Know Your Cold War Weapons: Czech VZ-52

While perusing Royal Tiger Imports C&R section the other day to see if on the off-hand chance they had any decent M1 Carbines left (they did not of course) I ran across a VZ-52 Rifle.

 

This is a nice peculiar addition to any Cold War Collection to be sure.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

 

Know Your Military History: Intimate Enemies

Intimate Enemies (L’ennemi intime) 2007

A French Film with english sub-titles, this movie tracks a French Army Platoon in 1959 during the Algerian War of Independence, which in terms of studying Guerilla Warfare is a red letter date event.

When studying how Guerilla Warfare has changed, one of the re-occurring themes you will come across again and again is the REBELLION AGAINST COLONIAL POWERS , namely, Spain, England and France.

Besides the study of the Boer War, The French Algerian War offers some of the best hindsight in WHAT NOT TO DO in COIN, namely: The mistreatment of the indigenous populace.

If you have not already, I highly recommend watching The Battle of Algiers as well.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

 

Better Dead than Red: A Holiday Viewing List

The good folk over at WRSA put out a decent list so I thought I would add mine to the mix.

Some of these are Cold War Classics, others are lesser known Foreign Films worth a look.

 

Firefox (1982)

 

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)

 

The Man Who Saved the World (2014)

 

Rose(2011)

As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me (2001)

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

 

Rhodesian War Stories: In The Name Of Freedom

Want to hear accounts of what modern day Communism is good for?

Look no further than the Rhodesian Bush War.

I highly recommend this guy’s channel, some AMAZING interviews.

VikingLifeBlog

Remember to check out the channel for more videos.

A Rhodesian war veteran talks frankly about the savage murder of a policeman

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RHODESIAN COIN TACTICS

Excellent piece on Counter-Insurgency Tactics.

As a follow-up I recommend reading up on the British vs. The Chinese Communist in Malaya in 1948 aka “The War of the Running Dogs.”

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While the Rhodesian forces never really developed a successful antidote to the guerrillas’ mobilization of the masses, they displayed consummate skill in defeating the guerrillas in combat. Even low-calibre units such as the Police Field Reserve could easily repel guerrilla attacks, though the insurgents tended to be more aggressive against units such as Guard Force and Internal Affairs.

In the years 1966-72, guerrilla activity, no matter how small the group, would invite the full attention of regular units and the Rhodesian Air Force. Insurgents were rapidly followed up by helicopter-borne patrols, and if they failed to re-cross the frontier were almost invariably hunted down. But from 1972 both the size and geographical spread of guerrilla incursions rapidly expanded. From 1976 every area of the country became affected by guerrilla operations. There were simply not enough well-trained Rhodesian soldiers to cover all the ground, and as increasing reliance was put on…

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