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  • Human fireballs and tanks rolling on Berlin depicted in terrifying re-enactment [tr]

    04/24/2017 6:34:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 24, 2017 | Dave Burke
    The grim realities of the Second World War were brought to life outside Moscow yesterday, as the final battle in the European conflict was re-enacted. Human fireballs and tanks descending on the German capital were among the spectacles as the race to Berlin was replicated. The huge operation was carried out in Kubinka, outside Moscow, when members of historical groups donned Nazi uniforms to replicate the battle for Berlin.
  • What Would the Second Korean War Look Like?

    04/23/2017 8:02:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 91 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | April 19, 2017 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    The first 24 hours of war on the Korean peninsula could cost hundreds of thousands of lives.What would a military conflict on the Korean Peninsula look like? To many, this question might trigger a severe case of apocalyptic anxiety, where, on the one hand, we assume that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is willing to embrace Götterdämmerung-like catastrophic violence to defend its Stalinist regime, whereas, on the other hand, we seem to be incapable of genuinely fathoming the carnage any military conflict between Seoul and Pyongyang would cause. One explanation for this may be that estimates of casualties...
  • North Korea Threatens To Strike US Aircraft Carrier To Show 'Military's Force'

    04/23/2017 4:57:25 AM PDT · by Strategy · 79 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 23, 2017
    North Korea threatened Sunday to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military prowess as two Japanese navy ships joined a U.S. strike group for exercises in the Philippine Sea. "Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S. nuclear powered aircraft carrier with a single strike," according to North Korea's ruling Workers Party's newspaper, the Rodong Sinmum. The paper also likened the USS Carl Vinson to a "gross animal" and said a strike on the carrier would be "an actual example to show our military's force."
  • When breaking the rules of engagement is right

    04/22/2017 5:07:47 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 12, 2017 | Roger T. Hill
    The current military culture values enemy lives above those of U.S. troops ANALYSIS/OPINION: Donald Trump and James Mattis came to office vowing to “win” America’s wars again. But unless they change our politically correct military culture, it is certain America won’t. With Thursday night’s cruise missile strikes in Syria, the United States is facing down the barrel of another war in the Middle East. But as President Trump and congressional leadership weigh the risks on an expanded, messy conflict, possibly including U.S. ground forces, they also ought to examine whether a military plagued by overlawyering has what it takes to...
  • Steven J. Newton wins Veterans Administration's Top Writing Award for 2016

    04/21/2017 6:12:18 PM PDT · by Steve Newton · 6 replies
    Thought you folks might like to see this story again. I was blessed to win this award in inspirational writing. Enjoy "Walking the Line."
  • Russian military planes fly by Alaska for a FOURTH night in a row

    04/21/2017 11:17:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 60 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 21, 2017 | Ashley Collman
    For the fourth time in as many days, Russian military planes have flown too close to the U.S. for comfort. Each night this week starting Monday, the Russian military has sent planes flying towards Alaska. The planes have remained in international airspace for the length of their journeys, but have gotten as close as 36 nautical miles off the Alaskan mainland.
  • The Warrior Song - Leviathan

    04/20/2017 8:08:40 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 6 replies
    Youtube, Smack ^ | Feb 7, 2013 | Smack
    Published on Feb 7, 2013 To the United States Navy, with our thanks. Visit us at or on iTunes Joey Kar - Guitars, Bass, Vocals Eric Somers-Urrea - Drums Elijah "Crow" Figures - Vocals James "Gunny" DeVito - Vocals Sean Householder - Vocals, Production The eagle born by freedom won, yet held in precarious station, set upon defense and steeled his will to guard and protect his new nation. So he resolved, defiant of all who would challenge his right to be free, with a "swift-sailing vessel and ten carriage guns" to hunt the world's oceans and seas. Born...
  • B-52 Weapons Upgrade to Add More Payload, Range of Weapons

    04/20/2017 6:03:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | April 19, 2017 | Kris Osborn
    The Air Force is surging forward with a massive, fleet-wide modernization overhaul of the battle-tested, Vietnam-era B-52 bomber, an iconic airborne workhorse for the U.S. military dating back to the 1960s. Engineers are now equipping all 76 of the Air Force B-52s with digital data-links, moving-map displays, next-generation avionics, new radios and an ability to both carry more weapons internally and integrate new, high-tech weapons as they emerge, service officials said.
  • Taiwan Tapping US, Itself for New Weapons

    04/20/2017 3:21:22 AM PDT · by RC one · 11 replies
    Voice of America news ^ | March 27, 2017
    TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Taiwan is pursuing a two-pronged upgrade to its armed forces as people on the island worry about recent shows of force by powerful rival China during a political stalemate. Last week, the Taiwanese navy signed a memorandum of understanding with two local companies to develop submarines over the next four years. Construction of the vehicles, ideal for warfare against a stronger adversary, could reach $85.8 million, though the final price is not set, the defense ministry spokesman said.Taiwan looks to the US Separately, U.S. President Donald Trump may approve a sale of advanced weapons to Taiwan in...
  • SOCOM Looks to Ditch 7.62 NATO For Better Long Range Performance

    04/19/2017 5:08:10 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 72 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | 19 Apr, 2017 | Bob Owens
    SOCOM has seen the light, and is finally looking to drop the 7.62 NATO in favor of a lighter and better-performing rifle in a 6.5 short-action caliber. Special Operations Command is exploring a new caliber for its semi-automatic sniper rifle needs and upgrading one of its bolt-action sniper rifle systems. Maj. Aron Hauquitz told Military Times Tuesday that SOCOM is in the preliminary stages of exploring a sniper rifle chambered in the 6.5 mm caliber. The two commercially available rounds being evaluated are the .260 Remington and the 6.5 mm Creedmoor. Research shows that both rounds will “stay supersonic longer,...
  • Navy Redesigning Its Submarines to Accommodate Women

    04/19/2017 11:28:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | April 19, 2017 | Jennifer McDermott
    Every submarine in the U.S. fleet was designed with the height, reach and strength of men in mind, from the way valves are placed to how display screens are angled. That's going to change.
  • The Second World War as if it were yesterday: Extraordinary collection of rare [tr]

    04/19/2017 6:34:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 19, 2017 | Amie Gordon
    An extraordinary collection of rare colour photographs reveal the Second World War as the people living through the conflict would have seen it. They range from the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force preparing parachutes for use during the invasion of Europe to shots of troops in training, stationed in Italy and Tunisia, and sightseeing in Greece. There are images of General Dwight D Eisenhower and his senior commanders at Supreme Allied Headquarters in London in February 1944 and Winston Churchill and his chiefs of staff in the garden at Downing Street in May 1945.
  • Lady Death brought to life: Colourised images show deadly female Russian soldier [tr]

    04/19/2017 6:25:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 19, 2017 | Julian Robinson
    Stunning colourised portraits have emerged showing the lethal Russian female snipers of World War Two - including one dubbed Lady Death after picking off 309 Nazis. Pictures of the fighters were brought to life by translator Olga Shirnina, from Moscow, Russia, and show women posing with their sniper rifles. They feature portraits of Lyudmila Pavlichenko, considered the most successful female sniper in history. In one image Pavlichenko, dubbed Lady Death after taking out more than 300 Nazis, stands proudly with her weapon. In another portrait she is pictured wearing full uniform beneath a framed picture of Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin....
  • Russia claims it can wipe out entire US Navy with a single ‘electronic bomb’

    04/18/2017 6:50:06 PM PDT · by familyop · 47 replies
    The Sun (UK) ^ | 19th April 2017 | Tom Michael
    RUSSIA has claimed it can disable the entire US Navy in one fell swoop using powerful electronic signal jamming. A news report from the country – where the media is essentially controlled by the state – said the technology could render planes, ships and missiles useless. The newsreader says: “Today, our Russian Electronic Warfare (REW) troops can detect and neutralise any target from a ship’s system and a radar, to a satellite.” The news report claims a single Russian war plane flew several times around American destroyer the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea several years ago, disabling its...
  • George Earle Paid a Price for Being the Messenger

    04/18/2017 3:05:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    MainLine Today ^ | Mark E. Dixon
    The Lower Merion resident gave President Roosevelt some unpleasant news on the Soviet massacre.Gov. George H. Earle (wearing the spotlight cap) with striking coal miners in 1937 Most people who work for the president of the United States know not to bring him news he doesn’t want to hear. But some just can’t help themselves—and so they suffer the consequences. Take George H. Earle III of Lower Merion, who, in 1944, passed on to Franklin Roosevelt some unpleasant facts about the Soviet Union’s massacre of an estimated 22,000 Polish army officers in 1940. The Soviets had blamed the atrocity...
  • 'Magic Carpet' Will Make Landing On An Aircraft Carrier So Much Easier

    04/18/2017 1:04:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | Terrell Jermaine Starr
    Landing an aircraft on a moving vessel requires a particular kind of precision and know-how that very few human beings can execute with significant technological support. Believe it or not, one psychological test observed that the stress landing on a carrier causes pilots more stress than what troops experience in combat. No wonder cleanly landing on a carrier is a source of pride for pilots. So F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler pilots are practice landing on the USS Washington (CVN 73) with a fascinating new landing system called Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery...
  • Daddy's Little Girl! Touching Moment Marine Dad joined his Four-Year-Old Daughter for a [Trunc]

    04/18/2017 12:59:27 PM PDT · by Cecily · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | April 18, 2017 | James Gordon
    A military dad was able to join his little girl for a fairy tale tea party in the woods - and the photos of the touching moment have since gone viral. Ashley, 4, and her father, Kevin Porter, 28, who is a U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor, were photographed in Oceanside, California, enjoying a unique tea for two. Two cups of tea and a vase of flowers were set upon a pink lace table cloth, alongside two little chairs, perfect for the touching father and daughter get together.
  • Trump Uses Business Acumen to Contain North Korea

    04/18/2017 11:58:14 AM PDT · by ckinv368 · 7 replies
    Kinvig on Politics ^ | 4/18/2017 | Cameron Kinvig
    North Korea, the troglodyte equivalent of a nation state run by a 33 year-old dictator with a penchant for bad haircuts and worse suits, has been an international pariah for decades. Since the fall of the Soviet Bloc in 1991, and a devastating famine between 1995 and 1998, its actions have become more desperate and dangerous. In a never-ending quest for food and fuel aid, it has acted the part of a petulant child, committing increasingly-hostile military provocations which only temporarily diminish when someone provides a handout. The US has tried time-and-again to negotiate with North Korea, to no avail....
  • VA tests partnership with CVS to reduce veterans' wait times

    04/18/2017 8:22:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 18, 2017 10:36 AM EDT | Hope Yen
    Some ailing veterans can now use their federal health care benefits at CVS “MinuteClinics” to treat minor illnesses and injuries, under a pilot program announced Tuesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The new program, currently limited to the Phoenix area, comes three years after the VA faced allegations of chronically long wait times at its centers, including its Phoenix VA medical center, which treats about 120,000 veterans. The Phoenix pilot program is a test-run by VA Secretary David Shulkin who is working on a nationwide plan to reduce veterans’ wait times. Veterans would not be bound by current restrictions...
  • Russia unveils its new Arctic military base housing nuclear-ready warplanes [tr]

    04/18/2017 6:11:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 18, 2017 | Julian Robinson
    Russia has unveiled a new Arctic military base capable of housing 150 troops as well as nuclear-ready warplanes. The triangular complex, painted in the red, white and blue of the Russia's tricolor flag, has been built in remote Alexandra Land in the Franz Josef Archipelago. While parts of the base remain top secret, military chiefs have offered a glimpse at the interior of the building. It comes as part of Russia's largest Arctic military push since the fall of the Soviet Union and as Moscow moves to lay claim to the region's huge oil and gas reserves - believe to...