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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Ransom.

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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:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/12/qatar_20.html

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

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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?

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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?

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Jiu-jitsu.

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Before there was the U-2 you had the B-45, reconnaissance version!

Until just a few minutes ago I was neither familiar with the warplane or missions as engaged in.

Where the American would not the English could and did!

From the wiki entry:

Operation Ju-jitsu.

"The only other nation to use the RB-45C was the United Kingdom, where it was operated by an ad hoc unit of crews. " .

"Whilst the USAF was prohibited by the President of the United States from overflying the Soviet Union unless under a state of war, US allies closer to the European theatre of war could" . . .

"As a result, under Operation Ju-jitsu, in July 1951 four aircraft were leased to Britain from the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing to form a Royal Air Force (RAF) Special Duties Flight ": . . 


B-45 the first all-jet American bomber aircraft!

"The aircraft were tasked with flying deep-level reconnaissance missions over the Soviet Union to gather electronic and photographic intelligence. The Special Duties Flight conducted missions during the period 1952–54."

THIS WAS JU-JITSU!

Sounds to me sort of like like Guy Gibson and Dam Busters stuff. Those elite aircrews on those most secret and dangerous missions.

"Subsequent flights over the Soviet Union were carried out using English Electric Canberras under the codename Project Robin, operating at higher altitudes of around 54,000 ft (16,000 m)."

You learn something new every day! And are more the better for it too!

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Disturbances!

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Until just the other day I was not aware of such a document as even existing!!

"Japanese declaration of war on the United States and the British Empire"

"The declaration of war by the Empire of Japan on the United States and the British Empire was published on December 8, 1941 (Japan time; December 7 in the United States), after Japanese forces had executed an attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor and attacks on British forces in Malaya, Singapore, and Hong Kong."

TEXT OF HIROHITO'S WAR DECLARATION December 8, 1941. [those elements most germane}

"By the grace of heaven, Emperor of Japan, seated on the throne occupied by the same dynasty from time immemorial, enjoin upon ye, our loyal and brave subjects"

"We hereby declare war upon the United States of America and the British Empire . . ."

Those key points:

* "More than four years have passed since China, failing to comprehend the true intentions of our Empire, and recklessly courting trouble, disturbed the peace of East Asia"

* "the regime [National Government of China] which has survived in Chungking, relying upon American and British protection, still continues its fratricidal opposition."

* "America and Britain, giving support to the Chungking regime, have aggravated the disturbances in East Asia." . .

China is to blame, China is to blame, China is to blame! Aided and abetted by the world powers of the United States and Great Britain. DISTURBS the peace of East Asia. First and foremost, China was to blame!

Modern warfare does not need nor require declarations? That is old fashioned?

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St. Catherine's.

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From the latest edtion of the DEBKAfile newsletter.

St. Catherine's monastery under attack! A fourteen hundred year old agreement has been violated by the Salafi to their discredit in the extreme:

"ISIS affiliate takes responsibility for attack on Sinai monastery"

    "An Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility early Wednesday morning for the attack on a security post at the entrance to Saint Catherine's Monastery in the southern part of the Sinai Peninsula. One Egyptian soldier was killed and four others were wounded in the attack on Tuesday evening. The Greek Orthodox shrine was built in the 7th century at the foot of Jebel Musa, a mountain that many Christians believe to be Mount Sinai. The monastery, one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world, contains a priceless treasury of relics, art and ancient documents."

ANCIENT DOCUMENTS TO INCLUDE A LETTER OF PROTECTION AND SUCCOR FROM MOHAMMAD HIMSELF SO IT IS ALLEGED. COMPLETE WITH HAND PRINT AS SIGNATURE!


Make your mark! Mohammad was an illiterate and using a hand print was the manner which a pact or treaty was agreed to.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Rubbers.

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From Capt'n CHRIS thanks to Harry at Sharkhunters we have some details of the measures as taken by the Soviet/Russian submarine fleet the purpose of which was to defeat active/passive sonar. Thick rubber slabs on the outside of the hull [defeat active sonar] and an additional "coating" on the inner hull [defeat passive sonar] That latter referred to as de-coupling.

Soviet/Russian submarines their designers preferring a double-hull design for reasons all their own!

As described by Capt'n CHRIS as copied more or less in entirety:

"Russian submarines since the 1950's have used hull coatings - - multiple layers in fact. On early first generation nuclear submarines, like the Project 627A [November] SSN or Project 675  [Echo II] SSGN, the outer hull was coated with Medusa-2, a reversed engineered rubber coating based on the German Alberich. Medusa-2 was purely an anechoic coating. That is it was designed to reduce the submarine's vulnerability to detection by active sonar. There was another coating on the pressure hull that was a decoupling or sound attenuating coating to help reduce the boat's noise signature."

"The next generation of outer hull coating was called 'August' and it was fitted on later second generation and early third generation Russian subs. August was much more robust and heavier than Medusa-2, being 3 inches/76 mm thick and had 'golf-tee' like cavities instead of circular ones. The August coating has been described as multi-purpose in that it had both anechoic and decoupling properties . . ."


An image of August. That rubber coating is three inches/76 mm thick!!

"When the Project 677E/AMUR-1650 was being advertised, a new external hull coating was also being pushed on the arms market. It is called 'Molniya' and is described as a multipurpose anechoic and decoupling coating."


Capt'n CHRIS it seems is an authoritative source in such matters and we thank him for his insight.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

WW1 II.

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Once more from a variety of sources and authors that American perspective of the Great War [WW1], with one-hundred years of hindsight.

1. "US Marks Centennial of Entry Into the 'Great War'"

C. Maddux - VOA News

"The United States formally entered World War I a hundred years ago, on April 6, 1917. The nation set aside its posture of neutrality nearly three years after the start of the bloody conflict that came to be known as the “Great War.” ... The legacy of the Great War is hard to overstate."

2. "One Hundred Years of Using War to Try to End All War"

David Swanson - CounterPunch

"This April 4th will be 100 years since the U.S. Senate voted to declare war on Germany ... This was the Great War, the war to end all wars, the war without which the conditions for the next war would not have existed."

3. "Five Myths About World War I"

Michael Kazin – The Washington Post

"One hundred years ago, on April 6, 1917, Congress voted to declare war on imperial Germany. The First World War was the pivot of the 20th century: It took the lives of 17 million people and resulted in the collapse of three major empires (the German, the Ottoman and the Austro-Hungarian)."

4. "From Wristwatches To Radio, How World War I Ushered In The Modern World"

G. Myre - NPR

"... The [1914-1918 world war] is best remembered for the brutal trench warfare, the millions of deaths, and the failure to bring a lasting peace to Europe. But the conflict also saw a convergence of emerging technologies that would remake life on and off the battlefield ..."

FOUR EMPIRES ACTUALLY COLLAPSING IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE GREAT WAR! DON'T FORGET THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE [BECAME THE SOVIET UNION].

New nations in eastern Europe also emerging as part of the dissolution process of empire! Poland, Czechoslovakia, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, etc.

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WW1 I.

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Over there!!

The Yanks are coming!! One hundred years ago now!

From a variety of sources and authors some items of interest, the Great War [WW1] the topic for discussion in all instances.:

1. "Should America Have Entered World War I?"
By Michael Kazin - The New York Times

"One hundred years ago today, Congress voted to enter what was then the largest and bloodiest war in history ... The intervention led to big changes in America, as well as the world."

2. "When America Joined WWI and Became a Global Power"
By Carlos Hamann – AFP

"When America entered World War I, a century ago this week, the European powers were bogged down in a grinding trench war that had killed millions and ravaged the European continent."

3. "Should the U.S. Have Entered World War I?"
By Christopher Klein – History / A+E

"On April 6, 1917, the United States entered World War I after the U.S. House of Representatives followed the lead of the U.S. Senate in approving a declaration of war against Germany."

American perspectives on the Great War [WW1] thanks to one-hundred years of hindsight. Hindsight ALWAYS 20/20 perfect vision. It SEEMED like the correct thing to do at the time.

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Joseph Kony LRA.

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One-hundred men will test today, NONE will win the green beret!

Regrettably so more on Joseph Kony. Thanks to the BBC and Getty images.

"Uganda ends hunt for LRA leader Joseph Kony"

"Ugandan troops have pulled out of the hunt for rebel leader Joseph Kony in the Central African Republic (CAR), the army has said."

"He and his Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) group had become 'weak', and no longer threatened Uganda, it added."

"The LRA was notorious for chopping off people's limbs and abducting children to use as soldiers and sex slaves."

Joseph has only about a hundred followers with him remaining the bush. He will not be heard of again? I fear he will be, in some way, some how!

See previous blog entry the topic of which was the hunt for Joseph and his minions:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/03/kony-lra.html

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

SAM Syria.

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See first item # 2 from my prior blog entry.

Then read the entire Russia Insider article and draw your own conclusions as to the deployment of the Russian naval vessel to the vicinity of Syria, the boast being that American Tomahawk cruise missiles can be intercepted and shot down.

"There Was No Way for Russia to Shoot Down Trump's Syria Cruise Missiles"

"The earth is round. There was never a way Russia's radars 200 km away could detect relief-hugging missiles"

"Could Russia have in some way thwarted Trump's April 6th cruise missile strike against the Syrian military but chose not to? According to Russian military analysts the answer is no. Bringing down those missiles was never a possibility for the Russian air defense systems in Syria because they are stationed too far away and are not primarily designed to counter cruise missiles."

Slow and old but terrain-hugging. Tomahawk. That was all that was needed.

Devoted readers to the blog again draw your own conclusions.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

RMC MOC.

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British Royal Marines Commando [RMC] tasked with a special mission. Guard the coastline of England from seaborne jihadi attack. Also respond with alacrity, on-call to any similar threats or piracy anywhere in the world!

From the article by Chris Hughes thanks to the tip as seen at Freeper.

"New commando force will raid ISIS at sea to safeguard ships around the UK coast"

"The 450-strong amphibious Maritime Operations Commando [MOC] team will be sent on emergency missions amid fears jihadis will attack vessels and ports"

"42 Commando are to be given new role as a maritime commando unit in support of special forces operations"

"A new counter-terror unit of elite troops will tackle the terrorist threat to ships on the UK coast."

"The Maritime Operations Commando will also be sent on global raids against enemy ships or terrorist vessels."

"The amphibious force will be on short notice for emergency missions."

JUST AT THAT EXACT MOMENT RMC BEING STRESSED BY CUTBACKS THEY RECEIVE NEW AND MORE COMPLEX MISSIONS! GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

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MRF 2017.

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American Marines on the move. Australia here we come!!

"US troops arrive in Top End for Marine Rotational Force Darwin"

As seen at the Australian news.com.au the tip from Freeper.

"THE first of 1250 US Marines have begun to touch down in Darwin as they 'stand ready to fight' against North Korea should the situation escalate. The Marines began arriving in Australia’s tropical north on Tuesday for a six-month deployment during which they will conduct exercises with Australian and visiting Chinese forces."

Six months of brisk and intense training in preparation for any and all eventualities! To include obviously the Korean problem.

See previous blog entries the topic of which was the MRF Darwin:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/03/mrf-darwin.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2011/11/darwin.html

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pundonor!


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Finally from WIZARD through Harry at Sharkhunters:

1. "SPAIN vs ENGLAND - - In today's saber rattling between the USA, Russia, North Korea and the Middle East, who could imagine that these two nations would be involved in various face-offs."

17 April

NOT MERELY SPAIN VS. ENGLAND. NATO VS. NATO!

"Royal Navy's Gibraltar-based fast patrol boat HMS SCIMITAR was forced to respond to a Spanish warship incursion into Gibraltar waters for the second time in a month.  The UK Ministry of Defense confirmed that the Spanish Navy corvette INFANTA CRISTINA was escorted out of Gibraltar waters on Thursday morning."

. . . .

"This is the latest in a row of stand offs between Spain and Great Britain in Gibraltar waters . . . This territory has remained a point of contention between the two countries as Spain never relinquished its claims to the territory."

Also from WIZARD:

2. "BEAR ON THE MOVE - - the Russian Navy is moving some assets out of the Baltic and into the North Atlantic"

17 April.

"A group of Russia's Baltic Fleet warships comprising the corvettes BOIKIY and SOOBRAZITELNY, the tugboat MB-123 and the tanker KOLA has left for the North Atlantic."

"The group of warships . . . successfully passed through the Kattegat and the Skagerrak straits in adverse weather conditions and entered the North Atlantic."

STRICTLY A TRAINING MISSION AND NOTHING MORE!! WORRY NOT!

Pundonor - - from the Spanish point of honor!

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RMC English.

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Again from WIZARD through Harry at Sharkhunters:

1. "GOODBYE ROYAL MARINES - - Britain's Royal Marines are facing huge cuts in order to fund sailors for the UK's forthcoming multi-billion-dollar aircraft carriers, the HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales. Experts fear this latest move could negatively impact the UK's defense systems even further."

14 April.

"The royal Marines will see 200 jobs cut in order to help Britain's Royal Navy crew its new US$6.2 billion aircraft carriers. This shake up will see at least hundreds of posts transferred from the Marines to the Royal Navy, which has struggled to find enough sailors to crew Britain's warships."

See previous blog entry the topic of which was the manning problem as regards the two most recent Royal Naval aircraft carriers.

. . . .

"A government source has said that half of the cuts would affect backroom functions - - such as drivers and admin staff - - and not directly impact the defense Marines are sable to provide their country with."

REAR-ECHELON ELEMENTS, NON-COMBAT TROOPS TO BE CUT AND NOT THE MEAT-AND-POTATOES COMBAT ARMS ROYAL MARINES!

Also from WIZARD and dated 14 April.

2. "TOMAHAWK DEFENSE? - - The Russian Black Sea Fleet's frigate Admiral Grigorovich will boost the Russian air defenses in Syria . . . the frigate's weapons systems are capable of shooting down the Tomahawk long-range subsonic cruise missiles.  On 8 April the . . . frigate . . . returned to the Mediterranean . . . the warship's firepower will strengthen the air defense of troops, forces and facilities in Syria."

Russian naval ship as tasked with the mission - - the shoot-down of American cruise missiles as fired at Syrian targets? More protection for the despot Assad under orders from Vlad?

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Semper Fi.

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From WIZARD through Harry at Sharkhunters several items of interest:

1. "SEMPER FIDELIS Maybe Should be Semper Paratus USMC planes in trouble"

11 April.

"Quarter of US Marine Aircraft Idle Due to Lack of Spare Parts"

"Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation and Sustainment William Taylor said that almost a quarter of the aircraft belonging to the US Marine Corps are grounded because spare parts for them are not immediately available."

YOU CAN PAY ME NOW OR YOU CAN PAY ME LATER! EVENTUALLY THE CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOST!

2. "USS OHIO XO FIRED - - Lt. Commander Joseph Ferrari relieved; NCI investigation."

11 April .

"The second in command aboard the guided missile submarine Ohio was fired on April 3 because of a 'loss of confidence in his personal judgment and ability to lead.'"

. . . .

"the investigation . . . may stem from allegations that Ferrari made unwanted advances toward a female junior officer."

MIXED GENDER CREWS ON SUBMARINES JUST DOES NOT WORK?

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Constant Phoenix.

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Preparations underway! The game is afoot! Everyone make ready!

From the military oriented newspaper Stripes and the article by Matthew M. Burke and Chiyomi Sumida and the tip from Captain Al.

"Nuke-sniffer aircraft arrives on Okinawa as tensions rise on Korean peninsula"

"CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A U.S. aircraft that specializes in detecting radioactive debris after the detonation of a nuclear device has arrived on Okinawa amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula."

The Constant Phoenix "sniffer" warplane deploys to Okinawa in anticipation of a North Korean nuclear test? An analysis of nuclear particles as might be release from an atomic detonation will enable American physicists to obtain valuable information otherwise unobtainable.

Combat Phoenix last we hear was active over the Barents Sea. But of that mission and results no more was ever heard.

See previous entries regarding Combat Phoenix:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/02/cobra-55.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/03/sniffer.html

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

WW1 Rockford.

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Some images from a World War One re-enactment. The Great War one-hundred years later from the American perspective. Soldiers of various nations demonstrating the uniforms, weapons, tactics of that era.

Russians, English [Scots], Turks, Germans, French Senegalese, British Indian all accounted for and participating. Battlefield Rockford, Illinois, USA.

Without further ado to the images:


Headquarters of the 353 Infantry Regiment, 88th Prussian Reserve Infantry Division.


A German soldier gesticulates fervently while speaking to a reporter. Gott mit uns!!


Evidence of time travel in the year 1914? That man on the far right is wearing a camouflage uniform as might have been worn by a soldier of one-hundred years later!!


German troops man a machine-gun position guarding their regimental headquarters.


An armored narrow-gauge train.


General Pershing himself in full regalia. Four stars, sword, spurs. A fine figure of a man.


American troops in the Argonne prepare for a patrol.


The brutal Hun interrogates a captured Canadian soldier. The latter not having been properly disarmed. Poor form.


A German officer in a length of trench observes the Scottish adversary prior to the advance of the latter.


More poor form! German troops leave their weapon and battle kit out of reach.


The inside of a dug-out. Accommodations for eating and sleeping. All the comforts of home.


A German trench mortar of 7.58 cm. bore. I would like to own one of these!

Re-enactment well done and almost professionally so. Congratulations to everyone and job well done!!

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Carabinieri Iraq.

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When thinking of war, always think of a war as existing in three distinct stages.

1. What lead up to the war. 2. The fighting of the war itself. The mortal combat. 3. The aftermath of the war, what occurred, the rebuilding process.

As it has always been, as it is now in Mosul Iraq. Even while combat continues to liberate the city from the Islamic State, Iraqi police [predominantly Kurdish] are being trained for maintaining peace and order when the battle is over.

"Mosul Needs 35,000 Cops"

"The Italians are on the job"

"With the sound of small-arms fire popping away at a range in the background, an instructor from Italy’s military police force — the Carabinieri [Italian paramilitary police]  — expertly flips over a rifle to demonstrate a swift and efficient reload to the students in front of him."

. . . .

"The Italians estimated it could take more than 30,000 skilled policemen to maintain order in Mosul alone, once Islamic State surrenders the strategic city."

Please take note the men being trained are apparently Kurdish and not Iraqi Shia. Para-military Shia cannot be trusted to maintain law-and-order in a fair and equitable way?


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Essential Truths.

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From the Victor Davis Hanson Internet web site and thanks to the Professor as extracted and in the nutshell a listing of those elements of intrigue, calculations and geo-political considerations part and parcel of war-making!

"Ancient Laws, Modern Wars"

Essential and eternal truths, elements of intrigue and geo-political considerations to include but not necessarily limited to:

1. "Avoid making verbal threats that are not serious and backed up by force."
2. "The unlikely is not impossible."
3. "Big wars can start from small beginnings."
4. "Do not confuse tactics with strategy."
5. "Human nature is unchanging — and not always admirable."
6. "Majestic pronouncements and utopian speechifying . . . mean nothing to rogue nations."
7. "Public support for military action hinges mostly on perceived success."
8. "War is a harsh distillery of talent."
9. "War is rarely started by accident and far more often by mistaken calibrations of relative power."
10. "Deterrence that prevents war is usually smeared as war-mongering."

"Finally, it is always better to be safe and ridiculed than vulnerable and praised."

My instantaneous thought regrading "better to be safe and ridiculed" is George W. Bush and the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Devoted readers to the blog may agree or disagree but that was my response.  Instantaneous!

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IDF Haredi.

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Haredi = ultra-Orthodox.

"I WOULD BE REMISS NOT TO MENTION THAT SOME ULTRA-ORTHODOX YOUTH DO VOLUNTEER FOR MILITARY SERVICE, IN DEFIANCE OF THEIR ELDERS AND PEERS!"

As mentioned by myself and now regrettably so in the context of that prior blog entry this item from Israeli Ynet:

"Haredi IDF soldier egged and cursed in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim"

"The violence towards ultra-Orthodox Jews who elect to report for military duty continues in Jerusalem with residents of the Haredi neighborhood screaming and hurling eggs at a Givati soldier."

The ultra-Orthodox attacking one of their own! A soldier, an ultra-Orthodox who has not refused conscription attacked by those that REFUSE conscription!!

"Residents of the ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem threw eggs and yelled insults at a Haredi Givati soldier Wednesday afternoon"

This incident not even so it seems hardly isolated. Dig this:

"The police have been active in the wake of numerous attacks on Haredi soldiers; a police detective went undercover as an IDF soldier in the Jerusalem neighborhood, and when a group of extremists came to attack him, police jumped on the suspects and arrested them."

For shame all those that participate in such attacks. Everlasting shame. And for those that encourage such bad behavior even that much greater shame!!

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

VBIED.

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VBIED Mosul!! 

VBIED! Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device. A truck bomb  driven on a suicide mission a favorite weapon of the Islamic state.

"Isis Used 17 Suicide Car Bombs to Help Leader al-Baghdadi Flee Mosul'"

From the article by Patrick Cockburn thanks to the Ron Unz Internet web site.

"Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Isis and self-declared Caliph, escaped from the siege of Mosul two months ago when the road to the west was briefly re-opened by a fierce counter attack by Isis fighters, according to a senior Kurdish official."

“Isis used 17 suicide car bombs from Mosul and some of their units from Syria to clear the road leading out of Mosul for a few hours,” said Fuad Hussein,

DEDICATION AND WILLINGNESS TO THE POINT OF CERTAIN DEATH FOR THE ESTEEMED LEADER

See also this described as a MUCH WATCH!!

"MUST WATCH (Drone view ): ISIS VBIED ambush Dozens retreating PMU and Iraqi soldiers west of Mosul"

See also the entire Live Leak index of similar video, VBIED attacks.

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Draft Dodger.

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Draft dodger Israeli style!

We dare you! We dare you!

"3,000 haredi draft dodgers to be honored at upcoming conference"

Thanks to the Sheldon Adelson Internet web site Israel Hayom!

"Conference will be first gathering of this size held by anti-draft Jerusalem Faction • 'It will be easy for the Military Police to come, but we know they won't do anything because the military has no real interest in these guys,'"

"Leaders of the anti-enlistment Jerusalem Faction are planning to hold a special conference next week, to honor some 3,000 ultra-Orthodox [haredi] draft dodgers, Israel Hayom learned Wednesday. The event is set to take place on Monday, at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem."

That perspective being that conscription as applied to the Israeli citizen is universal and mandatory.

EVERYONE GOES INTO THE MILITARY AND THAT IS THAT!

This is not so and has never been so!

* Israeli Arabs [about 25 %] of the population not subject to conscription!!

* Those RELIGIOUS STUDENTS of the extreme Jewish sects, ultra-Orthodox, haredi, also not subjected to conscription!

That percentage of ultra-Orthodox within Israeli society as a whole now rather significant and the number constantly increasing. MOST ALL ultra-Orthodox young men dodge the draft by a skewed interpretation of what constitutes a "religious student"? A broad interpretation of what constitutes a "religious student" abused with intent.

Persons their avoiding conscription into the Israeli military a major source of resentment among Israeli draft-age youth! "IF I HAVE TO GO, WHY DON'T THEY HAVE TO GO" IS THE ATTITUDE! AND WITH REASON.

The ultra-Orthodox rabbinical authority in Israel for the most part opposing universal conscription and actively encouraging draft-dodging! Able to muster thousands of persons in support of their position.

I WOULD BE REMISS NOT TO MENTION THAT SOME ULTRA-ORTHODOX YOUTH DO VOLUNTEER FOR MILITARY SERVICE, IN DEFIANCE OF THEIR ELDERS AND PEERS!

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Friday, April 7, 2017

tDCS.

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“'In experiments, people who were watching these screens … their ability to concentrate would fall off in about 20 minutes,' . . . 'But they did studies whereby a little bit of electrical stimulation was applied, and they were able to maintain the same peak performance for 20 hours.'”

Cyborg? Cybernetic organism? It works or it doesn't work? That is the question?

"U.S. Navy Is Zapping SEALs Brains To Make Them Super Soldiers

From the article By Jennings Brown thanks to the tip from Jeff.

"But many researchers think neuro-stimulation [transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS)] probably doesn't work"

"The Naval Special Warfare Development Group, also known as Seal Team Six, is just one of the United States Navy teams testing out technology that would zap soldiers’ brains with electricity to boost their cognitive skills.'

The jury is still out on this one. Any and all means and methods that can give the special operator that slightest advantage need to be investigated.

As with tDCS.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

John Dewar.

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Archaeology with a military dimension! Artifacts from the recent history and not ancient antiquity. A "window on the past" as the adage goes!

1. "Hundreds of WWI British soldiers' liquor bottles uncovered near Ramla"

"Hundreds of liquor bottles were discovered in excavations of the Israel Antiquities Authority prior to the construction of Highway 200 near Ramla; the bottles apparently belonged to British soldiers who were garrisoned in the are during World War I."


2. "Polish Archaeologists Uncover Chilling Remnant Of WWII"

. . . .

"The legacy of German aggression during World War II looms over the little town of Zlocieniec, Poland. Yet today, a buried treasure, hidden beneath the ground for over 80 years, may help to shed some light on the dark history of this European city. What archaeologists found has to be seen to be believed…"

You have to read it all but I gather the "take" rather scant and disappointing?

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Weaponized.

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To war with laptop and cell phone!

First from the Israeli Ynet Internet web site and then from the Sheldon Adelson Internet web site Israel Hayom we have some info regarding the ban on carry-on electronics devices so very recently enunciated.

1. "Terror groups develop bombs that can pass airport security"

"According to intelligence assessments, terrorist organizations obtained advanced airport security equipment currently in use and conducted a series of experiments until they found a way to successfully plant bombs in electronics."

NOT ONLY PLACE THE BOMBS INSIDE OF ELECTRONICS BUT DO SO IN A MANNER AS TO EVADE ALL CURRENT KNOWN METHODS OF DETECTION!!

2. "Report: ISIS develops bombs that can evade airport security"

"Assessment plays key role in President Donald Trump's laptop travel ban at 10 airports in eight Middle East and Africa countries • Australia joins U.S., boosts security checks on passengers from Muslim countries • Experts fear weaponized civilian drones."

. . . .

"In a related development, the U.S. National Counter-terrorism Center sees weaponized drones as the next threat to aviation security. The small drones, which are sold without restriction, can be weaponized with explosives and launched at the engines of passenger airliners during takeoff or landing. "

THE VILLAINS EVIDENTLY HAVE GOTTEN THEIR HANDS ON ONE OF THE MACHINES AS CURRENTLY USED TO SCAN AND SCREEN DEVICES AND BAGGAGE FOR EXPLOSIVES. THE VILLAINS HAVE STUDIED AND EXPERIMENTED AND FOUND MEANS AND METHODS TO CIRCUMVENT THE MACHINE!!

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Blighter.

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For every measure there is a counter-measure!

Drones back in the news in an alarming way. Near-miss repeatedly, drones nearly hitting or interfering with the take-off or landings of commercial aircraft. HEATHROW AIRPORT [UK] IN PARTICULAR A CENTER OF SUCH ACTIVITY!

1. "UK reports 70 drone near-misses at Heathrow in 2016"

"UK Heathrow is apparently a magnet for drone pilots fond of flying their devices near planes. According to the latest report from the UK Airprox Board, three planes narrowly missed drones roaming the skies near the airport last year."

NEED IT BE SAID THAT A COLLISION WITH A DRONE AT THE EXACT WRONG MOMENT MIGHT CAUSE A CATASTROPHIC CRASH WITH A TREMENDOUS LOSS OF LIFE! INGESTION INTO AN ENGINE ALSO AT THE WORST MOMENT ALSO A POSSIBLE!

DRONE WHEN WEAPONIZED AND CARRYING EVEN A SMALL AMOUNT OF PLASTIC EXPLOSIVE AN OBVIOUS DANGER!!

2. "AUDS Anti-UAV Defence System"

"Blighter AUDS Anti UAV Defence System"

DETECT/TRACK/DISRUPT. AND USE ELECTRONIC MEANS TO DO SO! AUDS!

"AUDS (Anti-UAV Defence System) is a counter drone system that is designed to disrupt and neutralize unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) engaged in hostile airborne surveillance and potentially malicious activity"

"Malicious activity" as it is deemed I might suspect a major worry for which the Blighter AUDS system has been developed. NEUTRALIZE THAT DRONE AND NOW!

Interference with commercial aircraft [a public transportation vehicle] even with a drone cannot be construed as anything less than MALICIOUS UNDER ALL CIRCUMSTANCES! Under certain circumstances drone operators if discovered while in the act are in the same legal category as an ARSONIST and run a risk of BEING SHOT ON SIGHT?

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Blockrats.

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The English do it too lads!!

Images racy and risque' of naked women having sex with soldiers INSIDE THE BARRACKS.

And posted ONLINE! For shame!

Warning! If you are a person easily offended by material of an adult and intense nature, hit escape now.

Thanks to the English tabloid The Sun and the article by Laura Burnip.

"SLEAZY SQUADDIES X-rated pictures of girls taken back to British Army barracks for sex are being shared online"

"The shocking site offers soldiers prizes for sharing explicit pictures of women they have bedded at their barracks"

"SLEAZY soldiers posted X-rated photos online of girls they have had sex with in their barracks."

"Army bosses are said to be furious and have threatened the culprits with military prison."

There is even a name for young women brought onto base in a surreptitious manner and into a barracks for the purpose of illicit sex. Blockrats!!

AND prizes of what sort for posting "explicit pictures" ONLINE?

BEWARE BOYS THAT WEB SITE! IMAGES THAT MAY CONTAIN MALICIOUS EMBEDDED SOFTWARE THAT WHEN DOWNLOADED CAN BE USED AGAINST YOU BY THE INTELLIGENCE SERVICE OF A FOREIGN HOSTILE POWER.

See previous blog entry the topic of which is quite similar.

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/03/racy-risque.html

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Baseball.

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An article from the Washington Examiner thanks to the tip from Freeper:

"Opening Day: Remember that time Eisenhower had a secret baseball career?"

"Yet not making the ( West Point) baseball team may have been a blessing in disguise, because Ike had a potentially-explosive secret. After finishing high school in 1909, he spent two years working at a creamery to help pay Edgar's way through the University of Michigan. He also played baseball for money under an alias. Taking money, regardless how small the amount, would have ended his amateur status. If he had made the Army team, and had word of his earlier play for pay leaked out, he would have been expelled for breaking the Academy's Honor Code."


 The Abilene high school baseball team. Ike is in the back row, second from the right.

See the wiki entry regarding Eisenhower and the baseball controversy. Amazing how mountains can be made out of mole-hills!

The Battle of France [1944] also was won on the baseball playing fields of West Point? Omar Bradley also an outstanding baseball player and had even while attending West Point.played semi-professionally while not accepting money.

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Vietnam MIA.

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Gone native?

"Man Found Alive In The Jungle After 40 Years Claims To Be Missing American POW"

"The Vietnam War was a tumultuous time in American history. The nation at large was divided on whether or not we should be involved in a conflict so far from home. Nevertheless, thousands of American soldiers fought and died in the war. And many more soldiers were taken prisoner by the Vietcong."

"These men were captured, starved, and tormented by the enemy right up until the moment the war ended in 1975. After that, many were sent home, but countless others remained lost: presumed dead. One such soldier, Army Sgt. 1st Class John Hartley Robertson, had apparently found a new life in the Vietnamese jungle and had been living there in secret until he was discovered in 2008. But this Vietnam veteran’s story was not a simple one…."

You need to go read the entire article to learn the rest of the story!!

My comments:

* Roman legionnaires as captured by the German tribesmen at the Teutoburger Wald repatriated FORTY YEARS later. Having been held as slaves the entire time.

* Many American troops during the Vietnam War gone missing in-country DESERTERS! About a thousand soldiers suspected of being so, based on remittances from family in the United States. Persons as never seen or heard from again after 1975 and communist victory!

Thanks for the image from: magazine.atavist.com

Well against the odds, but not so totally implausible!

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Yemen USA.

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Finally from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter:

"The US considers ramping up military intervention in Yemen war"

28 March.

"The Pentagon is said to be considering escalating its direct intervention in support of the Saudi campaign in the Yemen war against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Up until now, the US has used drones and commandos to fight Al Qaeda in Yemen . . . as well as providing aerial refueling of the Saudi warplanes for air strikes. Defense Secretary James Mattis is asking for Obama administration's restrictions to be removed to enable the US military to support Saudi-led operations against the Houthis with surveillance, intelligence, refueling and operational planning and assistance."

Up unto this point ONLY air-refueling, commando raids [not against the Houthi rebels] and several times encounters with land-based anti-ship missiles. ONLY! 

The image accompanying this blog entry don't ask me what it says!

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Tabqa.

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Once more from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter:

The game is afoot. Planning continues. The ground is being prepared [almost literally so] for the final assault on the ISIL capital city of Raqqa. The head of the snake is going to be cut off!!

1. "US-backed SDF storms N. Syrian air base from ISIS"

26 March.

"Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance, on Sunday entered the military airport of Tabqa held by the Islamic State militant group in northern Syria, a spokesman said. The alliance is tightening its grip on the vicinity around the ISIS de facto capital in Syria preparatory to launching an assault on the town. This is the second important success of the alliance under US command. Control of Tabqa air base will allow US attack helicopters to land for close air support of the offensive to capture Raqqa."

Air insertion of ground forces!


2. "US-backed SDF pauses attacks near Raqqa to check Tabqa dam"

28 March.

"Engineers were Tuesday checking the Tabqa dam west of Raqqa to assess damage as a result of US-led coalition air strikes in support of the Syrian Democratic Forces advancing on the ISIS stronghold. After capturing Tabqa air base last week, the SDF is fighting ISIS for control of the dam on the River Euphrates. Its reservoir and hydroelectric power station supply large parts of Syria. The UN has warned that the dam's collapse would cause massive flooding and a humanitarian catastrophe across Raqqa province as far downstream as Deir ez-Zour."

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ISIL Lebanon.

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Again from that latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter:

The Islamic State moves west?

"ISIS U-Turns West to Lebanon as Next Target"

25 March.

"American helicopters Thursday and Friday, March 23-24, dropped Kurdish and Arab fighters over a region west of the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. Those forces quickly captured at least five villages and so cut jihadist concentrations in the northwestern Syria off from their Raqqa stronghold . . . this operation was the opening shot of the US-led campaign to isolate the Islamic State's Syrian capital before storming it. Escaping ISIS fighters from Mosul and Raqqa are meanwhile heading for the first time to Lebanon."

"ISIS leaders see fresh prey in Lebanon's weak government and army. Lebanon, which is chronically beset with conflicts among the Sunni, Hizballah-Shiite and Christian communities, offers a vulnerable playing field for ISIS inroads."

That land west of the Aleppo/Hama/Homs/Damascus road all the way to the way to the sea coast known from antiquity as al-Shams. The Levant. Of great symbolic value to the Salafist.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Old City.

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Stalingrad in the desert continues more or less unabated. 

From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter:

"New tactics for Mosul after offensive stalls for two weeks"

25 March.

"US and Iraqi commanders of the Mosul offensive, now in its sixth month, are planning a change of tactics, after being held back for two weeks from completing their capture of the western district. They were thwarted by ISIS snipers, car bombs and mortars fired from crowded residential areas in the narrow alleys of the Old City."

"US Army Brigadier General John Richardson, a deputy commanding general in the coalition, said the solution could lie in a change of tactics. 'They (Iraqi forces) are looking at opening another front to force ISIS to fight on two directions and isolate the Old City,' he said. 'That is going to force ISIS to fight on two fronts, and I don't think they have that capability,'"

NOBODY EVER SAID ANY OF THIS WAS GOING TO BE EASY, DID THEY?

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No Draft!

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Finally ending extracts with my commentary from those presentations as seen at the Civil War Museum, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA.


"No Draft!"

"No Draft!"

"The first Draft riot in American history occurred November 10, 1862 in Port Washington, Wisconsin as draft commissioner William A. Pors began a lottery to fill the draft quota of Ozaukee Country.An angry crowd of Germans and Luxembourgers began shouting 'No draft! No Draft!' The crowd quickly turned into a mob which rushed the building, man-handled Pors, and destroyed his draft equipment. The mob also ransacked several homes of Republicans who supported the draft.Several companies of the 28th Wisconsin were ordered from Milwaukee to put down the rioting. About 150 people were arrested. Pors completed the draft without incident a few days later under the watchful eyes of soldiers armed with muskets and bayonets."

German nationals rioting! For shame. Many of those rioting and refusing conscription best described as Forty-Eighters? Persons having fled Europe in the aftermath of the failed 1848 rebellions, seeking sanctuary in the United States. Being drafted to fight in a war for which they had no "skin" hardly acceptable from their perspective. Flight to Canada also seen as an option? For shame!!

Other Forty-Eighters in contrast to the rioters forming distinct German speaking regiments within the Union army participating with valor during the American Civil War. 

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Brown Water.

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Yet once more an extract with my commentary from those presentations as seen at the Civil War Museum, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA.


"Transports, Tinclads and Rams"

"The Union's use of rivers as a major means of transport and access to Southern territory led to development of a strange flotilla of low-draft vessels known as the 'brown water navy.'"

A list of river-boat with a military purpose to include:

* Transports and Packets.

* Hospital Ships.

* Cottonclads.

* Tinclads

* Ironclads

* Casemate Ironclads.

* Monitors

* Mortar Rafts and Boats.

* Rams.


"A 'Ram' is a ship whose principal weapon is its own bow, hardened and reinforced to penetrate the hull of an enemy ship, and usually strengthened internally to avoid or reduce self-inflicted damage from the collision" This particular ram was originally a CSS warship the General Sterling Price. Captured by the Yankee and from that point forward the USS Price.

A bewildering array of naval vessels, specialized warships used almost exclusively for riverine [brown water] warfare. Ships their usefulness limited to rivers but that limitation hardly a drawback. Union forces putting their riverine warships to good use, with much advantage, an ability to rapidly move manpower, supplies, firepower a big plus.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Gibraltar Cairo.

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Once more extracts with my commentary from those presentations as seen at the Civil War Museum, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA.


"THE GIBRALTAR OF THE WEST"

"Rivers were a major means of transporting supplies from the upper Middle West to supply depots, where goods were moved by boat, train or wagon to armies operating in the field.One of the most important of such depots was located at Cairo, Illinois, at the convergence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. B y 1855, the community already included levees, a dry dock and shipyard, sawmills, warehouses and an iron works.With the star of the war in April 1861, Cairo ('kay-row') became so strategically important that 2,300 soldiers with 15 pieces of field artillery were immediately sent to protect the site. Within months, it was a major military camp with thousand of soldiers, a parade ground, and several barracks. It also boasted a naval yard for outfitting wharfboats - flatboats with shed-like structures - with crews and ordnance. The Illinois Central Railroad carried soldiers, supplies and equipment to Cairo year-round, from The New York Times reported in detail on Cairo's military establishment, gun emplacements and chin of mines across the Mississippi River, calling it 'The Gibraltar of the West.'"


Cairo at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. A strategic location if there ever was one! Three states coming together at one point. Men and material as marshaled for the war effort gaining access further down river [the Mississippi] to those states in rebellion.

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Bounty!

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Again with extracts with my commentary from those presentations as seen at the Civil War Museum, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA.


Bounty!

"As the war dragged on and the need for soldiers deepened, President Abraham Lincoln signed an act on mar 3, 1863, requiring all men between 18 and 45 years of age to enroll into local militia units for possible call to federal service"

. . . .

"To avoid the unpopular need to draft, some communities offered bounties as incentives to volunteers, ranging from $100 to as high as $500 (the price of an eighty acre frontier farm at the time was about $300)"

See my previous blog entry "Me fights mit Sigel" and a description of the bounty as paid to recruits!

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Militias.

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Continuing with extracts and my commentary from those presentations as seen at the Civil War Museum, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA.


Militia! Zouaves!

"Enthusiasm for civilian military training swept Great Britain after the Crimean War of 1854-56 and quickly spread to America, even to the frontier . By 1859 an estimated 1.5 million young men [out of a total American population of about 31 million at the time] were members of active militia units. Military maneuver for pleasure was elevated almost to a national sport, supported by the first generation of Americans to possess the leisure and resources to indulge itself in recreation.Many units, especially in cities, reflected the ethnic origin of their members, and were more social clubs than military companies. But those companies of 40 men each were subject to the call of state governors for duty in time of war or insurrection."


Militiamen in the uniform most popular at the time. Emulating the French Zouaves. Pantaloon rouge!

I knew such militia units existed but that their numbers were so great was a surprise to me. By my quick and dirty calculation that 1.5 million is about one-third of the male adult population of military age [20-45 years] at that exact moment!!

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Chicago Tribune.

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From that previous blog entry:

"Also find at the museum a variety of presentations in the form of a notional newspaper: 'THE WESTERN INDEPENDENT' the topics: 'ITEMS OF INTEREST TO THE UPPER MIDDLE-WEST'"

Here begins a series of blog entries, extracts with my commentary from those presentations as seen at the Civil War Museum, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA.



"Editors and Reporters"

"The Chicago Tribune was the largest and most influential Midwestern newspaper during the Civil War, rivaling papers from Washington D.C., Baltimore and New York. The Tribune employed as many as 29 correspondents and its editors included Charles H. Ray and Joseph Medill. In November 1861, the Tribune said 'spent more money for news telegrams and correspondents than any newspaper out of New York.'"

The Chicago Tribune ardent Republicans and supporters in a major way of abolition.

See headlines of the Chicago Tribune as reporting events as they transpired at the very end of the war, April 1865:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/04/april-1865-v.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/04/april-1865-iv.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/04/april-1865-iii.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/04/april-1865-ii.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/04/april-1865-i.html

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Civil War Museum.

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With some images from a field trip to the Civil War Museum, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA!

"Kenosha Civil War Museum."

"The Civil War Museum is like no other Civil War museum in the country. The museum focuses on the Civil War from the perspective of the people of the seven states of the upper middle west: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. These seven states sent over one million men to serve in the Union army while providing much of the food and raw materials necessary for the northern states to carry on the war."

I recommend this museum highly, without qualification or reservation. If you are in the vicinity of Kenosha, Wisconsin, a visit is well worth the effort.

In particular, manikins as on display representing soldiers of the era very well done, extremely so. Very life-like and presented in realistic and believable postures and poses!

To the images:


This is an officer? The man has dirty brogans! Is that a bottle of liquor I see on the table?


Troops playing cards. Soldiers of slovenly appearance, not attending to their battle kit, cleaning their weapon, practicing marksmanship, drill and ceremonies!


Thief being punished. Sit on the "horse" for a day or so.Painful and humiliating.


The American Civil War was not the first war to be photographed. Merely images made more often than during prior conflicts. Soldiers of the time were fond of being photographed. In the background you can see the thief on the "horse".


Wounded and sick soldiers convalescing in a hospital. Women surprisingly were not thought to be adequate for the task of nursing! More soldiers died during the war from disease and just plain illness than killed in battle.


Yankee troops in winter quarters. Warfare during the period of the American Civil War ordinarily came to a halt during the winter. Fodder for the horses while on the march insufficient or of poor quality.


Chaplin from a Yankee unit on his way home in the aftermath of the war. That figure does look life-like. A lot of attention to detail.


Veterans aged now taking the salute. The man on the right obviously suffering from crippling injury of some sort. Amputation of limbs quite common during that period.

Also find at the museum a variety of presentations in the form of a notional newspaper: "THE WESTERN INDEPENDENT" the topics: "ITEMS OF INTEREST TO THE UPPER MIDDLE-WEST"

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