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A Date Which Will Live In Infamy

Friday, December 7th, 2018

President Roosevelt called December 7th, 1941, “A date which will live in infamy.”

Today is the anniversary of the surprise Japanese attack on the US fleet at Pearl Harbor. Sadly, we no longer even hold ceremonies commemorating that day. We have raised generation after generation who take what we have for granted and vilify the sacrifices of our forebearers.

As our greatest generation passes on, let us honor their sacrifices to keep America free.

I’d also like to take a moment of silence for the 2402 Americans who were lost on that day, along with the hundreds more, who were wounded during the attack.

”They Shall Not Grow Old”

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

They Shall Not Grow Old” is a documentary on World War One by the famed Peter Jackson. The film was funded by 14-18 NOW and the Imperial War Museums in association with the BBC, debuting last month during the London Film Festival.

A limited US theatrical release is planned for December 17 and 27, before ending up on VOD. The meticulously restored and colorized vintage film will presented in both 2D and 3D.

No Fighting in the War Room: Military History Chronicle Launches

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

Radford, VA – The Military History Chronicle (MHC, milhistorychronicle.com) is now live.

Though still in a nascent stage, the Military History Chronicle promises engaging, in-depth analysis of critical military events throughout history.

MHC features the perspective of accomplished historians Jeff Ballard and W. “Bucky” Lawson on everything from the (overrated?) significance of the Battle of Midway to an analysis of Lincoln’s strategic victory at Ft. Sumter. Current content is only on YouTube but will soon spread to the blogosphere. No Fighting in the War Room, the channel’s signature segment, features Ballard and Lawson discussing (and occasionally arguing over) such questions as, “Who was the best fighting admiral in the Pacific?”, and “Was Kelly’s Heroes better than The Dirty Dozen?”

Hosts Lawson and Ballard themselves are an odd combo of California surfer dude and Appalachian hillbilly. Both earned master’s degrees in Military History (with honors even!) and decided to use their newly-minted edjumacation to engage the world on social media. Or something. Lawson writes for the peer-reviewed Journal of the Saber and Scroll Historical Society and other publications; Ballard likewise scribes for the Journal and can also be found in the pages of Strategy & Tactics Press.

Though both historians are primarily interested in WWII matters, the channel and blog will address topics from any time periods. Content will include book reviews and interviews, tongue-in-cheek responses to viewer and reader questions, and the consumption of both bourbon and cigars. There is also a historical swag shop (www.thewarroom.store) with t-shirts and other loot; proceeds will be used to improve production value. And buy cigars.


Visit Military History Chronicle online; www.milhistorychronicle.com

Connect with Strategy & Tactics Press; www.facebook.com/StrategyTacticsPress

Buy some swag; www.thewarroom.store

The 100th Anniversary of the End of the First World War

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

The Armistice ending the First World War came into effect at 11 AM Paris time on 11 November 1918 (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month) after the allies and German powers came to an agreement at 5 AM.


While perhaps not to the same level as it was in 1918, this date is celebrated in numerous countries as Armistice or Remembrance Day. Here in the US, we observe Veteran’s Day, honoring our those who have served this great nation and the cause of liberty.


You will often notice the wearing of rememberance poppies which were inspired by the World War One-era poem, “In Flanders Field.” Although the practice was first seen in America, it is quite prevalent in the Commonwealth of Nations.

Today, I’d like to remember those young Americans who made their way in troop ships to stop aggression across the globe in the dawn of the 20th century. I’d also like to salute my fellow Veterans, they make for a very large family. May they stay safe, serve the cause of righteousness, and be ever victorious.

Forces TV – The Cold War Legend That Delivered Sausages To British Tank Crews

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Having served in Germany at the end of the Cold War, it’s always interesting to me, to hear these kinds of stories, even if they are from a different army.

The British Army of the Rhine consisting primarily of British I Corps and began duties as an occupation force but that quickly changed to a posture of defense in order to counter the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact forces. In this role, BAOR was lead force for NATO’s Northern Army Group and was equipped with nuclear weapons. The organization was changed slightly in 1993 and deactivated altogether in 1994.

The Big Picture – Combat Pack

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

In case you were wondering how good you’ve got it compared to the Soldiers of World War Two and Korea, check out this excerpt of “The Big Picture” discussing individual load carrying equipment.

“The Big Picture” was a television series produced by the US Army during the 1950s and early 60s to educate the public on its capabilities. In total there were 828 episodes.

What a Long Way They’ve Come

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

An Air Force Combat Controller circa 1991.

Operation Urgent Fury 35th Anniversary

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

On the morning of October 25th, 1983, America awoke to reports that US forced had invaded the small Caribbean nation of Grenada, in order to liberate American medical students from danger posed by political instability. Joined by Regional Security System troops from a variety of Caribbean partner nations, they swiftly overwhelmed the Grenadian and Cuban troops. While Operation Urgent Fury was in name, a joint force operation, and included the use of Special Operations Forces, it highlighted many interoperability challenges, such as use of joint operational overlays and communications issues.


Several stove pipe problems suffered by the pre-Goldwater-Nichols military were identified during this operation. Additionally, Urgent Fury was conducted with many systems dating from the Vietnam war.

Just six years later, during the invasion of Panama, saw the first employment of several new weapons developed during the Reagan buildup such as the F-117 stealth fighter and the Marine Corps LAV-25. Grenada was a great learning experience for the US military as it highlighted issues with joint service operations, particularly in the communications arena as well as interoperability between Special Operations and General Purpose forces. For example, SOF also took a much more prominent role in operation Blue Spoon during the Panama invasion. We’ve come even further in the past three decades.

Finally, as with any conflict, lives were lost. Let us not forget the 19 Americans killed in action and the 116 who were wounded. Unfortunately, there were also 24 Grenadian civilians killed in the conflict.