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The landing at ANZAC

 

Hindsight is a wonderful thing but when people are acting in the heat of the moment people are forced into making decisions that can lead to brutal and unforgiving repercussions.

While there were many reasons for the disaster which became known as the Dardanelles campaign, the protracted, horrific and sedentary nature which came to typify its land campaign were decided on the very first day.

Many attempts were made during the following eight months to break out of the deadlock which had emerged from the initial landing but none proved successful.

An analysis of the first day’s events reveals several key decisions that significantly determined the eventual outcome of the overall battle and condemned close to 600,000 men to either death or a lifetime of pain and abject misery.

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The capture of Le Quesnoy

 

One of the more little-known actions that occurred during the Hundred Days Offensive of 1918 was the capture by New Zealand troops of the tiny French fortified village of Le Quesnoy.

The battle took place on the 4th of November, 1918 and the combatants had no idea that the ultimate end of the previous four years of bloodletting would finally be drawing near in a week’s time.

Beginning in the early hours, the New Zealand Rifle Brigade advanced from its starting position east of the town, aiming to surround it and link up on the far side. Once this had been achieved and the division proper had moved off, it was left to the Rifle Brigade to capture the village itself.

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The engagement at Langverwacht

 

By February of 1902, the war in South Africa had devolved into a series of hotly contested guerrilla engagements between mobile forces of the British Empire and a small collection of Boer Commando units who were to become known as the ‘Bitter Enders’.

The commander of one such band of mounted Dutchmen was Christiaan De Wet, perhaps the most elusive, enigmatic and successful Commando leader of the entire war.

In order to stamp out the last of this resistance, the British High Command had approved a plan by Kitchener to fence off the Veld into areas of cantonments, bordered by barbed wire and blockhouses, wherein large hunting parties would make sweeping manoeuvres designed to flush out the remaining resistance: much like a good old-fashioned grouse hunt.

In the early hours of the 23rd of February, 1902, the roughly 700 men under De Wets command, attempted to make a breach in the British line and ran directly into the New Zealand 7th Contingent who numbered a little under 100.

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  • Fifth generation Kiwi, social-political writer who left the Left sometime back and turned right. Heavily reliant on spell check with hopefully the intelligence to admit when he’s wrong and the humility to see the truth, irrespective of where it’s found.

Sir Bob Jones and the custom-made denim suit

 

In the early seventies lounge bar restrictions in New Zealand began to take a bite out of the working man with the censorship of denim pants and a requirement for all would-be punters to wear slacks instead.

This seemingly unstoppable and unspoken rule was challenged by Sir Bob Jones after returning home from a business trip abroad where he had been measured and fitted for a brand new custom-made denim suit.

Upon return and after an attempted entry into a well-known central Wellington lounge bar, Sir Bob was told in no uncertain terms that the wearing of denim was strictly forbidden and that his presence was unwelcome.

The fact that his suit had cost him an enormous sum of money, at least enough to buy a round or two for all present, was completely ignored and ungraciously declined.

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  • Fifth generation Kiwi, social-political writer who left the Left sometime back and turned right. Heavily reliant on spell check with hopefully the intelligence to admit when he’s wrong and the humility to see the truth, irrespective of where it’s found.

The holding action at Tempe Gorge

 

The Greek people have had a long tradition of being invaded by marauding barbarians from the north and during the onset of spring in 1941 they were yet again feeling the brunt of a hostile invading army.

This time it was the Germans and the badly equipped and under resourced Allied army was proving no match for the new experience of Blitzkrieg.

In scenes of utter confusion and panic, the forces of Greek, British, Australian and New Zealand forces were slowly being outflanked and outmanoeuvred by the better-armed divisions of Germans who had the added benefit of massive air superiority.

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The Battle of Long Tan

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Painting of Battle of Long Tan

 

Few other military engagements come closer to encapsulating the ANZAC spirit than the Battle of Long Tan which took place in August of 1966.

This battle has largely been forgotten by the general public due in no small measure to the unpopular nature of the war it occurred in. But the overwhelming odds which were eventually overcome in this engagement is testament to the long history of brotherhood and cooperation New Zealand and Australian forces have developed over the years.

I will not go into great detail regarding the breakdown of this battle here for there is not the time to do it justice however for a comprehensive analysis I would recommend “The Battle of Long Tan: As Told by the Commanders” written by Robert Grandin.

In short though, Long Tan has become somewhat of a byword in military circles as a good case study in the effective coordination of infantry, armour, artillery and aviation on the modern battlefield.

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Habeas Corpus: Where is the body?

 

The embarrassingly obsequious manner our Prime Minister displayed in her response to the recent air strikes in Syria is perhaps a reflection of her complete ignorance when it comes to matters of foreign affairs.

It seems however that she is not alone with the leader of the opposition also chiming in with his own tacit approval of unilateral action in the Middle East.

I’m beginning to wonder whether there are any current politicians who are brave enough to speak out against the idea of continuous warfare which the world is slowly sleepwalking into.

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Squeegee gets a 150 dollar fine and ordered to cease all further enterprise

His Gary AKA Lord Jesus. His street name is ‘Squeegee’. screenshot: Whaleoil

Gary AKA Lord Jesus made an appearance on Police Ten Seven this week. For anyone interested he can still be seen live, at least for another three days, before On demand terminate his episode once and for all.

Lord Jesus is a windscreen specialist who has been working at the lights since he was in his late teens. His popular street name is ‘Squeegee’.

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  • Fifth generation Kiwi, social-political writer who left the Left sometime back and turned right. Heavily reliant on spell check with hopefully the intelligence to admit when he’s wrong and the humility to see the truth, irrespective of where it’s found.

Six months on and its time for a performance review

 

It’s been roughly six months since this slow train wreck of a government has been in office so I thought it would be a good time to review how things have been going so far from my perspective. I’m basing my opinions predominantly on how things have been progressing in the house.

As expected the overall theme could perhaps be best summed up by the image of the traditionally Kiwi experience of seeing two glowing amber eyes in the middle of the road when heading around a lazy bend at 85 during the small hours. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that Labour had no real expectations of winning the last general election and when the dust finally did settle were found staring into the oncoming headlights of a term in office. Perhaps they spent too much time and energy fossicking around for a decent leader during their time in opposition and not enough on policy development. It’s very easy to have a broad strategic platform of ideas to work from but quite something else putting together the means of achieving desired outcomes.

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The small dust of the balance

 

Just over 30 years ago now Allan Bloom published his bestselling critical analysis of American modern society titled ‘The Closing of the American Mind’

In it, he postulated that a total embrace of relativism had given birth to a new generation of people who no longer were able to think critically.Quote

There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative.

If this belief is put to the test, one can count on the students’ reaction: they will be uncomprehending. That anyone should regard the proposition as not self-evident astonishes them, as though he were calling into question 2+2=4. These are things you don’t think about.

The students’ backgrounds are as various as America can provide. Some are religious, some atheists; some are to the left, some to the right; some intend to be scientists, some humanists or professionals or businessmen; some are poor, some rich.

They are unified only in their relativism and in their allegiance to equality. And the two are related in a moral intention.

The relativity of truth is not a theoretical insight but a moral postulate, the condition of a free society, or so they see it.” – Allan Bloom, ‘The Closing of the American Mind’ End of quote.

The emergence in recent years of the ‘active shooter’ phenomenon in America, is in my opinion, a symptom of a much more profound and significant problem. The immediate reaction to these horrible events is an ongoing debate about ‘gun culture’ and the restriction of firearms to American citizens but this is a rather superficial argument and does not address the real fundamental issue which leads to such events occurring in the first place.

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