Immortalized by Ryan’s great book, A Bridge Too Far, it happened seventy years ago this week: …Montgomery developed Operation Market-Garden. A two stage operation, the plan called for troops from Lieutenant General Lewis Brereton’s First Allied Airborne Army to land and capture key bridges in the Netherlands. While these troops held the bridges, Lieutenant General Brian Horrock’s XXX Corps would advance up Highway 69 to relieve Brereton’s men. If successful, Allied forces would be over the Rhine in a position to attack the Ruhr, while avoiding the Westwall by working around its northern end. For the airborne component, Market, Major […]
When I was studying in France back in 2009 one of the many unique opportunities I had was to attend the Collogue Guerre Irreguliere/Irregular Warfare Conference at Camp Coetquidan. And one of the things a British General said was that NATO knew Afghanistan would be a 20 year war. That it would take an entire generation to fight and rebuild that country. The reason I bring this up, one of our categories here on OPFOR is The Long War. I’ve had this sneaking suspicion that my generation’s war never ended. That this irregular enemy, the non-state actor, would continue to […]
Read about a real warrior. Jim was a private in the 101st Airborne, one of the paratroopers dropped behind German lines in the hours before the D-Day landings. “We wanted to get out of the plane quickly, because it was hitting the plane,” he says. “Planes were blowing up, and we wanted to get the hell out of there.” They were inviting targets as they drifted toward the ground and the enemy. Asked what was going through his mind as he slowly descended through the clouds into hostile territory, Jim says, “Fascination, because of all of this fire coming up […]
I go by the moniker of Townie 76 because I grew up in Lexington and attended VMI. For those who have visited Lexington and Rockbridge County it is an interesting amalgamation of town (those who grew up in Lexington or Rockbridge County or have a family connection to Lexington or Rockbridge County), gown (professors at either VMI, Washington and Lee, or Southern Virginia), and come here’s (usually retirees or folks of sufficient means who like the area). Anyone who attends either VMI or Washington and Lee who lives in Lexington or Rockbridge County are townies. Townies stick together, whether they […]
In light of ongoing events in the land of the Nile, here’s an interesting historical look at the “forgotten” Arab/Israeli war, which was also an Anglo-French/Egyptian war– a tangle of nationalism, internationalism, power projection and Cold War brinkmanship. A simple search for “Suez 1956″ will give you all sorts of links, good and bad. Here’s one decent overview, and it has some good links too. See also that great storehouse of imperial militaria, Britain’s Small Wars (Suez Index). Points you might ponder as you read on… look at the naval task forces brought to bear by both Britain and France. […]
With great regret and sadness I must report the death of one of my fellow 4th ANGLICO Marines, in an accident during jump operations. He will be missed, but never forgotten. Godspeed to you, Marine.
Green light, GO!!!!!! (U.S. Air Force and Army paratroopers jump from the tail gate of a new C-130J Super Hercules cargo aircraft during its first personnel drop over southern Germany, May 4, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenny Holston) Good shot, KENNY, and a nice day for a jump too.
Just got the pics from last weekend’s jump action. We did two days of jumps to keep our jumpmasters current, and to take another chunk out of the ongoing SF-10 transition. The Marines of VMGR-452 provided the plane.
For all my friends who jump out of airplanes: Crank up some more kick ass Australian rock and roll…
For LT COL P and Slab, a trip down memory lane: I took this picture Saturday at Thunder Over Michigan. The aircraft are C-47s and the jumpers are all WWII re-enactors. The day was windy as hell with a very low ceiling. They had to make 4 passes over Willow Run before they finally jumped. After the jump, there was a huge WWII battle re-enactment that was pretty incredible. I will try to get some pictures up soon.