Greetings Me Droogs N Droogettes!
A rainy couple of daze here around the casa. I wasn’t feeling too well… methinks it was just plain exhaustion. Running flat out is for the young, and as we’ve seen I’m no longer in THAT category by far.
Haven’t been writing much about the International scene as of late as well it -was- the Holidays, and just making sure my own are taken care of is hard enough. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping up and track of some of the events.
One of which is now the second photo of what appears to be an M1A1 Abrams in Krainian Possession.
The reason(s) I say an M1A1 (standard, probably export model) are the following using the pic with annotations:
The Red Circle: That’s the bore-evacuator. Catches the fumes from the main gun firing. That’s the fatter, rounder model which means that the gun on this is a 120mm Rheinmetall M256 main gun, the same one that bonked me on the nugget and got me medically retarded out of the Army (10,000 pounds to the grape’ll do that)
The Green Arrow: That’s the CROWs system for the .50cal M2 Browning Machine gun. That stands for Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station which allows the T.C. (tank commander) to remotely fire his .50 without becoming exposed.
The Blue Arrow: Shows part of why it’s NOT an A2 and that’s the TC Thermal Viewer Station. It looks like this and is inside the blue circle:
Yellow Arrow(s): The lack of heavier armor on the front glacis of the turret shows this’s a Standard M1A1, and not the M1A1H, ‘H’ for ‘Heavy’. Mid 90’s they added more plate on the front which leaves a raised and distinct outline that can be seen. The pic above BTW is an M1A2 BTW, and has the heavier armor incorporated into it… those are I.R. marker panels to help with Friend or Foe ID through IR.
Not that this’s going to help them. Word is that they’re in the rear around Kupiansk in Kharkiv Oblast.
No idea if they’re ever going to let them out to ‘play’ but my guess is “Oh Hells Noes!” as like before, the Leo2’s got positively obliterated, the Bradleys, and then the Challengers as well. Western Tech ain’t it’s all cracked up to be…
That being said, word is out now, even in Western Wishful Thinkingville that the Krainians are trying to bail out of Avdeevka… specifically the big fortified factory that they’ve been digging into since 2014. The Russians, despite taking casualties have made some pretty aggressive moves and are doing the ‘inch-at-a-time’ house-to-house fight, rather than plastering the dug in Krainians with bodies and firepower. Octobers Casualties have run between 200 low, to 500 high, mix of KIA/WIA.
Now, on the other side.
Somebody is in trouble
Seems that much like that cell phone company a few months back who did the whole ‘send a text to a dead fucker thanking him’ promo, the Main TV Station for the Kraine, “Inter”,
also known as “1+1” (as it was the first commercial television station in the Kraine) well…
Somebody done fuuuuuuuucked up
During an interview with the various talking heads, the ‘ticker’ on the bottom showed the number of “Missing and Killed Armed Forces officers/men:
Within a few minutes the ticker was cleared, and later the channel began to apologize for this figure… I’m sure that said apology was heartfelt I’m sure. When the Cell Phone company fucked up, that was when the numbers were about 500,000 known dead…
The cemeteries don’t lie… my understanding is you can no longer get ‘recent’ pictures of the BIG DotMil Cemeteries around Kiev… that and what graves they are digging, they’re now down to dis-interring Russian Soldiers from graves from World War 2, which is an abomination and about as dishonorable a shit thing they could do, they’re piling 3-4 stiff in each hole.
That’s even IF the stiffs are recovered. Plenty of TikToks out there from highly pissed off Babushkas asking about their sons, and soon enough their daughters methinks… Lots of vids of dead Krainian Chicks in trenches as of late…
One unit Colonel who’s on the run now officially, got caught writing off his dead as still ‘on the books’ as the way they pay the troops (IF they even get paid at all) is the money goes to the Commanders, who then ‘feed it down the chain’… this Battalion Commander bastard kept LOTS of guys on the rolls as still alive, and was pocketing the $$$$.
I’m not even going to go into the whole GI Insurance, or their version of it so to speak, and the scamming going on… They’re going to write books about this shit and what went on after…
“The Last Great ‘Gasp’ of a Dying Empire” with a cast of millions and starring Whomever is Grifting Hardest At The Moment.
One Point One Million
The mind boggles.
Have to see how it plays out. Right now it looks like Krainfeld is ‘all in’ on the whole “Game of Thrones” against his General Zahluzny (Bless You!) and they’re all going back and forth in a complete haze of bullshit and hubris… how they think they’re going to recruit 20k a month, get them ‘suited and booted’ and out on the battlefield? It’s insanity… all the while the Grift goes on. Especially in Greater Britishstan and here in the Imperial DotGov who have no fucking idea nor grasp of just how this’s going to play out… I mean they really think that THEY are going to dictate terms to Putin?
It is to laugh. They’re so far gone it’s no longer funny… in fact clearly delusional and quite possibly genuinely General Ripper levels Insane. Ah well. Don’t forget, Raffle is still going on, and so far I’ve only had like a handful of entries. $10 a pull gets you a new Gerber Rifle Tool and a Brand New Surefire Helmet Light. I’d call it a good deal…
So, More Later