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  • Operation Cowboy

    12/26/2014 8:29:29 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    SCOUT ^ | Dec 09, 2014 | 06:38 am | Stephan Talty, contributor
    The strange, forgotten World War II mission that involved Americans and Nazis cooperating to save a rare breed of prize horses from extinction. It was late April 1945 when the Americans first heard about the white horses. It happened near the Czech-German border, about 90 miles east of Nuremberg. Capt. Ferdinand P. Sperl, an officer with IPW (Interrogation Prisoners of War) 10, was examining a cache of items he’d just confiscated from a Nazi colonel known only as “Walter H.” They were typical intelligence documents: memos, maps, charts. But something in the colonel’s personal attaché case caught Sperl's eye: photos...
  • A Soldiers Silent Night

    12/25/2014 9:04:25 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1987 | Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt
    A Christmas dedication to our men and women in uniform. A Soldier's Silent Night was originally titled 'Merry Christmas My Friend' and written by Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt in 1987.
  • Christmas and the World War II Gyrene

    12/25/2014 6:49:02 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    World War II Gyrene ^ | 2004 | Mark Flowers
    Each year, the Commandant issued a special Christmas message to be read to Marines all over the globe. Below is the Commandant's message from 1944. The Commandant's Christmas 1944 Message Among the many important things which men sacrifice in the armed forces is Christmas at home. It is one of the most difficult to give up. The American family Christmas is one of the great joys of life. At the same time, it is one of the real, tangible things for which we fight. Its preservation is one of the essential reasons for our being at war. Every Marine who...
  • A World War II Christmas (1944)

    12/25/2014 6:29:11 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | Uploaded on Jun 8, 2010 | Joe Andersen
    [Christmas, a family, and soldiers in the Ardennes forests in December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge.]
  • Hitler’s Last Christmas

    12/25/2014 12:40:49 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    Bulge Bugle / ^ | February 2008 | Frank W DUDASH.
    Hitler’s Last Christmas The holiday season in Germany is traditionally celebrated on three days — Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and December 26th. Christmas 1944 was the sixth Christmas that Hitler had spent in the toils of the titanic struggle that he had unleashed on Europe, already widely known as the Second World War. Christmas 1944 saw the German leader in the midst of his last great gamble — the Ardennes Offensive in the West. Near Zeigenberg, Germany, Adolph Hitler commanded the great offensive from his Adlerhorst Headquarters (The “Eagle’s Nest”). Deep within its catacombs the self-proclaimed leader of the Third...
  • ‘American Sniper’ Being Put Down Before It Even Hits Theaters

    12/25/2014 7:48:21 AM PST · by rktman · 26 replies
    thefirearmblog.com ^ | 12/24/2014 | Katie A
    Chris Kyle’s story is one I believe absolutely should be told, and although I have my concerns regarding how accurately the movie will relay the events of his service as a SEAL, I wouldn’t miss it. Unfortunately it’s looking as though the naysayers are working overtime on this one, though, because the movie has yet to come out and the mud slinging has already begun.
  • Christmas Peace

    12/25/2014 3:54:20 AM PST · by WhiskeyX
    Wikipedia ^ | 12 November 2014 at 19:11. | Wikipedia
    Christmas Peace (Finnish: joulurauha, Swedish: julfrid) is a tradition based on old Scandinavian legislation created by Birger Jarl in the 13th century, extending the tradition of the Truce of God. Offenders who committed crimes on religious holidays like Christmas were given harsher punishments. Today it is a tradition to recommend that people behave in a respectful and peaceful manner at Christmas.[1] The Declaration of Christmas Peace has remained in Finland where it is an essential part of the Christmas tradition.[2]
  • Merry Christmas From Afghanistan

    12/25/2014 2:37:33 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    messin around / YouTube ^ | Dec 24, 2009 | CAAT 1, WPNS CO, 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines
    Seasons greetings from CAAT 1, WPNS CO, 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines. (filmed on site at Alpha 1) (As it pans across the platoon halfway through, please excuse them looking like they're watching a crucifixion; by this point they've heard the song several hundred times :) Merry Christmas! [See the lyrics on the YouTube webpage]
  • The True Story of The Patton Prayer

    12/24/2014 9:41:12 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 21 replies
    Review of the News ^ | 6 October 1971 | Msgr. James H. O'Neill
    Many conflicting and some untrue stories have been printed about General George S. Patton and the Third Army Prayer. Some have had the tinge of blasphemy and disrespect for the Deity. Even in "War As I Knew It" by General Patton, the footnote on the Prayer by Colonel Paul D. Harkins, Patton's Deputy Chief of Staff, while containing the elements of a funny story about the General and his Chaplain, is not the true account of the prayer Incident or its sequence. As the Chief Chaplain of the Third Army throughout the five campaigns on the Staff of General Patton,...
  • Command Performance - Christmas 1945 3/11

    12/24/2014 9:28:35 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | Recorded: 25-12-1945 Uploaded on Apr 16, 2009 | Command Performance
    Command Performance - Christmas 1945 3/11 Cast: Jerry Colonna, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Herbert Marshall, Harry James, Pied Pipers, Jimmy Durante, Ginny Simms, Cass Daley, Kay Kyser, Frances Langford, Judy Garland, Johnny Mercer, Frank Sinatra, Ed Gardner, Eddie Jackson, Joe LIlley, & President Harry Truman
  • World's Most Powerful Handgun-The Walker Colt .44 Revolver

    12/24/2014 8:10:34 PM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 53 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jul 7, 2012 | The Company of Military Historians
    Detailed -- and interesting -- information about an impressive firearm.
  • How to Look Like You're in the Special Forces: Anonymous

    12/24/2014 11:57:21 AM PST · by w1n1 · 27 replies
    wsj ^ | 12/24/2014 | Anonymous
    Couldn’t pass this up because one of our staff member have encountered such people while in the Far East Theater Staging Area, (maybe you Veterans have come across this as well) so this is quite hilarious. Read the 6 things that will make you look like a SOF member here.
  • Christmas 1776 (Merry Christmas!)

    12/24/2014 11:50:17 AM PST · by dware · 28 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 12.24.2014 | dware
    Posted this way back in 2008. While Jesus is the reason for the season, I think it's important we reflect & remember this event as well, especially given the times we live in today. Merry Christmas, dear FRiends! Imagine this: It's Christmas day in Pennsylvania. Cold weather, rain, sleet and snow are the order of the day. The Revolutionary War is almost over, and the British are about to win, leaving America under British control. Indeed, most of the colonists at the time believed that the war was over and the cause was lost. So much so that even local...
  • Merry Christmas, Freepers (vanity)

    12/24/2014 11:19:50 AM PST · by Eccl 10:2 · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/25/2011 | Phil Spector
    This is for anyone who has someone that won't be home for Christmas
  • 'American Sniper' review: Clint Eastwood shows off his best directing chops

    12/24/2014 10:50:36 AM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 23, 2014 | Justin Craig
    Clint Eastwood returns to form with “American Sniper,” his best directorial effort since his one-two shot hits “Mystic River” (2003) and “Million Dollar Baby.” (2004) Based on Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s autobiography, “American Sniper” is an introspective – yet incredibly intense – look at Kyle (Bradley Cooper), the SEAL’s most lethal sniper, throughout his four tours of duty in Iraq. Kyle quickly became famous as America’s most deadly sniper, becoming a legend among fellow American soldiers as well as an infamous target by the Iraqi insurgents. Eastwood’s film shifts between the mutual manhunt between Kyle and a savage insurgent leader...
  • Pakistan, Terrorism, and the Peshawar Attack

    12/23/2014 2:31:58 PM PST · by Republic_Venom · 1 replies
    TheDiplomat.com (interview on YouTube) ^ | Last Week | Shannon Tiezzi
    https://www.youtube.com/embed/-ah7oj5CmPo
  • Battle of the Bulge, Monopoly, and Escape

    12/23/2014 12:35:13 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 7 replies
    Self | December 23, 2014 | Self
    OK Neil – You are right. It was not until December 2008 that I found out that I no longer had to remain silent about the help I received from the Brits in Stalag IVB. I had been asked repeatedly the details of my escape on Friday the 13th of April 1945. Now I can answer. I GUESS SOMEDAY IT WOULD BE TOLD......I VOWED NOT TO EVER DISCUSS THE DETAILS OF MY ESCAPE...NOW "THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG"....YES, I HAD THE HELP DESCRIBED. (See below narrative) AT STALAG "IVB" I WAS LOCKED IN WITH 187 BRITISH NCO's. THERE...
  • Caroline Glick tells off Danish ambassador (video)

    12/23/2014 4:11:36 AM PST · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    youtube.com ^ | elderofziyon2
    Diplomatic drama during the Europe-Israel panel at The Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference in Jerusalem on Thursday, moderated by Herb Keinon with The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com's Senior Contributing Editor Caroline B. Glick and Danish Ambassador Jesper Vahr. Thanks to Eli Mandelbaum. taken from Steve Lindh FB
  • I'm Dreaming of an American Christmas

    12/23/2014 3:04:17 AM PST · by iowamark · 18 replies
    First Things ^ | 12/22/2014 | Peter J. Leithart
    White Christmas (1954) has been part of family Christmases for as long as I can remember. Bing Crosby’s voice is wonderful, but his middle-age-man-playing-hip hasn’t worn well over the years. Danny Kaye’s cracked-voice nervousness, his silly humor, and his surprisingly skillful dancing still work. Like all musicals, the film is thin on plot. It’s schmaltzy, light entertainment, a mid-century Hollywood specialtyIrving Berlin’s songs are catchy, sometimes clever. The title song had already won an Academy Award (for Holiday Inn, 1942). Wikipedia cites that other great authoritative text, Guinness, in support of the claim that it’s the best-settling single of all time, and...
  • American Sniper (The Movie)

    12/22/2014 3:31:51 PM PST · by mabarker1 · 38 replies
    Internet ^ | 12/22/2014 | Chris Kyle/Clint Eastwood
    American Sniper- The MovieI've read the book and passed it on to others
  • Guinness Commercial: Empty Chair

    12/22/2014 12:15:54 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    Guinness Commercial: Empty Chair video (don't know when this 1st aired)
  • Bad Russian Military Idea—Assemble the Cossacks!

    12/22/2014 8:14:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 21, 2014 | Robert Beckhusen
    These days, they might not ride into battle on horseback. But creating Cossack units within the Russian military is an idea that’s gained currency as the Kremlin tries to wage regional and internal wars. That’s the nutshell behind a new proposal from retired Capt. Konstantin Sivkov in the influential Military-Industrial Courier newspaper. According to the paper, the Kremlin should create Cossack units as a means to help the “maintenance of law and order” and for responding to military and state emergencies. Further, Russia should organize Cossacks into a new “kind of troops of the Russian armed forces,” Sivkov wrote.
  • Too Old to be in the Armed Forces?

    12/21/2014 4:15:47 PM PST · by w1n1 · 46 replies
    wsj ^ | 12/21/2014 | T Rose
    There are many willing to join the military to fight the radical Jihadists, this includes all ages. Here's someone we came across and heard his perspective. With further adieu, I give you Tony Rose. "I am over 60 and the Armed Forces thinks I’m too old to track down terrorists. You can’t be older than 42 to join the military. They’ve got the whole thing backwards." "Instead of sending 18-year olds off to fight, they ought to take us old guys. You shouldn’t be able to join a military unit until you’re at least 35". The rest of Tony's...
  • Moving Letter on What It’s Really Like to Serve With US Soldiers – From the Eyes of a French Comrade

    12/20/2014 9:46:42 PM PST · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | december 20, 2014 | joseph perticone
    A website that serves as a platform for former and active duty-military called Warrior Lodge recently translated an op-ed from a French newspaper titled “A Nos Freres D’Armes Americains,” which means “Our American Brothers in Arms.” It details a French ISAF soldier’s personal account of what it’s like to be stationed with U.S. Warfighters in Afghanistan. The French soldier’s account is brimming with emotion and humor. The Frenchman described the solid build of American military personnel: [T]hey are all heads and shoulders taller than us and their muscles remind us of Rambo. Our frames are amusingly skinny to them – we are wimps, even the strongest...
  • HOW NOT TO PLANT A ROADSIDE BOMB

    12/20/2014 5:06:12 PM PST · by w1n1 · 30 replies
    wsj ^ | 12/20/2014 | J Hines
    Here are some rules that you should follow when planting a roadside bomb. Rule 1. After putting the bomb in the hole, do not, repeat, do not tamp the ground too much. Rule 2. Do not forget rule 1 FFS! This video of thermal image was taken from an AC-130 Gunship from about a mile away. No rounds were fired from the aircraft, some Islamic Jihadists were trying to bury a 155mm artillery round, they must have lost the instruction manual, or it was in English.See the video here.
  • 200 Fort Carson soldiers celebrate Thanksgiving with safe return from Afghanistan (gay photo)

    12/20/2014 9:32:25 AM PST · by dennisw · 20 replies
    stripes.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | By Debbie Kelley
    ) — The old saying, "Home for the holidays" carried special meaning Thursday, when another 195 Fort Carson soldiers made it back to Colorado Springs from Afghanistan just in time for a turkey dinner with their loved ones. Tears, hugs and gratitude were as abundant as the pumpkin pie to come. "It gives a new meaning to the word 'Thanksgiving,'" said Lt. Brian Solomonson, kissing his daughter, Sophia, who was born on Thanksgiving Day last year. The homecoming marked the return of nearly all of the 2,500 deployed soldiers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Another 250 soldiers with...
  • World War I in Photos: A Century Later

    12/20/2014 8:40:23 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies
    http://www.theatlantic.com ^ | June 29, 2014 | Alan Taylor
    Yesterday, June 28, 2014, marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Assassin Gavrilo Princip fired the first shot in what was to become a horrific years-long bloodbath. However, after the sound of gunfire was silenced on Armistice Day, the deaths continued to mount. Revolutions spawned in Russia and Germany, arbitrary redrawing of national borders set the stage for decades of conflict, harsh reparation demands inspired the rise of Nazi Germany and the onset of World War II. The first World War continues to kill to this day - just this past March, two Belgian construction workers...
  • The Spirit of the 1914 Christmas Truce

    12/20/2014 5:28:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 19, 2014 | Robert M. Sapolsky
    On Christmas morning we stuck up a board with ‘A Merry Christmas’ on it. The enemy had stuck up a similar one…. Two of our men then threw their equipment off and jumped on the parapet with their hands above their heads. Two of the Germans done the same and commenced to walk up the river bank, our two men going to meet them. They met and shook hands and then we all got out of the trench… So wrote a British soldier named Frank Richards, referring to the first Christmas of World War I, one hundred years ago this...
  • Feds Spend $189,186 to Study Transgender Mortality Using VA Medical Records

    12/19/2014 9:10:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 19, 2014 - 11:31 AM | Melanie Hunter
    The National Institutes of Health has awarded $189,186 in taxpayer dollars to Emory University to study the mortality of transgendered people, using electronic medical records for people who receive care from the Veterans Affairs Administration. “The purpose of this study is to determine whether transgender persons defined as those who medically change the gender assigned to them at birth (male to female or female to male) have higher or lower risk of death and certain diseases than men and women that do not consider themselves transgender,” the grant said. …
  • Gen. Boykin: Army Violated Its Own Regulations in Punishing Chaplain for Using Scripture

    12/19/2014 8:49:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 18, 2014 - 5:26 PM | Lauretta Brown
    Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (U.S. Army-Ret.) says the Army violated its own regulations by punishing Chaplain Joseph Lawhorn for “using Christian scripture and solutions” in a mandatory suicide prevention training session. Boykin, chair of the Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition (RMRFC), also said that the treatment of Lawhorn violated the chaplain’s constitutional rights. “First of all, his case is important because it is an infringement on his First Amendment rights,” Boykin told CNSNews.com. “Secondly, he is a chaplain. By definition, chaplains deal with spiritual issues, and all he was doing was explaining how his faith helped him. The third thing,...
  • A New, "Super" F-35 to Rule the U.S. Military?

    12/19/2014 7:50:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    National Interest ^ | December 19, 2014 | David Majumdar
    Advanced derivatives of the tri-service Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter could replace the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor, Boeing F-15C Eagle and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, multiple sources told the National Interest. However, they added that the idea of replacing the high flying and fast Raptor with the slower and less agile F-35 was not well received by many within the Air Force. “No doubt that the F-35 will be doing air dominance missions in the future,” one industry official said. “Especially with more internal air-to-air, and maybe a new engine.”
  • Warrior Nurse is on with Mark Levin

    12/18/2014 5:33:12 PM PST · by Trueblackman · 10 replies
    Free Republic's own Warrior Nurse is on with Mark Levin.
  • There Was No Way a P-51 Could Replace the A-10

    12/17/2014 8:16:56 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 72 replies
    The U.S. Air Force has a complicated relationship with its low- and slow-flying A-10 Warthog attack jet. And that's putting it mildly. The flying branch has tried more than once to retire the ungainly A-10 in favor of speedier planes, only for ...
  • The Enduring Myth of the Fragile Battlecruiser

    12/17/2014 7:42:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Information Dissemination ^ | December 16, 2014 | Staff
    The repetition of the myth of the fragile battlecruiser continues even as the greatest victory of the class is now just over 100 years in the past. This particular capital ship has been on the receiving end of the naval world’s harshest criticism since three of their British number met untimely ends at the May 31-June 1, 1916 Battle of Jutland. In fact, the battlecruiser was a hybrid, cost saving platform designed specifically to support a mature British strategic concept of seapower. Its heavy losses at Jutland were more to do with early 20th century capital ship design and poor...
  • Cold War comeback: U.S.-Russia locked in high-stakes submarine drone race

    12/17/2014 5:58:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 16, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    The U.S. Navy’s Pacific Command’s recent announcement that it has successfully completed tests on its GhostSwimmer unmanned underwater vehicle prompted an immediate rebuttal from Russia: They, too, are close to unmanned submarine drones. The U.S. Navy first trumpeted its successful test on Friday.
  • VANITY: FEDERAL SECURITY CLEARANCE FORM (SF86) NOW REQUIRES DISCLOSURE PARTICIPATION IN MILTIAS

    12/16/2014 4:19:14 PM PST · by Salvavida · 36 replies
    The current Standard Form (SF86) required for submitting for a federal background investigation, now requires applicant to disclose any participation with militias. This was never included in any previous edition. Here is the question: Q: Have you EVER participated in militias (not including official state government militias) or paramilitary groups? This is unprecedented. It says it is a revised July 2008 form: but I did one in 2011, and this question wasn't included. This represents the first time an otherwise legal activity, is now under federal scrutiny in the background investigation process.
  • In 1944 Battle of the Bulge, Albert Darago, then 19, took on a German tank by himself

    12/16/2014 10:26:37 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 24 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Michael E. Ruane
    Albert Darago had never fired a bazooka before. He was an “ack-ack” guy, a fuse-cutter on a 90mm antiaircraft gun. But on Dec. 19, 1944, the brass was looking for volunteers to go after some German tanks. And Darago said sure. He was a 19-year-old, color-blind draftee, a native of Baltimore’s Little Italy and a musician who played piano and clarinet. He was no hero, he said. But when Adolf Hitler launched the massive attack that began World War II’s bloody Battle of the Bulge, he had not reckoned on GIs like Darago.
  • Green Berets took lead in war to rebuild Afghanistan

    12/15/2014 5:35:12 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 18 replies
    The Virginia Pilot (pilotonline.com) ^ | December 15, 2014 | Drew Brooks
    CAMP VANCE, Afghanistan Michael Sullivan was training to join the Special Forces when he and his fellow soldiers had a real-world lesson to talk about in a food court on Fort Bragg. On Sept. 9, 2001, suicide attackers posing as journalists assassinated Ahmed Shah Massoud, a leader of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan. The Green Beret trainees were familiar with the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, Sullivan said. They knew Massoud was seen as a threat to the Taliban regime. Two days later, on Sept. 11, Sullivan - then a captain - was signing for textbooks for his language courses when...
  • Nephew seeing the Army National Guard recruiter tomorrow. Vanity

    12/14/2014 9:33:49 PM PST · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 68 replies
    FR ^ | Dec 15, 2014 | Self
    My nephew is seeing the Army National Guard recruiter tomorrow. He has some questions and I'm going with him.
  • Former General Zinni

    12/14/2014 9:00:07 AM PST · by 7thson · 22 replies
    Good morning everyone. A short post to get Freeper opinion. I saw former General Zinni on Fox News this morning and he came out in favor of the report released this week by Diane Feinstein. What is the word on Zinni? Was he a good commander? Was he anti Bush, pro Obama?
  • A historic collection found in S. Phila. home (Band of Brothers)

    12/13/2014 2:26:42 PM PST · by llevrok · 18 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 12/13/2014
    In a bedroom lay a white silk pillow - yellowed with age and emblazoned with the screaming eagle emblem of the Army's 101st Airborne Division. On the walls were pictures and plaques telling the story of a World War II veteran; in another room was an adjustable hospital bed and, on a windowsill, a worn Bible. That October day, Jim Bennett was looking for an investment, a house to buy, rehab, then rent or resell, as he has done with about 500 others over more than 20 years. But Bennett found much more at the modest, two-story rowhouse on Winton...
  • German WWII belt buckle weapon--.22RF oddity

    12/13/2014 10:13:46 AM PST · by W. · 29 replies
    Sasisa.ru ^ | 13 December 2014 | A. Russian?
    Spotted this while chasing another link. Seems I've seen one of these before, but not as a cased piece. Many detailed pictures, worth a peek but texts are in Russian. Interesting...
  • TALL TALE [ that’s true ]

    12/13/2014 6:54:12 AM PST · by virgil283 · 6 replies
    aopa.org ^ | July 31, 2014 | ByDave Hirschman
    "Rare warbirds to depart Edwards Ranch......inside Texan Wilson "Connie" Edwards' 100,000+ square foot hangar complex and its remarkable treasure trove of iconic warbirds......" scroll down for video .....HA-1112 Buchon
  • Angelina Jolie’s new movie ‘Unbroken’ provokes Japanese outrage

    12/13/2014 5:00:31 AM PST · by Hostage · 105 replies
    LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL ^ | December 12, 2014 | YURI KAGEYAMA ASSOCIATED PRESS
    TOKYO — Angelina Jolie’s new movie “Unbroken” has not been released in Japan yet, but it has already struck a nerve in a country still wrestling over its wartime past. The buzz on social networks and in online chatter is decidedly negative over the film, which depicts a U.S. Olympic runner who endures torture at a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. Some people are calling for a boycott of the movie, although there is no release date in Japan yet. It hits theaters in the U.S. on Dec. 25. Others want the ban extended to Jolie, the director...
  • Canceling the DDG-1000 Destroyer Program Was a Mistake

    12/12/2014 9:24:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 1 replies
    National Defense ^ | December 12, 2014 | Ben Freeman
    The U.S. Navy’s DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers are extraordinarily expensive. Since 2009, the cost of the ships has increased 34.4 percent, according to the Congressional Research Service. Each of the three Zumwalt’s being built will cost taxpayers around $3.4 billion. And, that’s on top of the more than $9 billion in research and design funding that has gone into this program. Are they worth the price? The Navy didn’t think so in 2009 when Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced the program would end with the procurement of just three ships, down from the 32 ships the Navy had initially planned...
  • Extreme SEAL Experience. Navy SEAL Master Chief Hershel Davis Combat Shooting Course. (video)

    12/11/2014 1:35:36 PM PST · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 12-11-2014 | Buds131
    Master Chief SEAL Hershel Davis explains his SEAL Combat Shooting Course at Extreme SEAL Experience. Clips of Master Chief now and clips from his appearance in "Silent Option" when he was Command Master Chief of SEAL Team Five.
  • German Soldiers Don’t Trust Their Battle Rifle (G36)

    12/11/2014 11:19:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 10, 2014 | Till Rimmele
    Everyone has heard of the formidable German assault rifle, the G36—the successor to the reliable G3. Both are Heckler & Koch products. You can find the G3 all around the world, as the rifle is in the top five for small arms sales. The G36 is different. It’s actually quite rare outside of Europe. And for good reason. It’s got a bad reputation.
  • Britain forced to ask Nato to track 'Russian submarine' in Scottish waters

    12/10/2014 7:51:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | December 9, 2014 | Ben Farmer
    Britain called in Nato sea patrol planes to hunt for a suspected Russian submarine off Scotland last month, after the Government scrapped its own similar aircraft in defence cuts, it has been disclosed. Maritime patrol aircraft from France, America and Canada flew to Scotland to join Royal Navy warships hunting for the suspected submarine after it was spotted at sea, west of Scotland At the height of the hunt in late November and first days of December, four allied patrol planes flew to RAF Lossiemouth to join the search, Aviation Week reported.
  • 1st Squad, 3rd Platoon

    12/10/2014 6:46:07 AM PST · by w1n1 · 1 replies
    StoryCorp ^ | 12/10/2014 | Travis Williams
    In August 2005, Marine Lance Cpl. Travis Williams and his squad were sent on a rescue mission in Barwanah, Iraq. En route, their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. Of Travis’ entire 12-person team, he alone survived. Here, Travis reflects on the hours and days after the explosion, as well as his life now, and pays tribute to the men he left behind.Watch the video.
  • 13 Complete Soldier's Kits From The Armies Of 1066 Until 2014. Wow.

    12/08/2014 12:03:39 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 74 replies
    The Anglo-Saxon warrior at Hastings is perhaps not so very different from the British “Tommy” in the trenches,’ photographer Thom Atkinson says. At the Battle of Hastings, soldiers' choice of weaponary was extensive. ..... Re-enactment groups, collectors, historians and serving soldiers helped photographer Thom Atkinson assemble the components for each shot. ‘It was hard to track down knowledgeable people with the correct equipment,’ he says. ‘The pictures are really the product of their knowledge and experience.’