Monthly Archives: February 2014

Pity the Generals

“I think that the damn old cuss of a preacher lied like Dixie. For he said that God has fought all our battles and won our victories. Now if He had done all that, why is it not in the … Continue reading

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The Services, Their Towers, and the Earthquake

The release of the FY15 DOD Budget Proposal has gotten the Armed Forces rather ruffled. Some to a far greater extent than others, to be fair, but the writing is on the wall that everyone will be needing to get … Continue reading

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“Bad War”

The above panel of 16th century warfare, engraved by Hans Holbein the Younger, depicts what was described as Schlechten Krieg, or Bad War. Two groups of pike armed soldiers (contemporary German soldiers carried 18 to 21 foot long spears) have collided … Continue reading

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Reading: Frank Ledwidge’s Losing Small Wars

 “Ah! the Generals! they are numerous, but not good for much!” -Aristophanes, The Archanians  I’ve recently been reading Frank Ledwidge’s book Losing Small Wars: the British Military Failure in Iraq and Afghanistan, and I had the pleasure of hearing him speak a few month’s … Continue reading

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Disaster: The Wabash River 1791

Disaster: The Wabash River 1791. The Greatest American Defeat you’ve never heard of.

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Disaster: The Wabash River 1791

T’was November the fourth, in the year of ’91, We had a sore engagement near to Fort Jefferson St Clair was our commander, which may remembered be For there we left 900 men, in the Western territory. -“St Clair’s Defeat”, … Continue reading

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The Spoils of War

The Spoils of War.

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