Wednesday, May 23, 2018


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My instantaneous thought when reading of the Syrian Golan-1000 multiple-rocket-launcher was the German World War Two "Karl" siege mortar. Karl having a bore of 24 inches [600 mm] and firing a round of prodigious size.

"'Karl-Gerät' . . . was a World War II German self-propelled siege mortar designed and built by Rheinmetall. Its heaviest munition was a 60 cm (24 in) diameter, 2,170 kg (4,780 lb) shell, and the range for its lightest shell of 1,250 kg (2,760 lb) was just over 10 km (6.2 mi). Each gun had to be accompanied by a crane, a heavy transport trailer, and several modified tanks to carry shells."

See this You Tube video of a Karl as being fired in combat at the Siege of Sevastopol, WW2.

"Seven guns were built, six of which saw combat between 1941 and 1945. It was used in attacking the Soviet fortresses of Brest-Litovsk and Sevastopol, bombarded Polish resistance fighters in Warsaw, participated in the Battle of the Bulge, and was used to try to destroy the Ludendorff Bridge during the Battle of Remagen."

Read from the wiki that instance of  "Karl" as was used by the German during the Battle of Warsaw, 1944. Damage as done perhaps quite similar to the destructiveness of Golan-1000? A whole city block of an urban area reduced to absolute rubble with a single shot. Golan using a thermobaric detonation as opposed to the "Karl" high-explosive but the result more or less the same.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018


This is coolbert:

"During a time of peace prepare for war" - - Cicero.

Consider this item from the Internet site of the English Guardian and the article by Jon Henley.

"Sweden distributes 'be prepared for war' leaflet to all 4.8m homes"

"Defence pamphlet shows how population can prepare in event of attack and contribute to country’s ‘total defence’"

"The new pamphlet prepares the population for cyber and terror attacks and climate change, and includes a page on identifying fake news."

"The Swedish government has begun sending all 4.8m of the country’s households a public information leaflet telling the population, for the first time in more than half a century, what to do in the event of a war."

Consider also this particular image from the Guardian article. Click on image to see an enlarged view. Measures as can be taken to protect yourself from nuclear radiation and fallout as the result of atomic weapon use. Protection as taken ameliorating to a degree the danger from radioactivity. A little amount of preparation and knowledge can go a long way?

See prior blog entry with links to additional posts the subject of which was Swedish preparation for a Third World War. Shapes of things to come? You the devoted reader of the blog have to decide.


Monday, May 21, 2018


This is coolbert:

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.



This is coolbert:

"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.


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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"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."




Sunday, May 20, 2018

Su-57 Six.

This is coolbert:

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"


* 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!


Saturday, May 19, 2018


This is coolbert:

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"


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."


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!