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    • Syrian Jihadists turn against peacekeepers on the Golan Aug 31, 2014 An armored column gathered to rescue Philippino peacekeepers from the Syrian Golan.The collapse of the Syrian regime’s military stronghold around Quneitra, the main city in the Syrian Golan height, and border crossing with Israel has caught the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) facing a mission it was not prepared to do – face extremist Syrian Jihadist rebels that have been fighting the Syrian regime for more than two years. Two UN contingent forces from Fiji and the Philippines were involved in the fighting over the weekend. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Israel shoot down a Syrian drone over the Golan heights Aug 31, 2014 Iranian built Pahpad drones have been used by the Syrian regime in its fight against the rebels since 2012.Israel’s air defense Patriot units have shot down a Syrian unmanned aerial vehicle that entered Israeli air space from Syria today. The Syrian drone came from the Quneitra region in Syria, adjacent to the Israeli border. The Syrian drone, likely belonged to the military of the Assad regime, has most likely strayed into Israeli airspace by accident. In recent days the Syrian army is fighting Jihadist rebels over the border crossing with Israel. The Syrians have sent strike fighters to attack rebels in the area, in violation of the cease fire treaty with Israel. Despite the clear violation, Israel has not responded to those incursions that were done inside Syrian territory. The penetration into Israeli airspace apparently ‘crossed a red line’. Two Israeli drones have also been shot down in recent days. According to the Arab-language Al-Mayadeen television network, the Hermes Model drone was shot down near Baghdad Airport. Another drone, also a Hermes 450 was shot down in Iran, about 130 km from its northern border. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Iranian analyst: Israeli drone could have exploited serious gap in Iran’s air defenses Aug 31, 2014 Remains of an Israeli Hermes 450 one shot down by Iranian missiles. Over Central Iran. Photo: Iranian Official photo.The Israeli drone downed by the Iranian IRGC on August 23 may have exploited a serious gap in Iran’s air defense system, an Iranian analyst told Azeri publication Trend. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Rudderless control could bring supersonic submarines from sci-fi to reality Aug 24, 2014 supercavitating_subChinese scientists are studying the applications of supercavitation to propel large bodies underwater at high speed. Scaled up into a full size ‘supersonic submarine’, such vessel could make the distance from Shanghai China to San Francisco, CA in less than two hours. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Iran claim to have downed an Israeli ‘stealth drone’ Aug 24, 2014 Remains of an Israeli Hermes 450 one shot down by Iranian missiles. Over Central Iran. Photo: Iranian Official photo.Iran reported today its air defense forces have downed an Israeli unmanned aircraft possibly a previously unknown, stealth model. The aircraft was intercepted by a surface-to-air missile. “A pilotless Israeli spy plane was shot down after it was traced and intercepted by the IRGC Aerospace Force,” a statement by the Iranian Republican Guards Corps’ (IRGC) announced. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Could Super Ghost become the future Littoral Combatant? Aug 24, 2014 ghost_marine800Could a stealthy, fast going corvette-sized ‘super Ghost’ vessel take on the US Navy Littoral Combat Ship and win? The people at Portsmouth’ Juliet Marine Systems believe it can. They are proposing that, at a cost of a single LCS, the navy take six of Ghosts which will be able to assume many of the LCS’ littoral operations either independently, or operating with oceangoing naval vessels as motherships, providing a more affordable, agile and survivable naval strike force. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • When Humans fought Steel while Steel clashed Steel Aug 23, 2014 kursk-1943titleDefense-Update is launching the new series of military history studies with a six-part feature on one of the largest tank battles in history: the battle of Kursk, 1943 written by David Eshel. The first part is open for all readers, the other five are provided as abstracts with full text and images available to subscribers. Monthly subscriptions are available at $7.95 Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Creating Fortress Kursk Aug 23, 2014 Battle-of-Prokhorovka800German forces occupied an extensive salient in the northern portions of the uplands around the city of Orel, while the Soviet Kursk Bulge dominated the upland’s southern region. The Red Army anchored its defenses along the northern edge of the Kursk Bulge, based on ridge lines north of the Svapa River valley and along the southern bank of the Oka River north of Kursk. Along the southern flank of the bulge, Soviet defenses extended along the higher ground north of the cities of Sumy and Belgorod, but here the terrain was barren and open country enabling wide deployment and maneuver of armored forces. But the Stavka also held an “ace card” carefully concealed from German intelligence: The newly created huge Steppe Front in the rear zone of the Bulge contained not only further fortified belts, covering the east bank of the river Don, but concentrating an unprecedented mass of “fresh” fighting units, including six Armies with massive tank forces and airpower, all in top fighting condition, ready to strike a devastating counter attack on the mauled Nazi Panzers in the “Bulge”. The nature of the bulge allowed the Red Army to build a virtual fortress of strong fortifications in greatest depth facing all the expected German axis of advance. The depth of these defenses was indeed staggering, combining no less than eight fortified lines of resistance, stretching nearly 110 miles deep. The immense use of manpower, both military and civilian, employed to build this huge task, left no doubt as to the significance of the coming battle for life and death, facing the Nazi onslaught as anticipated by the Russian commanders. Historians and interested readers alike have been dazzled by staggering human and material losses, suffered in such a short time, becoming endless subject of myth and misconceptions on both sides. But the ...
    • The German Plan: Simple but Unrealistic to Succeed Aug 23, 2014 nicolas_trudgian_kursk1225 Broadly speaking, the German plan for Citadel was relatively simple indeed: The Kursk “Bulge” created the ideal conditions to “pinch” the entire Russian frontline, with two massive armored thrusts, 9th Army from the north and Fourth Panzer Army from the south, smashing the Soviet defenses to link up east of Kursk, thus encircling the entire Russian forces in the Bulge. Success depended on massive fire power, speed and courage of the panzer crews advancing relentless with heavy air cover, smashing all in their way. The main thrust was to be made by 4th Panzer Army commanded by General Hermann “Papa” Hoth, one of the top Panzer experts. Hoth, born 1885 son of an army doctor, fought in WW1 with a distinguished record. Hoth’s 4th Panzer Army had been massively reinforced, and contained more tanks than any other German Army of the war – a total of 700, including a strong detachment of PzVI Tigers. His army was to be the armored spearhead for Manstein’s Army Group South, forming the southern pincer, attacking on both sides of Tomarovka, by 48th Panzer and 2nd SS Panzer Corps. The latter was a very strong force, under its command were three elite SS armored formations, 1st SS Leibstandarte Division, the so-called Hitler’s Body Guard, equipped with 12 Tiger Is, 72 Panzer IVG a number of older types, but with a unit of the latest assault guns, the turretless Sturmgeschütz III, one of the most successful self-propelled guns of the war, mounting the 75mm/L70. which were very effective weapons, due to their low silhouette. Also included were 2nd SS Panzer and 3rd SS Panzer Divisions, the latter  infamous due to its insignia, the death Head. The latter were PzGrenadier units but with armored assault gun battalions. Operating on its right flank, was Army Detachment Kempf, commanded by General Werner Kempf a seasoned panzer officer. His force was ...
    • The northern salient- Walter Model’s Army sector Aug 23, 2014 Tiger I (PzVI) heavy tanks of the German 2nd SS Panzer Division 'Das Reich', near Kursk, Russia, June 1943. Photo: BundesarchiveCommanding the 9th Army  was General Walter Model a hard-driving, aggressive panzer commander. Born January 24, 1891, as the son of a music teacher in Genthin, Saxony, he fought in the Great War with distinction and quickly advanced his career, becoming Hitler’s expert in defensive warfare. Although a devout Nazi, he  openly criticized Hitler’s Kursk Plan, with other generals, including the panzer expert Heinz Guderian, feeling that attacking was unnecessary, and the Germans should instead wait for the Soviets to launch their own offensive before defeating it. Model was also dubious about attacking with his 9th Army, pointing out that Konstantin Rokossovsky’s Central Front was strongly dug in and outnumbered him two to one in men, tanks and artillery. As it turned out, indeed Model’s assault was a failure, as his Army quickly became enmeshed in the elaborate Soviet fortifications. Having less armor, but more artillery than von Manstein had massed  in the south, and fearing that the deep Soviet defenses would stall an armor-heavy attack, he decided to use his infantry to breach Rokossovsky’s line before unleashing his armor. It did not work. The Germans took heavy losses to advance less than 12 km in seven days, and were unable to break through to open ground. Then only, Model threw his armor into the fray, but with little effect beyond incurring more casualties. The Soviets had concentrated more of their strength facing Model in the north; and Rokossovsky had correctly anticipated where the attack would come, defending that sector most heavily. Marshal Konstantin Rokossovsky was born in Velikie Luki, a small Russian town, of Polish origin and started as a private soldier, but thanks to his military talent, courage and leadership, rose to high command and fame. A brilliant strategist, he was  appointed commander of the Central Front that Stalin and entrusted to play ...

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