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    20th Century Counterinsurgency Project

    I am embarking on project looking at counterinsurgency in the 20th Century from Imperial Policing to conflict the end of the century. I will be employing my rather large library I have built up,...
  2. Small Arms Weapons Effectiveness in the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese War

    Small Arms Weapons Effectiveness in the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese War and the Modernisation of Infantry Small Arms in the PLA.

    Lieutenant Colonel Harold ‘Hal’ Moore in his after-action report on the...
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    Delaminated boot soles

    They should have bought Australian combat boots. 49 degrees Celsius/120 degrees Fahrenheit ambient with 90 plus percent humidity with 60 degrees Celsius/140 degrees Fahrenheit on the tarmac and...
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    Philippine Rangers

    I just have this feeling that having seen the Philippine Rangers gearing up to deploy in 1999, that this all too common. Macho bravado is no substitute for good tactics and civil affairs. A sorrier...
  5. Getting back to the subject, terrain is the...

    Getting back to the subject, terrain is the primary key for distance and range is dependent on that. Jungle, urban or mountainous terrain (with without cover), infrastructure and the type of enemy...
  6. The Chinese QJC02 15.5 x 114mm single barrel...

    The Chinese QJC02 15.5 x 114mm single barrel anti-aircraft machine gun is designed be easily broken up for mountain and plateau (Tibetan and Xinjiang) operations. It could certainly cause issues if...
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    Puma IFV

    They are particularly impressed with the turret as a whole; the vehicle ergonimics of the vehicle and modular arnmour upgrading. The fire control system, especially the commander's independent...
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    Sounds like some of the exercises we had in...

    Sounds like some of the exercises we had in Northern Australia. The SAR chopper was always busy picking up the enemy who had come down with heat stress.

    More importantly, and meant as no...
  9. The converse argument is that the OPFOR manual,...

    The converse argument is that the OPFOR manual, Jane's etc can identify the equipment. Perhaps a foreign force weaponry recognition module is needed as part of the course. I wrote a user's guide to...
  10. I was told that same thing when in the Royal...

    I was told that same thing when in the Royal Australian Air Farce when we got our AUSCAM uniforms. Army blokes told me to boil and use heavy detergent for three washes before wearing them as they...
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    No surprises here really and has been going since...

    No surprises here really and has been going since the dawn of time. From a retired troop's perspective who did his fair share of guard duty at the front gate, many of the officers' wives thought...
  12. What hasn't been mentioned in the last elections...

    What hasn't been mentioned in the last elections in pre-war France there were banners by the right wing parties stating 'Better Hitler than Blum'. There were plenty of right-wing anti-Semetic groups...
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    The expression 'Green with Envy' is quite apt...

    The expression 'Green with Envy' is quite apt about now. It still looks better than the new Chinese made sniping rifles.
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    WW2 close quarter enemy film

    Thanks you. I rememeber it wasn't jungle and one was running with his left hand holding the rifle along him.
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    Intersting topic having done a lot of research on...

    Intersting topic having done a lot of research on Fairbairn, Sykes, Biddle and others. Thank you.

    I watched a documentary on Second World War wartime cameramen, and from memory, the only film...
  16. Thread: Fire with Fire

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    Which 'eastern style armies' are you looking at? ...

    Which 'eastern style armies' are you looking at? The ones I study are all Western style armies, and the others are following suit after following Soviet style tactics and TO&Es.
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    Rememebr, Rule .303 wasn't allowed as a defence...

    Rememebr, Rule .303 wasn't allowed as a defence in a Court Martial. Probably only because the priest was white, but there you go.
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    Try and include a small paragraph about all the...

    Try and include a small paragraph about all the Lebanese who went back to live there after taking another country's citizenship. The complaints from them that the Australian government didn't do...
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    The 5.56 findings showed how 'explosive' the...

    The 5.56 findings showed how 'explosive' the wounds were caused under 25 metres to soft tissue, not covered by body armour or other material. All dual core ammunition at velocities over 2,700 ft/sec...
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    Interestingly the Chinese are wrestling with this...

    Interestingly the Chinese are wrestling with this very thing at the moment. They are in awe of US joint operational capability to hit targets using manned fixed and rotary wing aircraft and...
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    I came back from a posting to South east Asia...

    I came back from a posting to South east Asia having explosive diarrhea. Some tropical bug I had picked up which saw me lkosing one kg a day at one stage. Finally got it sorted but I feel for you. ...
  22. I'm all for firepower and tube launched PGMs, and...

    I'm all for firepower and tube launched PGMs, and understand that the 120mm EFSS will take over from the 155mm, but what about minmum safe distances and ammunition resupply. The 105mm guns and...
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    Ken, the old Ground Defence International did a...

    Ken, the old Ground Defence International did a wonderful write up about the Begleitpanzer.

    Cole, You sound like the embodiment of the late Richard Simpkin, which is not a bad thing. I have...
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    I have an old hard back copy of The Centurions by...

    I have an old hard back copy of The Centurions by Jean Larteguy which explains why the soldiers used torture and is a very good book on counter-insurgency, as is the movie, The Battle for Algiers ...
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    Red Wine with fowl try lobster and crustaceans at the Airmens Mess

    The catering officer at RAAF Base Tindal (Think Nellis without Las Vegas or an Alaska town in the desert) used to hold back a little of the daily mess budget for a once a month big lunchtime...
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