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April 09, 2006

H&I Fires* 9 April 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...

We took a day off yesterday. There was a horse show to work. And apparently no Denizen had much to say, either!

1917 Vimy Ridge France stormed by Canadian troops. Significant event in the history of WWI and of the Canadian Army.

1865 General Lee does the hard thing, and surrenders to General Grant.

1942 Bataan: c. 75,000 U.S. & Filipino troops surrender to the Japanese

1991 Georgia votes to secede from USSR. These guys are incorrigible. Geez, this 130 years after they seceded from the Union... Oh, wait. Different Georgia.

What goes around, comes around, chickie. -The Armorer

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The blogger translation project yields some interesting documents, including one showing Hussein's intention to strike terroristically at the U.S. - FbL

*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".