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June 04, 2006

H&I Fires* 4 June 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...

This is a busy day in history. I thought Midway deserved it's own post - but other events of interest...

1918 US & French halt Germans at Chateau-Thierry
1934 USS Ranger (CV-4), first US ship designed as a carrier, is
commissioned - Lex's future is assured.
1940 "Miracle of Dunkirk" ends: over 300,000 troops evacuated. There is an alternative view - instructive in this day and age.
1940 German forces enter Paris
1944 Allied forces liberate Rome.
1944 CVE Guadalcanal ASW Group takes U-505; 1st enemy prize since 1815 Captain Daniel Gallery - someone you should know.
1944 Paddle wheel training carrier USS Wolverine sets a/c landing record; 633 in one day. Yep - a paddle wheel carrier! One of two that operated in the Great Lakes to train aviators and carrier crews. -The Armorer


"The wounded live on." - FbL


Stop the ACLU, via their Sunday Funnies, points us to this blog, Sweet Spirits of Ammonia, which honors Marine ingenuity. Yeah, it's an old picture - but a lot of you haven't seen it... and even if you have - it's funny! -The Armorer


Powerline says the suspected terrorists arrested in Canada had international links, including the U.S.

The Washington Post's coverage of Iran: just another reason to question everything you read in the major media. - 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".