Sunday, April 15, 2018

Wu Tang.

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Yet more from the outstanding Internet web site Scholars Stage.

"Chiang Kai Shek's Gamble--Reviewing Shanghai and Nanjing 1937"

"The Battle of Shanghai was the first of the twenty-two major engagements fought between the National Revolutionary Army (NRA) of the Republic of China (ROC) and the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) of the Empire of Japan during the Second Sino-Japanese War. It was one of the largest and bloodiest battles of the entire war, described as 'Stalingrad on the Yangtze'"

"In the end, Shanghai fell, and China lost a significant portion of its best troops, while also failing to elicit any international intervention. The resistance of Chinese forces, however, shocked the Japanese, who had been indoctrinated with notions of cultural and martial superiority, and dramatically demoralized the Imperial Japanese Army."

Shanghai best described as "Stalingrad on the Yangtze"?

NO! Consider rather the Battle of Taierzhuang!

"The Battle of Tai'erzhuang . . . was a battle of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1938, between the armies of the Republic of China and the Empire of Japan. The battle was the first major Chinese victory of the war. It humiliated the Japanese military and its reputation as an invincible force, while for the Chinese it represented a tremendous morale boost."


Go see it all for yourself! Indeed, Taierzhuang quite easily can be seen as the template for the Soviet defense of Stalingrad and subsequent German defeat!

Indeed! 

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China WW2.

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From the Internet web site Scholars Stage some speculation.

The Scholars Stage I recommend highly and without qualification.

"Why Do We Know So Little About China's WWII?"

"In a recent column Peter Harmsen asks 'Why do we know so little about China in World War Two?'" To quote:

    "We know hardly anything about the war in China."

    "To give just one example, about 80,000 Chinese and Japanese soldiers became casualties during the first battle for the city of Changsha in September and October 1939 (there were three more battles for the city later in the war.) This is more than twice the number of total casualties on both sides during Operation Market Garden, the disastrous British and American attempt in September 1944 to penetrate German defenses in a bold airborne assault."

That aspect of the Chinese [Nationalist and communist] troops during the Second World War not so widely known. In all historical accounts of the allied coalition in opposition to Imperial Japan the role of China generally seen as marginal as best?

AND WHEN CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE NATIONAL FORCES UNDER THE COMMAND OF GENERALISSIMO CHIANG KAI SHEK CONSIDERED, THE NATIONALIST ARMY SEEN AS DEFENSIVE-ONLY MINDED, INEFFECTUAL, LACKADAISICAL, CORRUPT, WANTING IN SIGNIFICANT MEASURE! GENERALLY SPEAKING NOT WORTHY OF ALLIED SUPPORT!

Even Chiang reputedly described as being more interesting in fighting Mao and his communist insurgent army than engaging in combat with the Japanese.

NO! Consider just those major combat actions, Chinese and Japanese military forces in mortal combat prior to December 1941. Shanghai. Wuhan, etc. Epic battles major and to the death on a scale prodigious. The Chinese hardly slackers even in the slightest manner. The famous/infamous Japanese officer Tsuji rating the Chinese soldier # 2 in fighting ability, trailing only the Japanese. Fighting ability not defined in a clear manner but I surmise meaning tenacity!

At least from my perspective the Nationalist of Chiang Kai Shek: 1. Doing most of the fighting against the Japanese. 2. Foreign expatriate elements to include journalists in favor of Mao and the communists numbering more than a few. 3. News and commentary of the Chinese [Nationalist] performance during the Second Sino-Japanese War and subsequent events deliberately distorted and skewed in a manner to created a bad image of the Nationalists.

Deliberate and malicious distortions that tarnished Chiang and the Nationalists and do not allow for a proper evaluation of contribution by the Chinese to the war effort, before and after Pearl Harbor.

Devoted readers to the blog can comment? Let me hear from you.

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Fog.

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Here as described a serendipitous scientific discovery with a military dimension.

From Newser and the article by Kate Seamons and thanks to both.

"Dendrochronology (or tree-ring dating) is the scientific method of dating tree rings (also called growth rings) to the exact year they were formed in order to analyze atmospheric conditions during different periods in history."

"Nazis' Attempt to Cloak Its Ship Affected Norway's Trees"

"A German dendrochronologist stumbled on something puzzling while gathering wood cores on the Norwegian coast in 2016: some trees were missing rings. 'We got back to the lab and measured the tree rings, and saw that they were very narrow—in some cases nearly absent—for 1945'"

CHEMICAL FOG AS USED TO CONCEAL THE POSITION OF THE MOORED GERMAN BATTLESHIP TIRPITZ CAUSING UNINTENDED ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE!

"The Nazi ship released chlorosulphuric acid as a sort of 'chemical fog"to try to cloak it from aerial enemy forces, and Hartl now believes the acid caused damage to the trees' needles."


Artwork courtesy of John Makin. Click on image to see an enlarged view. Tirpitz even when moored an operational threat to the Arctic convoy system, the transport of war munitions to the Soviet Union. Measures to conceal the Tirpitz from aerial attack to include the disruptive paint scheme of the ship, camouflage netting, smoke pots and "chemical fog" as it is referred to.

To what extent "chemical fog" MORE EFFECTIVE than smoke [as given off by a smoke pot] I cannot say.

Tirpitz throughout most of the Second World War EVEN WHEN MOORED AND NOT AT SEA deemed a significant threat for which extraordinary measures necessary. Efforts to sink or disable the Tirpitz the stuff of legend!

I have been told that within a fifty-mile strip of land in northern France running from the English channel to the Swiss border a compass the use of more or less negated by the presence of so much steel in the ground, artillery bombardments of a prodigious nature from the era of the Great War to blame!

Such as is what occurs during wartime merely from an environmental standpoint.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Graziani.

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Within the context of efforts to tear down all monuments to Confederate war dead [American Civil War] consider what has occurred in Italy. Recently as of 2012

NOT tearing down a monument BUT erecting one! Controversial figures from controversial wars the memory and perspective of events and personalities a mixture of good and bad as in the minds of the beholder.

Should he stay or should he go?

"Italy memorial to Fascist hero Graziani sparks row"

"A political row has erupted in Italy after a memorial was opened to fascist commander Field Marshal Rodolfo Graziani, a convicted war criminal."

"Graziani was honoured with a mausoleum and memorial park, built at taxpayers' expense, in a village south of Rome."

WE NEED TO BE CLEAR HERE. IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR GRAZIANI CONVICTED AS A WAR CRIMINAL AND SENTENCED TO NINETEEN YEAR IN PRISON [SERVED TWO YEARS]!

Chi ha capo di cera non vada al sole??

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Steel.

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Once again from WIZARD through Harry at Sharkhunters:

"SPECIAL STEEL FOR OZ BOATS - Steel makers Bisalloy and BlueScope have inked a new contract with Naval Group Australia to produce up to 250 tons of specialized steel. As informed, the steel produced will be tested to determine whether it meets the specification for the pressure hull of the Royal Australian Navy’s new Future Submarines, which is an essential safety requirement. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said over the past 12 months Naval Group has been working with Bisalloy and BlueScope to develop and qualify Australian steel to meet the specification required for the submarines. The Future Submarine Program (SEA1000), which encompasses a total of twelve submarines, is worth AUD 50 billion [$39 billion USD]. Australia’s fleet of twelve submarines will be built in a new Submarine Construction Yard in Adelaide. The construction of the first submarine is scheduled to commence in 2022-"

See recent blog entries as is germane:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/02/shortfin.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/04/barracuda.html

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Kinzhal.


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From WIZARD through Harry at Sharkhunters some details of the Russian invincible and unstoppable hypersonic missile as President Putin has boasted about.

"RUSSIAN JET FIGHTERS – In March 2018, the world learnt that Russia possessed the Kinzhal (Dragger) unique airborne hypersonic missile system designed to destroy ground and sea targets. The MiG-31 [Foxhound] supersonic long-range all-weather fighter jet developed by the MiG Design Bureau during the Soviet period and accepted for service in 1981 was chosen as a carrier for the new missile system."

Kinzhal! Kh-43M2.

MiG-31 in this capacity a stand-off delivery vehicle.

"The MiG-31 or the Foxhound as it is called in the West’s Aerospace Force but is still unique by its speed and altitude capabilities."

MiG-31 a two-seat stretch-fuselage interceptor version of the MiG-25 flown to Japan by the Soviet era defector Viktor Balenko.

"The fighter jet [MiG-31] can easily climb to an altitude of 25 km [82,000 feet] and accelerate to 3,000 km/h [1,800 miles per hour], after which the missile that reaches the point of its discharge within minutes starts its autonomous flight. Nuclear and conventional munitions are delivered to the target to a distance of up to 2,000 km [1,200 miles]. Moreover, the missile can deal a serious blow on the enemy without entering its heavily protected air and anti-ballistic missile defense system."

Kinzhal has the appearance of an Iskander surface-to surface missile but apparently is a totally different design? Kinzhal is the hypersonic missile for which there is no defense and also for which the Russian has been boasting about?

"The Kinzhal resembles an air-launched version of the Iskander short-range ballistic missile. However despite similar appearance it is a completely different design"

KINZHAL ALSO REPUTED NUCLEAR CAPABLE!

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Ansarullah.

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So many actors on the stage at once! So many players on the field at once! You need a score card to keep track and even that not good enough!

From the Iranian Internet media outlet PRESSTV we have this item:

"Yemeni troops ambush Sudanese mercenary convoy in desert"

"Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters have killed dozens of Sudanese mercenaries hired by Saudi-the led coalition which is waging war against its war-torn neighbor."

"According to Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network on Saturday, the Sudanese forces were killed as Yemeni forces ambushed their convoy in the northwestern province of Hajjah."

PROXY FORCES AS A MAJOR FACTOR IN THE YEMENI CIVIL WAR! AS IN SYRIA SO THE SAME IN YEMEN. DIVISION BETWEEN THE COMBATANTS THE AGE-OLD AND EVER-LASTING CONFLICT BETWEEN SHIA AND SUNNI!

See previous blog entries the topic of which was proxy forces, the Yemeni Civil War:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/03/proxy-saudi.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/09/egyptians_12.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/06/proxies.html

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