Tuesday, December 12, 2017

8/22/14.

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Have you ever done it ze French way?

We thank you Papa?

As originally seen at France24 and a surprise to me! That article by Stéphanie TROUILLARD.

"August 22, 1914: The bloodiest day in French military history"

NOT VERDUN. NOT THE NIVELLE OFFENSIVE. NO!

Battle of the Frontiers.

"The Battle of the Frontiers, fought at the outset of World War I, doesn’t have the same historical notoriety as Verdun or Somme, but it saw in one day more French soldiers die than in any other day in history."

THE FRENCH DEFENDING BY ATTACKING! ELAN, ESPRIT, CRAN! WITH A LARGE MEASURE OF DISASTER AS A RESULT.. BUT MOST OF THE GREAT WAR WAS A DISASTER, WASN'T IT?

Cran, élan, et la Baïonnette!

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Hawkeye.

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My intuition served me wrong on this one. My instantaneous response was that the Russian was now using raptors [birds of prey] to guard the Kremlin against drone surveillance and drone attack.

But that is not so. What is called a crow in America is called a rook in Europe?

From the Sputnik Russian media outlet:

"Defending the Kremlin: Hawks, Falcons and Owls in Service"

"It is unbelievable, but true: birds help defend the Kremlin."


Thanks to the image from Sputnik and Ilya. Nice looking bird of prey.

"Kremlin officials use hawks, falcons and even owls to scare off crows that spoil the building’s golden domes in the heart of Moscow. Moreover, crows hunt singing birds at the Kremlin and even damage the uniforms of the Kremlin guards. So it’s no surprise that government officials have decided to use hawks and falcons against the crows. The hawks start their work early in the morning, while there are no tourists in the Kremlin. When crows see the hawks they prefer to fly away from the Kremlin walls."

NOT SO UNBELIEVABLE EITHER!

Consider a prior blog entry the topic of which was using raptors to guard military installations against drone attack:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/08/raptors.html

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Stress II.

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Have you ever done it ze French way??

Conclusion!

As with regard to that prior blog entry, the French military in particular seemed at least in the historical record to have institutionalized the practice of prostitution as a means of relieving stress among the combat soldiers.

1.BMC.

"Bordels Mobiles de Campagne or Bordel Militaire de Campagne (both abbreviated to BMC) is a French term for the mobile brothels which were used during World War I, Second World War, and First Indochina War to supply prostitution services to French soldiers who were facing combat in areas where brothels were unusual, such as at the front line or in isolated garrisons.

In the French Foreign Legion (Légion Etrangère), they were in use until the late 1990s, when a scandal revealed that a staff of three was officially employed by a military unit of 100 men in Africa."

2. Goum.

The goum. French Colonial Army troops, Berbers from the High Atlas mountains of Morocco! By reputation excellent soldiers but with a tendency to commit rape.

"During their fighting in the Italian Campaign [WW2], the Goumiers suffered 3,000 casualties, of which 600 were killed in action . . .  However, the military achievements of the Goumiers in Italy were accompanied by widespread reports of war crimes [including rape of Italian women on a massive scale] . . . The French authorities sought to defuse the problem by importing numbers of Berber women to serve as 'camp followers' in rear areas set aside exclusively for the Goumiers."

THE TRAVELING BORDELLO AS ACCOMPANYING THE TROOPS WHILE ON THE MARCH AS A MEANS AND METHOD OF FORESTALLING RAPE?

Again, institutionalized, those "ladies of the night" paid employees of the state and considered valuable adjunct to the war effort in whatever era.

BUT NOW NO MORE??

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Stress I.

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Camp followers needed!

From the tip as seen at Freeper:

"Australian wives furious over proposal to send sex workers to troops"

"Jane Taylor* has a lot of things to worry about when her husband is deployed. Will he come home alive? Will her kids see their dad again? But until last month, 'Will he slip up and sleep with a taxpayer-funded sex worker?' wasn’t one of them. Like many military wives, Brisbane, Australia, resident Jane was horrified to read Australian army Capt. Sally Williamson recommending prostitutes be sent to the front line to help 'relieve stress' in serving troops."

A recommendation at this point I hardly will think be ever acted upon. Probably not even a possible at this point. The "cat" is outta the bag.

Camp followers in the classical sense not strictly confined to the prostitute. I might also think very few Australian sex workers willing to volunteer for "duty" in Iraq or Afghan.

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Sabermetrics.

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I'm looking at you!! Beware!

From the iSteve Internet web site this item of interest:

"Who Was the Best Military General Ever?"

"A baseball stats [statistics] fan tries to rank history’s best generals:  Napoleon was the Best General Ever, and the Math Proves it. Ranking Every * General in the History of Warfare * Almost every"

This specific link gives you all the details of the methodology used and the conclusion. Verrrry interesting.

A MEANS AND METHOD STATISTICAL IN NATURE MORE THAN A FEW WILL FIND TO BE SPECIOUS? I MUST SAY PERSONALLY I AM RATHER IMPRESSED! AS TO THE CONCLUSION AND HOW IT WAS REACHED, THAT IS SOMETHING YOU MUST DETERMINE FOR YOURSELF.

Other experts will compile other lists of BEST military general ever. Talk to ten different experts and you will get ten different responses [with some degree of commonality I might assume].

Devoted readers to the blog can assemble their own list? Let me hear from you. AND THANK YOU STEVE!

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Delilah.

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Once more as reported by the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter Israeli Air Force [IAF' conduct and air strike against a Syrian target:

"Syria: Another Israeli air strike near Damascus"

"Monday night, Dec. 4, Israeli aircraft reportedly attacked a weapons research center in Jamraya on the outskirts of Damascus. Lebanese sources say Israel fired six missiles, three of which were intercepted by Syria's air defense system. This would be the second Israeli air raid in three days of a military target in the Damascus area."

These missiles as fired [three intercepted] are either a Delilah or a Popeye? Air-to-ground attack missiles.

Syrian air defenses more correctly understood now as RUSSIAN AIR DEFENSES WORKING ON BEHALF OF ASSAD?

Could Hedy Lamar ever thought that fifty years after the fact an image of her in the role of Delilah would thought to be worthy of inclusion into a military-oriented blog?

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Ayman.

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HST si, Al-Nusra no? That is the question?

From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter as dated 8 December:

"Al Qaeda has vanished from Syria"

"This doesn't mean that al Qaeda's branch once known as the Nusra Front was wiped out by any anti-terror coalition. It exists no longer because it was repudiated in its new guise by the boss. In a 35-minute audio message Tuesday, Ayman Al-Zawahiri condemned the group's rebranding last year - without his approval -under the name "Hayat Tahrir al-Sham"

HST that LAST [?] remaining vital and potent armed opposition to the regime of the despot Assad. Rumored and reported to have about 30,000 armed combatants under command.

Al-Nusra affiliated [at least once was] with Al Qaeda but now having become HTS have gone their own way AND WITHOUT PERMISSION!

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