You need to get it right.
Russians – Pulling T-54s and T-55s out of Mothballs
Destination: Ukrainian Front
About a month ago, I posted an article to the blog about how Russian military formations on the Norwegian border had been hollowed out. There were still a few people but the equipment had been destroyed in Ukraine. Strategypage has an interesting article on the subject. The 200th Separate Motor Rifle Brigade, Russia’s (formerly) 3,000-man-strong Arctic Warfare elite unit has taken heavy losses and retraining replacements (whenever they arrive) in Arctic Warfare would take years. One day after the war ends they’ll have their equipment replaced, though don’t count on anything before 2033. That is the reality of the toll the Russian Army has taken in Ukraine.
And yet, the progs push for indictment.
Identify the SPG
Painting of a British F4F Wildcat going head-to-head with a Condor
** Apocalypse Avoided – It just wasn’t our time—more from American Thinker.
** Kari Lake fights on for the Arizona Governor’s mansion.
** From the mailbag:
Q – “LL, do you ever get writer’s block?”
A – Creating blog posts that people might find interesting and posting them is not easy. Sometimes I feel that blogging takes me away from more productive work. But when I step back and analyze it, I get the work done.
Q – “LL, Do you know what happened to CNTPO?”
A – See the short answer above. CNTPO had the lead in developing technology for interagency and multinational operations to disrupt, deter, and deny narcoterrorist activities in an effort to reduce trafficking in illegal narcotics and materials that support global terrorist activities. I worked under that umbrella in an operational sense in Latin America. It was replaced by a program managed by the Air Force after I left the government.
From the Days of Fighting Sail
The Chatham Chest
Life was hard for families of sailors who died at sea. Prize money was only distributed among survivors. The victim’s shipmates would action his possessions for a few coins to pass on to his widow, paying well over the odds for items, but this would not put food in the mouths for very long.
A sailor’s widow listens while a woman reads her a letter. Colored lithograph by J. Vallou de Villeneuve, 1830s, and The Sailor’s Wife by William S. Leney 1793
Already as early as the 16th century there was some formal help for injured sailors and their families. From 1590, all seamen in the Royal Navy made contributions of sixpence per month from their wages to support the Chatham Chest, which paid pensions to injured seamen. Two men were largely responsible for setting up the fund, Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake. The assets of the fund were kept in an actual chest at Chatham dockyard and secured by five locks, which opened to five separate keys held by five different officers, an expedient intended to prevent misappropriation of funds.
Payments were on a sliding scale, £ 6 13s. 4d. per annum for the loss of a limb, £ 12 for blindness, and £ 15 for the loss of both arms. In addition, each claimant received a lump sum, equal to one year’s entitlement. In effect, this was the world’s first occupational pension. However, during the 224 that it existed, there were a number of difficulties with meeting the payments, and from 1670 the government took over the administration of the system, for which responsibility was assumed by Greenwich Hospital 1814, the physical Chest was removed from use and is today in the Chatham Dockyard Museum.
The Chatam Chest was ordered in 1625. The iron chest has five locks: a disguised keyhole in the top, which operated an elaborate lock covering the entire interior of the lid, and four hasps for padlocks. The keyhole in the front of the chest is false. The original key survives with this chest.
But there were still two other ways to collect money for the wounded and widows. One was that King George II decided that each Royal Navy ship had to carry in the books one or two widows’ men per 100 of her complement, depending on her circumstances. These men were purely fictitious and given Pusser’s tallies, imaginary names. Their pay went towards a fund for the relief of the families of the warrant and commissioned officers who were killed in service. This practice lasted from 1760 to 1832.
The other one was that, after each of the major naval battles of the 1790s a charitable subscription was started in the City of London to relieve the suffering of the wounded and bereaved. These were usually organized and managed by a committee of merchants at Lloyd’s Coffee House, later to become the famous insurance market. The first of these funds were raised in 1794 after Lord Howe’s victory over the French at the Glorious First of June. Howe donated his entire prize money from the battle. Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund, established in 1803, helped both wounded seamen and officers and dependants of seamen killed in action with cash sums. It was one of the first charitable trusts of this nature to be established in the world and continues to this day.
A Battle of the Nile veteran begging with his model of Nelson’s flagship, ‘Vanguard’, by Laurence J. Cossé 1804
As much as one tried to help the wounded by such help, it did not help everyone and was often not enough so it often happened that the wounded were wandering the streets begging or the widows sell their bodies to have at least a few more coins to survive.