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  • Operation Pedestal. The Crucial Malta Convoy of 1942

    03/05/2015 1:01:13 PM PST · by Vanders9 · 7 replies
    Channel 4 ^ | 02/23/14 | Alan Murgatroyd
    The story of one of the truly epic events in the history of naval warfare. The survival of Malta was the vital hinge upon which turned the whole Allied strategy in the Mediterranean Theatre of war. This film describes how a vital convoy was forced through to relieve the valiant island of Malta, despite appalling losses.
  • Why the Marine Hymn Contains "Shores of Tripoli"

    03/05/2015 8:19:50 AM PST · by Parmy · 36 replies
    Subject: Why the Marine Hymn Contain Shores of Tripoli"... Interesting bit of history. This may be one of the more informative history lessons you ever read. Why the Marine Hymn Contains the Verse "To the Shores of Tripoli" Most Americans are unaware of the fact that over two hundred years ago the United States had declared war on Islam and Thomas Jefferson led the charge! At the height of the eighteenth century, Muslim pirates were the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic. They attacked every ship in sight, and held the crews for exorbitant...
  • The BMP Is Part Tank, Part Taxi

    03/05/2015 4:46:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 4, 2015 | S.K. Au-Yeong
    When the Cold War escalated in the 1950s, the United States and its European allies knew that the Warsaw Pact far outnumbered the alliance’s own tanks, artillery and infantry. Should the Soviets launch an invasion of Western Europe, the NATO armies expected — and planned—to use tactical nuclear weapons to make up for their inferior numbers.
  • USS Ranger leaving Puget Sound for Texas scrap yard

    03/04/2015 5:39:45 PM PST · by llevrok · 39 replies
    KOMO TV (Seattle) News ^ | 3/4/2015 | Jon Humbert
    BREMERTON, Wash. -- Naval Sea Systems Command says the mothballed aircraft carrier USS Ranger will be towed out of Puget Sound on Thursday on its way to be scrapped in Texas. Robert Johnson sees more than a relic of gray steel and worn rivets when he looks across the Sinclair Inlet. He sees home. "It gave me a piece of my soul I think," the Navy Vietnam veteran said. It is the same ship that is on his hat, the USS Ranger, a massive aircraft carrier. "A lot of people served on it. A lot of people worked on it,...
  • US billionaire Paul Allen discovers wreck of Japan's biggest warship Musashi

    03/04/2015 3:37:21 PM PST · by mojito · 36 replies
    Guardian/AFP ^ | 3/4/2015 | Unattributed
    Sunk without trace in what some historians consider the greatest naval battle ever fought, the mightiest battleship ever built has been found off the Philippines by one of the worlds wealthiest men. Paul Allen, the multibillionaire Microsoft co-founder, on Tuesday posted photographs of the wreck of the Musashi, a second world war Japanese battleship that, with its sister-ship the Yamato, was the largest and most heavily-armed warship ever launched. WW2 Battleship Musashi sank 1944 is FOUND, Allen announced on Twitter, beneath a ghostly underwater photograph of the mammoth vessels rusting, coral-encrusted bow clearly bearing the chrysanthemum crest of the Japanese...
  • Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession

    03/04/2015 10:33:25 AM PST · by Crapolla · 22 replies
    U.S. Army War College ^ | February 17, 2015 | Dr. Leonard Wong, Dr. Stephen J. Gerras
    Brief Synopsis Untruthfulness is surprisingly common in the U.S. military even though members of the profession are loath to admit it. Further, much of the deception and dishonesty that occurs in the profession of arms is actually encouraged and sanctioned by the military institution. The end result is a profession whose members often hold and propagate a false sense of integrity that prevents the profession from addressingor even acknowledgingthe duplicity and deceit throughout the formation. It takes remarkable courage and candor for leaders to admit the gritty shortcomings and embarrassing frailties of the military as an organization in order to...
  • How to be a Special Ops Operator

    03/04/2015 9:53:16 AM PST · by w1n1 · 19 replies
    Happy Hump Day, here are somethings that you can do to make it look like you're a Special Op Operator. First one is you can customize your favorite AR15 with these accessories, see picture below. If you want to see more of the girl in the bikini, you can see the rest of this on "how to be a Special Ops Operator" here.
  • Now Hold On A Minute How Does This Work Again? - Missile Guidance System

    03/04/2015 9:03:36 AM PST · by Abathar · 28 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | Jan-28-2015
    I'm so confused now... (video at link)
  • Will Netanyahu's speech pave the way to ending Israel not signing Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty?

    03/04/2015 7:33:23 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 26 replies
    3/4/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    The NPT was signed in 1968 and became affective in 1970. Concerning non signatories for the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty), Pakistan, India, Israel and South Sudan fall into this list. North Korea withdrew from it, and the rest of the world is either a recognized nuclear weapon state ratifier, a recognized nuclear weapon state acceder, and so on. There are five nuclear weapons states from the NPT (the U.S., Russia, China, France and Great Britain), other states known and/or highly suspect for possessing nuclear weapons (Israel) and states suspected of developing nuclear weapons (Saudi Arabia, Iran and others). There are...
  • Microsoft billionaire finds wreck of legendary Japanese battleship Musashi: [truncated]

    03/04/2015 6:14:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 44 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 4, 2015 | Flora Drury
    Microsoft's co-founder has used his own submarine to find the wreck of the Japanese Navy's biggest warship - which has lain undiscovered at the bottom of the ocean for the past 70 years. Paul Allen revealed his amazing discovery to the world on Tuesday, by posting a photo to Twitter of the World War II battleship Musashi's rusty bow, which bore the Japanese empire's Chrysanthemum seal. The Musashi - which, along with its sister ship Yamato, was the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleship ever constructed - was sunk by the U.S. Navy in 1944, taking with it more than...
  • Postwar Rape: Were Americans As Bad as the Soviets? (German author/revisionism)

    03/02/2015 10:36:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | March 02, 2015 06:36 PM | Klaus Wiegrefe
    In the popular imagination, American GIs in postwar Germany were well-liked and well-behaved. But a new book claims that US soldiers raped up to 190,000 women at the end of World War II. Is there any truth to the controversial claim? [] German historian Miriam Gebhardt, well known in Germany for her book about leading feminist Alice Schwarzer and the feminist movement, has now published a new volume casting doubt on the accepted version of Americas role in German postwar history. The work, which came out in German on Monday, takes a closer look at the rape of German...
  • Snapshot of an LEO

    03/02/2015 12:22:22 PM PST · by w1n1 · 3 replies
    wshootingjournal ^ | 3/2/2015 | D Breteau
    An interview with John Parow St. Lucie County Sheriffs Department D Breteau) Why did you become a Law Enforcement Officer? John Parow) It sounds like a clich answer but I actually got into law enforcement because I truly like helping people. In this field, many people dont like us overall but if I can help one person then that is what I am looking for. DB) Worst day as a cop? JP) February 28th 2013. On this day a fellow sergeant and friend was murdered while doing his job. During a traffic stop, the suspect exited his vehicle and...
  • The Evolution of the Sniper Rifle Infograph

    03/02/2015 7:04:45 AM PST · by w1n1 · 8 replies
    This is a quick down and dirty of the main sniper rifles that was significant from past to present and had made huge contribution to the U.S. war campaigns. View the evolution of sniper rifle infograph here.
  • 15 Megatons of Hell: The Castle Bravo Nuke Test

    03/02/2015 6:55:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 72 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | March 2, 2015 | Paul Huard
    Sixty-one years ago on an island in the South Pacific, scientists and military officers, fishermen and Marshall Islands natives observed first-hand what Armageddon would be like. And it almost killed them all. The Atomic Energy Commission code-named the nuclear test Castle Bravo. The March 1, 1954 experiment was the first thermonuclear explosion based on practical technology that would lead to a deliverable H-bomb for the Air Forces Strategic Air Commandpart of the Operation Castle series of tests needed to manufacture the high-yield weapons. Bravo was the worst radiological disaster in American atomic testing historybut the test provided information that led...
  • This Is Why the Navy Can't Have Nice Railguns

    03/01/2015 7:09:14 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 37 replies
    motherboard ^ | 2-9-15 | Ben Richmond
    ​The US Navy has been wowing people with electromagnetic railguns, a long-range electrically-powered weapon, in concept and prototy​pe for years now. But the single big obstacle that keeps the railgun off boats remains the same as it ever was: ships can’t generate enough power to fire them. At the Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo, Vice Adm. William Hilarides explaine​d that three problems with the railgun remain: room on ships, integrating the new weapons with the old weapons systems, and power—as in, not enough of it. The railgun doesn’t rely on chemical explosions like more conventional weapons. Instead, the...
  • Our Nations Heroes - We Salute You

    02/28/2015 5:10:29 PM PST · by Windflier
    LiveLeak.com ^ | 28 February 2015 | Unknown
    Freedom is the unimpeded pursuit of happiness and prosperity in America. Freedom is something our veterans fight for and fight to defend. Thank you to all current and former armed service members for standing up to answer the call to defend our freedom. (click link for video)
  • This Day In U.S. Military History - 27 February 1945

    02/27/2015 4:27:50 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 3 replies
    Today we pay homage to a trio of WWII Medal Of Honor recipients: Pfc. Herman C. Wallace Company B, 301st Engineer Combat Battalion, 76th Infantry Division Gy.Sgt. William Gary Walsh, USMC Company G, 3d Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division Pvt. Wilson Douglas Watson, USMCR 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division "I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life.I am prepared to give my life in their defense."
  • Super Fast Pistol Shooting

    02/27/2015 1:52:57 PM PST · by w1n1 · 2 replies
    wsj ^ | 2/27/2015 | wsj
    Watch this guy from Spartan 360 Tactical Defense go through a series of fast shooting with the pistol doing the Mozambique and One on One drills. Super fast pistol shooting here.
  • Immigration Question

    02/27/2015 1:50:59 PM PST · by neverbluffer · 11 replies
    SELF | 02/27/2015 | NEVERBLUFFER
    Can someone please answer a question for me? We have been groomed over the years by the liberal crowd to believe that illegal aliens entering this country (illegally of course) is not a criminal offense, only a civil matter. However, the following code of laws regarding immigration state clearly: 8 U.S. Code 1325 - Improper entry by alien (a) Improper time or place; avoidance of examination or inspection; misrepresentation and concealment of facts Any alien who (1) enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers, or (2)...
  • History of the Sniper

    02/27/2015 8:33:27 AM PST · by w1n1 · 16 replies
    wsj ^ | 2/27/2015 | Frank Jardim
    The sniper is an incredibly efficient fighter, compared to the typical infantryman. Consider that in World War II, American infantry units fired 25,000 rounds to kill just one enemy soldier. By the Korean War, that figure jumped to 50,000 rounds, and the select-fire M14 and M16 infantry rifles of the Vietnam War only seem to have produced more misses, requiring the expenditure of 200,000 rounds to kill one enemy combatant. It is ironic that a country built on a tradition of rifle marksmanship took nearly 200 years to formally embrace the sniper, the man that represents the military apex of...
  • CRAZY Russian Special Forces CQB Confidence Drills

    02/26/2015 9:19:09 AM PST · by w1n1 · 13 replies
    These pistol shooting drills from the Russian Special Forces are off the hook. It's something that you're not going to see in the U.S. These drills are for the advanced gun toting folks that sleep and breathe carrying guns 24/7 not for the norm. Again Warning do not try these drills at home. Here's an accidental discharge while doing this crazy drill and he's a pro. See the rest of this crazy Russian SF drills here.
  • Trident question comes to the surface

    02/26/2015 1:13:55 AM PST · by moose07 · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 February 2015 | Mark Mardell
    Trident question comes to the surface The SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Greens want Trident to be scrapped The loch at Faslane is very calm on a beautiful spring-like day, seagulls wheel above the jetty and its short, white radar tower. Beneath the still waters, I presume, lurks some of Britain's ageing nuclear deterrent. The future of Trident may not be much of an issue in the election, but it will be one of the most important, and expensive, decisions the new government makes. And it could be a vital issue in any negotiations if there is a hung...
  • Iran Stages Giant Attack on Mock Aircraft Carrier (Details on Exercise)

    02/25/2015 1:51:46 PM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 25, 2015 | Jassem Al Salami
    Iran has carried out a massive attack on a mock version of an American Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Tehran wanted everyone to know about itstate TV broadcasted the military exercise live. Its a revealing look at Iranian naval assault tactics, involving several waves of ships backed by helicopters and shore-launched missiles. The timing isnt a coincidence. The United States and Iran are deadlocked over a deal to curb Tehrans nuclear program. The Iranians built the giant, 1:1-scale mock-up of the carrier on top of a barge almost one year ago. Photos released from Iranian news agencies on Feb. 25 now show...
  • George W. Bush Predicts ISIS In 2007 (Video)

    02/25/2015 12:25:15 PM PST · by mojito · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 9/5/2014 | George W. Bush
    George Bush predicts the formation of ISIS in Iraq (various clips from 2007)
  • These Guided Smart Shells Could Revolutionize The Navy's Dated Deck Guns

    02/25/2015 6:53:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | February 24, 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    Raytheon's 155mm M982 Excalibur extended-range guided artillery shell is being shrunk down to fit into the Mark 45 five inch deck guns that are deployed aboard the Navy's Cruisers and Destroyers. This miniaturized sea-going Excalibur, known as the N5, could triple the range of current five inch shells and offer pinpoint 'danger close' fire support like never before.
  • India Is Fast-Tracking the Development of Its New Aircraft Carrier to Compete With China

    02/24/2015 4:46:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    India is fast tracking its project to build an indigenous aircraft carrier, since the country's oldest carrier is scheduled to retire next year, The Times Of India reports. India's current INS Viraat aircraft carrier is set to retire next year after 56 years of service in the Indian navy. With a fleet of only 11 aging Harrier jump jets and a host of mechanical and restoration costs, it isn't economically or strategically viable to continue operating the vessel. As the retirement will leave the Indian navy with only one other carrier, the INS Vikramaditya. So India has decided to speed...
  • Letter to Taya Kyle on Facebook

    02/23/2015 6:56:02 PM PST · by fedupjohn · 8 replies
    I needed to share this post, A Letter from a Veterans Son to Taya Kyle, after seeing American Sniper with his Step Father.
  • .338 Lapua Ringing the Bell from a Mile Out

    02/23/2015 10:14:56 AM PST · by w1n1 · 18 replies
    wsj ^ | 2/23/2015
    This is for all you long range shooter, plinker or hunter. Take a look at this shot from 2,707 yards out, which takes 4 seconds to reach the target. You can view the long shot video here.
  • Flag Raising On Mt. Suribachi - 23 February 1945

    02/22/2015 3:33:37 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 27 replies
    Seventy Years Ago TodayFebruary 23, 1945, Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima From This Day In U.S. Military History: During the bloody Battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines from the 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines take the crest of Mount Suribachi, the islands highest peak and most strategic position, and raise the U.S. flag. "Marine photographer Louis Lowery was with them and recorded the event. American soldiers fighting for control of Suribachis slopes cheered the raising of the flag, and several hours later more Marines headed up to the crest with a larger flag. Joe Rosenthal, a photographer...
  • What's going on with the Marines at the Al-asad airbase, with ISiS so close?

    02/21/2015 9:32:42 PM PST · by EinNYC · 45 replies
    My anxiety about our troops | 2/22/15 | Me, myself, & I
    I have tried and tried to find out what's going on with our 300 marines stationed at the Al-asad airbase, with ISIS reported to be 5 miles away. That was several days ago. Is there a news blackout going on? Covering up Odungo's latest leaving our troops in peril from his Muzzie buddies? Does anyone know what's going on with them? I would appreciate an update. And I pray it's a positive one.
  • EXCLUSIVE: He won the world's hearts playing the young Forrest Gump but Michael Humphreys'

    02/21/2015 6:22:51 PM PST · by lowbridge · 24 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | february 18, 2015 | Ryan Parry And James Desborough
    Michael's life after Forest mirrored the hapless hero's. Instead of taking Hollywood up on a number of high-profile offers, he decided to sign up for military service. Michael said: 'Where we were filming was very close to Parris Island, the Marine Training Camp in South Carolina where all the helicopters that were used in the Vietnam scene came from. 'I would often tell the director and producers how cool I thought all the helicopters were and then one weekend they actually arranged for some of the Marine Corps to take me over to Parris Island and show me the fighter...
  • Please Dont Thank Me for My Service

    02/21/2015 2:52:47 PM PST · by jonascord · 85 replies
    New York Times ^ | FEB. 21, 2015 | MATT RICHTEL
    HUNTER GARTH was in a gunfight for his life and about to lose.He and seven other Marines were huddled in a mud hut, their only refuge after they walked into an ambush in Trek Nawa, a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan. Down to his last 15 bullets, one buddy already terribly wounded, Mr. Garth pulled off his helmet, smoked a cheap Afghan cigarette, and came to terms with what was happening.Im going to die here with my best friends, he recalled thinking.I didnt know any of this nor the remarkable story of his survival that day when I...
  • Today In U.S.Military History - 21 February 2015

    02/21/2015 12:59:06 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa
    Capt. Joseph J. McCarthy, USMCR (MOH) From This Day In U.S. Military History: 21 February 1945 Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, Japan Citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of a rifle company attached to the 2d Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on 21 February 1945. Determined to break through the enemys cross-island defenses, Capt. McCarthy acted on his own initiative when his company advance was held up by...
  • Today In U.S. Military History - 20 February 1945

    02/20/2015 4:44:37 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 13 replies
    Pfc. Jacklyn Harold Lucas, USMCR (MOH) From This Day in U.S. Military History: 20 February 1945 Iwo Jima, Japan Citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the First Battalion, Twenty-sixth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands 20 February 1945. While creeping through a treacherous, twisting ravine which ran in close proximity to a fluid and uncertain front line on D-plus+1 Day, Private First Class Lucas and three other men were suddenly ambushed by a...
  • ISIS name giving terror license to loose, growing network of offshoots

    02/20/2015 1:23:03 PM PST · by OKSooner · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-20-2015 | Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON Islamic State "affiliates" seem to be emerging at an alarming rate, giving the sense of an expanding terror network with satellites all over the world. But a closer look, according to analysts, shows these ISIS offshoots are likely operating without much coordination with the Islamic State core. It doesn't make them any less dangerous, but helps explain how a group President Obama described just one year ago as "JV" has established a presence in nearly a dozen countries. Unlike Al Qaeda, which in its prime was operationally stronger and had a better communication network with its affiliates, the...
  • Poll: 71.6% Say Brian Williams Should Resign From NBC

    02/20/2015 11:40:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 20, 2015 - 9:35 AM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Seven out of ten Americans say that despite his apology, suspended Nightly News anchor Brian Williams should resign from NBC for repeatedly lying on national television, according to a nationwide poll conducted last weekend by McLaughlin & Associates. The poll was commissioned by the Media Research Center (MRC), which is the parent company of CNSNews.com. This poll confirms that the American people no longer trust Brian Williams to report the news, said MRC president Brent Bozell. This is no longer about Brian Williams reputation. This is about NBC News having any chance of being a credible source of news.
  • The Strenuous Life (1899) [Theodore Roosevelt]

    02/20/2015 6:16:59 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 11 replies
    United States federal government ^ | (1899) | Theodore Roosevelt
    I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life. The life of toil and effort, of labor gold strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph. A life of slothful ease, a life of that peace which springs merely from lack either of desire or of power to strive after great things, is as little...
  • 'Always faithful' pals help save Marine's life after snakebite

    02/19/2015 9:58:55 AM PST · by T-Bird45 · 14 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | 2/19/15 | Juliana Keeping
    Second Lt. Anthony Kemp was bitten by a rattlesnake while he and two other Marines were hiking in the Wichita Mountains in southwestern Oklahoma. LAWTON For three Marines hiking in the Wichita Mountains earlier this month, the Corps motto of Semper Fidelis Latin for always faithful played out in ways none of them expected when a large rattlesnake bit 2nd Lt. Anthony Kemp, 23, almost killing him. Youre always faithful to your brother, Kemp said Wednesday from his hospital bed at OU Medical Center, where he is recovering from the bite and the resulting above-the-knee amputation of...
  • ISIS and Nathan Bedford Forrest

    02/19/2015 8:50:35 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 19 replies
    History - Our Great Teacher | 19 February 2015 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    ISIS is using a lot of strategies that they must have learned from Nathan Bedford Forrest. Upon reading history, the main tactics employed by Forrest were raw determination, speed, and deceit. ISIS does not have nearly the manpower the media here (which obviously delights in the killing) portrays. They don't have anything they claim to have. It's all a lie. Were we to have proper leadership (A general Sherman, for example) who could be turned loose on ISIS, it would all be over in a matter of weeks. As someone famously said, "You to have to kill enough of the...
  • Germanys army is so under-equipped that it used broomsticks instead of machine guns

    02/19/2015 8:44:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 19, 2015 | Rick Noack
    The German army has faced a shortage of equipment for years, but the situation has recently become so precarious that some soldiers took matters into their own hands. On Tuesday, German broadcaster ARD revealed that German soldiers tried to hide the lack of arms by replacing heavy machine guns with broomsticks during a NATO exercise last year. After painting the wooden sticks black, the German soldiers swiftly attached them to the top of armored vehicles, according to a confidential army report which was leaked to ARD.
  • Ill Be Damned, These Boneyard B-52s Can Still Fly

    02/19/2015 8:02:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 79 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 18, 2015 | Joseph Trevithick
    The Air Force is working to get a B-52 bomber back into service after it sat collecting dust for seven years at the famous Boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. On Feb. 13, the B-52Hwith the serial number 610007left the desert for its new home with the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. This is the first time the Air Force has regenerated one of these bombers from the Boneyard back to active duty.
  • Ukrainian battalions soldiers recall desperate run to safety

    02/19/2015 6:57:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 18, 2015 | Karoun Demirijian
    When the order to retreat came over the radio Wednesday, most of the Ukrainian troops under siege in Debaltseve abandoned their heavy weapons, blew up their ammunition, and then fled in convoys of trucks as pro-Russian forces shot at them along the way. But for Ilya Andrushko, one of about 30 members of Ukraines Lviv battalion, the only way to escape was on foot. We didnt have a chance to think about the order when it came, said Andrushko, 33. We ran through the fields and the forests on foot, for about five kilometers. Then we just hitchhiked in whatever...
  • 70 years after Iwo Jima, veterans, families to honor lives lost

    02/19/2015 4:19:00 AM PST · by Kartographer · 34 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | 2/18/15 | Meg Jones
    Clayton Chipman saw the first flag raising. So did Harvey Kurz. Both were relieved and happy to see Marines had finally scaled Mount Suribachi four days after the Feb. 19, 1945, invasion of the hardscrabble, desolate island in the Pacific Ocean. Each looked at the American flag flapping in the wind and then returned to the business at hand staying alive.
  • American 'crusader' returns to Iraq with Christian militia to fight ISIS [truncated]

    02/18/2015 7:14:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 18, 2015 | Darren Boyle
    A 28-year-old former US soldier has returned to Iraq as part of a militia defending one of the world's oldest Christian communities under threat from terror group ISIS. The man, known only as Brett, is one of the leading foreign fighters in the Dwekh Nawsha Christian militia. He had previously served in the US Army in Baghdad between 2006 and 2007. Now, he is based in Al-Qosh, home of a mostly Christian population, which had been forced to flee into Kurdistan when ISIS fighters threatened to approach.
  • Russia Developed New Fuel to Power Mach 5 Hypersonic Missiles

    02/18/2015 6:58:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    National Interest ^ | February 17,2015 | Zachary Keck
    Russias Defense Ministry has developed a new hypersonic missile fuel, a senior defense official has announced. According to Russian state-media outlets, Army General Dmitry Bulgakov, the deputy minister of defense, told reporters on Tuesday that the ministry has developed special new fuel to enable missiles to fly at hypersonic speeds.
  • Explaining Obama's Reticence

    02/18/2015 6:51:51 AM PST · by WriteOn · 7 replies
    2/18/2015 | Self
    I don't write vanities. This isn't intended as one. But I've been wrestling with the question of "why won't they call it Islamic Radicalism?" But today was an epiphany. After listening to Marie Harf explain that "extremists need jobs" I realized that the violence that won't be named is only an example of the ongoing culture war in our own country. Fundamentally, Marxists of whom Obama is an adherent attribute historical movements the material dialect. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dialectical_materialism) Essentially matter precedes thought. People, as groups, are motivated not by religion, which is a mere epiphenomenon of matter, but by material need. I...
  • 'I cut my leg off and ordered: 'Go and bury it'

    02/17/2015 3:28:42 AM PST · by cold start · 7 replies
    Rediff.com ^ | Claude Arpi
    1971, A War Hero Remembers War Hero Major General Ian Cardozo (retd)was wounded in the battle of Sylhet in Bangladesh in the 1971 war with Pakistan. He lost his leg in a landmine blast, but conquered his disability and went became the first disabled officer in the Indian Army to command an infantry battalion and then a brigade. Awarded a Sena Medal for gallantry, General Cardozo is presently Chairman of the Rehabilitation Council of India and has authored The Sinking of INS Khukri -- Survivors Stories and Param Vir -- Our Heroes In Battle. In conversation with Claude Arpi, the...
  • Sen. Graham Defends Military Pay Commission

    02/16/2015 9:57:58 PM PST · by DakotaGator · 6 replies
    Military.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Tom Philpott
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), new chairman of the Senate armed services subcommittee on military personnel, has signaled he will defend retirement reforms proposed for a new generation of service members by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission.
  • BYU grad rescues child sex slaves

    02/16/2015 8:00:56 PM PST · by Colofornian · 13 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | Dec. 1, 2014 | Donovan C. Baltich
    A team of former Navy Seals and CIA operatives splash beer on their faces as they prepare to play the part of American sex tourists. Theyll have to maintain laser-sharp focus as they engage in negotiations with some of the worlds dirtiest criminals. One suspicious move or remark could put their whole team at risk and prevent the rescue of dozens of innocent children. This team, known as Operation Underground Railroad, works to prosecute child sex traffickers and to rescue the victims. Heading the team is Tim Ballard a husband, a father of six children and a BYU alumnus....
  • Today In U.S. Military History - 16 February 1804

    02/16/2015 12:55:29 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 8 replies
    Commdr. Stephen Decatur, USN From Today in U.S. Military History: 16 February 1804 Tripoli Barbary Coast During the First Barbary War, U.S. Lieutenant Stephen Decatur leads a military mission that famed British Admiral Horatio Nelson calls the most daring act of the age. In June 1801, President Thomas Jefferson ordered U.S. Navy vessels to the Mediterranean Sea in protest of continuing raids against U.S. ships by pirates from the Barbary statesMorocco, Algeria, Tunis, and Tripolitania. American sailors were often abducted along with the captured booty and ransomed back to the United States at an exorbitant price. After...