June 2011

The STZ-3 Soviet Agricultural Tractor Tank

by Daniel Russ on June 30, 2011

“The civil agricultural tractor STZ-3 played a significant role as artillery prime mover during WWII, but also it was used as the base for the self-made tanks in 1941. Soviet army lost a huge amounts of tanks in summer 1941 and because of their great shortage Kharkov tractor factory developed and produced in 1941 several […]

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Vietnam 1971 – 8th Battalion 4th Field Artillery, SP4 Donald Gibler – (K.I.A. 18 Feb 1971)

June 28, 2011

You don’t see this type of journalism very much anymore in America. Mostly soldiers are cordoned away from reporters and forbidden to speak their minds. Then again we lived in a free country back then. Its amazing how many journalists have died covering wars in the lasted two decades but still our fact finding on […]

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Bigfoot, Hauntings, UFOs And Those Infernal Shows About Them.

June 27, 2011

Bigfoot, Hauntings, UFOs And Those Infernal Shows About Them.

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Excogitations On Barbarossa.

June 26, 2011

  Oil could have been one of the driving forces behind Operation Barbarossa. Hitler certainly seemed to lose interest in North Africa and had diverted precious oil and supplies to the East in 1941. That put Rommel in a lose-lose situation. While the Allied tidal wave into North Africa pushed all of Afrika Korps conquests […]

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The Boeing X-48 Blended Wing Concept

June 25, 2011

The Boring X-48 was an experimental US military unmanned Aerial vehicle designed for longer range and heavier duty than today’s drones. This was first test flown in 2007. I think it’s so cool because designers kept changing and improving the airflow dynamics on it even as the test bed itself was discontinued. Knowledge, of course, […]

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The Warsaw Uprising.

June 24, 2011

Warsaw has always been a rat caught between two cats, Germany and Russia. And of course no Pole really believed that the miniscule surprise success of the uprising would be permanent. Himmler, unbeknownst to the brave Polish resistance, was about to commit a massive counter strike on the hapless citizens of Warsaw, a magnificent city that will never be the same. Just thirty years earlier in 1914, the Poles had successfully shed themselves of the Tsars. Now, again, this magnificent city had to defend itself against a massive army. It would turn out to be an unstoppable massacre that the Russians did little to stop and the US and Britain could do little to stop.

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Grant.

June 23, 2011

Ulysses S Grant was an amazing and complex man. There were many sobriquets he carried. General. Soldier. Butcher. Failure. Alcoholic. Taciturn. President. Author. Father. Husband. Businessman. Diplomat. Veteran. Equestrian. Artist. We could go on. But as I begin to read about Grant, it’s not too hard to simply put various parts of his life together […]

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Astronaut Edgar Mitchell’s Testimony On UFOs.

June 22, 2011

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How The Russians Lost Grozny And Then Won It Again.

June 21, 2011

The dissolution of the Soviet Union was not the reason why the army was in bad shape. It certainly didn’t help, but armies often show resilience even after empires fall. The Afghan war was the reason. Widespread desertions, low pay, worn out equipment, and a horrible defeat at the hands of people living the same […]

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Roman Politics Prior To The Roman Civil War

June 20, 2011

In 69 BC, Caesar married Sulla’s daughter, consolidating the power of two dynastic families. During his early years when he ran afoul of powerful people he survived because also was a famous and powerful but didn’t have the wealth needed to grow into a political power.

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Hunting With My Father.

June 19, 2011

A gun has a kind of heft and authority and power that cannot be conveyed with words. When you pick up a Colt Python .357, you feel its weight. You are holding a machine that can take a man’s life. The magnitude of the notion itself is hard to understand until you have gone to […]

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Who Won Here?

June 18, 2011

There are those who keep repeating that Osama Bin Laden’s death is essentially meaningless. They are right in the respect that terror organizations like AQ are organized in decentralized cells. So leadership becomes local on the tactical level. One the other hand you have to remember this about war. If there is one person responsible for a devastating attack, one vainglorious sacrosanct leader who hits you over the head with it like a ball peen hammer and helps to create fear and dissent, and if you believe that ultimately military force is necessary, then there is something to celebrate in this. Bold attacks beget bold counter attacks. They took their time and were tenacious. We took our time and were tenacious. As Ron White might put it, you kill us, we’ll kill ya’ right back.

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Shell Casing Chess Set Built By Marines In Afghanistan.

June 17, 2011

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Battle Of Chesapeake Bay

June 16, 2011

August of 1781. It’s hot and wet in Yorktown. Cornwallis’ troops are inside an ever-tightening noose of cannonades and entrenchments, and withering artillery bombardment. British General Clinton, in New York, is playing the violin. Meanwhile 3000 colonial militia, 8,000 regulars, and 8000 French troops had linked up north of New York and they headed into […]

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Stalin’s Feckless Response To Barbarossa

June 15, 2011

Stalin purged his officer corps in the mid thirties. Too many people with access to the hard power of war machines were chafing under the thumb of the dictator, and he didn’t wait around until they took action. Three out of five Field Marshals, 90% percent of the generals, 80% of the colonels, and fully […]

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Liberty Bell, Famous B-17 Finally Goes Down. They should Stop Flying All B-17s and B-29s Immediately. (Error Corrected)

June 14, 2011

This old bird took off yesterday from Aurora Airport and crew smelled smoke. A Texan T-6 chase plane from the same era reported fire and the plane crash landed at Highway 71 and Minkler Road in Oswego. This was a historic plane and should have been left on the ground. Heck, Civil War re-enacters don’t use real musket balls.

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Take A Look. The Sikorsky X-2 Rotor Hub Assembly Resembles Mystery Assault Seal Team 6 Rotocraft.

June 13, 2011

“As an all-new design, the X2 LTH represents one extreme of the aircraft known to be on offer for the AAS requirement to replace the Army’s OH-58D Kiowa Warriors. At the other extreme is start-up AVX Aircraft’s proposal to upgrade the OH-58Ds with coaxial rotors and ducted fans. In the middle is EADS North America’s offer of the AAS-72X armed derivative of the Army’s UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter.

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The Soccer War

June 12, 2011

  The Honduras had twice the land areas of their neighbor El Salvador. Yet the population of El Salvador was five times the population of the Honduras. By the mid twentieth century, tens of thousands of Salvadorans and Hondurans lived in each other’s countries peaceably. The Salvadorans who migrated to the Honduras tended to be […]

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Robert Gate’s Wake-Up Call.

June 11, 2011

“The blunt reality is that there will be dwindling appetite and patience in the U.S. Congress — and in the American body politic writ large — to expend increasingly precious funds on behalf of nations that are apparently unwilling to devote the necessary resources or make the necessary changes to be serious and capable partners in their own defense,” he said.

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