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The Briefcase

When a Wayland history teacher stumbled onto the papers of a deceased West Roxbury war veteran, he assigned his students to write the mystery man?s biography. What they found was Boston?s version of Forrest Gump.

Kevin Delaney had seen the old, gray briefcase in the Wayland High School history department?s storage room before. The case, one of those sturdy plastic Samsonite types from the ?70s, had been around so long, neither Delaney nor any of his colleagues knew how it had arrived there.

It was the spring of 2011, and Wayland High was preparing to relocate to a newly constructed facility. It fell to Delaney, Wayland?s history chair, to decide which of his department?s materials would make the move. And so he unfastened the lid and began to page through the yellowing papers contained inside.

?I had actually seen it before and given it a peek, and I knew there was something intriguing. But I?d never dumped the contents out and given it a scrub down,? Delaney remembers. ?So I put them on the table, started to pore through them, and didn?t take long to figure out that they were all linked.?

Inside were the assorted papers?letters, military records, photos?left behind by a man named Martin W. Joyce, a long-since deceased West Roxbury resident who began his military career as an infantryman in World War I and ended it as commanding officer of the liberated Dachau concentration camp.?Delaney could have contacted a university or a librarian and handed the trove of primary sources over to a researcher skilled in sorting through this kind of thing. Instead, he applied for a grant, and asked an archivist to come teach his students how to handle fragile historical materials. Then, for the next two years, he and his 11th grade American history students read through the documents, organized and?uploaded them to the web, and wrote the biography of a man whom history nearly forgot, but who nonetheless witnessed a great deal of it.

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Left wing campaign backfires against American Sniper

As is usual from the left wing, when something happens that they don’t like they bring out the ban hammer and attack all and sundry for their efforts.

They no longer believe in freedom of expression.

Ever since American Sniper came out there have been attacks from all the usual suspects. Michelle Obama even found time to attack the movie because it was about blokes and not women. The stupid cow didn’t even realise that it was a film about the life of a real person, Chris Kyle, an American hero. Instead she had to make a stupid political point about why it wasn’t a movie about a woman sniper.

All the left wing outrage has done though is guarantee the success of American Sniper.

American Sniper? has broken another record. ?? Read more »

Sledge of the Day – Former sniper Bryan Sikes smacks out Michael Moore in open letter


Bryan Sikes is a former sniper and Green Beret and now a professional shooter.

He took exception to Michael Moore calling sniper cowards when he was talking about the movie American Sniper.

I love how he calls him a ?mouth breathing, Crisco Sweating Waste Of Space Not Worthy To Be In The Presence Of A Sniper.?

Mr. Moore-

Good afternoon there sweetheart, I hope this finds you alive and well. You can thank our men and women of the armed forces for that, by the way, and that also includes us cowardly snipers. It seems you?ve found time between licking the jelly off your fingers and releasing your grasp of a bear claw to tweet some junk about snipers being cowards.? ? Read more »

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Photo: English Russia. St. Petersburg, Russia: Now you can get a taxi ride on a BRDM vehicle, that can go on the water as easy as it goes on the paved road. No joke ? a company has fully certified some of the BRDM?s  be used as city taxis. One of the good sides of this ? you not always need a road to make a shortcut to your destination.

Photo: English Russia.
St. Petersburg, Russia: Now you can get a taxi ride on a BRDM vehicle, that can go on the water as easy as it goes on the paved road. No joke ? a company has fully certified some of the BRDM?s be used as city taxis. One of the good sides of this ? you not always need a road to make a shortcut to your destination.

A Safer Taxi

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Battle of the Nations – Full contact medieval combat…with swords and axes!

VICE reports on Battle of the Nations, a full combat medieval combat event…where they hack at each other with swords and clubs.

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Some of them aren’t cheese eating surrender monkeys, not many mind

Normally the French march backwards faster than Argentinians, but?occasionally?a Frenchman shows a little bit of spine.

One such Frenchman who wasn’t a cheese eating surrender monkey was?Count Jacques le Bel de Penguilly:

Count Jacques le Bel de Penguilly, who has died aged 93, was parachuted into enemy-occupied France in August 1944 and was one of the last surviving French members of the Jedburgh special forces.

The Jedburghs were a unit of volunteers trained to parachute behind the enemy lines in small, mixed-nationality teams. Their home base was Milton Hall, near Peterborough. There they underwent rigorous training in ambushes, sabotage, explosives, close-quarter combat, weaponry and the techniques of calling in and receiving air drops while operating in enemy-held territory.

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Friday Firepower – Accuracy International L96

I was reading a review of a new book about two British Snipers called?Dead Men Risen: The snipers’ story

Operating from a remote patrol base in Helmand, two British snipers were responsible for killing 75 Taliban fighters in just 40 days. In one remarkable feat of marksmanship, two insurgents were dispatched with a single bullet.

The arrival at the newly-established Patrol Base Shamal Storrai (Pashto for ?North Star?) in late August 2009 of Serjeant Tom Potter and Rifleman Mark Osmond marked the start of an astonishing episode in the history of British Army sniping.

Within 40 days, the two marksmen from 4 Rifles, part of the Welsh Guards Battle group, had achieved 75 confirmed kills with 31 attributed to Potter and 44 to Osmond. Each kill was chalked up as a little stick man on the beam above the firing position in their camouflaged sangar beside the base gate ? a stick man with no head denoting a target eliminated with a shot to the skull.

Osmond, 25, was an engaging, fast-talking enthusiast, eager to display his encyclopedic knowledge of every specification and capability of his equipment. He had stubbornly remained a rifleman because he feared that being promoted might lead to his being taken away from sniping, a job he loved and lived for. Potter, 30, was more laid back, projecting a calm professionalism and quiet confidence in the value of what he did.

Potter had notched up seven confirmed kills in Bara in 2007 and 2008 while Osmond?s total was 23. Both were members of the Green Jackets team that won the 2006 British Army Sniper Championships.

These guys can shoot.

Most of the kills were at a range of 1,200 metres using the 7.62 mm L96 sniper rifle.

The snipers used suppressors, reducing the sound of the muzzle blast. Although a ballistic crack could be heard, it was almost impossible to work out where the shot was coming from. With the bullet travelling at three times the speed of sound, a victim was unlikely to hear anything before he died.

Walkie-talkie messages revealed that the Taliban thought they were being hit from helicopters. The longest-range shot taken was when Potter killed an insurgent at 1,430 metres away. But the most celebrated shot of their tour was by Osmond at a range of just 196 metres.

On September 12th, a known Taliban commander appeared on the back of a motorcycle with a passenger riding pillion. There was a British patrol in the village of Gorup-e Shesh Kalay and under the rules of engagement, the walkie-talkie the Taliban pair were carrying was designated a hostile act. As they drove off, Osmond fired warning shots with his pistol and then picked up his L96, the same weapon ? serial number 0166 ? he had used in Iraq and on the butt of which he had written, ?I love u 0166?.

Taking deliberate aim, he fired a single shot. The bike tumbled and both men fell onto the road and lay there motionless. When the British patrol returned, they checked the men and confirmed they were both dead, with large holes through their heads.

The 7.62 mm bullet Osmond had fired had passed through the heads of both men. He had achieved the rare feat of ?one shot, two kills? known in the sniping business as ?a Quigley?. The term comes from the 1990 film Quigley Down Under in which the hero, played by Tom Selleck, uses an old Sharps rifle to devastating effect.

Most people would struggle to shoot a?stationary?target at 196m let alone two on a motorbike attempting to get out of Dodge fast. The fact that these two regularly knock over bad towel-heads at over 1000m is a?testament?to their skill.

The rifle they describe using is the L96 by Accuracy International. Their skills just go to show that the .308 or 7.62x51mm NATO is a very accurate and hard hitting round out past 1000m.

Coincidentally on The Brigade was a photo of a British sniper using this exact weapon in?the?circumstances explained in the book.

Accuracy International L96 sniper Rifle  in Afghanistan


Friday Firepower – Firefight

From The Brigade

Good footage of some US soldiers fighting their way out of an ambush. The guy on the grenade launcher certainly has steel balls.

Wednesday Weapons – Jousting

Jousting is making a comeback. The latest ultimate extreme sport.

The gates of the Gulf Coast International Jousting Championships opened at 6 p.m. one Friday in January at a 4,500-seat arena 13 miles outside Pensacola, Fla. Some of the spectators were dressed in leather doublets and velvet gowns; some wore jeans and cowboy hats or American-flag-patterned do-rags. Most seemed to have come out of idle curiosity rather than any previous knowledge of the sport. ?From what I hear, the combat?s going to be smackin?,? a man named Paul Johnson told me, punching his knuckles together. He estimated he had seen the movie ?A Knight?s Tale? a couple dozen times, and he hoped this event would measure up. He leaned over to a man in front of him. ?When they ride in, are they going to be hitting really hard?? he asked.

?Oh, yeah, this is the real deal,? replied the other, a Renaissance-fair regular named Renzy Hill. ?There?s a real possibility of getting hurt.?

Johnson nodded happily. ?That?s what I want to see,? he said.

Watch the video here.