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  • Bloody but forgotten WWII battle still haunts soldiers

    06/12/2018 8:17:13 PM PDT · 95 of 96
    lapsus calami to rlmorel
    The age of missile technology is too familiar, too mundane – there’s just something about the raw power of old tech large caliber gunnery that grabs you. As we’re seeing, as time goes on the defense capability against missiles is tightening up. It’s getting better and better. But I’m not sure what if anything could be done to actively interdict a trio of more or less 2,000lb each (configuration depending on mission) projectiles coming at you in feet per second and not miles per hour. Guess it would be Doom on you, in a spectacular manner.
  • Bloody but forgotten WWII battle still haunts soldiers

    06/12/2018 8:17:08 PM PDT · 94 of 96
    lapsus calami to rlmorel
    I wish more people would pick up a book, study the Pacific theatre more. What’s rather troubling is the lack of awareness of what truly went on. Seems too many people think the war in the Pacific consisted of Guadalcanal, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and a couple of naval battles. Way, way off the mark – not even close. There were dozens of invasions, dozens of pitched battles over land and water. We had to spool up momentum to move in, dominate every nautical mile of the sea and air out there to disrupt enemy lines of communication in support of the overall strategy – and keep that momentum up, not let it fall off. We had to land on and take all sorts of widespot-in-the-ocean places most people have never even heard of to ‘base’ our way into Empire held territory. It was a long, nasty slog that many remain unaware of to this day. The distances involved were daunting, and the efforts to overcome them in order to take the war to the Japanese even more so, making the struggle in Europe look simple in comparison.
  • Bloody but forgotten WWII battle still haunts soldiers

    06/09/2018 8:11:28 PM PDT · 87 of 96
    lapsus calami to rlmorel
    I think he Admiral Lee, in that one engagement, brought nearly the entire fleet onboard with respect to the advantages of radar-guided naval gunfire.
    Lee had MK8 radar well calibrated with the guns on his battleships, which could track and fire upon a fast moving target at 32,000+ yards - and straddle it on the first salvo. Just imagine what those battlewagons could do with the latest & greatest modern radar.
    Have you read “Neptune’s Inferno”?
    I did soon after it came out – it didn’t really tell me anything I didn’t already know – but, it is a well researched work for the uninitiated. Very good book, and I highly recommend it.
  • Bloody but forgotten WWII battle still haunts soldiers

    06/09/2018 8:11:25 PM PDT · 86 of 96
    lapsus calami to rlmorel
    Yeah, they had the ongoing fantasy of getting that one big battle that was going to be the knockout punch of all knockout punches. A 'mother-of-all-battles' if you will. They even built their strategy around depending on such an event. The reality was that they weren’t much in the position to give any after Midway and we worked to try and avoid being on the receiving end of one. Even so, I can think of several instances where they got the drop on us bad – but then got cold feet, chickened and ran instead of following through and finishing the job. They came so close a time or two and never even knew it.
    One of the wackier – to me the wackiest – strategic views by their high command, to their collective detriment, was the expectation that in our drive towards Japan we were going to attack each and every island in their defense perimeter, in the order we encountered them. Yes, believe it or not, that was an official strategic doctrine. They expected us to slam into island after island one at a time chock full of dug-in and prepared troops waiting to deal out a nasty drubbing at each stop. They concluded that would simplify their allocation of resources, only having to build up and concentrate troops and assets at locations and on a timetable that they could anticipate and control. When we split our approaches and commenced the “island hop” strategy, it threw Imperial Headquarters into disarray – they had no long-range planning to cope with such a scenario.
    Headquarters then fell into a pattern of waffling around on what to do, which drove their field commanders bonkers - waffling that typically led to total destruction of their garrisons. There had been no real effort to harden up positions further inside their perimeter since there was no expectation that they would have to be defended. Consequently we achieved complete strategic surprise at a number of locations and caught the Japs utterly flat-footed. This is where the Japanese “toughness, stubbornness, and industriousness” came into play. There may have been plans for the defense of some locales, but no actual work done, no infrastructure in place. Some commanders managed to organize a defense in a pinch and give a good account of themselves in using what they had at hand, though typically at our arrivals they dropped what they were doing and headed for the hills, surrendered outright or launched a first and only Banzai charge with small arms because it was all the combat capability they had.
  • Bloody but forgotten WWII battle still haunts soldiers

    05/29/2018 5:42:25 PM PDT · 81 of 96
    lapsus calami to rlmorel
    It was largely mistrusted by many commanders then in battle, and Admiral Willis ‘Ching’ Lee was one of the first commanders who had a full understanding of radar, what it was good for, and how to employ it. He nearly single-handedly brought radar guided gunfire into modern naval warfare and once we saw what it could do, we rapidly learned how to employ it.
    Admiral Lee was a groundbreaker in that regard for sure - he successfully integrated radar into battle tactics while onboard his flaghip USS Washington and reduced the IJN battleship Kirishima into a burning wreck in a matter of minutes during the Second Naval Battle of Guadalcanal - one of only two battleship-on-battleship shootouts of the war I know of.
  • Bloody but forgotten WWII battle still haunts soldiers

    05/29/2018 5:42:02 PM PDT · 80 of 96
    lapsus calami to Fiji Hill; Calvin Locke
    Another example of gross misuse of talent and resources. Tanaka had been leading the same battle group with the same personnel from the time it was formed in the summer of 1941, training all the time and honing their coordination & tactics – they were very good and quite dangerous – only to be utilized as armed freighters to make milk runs in support of flawed strategy decisions. Tanaka hated it as an indignity, but suffered it because orders are orders. His downfall came when he made reports about all the stupid crap going on and criticized the overall strategy – up-talking to Imperial Headquarters was a no-no. Even though he was right, that wasn’t seen as his place to be doing – he was supposed to shut up, follow the orders, do what he was told no matter what he felt personally. And consequently ended up sailing a desk until the end of the war.
  • Bloody but forgotten WWII battle still haunts soldiers

    05/29/2018 5:41:25 PM PDT · 79 of 96
    lapsus calami to painter; laplata; rlmorel
    The Aleutian campaign was a Japanese “Faint” to draw the Americans away from Midway Attack!
    Yeah – in that it created worry that made us have to stretch and re-deploy resources we didn’t have to spare.
    And no.
    Imperial Headquarters nursed a conviction that the Aleutians were being built up as a jumping off point for an alternate invasion route to Japan and thought to establish a presence in the area for an outer defense perimeter of the empire to keep watch and guard against such a move – the inability to acquire any credible intel information to confirm or debunk Allied intentions only fed their paranoia. On our part, though the shorter distances involved made it a tempting alternative invasion route, that scenario had been studied and ultimately discarded as way too rough and difficult for such an undertaking. Also in the event that Russia came in to the Pacific Theatre against the Japanese, shipping bound from the West Coast to Petropavlovsk or Vladivostok would have to go through the area. Outside of perceived humiliation of having our turf being occupied by enemy forces, we couldn’t have the possibility of Jap bases sitting right smack in the middle of a line of communications and heckling our shipping – those guys had to go, one way or the other. Imperial Headquarters suffered from the same affliction that their counterparts in Europe did – highly trained and mostly competent personnel and accompanying resources wasted on goofy strategy ideas.
  • Former CBS Reporter: Seems Like The FBI's Spy Operation Against Trump Campaign

    05/28/2018 12:58:01 PM PDT · 30 of 93
    lapsus calami to bigbob
    Because he knows much more than clueless FReepers know.
    The way the pieces are coming together it's shaping up that foreign "russian interference" was actually supposed to be the cover story for election interference by domestic intel assets. The nasty truth is that we are, and have been for quite some time, a banana republic. Trump has messed up the routine, and there is a mad scramble to get rid of him and get things back to business as usual as it was before he showed up and rocked their world.
  • Ireland Vote to Legalize Abortion Called a “Tragedy of Historic Proportions.”

    05/26/2018 4:35:57 PM PDT · 33 of 57
    lapsus calami to Mr Ramsbotham
    Filthy savages. They've earned themselves a heaping helping of Damnation. And rest assured it's coming to them.
  • David Hogg puts Publix in crosshairs, demands $1 million donation and anti-NRA pledge

    05/25/2018 4:11:21 PM PDT · 132 of 146
    lapsus calami to Iron Munro
    Hoggy boy better be studying something constructive, before he ends up living in a van.
    Down by the river.
  • David Hogg puts Publix in crosshairs, demands $1 million donation and anti-NRA pledge

    05/25/2018 10:45:59 AM PDT · 107 of 146
    lapsus calami to Magnatron
    So Hoggy boy is channeling Dr. Evil now? "One meel-yun dollars!"
  • Trump cancels Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

    05/24/2018 9:06:22 AM PDT · 126 of 175
    lapsus calami to Bringbackthedraft
    More like "Trump the warmonger!" - saw that angle being played already.
  • She accused a Texas state trooper of sexual assault. Then her lawyer apologized

    05/23/2018 5:30:50 PM PDT · 65 of 91
    lapsus calami to WayneS
    That lawyer is not a very smart one - he's the same guy that got into the middle of an almost identical phony claim against Harker Heights police and had to backpedal like mad in that situation after bodycam vid surfaced there too.
  • Nigel Farage Grills Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook Censorship, Demands Transparency.....

    05/23/2018 11:11:00 AM PDT · 17 of 17
    lapsus calami to Sacajaweau
    For what, the 25th time - or more? I kinda lost count. "I'm sorry -we'll do better" - and yet the spying continues. Nobody wants to really shut him down - Facebook is an unofficial intelligence asset, and everybody wants access if not control of it.
  • Trump Twitter: Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State.

    05/23/2018 10:55:08 AM PDT · 59 of 105
    lapsus calami to gathersnomoss
    That's what people are missing in all this, not computing - if they will do stuff like this to a sitting president, they won't hesitate to do it to YOU.
  • Trump Twitter: Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State.

    05/23/2018 10:48:20 AM PDT · 56 of 105
    lapsus calami to EQAndyBuzz; RayChuang88
    it seems that Bill was the voice of reason and she was the lunatic.
    That's the way I've always seen their dynamic - Billy Jeff, calm and laid back (except for perhaps when he was raping someone), and Hilly like a coil spring wound way too tight, ready to go off in any direction.
  • Tom Steyer Spends $2 Million To Force Renewables On Michigan Customers

    05/20/2018 3:48:56 PM PDT · 20 of 28
    lapsus calami to joshua c
    REAL suspicious, isn't it - would like to see that dude's investment portfolio. My guess would be that he's all lined up for lucrative contracts after these sort of questionable initiatives get passed by a clueless public.
  • Senator Murray Vows to Fight Trump-Pence Administration’s Latest Radical Attack

    05/20/2018 3:29:07 PM PDT · 25 of 38
    lapsus calami to SaxxonWoods
    There IS something they do and do rather well, which is come up with fronts to launder funny-money through. It's interesting that Planned Parenthood has been steadily contracting in providing their alleged primary function - women's health - yet are flush with cash to pour into various political agendas. They are a banking institution unto themselves - am sure various laws are being broken, which should be of interest to those who are responsible for enforcing them.
  • Hillary Clinton's Santa Fe Shooting Tweet Doesn't Hold Back At All

    05/19/2018 1:45:34 PM PDT · 44 of 53
    lapsus calami to bk1000; jazusamo
    Impossible. She has no soul.
    Au contraire, of course she does - in the firm custody of Satan.
  • Informant Spied On Trump Campaign Before The FBI Officially Began Its Probe (Spy=Stefan Halper)

    05/19/2018 1:07:59 PM PDT · 56 of 119
    lapsus calami to blam
    This is great and all, but who else is there - you can't get efficient coverage with just one guy, and there had to be backups in case the main guy drops out of the picture and can't come through anymore for some reason - and they all have to have handlers. There's gotta be more than just him - there's a whole crew involved, which remains to be revealed.