The great frozen north, via the dusty veld.
Strategic studies student, focus on Special Operations and Airborne forces, geographic focus on Africa and South East Asia.
My latest acquisition is a Fenix TK22 flashlight for duty carry. I've always bought SureFire, but lately I just couldn't reconcile myself to their prices, still great flashlights, and I have a 9P that's been soldiering on for 8 years so far with no hiccups.
Back to the Fenix though, so far very happy, great beam, spread and power. Very happy and highly recommend it as an alternative to SureFire to those with budget considerations.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on And the Assaulter said…Let there be Light!
For combat arms, or anyone deployed to a combat zone or conflict area there should be a mandatory PT test.
Fail and you're out.
Same funnily enough should go for cops. In many departments in Canada, mandatory testing stops after five years on the job. Testing should also be mandatory, if you want to carry a firearm and a badge you'd better be fit enough. Again, fail and you work a desk. Not enough desk jobs, bye bye.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on What Is Your Solution for Fat Soldiers?
@katgirl231 Do you know what the accuracy was like with the duplex ammo?
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Roger Anderson’s LRRP Loadout
"... unfortunately for the 298 victims of the plane crash, Europe and the rest of the world saw the bodies of their loved ones on the battlefield of the nonexistent Ukrainian war."
At least this time it looks like the Europeans were revolted by this.
The last time Soviet supplied SAMS shot down down two passenger aircraft in Rhodesia (Flights 827 and 825) all that was heard from the international community was "deafening silence."
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Strange War: Battlefield of the Non-Existent Ukrainian War
@JohnChristopher1 You missed one "Meteor Strike."
One of the reasons postulated today in Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper: "No one yet knows exactly what brought the airliner down. Although it might have been a bomb or some extraordinary mishap like a meteor strike..."
"Journalism" in action.
5 months ago on Malaysia Airlines Plane Shot Down Over Ukraine
@JackMurphyRGR @Africanadian @Recon6
I was not aware that South Africa was defeated by the Angolans and Cubans in 1975/76.
South Africa withdrew after the support promised through various sources evaporated. It is logical that the US could not be seen as supporting "the racist Pretoria" regime. But to believe that the SA government decided on its own to invade Angola without covert support from other Western powers is just wrong. The Nationalist Party was prone to hubristic flights of fantasy, but not even they would have set off on a lone adventure into Angola, especially considering the closer and more pressing issue of Rhodesia, as well as the Frelimo government in Mozambique.
What evidence would there be? Its not like the Ford administration, just after having watched South Vietnam being lost would overtly admit to supporting South Africa in the region, or have documentary evidence around and available on it now would they?
5 months, 3 weeks ago on An Army Green Beret’s Open Letter to Glenn Beck On Iraq
"in my heart we Deserted them to turn our backs and walk away."
Its the same feeling many South Africans have concerning the US with our incursion into Angola in 1975 and what we viewed as betrayal once it became public. Ideologically the SADF always wanted to believe they were aligned with the USA, but the belief was that as soon as the shit hit the fan the US abandoned those it encouraged to fight.
I don't believe that Iraq is worth more US blood, but that being said it would be good for the US if people believed that the US wouldn't just abandon them when things got though (lets rather say US politicians and not soldiers/marines/airmen/sailors). That unfortunately costs blood and sacrifice.
@Loren Schofield @JackMurphyRGR
I always thought that he was a dick so no news to me here. Nice write up Loren, but personally I think that you wasted too much thought and typing energy on a douche like him.
Yup, names as above are exact ones they are listed under on Facebook.
44 Para also has a closed website (airbornesoldier.com) and discussion forum but its pretty closed up and most of the active guys there are on FB too.
A couple of guys are also active on ArmyParatrooper.org, and another site with some good info is newrhodesian.net, but it has a rather large population of unrehabilitated racists.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on A Greater Share of Honour and the South African Recces
Most groups are closed, but will admit interested parties, academics and historians. Most of the vets are quite happy to share their experiences with interested parties from outside SA. The groups I'm quite active on are listed below:
- Portuguese speaking
soldiers in the SADF
- SADF & Southern
Africa Military History Books
- SWA / Angolan Border War
- 1 Parachute Battalion
- South African Defence
Force - SADF - (National Service & Permanent Force)
- Grensoorlog/Border War
- 44 PARACHUTE BRIGADE
6 months, 3 weeks ago on A Greater Share of Honour and the South African Recces
Very nice article thanks!
I've shared it to some SADF groups so hopefully there will be a few new visitors and subscribers to SOFREP.
A great example is the recent deployment of South African Special Forces (2013) against M23 militia in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Effective targeting of militia C&C and weapon teams were very effective at significantly affecting rebel morale, and command and control abilities. The effective targetting of senior officers was likely a significant contributing factor in the subsequent willingness of M23 to come to the negotiating table later in 2013.
7 months ago on The Invisible Kill: Snipers and Counterinsurgency Warfare
Just to point out that Nigeria is now Africa's largest economy after amending the methodology for calculating their GDP, and rebasing their GDP. Nigeria’s GDP in 2013 has been revised from 42.4 trillion naira to 80.2 trillion naira ($510 billion), and it is now 24th on the list of the world’s big economies.
7 months, 1 week ago on #BringBackOurGirls: Why Boko Haram Terrorists Won’t Be Defeated Easily
As we say in South Africa "hierdie man is 'n yster!"
1 year, 5 months ago on C-Squadron, Rhodesian SAS Sergeant Major, Jock Hutton
Welcome to the 70s in Rhodesia lol ;)
1 year, 5 months ago on The Over Exaggerated “C” Clamp Grip…Hype or Not?
@steve dw @thoughtfulandconcerned
Ding! Ding! Ding! You win the Godwin's law bingo bonus!
1 year, 5 months ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
SOF standards have always been gender-neutral; they are just “the standard.” This is the key, mess with this and things will go south very quickly.
Good statement though in general from the admiral.
1 year, 5 months ago on ADM McRaven: RAND & JSOU to Conduct Studies on Female SOF
Its all fun and games until someone gets killed...
The people pushing this at all costs know that they'll never be in the shit facing incoming with someone next to them who shouldn't be there. They have nothing to lose and no skin in the game.
1 year, 6 months ago on Rangers and SEALs to Train Women By 2015/2016
You hit the nail on the head, succinct article that gets the main points across.
The naivete of so many politicians always astounds me (it shouldn't), but what do they have to lose if they're wrong? Probably nothing, heck they'll likely make money. What does the soldier have to lose? Life, limbs, sanity.
One gets paid, the other pays in blood...
1 year, 6 months ago on Syria, John McCain, and Ewoks
@JackMurphyRGR I did Systema in South Africa before moving to Canada, I really found it very useful. One of the primary instructors Vladimir Vasilliev in based in Toronto, so you could come visit the North, we'd be happy to have you: http://www.russianmartialart.com
1 year, 6 months ago on Russian Combatives System
I'm always amazed at how much money the US armed forces seem to have and are able to waste. I guess growing up in South Africa we always made do with what we could and saved as much as possible. If you wanted a uniform it was yours - pattern - flat Nutria brown. If you wanted something different you could get a jump helmet and a jump smock in the parachute battalion. Still wanted something more special, well best you qualify as a Special Forces operator, or join 32 Battalion. If you were a marine, an infantryman, medic or even an Air Force protection troop you got a brown uniform. I think the Israeli's still have the same approach.
It boggles my mind that there is so little leadership at the top that someone just doesn't make a decision. Here's the pattern for the armed forces. Fullstop. If you want something different go to SOCOM, otherwise here's the uniform, put it on, stop bitching and focus.
1 year, 7 months ago on What’s Been ‘Camouflaged’ About Camouflaged Uniforms?
RIP to Staff Sgt. Eric D. Christian and Cpl. David M. Sonka.
Besides the murder of these guys what really gets my goat is the line at the end of the article: "Calls to the Sonka family were not returned" can't the media just leave the families alone for a bit, seriously, the media are ignorant d'bags at times.
1 year, 7 months ago on 2 MARSOC Marines killed in Farah, Afghanistan
@JackMurphyRGR @Africanadian @LisaVor I was laughing until I looked down and saw that I was wearing khaki cargo pants, plus a black jacket, and Oakleys today. I then I realized that I was part of the conspiracy without even realizing it. Its borg mind control I tell ya...
1 year, 8 months ago on Boston Bombers and Shariat Jamaat
@LisaVor Oooh, secret police / military equipments [sic] must have definitely been a false flag op, or maybe the were the new Men in Black protecting the event from Aliens. Definitely looks like some high tech backpacks they've got, and as for those tactical shades and the assault baseball cap.
What is it with loonies and conspiracy theories in the US?
I always enjoy this series (a bit lame in parts) but good entertainment, plus being a South African currently in Canada it is always great to see SA showcased.
1 year, 8 months ago on Strike Back: Season 3 Teaser
"The other example is Airborne School, where students are required to do five pull ups, which is especially important because it is how one steers a chute to avoid other jumpers and obstacles."
You've got to be kidding me! 5 lousy pull ups, I'm 42 not in awesome shape and I do ten without really trying, if you can't do 15+ you shouldn't be in the airborne. 5 maybe in uniform, with a rifle and combat load maybe, but I'm assuming that this is 5 in PT shorts. Lordy "standards"
1 year, 8 months ago on Women Fail Marine Infantry Officer Course, Again
Great article. Douglas Bader (a double amputee) British pilot has always been a hero of mine. He was credited with 20 aerial victories, four shared victories, six probables, one shared probable and 11 enemy aircraft damaged. After being shot down he kept trying to escape so much he ended up in Colditz castle. Its men like Bader, and the thousands of other heroes out there, like the guy pictured, who are truly inspirational and make me grateful for the life I get to lead because of other's heroism.
1 year, 9 months ago on Jealous of a Combat Amputee?
VAT 69 Commandos? Now I dont feel so bad about being a member of the Johnnie Walker Chairborne elite.
Sorry, I couldn't resist.
1 year, 9 months ago on UPDATE: Firefight in Sabah
1 year, 9 months ago on RIP, Brother
@Blake Miles Oh the humanity! Don't forget the hardcore gangster rap of Snow.
1 year, 10 months ago on The Other Dirty War: Danzon
I think you should also write on the evil influence of Canadian music on the USA. Justin Bieber and Celine Dion have corrupted America for too long now, I find Narcocorrido much less scary than the Biebs.
Nice to see a jump from a Transall again. The South African ones were so badly maintained they had to be scrapped, they are good jumping platforms.
1 year, 10 months ago on French Foreign Legion Combat Jump in Timbuktu!
@LauraWalkerKC You're a better person than me.
I'm from the country with the highest murder rate in the world. My patience as to why people do things ran out many, many, years ago. I just don't care if their mom didn't hug them enough, or if they're on meth, or they had a crappy day. I have no time for murderers, I know too many people who are growing up without a dad, brother or uncle.
They did what they did, he should be hog tied and dropped off in Coronado, Virginia Beach or Texas. G-d can judge him, he should just be sent there to face judgement ASAP (after a fair trial of course).
1 year, 10 months ago on Chris Kyle, Another Brother Lost
Geez, what can you say. Very sad news.
Amazing achievement to get through BUD/S. Every elite unit claims "they have the toughest selection in the world." Personally I think the truly elite guys all have the "toughest" the bar is just so high for these units. A guy who makes it through BUD/S would make it through SAS/SASR/SBS/Recce/Delta/JTF2 amazingly individuals all.
The guys running selection always seem to be demons, but afterwards it seems pretty common internationally that they mostly are the nicest, most loyal guys you'll ever meet. Their respect is earned, and not given, and there is nothing wrong with that.
1 year, 10 months ago on What BUD/S is Really Like: A True Story of being “That Guy” (Part 1)
@ArcticWarrior Agree 100%, what's changed so dramatically in Mali that the French could just leave and the Malians and other allied troops would now be able to hold the ground? Answer is nothing.
The Sahara is not a great sanctuary for the rebels to retreat to, but if the French leave quickly its pretty much a no brainer that the situation will return to what it was ante bellum. That would be a tactical mistake that I'm sure even the French would try to avoid. Lots unsaid in this action that needs to be clarified by France.
1 year, 10 months ago on French and Malian Troops Recapture Remaining Islamist-controlled Cities
Old paratroopers never die!
1 year, 11 months ago on Remembering Jake McNiece & The Dirty Dozen
I thought that the Discovery Channel's "Surviving the Cut" episode on the PJs was pretty good. Focussed mainly on selection, definitely hardcore guys. Look forward to the Nat Geo episode.
1 year, 11 months ago on National Geographic’s “Inside Combat Rescue”… coming soon!
@Old PH2 That's why I'm not buying this clown as a serious attempt.
1 year, 11 months ago on Sheep Dog Ahmed Dogan & His Thwarted Assassination
@HugeFan @Old PH2 @skelton_19 Taiwan is probably the best at it.
This guy is to assassination, what Piers Morgan is to journalism. Amateurish and ham fisted doesn't even start to touch it, looks more like a bad publicity stunt than a serious attempt. Most serious attempts in Eastern Europe might lack finesse but certainly are deadly, or maybe Russians and Serbs are better at it than Bulgarians (but I'm not really buying it, anyone remember Georgi Markov?)
@ChupaCabra @KineticFury @LauraKinCA @Recon6 @ArcticWarrior Piers Morgan could be used as a torture device, people would line up to be water boarded rather than listen to him.
1 year, 11 months ago on SHOT Show & Which Girl Will Be on The SOFREP Ace of Spades?
@Mi6lethaltool I respect his sacrifice, but I'd rather not see any good guys die. I subscribe to Gen. Patton's maxim:
"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."
The gloves need to stay off, and these scum in Somalia, Mali, Afghanistan etc must be shown no mercy or respite. Again as the good general said:
"We're not going to just shoot the sons-of-bitches, we're going to rip out their living Goddamned guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. We're going to murder those lousy Hun cock suckers by the bushel-fucking-basket. War is a bloody, killing business. You've got to spill their blood, or they will spill yours. Rip them up the belly. Shoot them in the guts."
RIP to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
1 year, 11 months ago on Updates on French Raid in Somalia
@KineticFury @IDRINKWATER I get your point. But, when a US company like Twitter provides a service for a terrorist organisation like Al-Shabaab it is committing treason. No matter what Twitter or Facebook believe, when they provide an easy forum for jihadists to spread their propaganda they are aiding and abetting the enemy. These groups are reported to these companies on an ongoing basis and nothing is done about it, they cannot claim ignorance.
We are at war, it is a war for the very survival of our way of life, and there is no way that we should make anything easier for our enemy.
1 year, 11 months ago on Battle for Mali: Operation Serval
@KevinSVann Not a French military maxim obviously. You're thinking of the Rangers:
"Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country."
1 year, 11 months ago on French DGSE Failed Hostage Rescue in Somalia: Hostage Denis Allex Likely Killed
@IDRINKWATER Bloody hell, these f'ers need a lot more killing. Also pisses me off that Twitter provides a platform for these scum.
@Romadave Pretty much. The French have always been pretty pragmatic and aggressive in securing things they consider to be in their sphere of influence. They have been the most overtly (and covertly) active post colonial power in Africa. Their success and ethics have definitely been up and down - bribery, dirty tricks, and overt military action has pretty much been a French staple. They will usually frame action in terms of protecting French citizens, but cutting through the bullshit it normally comes down to protecting French business, political power and strategic resources.
Good article. The whole region is very strategic for France, another key item to keep in mind when looking at Mali is that rebel held territory is around 200 miles away from very important uranium mines in Niger. The Arlit and Akouta deposits provides almost 40 percent of France's uranium consumption (about 76 percent of the country’s energy comes through nuclear power).
I learn't many things from ZDT, pretty much that "ST 6 SEALs" don't know which way is up for a Lamba (Λ) morale patch (maybe they thought it was V for Victory?). They really like to point their lasers at each other when moving around (pretty lights mmm). South African Ratel IFVs were used in Afghanistan on the same base as the stealth Blackhawks. Plus a whole lot of other nonsense. Even Duffel Blog's satire couldn't get close to how crappy the team was in the movie...
1 year, 11 months ago on Drone Strike: ST-6 Says Zero Dark Thirty Inaccurate
@Ravage He might have been "regular" infantry, but there is nothing regular about his skills with a rifle. The team was treated pathetically by the powers that be.
1 year, 11 months ago on Canadian Special Forces Sniper