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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Vanuatu.

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As seen at the outstanding Internet web site Scholar's Stage. I recommend Scholar's Stage highly without qualification or reservation.

Think not merely String of Pearls! Think also Vanuatu?

"Losing Games We Don't Know Are Being Played"

"The Sydney Herald Morning Post has this on their front page"

"China eyes Vanuatu military base in plan with global ramifications"

CHINESE NAVAL PORT FACILITY VANUATU, SOUTH PACIFIC, OCEANIA.


"China has approached Vanuatu about building a permanent military presence in the South Pacific in a globally significant move that could see the rising superpower sail warships on Australia’s doorstep."

Geopolitical ramifications of the power projection variety using naval power! And of particular concern to Australia.

Nine-Dash Line/South China Sea/Spratly Islands we can all appreciate. Waters at least to a degree contiguous to the Chinese mainland. String of Pearls we can too appreciate. Energy supply routes and countering what is perceived as also geopolitical concerns vis-a-vis India.

Vanuatu is different however? Chinese naval forces no longer coastal-hugging sailors but with a pelagic [deep water] capability and far from home.

Devoted readers to the blog can comment? Australians! Obey tremble-ing-ly!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

BONE.

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BONE = B-1B bomber. Bad to the BONE!

Close-air gunship ground support? That is the question?

From The Drive and the article by Tyler Rogoway:

"Boeing's Been Granted A Patent For Turning The B-1B Into A Gunship Bristling With Cannons"

"The patent includes various concepts that would allow multiple cannon configurations to be uploaded into the B-1's weapons bays."

"B-1B Lancer 'gunship' may sound like something a kid doodles on his desk during a 4th-grade math class, but Boeing has actually been awarded a patent for just that."

"U.S. Patent 9,963,231 B2 was awarded on May 8th to Boeing. It depicts a number of cannon configurations that can be stowed in a B-1B's weapons bays and extended down outside of those bays for use"



See also this You tube video the concept of a bomber aircraft [medium-range] in use as a close-air support gunship. This was Pave Gat the concept of which was first formulated and proposed as an add-on for the B-57 Canberra. An idea never brought to fruition but apparently never discarded either. Think AC-47, AC-119, AC-130.

Bushmaster gun system with a variety of exploding ammunition available on demand if and when the B-1B ever configured as a ground-assault warplane of formidable capability.

But for now remains a concept and idea and nothing more.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Transplant.

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War! What is it good for? 

Developments in plastic surgery and transplant techniques?

Read the latest!

"scrotum - - n. - -  The external sac of skin enclosing the testes in most mammals."

"Injured veteran gets first complete penis and scrotum transplant"

"Patient's lower abdomen was completely reconstructed"

"A veteran badly injured by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan is recovering from the first-ever transplant of a penis and scrotum"

"The soldier lost both legs above the knee, his penis and the area around it when the IED — improvised explosive device — blasted him."

Scrotum transplant complete to include a new penis. Testicles not transplanted [undoubtedly a prosthesis will be provided for cosmetic purposes] as an unwanted issue with parenting might occur. Procedure evidently successful in entirety, doctors optimistic.

A first ever and done in a response to war injury of a very severe nature.

See this Internet web site [courtesy of the BBC] as devoted to war wounds and the plastic surgical techniques as applied to same. Very amazing stuff! Surgeons able to perform procedures almost miraculous in nature.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Al Kiswa.

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From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter and update on the Iranian response to the most recent Israeli air strike.

Iran apparently undeterred and continuous to be determined. And all this in the aftermath too of the American withdrawal from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. Tensions unprecedentedly high! And should be recognized as so.

"Constant flow of Iranian missiles replenishes arms destroyed by Israel, including new Fateh 313"

10 May.

"Tehran is keeping new missile supplies landing at Syrian airfields, undeterred by the Israel's air strikes that destroy incoming supplies, including the large-scale IDF bombing raids which destroyed units, missile stores and command centers in Syria. early Thursday, May 10 in the Damascus region. A long confrontation lies ahead since Tehran is determined to keep going with its plans, while the IDF is equally resolved to thwart Iran's effort to establish a base in Syria as a platform for aggression. In the air strike on Al Kiswa Tuesday night [8 May] - directly after President Trump announced US withdrawal from the nuclear deal - Israel hit the Iranian command center for southern Syria headed by Maj. Gen. Hossein Hamadani, destroyed a consignment of Fateh 313 missiles, indicating that Iran is upgrading its weaponry in Syria, and killed 8 Revolutionary Guards officers and men as well as Hizballah members."

I am somewhat confused here. I thought there was only one Israeli air strike, 8 May. There was an additional air strike 10 May also? I am confused.

Iran rated # 1 as a threat to the United States by the late David Hackworth. Due to ideological hatred.

P.S. Apparently there were two independent Israeli air strikes. May 8 and May 10 both. The latter in response to Iranian Fajr-5 rocket artillery being fired at the Golan Heights.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Twin.

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I have always thought this warplane to be and oddity and curiosity of which there was no real usefulness. But I am wrong! An expedient design [?] but nonetheless successful to a degree.

The P-82, later F-82 Twin Mustang. Long-range escort fighter and air defense interceptor.

A warplane as described by an acknowledged aviation authority:

"Long range fighter to be used with B-29s on missions where the single cockpit Mustang didn't have the range. Didn't arrive before the end of WWII and Iwo Jima negated the need for a super long range fighter--numerous P-51 squadrons were now based there to escort the B-29 Tokyo raids."

"Extra pilot to give the other some rest.  Later plans included long range escort for B-50 and B-36 nuclear operations. Shot down the first enemy aircraft (3) in one mission over Korea.  (Lagg-9, Lagg-11, unknown)"


"Betty Jo" as on display at the National United States Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio, USA. Established distance and speed records for a propeller-drive aircraft that still stand!


Yes, two P-51 Mustang joined. Two engines, two pilots, two tails, one and one-half wing per plane. A heavy-fighter warplane concept similar to the American P-38 [P-38 having only pilot]. Allowed for long-range bomber fighter escort all the way to the target and back again. Also useful as an interceptor in the traditional mode in areas of the world where airfields few and far in between [such as Alaska].

Method of attack [similar if not downright identical to the American P-38] once again as described by acknowledged aviation authority:

"Start the attack from above, at high speed, dive through the enemy formation firing that concentrated cone of fire from guns and auto cannons, and keep going, zooming up to altitude to sit on the perch and contemplate the error of your last attack. From the perch, like a patient hawk, you were supposed to choose your fights, not just flip on down to turn and burn with the others.  That is not what your plane was designed to do."

The F-82/P-82 performing yeoman service in those immediate years after World War Two, and the only warplane able to escort Strategic Air Command bombers to the target and back again.

And thank you acknowledged aviation authority! You input and insight appreciated.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Har-Magedon.

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Strike and counter-strike. Israel versus Iran. See previous post items as are now seen to be most germane. What has occurred evidently well anticipated.

The Syrian Civil War if not already having become so has now escalated into a regional conflict. With all that means now and all it may mean in the future.

All items courtesy the Sheldon Adelson Internet web site Israel Hayom.

1. "If it rains in Israel it will pour in Iran, defense minister warns"

"I hope we finished this chapter," Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman says hours after Israel bombs Iranian targets in Syria in response to Iranian rocket barrage • White House: Israel "absolutely has a sovereign right to defend itself and we support it."

2. "After Quds Force missile attack, Israel pounds Iranian targets in Syria"

"In 'one of the air force's largest operations in recent decades,"'over 50 Iranian targets in Syria destroyed after Iran fires 20 missiles at IDF bases"

Apparently [??] this rocket artillery as fired on Israeli military [not civilian] targets in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. Details unknown.

More to follow as available. Armageddon is upon us? I hope not!

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F & M.

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From the book "WAR on the EASTERN FRONT" by James Lucas.

As describing a display of military tactics and as witnessed by Hitler prior to World War Two.

"The few professional officers who did join the SS brought with them new ideas of tactics which had been considered revolutionary by the Army commanders. One of the most successful innovators was Felix Streiner who abolished barrack square drill and replaced it with training using live ammunition. His regiment Deustschland astounding Hitler in the spring of 1939 with the new tactics which he had designed were demonstrated. Hitler, who had been searching the ground with his binoculars, asked when the attack was about to begin, only to be told by Steiner that it had been in progress for twenty minutes. Then there appeared within storming range of the objective small groups of assault troops moving rapidly and easily forward, almost undetected, not pausing or allowing themselves to be pinned down by fire. This demonstration group of Deutschland Standarte had been advanced a distance of three kilometers in less than twenty minutes, but had still arrived at the objective so fresh that they could fight a close quarter battle using hand grenades, demolition charges and machine pistols in place of rifles."


"The German Infantry Squad in Action - A Demonstration of minor field Tactics"

Tactics now referred to as fire and movement. Not so innovative or novel as was understood by Steiner or other professional officers of the period. Was thought to be too complex to be taught to and mastered by novice soldiers and also delegated too much responsibility to non-commissioned officers at the rank of sergeant and corporal. But that video indicative of what Hitler saw?

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Ritual.

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Warning: If full frontal nudity what it is called offends you hit escape now! You have been warned!

We do not have to imagine how prehistoric warfare might have been fought. We can see for ourselves how prehistoric warfare was fought and even to this very day is fought now. Not so much warfare as a modern would understand the term but rather ritual combat.

The highlanders of New Guinea a battle as having been filmed [circa 1961 and edited as presented] and made available for your perusal.


Read further thanks to You tube remarks about the film:

"'Dead Birds'. Robert Gardner, 1964 . . . Dead Birds is a film about the Dani, a people dwelling in the Grand Valley of the Baliem high in the mountains of West Papua. When I [Robert] shot the film in 1961, the Dani had a classic Neolithic culture. They were exceptional in the way they dedicated themselves to an elaborate system of ritual warfare. Neighboring groups, separated by uncultivated strips of no man’s land, engaged in frequent battles. When a warrior was killed in battle or died from a wound and even when a woman or a child lost their life in an enemy raid, the victors celebrated and the victims mourned. Because each death needed to be avenged, the balance was continually adjusted by taking life. There was no thought of wars ever ending, unless it rained or became dark. Wars were the best way they knew to keep a terrible harmony in a life that would be, without them, much drearier and unimaginable."

Warfare of this type occurring normally as a result of: 1. Inter-tribal blood feud. 2. Bride-snatching. 3. Inter-tribal raids.

Lots of foot-stomping, making faces, ribald and obscene jokes, taunts, insults. Combatants not closing on the adversary, exchanging arrows at a prodigious rate.

THE GOAL MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IS TO SAVE FACE, REVENGE SOME INSULT, SHOW YOUR MANLINESS AND GRIT, ATTAIN HONOR WITH A WOUND! NOT TO OBLITERATE YOUR OPPONENT, KILL AND DESTROY IN A GRATUITOUS MANNER!

Men as wearing a penis sheath from what I can discern the length of the sheath designating some sort of rank. The higher your rank the longer your penis sheath.

Go watch it all.

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Kidnap.

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Also from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter and as described a conclusion to an item that was previously the subject of a prior blog entry.

"Soleimeni received $50m cut of large Qatar payout to release hostages"

29 April

"Qatar paid at least $275m to terrorist and Iranian officials to free nine members of its royal family and 16 other citizens kidnapped during a hunting trip in southern Iraq, the Washington Post reports. The individuals who cashed in on an additional app. $150m of the Qatar payout were named as Iran's Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani - $50m; Hizballah-Iraq chief Abu Hussain - $25m, an Iranian official called 'Banhai' - $20m and a Sulaymaniyah provincial government official - $50m."

See also other previous blog entries as germane to the topic:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/04/ransom.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/12/bustard_21.html

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Preparations!

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From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter.

Everyone is now making ready and in a big way?

Confrontation and mortal combat between Israeli military forces and those various foreign interventionists in the Syrian Civil War is at hand. So it can be reasonably inferred?

All extracts here dated 30 April.

1. 'Unusually heavy Israeli military traffic heads north"

"since Monday midday, columns of IDF tank-hauling trucks were seen heading north along the national Highway 6."

2. "Two Israeli opposition parties withdraw no confidence due to security situation"

"Two leading opposition parties, Yesh Atid (Future) and the Zionist Union (former Labor), decided to withdraw the motions of no confidence in the government they were due to table Monday, in consideration of the security situation."

3. "Northern Israeli air space closed to civilian traffic"

"Israel has just announced that the skies over the Golan, Upper Galilee and areas east of the Jordanian River will be closed to civilian traffic up until the end of May."

4. "The Knesset empowers PM and Defense Minister to declare war"

"A law empowering the security cabinet to authorize a war or order a substantial military operation without recourse to the full cabinet passed its second and third reading in the Knesset Monday night. The text contained a clause that vests in the prime minister and defense minister the authority to commit the country to fighting a war or conducting a major military operation without prior approval by the full cabinet or the security panel."

5. "Israel's security cabinet in urgent session"

"Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has called ministers to attend an urgent meeting of the security cabinet on Monday [30 April] at 1.30 p.m. in Tel Aviv. The session was convened in the wake of the string attacks Sunday night on pro-Iranian targets in Syria. A visit by cabinet members at the homeland security command scheduled for Tuesday has been cancelled."

All the precursors and specific indicators are present. Some big-time military action on the part of Israel is going to occur?

Stay-tuned and hold on to your hats!

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Friday, May 4, 2018

CF.

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I am very confused about all this. Devoted readers to the blog can offer assistance?

Counterfactual history versus alternative history. And what is the difference?

"Counterfactual history, also sometimes referred to as virtual history, is a form of historiography that attempts to answer 'what if' questions known as counterfactuals . . . 'It is, at the very root, the idea of conjecturing on what did not happen, or what might have happened, in order to understand what did happen.'"

COUNTERFACTUAL NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH ALTERNATIVE HISTORY SO WE ARE TOLD!

1. "On Counterfactual History"


2. "What if the Crossing had Failed?"

Items # 1 and # 2 as seen above courtesy of Professor van Creveld.

My understanding of this topic basically as follows:

A. Alternative history an account of what COULD have happened, but never did!

B. Counterfactual history an account of what DID happen but might have occurred otherwise.

"What did not happen . . . what might have happened . . . what did happen."

Again, I am confused here and need input as to my error, correctness or just plain confusion. 

coolbert.


Comments.

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My fully sincere and profuse apologies to devoted readers and those also just "passing by", perusing the blog in a more leisurely manner.

It seems I have not moderated comments in a prolonged period and am remiss in this matter.

The situation has now been remedied and will not [hopefully so] occur in the future.

Again, my fully sincere and profuse apologies to one and all.

Comments of whatever nature greatly appreciated, and always of interest. Thank you in advance in all cases.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Kaput.

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So much of this recently. German military unpreparedness in the extreme so it seems. Disastrously so even!

"Only 4 of Germany’s 128 Eurofighter Typhoon jets ‘ready for combat’ – report"

"Just four out of 128 Eurofighter jets operated by the German Air Force are ready to fly real combat missions due to dysfunctional self-defense systems and lack of air-to-air missiles, Spiegel magazine has revealed."

"Spiegel’s Wednesday report said the problem with a critical device installed in the tips of the jet’s canard delta wings makes most of German Eurofighters unfit for service."

Defensive Aids Sub-System (DASS) is to blame. To properly under DASS read the whole article.

These Fifth Generation MRCA [multi-role combat-aircraft] expensive to begin with. Hard also to maintain. One little glitch and you are down or at least amber.

German military preparedness woefully inadequate. The welfare states takes precedent. Guns and butter and all that. Not enough money for the former if more needed for the latter.

The ability of the German to execute combat role as pursuant to NATO mission highly suspect? See previous blog entries as germane:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/12/leopard.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/02/readiness.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/03/broomsticks.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/03/u-31.html

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Reverse.

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Only until several days ago this aspect of the Second World War [WW2] of which I was almost 100 % totally unaware.

That policy of "Lend-Lease" as it was during WW2 I think most everyone is familiar with.

"The lend-lease policy . . . was a program by which the United States supplied Free France, the United Kingdom, the Republic of China, and later the Soviet Union and other Allied nations with food, oil, and materiel between 1941 and August 1945".

Almost ninety percent of all oil/refined petroleum product as used by the allied forces [minus the Soviet Union] during the Second World War supplied by the United States!

Products and material as from allied nations supplied to the United States during WW2 we are less familiar with or perhaps not even at all?

Reverse Lend-Lease what it is called!

"How Much Help Do We Get Via Reverse Lend-Lease?"

WE as the United States!

"Many people think that lend-lease is a one-way affair, operating just for the benefit of our allies. In August 1943, when we had been in the war twenty-one months, the Office of War Information conducted an extensive survey and found out that more than four out of five people had not heard of reverse lend-lease."

Read further from the wiki entry regarding Reverse Lend-Lease.

Merely one instance of reverse lend-lease was the British Beaufighter [night-fighter version] and as flown by Army Air Force pilots [USA].


A Beaufighter. Image courtesy of the National United States Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio, USA. Click on image to see an enlarged view.

"When the USAAF formed its first radar-equipped night fighter squadron in January 1943, the only American night fighter available was the makeshift Douglas P-70, a modified A-20 bomber using the U.S. version of the Mk IV radar. After initial training in the P-70, the first USAAF night fighter squadrons went to war in the more capable British Beaufighter."

"The 414th, 415th, 416th and 417th Night Fighter Squadrons [USAAF] received more than 100 'reverse Lend-Lease' Beaufighters. They arrived in the Mediterranean during the summer of 1943, achieving the first victory on July 24 . . .  USAAF Beaufighters continued to fly night cover for Allied forces in Italy and France until the closing days of the war."

And thank you all allies. You contributions of whatever sort appreciated and always should be!

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Gas WW1.

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"it is sweet and honorable..."

From a recent visit to the National World War One Museum and Memorial a blog entry dedicated to a special exhibit highlighting the use of poison gas during the Great War [WW1]. Of great interest the famous painting on display "Gassed" by John Singer Sargent. Click on all images to see an enlarged view.

Without further ado or commentary:


"Gassed by John Singer Sargent is currently not on display at IWM [Imperial War Museum] London. It is on tour to various institutions in North America and will return to IWM North in late 2018. image: A side on view of a line of soldiers being led along a duckboard by a medical orderly. Their eyes are bandaged as a result of exposure to gas and each man holds on to the shoulder of the man in front. One of the line has his leg raised in an exaggerated posture as though walking up a step, and another veers out of the line with his back to the viewer. There is another line of temporarily blinded soldiers in the background, one soldier leaning over vomiting onto the ground. More gas-affected men lie in the foreground, one of them drinking from a water-bottle. The crowd of wounded soldiers continues on the far side of the duckboard, and the tent ropes of a dressing station are visible in the right of the composition. A football match is being played in the background, lit by the evening sun." - - The Imperial War Museum.


Original battlefield sketch art.


Original battlefield sketch art. 


English soldier from the period as in in proper uniform and masked, protection from poison gas. Face mask with filter in musset sack worn over chest, complete with connection hose. Forgive the quality of the image. Hard to take a suitable image, lighting and display in case make for a hard combination, photography difficult.


Poster from the era of the Second World War.


Poster from the era of the Second World War.


Poster from the era of the Second World War.


Additionally and included at my discretion thanks to the tip from Mann JESUS on the cross wearing gas mask. Very intense. This was not part and parcel of the special museum exhibit but should have been.

I recommend highly without qualification or reservation a visit to the National World War One Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Superb, exceptional in all regards and plan to dedicate a full day for an in-depth and meaningful visit.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Wealth.

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Thanks to several sources consider the extreme wealth of those Roman generalissimo during the Imperial period. Generalissimo as I understand the word to mean a combat commander who also wields political power of an almost absolute nature.

First from the book: "The Fall of the ROMAN EMPIRE  The Military Explanation" by Arthur Ferrill.

"A recent estimate puts the annual military budget of the Roman Empire in the the second century at 450 million to 500 million sesterces. Although there is no way to which ancient Roman coinage can  be converted into its equivalent in modern U.S. dollars [USD], some idea of the amounts involved here can be derived from a few comparisons. Perhaps the most telling one is that there were individual Romans in the first century who had private fortunes of nearly this amount. In the first century B.C. Crassus had a private fortune of 200 million sesterces, and Caesar and Pompey eventually probably had much more."

That conversion of ancient Roman coinage into modern value however easier than assumed?

A sesterce in the time of ancient Rome would buy you two loaves of bread. Two loaves of bread today worth about $4 USD..

By modern standards Crassus nearly a billionaire and Caesar and Pompey easily billionaires.

Also the debauched extravagance of Pompey in the aftermath of military victory. [thanks here to the tip from Professor Al Nofi]

"Following Pompey the Great’s triumph on Dec. 29, 71 BC for his victories in Spain, he held a banquet, which opened with appetizers that included 5,000 specially raised thrushes, worth 3 denarii each, or nearly a week’s pay for a legionary soldier, a good bit of change for the Roman equivalent of Buffalo wings."

"A denarius (or 'penny') was what an agricultural worker typically was paid for one day's labor (Matthew 20:2).  If we assume U.S. minimum wage for 10 hours, that would be $72.50 USD currently [2011]."

That cost for the thrushes alone about $1 million USD total.

Any of those devoted readers to the blog have a problem with my monetary calculations and assumptions? Let me know.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

SG 38.

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Aviation of the German kind! 1938!


An image as taken by myself at the United States Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio, USA. German warplane [?] in the foreground a German SG 38 glider from the inter-war years. That most basic and rudimentary instruction and flight experience for German youth as was available during that period. Sub rosa intention to train the cadre of future pilots for the ever expanding Luftwaffe.

"GERMAN GLIDER TRAINING / SAILPLANES WWII ERA HISTORIC FILM 74232"

"This historic German educational film shows flights of sailplanes or gliders. After World War I many gliders were built for sporting purposes in Germany, because of post-WWI regulations forbidding the construction and flight of motorized planes. As a result the country's aircraft enthusiasts often turned to gliders and were actively encouraged by the German government, particularly at flying sites suited to gliding flight like the Wasserkuppe.


Strangely enough [?} SG 38 still flying but not launched in the manner as would have been the case in 1938. From the Internet web site SPLOID we see a Go-Pro9 video of the glider as towed aloft to a relatively high altitude and then released. An ultra-light without motor. Wasserkuppe still going strong many decades later. The tradition continues.

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Bug.

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Yet one more blog entry as inspired by a visit to the United Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio, USA!

Before there was the V-1 there was the Kettering Bug!

"The American World War I Flying Bomb"

"After the Allies landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944, the Germans unleashed their V-1 flying bombs against London. By the end of World War II, nearly 10,000 of the terror weapons had been launched against British targets. They were the first pilot less bombs ever used in war, but the very first such weapon (“unmanned aerial vehicle” in modern military-speak or, more commonly, “drone”) was actually developed more than 25 years earlier during World War I by the Americans. It was called the Kettering Bug"


"$400 Flying Bomb"

"The production model flew at 50 mph and had a maximum range of 75 miles, exceeding the original requirement by 35 miles. The power to fly and operate the controls was provided by a 40-horsepower Ford engine, which cost $50, putting the total price per Bug at only $400. Including 300 lbs of explosive, its total weight was just 600 lbs."

Crude, but cheap and effective. Could be built easily in large numbers for a low cost and capable of delivering a high explosive round on target of rather significant size. Technology of the period not adequate but the idea and concept was sound.

AND IF CARRYING A CHEMICAL ROUND A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION AS WOULD HAVE BEEN UNDERSTOOD AT THE TIME!

P.S. That $400 USD cost of a "Bug" in 1918 would be $6.600 USD today. Inflation.

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BK 5.

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Consider this blog entry courtesy of an exhibit at the United States Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio, USA.

From the era of the Second World War the German BK 5 cannon. One hit from this weapon and you were toast.,

"The Bordkanone 5, or BK 5 for short, was a 50 mm auto cannon intended primarily for use against Allied heavy bombers, especially the United States Army Air Forces's (USAAF) Boeing B-17."


BK-5 as seen at the United States Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio, USA. A monster!

GERMAN BK-5 50 mm CANNON.

"The BK-5 was an adaptation of a tank gun and was intended primarily for use against Allied heavy bombers. Its magazine held 22 rounds and the gun had a rate of 45 rounds per min. BK-5 cannon were installed in some Me-410 twin-engine interceptors and experimentally in the Me-262 fighter, but the war ended before testing with the latter aircraft could be completed. Only about 300 of these guns were produced and combat usage was limited."

"You might find Germany some jet airplanes equipped with anti-tank guns. Don't blame me for such monstrosities. This was done on the explicit orders of the Fuehrer. Hitler knew nothing about the air. He may have known something about the Army or Navy, but absolutely nothing about the air. He even considered the Me-262 to be a bomber and he insisted it should be called a bomber." - - H. Goering.

DON'T BLAME ME, IT WAS THE OTHER GUY!

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

S-400 Syria.

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Here with gratitude from several sources to include WIZARD and CORPORAL FRISK and the tip from Harry at Sharkhunters some details, Russian S-400 surface-air-missiles found to be less effective than thought.

Impenetrable defenses not so impenetrable? More or less copied from sources in entirety and unashamedly so:

"SYRIAN AIR STRIKE"

"When it comes to the defences, it is clear that the talk of the S-400 deployment in Syria creating an impenetrable A2/AD-bubble stopping western strikes was not correct."

"While many of the earlier Israeli strikes had taken place in areas which present difficulties for the S-400 (and supporting shorter-ranged systems) to see and intercept the targets, the strike waves approaching over the eastern Mediterranean would be more or less the perfect scenario for long-ranged SAM-systems, and is very similar to the set-up of systems operating from Kaliningrad which often are described as being able to deny NATO access to the Baltic Sea. While it likely was political will that stopped the Russian air defence systems from being activated, the Syrians did their best, with around 40 missiles having been reported by Pentagon as fired. While it is not impossible that some of the cruise missiles were intercepted, it is clear from the pictures that even this barrage of air defence missiles was unable to serious lessen the damage suffered by the Syrians. A significant issue was likely that all missiles struck their targets"

S-400 not so effective after all when deployed in real-world conditions?

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Hybrid.

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Cross a duck with a turkey and you get an eagle? That is what some are going to say? Eagle Japan!

Consider this as reported from Freeper:

"Lockheed Should Restart the Raptor Line If Japan Wants An F-22-F-35 Hybrid"

"Reuters has published a report that came as little surprise to us at The War Zone regarding Tokyo's interest in having Japanese industry work with Lockheed Martin to develop a semi-indigenous fighter that combines the best attributes of the F-35 Lightning and F-22 Raptor."

F-22 and air superiority/supremacy fighter plane. F-35 that multi-role combat-aircraft [MRCA].

This story the origin of which is the media outlet Russian Times and as noted the Japanese for some time have had their own indigenous stealth fifth generation fighter plane design and prototype development project.

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Iron Mike.

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What John Wayne did in the movies this man did in real life.

The boy from Chicago who did good! Has now passed and we are all the worse for it too!!

Iron Mike Mike Healy. Thanks to the tip from Freeper and all stand proud for the General.

"A National Hero Dies; meanwhile, a National Disgrace ensues in the Tennessee Air National Guard"

"Last Saturday, retired Major General ‘Iron Mike’ Healy passed away at the age of 91. Healy, was a living legend in the Special Forces community; a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, he was the inspiration for John Wayne’s character, 'Col. Iron Mike Kirby,' in the 1968 film 'The Green Berets.' Major General Healy earned the nickname 'Iron Mike' while serving as a young officer leading Army Rangers on combat patrols deep behind enemy lines in Korea in the early 1950s. The nickname would follow him throughout his career, including during five tours — nearly eight years in all."

I need not say anymore. The CV [curriculum vitae] speaks for itself.

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Fusion China.

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YES, previous I was very skeptical. NOW I must give serious consideration to the matter. Fusion power as a do-able entity closer than we think? And having an aviation application?

Thanks to the tip from Freeper and the article in the War Zone the article by Joseph Trevithick

"China Touts Fusion Progress As New Details On Lockheed Martin's Reactor Emerge"

"Chinese state researchers and the multi-national corporation are both aiming to be first to develop practical fusion power sometime in the 2020s"

"China, which is reportedly hard at work on a host of advanced technologies for both military and civilian applications, has given foreign journalists a close look at its potentially revolutionary fusion energy project, which they claim has produced the longest man-made nuclear reaction of this type ever. The tour came as additional details have come to light regarding another advanced fusion reactor program at Lockheed Martin, which recently obtained a patent for portions of its own design."

DESIGNS ON PAPER ARE NOT MERELY DESIGNS ON PAPER? SOMETHING MIND-BOGGLING AND EARTH-SHAKING IS OCCURRING HERE? WHO KNOWS! STILL I REMAIN SKEPTICAL.

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Yakuza PMC

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We have heard of Sandline. We have heard of Executive Outcomes. We have heard of Blackwater. We have heard of the Wagner Group.

NOW hear of PMC Yakuza. Private military company Japan style!

Thanks to the story as seen at the Russian media outlet Russian Times [RT]:

"Japan’s Yakuza wants to go legit with ‘private army’ business"

"The Japanese underworld is planning to branch out and provide bodyguards and security personnel for legitimate businesses in Southeast Asia, Japan's Flash Magazine reported citing the leader of a yakuza group."

Yakuza Japanese gangsters. Organized crime contrary to popular opinion a phenomenon quite common in Japan. Yakuza noted for their strong-arm intimidation tactics, hired goons who use martial arts on you to enforce demands and refusals to demands.

"In an interview, Yoshinori Oda, the head of the Ninkyo Dantai Yamaguchi-gumi gang talked about plans to set up a private military company (PMC). He claimed that 'outside of Japan, PMCs already exist in the United States and Europe.'”

PMC an ancient and venerable tradition at least from the time of the European Renaissance and made famous by the Englishman John Hawkwood. Again PMC all the rage? The yakuza gangster also very fond of and instantaneously recognizable by his many elaborate tattoo!

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Wu Tang.

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Yet more from the outstanding Internet web site Scholars Stage.

"Chiang Kai Shek's Gamble--Reviewing Shanghai and Nanjing 1937"

"The Battle of Shanghai was the first of the twenty-two major engagements fought between the National Revolutionary Army (NRA) of the Republic of China (ROC) and the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) of the Empire of Japan during the Second Sino-Japanese War. It was one of the largest and bloodiest battles of the entire war, described as 'Stalingrad on the Yangtze'"

"In the end, Shanghai fell, and China lost a significant portion of its best troops, while also failing to elicit any international intervention. The resistance of Chinese forces, however, shocked the Japanese, who had been indoctrinated with notions of cultural and martial superiority, and dramatically demoralized the Imperial Japanese Army."

Shanghai best described as "Stalingrad on the Yangtze"?

NO! Consider rather the Battle of Taierzhuang!

"The Battle of Tai'erzhuang . . . was a battle of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1938, between the armies of the Republic of China and the Empire of Japan. The battle was the first major Chinese victory of the war. It humiliated the Japanese military and its reputation as an invincible force, while for the Chinese it represented a tremendous morale boost."


Go see it all for yourself! Indeed, Taierzhuang quite easily can be seen as the template for the Soviet defense of Stalingrad and subsequent German defeat!

Indeed! 

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China WW2.

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From the Internet web site Scholars Stage some speculation.

The Scholars Stage I recommend highly and without qualification.

"Why Do We Know So Little About China's WWII?"

"In a recent column Peter Harmsen asks 'Why do we know so little about China in World War Two?'" To quote:

    "We know hardly anything about the war in China."

    "To give just one example, about 80,000 Chinese and Japanese soldiers became casualties during the first battle for the city of Changsha in September and October 1939 (there were three more battles for the city later in the war.) This is more than twice the number of total casualties on both sides during Operation Market Garden, the disastrous British and American attempt in September 1944 to penetrate German defenses in a bold airborne assault."

That aspect of the Chinese [Nationalist and communist] troops during the Second World War not so widely known. In all historical accounts of the allied coalition in opposition to Imperial Japan the role of China generally seen as marginal as best?

AND WHEN CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE NATIONAL FORCES UNDER THE COMMAND OF GENERALISSIMO CHIANG KAI SHEK CONSIDERED, THE NATIONALIST ARMY SEEN AS DEFENSIVE-ONLY MINDED, INEFFECTUAL, LACKADAISICAL, CORRUPT, WANTING IN SIGNIFICANT MEASURE! GENERALLY SPEAKING NOT WORTHY OF ALLIED SUPPORT!

Even Chiang reputedly described as being more interesting in fighting Mao and his communist insurgent army than engaging in combat with the Japanese.

NO! Consider just those major combat actions, Chinese and Japanese military forces in mortal combat prior to December 1941. Shanghai. Wuhan, etc. Epic battles major and to the death on a scale prodigious. The Chinese hardly slackers even in the slightest manner. The famous/infamous Japanese officer Tsuji rating the Chinese soldier # 2 in fighting ability, trailing only the Japanese. Fighting ability not defined in a clear manner but I surmise meaning tenacity!

At least from my perspective the Nationalist of Chiang Kai Shek: 1. Doing most of the fighting against the Japanese. 2. Foreign expatriate elements to include journalists in favor of Mao and the communists numbering more than a few. 3. News and commentary of the Chinese [Nationalist] performance during the Second Sino-Japanese War and subsequent events deliberately distorted and skewed in a manner to created a bad image of the Nationalists.

Deliberate and malicious distortions that tarnished Chiang and the Nationalists and do not allow for a proper evaluation of contribution by the Chinese to the war effort, before and after Pearl Harbor.

Devoted readers to the blog can comment? Let me hear from you.

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Fog.

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Here as described a serendipitous scientific discovery with a military dimension.

From Newser and the article by Kate Seamons and thanks to both.

"Dendrochronology (or tree-ring dating) is the scientific method of dating tree rings (also called growth rings) to the exact year they were formed in order to analyze atmospheric conditions during different periods in history."

"Nazis' Attempt to Cloak Its Ship Affected Norway's Trees"

"A German dendrochronologist stumbled on something puzzling while gathering wood cores on the Norwegian coast in 2016: some trees were missing rings. 'We got back to the lab and measured the tree rings, and saw that they were very narrow—in some cases nearly absent—for 1945'"

CHEMICAL FOG AS USED TO CONCEAL THE POSITION OF THE MOORED GERMAN BATTLESHIP TIRPITZ CAUSING UNINTENDED ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE!

"The Nazi ship released chlorosulphuric acid as a sort of 'chemical fog"to try to cloak it from aerial enemy forces, and Hartl now believes the acid caused damage to the trees' needles."


Artwork courtesy of John Makin. Click on image to see an enlarged view. Tirpitz even when moored an operational threat to the Arctic convoy system, the transport of war munitions to the Soviet Union. Measures to conceal the Tirpitz from aerial attack to include the disruptive paint scheme of the ship, camouflage netting, smoke pots and "chemical fog" as it is referred to.

To what extent "chemical fog" MORE EFFECTIVE than smoke [as given off by a smoke pot] I cannot say.

Tirpitz throughout most of the Second World War EVEN WHEN MOORED AND NOT AT SEA deemed a significant threat for which extraordinary measures necessary. Efforts to sink or disable the Tirpitz the stuff of legend!

I have been told that within a fifty-mile strip of land in northern France running from the English channel to the Swiss border a compass the use of more or less negated by the presence of so much steel in the ground, artillery bombardments of a prodigious nature from the era of the Great War to blame!

Such as is what occurs during wartime merely from an environmental standpoint.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Graziani.

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Within the context of efforts to tear down all monuments to Confederate war dead [American Civil War] consider what has occurred in Italy. Recently as of 2012

NOT tearing down a monument BUT erecting one! Controversial figures from controversial wars the memory and perspective of events and personalities a mixture of good and bad as in the minds of the beholder.

Should he stay or should he go?

"Italy memorial to Fascist hero Graziani sparks row"

"A political row has erupted in Italy after a memorial was opened to fascist commander Field Marshal Rodolfo Graziani, a convicted war criminal."

"Graziani was honoured with a mausoleum and memorial park, built at taxpayers' expense, in a village south of Rome."

WE NEED TO BE CLEAR HERE. IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR GRAZIANI CONVICTED AS A WAR CRIMINAL AND SENTENCED TO NINETEEN YEAR IN PRISON [SERVED TWO YEARS]!

Chi ha capo di cera non vada al sole??

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Steel.

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Once again from WIZARD through Harry at Sharkhunters:

"SPECIAL STEEL FOR OZ BOATS - Steel makers Bisalloy and BlueScope have inked a new contract with Naval Group Australia to produce up to 250 tons of specialized steel. As informed, the steel produced will be tested to determine whether it meets the specification for the pressure hull of the Royal Australian Navy’s new Future Submarines, which is an essential safety requirement. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said over the past 12 months Naval Group has been working with Bisalloy and BlueScope to develop and qualify Australian steel to meet the specification required for the submarines. The Future Submarine Program (SEA1000), which encompasses a total of twelve submarines, is worth AUD 50 billion [$39 billion USD]. Australia’s fleet of twelve submarines will be built in a new Submarine Construction Yard in Adelaide. The construction of the first submarine is scheduled to commence in 2022-"

See recent blog entries as is germane:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/02/shortfin.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/04/barracuda.html

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Kinzhal.


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From WIZARD through Harry at Sharkhunters some details of the Russian invincible and unstoppable hypersonic missile as President Putin has boasted about.

"RUSSIAN JET FIGHTERS – In March 2018, the world learnt that Russia possessed the Kinzhal (Dragger) unique airborne hypersonic missile system designed to destroy ground and sea targets. The MiG-31 [Foxhound] supersonic long-range all-weather fighter jet developed by the MiG Design Bureau during the Soviet period and accepted for service in 1981 was chosen as a carrier for the new missile system."

Kinzhal! Kh-43M2.

MiG-31 in this capacity a stand-off delivery vehicle.

"The MiG-31 or the Foxhound as it is called in the West’s Aerospace Force but is still unique by its speed and altitude capabilities."

MiG-31 a two-seat stretch-fuselage interceptor version of the MiG-25 flown to Japan by the Soviet era defector Viktor Balenko.

"The fighter jet [MiG-31] can easily climb to an altitude of 25 km [82,000 feet] and accelerate to 3,000 km/h [1,800 miles per hour], after which the missile that reaches the point of its discharge within minutes starts its autonomous flight. Nuclear and conventional munitions are delivered to the target to a distance of up to 2,000 km [1,200 miles]. Moreover, the missile can deal a serious blow on the enemy without entering its heavily protected air and anti-ballistic missile defense system."

Kinzhal has the appearance of an Iskander surface-to surface missile but apparently is a totally different design? Kinzhal is the hypersonic missile for which there is no defense and also for which the Russian has been boasting about?

"The Kinzhal resembles an air-launched version of the Iskander short-range ballistic missile. However despite similar appearance it is a completely different design"

KINZHAL ALSO REPUTED NUCLEAR CAPABLE!

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Ansarullah.

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So many actors on the stage at once! So many players on the field at once! You need a score card to keep track and even that not good enough!

From the Iranian Internet media outlet PRESSTV we have this item:

"Yemeni troops ambush Sudanese mercenary convoy in desert"

"Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters have killed dozens of Sudanese mercenaries hired by Saudi-the led coalition which is waging war against its war-torn neighbor."

"According to Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network on Saturday, the Sudanese forces were killed as Yemeni forces ambushed their convoy in the northwestern province of Hajjah."

PROXY FORCES AS A MAJOR FACTOR IN THE YEMENI CIVIL WAR! AS IN SYRIA SO THE SAME IN YEMEN. DIVISION BETWEEN THE COMBATANTS THE AGE-OLD AND EVER-LASTING CONFLICT BETWEEN SHIA AND SUNNI!

See previous blog entries the topic of which was proxy forces, the Yemeni Civil War:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/03/proxy-saudi.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/09/egyptians_12.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/06/proxies.html

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Le Visham.

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Everybody wants to be a SS Mann?

Remember, this is all make believe!

From the British media outlet Metro and the story by Richard Hartley-Parkinson.

"War re-enactment weekend with actors in Nazi uniforms cancelled as it might cause offence

"A railway which puts on a World War Two re-enactment weekend has withdrawn its invitation to people who dress as German soldiers following negative publicity. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which is a charity, said it was a ‘very difficult decision’ but the board was unanimous."


That troop in helmet appears to have SS collar tabs? This is in part what the furor is about? Click on image to see an enlarged view.

"For the last 12 years, its quaint station at Levisham has been transformed into ‘Le Visham’, a German-occupied town in northern France as part of a larger re-enactment weekend also involving Allied forces."

EVIDENTLY Le Visham is NO MORE!

Devoted readers to the blog will want to see my previous blog entries Rockford USA and WW1 Rockford.

MORE on this LATER!

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Friday, April 6, 2018

NK Syria.

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From the Free Beacon this report. Within the context of the present crisis between North Korea and the United States such a development might even be seen as ominous?

"U.S. Monitoring Possible North Korean Military Base in Syria"

"U.S. Monitoring Possible North Korean Military Base in Syria Report: North Korea running underground military base in Syria . . . The United States is monitoring information indicating that North Korea may be running a large underground military base in Syria that could be used for advanced weaponry and nuclear-related work, according to regional reports and U.S. officials tracking the situation."

THINK FIRST AND FOREMOST THE ISRAELI AIR STRIKE ON THE PURPORTED SYRIAN NUCLEAR REACTOR. A REACTOR ONLY IN A STAGE OF CONSTRUCTION AND ALLEGEDLY BUILT BY THE NORTH KOREAN. A PLUTONIUM PRODUCING FACILITY ATOMIC MUNITIONS TYPE BANG STUFF!!

Now this. If at first you don't succeed, try and try again?

I think a lot of persons find in very strange and peculiar for there to be a North Korean presence of what ever type in Syria! Body guards for Assad, free-lancers, hired-guns that I can understand. Major weapons development projects and facilities well beyond a small contingent of head-knocker thugs.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Dubna.

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A missile able to hit a missile. The bullet able to hit a bullet. Used to be thought to be impossible. No longer?

Also consider the use of a surface-to-air missile [SAM] as a ballistic missile. A usage for which was never intended but seems now all the rage?

NO where in the main stream media did I see this covered. Thanks to the Israeli Internet outlet Ynet:

"Intercepted Syrian missile carried 200 kilograms of explosives"

"IAF investigation into the interception of the Syrian missile reveals that ‘there were no dilemmas or questions’ when it came to the decision to launch the Arrow; ‘The missile was supposed to hit the Jordan Valley.’"

Syrian SA-5 surface-to-air missile [SAM] fired in the attempted shoot-down of an Israeli warplane on a course for impact within Israel close to a populated area.

ISRAELI ARROW ANTI-BALLISTIC-MISSILE [ABM] INTERCEPTING AND DESTROYING.

SA-5 NATO code named Gammon. Sold for export only to Syria and Libya.

This not the first time a SA-5 missile intercepted and destroyed by Arrow.

Two-hundred kilo grams = Four-hundred forty pounds of high explosive. A big bang!

Admittedly this engagement with the errant SA-5 [having missed the intended target] was not an intercept of an on-course ballistic missile as that term "ballistic missile" generally, commonly and normally understood. But close!

See previous blog entry, the South Korean Hyunmoo surface-to-surface ballistic missile a reverse-engineered knock-off of the American Nike Hercules SAM.

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Boost.

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Field-expedient, jury-rigged, cheap and effective? All rolled into one? Sounds too good to be true!

"In the Wall Street Journal, Stephen Meyer Proposes an Intelligent Design for National Defense"

MISSILE DEFENSE AGAINST THOSE ICBM [INTERCONTINENTAL-BALLISTIC MISSILE] OF KIM IN KOREA AS AIMED AT THE U.S.

More or less copied in entirety:

    "Our [U.S.] existing ground-based missile-defense systems are designed to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles during the later phases of flight. But missiles become harder to detect and destroy during later phases because they are colder, smaller, faster and capable of evasive countermeasures. Thus adding another layer of defense makes obvious sense."

    "The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency recognizes the need for boost-phase intercept capability and is developing a laser-based system. But the agency acknowledges it won’t be ready to implement until 2023 at the earliest. A drone-based boost-phase system can be developed within 18 months — soon enough to make a difference in the current standoff with North Korea."

    "Here’s how the new system would work: Drones would circle above the Sea of Japan at roughly 45,000 feet for shifts of up to 20 hours. Detection systems the Air Force already uses on surveillance drones would pick up North Korean missiles soon after launch. Once operators identify a missile on a dangerous course, new high-speed missile interceptors launched from the drones would destroy the ICBMs during the boost phase — ensuring that any debris would fall onto or near North Korean territory."

A MULTIPLICITY OF SENSORS DETECT A NORTH KOREAN MISSILE MORE OR LESS AT THE TIME OF LAUNCH, NET-CENTRIC  DATA WITH INSTANTANEOUS ANALYSIS ABLE TO PROVIDE TARGETING DATA.

INTERCEPTORS OF THE ASAT VARIETY THAT ALREADY EXIST AND IN THE INVENTORY ENGAGE AND DESTROY? THIS IS NOW?

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Honey.

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BOYS! LISTEN UP CLOSELY AND PAY ATTENTION.

Honey trap = "Using a beautiful seductive woman to solicit, obtain and get information for a government." Espionage Mata Hari style in the ancient and venerable manner but in the modern version done virtually using Internet social media..

From Strategy Page and thanks to the tip from Freeper copied more less in entirety and unashamedly so:

"Intelligence: Facebook And The Virtual Honey Trap"

"In early 2018 Indian media reported cases of officers (one air force, one army) being arrested after getting caught stealing, or attempting to steal, classified documents for a girlfriend they met on the Internet (often Facebook). This is called a honey trap and usually involves a female spy befriending someone and seducing secrets out of him. But since Internet access via cell phones became so common in the last decade the 'virtual honey trap' has become more popular in many parts of the world. By 'virtual' is meant that military men, usually officers, are seduced by virtual women via social networks where the recruiters use photosand [?] talk of eventual physical contact in exchange for digital photos of documents sent via encrypted apps like WhatsApp. After some initial success the Indian military cracked down by ordering military personnel, especially those with access to classified data, to not use their real names or indicate they are in the military while online, especially on social networks. In addition rules forbidding having cell phones in areas where classified documents or activities are were more strictly enforced."

Boys, the beautiful and seductive woman at the other end of the Internet conversation may not even be a woman! Boys, those applications [apps] and images you download to your smart phone may indeed contain malware of a bad sort. Your smart phone can be turned on from afar and used to spy on you and done in a manner you are not even aware of. Beware!

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Fusion.

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I'll believe it when I see it.

Zero Hedge an Internet web site that publishes nonsense. Perish the thought?

Unlimited power cheap with unlimited source of energy cheap. That combination sounds and probably is  too good to be true.

"Lockheed Martin Patents Nuclear Fusion-Powered Fighter Jet"

Lockheed Martin has secretly been developing a game-changing compact nuclear fusion reactor that could potentially fit into a fighter jet. The Maryland-based defense contractor recently obtained a patent associated with its design for a fully compact fusion reactor, after filing for the patent in 2014.

If the latest patent from the defense company serves as a benchmark, nuclear fusion technology could revolutionize the aeronautic industry and eventually begin the quantum leap from fossil fuels to compact fusion reactors for the industry.

PIE-IN-THE-SKY TYPE STUFF AS THEY SAY? FUSION REACTORS THE THING OF SCIENCE-FICTION AND NOTHING MORE THAN THAT.  PROLONGED SCIENTIFIC EFFORTS AND RESEARCH PROJECTS TO PRODUCE A SUSTAINED AND CONTROLLED FUSION REACTION PRODUCING VERY MEAGER AND SCANT RESULTS BARELY EVEN THAT!

AS FOR A WARPLANE PROPULSION SYSTEM THIS WILL BE A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES IF IT COMES TO PASS!

"Color me skeptical."

 Color me skeptical too! Dammit! Indeed!

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JD.

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Ugh!!

J.D. = Jihadi disease. Daesh = Islamic State.

From Sputnik:

"What is the Mysterious 'Jihadist Disease' and How is It Treated?"

"The so-called 'jihadist disease' unexplainably plagued the territories captured by Daesh*, causing its victims to literally rot from the inside out. An Iranian doctor and surgeon, Nasser Dehghani, told Sputnik about this unusual disease."

"According to Dehghani, Leishmaniasis (a.k.a. 'jihadist disease') is one of the so-called "neglected tropical diseases" (NTDs) that haunts the poorest populations of tropical countries. Its spread is tightly connected to the living conditions and when they worsen drastically, for example as the result of war, an epidemic can break out, like what happened in Syria and Iraq. Thus it is not actually directly connected to the Daesh, especially considering the Iranian origins of the strain. But their actions did play a role in the outbreak."

Comments:

1. Historically the two biggest killers in wartime have been water and feet. Either not having enough water to drink or drinking bad water. Feet the soldier not able to march and falling out from formation, set upon and murdered by local civilians, marauders, guerrillas.

2. These Islamic State combatants dispersed, defeated and are returning to nations all over the world and bringing the disease with them/ We have not seen the last of J.D.?

3. An important aspect of modern warfare prophylactic medicine in all forms to keep the soldier healthy and effective.

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