Thursday, May 3, 2012

Success in Battle Depends on the Will to Win

This is from The Lone Sentry a massive and fascinating blog about W.W.II. This particular article is a de-classified intelligence report on "Lessons from the New Zealand Division Operations in Cyrenaica" from Tactical and Technical Trends".

The degree of success a unit or formation achieves in battle depends above all else upon the will to win. There is a time in all battles when the men on both sides are exhausted. It is the man who can hold on longest and who fights with the greatest determination who will win. The will to win requires constant attention. It is made up of many factors, two of the most important being physical fitness and confidence in the arms we use. In both of these we are superior at present to the German infantry.
Physical fitness is difficult to achieve. I can see no substitute for long marches and digging. Motorization is the enemy of physical fitness and the more we become motorized the more need there is for march training. Personnel must be trained to the standard we have always set of 40 miles in 24 hours.
During the recent operations the rifle and machine gun were relegated to a secondary role by the gun and the tank [at el Alamein they exercised a considerable influence on the course of the battle]. In our next campaign we may be fighting in mountainous or close country; the rifle and the machine gun as well as the field artillery, will then have added importance.
Wherever we may be destined to fight our training should be based on these two fundamental principles:
b. Surprise and Training
Surprise is still the outstanding factor in achieving success. This fact was proved on many occasions during the operations.
In Libya we started the campaign well aware of the maneuverability of a mobile division and knowing that we could move 35 miles in the dark without lights, hit a given spot, deploy, shoot in our field guns, and two and a half hours after first light, stage a coordinated attack with "I" tanks under a full artillery plan.
In Crete we had already learned by experience that provided there were no wire entanglements, the enemy could be turned out of any position at night by attacking with the bayonet.
This knowledge that we could move long distances and fight at night proved to be of the greatest assistance in all our planning and gave us a great feeling of confidence when carrying out our operations.
In the move north to cut off the fortress line and in the battles around Tobruk, wherever we used our pace, combined with movement at night, we always caught the enemy unprepared. Success was immediate and casualties often extremely light.
As surprise is the most important element of success, we must consider how it is to be obtained in all our training schemes. There are many well-tried methods of achieving surprise. Night attacks and night advances often offer the best chances. It is also true that night operations require most careful training.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Quote by Booker T. Washington

“There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles,... the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public..”
Booker T. Washington

Thursday, April 19, 2012

CWA in bed with John Wiley Price and Eddie Bernice Johnson

If you are a dues-paying member of the Communication Workers of America, you probably have no idea which candidates your union is supporting. To give you an idea, this pic was taken outside of CWA Local 6215 in Dallas. The two signs are for none other than long-time race agitator John Wiley Price and hard-core leftist Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson.

Price has a very long list of shenanigans, too long to list here, but I will give you some of the highlights:

Funds seized by the FBI

Raids by the IRS and the FBI

Go-to-hell whitey out burst

An incoherent ranting on black holes that defies all logic

 As for Eddie Bernice Johnson, the CWA Cope (political action committee) has given her at least $10,000 recently. If you will remember she was caught giving out scholarship money to four relatives and a top aide’s two children. Rather than admitting wrongdoing Rep. Johnson insulted her constituents, claiming that there weren’t any qualified applicants in her district. Of course, she hadn’t bothered to publicize the scholarships in the first place.

It is unlawful for a labor union to take money from your paycheck for contributions to a federal PAC or for the federal PAC to accept such contributions without your written authorization.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Gold Speaks Up by Jeff Clark, Senior Precious Metals Analyst

Have you ever had any doubts about gold? Does it sometimes feel like it should be performing better? Are you concerned about its volatility? Do you worry about how it might perform in the future? Have you ever wondered about its true purchasing power? Maybe nervous about a big drop in price again? I decided to go directly to the source to address these concerns: Gold himself. He put his arm around me and asked me to tell you a few things...

I hear that you've had some worries about me. I understand. Your world is a very uncertain place right now. And when it comes to money, it looks as though your leaders don't understand some basic monetary principles, making things even more unsettling.

But I want you to know that the problems you're experiencing are actually nothing new. I've seen these monetary, fiscal, and economic difficulties many times before. And I can tell you this: you're safe with me. That's a bold proclamation, but I've provided monetary protection numerous times throughout history - too many to count, in fact. I've served all kinds of people over the centuries, from kings and counts to serfs and servants.

To put your mind at ease, let's review my core characteristics, along with some history, to show how I can protect you against the monetary danger that's likely to worsen in your near future. We'll also take a look at your peculiar set of circumstances to see how I can be of service. By the time we're done, I think you'll feel much better about my ability to help your portfolio withstand whatever is thrown its way.

Enduring Characteristics

Let's start with the basics. I have some characteristics that no other matter on Earth has...

I cannot be:

  • Printed (ask a miner how long it takes to find me and dig me up)
  • Counterfeited (you can try, but a scale will catch it every time)
  • Inflated (I can't be reproduced)

I cannot be destroyed by;

  • Fire (it takes heat at least 1945.4° F. to melt me)
  • Water (I don't rust or tarnish)
  • Time (my coins remain recognizable after a thousand years)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cows & Politics Explained

A CHRISTIAN REPUBLICAN: You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. You offer to share your milk and pray your neighbor gets his own cow soon. 

AN AMERICAN DEMOCRAT: You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. You feel guilty for being successful. You vote people into office who tax your cows, forcing you to sell one to raise money to pay the tax. The people you voted for then take the tax money and buy a cow and give it to your neighbor. You feel righteous.

A COMMUNIST: You have two cows. The government seizes both and provides you with milk. 

A FASCIST: You have two cows. The government seizes both and sells you the milk. You join the underground and start a campaign of sabotage. 

A SOCIALIST: You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor. 

DEMOCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE: You have two cows. The government taxes you to the point you have to sell both to support a man in a foreign country who has only one cow, which was a gift from your government. 

CAPITALISM, AMERICAN STYLE: You have two cows. You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows. 

BUREAUCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE: You have two cows. The government takes them both, shoots one, milks the other, pays you for the milk, then pours the milk down the drain. 

A FRENCH CORPORATION: You have two cows. You go on strike because you want three cows.