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March 28, 2006

H&I* Fires, 28 Mar 06

Open post for those with something to share, updated through the day. New, complete posts come in below this one. Note: If trackbacking, please acknowledge this post in your post. That's only polite. You're advertising here, we should get an ad at your place...

Looks like John is still tuckered out from trying to pin the JAG to a board last eventide (in the main post, not the comments). My turn to trigger H & I, 'twould appear... - cw4(ret)billt

HMS Campbeltown smashed into the lock at St. Nazaire

Interesting tidbits of history this week - The HMS Campbeltown (ex-USS Buchanan) smashes her way to glory at Saint Nazaire.

The Buzz Bomb finally stopped menacing London and environs in 1945

These three famous people that interest me died this week over the years:

1969 A famous Kansan...Dwight D Eisenhower, soldier and president (1953-1961), at 78
1980 A famous jock, Jesse Owens, who spoiled Hitler's Olympics. Good on ya, Jesse.
1987 Maria Augusta Trapp, who fled Hitler's Reich ("The Sound of
Music"), and who caused me to fall in lust with Julie Andrew's voice... -The Armorer


Not all of my Guard buds went to Iraq; some, like Larry Rosenthal, were activated for another sandbox. And things like this frost me. It's also the reason I never travelled anywhere--especially stateside--with more than I could stuff into two dufflebags... - cw4(ret)billt


See! I toldja! It's genetic! And I don't have any of these, apparently. Sorry, SWWBO. -The Armorer


Things that make you go, "Hmmm..." Sexless and Proud.

Building the Iraqi judiciary [H/T Powerline]

Another writer reveals his condescending bias and ignorance of all things military. [H/T Iraq Now].

Stupid star alert. The scary thing is, people like this reproduce.

"American Studies" for Middle Eastern students. Looks promising.

Cassandra has a great rant today. - Fuzzybear Lioness


Boy - The SNERKS are vicious in these here pages. Massa John is getting it from all sides it seems. Even from unlikely places. And who said that Kimchi is a health food? No exess poundage in Korea. No Siree Bob! ;>

On another note, what about a Photo Montage of the Gentler Gender in the Toughest of Professions? - BOQ


Two items of note, by way of Mudville Gazette ...

American Soldier was wounded in early March, and is now back in the States, and his wife is by his side. Thank you, Soldier, and welcome home.

Caspar Weinberger has died at age 88. Now is the time when we dance, In Memoriam.

-The Adjutant

There was one of these Lieutenants in every artillery unit I was ever in. -The Armorer.

Blatantly stealing stuff from Noah Schatman at Defensetech I come bearing this: Big War is Dead(again)?

Not sure I agree entirely. That measures-countermeasure-countercountermeasure wheel keeps on turning. I'm not convinced that warfare has a single solution like it was a single family of regular differential equations. To me it seems more like the entire field of DiffEq----too many families of equations to think that there's one perfect method to handle all cases.
But what do I know. I eat cheese and attend college.

*A term of art from the artillery. Harassment and Interdiction Fires.

Back in the day, when you could just kill people and break things without a note from a lawyer, they were pre-planned, but to the enemy, random, fires at known gathering points, road junctions, Main Supply Routes, assembly areas, etc - to keep the bad guy nervous that the world around him might start exploding at any minute.

Not really relevant to today's operating environment, right? But, it *is*

The UAVs we fly over Afghanistan and Pakistan looking for targets of opportunity are a form of H&I fires, if you really want to parse it finely. We just have better sensors and fire control now.

I call the post that because it's random things posted by me and people I've given posting privileges to that particular topic. It's also an open trackback, so if (Don Surber uses it this way a lot) someone has a post they're proud of, but it really isn't either Castle kind of stuff, or topical to a particular post, I've basically given blanket permission to use that post for that purpose. Another term of art that might be appropriate is "Free Fire Zone".

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