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  • FLAK STORM - German Anti-Aircraft Defense (WWII training film)

    12/03/2016 9:13:24 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 11 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1940's | Dept. of War Training Film
    War Dept. technical training film for bomber crews about evading flack on bombing runs. Goes into the specifics about the different types of flack patterns and how to adjust flight course to avoid them.
  • Congress calls for a war games 'flyoff' between 40 year old A-10 and new $400bn F-35 ...

    12/03/2016 9:08:33 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 55 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2 Dec 2016 | Mark Prigg
    The custom-designed F-35 striker jets cost more than $100 million each ... It is a military showdown that could prove to be very embarrassing. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the world's most expensive weapon, is set to face off in upcoming testing with the Air Force's 40 year old A-10 Thunderbolt II... The F-35 is supposed to to take over the A-10's 40 year role of supporting ground forces with its titanium armor and powerful nose cannon. However, now experts believe that for many missions, the older aircraft may actually perform better - and say the two could even fly...
  • Poland Takes Its Military Might Seriously

    12/02/2016 10:49:14 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 20 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 1 Dec, 2016 | Agnia Grigas
    A call earlier this week between President-elect Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May — in which they agreed on the need for more NATO member states to commit two percent of their GDP on defense spending — brought European security debate back into the limelight. Although Trump gained notoriety in Europe for his skepticism of America’s alliances, there has been a surge of high-ranking politicians and government officials on both sides of the Atlantic saying that Europe is not doing enough for its defense. Earlier British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that Europe should “step up to the...
  • Marine Corps Veteran Claims He Was Forced to Drop Out of College Yoga Class for Saying 'Go Trump'

    12/02/2016 7:35:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 12/2 | Jodi Hernandez
    Marine Corps combat veteran Stefan Meza says he literally put his life on the line to preserve and protect our freedoms. But after serving three tours of duty in two different wars, the aspiring police officer now believes his own rights were violated at Santa Rosa Junior College over something he said to a friend in class. Go Trump. It was those two words Meza said that got a sharp reaction from his yoga teacher who had been taking roll. "She told me not to make political comments in class and I said 'Yes, ma'am. It won't happen again. My...
  • GAO: 'The miracle of the LCS didn't happen' [POS "warship"]

    12/02/2016 8:45:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 1, 2016 | Jamie McIntyre
    The Navy's Littoral Combat Ship program is behind schedule, hundreds of millions over budget, and incapable of conducting most of the basic missions it was intended to carry out. Senators on Thursday said they wanted to know why. "Like so many major programs that preceded it, LCS's failure followed predictably from an inability to define and stabilize requirements, unrealistic initial cost estimates, and unreliable assessments of technical and integration risk, made worse by repeatedly buying ships and mission packages before proving they are effective and can be operated together," said Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., told Pentagon witnesses...
  • Troubled $29 Billion U.S. Warship Sows Fresh Doubt on Worth [Bloomberg Link Only]

    12/02/2016 7:47:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    Bloomberg View [Link in Body] ^ | December 1, 2016 | Anthony Capaccio
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  • I’ve Been to War But I Cannot Imagine the Hell That Was Stalingrad

    12/02/2016 2:42:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 2, 2016 | Daniel L. Davis
    Since July 2012, the world has watched in horror as the once-beautiful and vibrant Syrian city of Aleppo has been transformed into a perpetual battlefield. Those killed in Aleppo, as well as throughout the rest of Syria during the civil war, are reported to be approximately 300,000. During the U.S.-led war in Iraq from 2003–11, one study reported that 405,000 Iraqis were killed directly and indirectly as a result of the war, and from 2001–15, an additional 91,991 people were killed due to war in Afghanistan, for a three-country total, over a 15-year period, of 796,991. As staggering as the...
  • Empire of the Sea

    12/02/2016 12:57:05 AM PST · by Fai Mao · 8 replies
    You Tube ^ | 2014 | BBC
    This is a really well done documentary series on naval history. It is rather long but worth watching. Empire of the Sea (pt 1 of 4)
  • Matt is for SECDEF!!!

    12/01/2016 5:18:48 PM PST · by Spacetrucker · 56 replies
    Trump rally in Cincinnati | Myself
    Trump just officially announced Gen. James Mathis for SECDEF at his "Thank You" rally in Cincinnati! !!
  • Magnetic brain stimulation can bring back stowed memories: study [help for Hillary!]

    12/01/2016 2:19:03 PM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | Dec 01, 2016 | Provided by: University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Results by Rose et al. overturn a theory that in order for short-term memories to exist, neurons that represent that memory must be constantly active. Instead, the neural activity supporting that memory need only arise when the person trying to recall it consciously focuses his or her attention on the memory. Credit: N.S. Rose et al. =========================================================================================================================== It's clear that your working memory—which holds attention on small things of short-term importance—works, or you wouldn't be able to remember a new phone number long enough to dial it. Describing how it works, however—how the brain determines what to keep in mind,...
  • Arrogant U.S. Generals Made the P-51 Mustang a Necessity: With better leadership, [tr]

    12/01/2016 11:19:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 1, 2016 | James Perry Stevenson and Pierre Sprey
    The benefits the P-51 Mustang brought to aerial battles in World War II, particularly over Germany, are reasonably well known. The iconic fighter plane could fly higher, faster, farther and generate more kills per sortie than the U.S. Army Air Force’s aviation bureaucracy’s preferred P-47s or P-38s. However, the real P-51 Mustang story is just as much about the difficult gestation of a great new fighter as it is about the quashing of the drop tanks urgently needed to extend the range of existing fighters. Then there’s the guerilla tactics some officials unleashed in the corridors of power to overcome...
  • Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Medically Evacuated From South Pole

    12/01/2016 9:11:15 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 43 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/01/16 | ELIZABETH CHUCK
    American astronaut Buzz Aldrin has been medically evacuated from the South Pole, according to the National Science Foundation and a private tourism group. Aldrin, 86, was visiting Antarctica when "his condition deteriorated," according to White Desert, which organizes luxury tourism trips to the icy continent. The group said Aldrin was evacuated on the first available flight out of the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station to the McMurdo Station on the Antarctic coast under the care of a doctor with the U.S. Antarctic Program. He is in stable condition, White Desert said. The National Science Foundation provided the flight for Aldrin, who...
  • These Funky North Korean Guns Are Turning Up Everywhere: Type 73s appear on battlefields from [tr]

    12/01/2016 6:54:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 1, 2016 | Joseph Trevithick
    Between February and March 2016, Australian and French sailors in the Arabian Sea seized small ships — or dhows — smuggling weapons, most likely to militants in Somalia and Yemen. These caches aboard the dhows included examples of one particularly rare firearm, the North Korean Type 73 machine gun. In November 2016, independent monitoring group Conflict Armament Research released a report detailing the captured weapons and their likely points of origins and destinations. According to the analysis, the shipments showed links between Iran and armed groups Tehran supports in the Gulf of Aden region.
  • Trump is right about the flag. Do NOT disrespect it in public

    11/29/2016 7:58:20 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 56 replies
    News and Twitter | 29 November 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Seem Mr. Trump correctly pointed out that folks in this country who feel the need to disrespect our flag in any form or fashion need to refrain from doing so, at least publicly. He is correct. Countries garner respect for defending their territory, their culture and their language, all of which make a country a country. We seem to be failing on all counts. In Mexico, if you trash their flag in public, you will be beaten and/or killed by the public who sees you doing so BEFORE the police can even get there. Or, in Thailand, do something to...
  • The Japanese Army’s Assault Rifle Has Some Weird Features: Such as a separate, three-round [tr]

    11/29/2016 3:17:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 29, 2016 | Matthew Moss
    In the late 1980s, the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force decided to replace its aging 7.62-by-51-millimeter Howa Type 64 battle rifles. The JGSDF selected a lighter, modern assault rifle — the Howa Type 89 — in 1989. It’s a solid weapon, but one with a few weird features. Its biggest problem, however, is that there aren’t enough copies of it in existence.
  • Video Reports of ISIS Defeat in Aleppo City

    11/29/2016 2:00:29 AM PST · by fella · 4 replies
    YouTube | 28 November 2016
    Syrian Govt Forces Liberate about 40% of East Aleppo Syrian Army Liberates Northern Part of Aleppo City, Delivers Devastating Blow to Militants Reports from the east Aleppo | November 27th 2016 | Jihadists on the run
  • Trump’s USA: Global Empire or Fortress America?

    11/29/2016 1:28:21 AM PST · by fella · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | 28 November 2016 | south front
    Trump’s USA: Global Empire or Fortress America? A fairly good situational analysis of today.
  • Canadian military solves mystery of US ‘atomic bomb’ seen on ocean floor

    11/28/2016 4:09:23 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | November 25, 2016 | David Pugliese
    A metallic object discovered underwater off the coast of British Columbia and suspected of being a missing U.S. atomic bomb has now been identified as an industrial hunk of steel. The Royal Canadian Navy used an underwater robot to check out the object, sitting on the ocean floor in about eight metres of water south of Prince Rupert. Cmdr. Stephan Gresmak said military specialists determined the object was not an unexploded military munition. “It was safe and there was no danger,” said Gresmak who is with Joint Task Force Pacific. “It was determined to be a metal part of a...
  • India Took 35 Years to Make Its First Tank (And It Was a Total Disaster)

    11/28/2016 11:40:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 43 replies
    National Interest ^ | November 27, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    In the mid-1970s, India began development on a totally new, advanced main battle tank that would satisfy the needs of the country’s Armored Corps. An impressive combination of firepower, armor protection and mobility, the tank was to be India’s first indigenously produced tank—and one of the best in the world. The service date for the tank, known as Arjun, was confidently set for 1985. Instead, the Arjun suffered a tortuously long development period spanning two centuries. The final result, introduced into the army twenty-six years later than originally planned, is a mess of a tank that not even the Indian...
  • India Spent 33 Years Developing This Fighter Jet And It’s Still Abysmal

    11/28/2016 7:00:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 27, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    The Indian government is proposing to export its Tejas light combat aircraft — developed by Hindustran Aeronautics Limited — to other Asian states. New Delhi hopes that the indigenously developed fighter’s relatively simple design and potentially low maintenance costs will be a selling point for the jet. But India’s prospects for selling the “new” fighter are highly dubious.
  • Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: Destroy the US Through Immigration and Welfare

    11/28/2016 3:47:39 AM PST · by fella · 17 replies
    panampost ^ | 25 November 2016 | David Unsworth
    9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed advocated destroying the US from within by abusing its liberal welfare and immigration laws (Wikimedia). Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: Destroy the US Through Immigration and Welfare Khalid Sheikh Mohammed may be the most successful terrorist mastermind in history. The Pakistani Islamic fundamentalist and al-Qaeda member was the brains behind the 9/11 attacks which killed 2,996 people and injured thousands more. In a groundbreaking new book called Enhanced Interrogation, CIA contractor James Mitchell provides insightful analysis into his relationship with Mohammed, and the ideology that he espoused. Perhaps the most interesting point gleaned from the book is...
  • Syrian army advance threatens to cleave eastern Aleppo

    11/27/2016 11:55:21 AM PST · by fella · 10 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | 27 November 2016
    Syrian army advance threatens to cleave eastern Aleppo Syrian government forces advanced deep into eastern Aleppo on Sunday amid a swift collapse of rebel defenses inside the divided northern city, threatening to cleave the opposition’s enclave between its northern and southern parts.  The advance into the city’s Sakhour neighborhood brings the military within less than .6 miles of commanding a corridor in eastern Aleppo for the first time since rebels swept into the city in 2012 at the start of the Syrian civil war
  • Lot 406: Colt U.S. Contract Artillery SAA Un-Numbered Replacement Frame (Gun Porn)

    11/27/2016 9:52:44 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 81 replies
    Auction Zip ^ | December 2, 2016 | Rock Island Arsenal auction list
    Description: Rare and Unique Documented Colt U.S. Contract Artillery Model Single Action Revolver with Un-Numbered Replacement Frame Colt Artillery Model Single Action Army revolver with un-numbered replacement frame, barrel, cylinder and trigger guard. The Ordnance Department purchased 171 unnumbered replacement frames from Colt between 1874 and 1891. The left side of the frame is roll-stamped with the Colt three-date/two-line patent marking initially used by Colt in 1890 at approximately serial number 134,000. "A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver" by Graham, Kopec and Moore states that the Army purchased six replacement frames from Colt on May 4, 1891....
  • Syrian Rebels Brought a Homemade Cannon to the Battlefield

    11/26/2016 6:42:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 26, 2016 | Robert Beckhusen
    A video released by the Al Rahman Legion, a Syrian rebel group based in eastern Damascus, shows a very unusual weapon — a bespoke, truck-mounted cannon that wouldn’t be out of place on a battlefield centuries ago. Somewhere within the Al Rahman Legion, a weaponsmith has applied old-time design principles and a bit of physics to bolster the group’s firepower. This is also the third homemade cannon depicted on video released by the group, as two others appeared in September 2015 and February 2016.
  • India’s Stealth Fighter will be Superior to China’s J-20 and Russia’s PAK FA T-5O

    11/26/2016 6:20:28 AM PST · by yinandyang · 9 replies
    China Topix ^ | Nov 20, 201 | Arthur Dominic Villasanta
    India's new fifth generation stealth fighter will be superior in key aspects to Russia's PAK FA T-50 from which it's derived, and will also have the added advantage of being able to fire the newest iteration of the fearsome BrahMos cruise missile, the BrahMos NG. And as the PAK FA is already superior to China's Chengdu J-20 low observable fighter, this means the Indian stealth jet will also be superior to the J-20. Indian media reports said India's as yet unnamed stealth fighter will include a total of 43 improvements over the PAK FA T-50, making it superior in many...
  • Fidel Castro, Cuba’s revolutionary leader, dies aged 90

    11/25/2016 9:46:23 PM PST · by ALASKA · 92 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11/26/2016 | Rory Carroll
    Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90, Cuban state television announced on Saturday, ending an era for the country and Latin America. Live Fidel Castro: world reacts to death of Cuban leader – live updates Brother Raul Castro announces on Cuban state television that controversial revolutionary leader has died at age of 90 Read more The revolutionary icon, one of the world’s best-known and most controversial leaders, survived countless US assassination attempts and premature obituaries, but in the end proved mortal after suffering a long battle with illness. The announcement was long expected, given the former president’s age...
  • USS Gabrielle Giffords Completes Acceptance Trials

    11/25/2016 11:07:40 AM PST · by PROCON · 86 replies
    marinelink.com ^ | Nov. 23, 2016 | Joseph R. Fonseca
    Future Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) successfully completed its acceptance trials Nov. 18. The trials consisted of a series of in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy. During the trials, the Navy conducted comprehensive tests of the LCS intended to demonstrate the performance of the propulsion plant, ship handling, and auxiliary systems.~SNIP~ Following delivery and commissioning in Galveston, Texas, LCS 10 will sail to California to be homeported in San Diego with sister ships USS...
  • I Love Mattis, But I Don't Love Him As SECDEF

    11/25/2016 10:50:43 AM PST · by Future Snake Eater · 41 replies
    War On The Rocks ^ | 25NOV16 | Erin Simpson
    Among those in the Marine Corps I taught and deployed with, Gen. (ret.) Jim Mattis is a legend. The quotes, the foxholes, the knife hands. Everyone has their favorite story. I once handed Mattis a Diet Coke out of a cooler at Quantico. A mundane act? Yes. But I’ve remembered it fondly for 12 years. He is Chaos, Mad Dog, and the warrior monk. But we should not add secretary of defense to that list. I have long thought of Mattis as a “break glass in case of emergency” type of leader. He was uniquely suited to his roles in...
  • Legendary Komets broadcaster Bob Chase passes

    11/25/2016 9:01:10 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 3 replies
    Fort Wayne Komets ^ | 11/24/2016 | Press Release
    Fort Wayne, IN-- Legendary Fort Wayne Komets broadcaster Bob Chase passed away at 2:40am ET Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, at the age of 90. Chase completed 63 seasons as the voice of the Komets radio-rinkside last year after first arriving in Fort Wayne in 1953. Chase hailed from Negaunee, Michigan, where he was born January 22, 1926. He grew up in Marquette, Michigan and after high school joined the U.S. Navy where he served from 1943-1947. Upon his discharge from the Navy, Bob entered Northern Michigan University at Marquette and graduated in 1952. While in college, Bob started his radio...
  • The Commander of this Navy warship walked off the job

    11/24/2016 10:20:00 AM PST · by GreyHoundSailor · 31 replies
    Navy Times ^ | 23 November 2016 | David B. Larter
    Cmdr. Sarah DeGroot told the head of Amphibious Squadron 3, Capt. Homer Denius, on Monday that she was resigning as the Rushmore's CO. Three sources were unable to immediately specify why she'd taken this highly unusual and likely career-ending move.
  • 101-Year-Old WWII Fighter Pilot Flies One Last Mission With His Original Plane

    11/23/2016 1:20:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    KFOR ^ | NOVEMBER 23, 2016
    World War II veteran Francis Robert "Frank" Royal made a fateful trip to the National Museum of World War II Aviation in Colorado Springs. "Having had a life long interest in flying, I had to come see what they had," he told Fox 31. Royal served as a squadron commander of the 39th Pursuit Squadron, 5th Army Air Corps in Papua New Guinea. He flew the P-38 Lockheed Lightning in combat. The Germans called it the fork-tailed devil, "It was a real godsend. From a pilot's standpoint it was great," Royal said. So there it was, in the museum. A...
  • Bath-built destroyer breaks down, towed out of Panama Canal

    11/23/2016 3:17:01 AM PST · by Daffynition · 85 replies
    BDN ^ | Nov 22, 2016 | Beth Brogan
    BATH, Maine — The Bath-built USS Zumwalt, the first-in-class “stealth” destroyer that left the Bath shipyard on Sept. 7, broke down Monday night while passing through the Panama Canal and was towed by tugs through the locks toward the Pacific Ocean. The DDG 1000, the first of a class of three destroyers that cost an estimated $22 billion combined, “suffered an engineering casualty,” the Navy Times reported. The Zumwalt was towed through the locks to Rodman, a former U.S. military base.
  • Veteran Admits Lying About Combat Injuries in Iraq

    11/22/2016 11:47:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Nov 22, 2016
    A Fort Worth man faces up to 21 years in prison after he admitted lying about his military service to get a mortgage-free house and monthly veterans' benefits. Brandon Blackstone claimed to have received a Purple Heart when his Humvee drove over a bomb in Iraq and it exploded. "I was blown up while I was there," he said in a 2012 interview with NBCDFW. "I had to be medevaced home." He offered more details about the explosion in a YouTube video. "The one (Humvee) behind me got totally destroyed," he said. "I suffered a head injury and a head...
  • This viral email from General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis about being 'too busy to read' is a must-read

    11/22/2016 7:35:24 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 22 Nov 2016 | PAUL SZOLDRA
    Just before Marine Gen. James 'Mad Dog' Mattis was getting ready to deploy with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force to Iraq in early 2004, one of his colleagues asked him about the importance of reading for military officers who sometimes found themselves "too busy to read." The legendary general sometimes referred to as "The Warrior Monk" carted around a personal library of 6,000 books with him everywhere, and he had plenty to say on the topic. His response went viral over email... Here's what he wrote, on Nov. 20, 2003: ... The problem with being too busy to read is...
  • The Remington Nylon 66 Was the First Plastic Gun

    11/21/2016 8:02:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 46 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 21, 2016 | Matthew Moss
    In the late 1950s, Remington took advantage of its parent company DuPont’s expertise in industrial chemistry and developed a revolutionary new firearm. The Nylon 66 was the first mass-produced, widely-marketed polymer firearm. Remington designers requested a synthetic material that had a high tensile-impact strength, was resistant to environmental temperature extremes, resistance to abrasion, malleable and able to hold color.
  • Veteran's Day Story (vanity)

    11/18/2016 3:08:35 PM PST · by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC · 21 replies
    Firsthand witness related it to me. | 11/12/2016 | Me
    A young Norwegian man I know well, and who is married to a relative of mine, happens to be a veteran of Norway's armed forces - our staunch NATO allies. The day after Veteran's Day - seven days ago - he and his wife and their tiny daughter arrived in LAX to spend Thanksgiving week with US relatives. Though he's had no problems before in traveling to the US, this time was different. His first problem resulted from his checking "Yes" in the wrong spot on the questionnaire. The question had the word "Court" in it, and he was thinking...
  • VANITY: New Mossberg Maverick 88. Scabbard or Case?

    11/18/2016 8:46:58 AM PST · by InsidiousMongo · 20 replies
    Self
    I just bought a Mossberg Maverick 88. I have a heat shield from a Mossberg 500 coming as well as a side saddle. I would like to purchase a scabbard but have no clue which one to choose and if scabbards can support a long gun with a 6-shell side saddle. Anyone have any suggestions?
  • WWII Dog Tags Unearthed by Hurricane Matthew, Given to Son

    11/17/2016 11:08:03 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Fox10 ^ | 11/17
    For more than 70 years the dunes of South Ponte Vedra Beach held evidence of Frank Rogers' brief deployment to the area during World War II. A set of dog tags, lost by the Marine Corps pilot amid the sand, remained tucked away until Hurricane Matthew's slow creep up Florida's coastline. As the waves and wind relentlessly pounded the shore, the dunes disappeared. In their wake they left behind the steel military identification tags, nearly pristine and etched with the soldier's name: "Frank P. Mandeville Rogers."
  • NSA Head Rodgers accuses WikiLeaks of electing Trump

    11/16/2016 3:02:29 PM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 93 replies
    jezebel ^ | 11/16/16 | Anna Merlan
    Everything in this country is so goddamn wild right now, it’s easy to miss things. Which is why it’s worth noting that the head of the National Security Agency just openly described Wikileaks as a tool of a “nation-state” (that’d be Russia), which deliberately used targeted leaks to get Donald Trump elected.
  • "As an honorably discharged Veteran of the United States Marine Corps ..."

    11/16/2016 4:59:51 AM PST · by The_Republic_Of_Maine · 26 replies
    Email from our Pastor | 11-16-2016 | Self
    I and others just got this email from our Pastor: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 07:11:43 AM Good Morning rainy, thank God, Maine As an honorably discharged Veteran of the United States Marine Corps I want to thank all of you who voted for Donald John Trump to be President of These United states of America. You, ladies and gentlemen, fellow patriots and lovers of the Republic have given, we Veterans, the greatest “Thank You For Your service” ever, you have given us a CIC that loves us and will not use us indiscriminately as cannon fodder to make the war...
  • Royal Navy to lose missiles and be left only with guns

    11/15/2016 12:06:13 PM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | November 15, 2016 | Ben Farmer
    Royal Navy warships will be left without anti-ship missiles and be forced to rely on naval guns because of cost-cutting, the Ministry of Defence has admitted. The Navy’s Harpoon missiles will retire from the fleet’s frigates and destroyers in 2018 without a replacement, while there will also be a two year gap without helicopter-launched anti-shipping missiles.
  • ICC prosecutors: US forces may have committed war crimes

    11/15/2016 10:20:37 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 15, 2016 | MIKE CORDER
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The chances of American servicemen being charged and sent to face justice at the International Criminal Court are remote, even if the chief prosecutor opens an investigation into alleged crimes in Afghanistan, legal experts said Tuesday.
  • Navy Ratings Sail into the Sunset

    11/15/2016 8:42:18 AM PST · by Retain Mike · 19 replies
    U.S. Naval Institue Proceedings ^ | November 2016 | Master Chiefs Russ Smith & Jon Port
    Proceedings Magazine - November 2016 Vol. 142/11/1,365 Point By Command Master Chief Russ Smith, U.S. Navy and Senior Chief Intelligence Specialist Pat Bly, U.S. Navy (Retired) The Navy announced in NAVADMIN 218/16, on 29 September, 2016, that it will modernize all rating titles for sailors with the establishment of a new classification system. This news came as a surprise to most in the Navy and an affront to those who identify themselves as Gunner’s Mates, Aviation Ordancemen, Boatswain’s Mates, Intelligence Specialists, Operations Specialists, or any of the more than 80 ratings in the Navy. As sailors heard the news, they...
  • Hot Damn, This Finnish Anti-Tank Rifle Was Gigantic: The L-39 weighed 109 pounds

    11/15/2016 5:55:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 15, 2016 | Matthew Moss
    The mammoth Lahti L-39 anti-tank rifle, designed by Aimo Lahti — Finland’s greatest gun-designer — served Finland well during the 1940s. The 20-millimeter, semi-automatic anti-tank rifle’s barrel alone was 51.2 inches long, and the overall weapon weighed a staggering 109 pounds. Through the 1930s, the Finnish military had debated the optimum caliber of weapon for use against armor. Officials suggested 12.7 millimeter, 13.2 millimeter and 20 millimeter — and planned to use the same caliber round in both anti-armor and anti-aircraft roles.
  • Chili's Apologizes After Manager Takes Meal From Veteran

    11/13/2016 9:20:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 64 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 11/14
    The Chili's Bar & Grill restaurant chain has apologized and vowed to correct a wrongdoing by one its managers, who took away a meal from a U.S. Army veteran from the Dallas area. U.S. Army veteran Ernest Walker, 47, of Cedar Hill, said he was served the meal as part of a "free meal to Veterans" promotion on Friday, Veterans Day. He had finished his food and was preparing to leave the restaurant when the trouble began. Walker was accompanied by his service dog named "Barack." Walker said he believes an elderly man wearing an American flag shirt and Trump...
  • George W. Bush Paints Wounded Soldiers' Portraits on Veterans Day

    11/13/2016 3:30:40 PM PST · by Daffynition · 40 replies
    NBCdfw.com ^ | Nov 11, 2016 | Holley Ford
    President George W. Bush spent this Veterans Day honoring injured soldiers. On Friday afternoon, the Dallas resident posted a photo of himself on Instagram painting one of the 98 portraits of wounded warriors he's gotten to know over the years.
  • Churchill v Chamberlain Stunning 1.25 min YouTube -We are now at this moment

    I was awestruck watching real life comparison clips of these 2 men. I will use this as a reference for young people in my life when discussing our own current events.
  • Veteran’s Day: The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    11/11/2016 6:54:09 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 19 replies
    Retain Mike | November 11, 2016 | Retain Mike
    The Army deployed 65 infantry divisions for the Second World War. Each was a small town with its own equivalents for community services plus eight categories of combat arms. Units such as artillery, engineering, and heavy weapons engaged the enemy directly. Yet of all categories, the foot soldier faced the greatest hazard with the least chance of reward. Except for the Purple Heart and the coveted Combat Infantryman’s Badge, recognition often eluded them because so few came through to testify to the valor of the many. The infantryman confronted the most dismal fate of all whose duty was uninterrupted by...
  • Veteran's Day 2016 (The Eagle's Watch)

    11/11/2016 5:58:12 PM PST · by Kartographer · 3 replies
    11/11/16 | Kartographer
    Frank Glick took this photo at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. When he recorded the shot, he never could have guessed how much it was going to mean to the widow of the World War II veteran buried there.
  • British WWII veteran visits French town he liberated, via virtual reality

    11/11/2016 2:30:44 PM PST · by workerbee · 3 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 11/11/16
    Virtual reality has allowed a 91-year-old veteran of World War II to digitally visit a town in France he helped liberate in 1944. A British company called Twine made the film to mark Remembrance Day, the United Kingdom’s equivalent of Veterans Day, which is also held annually each November 11. It has been 72 years since Frank Mouqué participated in the liberation of the French town of Armentičres. Mouqué was a sapper during the war, meaning he worked with explosives. Like so many others, he stormed the beaches— in his case, Sword Beach— on D-Day. “I can still remember, and...