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May 07, 2006

H&I Fires* 7 May

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The Right Place has their caption contest up and running.

1954 - "Hell in a very small place" - French garrison of Dien Bien Phu surrenders to the Viet Minh, after 57 days of resistance - which includes being shot at by 105mm cannon captured from the 1st Cavalry Division during the Korean War.

Moving along, Castle Adjutant Barb has a thought provoker for you on How We Treat Our Military.

Orson Scott Card writes some of the best science fiction to be found, but he is very in touch with the current events of the world as well, as he proves in his World Watch column of April 16. He gives his viewpoint on the retired generals v. Sec. Rumsfeld, on the view of the military in television, and how it all affects the perception of U.S. citizens and others around the world.

Go visit Barb and see the rest.

And, what the heck, caption this:

Mad Cat

No, that is not Gandalf of Argghhh!, btw.

Carnival of the Recipes is up at The Common Room. -The Armorer

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Yay for me (and the fame continues)! I'm mentioned in the latest caption contast at The Right Place. - 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".