Artillery Thursday: From Reclaimed Relics to the Smallest Guided Munitions

From two ends of the firepower spectrum, the old and the massive to the new and the miniature, we bring you something– twothings– pretty nifty… “Blast from the past: 3 Civil War cannons pulled from river” Aside from being coated in mud and muck, the recovered cannons were in surprisingly good condition and are more or less “ready to rock and roll,” said Jonathan Leader, South Carolina’s state archaeologist, who helped lead efforts to locate the remains of the sunken CSS Pedee. Receding waters left the third cannon (a 7-inch Brooke rifle) exposed, and the gun is a bit corroded […]

I Wonder What Patton and Marshall Would Say?

USMC0802 tossed this (angrily) our way: “The Army’s Confederate Cowardice,” wherein an Army captain and lawyer shares his opinions on Army base names. I’ll not quote from his little article, you can read it yourselves, but I will float two three questions of my own. Does “military mediocrity” appear anywhere in his OERs? What would Generals Patton and Marshall, neither of them being mediocrities, say to him? Or, indeed, General Ridgway, who spent a good deal of time at (dare I say the name??) Fort Bragg?

George C. Marshall and the American Nuclear Age

From former VMI Professor of Chemistry Frank Settle, who taught from 1964 to 1992, a brief opinion on the role of George C. Marshall ‘901 on the development of the American nuclear age. Marshall is unique in having a senior level vantage point for over a decade in which he participated in or witnessed all of the important decisions about the arrival of the nuclear age. Professor Settle spoke on this topic at VMI on August 6th. If anyone attended and can give a review, please contact us.

The Last Raid on Japan

Add this to the list of things we ever knew: What did the U.S. do between the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki on 9 August 1945, and the Japanese capitulation on 15 August? Answer: We started bombing the living shit out of them, again. And as it turned out, that last raid, 70 years ago today, with the promise of more to come, might have contributed greatly to the decision to capitulate. Thanks to the Roanoke Times, we have the amazing tale of one pilot who flew on that raid, Dallas Bowman. “Oddly enough, it was Bowman’s first — and […]

What they teach at the VMI of the North (USMA)

So, I guess this professor up at Hudson High School must have gotten his PhD. from a place that teaches revisionist history.  I don’t know, I’m not about that life personally.  But here’s a video of a guy who has birds on his shoulders and is on the permanent faculty of a place that I just don’t think puts out a good product. I would ask Col Seidule to go read Shelby Foote and then retire, because he is a poor educator by claiming that the Civil War was only about Slavery.  I’m a strict unionist and do not believe […]

“8 Big Changes That Have Improved Load-Bearing Combat Gear”

“That ‘GIO Pattern’ web equipment of belt and pouches had been developed in the early 1960s and universally condemned thereafter. The design was such that loads were unbalanced, the load capacity was inadequate, the webbing itself inflexible. Because it was absorbent, it often froze. In the Falklands War it proved exasperatingly uncomfortable and quite useless for its task. We deserved better from twenty years of peacetime research and development.“ Take That Hill! Royal Marines in the Falklands War, by Nick Vaux, Major-General Royal Marines Commando Forces [emphasis added] So, I thought of that quote above, clearly remembered from my last […]

On the Passing of an Historian

Sad news this hour of the passing of the great historian Robert Conquest, at the age of 98. Conquest surely deserves to be counted among the top five most important historians of Communism and the Soviet Union in our time. His book The Great Terror, about the Soviet purges and deliberate famine policy of the 1930s, made it impossible for anyone to deny the essential character of Stalin’s regime. But leftists tried anyway. As the Wall Street Journal explains in its new story: Mr. Conquest’s master work, “The Great Terror,” was the first detailed account of the Stalinist purges from 1937 […]

August 2, 1990

On this day in 1990, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, within a few days, VMI alumni in the 82nd and USMC were standing as a thin shield in the desert. The defense of Saudi Arabia, retaking of Kuwait and defeat of Hussein was part of a continuum of combat experienced by VMI alumni of the 1980s and 1990s. There was Grenada. Then Panama in December of 1989. With Noriega’s capture and the collapse of the Soviet Empire, also known as the Warsaw Pact, some VMI Keydets wondered if they’d ever see combat. Then came August 2, 1990. Followed by Somalia and […]

North Korea, North America

“It is ridiculous, the hairstyle he has, everything,” says Hyeonseo Lee. She is talking about Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea and in her old life, before her defection from the tightly controlled regime, saying such a thing would condemn her and her family to prison or to death. “I could kill three generations of my family,” she says. Lee defected at 17, embarking on a perilous journey. Now 34, she has finally written her account of life and escape from the Hermit Kingdom in a new book, The Girl With Seven Names. Please go read the whole […]

Gun-Day Sunday: A Double Birthday

A thunderous “H-F-Bd” to the great Sam Colt *and* to Herr Gaston Glock, both born this day (the former in 1814, the latter in 1929). Both deserve permanent places in history.