Tigers and Fury

I just saw “Fury” and was pretty impressed with the take on armored combat from inside a Sherman tank in 1945 NW Germany. If you haven’t seen it, go. Its a treat.

One of the most pleasing aspects was the use of an actual Tiger tank in a brief (but terrifying scene).

The Tiger was the Mike Tyson of WWII and literally slaughtered Allied tanks.

Its kill ratio:

tiger tank kill loss ratio panzers

History.net has a number of great Max Gadney infographics from 2008-2011 issues available online in high rez. Subjects include Flak, Spitfires, Me262s, Norden bomb-sights, M18 Hellcat tank Destroyers, etc

One of his best was the Sept 2008 guide to the weaker parts of the German Tiger tank ( I mean Panzer)

World War II Interior Pages

Yum! Mines!

Clear Horizon 2014

WATERS SOUTH OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (Oct. 21, 2014) Mineman 1st Class (SW) Douglas Reynolds gives commands to the crane operator during deployment of the Mine Neutralization Vehicle (MNV) AN/SLQ 48 aboard the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM 14). The MNV is used to identify and neutralize simulated mines during training as part of exercise Clear Horizon 2014.

Clear Horizon is an annual bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Republic of Korea navies designed to enhance cooperation and improve capabilities in mine countermeasure operations. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Frank L. Andrews / Released)

Hell for Leather

The U.S. Army after its horse-cavalry peak in 1865 under Phil Sheridan. The Union eventually fielded some 258 mounted regiments and a further 170 unattached companies in the conflict, overall an amazing 175,000 blue-coat horse soldiers.

cavalry soldier

When the smoke cleared the Army established 10 peacetime cavalry regiments. These units remained in operation well into the 1930s, even being increased in number. It wasn’t until the first part of WWII that these men put their horses out to pasture for the last time.

Okrajoe posted a couple of great videos from the 1930s. U.S. Army cavalry training films. A good way to spend your lunch break if you are curious on old school horse mounted combat.

U.S. Army training film: “The Cavalry Platoon: From Mounted to Dismounted Action”, 1933.

Tactical Deployment of the .50 Caliber Machine Gun by Cavalry, Official Training Film No. 18, U.S. War Department, 1933

Thank you for your service, Corporal Cirillo

The Canadian Prime Minister is calling yesterday’s attack on the National War Memorial and Parliament by a gunman an act of terrorism. The individual was put down like a sick animal by the House of Commons Sergeant at Arms, Kevin Vickers, who set aside his ceremonial sword and mace, grabbed a pistol from a lockbox, and engaged the shooter.

However, we need to remember not the shooters name but that of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders who was standing his post at the Memorial when he was gunned down.

The Chronicle Herald‘s Bruce MacKinnon pays perfect tribute:

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Thank you for your service, Corporal Cirillo. The pipes are calling

LCS 7 Detroit Side Launch

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team launched the nation’s seventh Littoral Combat Ship into the Menominee River on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. The future

USS Detroit (LCS-7) was formally christened prior to her launch by Mrs. Barbara Levin.

How’d you like to be on the toilet (head) on board when that hit the water.

Karen weapons, a living arms museum at work

 

Photo by Jason Florio http://www.floriophoto.com/#/portraits/blackout%20portraits%20-%20burma/1/

Photo by Jason Florio. By the way is that an RPG-2 (made in the PRC of course) or an RPG-7?

Jason Florio, perhaps one of the most talented photojournalists in the business, has traveled the globe in recent years to places like Silafando, Mogadishu, and Makasutu. On a trip to Burma he took a series of amazing portraits of Karen National Liberation Army  freedom fighters.

Photo by Jason Florio http://www.floriophoto.com/#/portraits/blackout%20portraits%20-%20burma/1/  The old M16A1 is great.

Photo by Jason Florio  The old “in the white” M16A1 is great as is the 20-round mag on the AK overfolder.

For those who don’t know, the Karens have been fighting the Burmese government since 1949 pretty much non-stop. Located in the Golden Triangle, their equipment runs the gamut from captured French Lebels left over from Colonial Indochina, to Japanese WWII equipment, 1960s era U.S. gear left over from Vietnam, and (slightly) more modern Chinese kit.

Photo by Jason Florio http://www.floriophoto.com/#/portraits/blackout%20portraits%20-%20burma/1/ Can you dig the Karen Bloop gunner? What is the shelf-life of a 40mm fuse stored at 99% humidity in the jungle?

Photo by Jason Florio  Can you dig the Karen Bloop gunner? What is the shelf-life of a 40mm fuse stored at 99% humidity in the jungle? What that TD though.

How I prefer my scotch

You see, don’t judge me, but I am a man of many tastes. I like Kentucky Bourbon. I like Russian Vodka. I love scotch whiskey. In blended, I am a Dewars kinda guy. In single malt, its Glenfarcas or Fiddich if needed. Each of course, has its own preferred method of drinking. With the blends I will take rocks (two please, filled with scotch until they float).  There is no worry about the melting ice water destroying the aromatics of a blend.

Glass of scotch whiskey

On single malts, its the scotch neat and only the scotch as intended.

Why? I wrote an article over at Remington 1816 to explain it

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