Sunday, 3 March 2013

So I didn’t get a chance to add to my blog yesterday.  Oh well, you just will get even more!

Waste in the US Government.  I know!  Right how could that possibly be true?

Or even better yet, lets cut wasteful spending?  Or at least take the 45 billion lying around money and put it to work.  Yeah I wish I had 45 billion in loose change don’t you?

And then people wonder why parents home school?

Woah!!! “In fact, dissemination of the lessons was considered a crime until earlier this month. Only after parents and teachers across the state blew the whistle on radical CSCOPE lesson plans (including designing a new flag for a socialist lesson) did the state take steps to rein in the CSCOPE zealots.”

And a mixed bag Today,

Stuff about World War 2 you didn’t know, and most likely never wanted to ask about!

The complete Nafziger Collection with over 6000 files is freely available
from CARL:

Also, the russian official Order of Battle is online (if you can read
russian), and its partly being translated by the people at RKKA:

And  a post sent to me somewhere else covers scholarship on the Chinese Japanese war,

“When I started to get back into Chinese history some years ago I was lucky enough to find a copy of Frank Dorn's The Sino-Japanese War, 1937-41: From Marco Polo Bridge to Pearl Harbor, which is also on Mark's list; Dorn was an officer on Stilwell's staff in China and presents a quite critical picture of the Nationalist army and an overview history of same period covered by WoR, including some maps and OB listings in the back. Dorn is strictly on the military history side, of course, and only helps us understand the Chinese Revolution by what he has to say about the GMD side of the picture. It's now very pricey (three digits) on the second hand market but if you can find it in a library I think you'd find it an interesting read.
Another older book that covers the Communist side of the military history is William Whitson's The Chinese High Command: A History of Communist Military Politics, 1927-71, which provides a lot of background on the evolution of the CCP armed forces from the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army of 1927, through the Eighth Route Army and New Fourth Army of the WoR years, into the PLA. While written as an organizational history rather than a conventional campaign history it actually contains a great deal of campaign history material, including maps, especially interesting in relation to the Jiangxi Soviet, although you need to read the sections on the different Field Armies in conjunction with each other to get the chronological perspective. It also outlines the lineages of the PLA corps, which I found to be very helpful when reading about the 1946-49 Civil War and when researching OB material for games on the Korean War.
And as for the more recent historical material . . . well, it's been getting richer all the time as Western and Chinese scholars dig into the Chinese archives at various levels, and while very little of the new Chinese material gets directly translated into English the work of Western scholars in incorporating it into their scholarship has been phenomenal. Right now I am reading Stephen Averill's Revolution in the Highlands, a detailed history of the Jinggangshan region where Mao Zedong and Zhu De established one of the first rural base areas in 1927. It's a truly wonderful piece of work, based on an in-depth knowledge of the local source materials, that gives a picture of the society of the area and the history of the revolution there before Mao and Zhu arrived, as well as an account of how all that played out. There are also a number of really good books on the WoR era base areas, but for now I will limit myself to mentioning Gregor Benton's two volumes on those who stayed in Jiangxi after the departure of the Long March and eventually became the New Fourth Army: Mountain Fires: The Red Army's Three-Year War in South China, 1934-1938 and New Fourth Army: Communist Resistance Along the Yangtse and the Huai, 1938-1941; quite expensive to buy, these are incredibly detailed studies, well worth reading (hopefully you can get them from a university library). I would point out that stories about the destruction of the New Fourth Army in January 1941 were, as Mark Twain said of his reported death, "greatly exaggerated"; under the leadership of Chen Yi, the NFA was the nucleus of the East China Field Army of Civil War fame, which, renamed the Second Field Army in 1949, provided the three corps (20th, 26th and 27th) that fought the US 1st Marine Division in the Changjin (Chosin) Campaign. I should probably mention that in China most unit histories are written at the corps level (akin to division-level histories in the US); in the last 20 years there has been a huge outpouring of such publications covering the history of these formations in the WoR, the Civil War and Korea.
Anyway, over the next several days I will try to put together something more along the lines of a "list" and get it up.”

And Now Back To Politics

Obama has been selling access to himself.  For a cool half million a year, you get to sit on a special board that will meet and advise the President.

But Im told Citiziens United will destroy the world as we know it!

And even more reasons why we must pay attention to social media

Luckily people aren’t likely to go down the same road we went down with the Fascists, but this is just a down payment,

And you know your out of control when your own side starts complaining about your heavy handed tactics,

A good explanation of why Im a Conservative and not Libertarian,

And a good explanation of why Im a Conservative and not some money stealing progressive.  That’s my fucking money!  Get your greedy little hands off of it douchebag!!!

You want money?  Get a job you government hack! 

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