I’M NOT KIDDING. In the 1950s France, in the midst of dealing with insurgencies in its colonies in Algeria and Indochina, recognized a military need for easily transportable artillery that could quickly be deployed to the front lines. It happened upon one very novel solution: a militarized Vespa scooter with a built-in armor-piercing gun. The Vespa 150 TAP, built by French Vespa licensee ACMA, was designed expressly to be used with the French airborne special forces, the Troupes Aéro Portées (TAP). Read the whole thing, and be sure to watch the video. I wonder if it’d work on a KLR650??
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. [emphasis added by author] Information is subversive. Information undermines the castle walls that secure tyrants. For this reason, on six of the seven continents tyrants went to great and horrible lengths to keep information away from their subjects. In America, suppression of the press began under the satraps of the British kings, and ended with […]
One of the most enjoyable aspects of this activity is to get suggestions and links from all of you, on a wide variety of topics. These below have piled up over the week from some of our most loyal readers; apologies, because I’m just now getting to them. From George W ’64, a great little piece on when to get out. There’s a lot of practical wisdom packed in there. Highly recommended. From MDL, a disturbing article on a once-great military and erstwhile bulwark of the Atlantic alliance. No wonder they want to avoid a confrontation over Ukraine. This does […]
Recently ISIS announced that burned one of its hostages alive. This was done while the terrorist army claimed the man still alive and worth exchanging. Burning to death is slow, painful, brutal. It isn’t a bullet to the head or the snap of the neck when the rope goes taught. And, ISIS was not dealing in good faith. Not to be outdone when talking in bad faith, President Obama, when it came his time to speak at the National Prayer Breakfast, took the time remind the Christians in the audience, adherents to Reformation, Counter-Reformation and Vatican II, that 600-800 years […]
Saint Augustine wrote The City of God Against the Pagans. In this philosophical work, the Saint discussed time as subjective to the mind and viewed as three presents: the presents of past, current, and future. The Present of the Past is memory. The Present of the Current is sight. The Present of the Future is expectation. All three presents exist now in the moment and are in that way connected. In gunnery, I had the memory of failing to pass the test to compute Concurrent Met the first time I took it. I had the memory of re-taking and passing the test, […]
You are not forgotten. Nor shall you be.
This Old Gun. “Who owned it? A luckless hunter or miner? Maybe an outlaw on the run? And how on earth did it get there?” Smearing Snipers: What Many Americans Don’t Get about Our Warrior Elite. About ten years ago, an employer of mine had an odd request: I needed to delete an aspect of my military career from my professional biography because it might “offend” a potential client or partner. Recon Marine, infantry Marine, service-disabled veteran . . . those were a boon. But “Scout Sniper,” one of the greatest accomplishments I had as a Marine — that had […]
Je suis Charlie, indeed! CHARLIE MARTEL. Heh heh heh. In a similar vein, here’s a modest proposal from a chap that Charles Martel and others like him might see as a kindred soul. (Gasp! Who dares to say such things about the Religion of Peace!) *** PS: Baisez les musulmans. Consult a translator if you don’t parlez that Francaise too good. And a merci beaucoup to WRSA while we’re at it.
Over at Tom Rick’s Best Defense is an excellent piece that is an Ode to Smedley Butler who wrote War is a Racket.
These actions were raging 75 years ago, when Finland was fighting for her survival. They are among the most significant battles of the Winter War. Suomussalmi. Tolvajarvi. Both are worth studying, and I commend them to you.