Artillery (tube, rocket, missile)

LSP recommended that I read this article. It’s worth your time and puts a spin on the situation in Ukraine that we sometimes overlook. It’s always about logistics.

China’s near monopoly on rare earth materials is an obvious challenge here. Stinger missile production will not be completed until 2026, in part due to component shortages. US reports on the defence industrial base have made it clear that ramping up production in war-time may be challenging, if not impossible, due to supply chain issues and a lack of trained personnel due to the degradation of the US manufacturing base.

 

“Free Gas” Rebate Cards

Yes, they really want the recession to turn into a full-blown depression – with all firearms and ammo confiscated along the way.

 

The Situation in Kaliningrad, Russia

Kaliningrad is the capital of the Russian province of the same name, sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania along the Baltic Coast. It is surrounded by NATO members and is cut off geographically from Russia.

A wave of panic buying spread across the Kaliningrad region after a rail blockade imposed by neighboring Lithuania on Saturday threatened to isolate Russia’s strategic Baltic exclave. Kaliningrad is home to Russia’s Baltic Sea Fleet, as well as an arsenal of nuclear-ready Iskander missiles.

But with no ground connection to the mainland, the region relies on rail links through the Baltic states for the transportation of goods and services.

“We consider this to be a most serious violation … of the right to free transit into and out of the Kaliningrad region,” said Kaliningrad Governor Anton Alikhanov in a video posted to messaging app Telegram on Saturday.

According to Alikhanov, the ban will affect up to 50% of the products that are imported and exported from Russia through Lithuania.

Everyone knows that Lithuania and Poland take their marching orders from the USA. Is it an American provocation? I’ll let you speculate.

As well as food and building materials, consumers also rushed to buy gasoline, fearing that pipelines that run from Russia to the exclave would be cut off.

The bulk of Russian exports to Kaliningrad is transferred via rail lines between the exclave and mainland Russia, meaning that Russia will now be forced to increase its air and sea shipping traffic to transport sanctioned goods.

While Moscow had been preparing for such a rail blockage, the restrictions are still likely to cause disruptions and temporary shortages, according to sanctions expert Dionis Cenusa at Lithuania’s Eastern Europe Studies Center.

This is not the first time Kaliningrad has felt pressure from the Western response to the war in Ukraine.

The European Union’s ban on Russian planes earlier this year meant planes flying between Kaliningrad and Russia have been forced to reroute over the Baltic Sea, adding at least 40 minutes to flight times.

 

21 COMMENTS

    • There are a number of them. They are in it to take bribes and kickbacks and make hay while the sun shines on the Democrat Party. Their only interest is in accumulating wealth. They’re not stupid, they’re clever and corrupt. The Big Guy may get 10% but they are willing to content themselves with 90%. They live in the world of pay-to-play. There are also the woke who think that they need to drop acid just one more time to help with the clarity of vision they need to rebuild the world into a homosexual wonderland.

  1. Kaliningrad: It is almost as if the “leaders” or whoever is pulling the strings wants WWIII.

    Artillery: Good article, thanks to both you and LSP. Remind me that Russia has always defaulted to mass arty ever since the1700s. It works but sure is expensive in many ways. Any inhabitants of the ares that got flattened will be enemies of Russia forever so will have to be continually subjugated.

    • The Russian love of artillery is the main reason why I was skeptical of claims they were running out of ammo. I’m sure they’ve encountered plenty of issues, things never go exactly to plan when you do something for real, but ammo is one thing they don’t lack. See Larry’s post talking about the SU nearly draining the aral sea for a great example.

      • Unguided, and likely what we’d consider an unacceptable dud rate, but lots of it. Russian operations typically have all the finesse of a 10-lb sledgehammer, but they don’t have anywhere near the mass they used to have. Maybe it’s more of a 3-lb sledge on selected parts of the front.

    • “almost as if the “leaders” or whoever is pulling the strings wants WWIII”

      A: It’s brilliant, I tell you. It’s just like the Samson Option, only we’ll get those idiots to do it to themselves.
      B: Don’t you mean “to each other”?
      A: No. I was precise in my speech. Everyone “not us” belongs to the same category. Do you distinguish between red and black ants? They’re all just ants.

  2. P.S.

    June 21, 1788
    U.S. Constitution ratified
    June 21, 1788: New Hampshire becomes the ninth and last necessary state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby making the document the law of the land.

    By 1786, defects in the post-Revolutionary War Articles of Confederation were apparent, such as the lack of central authority over foreign and domestic commerce. Congress endorsed a plan to draft a new constitution, and on May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. On September 17, 1787, after three months of debate moderated by convention president George Washington, the new U.S. constitution, which created a strong federal government with an intricate system of checks and balances, was signed by 38 of the 41 delegates present at the conclusion of the convention. As dictated by Article VII, the document would not become binding until it was ratified by nine of the 13 states.

    Beginning on December 7, five states—Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut—ratified it in quick succession. However, other states, especially Massachusetts, opposed the document, as it failed to reserve undelegated powers to the states and lacked constitutional protection of basic political rights, such as freedom of speech, religion, and the press. In February 1788, a compromise was reached under which Massachusetts and other states would agree to ratify the document with the assurance that amendments would be immediately proposed. The Constitution was thus narrowly ratified in Massachusetts, followed by Maryland and South Carolina. On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the document, and it was subsequently agreed that government under the U.S. Constitution would begin on March 4, 1789. In June, Virginia ratified the Constitution, followed by New York in July.

    On September 25, 1789, the first Congress of the United States adopted 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution—the Bill of Rights—and sent them to the states for ratification. Ten of these amendments were ratified in 1791. In November 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Rhode Island, which opposed federal control of currency and was critical of compromise on the issue of slavery, resisted ratifying the Constitution until the U.S. government threatened to sever commercial relations with the state. On May 29, 1790, Rhode Island voted by two votes to ratify the document, and the last of the original 13 colonies joined the United States. Today the U.S. Constitution is the oldest written constitution in operation in the world.

    • PSS

      This is also the Solstice, the longest day of the year. If you’re a pagan, you should be dancing naked under the Moon tonight (and howling, I guess). I really don’t know what pagans do to celebrate – more rumor and innuendo than fact.

      I’m having a pulled pork sandwich with homemade cole slaw and a pickle for dinner with some cut-up fruit. Would pagans eat that for dinner today or do they have to sacrifice a cat or something and eat the burned cat?

      • Having seen what the freaky types look like, talking about them dancing naked could be considered a form of mental cruelty.

      • I would say “the US Constitution was the oldest written constitution in operation in the world”. It mostly exists in the sense of being violated, now.

        My observation of pagans over the years indicates that many or most of them would celebrate by eating, drinking, and fucking. Maybe some dancing and other intoxicants. Not a bad way to throw a holiday. Certainly seems more fun than celebrating Juneteenth by being trapped in a riot and getting shot.

        -Kle.

    • Thank you for this synopsis, and a reminder that struggle and fortitude is necessary to achieve righteousness for all, not just a few.

  3. The infantry wins battles, logistics win wars. That’s why Eisenhower was made Supreme Commander…he was a supply and logistics guy. Seems like NATO (USA) is bound and determined to get into a fighting war with Putin. The hits just keep on coming. Israel is getting ready to bomb Iran back into the stone age and the world is fixated on pronouns and RUSSIA! Good grief.

  4. Instapundit had a link that raised anohter logistics question – how quickly is Russia burning through arty barrels, and can they continue producing them at that rate.
    Overall, it looks like the US is changing production priorities from ‘Arsenal for Democracy’ to ‘Keep the Serfs In Line’.

  5. The good news on military industrial capacity in near-peer conflicts is that we in the West in general, and in the US in particular will probably have a much easier time of degrading enemy industrial capacity than vice-versa.

    At least until it goes Full Sunshine, after which who cares.

    -Kle.

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