Thursday, September 21, 2017

Main Force.

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BEST light infantry in the world their advance stalled and stymied?

Hezbollah infantry [described as such by the # 3 man in the FBI] further assault on Deir Ez-Zor stymied!

Yet once more from DEBKAfile:

"Most pro-Syrian forces fighting ISIS in E. Syria are Hizballah"

15 September.

"DEBKAfile's military sources report exclusively on Thursday that Hizballah troops account for the majority of the pro-Syrian forces fighting in southeastern Syria during the last week, especially in the area of Deir ez-Zour. The Hizballah forces have run into strong resistance from ISIS forces and have not been able to defeat them."

"Unlike the battles along the Syria-Lebanon border two weeks ago, where Hizballah and the Lebanese army faced scattered forces of ISIS and the Nusra Front, Hizballah now faces the main ISIS army arrayed in the Syrian desert and the Euphrates Valley, and has so far failed to break through or defeat it."

Read previous blog entry the three-year long siege of  Deir Ez-Zor purportedly lifted:



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WHO will be first? That is the question?

Once more from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter:

Prestige is at stake. NO ONE wants to be second.

"Shoigu in Damascus, Tehran for anti-ISIS drive"

13 September.

"After a tense conversation with Bashar Assad in Damascus Tuesday, Sept. 12, DEBKAfile's military and intelligence sources discovered the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had flown secretly to Tehran the next day. He then proceeded directly to Sochi to brief President Vladimir Putin on his mission, which was to assert Russian control of Syrian-Iranian-Hizballah operations against ISIS on the Syrian-Iraqi border."

. . . .

"As of Wednesday evening, the SDF [combined Kurdish-Arab forces allied in opposition to ISIL] was just 6 km away from Deir Ez-Zour, ahead of the Russian-backed armies which were taking the brunt of ISIS attacks."

Hezbollah overland relief of the besieged Syrian army garrison vicinity Deir Ez-Zor stalled?


5th Corps.

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Yet more from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter.

"Syrian/Hizballah forces seize Jordan's border, rebels on Israeli border about to quit"

11 September.


"DEBKAfile's military sources report that Syrian army's 5th Corps units and Hizballah elite brigades Sunday began taking over the Jordanian frontier, including sections close to the Syrian border with Israel. Neither the Jordanian army nor the IDF intervened. Seeing the rebel groups of southeastern and western Syria crumbling, Assad's army and Hizballah marched in."




Wednesday, September 20, 2017


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ONE bite at a time?

The Islamic State capital of Raqqa now invested in a suitable manner. American led forces [SDG/YPG] their intentions and direction of attack subject to dynamic change?

"Invest: 13. to surround (a place) with military forces or works so as to prevent approach or escape; besiege."

NO overland relief possible and NO escape possible?

Begins here extracts from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter:

"Raqqa offensive slows as coalition forces split off for next anti-ISIS operation"

11 September.

"With around 60 percent of Raqqa retaken from ISIS, including its old city, part of the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Kurdish YPG fighting there has been detached for the next coalition offensive building up to capture one of the jihadists' last strongholds at Abu Kamal . . . US air strikes are clearing the way for their passage."

"The operation to liberate Raqqa, the former capital of the Islamist Caliphate, billed as a key US target of the war on ISIS, is reported by our military sources to have slowed down. The US command has decided to leave a small detachment at Raqqa to finish the battle against the 2,000 jihadists still fighting inside and outside the town."

Kurdish lady soldier in operations room of SDF/YPG unit. I assume the C3I apparatus of the SDF/YPG to be crude but effective. Rube Goldberg like but adequate. You go with what you got and what you are familiar with! Personally I have the greatest admiration for those Kurdish female combatants. They put almost all men to shame!!



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Came across this item quite by accident. ONLY the English?

Nancy Boy - - "Offensive slang. Used as a disparaging term for an effeminate man, especially one who is gay."

Concerning the carrying of umbrellas by officers of-the-line in the British army during the time of Wellington:

"The Duke,[Wellington] usually indifferent to the way his officers chose to dress, drew the line at umbrellas. ‘At Bayonne, in December 1814,’ wrote Captain Gronow of the 1st Foot Guards, ‘His Grace, on looking round, saw, to his surprise, a great many umbrellas, with which the officers protected themselves from the rain that was then falling. Arthur Hill came galloping up to us saying, Lord Wellington does not approve of the use of umbrellas during the enemy’s firing, and will not allow the ‘gentlemen’s sons’ to make themselves ridiculous in the eyes of the army.’ Colonel Tynling, a few days afterwards, received a wigging [to scold or censure.] from Lord Wellington for suffering his officers to carry umbrellas in the face of the enemy; His Lordship observing, ‘The Guards may in uniform, when on duty at St. James’, carry umbrellas if they please, but in the field it is not only ridiculous but un-military'"

The Duke merely wanted his officers not to appear as Nancy Boys! British officers of that period I think at least the preponderance of them not Nancy Boys, but in the military appearances are important.

And as for the samurai with sword carrying an umbrella [parasol?], don't even try to pick a fight with him!


Tuesday, September 19, 2017


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Soviet female combat aviators from the era of the Second World War referred to by the Germans as "night witches".

And as described in an article from the Russian Times [RT] young modern Russian women also wanting to have a career as a military pilot.

"Russia to resume training of female military pilots after numerous applications"

"The Russian Air Force will begin training female military pilots for the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991" - - Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.

“There are so many young women who want to become military pilots. We receive hundreds of letters [from them],” - - Shoigu.

“Therefore, we decided that this year we’ll recruit the first group of women to the Krasnodar Higher Military Aviation School,” - - Shoigu.

Personally I would consider myself to be remiss without mention of the most outstanding [?] Soviet female combat aviator of the Second World War. Anna Yegorova. A person whom we can have the greatest admiration for, without question. Even head and shoulders beyond most men her record a superlative of the highest order. I would proudly fly backseat shotgun in an Il-2 for Anna any day!!

"Sr.Lt. Anna Alexandrovna Timofeyeva-Yegorova . . . 23 September 1916 – 29 October 2009) was a pilot in the Red Army Air Force (VVS) during the Second World War. She flew in total 277 liaison, reconnaissance and ground-attack missions. She was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union."

"Only younger [sisters] will understand me. We're following in the footsteps of older [sisters]. You are looking up to your [sister]. You want to do the same things. You want to do as good as [she] and do it even better". - - Klitschko.


Monday, September 18, 2017

# 926.

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Canberra B-57 bomber once again a topic for discussion. Flying high and doing yeoman service.

Thanks for the tip from Al.

"An airbase without a runway: What does Hanscom do?"

"Hanscom air force base, Massachusetts, USA."

"What goes on behind the barbed wire fence surrounding Hanscom Air Force Base?"

Fences, barbed wire and closed doors.

"No fighter jets take off and land there. The runways that used to be owned by the Air Force are now owned by Massport."

An airbase without runways not entirely correct. Hanscom at one time having a considerable contingent of resident combat warplanes. The current runways as stated now commercially operated and quite active.

United States Air Force [USAF] research and development [R and D]. Civilian agencies working hand and glove with the USAF to produce advanced systems.

"Perhaps the most significant tool developed by units at Hanscom in recent years is the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, or BACN. Dennis described it as a 'universal translator,' helping troops on the ground talk--and give precise targeting coordinates--to pilots supporting them from the sky. Without it, Dennis said, troops had the difficult job of describing the target to pilots, and hoping they picked the right one."

BACN as tested by an ancient but venerable and still flying WB-57! Sixty years and still going strong for the Canberra!

"The system was tested using a converted 1950s bomber called the WB-57 Canberra, Dennis said, which was flown into Hanscom for the Sept. 13 expo. Now, the system is flying in combat on aircraft and drones."

NASA 926 was the first aircraft to have BACN technology installed, and it has been utilized in the program on and off since the beginning. The BACN system is designed to be used at high altitudes, which makes the high flying WB-57 a good choice for a flight test bed

Please recall B-57 able to reach and altitude of in excess of 50,000 feet [16,000 meters]!!

See previous blog entries the topic of which was the B-57: