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School for Assassins

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Why? Because I hate Commies, that’s why!

This video was made by the US Information Agency in 1982, just when the pressure was being increased against Communism by the Reagan administration.

Panteao Releases Remastered Battle of the Black Sea Video

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Columbia, SC, July 30, 2018 – Panteao is happy to announce the release of the newly remastered 25th anniversary edition of Battle of the Black Sea.

In this three hour exclusive interview, MSG Paul Howe (US Army retired) gives an in-depth look at what led up to and what occurred during and after the battle in Mogadishu on October 3 and 4, 1993. He talks about the living conditions soldiers endured in Mogadishu, the UN Joint Forces stationed there, the media, decisions that were made by our military, the search for Aidid, planning for the mission, the mission assets, Operation Gothic Serpent including the downed Black Hawks, the convoy, staying overnight, and the extraction the next day. Paul also talks about the After Action Report, lessons learned by our military from that battle, combat mindset, and Somalia today. Paul sets the story straight and gives an unvarnished account of what took place in Somalia in 1993.

The video can be watched online via a PC or Mac, on a smartphone or tablet using the Panteao Make Ready Android and iTunes apps, or on television with the Panteao Make Ready channel on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. For more information on how to stream the Panteao videos, visit: panteao.com/streaming-video-ways-to-watch

The SD and HD Digital Downloads and DVD version of the video are also available. For more information on this title, visit Panteao at: panteao.com/product/the-battle-of-the-black-sea

“Special Air Warfare Forces”

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

“Special Air Warfare Forces” is a 1965 US Air Force film about its fledgling Air Commando force.

TacHacker – Vietnam DIY Ammo Vest

Friday, July 20th, 2018

TROPIC LIGHTNING NEWS                          

March 16, 1970

FSB PERSHING – Most combat infantrymen fighting in Vietnam really don’t worry too much if their wearing apparel isn’t in step with the latest fashions.

One exception, however, is Sergeant James J. Ross, who just might be a winner in the Army’s Suggestion Program.  Ross now qualifies as one of the best-dressed Warriors of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry, with a coat he fashioned for himself.

Ross’s coat of many pockets is truly a unique garb to say the least.  It features 24 large pockets for M-16 magazines and a pouch on the back to port a Claymore mine.

“I scrounged up the canvas material,” Ross said.  “I gave the measurements to our interpreter and he gave the specifications to a civilian tailor who made up the jacket for me.

“It’s really great to have on an operation,” Ross said.

Other Warriors are following suit.  “A few others in my platoon have had them made too,” said the functionally, if not fashionably dressed, Warrior sergeant.

What Sort Of Man Reads Infantry?

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

For decades, Infantry Magazine was the professional journal of the grunt. Printed by the Infantry Center, it facilitated outreach to members of the branch, informed on modernization efforts and served as a platform for professional writing. This ad promoting the publication, was printed during the early 70s heyday of men’s pulp magazines, with their lurid covers, promising to satisfy an appetite for life.

I love the combat ace look, with ascot, starched OG-107 fatigues, aviator shades and leather gloves. The only thing missing is a Vietnamese Ranger badge or jump wings, and direct embroidery.

The text reads:

What sort of man reads Infantry?

He’s the guy who’s always there when the going gets tough. Cool, self-assured and thoroughly in control of the situation, he makes the difference no matter what team he’s on. A profile of INFANTRY readers shows that 98% have specialized skills. Taste patterns in clothing reflect remarkable similarity and conformity, leaning towards the conservative. The IM reader is widely traveled, 97% having traveled abroad or resides in a foreign land. An outdoorsman at heart, he is the bon vivant of cuisine au natrual (sic). The INFANTRY buff is well informed and willing to go out of the way for a superior product.

Early 1960s CONELRAD Attack Warning Messages For Radio

Monday, July 9th, 2018

As a child of the Cold War, I am always fascinated to learn about civil defense preparation for toe-to-toe nuclear combat with the Russkies. Here are some civil defense announcements from 1961 that would have aired on Minneapolis radio station WCCO in the event of a probable or actual nuclear attack.

July 4th, 1776 – One Date To Commemorate Over A Decade Of Struggle

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

We celebrate our nation’s independence every July 4th, but the creation of America didn’t happen in just one day.

Colonists started fighting the crown in April of 1775, declared independence in July of 1776, and fully established that sovereignty in September, 1783, with the signing of the Paris Treaty. It wasn’t until September of 1787 that we finally created a proper framework of government. Even then, that constitution didn’t come into force until 1789.

What’s more, we didn’t go it alone. France was instrumental in our revolution against England here in the Americas, while the war grew and spilled over into Europe, and even the sub-continent of India.


We like to wrap it all up neatly into a single date, so often pointing to this painting commemorating the event, but our fight for independence took over eight years of conflict and six more of politicking. It’s an amazing tale and well worth researching.

Detachment B-52 (Project Delta) Reconnaissance Tips Of The Trade

Monday, June 18th, 2018

When I joined the Army in 1985, most of my senior NCO leadership had served in Vietnam. They were men who had seen combat and we hung on their every word as we trained.

In the late 80s, I served in a LRSD in Germany. We turned to photocopies of a document produced by the Vietnam-era Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observation Group’s Det B-52 aka Project Delta called ‘Reconnaissance Tips Of The Trade.’


We poured over its 32 pages which were gold to us, offering guidance on how to configure equipment and conduct ourselves on patrols. Some of the information was outdated due to equipment changes, other data was not applicable because we faced a different foe, on different terrain. However, the basics remained the same. Around the same time, 1st Bn 7th SFG(A) released up update called ODB-720 Tips. Unfortunately, it was much more difficult to share information pre-internet and I never saw a copy until I was on a 3rd Group SOT-A in the early-90s.

The original is available on the web from Chapter 31 of the Special Forces Association at www.sfa31.org/deltarecontips. Whether you’re reading from a historical perspective or a professional one, there are still a few gems in there.