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A Christmas Reminder

1 December 2011 1 comment

From a year ago, Oleg Volk reminds us of what constitutes an appropriate Christmas gift.

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Professional studies

An old military adage is “amateurs study battles, professionals study logistics.” In light of that, some links and a homework assignment.

Pick one, print it out, and add your marginalia as you read through it. Consider the problems and opportunities raised for an army when its enemy is spread athwart and around the lines of supply. Then consider the problems and opportunities from the perspective of the other side.

The US Army’s Center for Military History is an excellent resource, especially in light of recent studies in Insurgency and Counterinsurgency.

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Light is Might in the Fight and that’s Right

4 January 2011 7 comments

I am a big proponent of the light fighter, epitomized by this Oleg Volk photograph:
A Minute Man, photographed by Oleg Volk
(Originally found at Mike Vanderboegh’s site; I’d link to the photo on Oleg’s page, but can’t seem to find it.)

Note the light load of this warrior: rifle, bandoleer, magazine bag, boonie hat. Nothing else – no water, no rucksack, not even a watch. You know that if he is caught, it won’t be because he was slowed down by too much extra crap. Compare that with photographs from the current ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – the Soldiers and Marines are loaded with rifles, a dozen magazines, Camelbaks, armor plates and carriers for same, elbow pads, knee pads, first aid kits, radios, and God only knows what else. All that crap weighs a lot, and it makes a difference.

If a militia warrior trains and equips for guerrilla warfare, he must adhere to a spartan load. Guerrilla warfare requires speed and surprise. Surprise can be had if one knows the enemy’s activities beforehand, which requires intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR in the current parlance). Speed cannot be had if you’re carrying around all the stuff you should have left at base camp.

For most surprise engagements, a rifle with a magazine bag will do just fine. Tomorrow I’ll show you what I call a “speed bag”, which grabs the Minuteman concept (a forerunner of the modern guerrilla) and puts it in some modern equipment.

In the meantime, as a practical exercise, consider what you would carry into combat if you had thirty seconds to get out the door of your house with your rifle and an effective combat load to do battle with an enemy. Write it all down and collect it. Lay it out in front of you and figure out a way to carry it in one simple bag.