11 January, 2006

Armor


Today, a certain possible presidential candidate for 2008 has weighed in on this armor question.

The Truth: U. S. History-- A great U. S. Confederate General, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson said, “When war does come, my advice is to draw the sword and throw away the scabbard.” Robert E. Lee, believed that the best defense is a good offense. He struck hard at McClellan, defeating him in a series of encounters known as the Seven Days Battles (June 26 - July 1, 1862). Ref: 1 2

At the battle of Poitiers, a brave but inefficient French King John lost his advantage of superior numbers by ordering his knights, weighted down with their armor, to dismount and advance on foot against the hail of English arrows.
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The Truth: In Mosul, Iraq, we had all the latest armor. My porcelan plate was dated April, 2004 and I initialed mine. We also had the neck and groin attachments.
There were times when wearing of the personal protective gear are directed. At other times, it was up to the individual, depending on his, or her protective posture and location
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Today, in my opinion, a similar inefficient politician has interjected her opinion into the arena of military professionals. If we learned anything from Vietnam, it was to keep the politicians out of the business of war that involves the lives of fighting men.

3 Comments:

Blogger 2Hotel9 said...

The armor discussion. That is a subject many politicians would do well to avoid. Where the up-armored hummer is concerned, the US Army wanted a dedicated APC/ACC vehicle system in the '70s. What they got was a hummer. And not the good kind. Several companies have produced very successful multi-purpose wheeled armored vehicles. Our elected representatives have chosen,until recent events intervened, to not take these type vehicles into widespread use in our military. Why? The most commonly stated reason, pre-911, was that it would make us appear too aggressive to the rest of the world. Same with 3rd generation bodyarmor. In the end, armor is not always the answer.

12.1.06  
Blogger Chief RZ said...

2Hotel9,
Email to you came back (nospam).
If you read this and want to give your address, I would appreciate it, but understand if you don't.

2Hotel9,
Thanks for your supportive comment. Later I will
publish a picture of an up-armored Hummer with machine
gun from early 2004 on a base. We will probably meet
again on a blog. Do you have one?

13.1.06  
Blogger Chief RZ said...

Latest in the Air Force Times 23Jan06 edition. Same words by Major General Stephen Speakes, "we must not burden our Soldiers with weight to the point that they become ineffective and susceptible to other dangers."

18.1.06  

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