Talk of Political Prisoners

(LINK) h/t Claudio for the link.

John Anderson, 61, a U.S. military veteran who was charged in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol breach has died. You may assert that being invited to walk between the velvet ropes by the Capitol Police into The People’s House should invite the de facto death penalty. Or maybe you have a different perspective.  Many of those citizens are still held for a fiction of the left, to maintain a narrative created by the corrupt mainstream media.


Talk of Fall Reading

New from Old NFO

A Rifle, A Pistol, and a Good Horse (by JL Curtis), available on now!


Navy Talk – Looking forward

Pulling Biden’s strings

(Link) CDR Salamander, whether blogging on his own or at US Naval Institute is always worth a read. He has some cronies I don’t always agree with (McGrath) but he’s usually close to the mark. In this case, his view forward with the US Navy’s budget is depressing and at the same time is unrealistically cheerful. I don’t think that the manning and retention picture two years from now will allow the fleet to sail in any way close to the way that it is today. The damage being done by Jo/Ho and the oligarchs who pull their strings is nothing short of disastrous.

The hardware side of things may keep up because the Beltway Oligarchs will demand it, but unless they send out press gangs, I think that they’re going to find it increasingly difficult to put aviators in seats and sailors on ships – and officers to lead them.

And yes, it’s all by design. And the plan is working.


Sherman Talk – Looking backward

Armchair generals, of which I am one, often compare-contrast and speculate on what they might have done better. In that, they are much like armchair admirals and I can also be one of those.

There’s always somebody ready to bash the old and venerable M4 Sherman, but the Sherman tank that ended the Second World War had come a long way from the original. Yes, it had a gasoline engine and sometimes it caught fire when it was hit (Tommy Cooker or Ronson – lights first time, every time). Given that it was made in the American heartland, was driven on a train and then craned on a ship and stored for the journey to the fight, and could be repaired near the front where the fighting was, the tank was remarkably good.

Of the later models, which was the better version? The M4A3E8 or the M4A3E2?

The M4A3E2, otherwise known as the “Jumbo,” or “Jumbo Assault Tank,” was an improvised DIY heavy tank. The British proposed the idea. It’s not as strange as it might sound; remember, Britain was the first power to use the Sherman in combat, at the battle of El Alamein.

By 1943 the Ordnance Department ran trials to see how much weight the Sherman was capable of bearing. Versatility was one of the biggest strengths of the Sherman, it was ergonomic and adaptable despite possessing less firepower than a few of its competitors. The Sherman chassis was capable of bearing an additional load of OVER 82,600 pounds (37,466 Kg) without significant reduction in performance, a testament to why you build a tank’s specifications around the performance of the powerplant, and not the other way around (looking at you Germany).

Performance would start to drop after 500 miles had been put on the tank with that sort of weight loaded on it. This, however, was hardly a consideration, since the up-armored Sherman would be a more or less temporary, stop-gap measure for assaulting heavy fortifications or surviving larger German guns while the T26 being developed

The result was the M4A3E2. The tracks had been widened with grousers, and an additional 38 mm piece of steel was affixed to the glacis plate. The turret was a heavier, thicker cast, originally designed for the 76 mm T23 gun, although the tank would mount the trusty 75 mm standard on earlier Shermans. The massive gun mantlet was adapted from the M62 part designed for the T23, but was modified to mount the smaller weapon.

(The famous M4A3E2 ‘First In Bastogne’)

Although the tank saw limited service, it proved to be formidable. It was survivable against any German gun short of the 128 mm PaK 44, and while it didn’t have the firepower of a Tiger or Panther, it was about as agile as a standard Sherman and could take a hit or four.

It took four 88mm rounds to destroy this E2. One bounced harmlessly off the glacis, and another two struck the mantlet to no effect. It took a direct hit through the gunner’s sight to knock out the tank.

The M4A3E8, officially known as the M4A3(76)W HVSS, (HVSS is short for the horizontal volute suspension system, an improvement on the regular Sherman running gear) was another late-war variant of the Sherman. The British Sherman firefly showed how effective up-gunned Shermans could be against German armor, and the M4A3E8 was a more polished take on the concept.

Despite being the last iteration of Sherman to see service, the E8’s main worth was in its 76.2 mm gun, capable of killing all German tanks except the King Tiger frontally from combat ranges. Now they possessed a tank faster than the Tiger and was capable of taking it head-on. It wasn’t as survivable as the Tiger, but it was fast, deadly, and produced in much greater numbers. It also had a great quality of life for a tank of the time, with wet-stowage racks for ammunition which greatly reduced the danger of fire and single-axis stabilization, which, while crude, enabled the machine guns to stay on target while the tank was on the move.

The tank saw service again on the Korean Peninsula, and the vast surplus of E8s saw considerable export success.

It was used by the Israelis before they received British Centurions, and it saw combat under a wide variety of different nations, remaining in service up until the end of the Vietnam war.


Parting Shot



  1. The Sherman was transportable by readily available railcars and ships. The powerplants were available and could be produced in quantity. It filled a need. Good enough now vs better later? From my reading, the Sherman fit the American Army’s tank doctrine at the time.

  2. 61?? While being held as a political prisoner? Not good. Dem’s are playing with fire, and we are way past patient and polite at this point. Wait until those 800 or so SEAL’s go on the loose after being DD’d…those boys take to heart their oath to “defend the Constitution” against “all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Covert won’t even begin to describe what will happen to the scumbags in DC.

    • 61 – I’m sure that the official policy of the US government was that he’d lived a full life. A number of the political prisoners now held exceed age 60.

      The SEAL situation is not at all good. If you have natural immunity/antibodies and take the vax, it can kill you. I personally know of people who fell into that category.

      • The Jab can kill you even if you don’t have naturally-acquired antibodies. What has shocked me is how blase not just people in the medical profession, but US trained, board-certified MDs at that, are about the risks. Case in point:

        I was talking to a friend yesterday, an MD from my intern class, who was telling me how her step-father got the Jab and developed a pulmonary embolism (PE) the next day. Classic PE symptoms: overnight development of unilateral leg swelling and leg pain, then sudden acute shortness of breath. A blood clot had formed in his lower leg, impairing venous return, hence the one-leg swelling. Then the clot (or a piece of it) came loose and traveled to his lungs. Mom called my friend, friend told them to call an ambulance, and step-dad got scanned (sure enough, an acute PE) then put on a “blood thinner”. (The medication doesn’t dissolve the clot, it makes it less likely for the clots to expand, and allows the body’s natural fibrinolytic processes time to work. This is for hemodynamically-stable PE patients. For those who are unstable there are various interventional techinques ranging from catheter delivery of exogenous fibrinolytic agents to the main clot, to aspiration thrombectomy – basically breaking up the clot and sucking pieces out via catheter, etc.)

        So step-dad survived his acute PE. Friend says “it’s a good thing he got the vaccine because he has COPD, and Covid would kill him.” Maybe so, maybe not. But getting a PE from the Jab (the Jab was almost certainly causal of step-dad’s PE) is a real mortality risk. PE is a serious problem that is the third leading cardiovascular killer in the US (after heart attack and stroke). Getting a PE is not something to take lightly, as it has mortality rates of ~8% (and much higher if untreated). Yet my MD friend, who is not a stupid person, is convinced that the Jab is going to be what saves step-dad’s life, and just blew off the PE as “sure, it happens”. They actually don’t teach much of anything about risk assessment in medical school or residency, and boy was that made evident yesterday.

    • The German tanks were excellent. We can pick certain aspects of wartime production apart. They were complicated to repair and they could not be put back into the fight quickly. The M-4’s could be repaired or cannibalized at the DIVISION level. The Germans had better guns and fought a defensive campaign in part of the African campaign, Sicily, Italy, Post D-Day Europe, and in Russia once the tide turned against them. The STG’s worked very well in that role as an example. They adapted. By the end of the war, the US/UK were fielding 90 mm rifles on tanks which were as good as the German 88’s. But most of those were too late to make much difference. If Hitler had paused and consolidated and had NOT invaded Russia, different game all around.

      You can criticize the T-34 (later the T-34/85) in the same way that you can take shots at the Shermans, but they did the job.

      The Republicans are all Quislings.

      • I’ll volunteer. The crew of a knocked-out Sherman had about an 80% chance of survival (some wounded and possibly maimed). The crew of a T-34 had about a 20% chance of survival. Those things were fiendishly difficult to get out of in a hurry. The assistant driver/bow machine gunner had no hatch. He had to wait for the driver to escape, then maneuver into the driver’s position to get out.

  3. It seems that Marine LTC Stuart Scheller has been brigged.

    Scheller is “currently in pre-trial confinement,” a spokesperson for Training and Education Command said of the officer’s status. “The time, date, and location of the proceedings have not been determined. Lt. Col. Scheller will be afforded all due process,” the statement continued.

    Bold for emphasis mine. This does not reassure me, nor does it give me a warm fuzzy.

    • Just one more political prisoner. I’m sure that it will take years to bring the matter to trial and UCMJ allows for bread and water only. I think that it’s 3 days at a time, then a regular meal, then back to bread and water for 3 days. “Regular meal” can be a baloney sandwich, literally. Maybe a wilted apple and some canned creamed corn or the like.

      • Welcome to the Soviet style gulag. Same play, only here, something we shouted as inhumane. The [now racist] Constitution is gone.

        Getting ridiculous.

  4. re: available aircrew…lack of pilots may be more than a ‘personal choice’ thing. LTC. Long, the flight surgeon down at Ft. Rucker is of the opinion that anybody that got the jab is a potential risk and the lot of them should be grounded until they can be properly tested. If she is correct, may not be a lot of people to choose from.

    • If they are young and healthy with natural immunity from having had the disease or from their youth and athletic lifestyle, they’re at risk.

      There are tests for antibodies. The rule from JO/HO doesn’t take that into account. Everyone gets the shot even if it cripples or kills them.

      As I’ve written here before, I’m not an anti-vaxer. In this case, caution is called for and further testing of healthy people to determine if it’s right for them is called for. That’s not the position of the federal government and for the SEALs, I’m sure that they will be scooped up into other professions. There is life outside of the US Navy. Of course, JO/HO want to give them dishonorable discharges and that looks bad and follows people.

      • ‘anti-vaxer’ doesn’t even figure into this except as part of the narrative manufactured by the socialists. None of the COVID-19 injections are vaccinations, the recent changes to the definition of vaccination notwithstanding.

        All three of the so-called ‘vaccines’ are approved under emergency use only. They are experimental but do not follow medical research protocol. The control group is (purposefully) unknown, those taking the jab are the test subjects. This is morally and ethically reprehensible. It has to be bigly unlawful. Well, it would be except that the law is what they say it is.

        • Most rational people are not anti-vax, that’s a lie by Mr. MAGU (Make America Grovel and Useless), and all the rest of the “on our behalf” liars getting rich on this charade.

          FDA EUA status is where all the unlabeled “vaccines” stand at present, because…no liability. The FDA notes outline exactly what was “approved”, and it wasn’t the full labeled vaccines, which aren’t even in production…because…liability if and when adverse reactions or death occurs.

          VAERS has in excess of 10K A/R events, a drug is usually pulled after 50. The Vaers data is approx. 1/10th actual reporting as doctors and administrators have been told to not follow the reporting laws. Why?

          FDA EUA also demands adherence to the Nuremberg Code (adopted into law in 1947), which forbids coercion or disciplinary action against anyone not receiving the vaccine or drug.

          Ignorance of the populace is what these evil-doers are using to control people, and kill off a few thousand here and there. They have no intention of properly informing anyone. We are being so lied to that the truth would be hard to discern with a GPS and spotlight, but it is out there.

          Here is additional proof something is seriously afoot:

          It begins: “I, Lieutenant Colonel Theresa Long, MD, MPH, FS being duly sworn, depose and state as follows:”

          Jump to #23 for the scary stuff.

  5. The DoD has notified Coast Guard chaplains that they must inquire of anyone claiming a religious exemption to the ‘vaxx’ for the purpose of determining legitimacy. The memo from the DOD contains a set of highly invasive questions about the sincerity of the faith and practice of sailors which are to be asked by the chaplains.

    “Have the member describe how they consistently keep the tenets of their faith and demonstrate those in their daily life. Ask them to be as specific as possible,” the memo directs the chaplains to ask of exemption-seekers. “Put the specifics acts (or lack thereof) in the memo.”

    The chaplains are required to create a written report of their interviews with requesters. A copy of the questions section of the memo was made available to The Epoch Times, which verified that it’s a Department of Defense product authored by Lee, Amanda M CDR. The DOD instructs the chaplains to examine if sailors are using the exemption as a ruse, including to note the facial expressions and body language of sailors during the interviews. The DOD memo to the chaplains goes on to require that chaplains ask about any objections to receiving the ‘vaxx’ made from aborted baby tissue.

    A civil liberties attorney told The Epoch Times such questions aren’t legal. “Almost none of the questions in that memo are appropriate, although some are certainly more inflammatory and offensive than others. The only obligation the service member has is to establish that they have a sincerely held religious belief that is being substantially burdened by the government,” First Liberty Institute General Counsel Mike Berry told The Epoch Times on Sept. 23.

    “Once they show that, the burden shifts entirely to the government. The government has no authority and no legitimate basis to ask the sorts of questions that are in the memo, and it demonstrates overt hostility to religious beliefs.”

    • Rules and rights have been thrown out the door.

      Some say that the Constitution hangs by a thread, but I think that the thread has been gone for some time.

      • On a ‘brighter’ note, Gen. Richard Clark, Over Lord of the USAF Academy, publicly stated “Absolutely” will he support any airman, including Cadets, who seek a religious objection. He went on to say Academy chaplains will not ‘grill’ the Cadets to determine if the claim of exemption is genuine.

        I fail to see how Clark’s position could survive the onslaught from the DOD. Clark could ‘save his reputation and his career by simply saying, ‘Well, I tried’, when over ruled by Lord Vader Austin.

  6. I don’t mean to start a war, but I believe the Jannsen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine fits the definition, though it hasn’t been studied for the appropriate period.

    • I am not an expert, don’t pretend to be. However (there is always a, however, isn’t there?) This whole vax & booster & mask thing has been so bollixed up that reassuring the public that it’s all safe and sane is gone. That ship sailed. When significant numbers of MDs and RNs refuse the vax, any thinking person should pause for the cause.

      “Is it right for me?” is a valid question. That’s not the government narrative, but they lie about EVERYTHING – ALL THE TIME. So where is the lie in this? Since the story changes with those scrotes almost weekly, which statement is the truth. And – “subjective truth on a sliding scale” doesn’t satisfy most people. Even woke people are questioning the veracity of the donkeys.

      “People of Color” trust these morons less than white people do primarily because they’ve been bent over historically. It’s like saying “give me your firearms, see you at Wounded Knee.”

      And off subject, ask the Australians how they feel today about surrendering their arms and ammo. I’m not encouraging an insurrection but I’m not treated the way the Australians are. Skepticism of government was the hallmark of the American Revolution. NEVER trust the king.

  7. I believe many here here are seasoned citizens , as such a covid hit could be a life changing event.
    Wife and I have been on the IVM protocol for prophylaxis as recommended by the Front Line Doctors.
    I have gone about my business , mostly maskless, play with my grands and attend church. So far so good.
    Example ,, saw Tommy Emanuel at the Ryman Auditorium on sat night. Mask rqd but not enforced. Before he passed ,Chet Atkins said Tommy E , was the best guitar player in the world . Check him out.

    • re – remarks by Chet
      While between songs, a group of singer-songwriters were discussing a deceased colleague.
      Somebody mentioned ‘so-and-so said something before he died.’
      Willy Nelson tossed out:
      * “Haven’t heard much from him since…”

  8. The Sherman was a much better tank and had a much better gun, in both the 75mm and 76mm guns, than people think. The 75mm gun was almost as good as the longer German 75mm found on the MkIV and the StugIII and IV, due to better powder, better quality control, better rounds, better everything. Even the armor was overall better. The longer 76mm gun was very good, and just took everything excellent about the 75mm and made it better.

    The Sherman and it’s predecessor had a sloped glacis plate before Soviet mediums did. A lot of people forget about that. “Ooohh, the T-34 was the first medium with sloped armor, durhur.” Nope, it was the Sherm and the Grant/Lee.

    Good tank of any of its versions. Made better as the war went on.

    As to losing so many against the Germans? The attackerr is always expected to take at least 4 times the casualties than the defenders. Especially dug-in, well prepared defenders, which the Germans excelled in.

  9. I’m a big fan of the Jumbo, but overall, the EZ8 was probably better. Primarily because it was almost certainly more reliable due to being much less weight-stressed. Reliability was one of the huge strengths of all the Shermans, along with maintainability. The Panzers were great tanks, when they worked…


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