Saturday, May 27, 2017

FFE WW2.

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From the outstanding Internet web site War is Boring

FFE = Free French Exterior.

"Foreign Soldiers Built the French Army"

BEFORE, DURING and AFTER the Second World War [WW2].

Especially those soldiers of the Free French Exterior [FFE]. Those combatants loyal to General de Gaulle.

"Not just the Légion Étrangère"

"France remained one of the world’s great powers, and received a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council for these contributions. However, while the French military played a significant role in the war, it’s commonly overlooked that a generous portion of de Gaulle’s troops during the war—as in well over half—weren’t French."

French as that word and term normally, ordinarily and generally understood.

French colonial troops comprising a goodly amount of the FFE [Free French Exterior] under the command of de Gaulle. As much as 50 % or even greater?


These men are Berbers of the High Atlas mountains of Morocco. French colonial troops during the Second World War. Instantly recognizable from a distance by their wearing of the djellaba and either the British style tin-pot helmet or the turban. Referred to as goum. Noted for their ability to move silently in mountainous terrain during hours of darkness and also experts at camouflage and concealment. Fond of taking ears as souvenirs to prove their military prowess at close-quarter-combat. Those are mouton sheep accompanying the troops as pack animals?

Goum hardly alone either. Black Senegalese troops of the French colonial army also having fought valiantly in both World Wars. Beyond the two World Wars North African and Senegalese troops of the French colonial army also having seen combat in Vietnam during the First Indo-China War!

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Confederados.

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Filibuster. A topic not discussed for some time now.

See my archive regarding filibuster as that word defined and understood within the military context.

"A filibuster or freebooter, in the context of foreign policy, is someone who engages in an (at least nominally) unauthorized military expedition into a foreign country or territory to foment or support a revolution."

From the Internet web site Mental Floss as extracted an article by Erik Sass.

This aspect of the American Civil War I was only vaguely familiar with. Those still loyal to the Confederacy emigrating to Brazil in search of a new and future life.

"The Confederacy's Plan to Conquer Latin America"

"Confederate leaders also had their eyes squarely on Brazil—a country of 3 million square miles and more than 8 million people. Prior to the outbreak of the war, Matthew Maury, one of the forces behind the U.S. Naval Academy, dispatched two Navy officers to the Amazon basin, ostensibly to map the river for shipping. Instead, they were secretly plotting domination and collecting data about separatist movements in the region. When the South lost the war, Maury refused to abandon his plans. He helped up to 20,000 ex-rebels flee to Brazil, where they established the Confederate colonies of New Texas and Americana. To this day, hundreds of descendants of the Confederados still gather outside Americana to celebrate their shared heritage of rocking chairs and sweet potato pie. In a strange way, a part of the Old South still survives—thousands of miles below the U.S. border."

See this You Tube video of those Brazilians in Americana as they are today. Doing quite well.

Read also that entire aspect of the expedition into the Amazon basin as authorized [?] by Matthew Maury. Eradication of slavery in the United States the purported goal? Maury in the aftermath of the American Civil War even as a secessionist it seems continuing a quasi-military career without much travail.

Need I say - - Brazil did not abolish slavery until 1888.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Shock Troop.

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From the outstanding Internet web site War is Boring a reference to a movie the topic of which was the German Storm Troop of the Great War [WW1].

In German with subtitles in English, re-mastered and edited more or less in entirety. Forgotten for many decades but now available on You Tube and can be viewed for free as an example of historical cinematic excellence..

"‘Shock Troop 1917’ Is a Brutal War Film … From 1934"

"The movie was popular with German nationalists"

"Hans Zöberlein’s 1934 feature film Stoßtrupp 1917 — Shock Troop 1917, in English — depicts German storm troopers fighting on the Western Front during World War I, slogging from the Aisne to Champagne to Cambrai."


German storm troops. Lots of hand grenades. That man in the front is wearing a Red Cross armband and yet carrying a grenade! Storm troops often had to advance through an area which only a few minutes earlier had been subjected to an artillery barrage delivering poison gas on target!

"The film is deeply nationalistic — and was hugely popular in its time. Compared to contemporary films such as All Quiet on the Western Front and West Front, Shock Troop 1917 is less pacifist in tone"

"All Quiet on the Western Front" pacifist and anti-war. "Shock Troop" the opposite but not so excessively so. Combat as it was during that period and as presented and depicted quite realistic for the time!!

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

P-8 Black Sea.

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I  had to read this several time before I properly understood.

Russian submarine as having left port and sailed from the Baltic to the Black Sea.

"What Was a US Spy Plane Searching for Along Russia's Borders on V-Day?"

"On Friday, Russia's Defense Ministry confirmed the Pentagon's report that Russia scrambled an Su-30 fighter on May 9 over the Black Sea to intercept a US Navy P-8A Poseidon, which was 'conducting routine operations in international airspace.'"

"The expert [Sudakov] noted that recent reports suggested that one of the submarines might now be on its ocean passage from the Baltic Sea where it has undergone its final testing. Hence the US aircraft might have been waiting for it to obtain its acoustic profile, which is individual for each particular submarine and which will help to locate it in the future."

TRACKING A RUSSIAN SUBMARINE DURING VOYAGE FROM THE BALTIC TO THE BLACK SEA! HARDLY "SPY" OR ESPIONAGE AS THOSE WORLD ORDINARILY, GENERALLY AND COMMONLY UNDERSTOOD!

American submarine probably closely shadowing the Russian all the way up to the Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus. Poseidon in international airspace and perhaps even pursuant to NATO mission following from that point forward. ROUTINE!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

John Georgelas.

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"Rise, cut ties: spies disguised in white,
by the sword, for the Lord of Might
Defeat the cheat, trite fleet of fright,
by rod—by God!—by baud, by byte"

For those familiar with computers baud and byte are familiar terms!.

"The American Climbing the Ranks of ISIS"

I RECOMMEND THIS ATLANTIC ARTICLE WITHOUT QUALIFICATION OR RESERVATION! A MUST READ.

"John Georgelas was a military brat, a drug enthusiast, a precocious underachiever born in Texas. Now he is a prominent figure within the Islamic State. Here’s the story of his long and troubling journey."

The True Believer!! A devolution story? A nobody who became a somebody?

This man, an American now described as "a prominent figure" within the leadership of the Islamic State. JOHN GEORGELAS A CONVERT TO ISLAM A/K/A Yahya Abu Hassan A/K/A Yahya al-Bahrumi


An American of prominence in the ranks of the Islamic State. Having influence and perhaps even counted among those who rank at the very top of the ISIL power structure.

Key points as extracted:

* "Americans are known to have traveled to Syria as jihadists. Most are knuckleheads. Yahya, it seemed, was unique."

* "When John uttered the Muslim declaration of faith, the ashes of the World Trade Center were barely cool."

* "Yahya and Tania [his wife] lied to anyone who inquired about their activities. When Syrian government spies started asking neighbors about them, they moved on."

* "When a SWAT team came to their  house in Grapevine, Texas, early in the morning, Yahya and Tania were already awake for dawn prayers."

* "Yahya is the Islamic State’s leading producer of high-end English-language propaganda. Recently, clues have emerged that he may be much more."

JOHN FROM A FAMILY OF HIGH-ACHIEVERS BUT HIMSELF A LOW-ACHIEVER UNTIL THAT EXACT MOMENT JOHN BECAME A SALAFIST MUSLIM OF THE MOST EXTREME TYPE. NOW HE IS A MAJOR PLAYER IN A DANGEROUS GAME OF GEO-POLITICAL STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE. WHO WOULD EVER HAVE THOUGHT IT COULD BE!

John has a way with the words and the poetry too, doesn't he!

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Linux USN.

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"Don’t think anything could possibly go wrong when a British Trident submarine, fitted with American manufactured (and maintained) nuclear warheads – managed via American manufactured (and maintained) nuclear warheads – managed via American developed software infected with American hacking tools when the red button is pushed? Think again."

That newest American warship DDG 1000 Zumwalt class destroyer not relying on Microsoft product for the Information Technology solution!

NOT using proprietary software but an off-the-shelf and commercially available operating system, Linux Red Hat!

"The Navy’s newest warship is powered by Linux"

The U.S. Navy knows something the Royal Navy [RN] does not?

"The advantage of [using Linux] over operating systems such as Windows is that security flaws are caught before they become an issue for the public. Because Linux does not dominate the market like Windows, there are some disadvantages to using the operating system. ... One main issue with Linux is drivers."

Linux SUPERIOR as compared to Microsoft?

Advantages and disadvantages of Linux as compared to Microsoft disscussed here!

A sampling of Linux advantages to include but hardly limited to:

* "Easy to install applications."
* "Secure."
* "Easy to change options."
* "Community."
* "Free."

Again, the U.S. Navy knows something about software and malware embedded the Royal Navy [RN] does not know?

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Dwindling.

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From the Chicago Tribune as of this last Sunday:

"NEWS BRIEFING"

"Iraq's special forces shrink ISIS stronghold in western Mosul"

"BAGHDAD - - Iraq's special forces declared their aspect of the mission to reclaim Mosul completed Saturday. However heavy fighting still looms between other Iraqi forces and the Islamic State group, which clings to a dwindling portion of Iraq's second largest city."

Stalingrad in the desert continues and has done so for SEVEN FULL MONTHS NOW!

I think everyone knew Mosul was going to be hard but did anyone anticipate it was going to be this hard? Urban warfare everyone grants is difficult. Especially if YOUR ADVERSARY HAS HAD SEVERAL YEARS TO PREPARE!

See previous blog entries the topic of which was the battle for Mosul:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/02/golden.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/02/five-bridges.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/03/bridges-mosul_6.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/04/old-city.html

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