Martin

Martin

  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Remember I am talking about the USSR. They were notoriously incapable of handling complex or delicate machinery, even by USA recruit standards. Not quite (at least, no more than Western recruits - the old joke being that if you leave...
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    Why? The SA-80 is a bit shorter than the Lee-Enfield, but what was so different that it required a complete re-write? It's a lot shorter. The old L1A1 / No.4 rifle drill involved resting the butt on the ground, and...
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    Part of the reason it was risible was precisely because such a raid had ceased to be a serious threat by 1979. Presumably because by then, all the Spetsnaz were busy in Afghanistan? Otherwise, I'm not sure of the significance...
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    But I stand by my statement about the HSF... but, given their age, number per site and equipment, the idea of stopping a Spetsnaz raid was simply risible Any Transition To War would thought likely to involve maximum use of...
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    I should explain that I was an Army Brat who went to an MoD school in Perthshire, who joined the TA in 1984, commissioned into our local Home Defence-roled infantry battalion in 1989 (just round the corner from OGH's flat),...
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    There is absolutely no reason that such recruits cannot be used for any purpose where lots of fairly clueless and reluctant manpower is required. The reason that the British Armed Forces have repeatedly opposed any "Politicians' Really Good Ideas" about...
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    Interestingly, the M1 Garand appears to be a very popular choice for ceremonial guards & drill teams even outside the U.S. Really? Can't say that I've noticed... The Commonwealth approach is to avoid any of that "let's chrome-plate or gold-plate...
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    "Aim center mass" was one of his sayings… As ever, it depends. For most military marksmanship, this is indeed the case. AIUI, for snipers at shorter ranges, looking for... "definite", then they'll aim for the head. Apocryphal fact about UK...
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    #1128 - From "The Italian Job" (1969 film)... "Yes; I used a machine gun." Dad's pre/post retirement career (his first was "soldier") is resilience planning - what used to be called "Emergency Planning". About twenty years ago during the Foot...
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    Assault rifles no; sniper rifles I could see, for things like taking down red deer, caribou and elk at half a mile. AIUI, the excuse du jour for swivel-eyed 2A types is "feral hogs". Having said that, several hundred kilos...
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    So... you'll be pleased with this, however implausible it sounds, because you're right. We lived in Edinburgh in 1971, because Dad had been posted to the Security Section at the Castle. So, this afternoon, I asked him whether they knew...
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    As I also said, it did not have the signature of a PIRA bombing. How so? Do you mean intelligence signature - target selection, and the desire to pull off a "spectacular" against high-profile individuals (such as Airey Neave, Margaret...
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    Given that you were not aware at the time, I suggest consulting Wikipedia before posting such nonsense. To save you the massive intellectual stress of a Web search: This would be a London-based Angry Brigade which operated almost exclusively in...
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    ... the army's behaviour changed radically from 1969 to 1972. Martin's comments were revisionism, pure and simple. How is it revisionist to suggest that the only capable and competent terrorist organisation of the time operating in the UK and targeting...
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    AFAIK, no-one other than PIRA was really in the frame for the 1971 attack. Getting a home-made bomb to actually operate as planned, is technically demanding - very few organisations had the means and motive. Remember, terrorism is quite expensive...
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    Our school was big on life skills; make sure we could swim before leaving Primary School, Junior First Aider certificate in S2 (year 9 for those unfamiliar with the Scottish education system). I’ve got memories of doing the Amateur Swimming...
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    That “occupy the Castle” protest would have been more interesting a few years ago,when Edinburgh Castle was still a working military Headquarters (52 Brigade HQ, the local Royal Military Police detachment, a Security Section, etc - up to a decade...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    As you say, what to do now is unclear. If we had a functional UN (damn the USA and UK for killing that), taking direct UN control (as described in several SF books) might work. I'm not sure that perspective...
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    I remember my Pipe-Major telling us about agricultural employment in 1930s Argyllshire; hiring fairs, absolute dependence on the employer, only being paid if you lasted the whole year. Not quite indentured Labour, but close. It went a long way to...
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    I tend to think these days that the relationship between Israel and the USA -- at a diplomatic/military level -- is rather close to what the British establishment think their relationship with the USA is (but hasn't been since, oh,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    "Gaol" is rather archaic - typical UK use is "prison"... As a child going from early years UK education to the US system (at an international school), it was interesting - and I can still mostly switch from UK to...
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    I TRIED just ONE "Smiley" book - "A small town in Germany" BORING BORING, Boring, boring & dull & uninteresting & plodding ... What the bloody fuck is supposedly so good about this trash? Well, that was one of his...
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    The Smiley books were groundbreaking in their day, much like Len Deighton. In terms of "atmosphere", they apparently nailed it - unsurprisingly, as David Cornwell was a member of the Intelligence Service for several years... ...I liked the apocryphal story...
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    Austrian I believe ... or maybe Swiss. Glock handguns DO have a "safety", just not a "safety catch" or de-cocking lever. Glock says it's a safety. Apologies to those for whom this is egg-sucking; Austrian (it's SIG who are the...
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    There have been various studies that note the prevalence of engineers among the grandparents of those with autism… But diagnosis has improved. My mother spent a career as a primary school teacher; I can remember her in the 1970s/1980s being...
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    NO USE AT ALL outside the USA or wild areas, elsewhere. the shotgun-cocking sound Yeah, what's that funny noise? One of the things that made me laugh recently was a work of fiction in which the highly-trained heroine "recognised the...
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    Nope. You want a really good speaker system, and a recording of the growl of a furry crocodile / land shark. Better yet, a second one joining in from a different direction. People can be negotiated with, but… I wonder...
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    As with all such “.357 Magnum just bounced off” (or “9mm defeated by frozen clothes”, “5.56 just didn’t work” stories), there’s a much simpler and more likely answer. The firer missed, and the bear wandered away from the loud noise…...
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    Good news - they're doing a sixth season of Lucifer... Amusing would be Miranda Hart getting a role ;)...
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    Stinger... NASAMS... Patriot A quick guide to anti-aircraft missiles... apologies if I get it slightly wrong, I was never a cloudpuncher ;) Most missiles are rather limited by their rocket motor, which typically only burns for the first second or...
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