Colt Going Under? Say It Ain’t So!

“Iconic gunmaker” files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. If that ain’t a kick in the nuts. HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The bankruptcy being sought by Colt Defense was fueled by missteps with gun owners, a misreading of the police firearms market and a fall in gun sales to the public after an initial spike several years ago, analysts and industry observers say. But a major blow to the 179-year-old gun maker was the plummeting revenue from government contracts, which Moody’s Investor Service said has dropped to less than 10 percent of sales from 60 percent in 2009. Colt lost a U.S. […]

Christopher Lee, Warrior

Mike_B sent us a link from British Forces.TV on Sir Christopher Lee. Lee starred in many a matinee movie played in Lex before the theater was torn down to make homes. Lee’s passing makes me wonder if there are any actors left who served in combat – and not the CGI kind. Lee’s record is classified (still!). From the article, one gets a sense of Lee, the warrior: When pressed by an eager interviewer on his SAS past, he leaned forward and whispered: “Can you keep a secret?” “Yes!” the interviewer replied, breathless with excitement. “So can I.” replied a smiling […]

Operation Overlord: 71 Years Ago

Epic, in the truest sense of the word. Remember, always, because those who did it are few in number and dwindling. If you chance to know one or meet one, don’t miss the opportunity.

“The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944″

Got a hot tip today that the next book by Ian Toll— author of the incomparable Six Frigates and Pacific Crucible— is due out soon. This masterful history encompasses the heart of the Pacific War―the period between mid-1942 and mid-1944―when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south of the equator washed over Japan’s far-flung island empire like a “conquering tide,” concluding with Japan’s irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas. It was the largest, bloodiest, most costly, most technically innovative and logistically complicated amphibious war in history… I think I need to sell another unit of blood plasma and order a copy.

A history of Utopias in America

A bit of light reading on 10 attempts to establish Utopia in America based on a conversation between frequent commenter George on one side, and three of us on the other.

Journalism and Civil War

 “If I’d written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people – including me – would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.” Hunter S. Thompson Absolute truth is a dangerous thing. The proverbial wish for a gaining a nickel every time someone wanted absolute truth would pay off our great Nation’s debt. Journalism started with two branches: strict reporting of facts, and advocacy. Facts are boring, and boring doesn’t sell. Strict reporting was abandoned in the […]

Three Overlooked Questions About the Civil War

There are three overlooked questions about the Civil War for which I can’t find answers. You, dear readers, are the experts in history. Answers and sources are always appreciated. 1. How much hate and rage existed between the Unionists and Secessonists prior to 1860 so that Lincoln’s election was the breaking point? 2. What were the legal theories used to justify maintaining and breaking the US? 3. Why were college students, i.e. the Corps of Cadets of The Citadel, the first combat troops employed by the Confederacy?

VE Day!

Seventy years ago, this day. I hope I’ll get to see THIS today. Wherever you are, raise a glass and remember those who went forth, and fought and won a prodigious victory.

Happy Birthday, Sir Harry Flashman!

Why, it’s Flashy’s birthday, damn your eyes! (Seven-Echo wrote in to remind me, and not a moment too soon, either.) Raise a glass, pinch the serving girl, and kick your native servants!

April 9th 1865

He had not slept well the night before. A third or more of his Army had been captured by Federal Forces when they crossed the “T” as they pursued his beleaguered forces from Petersburg westward. Now he would attempt what he was famous for, maneuvering his forces away from Grant’s force. He envisioned a short battle that would permit him and the soldiers of the Army of Northern Virginia to escape once again, to secure supplies, and link up with Joe Johnson and to continue the fight. Robert Edward Lee of Virginia rose as was his custom, trimmed his beard […]