Russia Deploys Unsupervised Robot Guards.

by Daniel Russ on August 19, 2014

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Dmitry Andreyev of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces announced recently that  five Russian missile bases will now be patrolled and guarded by armed robots. Izhevsk Radio Plant was the firm that developed the 2000 pound tracked vehicle. It uses a laser rangefinder and radar sensors. It travels around 35 miles per hour over rough terrain and is armed with a 50 12.7mm heavy machine gun.

New Scientist Magazine forwarded questions to the makers about who authorizes kills. In the US, each strike is authorize by a Judge Advocate General at the controls. This would be one of the first times in history a robot defense system was employed full time.

Deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin said “We have to conduct battles without any contact, so that our boys do not die, and for that it is necessary to use war robots.”

The worry is premature. We have more to fear from land mines that never know when to quit killing.

 

Source: New Scientist Magazine, BBC

 

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French World War I Postcards.

by Daniel Russ on August 17, 2014

 

Recently an associate of mine, Mike Alberts, revealed that he had in his possession hundreds of postcards from his grandfather who served as an infantryman in the German Army in World War I. They are amazing and we are currently trying to get them translated. Many are the postcards that were pre printed for the post office on one side and freshly taken photos on the other side. In his honor, I publish these French World War I postcards that I found in The Vault, Rebecca Onion’s much lauded history blog published at Slate Magazine. Mike, here’s to posterity.

 

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 Translation: The Heck With The Zeppelins

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Translation: To Victory!

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Translation: Flowers For Our Heroes

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Translation: Letter To Our Dear Father, Yours Two Children, Through All The Danger, Send All Their Love and All Their Kisses

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Source: Slate Magazine

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General Douglas MacArthur

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General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) John Gunther wrote, “General MacArthur took more territory, with less loss of life, than any military commander since Darius the Great.” MacArthur was raised in august military tradition, the son and grandson of US Army officers, many who shined while doing battle on both sides of the American Civil War and […]

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And Even More Nose Art

August 13, 2014

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August 11, 2014

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The United States Decides To Stop Manufacturing Anti Personnel Mines.

August 9, 2014

    It has been a long time coming. A muscular military complex added to traditionally dilatory government bureaucracies made it almost impossible to move legislation banning the use of a popular weapon. But land mines kill long after the war is over. Even today somewhere across the world, about 70 people are injured or […]

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August 5, 2014

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Peleliu. A Battle Few Have Heard Of Was Considered The Hardest Fought In The Pacific.

August 3, 2014

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