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“Leaders must nearly always issue orders without exact information. Our mission and our will are often the only things untouched by obscurity. These will frequently form our only basis for an order. If a leader awaits complete information before issuing an order, he will never issue one.” – Adolf Von Schell, Combat Leadership, (WW1 Officer) […]

Not the Way it Should be, Thoughts on Hurricane Sandy

And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and […]

DOWNFALL – The story of a german soldier. Part 1 – Childhood

I’m reblogging this because I’ve gotten to know the author through blogging. I’ve actually encouraged him to write a book. His grasp of history and research is second to none in his areas of expertise. With this post he starts a series that it is very personal because it’s about his grandfather, a man who […]

Psych Warfare: Trick or Treat – The Strange Tale of Ghost Tape No. 10

Psychological propaganda used in war is as old as war itself. Psyching out the enemy in order to demoralize him is a handy way to pave the way for an easier victory. A wise commander will attempt to minimize the other side’s psych warfare and maximize one’s own efforts. One example I thought of off […]

What Libya Scandal?

Personally I think the main stream media is sitting on the biggest Presidential scandal since Watergate. It’s bigger than Watergate, bigger that Iran-Contra, bigger than Monica Lewinsky, bigger than Abu Ghraib and bigger than the petty attacks launched at the Republican nominee for President. And now there is a hurricane to help them sit on […]

Lite Side Saturday_10/27/12

In case you ever wondered what the proper way is to eat a triceratops. Do you think your house or apartment is small? How about small on purpose in Poland? And then there is this exchange that occurred after the second Iraq War. Iranian Air Defense Site: ‘Unknown aircraft you are in Iranian airspace. Identify […]

Send me a Valentine (British Mark X)

Much is made of American lend-lease to Russia during WW2 but let’s not forget British lend-lease. The above link documents the finding of a British Mark X Valentine tank in a Polish river. It is an extremely rare find since the Red Army did not advance into Poland until 1944. By the time they did […]

Ghostly Death March

I’ve seen a lot of stories about ghost soldiers and sightings especially in regards to the American Civil War, but this one is just plain weird even if it is a reflection. Check it out. What does it look like to you? The back story is at this link as is a better photo. The […]

George McGovern, I hardly knew you

I was just 19 when George McGovern ran for President in 1972. He lost in a landslide to Richard Nixon. It was my first election and I voted for Nixon probably because Nixon was pursuing peace with honor in Vietnam and improved relations with the Chi-Coms. My folks broke with voting for Democrats that year […]

Why an Aircraft Carrier is different than a Horse

Have you ever made a comparison that just does not work, you know, comparing apples to oranges? Well, the President uttered one last night. Romney was talking about the fact the US Navy was at its smallest since 1916. BO pipes up that we also have fewer horses and bayonets. I suppose he could have […]