Italy 1943 – 1945: Blood in the mountains

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Seth Gitell has a post on his father’s service in Vietnam and his grandfather’s service in Italy during World War 2. Coincidentally, my father-in-law and my wife’s grandfather served in those campaigns as well, the former in 101st Airborne and the latter in 10th Mountain Division. The campaign in Italy isn’t exactly the forgotten war, [...]

World War 2 Gun Camera Film

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

I watched a show on the Military Channel that featured gun camera clips from World War 2 on. Quite interesting. It had dogfights, strafing of both stationary and moving targets, and missile-guidance film. Here’s a World War 2 gun camera clip. Enjoy.

The enduring legacy and critique of von Mellenthin and his book Panzer Battles

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

A couple of days ago I mentioned Friedrich Wilhelm von Mellenthin, a German World War II general and the author of Panzer Battles, in which he described the German campaigns in Poland, France 1940, the Balkans, North Africa, Russia, France 1944, and, finally, Germany itself, with a strong focus on the operations in North Africa, [...]

Masters of the Panzer Universe Reunion

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

I recently finished reading Friedrich von Mellenthin’s classic Panzer Battles and I decided to Google around a little bit to check some things. That lead me to a fascinating document, a summary of a 1980 conference on tactical warfare where von Mellenthin and General Hermann Balck discussed their experiences fighting the Russians in World War [...]

Dutch bloodlust

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

Forget the infamy of Srebrenica. Dutch commandos killed 18 Taliban savages in Afghanistan over the last several days. “If we had not done something then our soldiers could have come under fire and the construction of our camp could have been hindered,” Gen. Dick Berlijn, commander of the Dutch armed forces, told reporters in The [...]

My hairdresser is going off to war

Monday, June 19th, 2006

Tomorrow is my last appointment with my hairdresser, as she has decided to join the Army and this is her last week as a civilian. Now there’s something that’s never happened to me before. She’s pretty much picked her specialist track already, from what I understand, and provided that she can make it through boot [...]

Swedish soldier killed in Afghanistan

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

28-year old Swedish soldier Jesper Lindblom was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan last Friday. Three other Swedish soldiers were wounded by the blast, one of them is still in critical condition. Lindblom was a marine ranger when he joined the secretive elite unit Särskilda skyddsgruppen (SSG) in 1999. Sweden currently has some 100 [...]

Veterans Day: From one generation to the next – the never-ending heroism, sacrifice, and service of American soldiers

Friday, November 11th, 2005

Today we celebrate Veterans Day. Some can trace their soldier ancestors all the way back to the Revolutionary War, others to the trenches of WWI in France, or the bloodsoaked islands of the Pacific Ocean, or the snow-covered mountains of Korea, or the jungles of Vietnam. As we remember and celebrate our heroes of the [...]

The puritan warriors of New York Times

Friday, July 15th, 2005

New York Times is up in arms over female American soldiers getting down with prisoners to help the cause: There are countless reasons to be outraged about the abuses of detainees at American military prisons. But there is one abuse about which there can surely be no debate, even among the die-hard supporters of President [...]