Friday, 26 May 2017

The Neil Interviews - Jeremy Corbyn

Operation Castor - The Battle of Dien Bien Phu, Part Two

Blown Periphery, Going Postal

The Bitter End

The Viet Minh attacks started on 13th March 1954 with a fierce artillery bombardment on outpost Beatrice.  A shell  hit the command HQ killing Major Paul Pegot and his entire staff.  Also killed was Colonel Jules Gaucher who was  in command of the entire northern sector.  Then the 312th Infantry Division began a direct assault using combat  engineers to eliminate the defences and French opposition was wiped out in Beatrice shortly after midnight.  Over  500 Legionnaires were killed for 600 Viet Minh killed and 1,200 wounded.  The French attempted a counter attack to  recapture the strongpoint but it was beaten back by artillery.  What came as a profound shock to the French was  that the Viet Minh artillery used direct fire instead of indirect fire that required experienced forward observers  and a complex signals network.  This was asymmetric warfare at its best.  The Viet Minh artillery were well dug in  with overhead protection and this had been carried out right under the noses of the French.  On 15th March, the  French artillery commander, Colonel Charles Piroth, distraught at his inability to bring counter battery fire on  the well-camouflaged Viet Minh batteries, went into his dugout and committed suicide with a hand grenade.  He was  buried in secret to prevent loss of morale among the French troops.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Question Time with Going Postal, 25th May 2017

Question Time with Going-Postal.Net

David Dimbleby chairs topical debate from Salford.

On the panel are home secretary Amber Rudd, moron, mayor of Greater Manchester Andy 'Reichsführer' Burnham, anti-extremism campaigner Sara Khan, extremist, head of the Police and Crime Commissioners Association Nazir 'racist if he wasn't a Muslim' Afzal, and peace campaigner Colin Parry.

Puffin Parade, The Revolution Starts Here

Beer hall to plan putsch, check

Saturday 5th August, somewhere near Chipping Norton. We have the cellar for drinking and dining and the terrace for further debauchery. It can seat 32 comfortably, there will be a three course meal plus cheese/coffee. It will be a fixed menu with vegetarian options which requires pre order. It will be approximately £35 per person – The brewery uses a number of independent caterers so we can expect to be well looked after given the Guv. will be with us.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Portuguese Connection, Part One

It was the Portuguese who spanned the Atlantic, once again. This time there were no deliberate and concerted voyages of discovery, no government sponsored expeditions, no search for a sea route to the spices and wealth of the East, avoiding the land routes blocked by Islam. There was no search for vague and legendary Christian allies such as Prester John, supposedly of great power and fighting on the far side of Moslem territory. There was no thirst for the knowledge and glory to be found in exploring the unknown. There was no expectation of discovering vast wealth or of obtaining honour and prestige from exploring unknown regions. The shape of the world and the peoples likely to be found on each continent was known, at least approximately, and at least by the few intellectuals whose business it was, and who would have been consulted by any ruler or merchant-prince contemplating such a voyage, even though it was centuries since there had been any contact with them. Governments, not just in Europe but around the world wherever civilised societies survived, felt no loss at this absence of contact with distant peoples who had no relevance to their immediate concerns of power, profit and prestige, and no need to renew contact with them. People who owned ships wanted to use them as they were intended, for the practical business of making a living from trade and fishing. They would not waste money on long, possibly dangerous, and almost certainly futile voyages when there was no reasonable hope of making a large profit, even though the possible destinations were at least roughly known. Their men felt the same. Sailors and fishermen lived a hard life, and always had. They could be motivated , just as others had been, by greed for God Gold and Glory - not necessarily in that order, but otherwise would not have been willing to risk their lives and livelihoods on pointless voyages.