Friday, January 19, 2018

Coraggio.

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Back to the topic of Italian military prowess or the lack thereof as generally perceived. From the Mad Monarchist and all thanks to MM.

Ask ten different military experts or military historians the armed forces of what nation gave the BEST performance during the Second World War and you will get ten different answers?

As those same military experts or military historians the armed forces of which nation gave the WORST performance during the Second World War and you will receive an instantaneous and unanimous answer, unequivocal?

THE ITALIANS? AN OPINION AND PERCEPTION NOT WORTHY WHEN COMPARED TO THE RECORD? DECIDE FOR YOURSELF!

1. "Italian Military Tradition I."

2. "Italian Military Tradition II."

3. "Italian Submarine Campaign of World War Two."

INDEED, ITALIAN NAVAL COMMANDO FORCES THE STANDARD OF THE COMBAT  FROGMAN BY WHICH ALL OTHER SIMILAR UNITS OF WHATEVER NATION ARE JUDGED.

See previous blog entries having a similar topic. The Italians hardly gutless cowards running away or surrendering en masse when the first shot fired:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/06/italy-ww2.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/05/savoia.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/01/bravery-courage.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/06/comsubin-i.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/06/comsubin-ii.html

For those who are interested in such matters, Sir John Keegan rated the Finns as the BEST soldiers during WW2.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Binkov.

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Came across Binkov quite by accident. I find to be informative and entertaining.

I recommend the Binkov Internet web site highly, without qualification or reservation. Devoted readers to the blog will want to avail themselves of beyond a mere perusal.

1. The Binkov Internet web site.

2. The Binkov Internet Facebook web site.

3. The collection of Binkov Internet You Tube presentations.

YOU TUBE PRESENTATIONS ALL WITH A MILITARY DIMENSION AND IN MY OPINION OUTSTANDINGLY DONE!

From the FAQ at the Binkov web site we have this description of Binkov and what he is all about. As to validity of these pronouncements I pass no judgment yea or nay.

"Binkov was born decades ago in the glorious land of Uberslavia. He went to military school from the early age and never looked back. He specialized in intelligence data analysis, though his post graduate work involved both study in strategy and military logistics. His career has led him all around the world. He served stationed both in capitalist West and communist USSR. But neither could match his beloved Uberslavia. Sadly, during a super secret covert operation, he lost his arms, which only made him more determined to spread his military knowledge."

All thanks to Binkov. Great stuff and keep up the good work!! I am impressed!

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ocean.

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Brazil si, Turkey no!

Bird Farm = Aircraft carrier.

From Harry at Sharkhunters:

"BRITISH BIRD FARM SOLD TO BRAZIL –"

"Rumors are now official; the Royal Navy [RN] carrier HMS OCEAN (a helicopter carrier) has been sold to the Brazilian Navy. It has been rumored for some time that this deal was being considered, but it is confirmed that Brazil will pay €84 million (Euros) for this ship. The first Brazilian Navy officers will be headed for England shortly when HMS OCEAN finishes her time with the RN this October or November"

Turkey also reported to have been interested in purchasing HMS Ocean. This deal to the Turk fell  through somehow.

HMS Ocean a helicopter carrier. A light carrier. The ship as sold not complete without a complement of warplanes, rotary, tilt-rotor or fixed wing, the latter if possible capable of vertical-take-off and landing.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Svetozar.

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Back to the topic, general officers of World War One. The contrast as is the subject of this post could not be more striking!!

Consider these two senior military commanders from that era of the Great War as possible additions to LISTS as were the subject of prior blog entries.

1. "Ten Most Underrated generals." Add to that list the name of Svetozar Boroević.

"K.u.k. Feldmarschall Svetozar Boroević . . .  was an Austro-Hungarian field marshal who was described as one of the finest defensive strategists of the First World War.

With all respect consider defense to be the stronger form of combat. Easier to do and accomplish more with less!

K.u.k. = "The joint 'Imperial and Royal Army' (kaiserlich und königliche Armee or k.u.k.)"

2. "Ten Worst Generals." Add to that list the name of Luigi Cardona.

Marshal of Italy Luigi Cadorna . . . was an Italian General and Marshal of Italy, most famous for being the Chief of Staff of the Italian Army during the first part of World War I.

Historians record Cadorna as an unimaginative martinet who was ruthless with his troops and dismissive of his country's political authorities. David Stevenson, Professor of International History at the London School of Economics, describes him as earning 'opprobrium as one of the most callous and incompetent of First World War commanders.'"

"opprobrium - -   n. Disgrace arising from exceedingly shameful conduct; ignominy. n. Scornful reproach. A cause of shame or disgrace."

"martinet - - noun 1. a strict disciplinarian, especially a military one. 2. someone who stubbornly adheres to methods or rules."

It doesn't get much worse than that. And that too during a time of war when most all the senior commanders seemed to be rather incompetent or downright acknowledged as being so.

The good, the bad, and no ugly!

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Brusilov.

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YET one more senior officer from the era of the Great War given short shrift in the history books. A man who cannot be neglected however.

"short shrift - - noun - - rapid and unsympathetic dismissal; curt treatment."

Before there was Bruchmuller, Hutier and Ludendorff there was Brusilov!

Alexei Brusilov. Senior Imperial Russian general officer during World War One. The most [?] successful Russian commander of that conflict!

Brusilov the senior Russian commander during what has been deemed The Brusilov Offensive!

"The Brusilov Offensive . . . as the Russian Empire's greatest feat of arms during World War I, and among the most lethal offensives in world history."

As to strategy, tactics and the operational art "those "main ideas" of Brusilov to include:

* "To increase the points of sally"
* "To make the width of attack wide"
* "To limit the duration of bombardment"
* "To advance artillery in secrecy and to cooperate with the infantry."
* "To advance the strategic reserve beforehand and to join with the storm-troops after a breach of the enemy's front trench has been achieved."
* "To get the trench lines as close as possible to the enemy's trenches prior to the battle."

Brusilov incorporating into his offensive plan a variety of stratagem, tactics and techniques of the operational art as having been proposed earlier by others. Brusilov his contribution the TOTAL PACKAGE of such methods as to be later emulated by others.

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Conrad.

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“Clausewitz also considered a commander in chief to be a military leader without the additional word 'supreme'; for us, the chief of the General Staff is considered a strategist and commander in chief who is only part of the leadership in war.” — B. Shaposhnikov, Mozg Armii"

Brains of the Army! Mozg Armii!

The Chief of Staff [CoS] as the supreme head of the military but only a part of the whole and recognizing his role to be so.

According to Shaposhnikov that epitome of the CoS Count Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf of the Austro-Hungarian army in that period prior to the Great War of 1914!

"For Shaposhnikov . . . the main and ideal model for such an 'integral' General Staff was that of the Austro-Hungarian Empire during World War I, and specifically, the staff of Count Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf (the Austro-Hungarian Army's Chief of the General Staff from 1914 to 1916)."

"According to Shaposhnikov, the cardinal virtue of Conrad was that under him, there was a real teamwork among the General Staff. Shaposhnikov praised Conrad's close relations with his operations chief; he also commended Conrad on his encouraging his subordinates to show initiative, his view of strategy as being subordinated to politics . . . and his lack of reluctance in delegating authority."

"Shaposhnikov also attributed a range of personal virtues to Conrad, among which 'boldness and strength of character', 'energy and initiative', 'independence', and his workaholism"

"The effective commander of the Austro-Hungarian army, Field Marshal Conrad von Hotzendorf, was probably the most respected military leader of his day, referred to as the greatest strategist in central Europe and was held in very high esteem even by the Germans."

The performance of the Austro-Hungarian army during the Great War generally seen as poor? NOT however because of Conrad? Factors beyond control of the man rather contributing to a combat performance inadequate by reasonable and accepted measured standard! Probably so!

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Raids.

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Once more and concluding with yet another listing. Commando raids special operations units in action.

Again who has compiled this list I am not sure. Thanks to the video at You Tube.

Ten different military experts and historians and you would get ten different answers? I suspect that is so.

"Top 10 Commando Raids"

"These are the top commando raids of all time. These commando raids were undertaken by the best commandos and best special forces in the world!"

# 10. Moscow Theater Siege.   Russians.

# 9. The raid to kill Osama Bin Laden.  American, GWOT.

# 8. Great Locomotive Chase. Union, American Civil War.

# 7. Fort Eben-Emael Raid.  German, WW2.

# 6. The Siege of Edinburgh Castle.

# 5. The Gran Sasso Raid.  Germans, WW2.

# 4. Operation Frankton.  British, WW2.

# 3. Raid at Cabanatuan.  American, WW2.

# 2. Operation Entebbe.  Israeli, GWOT.

# 1. The St. Nazaire Raid.  British, WW2.

PERHAPS THE GREATEST RAID OF THEM ALL OMITTED? THE TROJAN HORSE!

Churchill having stated that Frankton of itself shortened the war by six months!! As to this conclusion there is no elaboration.

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