WWI: And So It Began

One hundred years ago today. I remember as a 3rd Classman taking a class on the Cold War from a visiting professor– his name escapes me at the moment. One of the first things he told us, and this has stuck with me, was that it was World War One that brought on the world as we knew it in 1987, that  the Great War shattered the old order.   (http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/06/28/the-assassination-of-archduke-franz-ferdinand-and-the-drumbeats-of-war/)

Cats and dogs, living together

As a kid living on West Point in 1981, the newly-released Marines and other Embassy personnel held hostage in Tehran for 444 days were brought into the cafeteria of the old Elementary School building. They were outwardly calm, but had eyes as big as saucers. Looking back, I question the judgement of exposing those men to a crowd of any type and size so soon after release. What was apparent then to my friends and me then was that those men were in shock. Since pulling Iran out of poverty as a British and Soviet piss pot, Iran and America were good […]

Cruzada de los ninos, or, so you thought you had a military retirement

Updated Nothing in life is free. Someone is paying for creating the America’s greatest humanitarian disaster of this century: a modern Cruzada de los niños. The logistics for transporting children from Central America apart from their parents is enormous. Consider how much goes into moving 100,000 soldiers from America to Kuwait. The folks paying for all of this expect to be repaid with American tax dollars. These children, now our wards, need food, water, clothing, shelter, and will get an education. And likely medical and mental health care – because these are the ones who survived the trip. Instantly, close to a […]

German AAR on Op Overlord

Apropos for D +1 (plus 70 years), von Rundstedt’s report on the Normandy invasion: The following most recent battle experiences confirm in broad outlines all the experiences which were made known regarding Sicily, Salerno, Nottuno and those other heavy defensive battles in Italy. The proximity of the English mother country and thus also of all the embarkation and supply bases afforded to the Anglo-Saxons in their first great land attack against the Western Bay of the Seine and against the peninsula of the Cotentin the opportunity of employment on the greatest  scale so far of men, material and technical means. […]

70 Years Ago: “All of This Fire Coming up Towards Us”

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 […]

Tanks for Sale… LOTS of Tanks

HOLY S**T! And not just tanks, either. Make sure you follow the link to the individual photos and descriptions, like this one: The vehicle being offered, Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. H, chassis number 89457, was most likely built by Nibelungenwerke in February 1944. This vehicle was bought by Syria in the 1950s, probably from Czechoslovakia. It was captured by the Israelis during the Six Day War in 1967. After its capture, it was used as a training vehicle by the Israeli Army. It was then shipped to the Israeli Armor museum at Latrun in 1994. This tank was obtained from Israel […]

Forty Confederate Soldiers and One New Market Cadet

DVH61, ETP0802 and several more of you sent me this link, which is fascinating: Their remains sat, unmarked, in shallow graves at the Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg, Va., for decades. Now, some 150 years after the Civil War, the bodies of 40 Confederate soldiers discovered over the past two months will receive a proper memorial. This is right and just, in itself. But read on. In 2007, Ricks received an unusual request, which led him to a discovery that was “like finding a needle in a haystack.” Ricks was approached by a descendent of Nathan Tiernon Walton, a cadet […]

New Market, From the Air

AirLand battle? My Brother Rat Rader, Major, USAF retired and fellow member of Mad-Dog Delta Company, flew over the reenactment and took some photos. That’s pretty neat. Speaking of the USAF and VMI, this was seen at the Pentagon visitor lot on 14 May… anyone know him?

New Market: 150 Years Ago, Today

Remember them! I hope you get to attend a graveside remembrance for one of the cadets who fought there. TANGO-76 and I will, so more to follow!  

VMI / Marine Corps Greatness

VMI has taken it on the chin in the news lately, so it’s about damn time for a remembrance of the greatness of the Old Corps. Math Lady and I spent the past weekend in Norfolk at my sister’s wedding. We spent a good part of one afternoon at the Botanical Gardens and of course we got to see Sir Moses Ezekiel’s Vista Statuary: And on the drive back to NoVA we stopped to pay respects to these two Virginia gentlemen at their final earthly abode: