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July 02, 2006

H&I Fires* 2 Jul 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...

BE SAFE THIS WEEKEND - DON'T BLOW OFF ANY LITTLE FIDDLY-BITS!

July 2, 1863. Little Round Top. Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine.

1934 General Lázaro Cardenas elected president of Mexico. That's important for a reason I'll tell ya about later.

1943 Lt Charles Hall is the first black pilot to shoot down a Nazi plane. The distinction of "shoot down a Nazi plane" is important. Because Lieutenant Hall (whose accomplishment stands on it's own merits) was *not* the first black fighter pilot to shoot down a German. That honor goes to Eugene Jacques Bullard, the "Black Swallow of Death" who had to accomplish that feat in the French Flying Corps - because he wasn't allowed to do so in US uniform. And, despite being one of France's most highly-decorated veterans of WWI, was denied entry into the US Armed Forces.

Okay - "One of these things is not like the other..."

Forward Operating Base Uvanni, Iraq--United States Army soldiers part of the 3-187th Infantry Regiment 101st Air Assault, perform a raid inside Samaria on June 20, 2006 (U.S. Navy Photo By photographers Mate Third Class (AW) Shawn Hussong) (RELEASED)

Go visit Dave at Heartless Libertarian for a little example of intel analysis of a photograph.

SWWBO and her buds in the Cotillion do some odd web-surfing.

CAPT H is *sure* you all want to hear (and see) the Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen Song.

BTW - all y'all *do* know Jeff Quinton is getting married - in blog-style?

Carnival of the Recipes, July 4th Edition, is up at Caterwauling! .-The Armorer

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*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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