Both are fine, this isn’t making fun of Group 1. Lots of good dudes in that group, veterans and non.
But Group 2 is bigger. They view their gun as a tool, and they view their ability to use it reasonably well as paramount. They don’t care what their MOA is, they are zeroed.
Feb 9 • 30 tweets • 9 min read
1/ For centuries, sons followed their ancestors into armies, often at the recommendation of those ancestors. Nations are strong when this chain remains unbroken. What happens when that chain breaks? Let us talk for a minute about the U.S. and the Mutiny of Hyphasis in 326 BC. 2/ We all know Alexander the Great. Macedonian, good general, got it. Moving on. What you might not know is that Alexander faced not one, but two mutinies from his Macedonian troops. Most famously at Opis in 324 BC, but also two years earlier on the banks of the Hyphasis River.
Feb 8 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
Alright. If you are done crying, listen up.
It comes down to your ability to influence events, and luck.
Risk is usually defined by probability of occurrence vs severity of occurrence.
How likely is something to happen vs how bad is it.
On the scale of bad, a pickpocket is more common than a carjacking which is more common than nuclear apocalypse.
You take measures to lessen probability and impact and mitigate your risk, but it isn’t perfect
Feb 7 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Alright, fuck it I’ve had some Rum we are doing the “how do Officers ruin everything, and how they made Toby Keith songs cringe”
First, Toby did nothing wrong. Ever. I don’t even like country music and I can name like five of his songs. He was great
That being said, it’s clear the lyrics of some of his songs, shall we say, became a little incongruent with the zeitgeist of the GWOT. It became clear that while we “put a boot in their ass” that it wasn’t doing much good and “mother freedom” wasn’t going to “ring her bell”
Feb 1 • 10 tweets • 4 min read
If you are a conservative, or an American, or just love America, you need to read this.
I was writing something the other day about the darkest period of my life, and realized it wasn’t the war itself, it was the endless doldrums of the soul between trips to the forever wars.
1 Many GWOT veterans are unique in the pantheon of American veterans. In most American wars a soldier went off to fight, and then came home and often stayed home when his time was done. This allowed veterans to move on with their lives, to build something new and to live.
Jan 26 • 32 tweets • 12 min read
1/ The Battle of Hancock Airfield (Pt2)
Back at Fort Knox the General paced. He stared at the drone feed of the far away battle and fretted. His unit would never reach the airfield in time on foot. He had not prepared for the patrol to fail, nor had he put together a backup plan
2/ Hurriedly, he started to grab every able body he could find. Putting together a mixed unit from the various allied soldiers there, he climbed into a vehicle and drove his makeshift relief force down the same road his Chinese troops had been fighting on for the last hour.
Jan 19 • 29 tweets • 9 min read
1/ The Battle of Hancock Airfield (Pt1)
As the Chinese General stood in a control tower and looked at the devastation of Fort Knox, still smoldering from the battle that raged across it less than a few days ago , he felt a sense of worry. 2/ It wasn’t the massive casualties his units had taken securing the large American base, nor was it how uncoordinated and chaotically the mixed Chinese, Korean, Russian and Iranian units under his command had performed that led the General to pace back and forth.
Jan 18 • 30 tweets • 10 min read
We believe that we are right. We see our struggle against leftists as a moral war for the souls of our people and the memories of our ancestors. But so do they. Lets talk about Operation Eland and winning messaging
Why Rhodesia Lost Part 3: Can't see the war for the battles
1/When Portugal left Mozambique in 1975, Rhodesia was in a serious bind. Outflanked on the right, they could not defend both borders at once. They watched as ZANU started building bases behind the safety of the Mozambique border for two years.
Jan 12 • 25 tweets • 9 min read
1/Government has always existed at the consent of the governed, through coercion or willing compliance. Wise governments supply their people with protection and opportunity in exchange for allegiance, and if they can't or won't...
Why Rhodesia Lost Part 2: By and For The People 2/ As they watched the collapse of former colonial governments around them, Rhodesia was in a predicament. They could not simply abandon their homes and lives, and they could not hand the country over to majority rule as was.
Dec 26, 2023 • 9 tweets • 4 min read
If you have ever spent much time in Japan, you’ll know that despite being massive xenophobic racists, the Japanese also love to appropriate American culture where they want. After WW2, Japan was struggling with the cultural impacts of American occupation, so took a
proactive approach and adopted things like baseball… and KFC on Christmas. Christmas KFC is a massive tradition in Japan. Like a Black Friday for mid grade fried chicken.
The Japanese aren’t super good at understanding Christmas, but they banzai the Colonel’s bucket.
Dec 22, 2023 • 27 tweets • 11 min read
For those of you Krampus didn't get, we will redux the long lost Rhodesia threads for your Christmas present.
Merry Christmas nerds.
1/ We often view ourselves in the perspective of history. Wesee the struggle of good vs bad, and we gloss over themistakes of legendary warriors while we extol the virtues. Weneed to be honest about the good and bad, and get better
Why Rhodesia Lost Part 1: Allies and Enemies
Nov 24, 2023 • 16 tweets • 6 min read
Thanksgiving is a truly American holiday. Where Americans reflect and give thanks for the incredible fortune we have enjoyed. It is the dinner, the gathering of family around a meat which makes thanksgiving special, but it has given rise to a new tradition, the Friendsgiving. 1/ Like many of you, I spent many Thanksgivings far from my blood family, sometimes sharing an MRE in an 1151 off Tampa, eating off a paper plate at NTC, or spending it with other homesick expats all over the world.
Oct 19, 2023 • 23 tweets • 8 min read
We often think anything less than an immediate, fiery and full throated response is cowardice, or worse, acquiescence to any leftist provocation. But to defend everything is to defend nothing. Smart warriors fight to their strengths, unlike at the Battle of Isandlwana in 1879. 1/ By the 1870s, southern Africa had coalesced into handful of autonomous regions, falling into one of three spheres of control: Boer, British, or Native (Zulu). This arrangement was somewhat distasteful to the British, who still sought to make the entire world British.
Sep 28, 2023 • 23 tweets • 10 min read
1/ We used to elect real leaders in this country
As the drums of war beat across America in the spring of 1861 tens of thousands of men and boys on both sides flocked to their respective banners. In a small northern city an abolitionist local prosecutor nearing 40 was among them 2/ He could have sat out the war in comfort, and with his connections to the governor he could have found a cozy job in the Air National Guard, or the Judge Advocate General like influential people today do.
Sep 13, 2023 • 24 tweets • 8 min read
Attrition does strange things to people. The peace after extended exposure to violence can lead even the strongest to relax and forget their first duty: to protect themselves. Putting your fate in another's hands is risky, like at the Siege of Fort William Henry in 1757.
1/ As he watched the shells of the French siege guns pound into the walls of his fort, British Lieutenant-Colonel George Monro knew the only thing that could break the French and Indian siege around his beleaguered command was a British force commanded by General Daniel Webb…
Aug 31, 2023 • 14 tweets • 6 min read
What your favorite WW2 Machine Gun (Not Automatic Rifle) says about you:
Bren: You like being famous, you like that everyone likes you. You probably like the Beatles too, despite them not really being good, kind of like you. In a world of blind men, the one eyed man is king
Hotchkiss 13.2- You have no friends. You sell out to anyone no matter whose side they are on, anything to make a few Francs. You are the Poso of machine guns, and everyone has a version of you
Aug 17, 2023 • 28 tweets • 9 min read
1/Today’s redux thread on Death, the Black Pill, and the Battle of Roncevaux Pass is going to cover some topics that can be personal or religious and rather difficult to talk about. 2/ Every culture prepares its people to think about death a certain way, and those people deal with that preparation in their own infinite combination of ways. I'm not an expert, but I do sense a feeling of impending doom in some of us that needs correcting.
Aug 14, 2023 • 17 tweets • 5 min read
The AfD (Alternative für Deutschland) is a relatively new German Right-Wing party. It is basically the only one conservative party left, and the only one that supports workers over corporations after the CDU/CSU shift towards globalism.
In many ways AfD is more akin to an "America First" type of populism than it is towards outright fascism. They are basically the only party that opposes the EU, and yet support social development programs and entitlements.... for Germans.
Aug 8, 2023 • 10 tweets • 4 min read
Hot take: Lt Ring is the hero of Heartbreak Ridge and his relationship with Gunnery Sergeant Highway is the best young officer/experienced NCO depiction in cinema.
Media loves the “dumb inexperienced Officer and the veteran NCO” dynamic, and there are tons of examples of the relationship failing. The NCO ignores, overrides, or fails to train the officer. Occasionally the officer is arrogant, but usually they are trying
Jul 26, 2023 • 26 tweets • 9 min read
1/ People tend to believe past success and a bias towards the status quo alone predicts the future. If victors don't continuously develop, train, and improve then their next battle might be a humiliating failure like Task Force Smith at the Battle of Osan. 2/ In June of 1950 the United States was caught with its pants around its ankles in the Far East for the second time in less than a decade as a heavily armed and trained North Korean (DPRK) Army steamrolled across the 38th Parallel and invaded US ally South Korea (ROK).
Jul 12, 2023 • 17 tweets • 16 min read
What your favorite Cold-War Aircraft says about you.
An exhaustive and complete list.
Pre-80's Joel Only
No Helicopters, Helicopters are dumb.
1. You prioritize beauty. When people close their eyes and picture perfection they see you. Sure, maybe you aren't super amazing at lots of things, but boy howdy are you pretty to look at