The Malayan Emergency, and what it can teach us about today’s American Emergency

H/T WRSA

The Malayan Emergency, and what it can Teach us about today’s American Emergency

 

A large part of current U.S. COIN doctrine (Counter-Insurgency) that was re-vamped and rolled out around 2006 to ground pounders in Iraq and A-Stan is based upon the lessons learned by the British during the Malayan Emergency. Think Tankers like David Kilcullen wrote extensively on it in books like The Accidental Guerilla and Out of the Mountains. It would do the Armed Citizen justice to study up on these TTP going forward for obvious reasons!

Additonal Worth While Reading:

  • The Savage Wars of Peace by Max Boot

  • Invisible Armies by Max Boot

(Please Note these books were written by the author before he became a spineless liberal).

 

Young on “Che.” Lawson on Rhodesia

H/T WRSA

Young on “Che.” Lawson on Rhodesia

Inspiring Read.

Commies are a Scourge. Eradicate them.

 

Know Your Cold War History: Operation Protea and Beyond…

Operation Protea was launched on 23 August 1981. Its objectives were to destroy the South-West Africa People’s Organisations (SWAPO) command and training center at Xangongo as well as to destroy its logistic bases at Xangongo and Ongiva. The South African forces reached Ongiva on 26 August 1981 and attacked the combined SWAPO/FAPLA forces dug in […]

Operation Protea and Beyond… — Weapons and Warfare

Cold War Files: Truman and MacArthur

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Military Officers and Politics: The Fraught Relationship between MacArthur and Truman

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H.W. Brands is a decent and fair historian, the last book I read of his was Lone Star Nation about Texas Independence.

This book, The General Versus The President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War looks to be another good one for all you Cold War and Military/Political History buffs.

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

War Movies Worth A Damn: The Siege of Jadotville

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Netflix just came out with a really well made Historical Cold War Drama titled The Siege of Jadotville.  Now this time period will not be familiar to most folks, but For those of you familiar with the Cold War History of Africa, you will definitely remember the Congo Crisis and the 1961 CIA sponsored Assassination of  Patrice Lumumba (which the movie begins with).

One of the reasons why the superpowers were interested in the Congo, particularly the province of Katanga, is that this region had one of the largest seams of Uranium (which can be weaponized to make nuclear weapons) in the world and in addition provided half or more of the worlds supply of Copper and Cobalt, which interestingly enough, was needed to build the guidance systems for ICBM’s, which both the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R were building at a break neck rate in 1961. The Geo-Political aspect of this conflict is extremely in-depth, which gives the movie a whole different feel than just “another war movie.”

Side note: For you Weapons junkies like me, this movie has some really nice period correct hardware in it as well, to include:

  • FN FAL
  • Swedish Carl Gustav M/45 SMG
  • SMLE Lee-Enfield No.4 MK1 Rifle
  • SMLE Lee- Enfield No.4 MK1 Sniper Rifle
  • Vickers Machine Gun
  • Bren Machine Gun

Interesting tidbit: The Swedish Garl Gustav M-45 was used by US Army SOG Forces in Vietnam throughout the sixties and into the early seventies. John L Plaster in his excellent book Secret Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines with the Elite Warriors of SOG discusses their use in detail.

 

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!