not only to the low-IQ GI but also fellow soldiers as well.

Dolorous in the extreme and a situation we hope never occurs again!


Thursday, October 10, 2019


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Consider this a must watch. TURN YOUR SPEAKERS UP HIGH!

Israeli air defense in action. Rocket artillery as fired from Lebanon toward Israeli targets incoming rocket artillery intercepted and shot down by Phalanx. Rapid fire 20 mm cannon with awesome fire power radar guided and automated when switched on, beyond the control of human operators.

Phalanx in the U.S. Navy inventory for some time. Was not aware a ground-based version existed. Now getting a real-world combat test and found to be not wanting. Honestly, I am even surprised as to the almost overwhelming effectiveness of the system.

Daleks. Salt shakers at work. Watch and enjoy and thanks to the tip from Chuckie.

Rocket artillery rounds I believe of the Soviet era GRAD 122 mm variety or an Iranian knock-off. I guess the only consideration for the defender is not to run out of ammunition. A spectacle and an indication that American military innovation and engineering not lacking in the slightest.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019


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Also from Strategy Page Professor Al Nofi CIC # 475 in finality one more Roman soldier as mentioned by Pliny the Elder a contender for that military man possessing conspicuous courageous behavior and valor on the battlefield!

Lucius Siccius Dentatus.

"Lucius Siccius or Sicinius Dentatus (died circa 450 BC) was a Roman soldier . . . famed for his martial bravery. He was a champion of the plebeians in their struggle with the patricians. His cognomen Dentatus means 'born with teeth."

"Cognomen - - A cognomen was the third name of a citizen of ancient Rome, under Roman naming conventions . . . Hereditary cognomina were used to augment the second name in order to identify a particular branch within a family or family within a clan"

According to Pliny the Elder, over his lifetime Siccius had fought in 120 battles, received 45 honorable wounds . . . Siccius was eight times champion in single combat, with forty five scars on the front of his body and none on the rear.

They just don't make them like Lucius anymore, do they?