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!

 

Cold War Weapons: The Polish PM-63

The Peculiar Pioneer Arms PM-63C Pistol

 

For all you “Cold War Kids” like me that grew up with 80’s action movies, This venerable Cold War classic SMG version (PM-63 RAK) can be seen in such Pre- 9/11 Hijack Action flicks like Delta Force from 1986:

 

and in 6 Days (2017) about the London Iranian Embassy Siege of 1980.

In one of the most popular Cold War films of all time, Red Dawn (1984) The PM-63 RAK was scheduled to be the sidearm of Colonel Strelnikov but due to a shortage in Poland at the time of filming, a Finnish Jaitmatic is substituted.

The Jaitmatic can be seen in the famous train scene near the end of the film:

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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