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TACTICAL LESSONS FROM THE GREATEST GENERATION

What World War II paratroopers can teach us about how to respond to active shooters
By Nick Perna

The rule of LGOPS:
“After the demise of the best airborne plan, a most terrifying effect occurs on the battlefield. The effect is known as the rule of LGOPS (little groups of paratroopers). This is, in its purest form, small groups of pissed-off, 1-year-old paratroopers. They are well trained. They are armed to the teeth and lack serious adult supervision. They collectively remember the commander’s intent as, “March to the sound of the guns and kill anyone who is not dressed like you” – or something like that. Happily they go about the day’s work…”
Unknown author

This is what happened during the Normandy invasion almost 70 years ago during World War II. Over 13,000 paratroopers from American and British units parachuted into France and landed as far as 18 miles from their designated drop zones. The initial plan, which was essential to the success of the overall invasion, appeared to be falling apart. Fortunately, airborne soldiers from all types of units banded together and took objectives such as French cities and key road intersections. The confusion alone caused the Germans all kinds of headaches, tying up much of their manpower dealing with the mayhem the paratroopers caused. Follow-on forces arrived by sea, eventually relieving their airborne counterparts, but not until the paratroopers had seized most of their objectives and had put a significant hurt on the Nazi war machine.

IRON DOME VS. HAMAS

Stopping the Rocket Threat
By SOF Editor

While Hamas has been firing rockets, a number of them headed for civilian targets are being stopped en route. This is thanks to a new surface-to-air missile system called Iron Dome (IDF Photo, right).

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MALAYSIAN FLIGHT WITH 295 PEOPLE DEAD?

Malaysian Airlines 777 Goes Down Over Ukraine
By Harold Hutchison

A Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 carrying 295 people went down over the Ukraine earlier today. The airliner, the second 777 to be lost by Malaysian Airlines this year had been flying the passengers from Amsterdam to Kuala Lampur.

Always Faithful!

"'Impossible' is a word found only in the dictionary of fools."

Napoleon Bonaparte

Between December of 1941 and VJ Day (15 Aug 45), the WW I Monument Castle Tower atop Mount Battie, overlooking Penobscot Bay on the Maine Coast, was occupied continuously by volunteer members of the "Home Guard," mostly ageing WWI veterans. They scanned the Bay, day and night, for signs of Nazi submarines.

Most carried personally-owned 1903 Springfield Rifles and Colt 1911 pistols. They were always armed!

New Tactical Training Program - "JAVELIN"

THE LAST OF ITS KIND

Meet USS Peleliu (LHA 5)
By Harold Hutchison

She is the last of her kind. Once, she and her sister ships were perhaps the most modern amphibious assault vessels in the world. Nowadays, she is the oldest of her type in active service. Her name is USS Peleliu.

A-10 Warthog: Attack Run

ARMY WANTS A NEW PISTOL

Say Goodbye to the M9 and M11?
By Harold Hutchison

The DOD is looking to replace the M9 and M11 pistols with a more potent handgun. This comes after user feedback from troops who have served on the front lines of the War on Terror.

IRAQ BUYS RUSSIAN JETS

Su-25s Bought After F-16 Delays
By Harold Hutchison

Iraq has bought a number of used Sukhoi ground-attack planes from Russia as delays have sprung up as the delivery of F-16 fighters. The Russian fighters were provided within a week of the Iraqi government signing a contract.

A SCOPE FOR THE NIGHT!

The Pulsar Digisight N550A Digital Night Vision Riflescope features 13 built-in reticle options, allowing shooters to switch between white and black subtensions on the reticle, making targets more visible against the background (black for daytime operation and white for nighttime operation).

LADY IN A LAB WHO SAVED THOUSANDS DIES

Stephanie Kwolek Invented Kevlar
By Harold Hutchison

A woman whose work in a Wilmington, Delaware, laboratory lead to the vests that have saved the lives of thousands of soldiers and cops died Wednesday, 18 June. Stephanie Kwolek was 90 years old.

When it's least expected....!

Ready or Not?

Yesterday [12 June], in Philadelphia, PA, two elderly men emerged from local gunshop/indoor range and were robbed, at gunpoint, in the parking lot as they approached their vehicle.

Two suspects, one male and one female, confronted the two victims and ultimately stole several guns from them. For their cooperation (being "good victims") one of the elderly men was shot and is in critical condition at a local hospital.

WHAT GETS SEIZED FROM DRUG LORDS

Decked-Out Guns… Loads of Ammo
By Harold Hutchison

What gets seized from drug lords when the Drug Enforcement Agency does their thing? This photo SOF got shows just what they do with their firearms. On the left is an AR-15-style pistol that has been gold-plated, while the magazines appear to have a silver plating. On the right, is an AK-47-type firearm, with a mixture of gold and silver plating.

Love Freedom Enough?

"When they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers."

Thomas Pynchon

Bankrupt and crumbling Detroit, MI, where all who are able are getting out as fast as they can, has unhappily become the sister-city of Johannesburg, South Africa!

For years, Johannesburg has claimed, among other unflattering titles, the "carjacking capitol of the world," but now Detroit is providing Johannesburg with stiff competition!

NO, WE WON'T

Lions and Hyenas:

Some day, they will come for you in the night, and they will kill you
They will be dissuaded many times, but eventually they'll come
You'll doubtless slay many, even most
But, the remainder will overwhelm and kill you, and there is little you
can do,
And yet ...
You can relentlessly fill their black hearts, day and night, with hideous
dread!
You can make them tremor anxiously at the mention of your name
You can make them speak of you only in nervous whispers
You can ever be, must be, their worst nightmare!

Anon

>From a friend and Operator: