From the latest Woodpile Report:
In the 1930s, Britain produced a light tracked vehicle, open top, about three tons, twelve feet long, a boxy welded affair powered by a V8 gas engine. Road speed was thirty miles an hour. The intent was to field a general purpose, lightly armored vehicle mounting various weaponry, and capable of towing a field piece. In 1940 the various configurations were blended into one, hence the name “universal”. About 113,000 were built and fielded, as late as 1960. See an excellent YouTube video here [above].
The Universal Carrier evolved from a mini-tank typical of the 1920s, a development that did much to shed its antique appearance. But underneath it was the same basic machine and therein lay its advantages. They were cheap, for one. And everything that made it work was simple, accessible and repairable. Hammer-and-wrench repairable, no electronic diagnostics or finely calibrated gadgets, just bolts and springs and levers.
Needless to say, the UC became less universal through field modifications and special applications using the platform, but the concept remained largely intact. They were exported to Russia under Lend Lease, copied by Canada and Australia, captured and used by Germany and, after the war, distributed all over the world. The Universal Carrier is the resounding success of WWII most of us have never heard of.
Neither tanks, armored cars or APCs, the Universal Carrier was as beloved by the Brits as was the Jeep by the Yanks. By way of the ultimate homage, as the M3/M5 Stuart light tank became ineffective toward the end of the war, the Brits made “super” Universal Carriers out of them by removing the turret and other topside encumberances. See this YouTube video for excellent footage of one, beginning at the 20 second mark. The thing looks downright contemporary.
The Universal Carrier would be a worthy project for garage mechanics with home machine shops, and even a little thought conjures up some interesting variations. In a shtf scenario, a community home defense outfit could find a use for these. The fear factor for the bad guys would peg the needle. Until then they’d be useful around the homestead.
Or did you plan on being purely footborne infantry?
And who is allied with those people.
And what goals are shared by the principals and their agents.
The vigor with which the US/NATO campaign is being waged is a tell.
Before snarking on the Euros, who in FUSA is saying such things publicly?
For me, I am headed to the range.
(H/t Bracken via Twitter)
From over the transom.
No worries, though; Paul Ryan has your back:
…But while insisting on commonsense measures to keep Americans safe, Ryan also rebutted the notion that we should be discriminating against Muslims — or simply shutting out all Syrian refugees. “That’s not who we are,” he told Sean Hannity. “We believe in the First Amendment of religious freedom.”
Don’t forget us.
“What manner of men had lived in those days…who had so eagerly surrendered their sovereignty for a lie and a delusion? Why had they been so anxious to believe that the government could solve problems for them which had been pridefully solved, many times over, by their fathers? Had their characters become so weak and debased, so craven and emasculated, that offers of government dole had become more important than their liberty and their humanity? Had they not known that power delegated to the government becomes the club of tyrants? They must have known. They had their own history to remember, and the history of five thousand years. Yet, they had willingly and knowingly, with all this knowledge, declared themselves unfit to manage their own affairs and had placed their lives, which belonged to God only, in the hands of sinister men who had long plotted to enslave them, by wars, by “directives,” by “emergencies.” In the name of the American people, the American people had been made captive.”
— Taylor Caldwell, The Devil’s Advocate
Just in time for your 2016 training schedule planning.
Got a big show coming up.
Gotta be ready.
And exact a terrible toll on those outside of the power structure – both domestically and internationally.
Learn how we got here.
Know the mistakes to be corrected.
Share what you have learned in your circles of influence.
Stand ready to help as the statist bastards autodelegitimize themselves and the status quo.
Your time will come.
Thank you for your service.
On the general subject of political compulsions, and together with citations from notable (if not indispensable) authors, I offer one that made me weep the first time I read it, nearly thirty years ago, now. You see, I knew exactly what he was talking about.
I never wanted to have to pay this much attention to any of this. All I ever wanted to do was to put on big-time rock & roll light shows. The times into which I was born simply wouldn’t have that, though. I was driven to this.
“Before societies fall, just such a stratum of wise, thinking people emerges, people who are that and nothing more. And how they were laughed at! How they were mocked! As though they stuck in the craw of people whose deeds and actions were single-minded and narrow-minded. And the only nickname they were christened with was ‘rot.’ Because these people were a flower that bloomed too soon and breathed too delicate a fragrance. And so they were mowed down.
These people were particularly helpless in their personal lives: they could neither bend with the wind, nor pretend, nor get by; every word declared an opinion, a passion, a protest. And it was just such people the mowing machine cut down, just such people the chaff-cutter shredded.”
(Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: “The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956: An Experiment In Literary Investigation”, 1973, Harper & Row, Inc., Vol. I, Part I, “The Prison Industry”, ch. 5, “First Cell, First Love”, pp. 188-189.)
I think most WRSA readers can qualify as refugees:
…A refugee is someone who has fled from his or her home country and cannot return because he or she has a well-founded fear of persecution based on religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group…
Then be candid about your current skill set.
Get more training now.
Just wait 90 days.
These are These were the good old days.
Via Claire Wolfe’s blog, a guide to (some of) the ways TPTB abuse your ignorance and trust:
Carlin had it right.
Look for tour in 2016.
Then run the other way.
For a palate-cleanser, read Putin’s comments from the G-20 presser on Monday.
Money (heh) quote:
…I gave examples based on our information about individuals financing various Islamic State subgroups in different countries. We have established that financing is coming from 40 countries, including G20 countries. We discussed this issue…
Сюрприз! Сюрприз! Сюрприз!