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  • The All American B-17 – World War II Survival Story

    02/20/2017 3:26:43 AM PST · by Kartographer · 15 replies
    realverse.com ^ | 10/21/15 | KB
    An enemy fighter attacking a 97th Bomb Group formation went out of control, probably with a wounded pilot then continued its crashing descent into the rear of the fuselage of a Fortress named All American, piloted by Lt. Kendrick R. Bragg, of the 414th Bomb Squadron. When it struck, the fighter broke apart, but left some pieces in the B-17. The left horizontal stabilizer of the Fortress and left elevator were completely torn away. The two right engines were out and one on the left had a serious oil pump leak. The vertical fin and the rudder had been damaged,...
  • Iran Defeats America in Tehran’s Newest Animated Film

    02/19/2017 4:43:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 18, 2017 | Matthew Gault
    American troops descend from a helicopter onto a green field peppered by palm-like tees. A fog hangs over the area and all the soldiers are faceless. Masks, mirrored goggles and technological doodads cover their features. Indistinct chatter fills the air as the soldiers move forward, their weapons raised. They’re ready for war.
  • The USS ‘Massachusetts’ Packed Lots of Firepower in a Small Package

    02/19/2017 4:41:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 19, 2017 | Robert Farley
    The U.S. Navy began construction of its first fast battleships in 1937, with the two ships of the North Carolina class. The restrictions of the Washington and London Naval Treaties had imposed a battleship “holiday,” and mandated limits on the size of new warships.
  • Went to the Trump Rally. Holly cow was that a great time

    02/18/2017 6:19:06 PM PST · by napscoordinator · 68 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 18 February 2017 | NAPSCOORDINATOR
    I had the best time today. I decided to take my family to the Trump Rally. It was so much fun. I left for the Rally around 2 o'clock and got there about 3:45. I parked in the Dollar General which I THOUGHT was close....Haha. Nope had to walk a mile to the end of the line. Once we were in line, it was so much fun being among patriots. It really brought home that we are going to be ok. We were immediately behind 3 Law School young guys from University of Florida and a young Lady who was...
  • Trump considering large order of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets!

    02/17/2017 11:49:05 AM PST · by CivilWarBrewing · 48 replies
    February 17, 2017 | CivilWarBrewing
    During his speech before a large Boeing crowd in South Carolina today, President Trump said he is considering a large order for more F/A-18E/F Super Hornets! IMO, the F/A-18 is the all-around greatest fighter jet ever produced. It has proven itself as a reliable and effective all-weather fighter and is a great complement to America's arsenal of F-15's, F-16's, F-22's, and F-35's.
  • 'Rome, Sweet Rome': Could a Single Marine Unit Destroy the Roman Empire?

    02/17/2017 10:16:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 69 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | October 31, 2017 | Alyson Sheppard
    James Erwin was browsing Reddit on his lunch break when a thread piqued his interest. A user called The_Quiet_Earth had posed the question: "Could I destroy the entire Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus if I traveled back in time with a modern U.S. Marine infantry battalion or MEU?" The question struck a chord with the 37-year-old Erwin, a technical writer from Des Moines, Iowa, who happened to be finishing a book called The Encyclopedia of U.S. Military Actions (Through Facts on File). Erwin tells PM that he wasn't impressed by other users' early attempts to answer this question,...
  • Is the US Air Force's X-37B space plane finally set to land after secret two year mission?

    02/17/2017 6:33:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 16, 2017 | Mark Prigg
    One of the most mysterious craft ever to be flown by the US military has been in orbit for almost two years. The X-37B space plane, an experimental program run by the Air Force, launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on May 20, 2015. Now, experts claim it may be about to finally return to Earth - almost two years later.
  • Russia's tank biathlon kicks off with a bang as military beasts compete in 10km race [tr]

    02/17/2017 5:53:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 16, 2017 | Paddy Dinham
    When it comes to high-speed races, a tank may not be the fastest vehicle that springs to mind. But scores of the armoured military beasts were pictured out in force, whizzing round a 10km course to qualify for an international biathlon. The tanks undertake three laps of the circuit, firing at targets as they circle the track, in the ultimate test of complex tank training.
  • China mulls joining U.N. talks on treaty to ban nuclear weapons

    02/16/2017 11:57:16 PM PST · by RC one · 6 replies
    JapanTimes ^ | 2/16/17
    GENEVA/MEXICO CITY – China, one of the five major states possessing nuclear weapons, is thinking of joining U.N. talks on a treaty outlawing nuclear arms starting late March in New York, diplomatic sources said Wednesday. China has heard the views of countries promoting the treaty such as Austria and Mexico in a meeting earlier this month ahead of the start of negotiations at the U.N. headquarters, the sources said. A senior official of the Chinese Foreign Ministry who was at a disarmament-related international meeting in Mexico City admitted Wednesday that China is considering joining the talks but said a final...
  • College, riding club bring rodeo to Fort Huachuca

    02/16/2017 6:56:07 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    U.S. Army .mil Web ^ | Joan Vasey army.mil
    Fort Huachuca, Arizona--The Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation; the Sierra Vista Riding Club; and Cochise College will host the Cochise College Rodeo March 5 and 6 at Wren Arena. Gates open at noon and the rodeo will start at 1 p.m. both days. On March 6, Exceptional Rodeo will start at 10 a.m. at the arena, followed by Cowboy Church at noon. On both March 5 and 6, four-person teams from various units on Fort Huachuca will compete against one another to see which can be the first to put a big pair of underpants on a young...
  • Flynn Affair All Fake - Fake Media Strikes Again - All Proven Once Again

    02/16/2017 5:23:38 AM PST · by tony75034 · 4 replies
    Whatfinger.com ^ | 2/16/2017 | Lord of All Editors
    Alt Left Propaganda Media Bias - Piers Morgan - the leftist was on Hannity and admits much. This is all fake, this is hysteria by the fake journalists like Chuck Todd and fake news outlets. Second Video by Paul Joseph Watson on this whole fake scam (see below). Zero evidence that Flynn misled FBI or did ANYTHING illegal at all. The media is exposed. Spread the word. Their game is to create hysteria over the wind, over the rain every second.
  • Local Business Gives Back to Veterans

    02/15/2017 9:19:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    KTVL ^ | Wednesday, February 15th 2017 | Alexander Mesadieu
    A new business is giving back to veterans in a big way. EZ Sleep Mattress is giving out a free mattresses to Rogue Valley Veterans & Community Outreach for every mattress they sell over $599. Rogue Valley Veterans and Community Outreach is a local organization designed assist low-income and homeless veterans. For EZ Sleep Mattress owners, it's about more than just a sell. A veteran himself, co-owner Tony Kell served in the military for 12 years and is an Iraq combat veteran. Co-owner Mark Reeves says he is excited about this venture and giving back. "This is our business. This...
  • DAMN THE TORPEDOES FULL SPEED AHEAD

    02/15/2017 11:44:08 AM PST · by TomasUSMC · 14 replies
    TOMASUSMC | 15 FEB 2017 | TOMASUSMC
    Damn the Torpedoes FULL SPEED AHEAD. Mr President....damn the Torpedoes, full speed ahead.......a famous Civil War quote from a 63 year old Admiral Farragut ....in those days mines where called torpedoes.....The Union Admiral had lashed himself atop the mainsail to see high above the smoke (sounds like somebody you know?) upon seeing one of his ships hit a torpedo and sink and the rest of his fleet slow down, he commanded FULL SPEED AHEAD DAMN THE TORPEDOES .. . because of his rash/calculated leadership his fleet stormed through the minefield and gained a victory that captured the 3 Forts of...
  • HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO OUR AMERICAN HEROES (Vanity)

    02/14/2017 8:55:01 PM PST · by Maudeen · 2 replies
    Self | 2/14/2017 | Self
    A THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO SERVED AND ARE SERVING!
  • North Korea's 'game changing' new missile is more stable, more efficient -and harder to detect

    02/13/2017 10:48:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | February 13, 2017 | Julian Ryall
    The new type of intermediate-range ballistic missile launched by North Korea on Sunday is a "game changer", according to analysts, because it uses a solid fuel engine that makes the weapon more stable and reduces the time required to fuel a missile before launch. The Pukguksong-2 is also road-mobile on tractor-erector-launcher units, analysts point out, all of which means that the weapon is more difficult to detect and neutralise before it is launched.
  • A Marine explains which state would win if the US declared war on itself

    02/13/2017 8:02:57 AM PST · by tekrat · 104 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/13/2017 | Jon Davis
    We recently came across the following question on Quora: “ If every state of the USA declared war against each other, which would win?“ We’ve published the full answer from Quora user Jon Davis, a Marine veteran who is now a writer and blogger on military, veterans, and Middle Eastern affairs. In Oct. 2014, Davis’ answer was optioned by a Hollywood producer for a potential television series. These are the accounts of the Second American Civil War, also known as the Wars of Reunification and the American Warring States Period.
  • The Media’s War against Michael Flynn

    02/12/2017 9:14:23 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 27 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 11 Feb, 2016 | Aram Bakshian Jr.
    The Logan Act of 1799, which most Americans have never heard about and which has never been enforced, has suddenly become a big topic in Washington. It would be funny if it weren’t serious. The target is national security adviser Michael Flynn. There are plenty of reasons to wonder about Flynn’s policies, most notably on Iran. But in Washington, political differences have become war by other means. What Flynn’s views are isn’t even the main issue. Instead, it’s what can be used to take him down only a few weeks into his new post.......... If Flynn did, indeed, suggest that...
  • RIP Hal Moore, All-American Badass Whose Bravery On The Battlefield Inspired 'We Were Soldiers'

    02/12/2017 9:12:29 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 22 replies
    IJR ^ | 02/11/17 | BENNY JOHNSON
    America has lost a hero. Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, the legendary commander of 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam, whose bravery on the battlefield inspired the movie 'We Were Soldiers' has passed away. “He served his country with distinction and valor for over 32 years during the wars in Korea and Vietnam where he was immortalized,” the Army said in a powerful statement. Moore was 94. After being accepted to West Point in 1942, Moore served in the Korean War and commanded a heavy mortar company. He became a professor at West Point after the war, educating a young...
  • Italy’s World War II Battleships Were Lovely, But Not Exactly the Best

    02/12/2017 5:25:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 12, 2017 | Robert Farley
    Italy’s Regia Marina was one of the busiest navies of the interwar period. Four old battleships were rebuilt so completely that they barely resembled their original configuration. This helped Italy achieve what was really, by the late 1930s, significant ship-to-ship superiority over the French Navy.
  • Lt. General Hal Moore....An Amazing American Hero

    02/11/2017 6:26:59 PM PST · by ICE-FLYER · 5 replies
    Stripes ^ | 11 Feb 2017 | Iceflyer
    I am greatly saddened today at the passing of Lt General Hal Moore. I would never have thought that in my Air Force career that it would be an Army General who would leave the greatest impression on me. This post is to reflect on that impact. In 2006 I attended Air Command and Staff College. After interviewing with 75+ others for 17 coveted slots on the Gathering of Eagles team I was selected to be one and could not believe my fortune. Through several weeks of work as a team we had selected our “Eagles” to come to the...
  • Is NATO Really Ready for a War?

    02/10/2017 8:44:34 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 29 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 9 Feb, 2017 | Elisabeth Braw
    When Jürgen Bornemann was a junior army officer in West Germany’s Bundeswehr, he spent many months of every year practicing getting his unit from its base to likely conflict zones near West Germany’s border with East Germany. His unit was not alone. “Entire divisions were moved within West Germany,” Bornemann, who went on to become a lieutenant general and director general of NATO’s international staff, told me. (A division consists of some fifteen thousand soldiers.) Practicing movements involving tens of thousands of troops towards potential hot spots was, in fact, a main component of NATO’s Cold War defense planning. “NATO...
  • Army Lifts Ban on Dreadlocks, and Black Servicewomen Rejoice

    02/10/2017 12:56:21 PM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 10, 2017 | Christopher Mele
    Black women serving in the United States Army are cheering revised regulations that permit hair locks, ending what critics said were years of scrutiny and confusing enforcement of rules about their appearance.
  • Vanity: a solution to the immigration/refugee problem.

    02/09/2017 11:05:17 PM PST · by RC one · 17 replies
    For every refugee that makes it into America, 5 Mexicans get deported. National Guard to the border with full combat loads and new troops get rotated in every 6 months. Nobody makes it back across the border. Officers that complain are relieved of their commissions and replaced by enthusiastic officers. F the 9th circuit court.
  • Marine behaving inappropriately

    02/09/2017 4:15:45 PM PST · by rey · 73 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 9 Feb 2017
    Doesn't the SSgt in this picture have the wrong buckle? Where are the crossed rifles in his insignia? Where's the blood stripe on his trousers? Also, where's his cover and what about PDAs? And he has a wedding ring! It would be one thing if he were in Bangkok but he clearly isn't. Is this a case of stolen valor or just a stolen kiss? http://www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/6637616-181/20-things-you-may-not?artslide=0
  • The last conservative empire: Putin's amazing speech about traditionnal values

    02/09/2017 2:50:30 PM PST · by Conservative Kirovs · 33 replies
    We must admit that most of western nations live under values and ideas that literally erase national culture and history. I live in France, and I can see that every single information in this country is shared and analyzed from a leftist point of view, from history facts in school programs to modern geopolitical phenomenons. I've studied with attention what french kids learn in school today: there are no alternative lessons to the critisism of monarchy, to the praise of French revolutions and leftist reforms in the XIX and XX centuries. Television programs and news put an incredible amount of...
  • The French S35 Was a Good Tank Wasted by Bad Generals

    02/09/2017 6:20:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 51 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 9, 2017 | Robert Beckhusen
    The fall of France in 1940, one of the 20th century’s most consequential disasters, wasn’t supposed to have happened. The French military was larger — on paper — and technologically superior to its German enemy. Testifying to the French advantage is the Somua S35, a plump, cute tank which was one of the best tanks in the world in 1940. Hundreds went into action in May 1940, but to little avail.
  • Army Preps for Urban Warfare in MegaCities: “Mass Migration, Disaster and Inner-City Turmoil”

    02/08/2017 9:41:22 AM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 47 replies
    SHTFplan.com ^ | 2/7/17 | Mac Slavo
    There will be war in the streets of America. Things have been engineered that way. The scenarios are many, the issues are complex. The current anger from the left, who are violently protesting against President Trump, is just one aspect of it. But the Pentagon and the U.S. national security structure is increasingly looking towards the shifting demographics around the globe – people have moved from rural areas, and shifted into cities. Where ever conflict stirs, there will be a need for military and SWAT response to the call. Entire cities will be locked down; door to door sweeps will...
  • In case anyone is interested. Site offering a free Trump Country Bumper sticker can be found here

    02/07/2017 12:39:57 PM PST · by ranair34 · 20 replies
    TrumpCountryStuff.com ^ | 02/07/2017 | Trumpcountrystuff
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  • Judge Robart’s Black Humor

    02/06/2017 10:24:55 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 6, 2017 | Roger Kimball
    The funniest part of Judge James L. Robart’s cursory, six-and-a-bit-page restraining order against Donald Trump’s executive order -- which temporarily suspends travel into the United States from seven notorious sponsors of terrorism -- comes at the end: "Fundamental to the work of this court is a vigilant recognition that it is but one of three equal branches of our federal government. The work of the court is not to create policy or judge the wisdom of any particular policy promoted by the other two branches. " Ha! What a card! The Left goes shopping for a likeminded judge, and finds...
  • American soldiers on reassurance mission bring life to small Polish town

    02/04/2017 7:54:07 AM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | February 3, 2017 | MARTIN EGNASH
    ZAGAN, Poland — This hamlet in the wooded countryside is hours from Wroclaw, the nearest sizeable city, with narrow winding streets and large communist-era prefab block buildings. It’s in a need of a makeover, and it just might get one. The town is home to an expansive military installation, where Poland’s 11th Armored Cavalry Division is based. Earlier this week, the United States sent an armored combat brigade here as part of a NATO effort to assure eastern allies concerned about potential Russian aggression since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014. But the U.S. brought more than tanks and equipment...
  • Coming Soon: An American-Made Kalashnikov

    02/03/2017 9:49:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/25 | Aaron Smith
    Soon you'll be able to buy an American-made Kalashnikov. Kalashnikov USA, which split from its Russian parent company three years ago, will start selling a semiautomatic 12-gauge shotgun called the KS-12 in February, CEO Brian Skinner told CNNMoney. The gun is being produced at a new factory in Pompano Beach, Florida, and will probably cost at least $750. Skinner said the company is still trying to determine the price, which depends on the cost of manufacturing. Later this year, the company will start selling a semiautomatic 9-millimeter pistol, with a carbine version to follow. Kalashnikov USA also has plans to...
  • Russian Kalashnikov Group Adding 1,700 Jobs Due to Export Orders

    02/03/2017 2:33:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Guns ^ | 2/03/17 | Chris Eger
    The Kalashnikov Concern– which manufactures guns under the Kalashnikov, Baikal and Izhmash brands– announced they plan to grow their production staff by at least 30 percent in 2017. Company officials said the plan, which will add a third shift to their factories, is to keep up with growing and potential demand for their products overseas. “The decision to strengthen the personnel of the Kalashnikov Group was taken amid the production orders growth due to the increased volume of export orders”, said Alexey Krivoruchko, CEO of the Kalashnikov Group in a statement. “We are facing a challenging task to handle the...
  • Hockey Loves the USA/Vanity

    02/03/2017 12:14:22 PM PST · by CGASMIA68 · 14 replies
    https://twitter.com/i/videos/tweet/789970623871279104
  • Chorus Hymns Instrumental; Look In (Show More);

    02/03/2017 6:43:19 AM PST · by Revski
    Revski's Youtube Ministry ^ | 2/3/2017 | Revski
    This instrumental is short but informative, of our Eternal Savior, Jesus Christ. The pictorials are of, Greg Olson's art work and I cover mandolin. The chorus hymns is; Victory In Jesus; accompanied with lyrics.
  • No Big Deal Or Anything But Sarah Silverman Just Called For A Coup To Overthrow The Government

    02/03/2017 4:34:55 AM PST · by RC one · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | Feb 02, 2017 10:50 AM | Christine Rousselle
    Let's take a minute to pray for comedian Sarah Silverman, who has clearly lost her mind in the wake of the election.[...] (Amen)Now that that's over, let's take a gander at this tweet, sent out on Wednesday evening. In it, Silverman said that people need to "wake up and join the resistance" and that "once the military is w [sic] us fascists get overthrown." She also linked to a tweet that outlined the actions of the Trump administration on February 1, which included such horrors as Rex Tillerson being made Secretary of State and Trump flying to greet the remains...
  • RIP Christopher Scott Kyle

    02/02/2017 2:40:50 PM PST · by Dacula · 8 replies
    02/02/2017
    April 8, 1974 - February 2, 2013 Chief Petty Officer (SEAL), US NAVY
  • Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan appears in court long after death sentence

    02/02/2017 3:03:24 AM PST · by Jaysin · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1/29/2015
    An army psychiatrist who killed 13 people in a shooting rampage at a Texas army base is set to appear in court. Nidal Hasan is scheduled to attend a hearing Thursday at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he is being held on military death row. Army officials say the judge, Colonel Tara Osborn, wants to review “routine matters” in Hasan’s case. Fort Hood shooter Ivan Lopez showed no warning signs before spree – army Read more Among those issues is who defends Hasan during his appeals. His lead defense counsel is now an army judge but has continued to represent him....
  • After decades of service, the USS Enterprise will take her final bow Friday

    02/01/2017 10:49:59 AM PST · by TermLimitsforAll · 124 replies
    WKTR ^ | 1/31/2017 | Todd Corillo
    The sun is setting on one of the most famous warships to ever serve in the U.S. Naval Fleet. On Feb. 3, the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) will be officially decommissioned at the Newport News Shipyard, the same place where the ship was built decades ago. On December 1, 2012, the USS Enterprise was inactivated at Naval Station Norfolk less than a month after returning from her final deployment, marking her 25th and final homecoming after 51 years of service. In June 2013, the USS Enterprise made her final voyage, transiting from Naval Station Norfolk to the Newport News Shipyard...
  • Germany sends tanks to Lithuania for NATO mission

    01/31/2017 11:37:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 64 replies
    Reuters ^ | Reuters | January 31, 2017
    Germany began sending tanks and other equipment to Lithuania on Tuesday as part of a NATO mission to beef up the defense of eastern Europe and send a signal of resolve to Russia, which has denounced the build-up as an act of aggression. The German army command said it was sending about 200 vehicles, including 30 tanks, by train to Lithuania along with 450 troops, the first of whom arrived last week. The transports would continue until late February.
  • It’s Time to Create a Megacities Combat Unit

    01/31/2017 6:43:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Modern War Institute ^ | January 31, 2017 | John Spencer
    Every year, more and more of the world’s population moves into cities. The number of megacities is growing exponentially. Both of these global patterns and their inevitable consequences for military operations are well documented. Yet we still do not have units that are even remotely prepared to operate in megacities. If we want to find success on the urban battlefields the US Army will inevitably find itself fighting on in the future, that needs to change.
  • Russia Unleashes Artillery in Eastern Ukraine

    01/31/2017 6:33:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 65 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 31, 2017 | Robert Beckhusen
    One of the most characteristically Russian methods of warfighting is the heavy use of artillery. In Syria, Russian artillery gave a boost to a Syrian army badly depleted by years of heavy fighting. In eastern Ukraine, combined Russian-separatist forces continue to exchange artillery fire with the Ukrainian army on a regular basis.
  • Obituary for Matthew J. Pearce

    01/31/2017 6:28:23 AM PST · by NEMDF · 16 replies
    Windsor Locks Funeral Home ^ | January 30, 2017 | Unknown
    Obituary for Matthew Pearce Matthew James Pearce, 32, of Jacksonville, NC passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Matt was born August 6, 1984, in Hartford, CT and raised in Windsor Locks and East Hartford where he attended local schools and was a graduate of East Hartford High School Class of 2002. After high school he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps serving two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. Matt proudly served as a Sergeant and was honorably discharged in 2014 after 12 years of dedicated service to his country. He...
  • Two sailors are killed when Yemen SUICIDE BOATS smash into Saudi warship

    01/31/2017 6:18:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 31, 2017 | Dave Burke
    Two crew members on a Saudi warship were killed after an attack by three 'suicide boats' which caused a large explosion. The vessel was targeted off the western coast of Yemen by the armed Houthi movement. Three sailors were also injured in the attack.
  • The Chauchat Wasn’t the S******** Machine Gun — But It Was Still Pretty S***** [ed]

    01/30/2017 10:07:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 30, 2017 | Matthew Moss
    Widely — and wrongly — vilified as one of the worst machine guns ever made, the Modele 1915 CSRG “Chauchat” entered French army service in 1915. It was the first mass-produced automatic rifle to see military service anywhere in the world. But the poor quality of the gun’s manufacture lent it a reputation for failure that it could never shake.
  • The Curious Case of the U.S. Army's M551 Sheridan Light Tank

    01/30/2017 10:02:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    National Interest ^ | January 27, 2017 | Sebastien Roblin
    The M551 Sheridan light tank is largely remembered as a curiosity, an innovative weapon system that proved an overcomplicated failure in action. However, several hundred Sheridans provided useful service in three wars, and left behind a small but noticeable gap in the force structure since being withdrawn in the 1990s that the Army has struggled to fill. That’s because the Sheridan was easily transported by air and could even be dropped by parachute.
  • After 8 Years Of Unbroken War, Obama Hands Over Conflicts To Trump

    01/29/2017 8:57:08 PM PST · by RC one · 6 replies
    NPR ^ | January 18, 20176:50 PM ET | David Welna
    Among the many things President Obama will be handing off to his successor this week: stubborn wars in three separate countries. Obama came to office eight years ago vowing to end U.S. military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet President-elect Trump stands to inherit the nation's longest war ever in Afghanistan, as well as renewed fighting in Iraq that has spread to Syria. The outgoing president was reminded of the persistence of those wars at the pomp-filled farewell ceremony the Pentagon put on for him him earlier this month at a nearby military base. "Mr. President, we've been at war...
  • A look at President Obama’s final drone kill count, now that his time in office has come to a close

    01/29/2017 3:22:14 PM PST · by RC one · 16 replies
    Rare ^ | January 23, 2017 10:34 am
    “Turns out I’m really good at killing people,” President Obama reportedly said in 2011. “Didn’t know that was gonna be a strong suit of mine.” As much as his White House attempted to downplay that aspect of his presidency, it was a strong suit — if that rather glib term can be fairly applied to such a macabre achievement. Nowhere was Obama’s grim talent so evident as in his drone strike program, and now that his time in office has officially come to a close, we have his final drone kill count. Well, sort of. By the Obama administration’s own...
  • Water restrictions imposed at Pittsburgh VA hospital

    01/29/2017 8:03:38 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Sunday, January 29, 2017 | Associated Press
    Dr. Brooke Decker, the hospital’s director of infection protection, said the restrictions include no use of the water supply for drinking, showering, bathing or washing hands. Portable hand-washing stations have been set up and bagged ice and bottled water are being provided. Legionnaire’s disease killed at least six Pittsburgh VA patients and sickened 22 others in 2011 and 2012.
  • The 1911 Semiautomatic Pistol: Why America's Enemies Still Fear This 100-Year-Old Gun

    01/28/2017 9:22:37 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 90 replies
    The Natural Interest ^ | 28 Jan, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    For more than a hundred years, one weapon has travelled with American troops into almost every crisis, hot spot and war the United States has participated in. Developed as a response to Washington’s first overseas insurgency, the 1911 pistol still accompanies U.S. forces today around the world. The 1911 semiautomatic pistol was invented by John Moses Browning, one of the most successful—and some would say, legendary—inventors of firearms who ever lived. Between 1879 and 1926 the prolific Browning invented some of the most successful firearms ever made, including the 1911 pistol, the Browning Hi-Power pistol, the Browning Automatic Rifle and...
  • Most Armed Man in America

    01/27/2017 3:49:21 PM PST · by Robert DeLong · 34 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 17, 2016 | Hot Brass and Bullets
    Check out this old guy's arsenal and toys.