Friday, April 28, 2017


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From WIZARD through Harry:

"CHINESE PHOTOSHOP FAILS - - Whoever created the image recently disseminated across China to rouse support for the People's Liberation Army's 68th anniversary apparently took a great deal of artistic license in making his vision of 'China's army.' Their patriotic poster seen all over China, has as its centerpiece their aircraft carrier LIAONING but the escorting destroyers are US Navy amphibious combat vessels and the aircraft screaming overhead are Russian MiG-35 fighters"

That average Chinese citizen of course when seeing the poster would not know the difference between a Chinese and an American naval vessel or a Chinese and Russian warplane.

To an extent this also reminds me of the fun and games at the Democratic National Convention of 2004. The Tribute to the Veteran presentation having an image in the background above and behind the speaker stand of warships steaming, those vessels identified as RUSSIAN and not AMERICAN!

Again, the average citizen American or otherwise would just not know the difference.


Archives 2016.

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Again belatedly so as gleaned from the archives - - the most read Military Analysis blog entries of 2016:

In descending order with # 1 MOST viewed!

1. Al-Bab/Manbij/Raqqa.

2. IT III.

3. Refused III.

4. Tartus Syria.

5. Body Count.

6. IT II.

7. IT I.

8. Refused I.

9. DDoS.

10. Refused II.

Devoted readers to the blog if you have not already done so peruse each entry at your leisure and enjoy.


Archives 2015.

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Belatedly so but as gleaned from the archives - - the most read Military Analysis blog entries of 2015:

In descending order with # 1 MOST viewed!

1. Yuri Ivanov.

2. Sappers.


4. Gallipoli.

5. Pereh.

6. PGM Artillery.

7. TC-90.

8. R2-D2.

9. Obstacles Normandy.

10. Buratino Grozny.

Devoted readers to the blog if you have not already done so peruse each entry at your leisure and enjoy.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

UNC Australia.

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From the Australian media and the image thanks to AAP/Lukas Coch.

Warning Australia!! Stern rebukes and admonishments are directed at you.

Comrade Kim of North Korea with typical Stalinist doggerel responding at least in part I might think to that most recent  deployment of U.S. Marines to Darwin, MRF 2017?

"North Korea threatens nuclear strike against Australia if it doesn't stop 'blindly toeing US line'"

"Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has hit back at North Korea after the reclusive state warned Australia could be the target of a nuclear weapons strike if it continued to 'blindly' follow the United States."
. . . .

"The Pyongyang spokesman warned Ms Bishop to 'think twice about the consequences to be entailed by her reckless tongue-lashing before flattering the US'"

Think twice! Maybe a multitude of times! Comrade Kim let us be frank just cannot get along with anyone! As simple as that.

Consider too that the Australian military remains part of the United Nations Command Korea:

"United Nations Command Rear is located at Yokota Air Base, Japan, under a Royal Australian Air Force group captain. Its task is to maintain the SOFA that permits the UNC to retain a logistics rear and staging link on Japanese soil."

The Australian public is aware of their continued role and contribution to the United Nations Command? It might surprise many that degree of involvement existing!



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From the article by Patrick Cockburn the first two paragraphs copied in entirety and thanks to the Ron Unz Internet web site we have an update most germane to some previous blog entries.

"Iraq Seizes 'World's Largest' Ransom on Route to Royal Kidnappers"

"Officials at Baghdad International Airport became suspicious earlier this month when their X-ray machines could not see into 23 large bags unloaded from a Qatari plane, producing only a black image because the contents were wrapped in a special material impenetrable to detecting devices. They were further amazed when they opened the bags to discover that they contained hundreds of millions of dollars and euros in cash worth a total of $500m (£389m), says an Iraqi source."

"It is now clear that the money was ransom for 24 Qataris, several of them leading members of the Qatari royal al-Thani family, and two Saudis who had been hunting with falcons with official permission in supposedly safe southern Iraq when they were kidnapped 16 months ago by a Shia militia task force. A deal to get them released has been complicated by negotiations involving Qatar and Iran as well as Shia and Sunni militias over the simultaneous evacuation of people long besieged in four towns, two Shia and two Sunni, in northern and southern Syria respectively."

Shia militia evidently the kidnappers. I had thought originally this was the work of the Islamic State. And too part of what is called a "package deal". NOT just payment as ransom. Kidnapping and holding important persons for ransom an important aspect of terrorism also!

Such are the ways of that part of the world? Most regrettably so too!

See previous blog entries the topic of which was the kidnappings as reported:


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Moby Dick.

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Before there was Jiu-jitsu there was Moby Dick.

Moby Dick or the hunt for the Great White Balloon!

"A Brief History of Project Moby Dick, the Cold War’s Least Believable Surveillance Strategy"

"The U.S. once launched hundreds of balloons in an attempt to spy on the Soviets"

"the U.S. Air Force launched hundreds of spy balloons to float over the Soviet Union, collect photographic coverage, and hopefully reappear in friendly airspace for midair recovery."

American Cold War era high-flying balloons carrying high-resolution cameras on "spy" missions. Released from allied territory to drift freely over the Soviet Union, from west to east, cameras taking reconnaissance photos, film recovered if and when possible.

Moby Dick I think perceived and quite correctly so as not even a qualified success, rather less than that actually. 

Some key points as gleaned from the article to include but not necessarily limited to:

1. A high priority project.

2. A source of world-wide UFO sightings.

3. High percentage of failure.

4. Cost efficient from a map-making standpoint.

5. Providing high technology film for the Soviets.

6. Soviet high-flight intercept warplane.

With regard to item # 6 think the Myasishchev M-55 interceptor warplane called Subject 34. Analogous to the American U-2 "spy" plane!

"For a ten year period beginning in 1945 it would have better if the United States did not have an intelligence agency." - - Richard Helms.

In part, Richard had Moby Dick in mind?


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Thrash & Thresh.

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Is it a thrashing or is it a threshing?

From the Atlantic and the article by David Frum some more WW1 stuff. A perusal of which is well well worth the effort by the devoted reader to the blog.

"What If the Allies Had Lost World War I?"

"To understand the conflict’s legacy, consider what might have been."

"The question confronting the U.S. in 1917 was the same question that confronted Americans in 1941, and again after World War II, and now again as China rises: Who will shape world order?"  

Germans on the left, Austro-Hungarians on the right, French, Russians and English on the ground. WW1 was nearly this way? Those Kaiserschlacht battles of 1918 nearly did destroy the allies on the Western Front. Without American intervention what is shown as a cartoon might have very well been reality! Thanks for the image The Atlantic and (Museum of Hungarian Military History / Wikimedia).

And even if total and 100 % German victory not possible, whatever negotiated settlement to the war might have occurred would have been much to the favor of the Kaiser and his Empire?