Kandahar falls. The news makes me sad.

In Vict’ry the Generals, statesfolx, and politicos get promoted, fete’d, fawned over, bemedalled and bedecked with honors, write books with massive advances, and enjoy cushy retirements and high-paying second careers as “warfighting experts”, while the soldiers get a parade, some free beers, and hassled by the VA C&B folk, then get to fade away to the VFWs, nursing the PTSD, creaking joints, and a fading indifference, committing suicide, until the next “Great Personage” has a Grand Idea! “War-War is better than Jaw-Jaw! Follow those guys to Glory for Me, there’s a Good Lad!”

In Modern America, In defeat, the Generals, statesfolx, and politicos are promoted, fete’d, fawned over, bemedalled and bedecked with honors, write books with massive advances and enjoy cushy retirements and high-paying second careers as “warlosing experts” while the soldiers get some free beers (offered by their veteran predecessors) and hassled by the VA C&B folk, and get to fade away to the VFWs, nursing the PTSD, achey creaking joints, NSAID-ravaged kidneys, and a fading indifference, committing suicide, until the next “Great Personage” has a Grand Idea! “War-War is better than Jaw-Jaw! Follow those guys to Glory for Me, there’s a Good Lad!”

Dulce et Decorum Est
BY WILFRED OWEN
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.

Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.—
Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

He’s right, yanno

Me, talking with the DIVARTY staff while running a .45 qual* range. Officers have big egos and are crybabies.
It was fun to take their weapon, load in a magazine, and put 8 into the 10 ring at 25 feet.
They probably sat on my subsequent promotion boards.

The truth hurts!

*I’m lying. Officers, who set the standards, decided that people armed with pistols didn’t need to “qualify,” just “familiarize.”

I truly believe because most of them couldn’t shoot, the Army didn’t want to buy the ammo to train with, and this let officer egos off the hook. I, however, as the HHB commander, did *not* let their egos off the hook.

Like I said, they prolly sat on my promotion boards and got them some payback. 😉

I’ve not seen this VISMOD before

M108/9 based ZSU 23-4 VISMOD OPFOR vehicle.

I orginally guessed it didn’t make the cut, in the end, as it looks like a TACOM patch (the folks who would have done the development) on the TC.
I would venture it was built on the M108 chassis, the 105mm SP that didn’t have any spades on the back.  Not that they couldn’t have removed the spades from an M109 chassis, but that gun stayed in service, vice the M108.  Which was phased out by us very quickly, but soldiered on with the Brazilians into this century. Anyway, turns out I was wrong. It was a one-off built for a specific program.

This is the VISMOD I’m familiar with, built on the Sheridan chassis.

M551 Sheridan-based ZSU 23-4 VISMOD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But while looking for that pic, I came across another pic of the M108/9 version – it was apparently built for the Joint Attack Weapon System exercise at Fort Ord in 1977 – and has a functioning radar so that it can be acquired by the JAWS sensors.

A defense weapons system with gun dish fire control radar and quad 40mm anti-aircraft guns mounted on a M-109 chassis, is used to simulate a Soviet ZSU-23-4 during the Joint Attack Weapons System exercise.

A bit of Infantry gunner zen…

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U.S. Army Spc. Zac Moore, a mortarman with Mortar Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, sights in an 81 mm mortar tube at an observation post overlooking the Darwazgay Pass in Zabul province, Afghanistan, June 23, 2014. Moore was part of a joint air assault mission conducted with Afghan National Army soldiers assigned to the 1st Kandak, 2nd Battalion, 205th Corps. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston, U.S. Army National Guard/Released)

“Bugs Mr Rico! Thousands of ’em!”

Airmen assigned to the 88th Test and Evaluation Squadron, pose for a photo in full Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear flight gear during a developmental test at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 21, 2021. The Airmen participated in on-going testing of the new Uniform Integrated Protective Ensemble Air two-piece system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dwane R. Young)

Sneeky sneeky! Sweet!

Bringing more IDF tanks to the border with Gaza, Southern Israel, following heavy rocket and missile barrage fired into Israel by militants in Gaza, May 13, 2021.
(photo credit: NOAM REVKIN FENTON / FLASH 90)

[Well, caption writer is a typical journo these days, and doesn’t know their job. Can’t tell a howitzer from a tank. That ain’t no tank, bubba.]

This is how it’s supposed to be done. Information Operations in Support of Kinetic Operations and vice versa. Sure, it’s nice if an InfoOp can remove the need to go kinetic, but one has to appreciate the artistry here.

IDF deception leads to massive aerial assault on Hamas’s ‘Metro’