Great Naval Weaponry Footage Against Somali Pirates

April 15, 2020

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F-18 Carrier Take Off & Landing Pilot POV

April 10, 2020

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Ernie Pyle’s Greatest Post

April 5, 2020
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The Death of Captain Waskow           AT THE FRONT LINES IN ITALY, January 10, 1944 – In this war I have known a lot of officers who were loved and respected by the soldiers under them. But never have I crossed the trail of any man as beloved as Capt. Henry […]

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Extremely High -Rez Shot of Mars

March 31, 2020
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Mr. Scott.

March 25, 2020

James Doohan March 3, 1920 – July 20, 2005   He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, the youngest of four children. And although he was known most for his Scottish Engineer character: Scotty, he was in fact Irish. Or that’s where his people emigrated from to get to Canada.   He had joined the […]

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The DUKW

March 20, 2020
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Its nomenclature notwithstanding, the DUKW was one of the most successful collaborations between the US government weapons procurement mission and competent scientific and engineering experts.   The idea was to create a vehicle that could move troops from troop ships to a beachhead. It was designed by Rod Stephens who designed luxury yachts. Also Dennis […]

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Ernie Pyle Suffered Just Like Everyone Else.

March 15, 2020
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  About a thousand GIs and British soldiers who showed signs of Malaria were left behind before the HUSKY transports departed. Another ten thousand cases would sweep across 7th Army and another twelve thousand through the British 8th Army.   The Catalania Plains in the area around Messina in north east Sicily feature swamps, and […]

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Original D-Day Cricket Clickers

March 8, 2020
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One of the ideas for keeping Operation Overlord a secret even during the invasion was to have paratroopers communicate with clicker, so Germans would not suspect a thing when they hear clicking, that could come from insects.   The Original Cricket Clickers were to be used on the first day only,  simple I click once […]

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The Original United States World War II Official US Army 6 X 30 Binoculars with an M17 Leather Case

March 1, 2020
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    This is sold out but amazingly these are still around. I found these on International Military Antiques, wherever found many wonders. These were improved military binoculars and as such were water proofed and came with optical lens coating to lower glare. I am amazed that these M17 leather cases still even exist.     Related […]

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The Amazing Cluster That Invading Sicily Became

February 25, 2020
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    From Rick Atkinson’s Day of Battle. “Ships wallowed like treasure laden galleons on the Spanish Main. The American convoys alone carried more than 100,000 tons  of supplies.  5,000 tons of crated airplanes, 7000 tons of coal, 19,000 tons of signal equipment the expedition manifest was Homerian in scale and variety. 6.6 million rations, […]

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Wow.

February 20, 2020

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More Astonishing Facts About US War Production in WW II.

February 15, 2020
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“From late February to late March, 130 ships sailed for Africa with 84,000 soldiers, 24,000 vehicles, and a million tons of cargo. Although the U.S. II Corps lost more armor at Kasserine pass than the Germans had massed at the beginning of the battle, those losses were replaced immediately. Other material appeared just as fast. […]

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The Astonishing Industrial Capacity of World War II America.

February 9, 2020
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In January 1943 Eisenhower told his staff and requisition officers that he desperately needed trucks. Less than a month later, a convoy left Norfolk, Virginia, Baltimore, Maryland and New York, New York. It was 20 heavy cargo ships.   It conveyed 5000 two and a half ton trucks, 2000 cargo trailers, 400 dump trucks, 80 […]

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Bernard Montgomery. Brilliant General. Otherwise, Quite Difficult.

February 4, 2020
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From Rick Atkinson’s brilliant An Army at Dawn.   “Sparks flew up around Montgomery. He was puerile, petty, and egocentric, bereft of irony, humility, and a sense of proportion. It would not suffice for him to succeed. You have to fail. ‘If he admitted to an error, it was always minor, and served , like […]

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Return to Lake Trasimène. A Failure of Intelligence

January 25, 2020

It’s odd talking about a battle I wrote about ten years ago. But this is not my first visit to Lake Trasimène. This is: ( https://civilianmilitaryintelligencegroup.com/1807/the-battle-of-lake-trasimene) The new insight is that Faminius did not know what he was facing. Flaminius was also completely outclassed by this trickster. After having humiliated the Romans at the Trebia […]

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Trebia. 218 BC

January 20, 2020

  Trebia was the first major set piece battle between the Carthaginians and the Romans during the second Punic war. This was all out war by a competent and powerful foreign army inside Rome that the Romans couldn’t extract from their country for there years The Carthaginians had 38000 men and the Romans under Scipio […]

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Ticinus

January 14, 2020
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  Publius Cornelius Scipio   In the fiorst battle of the Second Punic War, we see something rarely this nuanced. But we see cleverness.   After crossing the Alps, Hannibal finally arrived in northern Italy with 12,000 African infantry, 8,000 Iberian infantry, and 4,000 cavalry.   Polybius is sure of these numbers because, he reports, […]

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Now the Chinese made their first aircraft carrier the same way they built they first mobile phone: They stole one and replicated it from the ground up.

January 9, 2020

    In a story a secret cabal of Chinese military officers put a Chinese basketball star up to buying Varyag from a Ukrainian shipyard under the cover story that the incomplete vessel would be used to serve as a floating casino. Instead, it was radically overhauled and rebuilt into a pure carrier with Chinese hardware. The Shandong, […]

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The Yom Kippur War Was A Proxy War For Missile Manufacturers.

January 4, 2020

Of course, the conflict in the Mideast is rooted in differences that are more than recent policy proposals. Their differences go back 1000 years. Oddly, they light a fire that burns so well for weapons manufacturers and regional powers.   The Yom Kippur War was begun by Assad of Syria and Anwar Sadat of Egypt […]

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Dresden

December 29, 2019
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February 13, 14, 15. In four waves, 722 British heavy bombers and 427 USAAF assets dropped about 4000 tons of high explosive and incendiary munitions on a quaint little bedroom community called Dresden.   This was part of British Air Minister Arthur Harris’s strategy of Strategic Bombing.   A survivor commented:   It is not […]

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