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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Intelligence in WWIII 1946 by Ranger Elite

Colonel Archimedes L.A. Patti's office
Temporary CIA quarters
U.S. Legation Building
Kunming, Yunnan Province, Republic of China

After a period of settling in, Colonel Patti immediately started accumulating intelligence on Soviet and CCP spies and agitators in the southeast borderlands of China. With the crack team of Americans of southeast Chinese, Han Chinese and Indochinese descent that he had assembled, he immediately began making inroads into the plans the Soviets had to completely turn the Republic of China toward its camp. After he began collecting substantial information on disruptive protests and assassination plots, he began to forward this information to the new Chinese government and its new armed forces, helping to foil most of the activities, due to their transparent nature.

He was enormously surprised when, upon his arrival in Kunming, he'd received a letter from, soon followed very shortly afterward by a brief visit by, the republic's new president, Sun Li-jen. He was even more surprised to find him exceedingly knowledgeable and cogent on all the global issues, past and present, that have brought the world to this dire state. When he went back over his research on the new president of China, he saw the engineering degree from Purdue University and the military science degree from the Virginia Military Institute. It all made sense then. The man put nation before himself and was obviously no slouch. It was also in this meeting that Colonel Patti was informed that the only Chinese oversight that he would have would be to deliver his intelligence reports, via diplomatic courier, directly to the President of China first, unlike the days of SACO, where everything was “joint” in name only. Otherwise, he and his team would not be molested in their activities. Apparently, the same message had been conveyed to all the other intelligence teams operating within Chinese borders.

As an additional obligation, President Sun requested of all U.S. intelligence teams operating in China that they train three trusted Chinese nationals, to form the nucleus of his own new intelligence service. Patti saw no problem with this, but that nagging feeling in the back of his mind just would not go away, prompting him to think “Things are going so well now, when will the other shoe drop?”

Diary of Burt Post Sept. 11th, 1946

Reading an article on "Porky" Anderson and Hogan at this year's PGA Championship. It was held in Portland Oregon for goodness sake. Didn't even know they had enough days without rain to play golf out there. By the looks of picture in the article "Porky" lives up to his name. 5'9" and 240lbs. Now that's a lot of man especially for a golfer. Hogan got 3500 bucks for winning. I could sure use some of that money. Looks like Kimberly Clark is expanding again. Too bad my patent isn't in my name. I guess they did provide the lab and my salary.. Kind of irks me however. You invent something that saves millions of dollars for your company and they give you a pat on the back. Oh well such is life.

Friday, April 27, 2012

On the Road to Borne by Tallthinkev

Things were getting hairy.
'Why they bloody hell did I let Tom drive' Jack thought 'Sod me. If it wasn't bad enough with the Russians...'
The little Austin 10/4 van took a sharp right hand corner at the end of Toft High Street.
Jack and Tom clashed heads as the van rolled towards the Hardwick Road.
'That's bloody well it' shouted Jack 'pull over and let me drive, for Gods sake.'
'What the matter?' said Tom
'Your driving! That's what! Now pull over!' Jack was now angry.
Tom pulling over in that part of the countryside turned out not to be the best idea.
The little Austin bumped against the low grass bank and nearly turned over. It ended up facing back towards Toft.
Jack didn't say anything. This is when Tom knew he was in real trouble, he just sat behind the wheel and didn't dare move.
'Come on you get out and see what you've done'
Tom got out slowly, half expecting a clout round the ear. It didn't come. Tom saw Jack walking away. Jack had stopped about twenty yards along the road and sat down on the bank.
'Big trouble' Tom was thinking 'Big, big trouble.'
'Just look at it. Bloody well look.'
'Where?' asked Tom
'Nearside front wheel.'
Tom walked around the front of the van and looked. The wheel was bent and the tire two thirds off it. The front wing didn't seem to be to bad until Tom lent on it, most of it was only held on by about four bolts. This is when the headlamp fell off.
'You stupid boy.' was all Jack could say.

Thirty minutes later they a managed to get the wheel off and Jack went to get the spare.
'Did you take the spare out already Tom?'
'No, Mr Smith. Why?'
'I don't know. Why don't you come and have a look?'
Tom stepped up to the back doors.
'Well?' said Jack
'Well what?' was the reply from Tom
'Where's the sodding spare wheel?'
Tom didn't say anything, maybe that was the best thing he could say.
'Did you check everything before we started out?'
Tom started to open his mouth and the shut it before the could make things worse.
'Shall we go over the things that you should have checked?'
'No let me check things, might be the best way. Did we have enough petrol? Yes. Did we have all the tools we might need? Yes. Did all the lights work?'
Tom interrupted 'I checked those.'
'Well, we have three of them left anyway, Now where's the BLOODY spare wheel?'
'I, er, erm. I thought it was in there. Sorry Mr Smith, I'm very sorry.'
Jack took at few seconds before saying more.
'Never mind, I should have checked as well. Who had the van before you did?'
'It was Mr Marshall.'
'Bloody would be, wouldn't it.'
'Are you going to tell him, Jack?'
'No you are.' Tom didn't think he'd have a job after that little conversation.
'Don't worry too much I'll come with you' said Jack 'In the mean time roll that wheel back to the garage in Toft and see if they can repair it.'
with that Tom start the walk back to Toft.

Down To Ranger Elite

Far East Theater in WWIII 1946

Down To Ranger Elite

Provisional Capital
Peking, Republic of China

He had done much in those few days after removing Chiang from power, but it was completely worth the effort. Now, Sun Li-jen is getting ready to meet with the new American Commander-in-Chief of the Far Eastern Theater and Supreme Allied Commander in the Far East, General of the Army, Walter Krueger, to offer him Chinese bases in the provinces of Sinkiang and Heilungkiang, and his full and complete support in the war against the Soviet Union, whom he had never trusted to begin with. In return for this support, Sun expected American support in expelling the remnants of the Chinese Communist Party's People's Liberation Army, whom he ripped to shreds after they tried to break his cordon across North and Central China.

Reviewing the events of the past few days: the radio address to the nation announcing the downfall of Chiang and the new provisional government, with printed copies going  out to all corners of the republic; the proclamations decreeing market-based land reforms and equal treatment under the law for all Chinese citizens and complete amnesty and pension for all members of the CCP/PLA who peaceably lay down their arms, or join the new Chinese Army, formed from the nucleus of his New 1st Army; his talks with the influential communist military leader, Xu Haidong, at his sick bed in Yennan, convincing him that he and his men could do more good working with them, instead of fighting against them, for they were all one people; forcing the provincial and county governors to swear an oath of loyalty to the new government of China. Those who did not, did so at their own peril. Sun Li-jen, in order to prove that he believed in the reforms that he called for, resigned his military commision, but retained the unwavering loyalty of all the officers and men that remained in the New 1st Army, which he would rely upon to help him implement and maintain and defend his reforms. The New 1st Army believed in him, and his plan, and they will make sure that he is not derailed.

During the meeting with General Krueger, Sun Li-jen made his offer and it was warmly accepted, with a promise of military aid consisting of new weapons and equipment and training, tooling local factories to produce the war materials needed locally for this fight. All of these points were agreed upon and the local ambassador, acting on behalf of the State Department and with the permission of the Truman Administration, produced a bilateral mutual defense and aid pact for Sun to review and sign, as well as a draft of a pact creating an Asian defense treaty, similar in scope to the NATO. That would be the chance for China to assume its rightful place in Asia; as opposed to being the doormat to the Western Powers, China can be the first among equals, leading the defense of Asia against communist aggression and foreign encroachment. The meeting has been far more promising than was initially thought. He had much to think about...

Now that the meeting had concluded amiably with General Krueger, it was down to business with General Trinh Minh The, the unusually young commander of the Vietnamese National Army, to work out an agreement to fight the communists in his area...

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tanks a Lot by RangerElite

Weapons Development in WWIII 1946 by Ranger Elite

Armored Vehicle Airdrop Experiment
Military Air Transport Service Command
Scott Army Airfield, Illinois

Someone had the bright idea of parachute-dropping a perfectly good armored vehicle out of a perfectly good airplane. I think they got the idea from watching the Limeys dropping SAS jeeps, slung from the underside of Handley-Paige Halifax bombers. Or, they might have heard of Soviet experiments from the 1930's, where they dropped small tankettes from low altitude, without parachutes. But it took an American to perfect the system, to allow for heavier loads, dropped from the internal load bay of a specially-designed cargo aircraft. This might work...
Everyone was buzzing over the scuttlebutt about what happened at Muroc: A man traveled faster than the speed of sound. And furthermore, the rumor was that he was the son of one of their own, their former commanding general, Brigadier General Robert Olds, who died of chronic illness back in 1943. But there was another project happening here. One that involved the transport and air drop of combat vehicles, a feat never before tried in this manner, under actual combat conditions. Off in the distance, a flight of four new C-74C Globemaster transport aircraft are being loaded with three M38A3 Wolfhound armored cars, fitted with turrets from the M24 Chaffee, and a command jeep, into each aircraft.
The only difficulty they've had, thus far, was loading the armored cars, which had been fitted with turrets that mounted a long, high-velocity, 76mm main gun, the same gun installed on the Sherman Firefly tank. This necessitated that the turrets be turned off-center, to accommodate the loading of each armored car, up the long wheel ramps, and into the cargo bays of the aircraft, onto their pallets. Each pallet was equipped with five cargo parachutes, each parachute measuring 100 feet in diameter, enough to slow a cargo pallet weighing a little over 10 tons, down to 15 feet per second. Finally, the loading of all four aircraft was complete and they began to taxi down the runway. They looked a little heavy rolling down the tarmac...
Using most of the runway, each bird made it airborne, and began to wheel around toward the drop zone, some 50 miles away, in Illinois farmland. Each aircraft flew to an altitude of 30,000 feet before opening their cargo bay doors, then, one by one, loadmasters clipped the pallet's master static line clip to the ramp, and pushed each pallet out the door. As soon as each pallet cleared the ramp, the static lines pulled the rip-cords for the cargo pallets and deployed the parachutes. As the armored cars and jeeps fell to earth, another aircraft, carrying the airborne-qualified armored car crewmen, began dropping them on the drop zone. The airborne armored car crews immediately found their vehicles and fired them up, and got them going, in less than twenty minutes. The jumpmasters observing the experiment were suitably impressed that the crews of an armored car platoon of 12 and their 3 command jeeps were able to get their equipment and get them going, all within 30 minutes of aircraft liftoff... But this was an experiment, obviously improving on what the Brits and the Soviets had done before. We'll see how well it'll work in actual combat conditions...

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Truman Committee


The hearing met at 9 a. m.

General Earl Orbison, U. S. Army, Active duty, and his counsel and assistant counsel and aide.

Senators George Malone, Harry Caine,  Homer Fergusson, Claude Pepper, Harry Kilgore and their respective staffs. See attached

Major Charles O. Manner. U. S. Army Reserve, took seat as reporter and was warned that the oath previously taken was still binding.

No witnesses not otherwise connected with the proceedings were present.
A witness called by the examining officer entered and was informed of the subject matter.
Record Page 57.

The witness was duly sworn.

Senator Malone:

"Thank you for all coming once again and without further ceremony let's proceed. May I remind everyone that this is a closed session and everyone attending has the security clearance needed to hear the expert witness's testimony. General Orbison you are still under oath and are free to give your candid opinion on the subject matter at hand. Let's begin where we left off yesterday...I believe we were discussing how the Soviets are keeping their forces supplied and how reality differs with the JCS pre-war assessments of their inability to accomplish exactly what they have accomplished.

Senator Pepper I believe we adjourned while you had the floor. Please proceed."

"Thank you Mr. Chairman. General Orbison please enlighten us on exactly how the Soviets are amassing this huge air armada on the Channel Coast and how they are keeping them supplied. From all the pre-war information this sub-committee received the authors of the plans were confident that such a feat was beyond their capabilities until at the earliest 1948."

"Thank you Senator Pepper for this opportunity. Previous to 1944 that Soviets and most other modern nations and their armies have been able to advance no further than 350 miles in a continuous operation against significant opposition. Supplies have to be stockpiled well in advance in supply depots, bridge and railroad laying equipment pre-positioned, fuel and fuel trucks, spare parts...etc. had to all be ready fairly close to the line of debarkation..."

"Excuse me General but what does that term refer too"

"Basically Senator it refers to the jumping off point for the attack. Usually close to the current frontline."

"Thank you General. If you could please keep the military jargon to a minimum for my benefit. I'm new to the committee and understand the terms we used in the Great War but have not caught up yet with newest terms and phrases."

"Of course Senator. As I was saying: all these supplies have to be stationed ahead of time near the frontline and be instantly ready to follow the troops and tanks in their advance. Historically in modern times most major attacks could only advance 300 miles or so because of this supply bottle neck. If you will recall Patton was severely restricted in his advance through France and Germany because of the lack of fuel and spare parts for his tanks to put it simply. He had nothing but green grass and a few school boys a number of times between the 3rd Army and Berlin but he was out of fuel. The same is even more true for air units. Not only do they have to have fuel, spare parts, mechanics etc. they have to have a safe place to land which requires the foot soldier to capture, repair or construct airfields.

All of these restrictions have traditionally held most modern armies to a distance of 350 miles they could physically advance before they had to call a halt to the operation and regroup and resupply. The time period depended on the opposition but essentially it was from 10 to 30 days at the most for many of the historic successful advances or less than 11 miles per day on average. This is of course a rule of thumb and not set in stone.

The longest and fastest advance was 520 miles in 10 days..."

"And who accomplished that feat General? Was it Patton or Rommel?"

"No Senator it was Soviet Marshal Vasilevsky in Manchuria against the Japanese in August of 1945."

"How is it possible General? In testimony after testimony before this sub-committee we have been told that the Soviets were still using horses and were on foot and where unable to advance in great leap and bounds. That they were inept and relied on human wave attacks and overwhelmed their adversaries with sheer brute strength and were incapable of any kind of sophisticated operations or planning."

"Unfortunately Senator there are a number of racial or cultural stereotypes abounding in the US military. I'm sure you are aware and were probably briefed on the capabilities of the Japanese before Pearl Harbor. I'm sure they never gave credence to the grave threat the Japanese eventually posed to our national defense. Slant eyed, emperor worshiping fanatics without the ability to make a decent car much less run a  modern navy and air force and all that kind of attitude. Well I would suggest that we were wrong about them and now we are wrong about the Soviets and their capabilities in certain areas including supply.

Essentially the Soviets are the inventors of what we now call the Blitzkrieg. They called it "Deep Battle" or "Deep Operations". They published a manual on it on 1936. It did differ from the German version in that the Soviets created multiple breakthroughs and exploited them while the Germans usually counted on one large breakthrough. If properly done the Soviet Deep Battle is much more devastating than the Blitzkrieg as the Red Army had demonstrated  from 1944 on. Our forces in Western Europe were victims of this devastating operational strategy.

In addition to their proven abilities to transport large numbers of troops far distances and to keep them supplied we unwittingly gave them a gift. A gift of almost a dozen of the largest supply depots the world has ever seen spaced our quite nicely all throughout France, Germany and even Hungary. We did not have the personnel nor the foresight to destroy those huge depots before they were captured."

"And why is that General?"

"There were very few actual US troops at the depots. The vast majority of the personnel at the sites were German POWs."

”Could you elaborate General? How was it possible that all this military equipment was basically unguarded and not destroyed?"

"Certainly Senator. Give me a few seconds to find the statistics... ah here. 108,890 POWs supervised by 1038 US officers and 12,560 service men.

In some cases the Soviets used airborne units to outright capture the depots. In other cases French Communist forces marched into the depots disguised as regular French troops and just took them over and cut communications to the outside. Quite frankly no one was thinking about those depots when the Red Army was minutes behind you. As you have seen from numerous reports and in particular the inspector General's scathing report of January, 1946, the US troops in Western Europe in May 1946 were ill trained and ill led. They were for the lack of a better term "glorified policemen."

"But how General are the Reds keeping their armies and planes in supply 4 months after the start of the war in a land that is starving, has had its roads and bridges bombed and destroyed by planes, overrun by armies, it's transportation hubs blown up...? How are the Soviets able to repair and then transport everything they need to supply their troops and in particular their air force?"

"Let's think of it in a kind of reverse order. The US armed forces is second to none in repairing and constructing roads, bridges, airfields, train tracks. No one but the British even comes close to our prowess in these areas. That is one of the major reasons we were able to win the war. We had to rebuild enough bridges, roads and tracks to supply our own very large forces all the way to the East German border. We had to build enough capacity in the system to re-supply our troops under full combat conditions.

The Soviets traditionally use far fewer supplies per trooper than we do. Combined with our perchance for over building and given the fact that the Soviets have themselves have been repairing and enhancing our work for the last 3 months, it's pretty easy to see how they have supplied their forces to date.

As you know our air forces have not been able to penetrate their air defenses in any appreciable numbers. Their ground to air missiles combined with their huge air force has kept us at bay for the time being. Every attempted attack on the infrastructure has been met with massive force and very, shall we say, creative measures. Our losses have been unsustainable and we are pausing to regroup and reassess our options.

In May there were over 60 bridges over the Rhine alone. When we demobilized we left behind all the rolling stock, trucks, train engines that we brought from the factories of the US behind and were in the process of selling much of that equipment to our former allies and even Germany. The tracks and roads we rebuilt were in place and are now being used by the Reds to supply their forces. They are using our trains, railroad cars, trucks and even toilet paper. Instead of the traffic going just East it now goes East as well as West.

The Soviets are very familiar with our equipment as a result of Lend Lease. We actually hosted tens of thousands of Soviet mechanics and engineers here in the US and trained them here on how to repair and even manufacture our equipment. There were huge training schools on the East coast training our future adversaries in how to not only use but how to defeat our own equipment.

If you will recall from earlier testimony that they have had 3 fully functional B29s since 1944 to study and take apart. The B29 is our most advanced weapons system and they have it and have been working on how to defeat it for over 2 years.

They are systematically stripping what we left behind in Europe and sending it back to the USSR along with any equipment that the Europeans might have as well. For example Germany was actually producing more steel in April 1946 than it needed internally and asked permission to export it. France south of Paris was virtually untouched by the war and is being stripped bare as we speak. "

"General in previous testimony we were led to believe that the Reds were totally dependent on us for high octane fuel for their air force. Is this not the case? If not how are they able to make this technological leap in such a short time?"

"This is kind of out of my area of expertise Senator but I'll give you what I know. Think of it this way. If you had limited resources and if one of those resources was being supplied by someone else. Why would you spend your money and time on developing that resource as long as someone else was providing it to you for free?

Now as to why they caught up in this area so fast. From what I know of this subject the Soviets were actually leaders in this field during the 20s and 30s. I believe it's called "cracking" because you have to crack open the molecules in order to form other compounds. From what I understand if you wanted to get the best education and learn from the most knowledgeable experts you went to school in Russia.

The leading expert in cracking was a Soviet citizen. The vast of majority of the research into high octane fuel and other additives was being done in the USSR. The person most responsible for the process of inexpensive high octane fuel here in the US was a former Soviet scientist who was taught everything he knew in Russia. So as you can see once the Reds decided that they needed to make their own fuel it was not hard for them to do so.

So senators here it is in a nutshell. The Reds are using our own supplies, transported by our own vehicles and trains, over tracks , roads and bridges we repaired or built, along with the knowledge that we taught them, in addition to their own vast capabilities developed after the 1941 attack by Germany. They are well supplied and until something is done to change that situation it will remain that way. In time they will have all the supplies and raw materials they need to continue this war within the continent of Europe, which if the situation continues they will have total control of within 2 more months and then daresay they will be looking at the Mideast and the Mediterranean next.

And that about sums up the situation."