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 [1355] #militaria
<Alaric> A Ukrainian charitable foundation started by a TV comedian just crowdsourced the purchase of 50 low-mileage FV103 Alvis Spartan APCs in nine hours.
<Alaric> They'll be in Ukraine by Christmas joining the 35 the British government already donated.
[ref: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/nov/03/a-joke-that-went-out-of-control-crowdfunding-weapons-for-ukraines-war]
     #bitmines, 2022-11-03
 [1201] #militaria
American 155mm howitzer evolution:
    * 1939: Make a howitzer (M114)
    * 1978: Make it bigger (M198)
    * 2005: Make it smaller and much lighter (M777)
Russian 152mm howitzer evolution:
    * 1943: Make a howitzer (D-1)
    * 1955: Make it bigger (D-20)
    * 1975: Make it bigger, and fire nukes (2A36)
    * 2006: Give it two barrels instead of one (2S35)
 [1182] #militaria
The Nazis entered this war under the rather childish delusion that they were going to bomb everyone else, and nobody was going to bomb them.  At Rotterdam, London, Warsaw, and half a hundred other places, they put their rather naive theory into operation.  They sowed the wind, and now they are going to reap the whirlwind.
     Arthur Travers Harris, 1942
 [1153] #militaria
An old joke from the cold war era:
A NATO country ambassador once asked Finnish General Ehrnrooth at a embassy reception in Helsinki:
- Ambassador: "How many Soviet troops do you have in Finland?"
- The General responded; "Well we are neutral country and we don't have any foreign troops in our country"
- Ambassador: "Please, don't recite propaganda! We both know it's not true!"
- General: "Well you are right; we have around 300,000 Soviet soliders in Finland"
- Ambassador: "Really? Is that right? Then ... where are they all? I haven't seen any ..."
- General: "They all are six feet under ground"
 [1136] #militaria
METT-TSL:  Mission, Enemy, Terrain, Troops and fire support, Time, Space, Logistics.  IOW, the factors that effect tactical decision making.  The .mil loves acronyms.
     -- EchoFiveMike, 2014-07-15
 [1064] #militaria
Ask a Russian engineer to design you a shoe, and he'll give you something that looks like the box the shoe came in.  Ask him to design something that will slaughter Germans, and he turns into Thomas fucking Edison.
     Bobby Shaftoe, from Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon
 [1036] #militaria
<colin> India should have known that Arjun was going to have problems; after all, they named it after a reluctant chariot archer who needed Shiva to convince him to fight. :)
     #bitmines, 2007-12-22
 [1021] #militaria
I started with thirty-nine tanks. After thirty-eight days of aerial attacks, I had thirty-two [tanks], but in less then twenty minutes against M1A1 [Abrams], I had zero.
     Captured Iraqi battalion commander, 1991
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