Podpolkovnik (Lieutenant Colonel) Alexander Olegovich Koshel, born on April 5, 1982, personal number: F-905994, head of the information and psychological counteraction group of the 47084th military unit reported directly to Mikhail Zusko, commander of the 58th Combined Arms Army.
Podpolkovnik Alexander Olegovich Koshel was captured by the Ukrainian Army. He’s one of a number of high field grade officers with an intimate working knowledge of the operational Russian field army who have been captured during the course of the war.
When a POW is taken, codes are changed, operations are shifted, etc. but they know how the army and how the commanders think, how it works, what problems it faces, and even if they don’t speak for 72 hours, they will talk, and they will each be subjected to careful interrogation where homework is done and the facts are sifted against known standards. Accurate pictures will be painted through the use of many prisoners of this caliber to give both Ukraine and its allies operational assessments that strip the Russian army naked in many ways. Losing generals to enemy fire is one thing. Losing 1,000 majors and lieutenant colonels to capture is far more damaging.
Russian Commercial Aircraft are Failing
Sanctions from the War in Ukraine has caused a lack of spare parts and operational problems with Russia’s commercial common carriers and cargo aircraft. (h/t) Claudio
(below)Young American sailors, fighting as soldiers in a land war, displaying a jolly roger. It’s Islamophobic and possibly also racist since it’s a white skull and crossbones on a black field.
What is wrong with this picture?
* It is a famous original color photo of Captain Robert Bacon leading an ARVN patrol somewhere in the Mekong Delta in 1964. The bright hardware that identified him as an officer was gone soon during the war.
It appears as though there is an American radio operator with a PRC-25 behind the captain and an ARVN with his own radio. Whoever stood next to the radioman was the officer and the target for snipers. The radioman was next. They learned to bend the antennas over so that they wouldn’t be so easily identified.