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Paratroopers with 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, head toward an extraction point after a successful airborne operation in Deadhorse, Alaska, February 22, 2017. The battalion’s Arctic capabilities were tested as temperatures with wind chill reached as low as 63 below zero. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Love)

A North American Mustang Mk I of No. 168 Squadron banking over Pierrefitte-en-Cinglais in Normandy, as tanks and vehicles of the 4th Armoured Brigade head eastwards out of the village towards Falaise, 20 August 1944

Syrian Arab Army, February 11, tanks of the 4th Division, Elite Brigade 42nd, getting ready to start urban operations inside the Damascus suburbs of Al-Qabun and Barzeh.

You can see at least 5 T-72 tanks upgraded with Syrian-made spaced and caged armor, alongside a lone ZSU-23-4 “Shilka” with the same modification. 


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Paratroopers jump out of a Nevada Air National Guard C-130H Hercules while conducting airborne training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, April 13, 2017. The Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, belong to the only American airborne brigade in the Pacific and are trained to execute airborne maneuvers in extreme cold weather/high altitude environments in support of combat, partnership and disaster relief operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Pena)



According to an 1890 account, the original John Brown lyrics were a collective effort by a group of Union soldiers who were referring both to the famous John Brown and also, humorously, to a Sergeant John Brown of their own battalion. Various other authors have published additional verses and/or claimed credit for originating the John Brown lyrics and tune.

At a flag-raising ceremony at Fort Warren, near Boston, on Sunday May 12, 1861, the John Brown song was publicly played “perhaps for the first time”. The American Civil War had begun the previous month.

Newspapers reported troops singing the song as they marched in the streets of Boston on July 18, 1861, and there were a “rash” of broadside printings of the song with substantially the same words as the undated John Brown Song! broadside, stated by Kimball to be the first published edition, and the broadside with music by C. S. Marsh copyrighted on July 16, 1861, also published by C.S. Hall . Other publishers also came out with versions of the John Brown Song and claimed copyright.

  • Some researchers have maintained that the tune’s roots go back to a “Negro folk song”, an African-American wedding song from Georgia
  • An African-American version was recorded as “We’ll hang Jeff Davis from a sour Apple Tree”.
  • Anecdotes indicate that versions of “Say, Brothers” were sung as part of African American ring shouts; appearance of the hymn in this call-and-response setting with singing, clapping, stomping, dancing, and extended ecstatic choruses may have given impetus to the development of the well known “Glory hallelujuah” chorus.
  • Given that the tune was developed in an oral tradition, it is impossible to say for certain which of these influences may have played a specific role in the creation of this tune 

The tune was later also used for “The Battle Hymn of the Republic (written in November 1861, published in February 1862; this song was directly inspired by “John Brown’s Body”), “Marching Song of the First Arkansas,” “The Battle Hymn of Cooperation,” “Bummers, Come and Meet Us” , and many other related texts and knock-offs during and immediately after the American Civil War period.

SOURCES: George Kimball, “Origin of the John Brown Song”, New England Magazine, new series 1 (1890) , Blood on the Risers From Wikipedia, James Fuld, 2000 The Book of World-Famous Music: Classical, Popular, and Folk Courier Dover, Pg 32. 

IRAQ. Saladin governorate. Near Balad. June 29, 2003. Iraqi men are detained, bound, and hooded in a compound during a night raid by troops with the 4th ID, 3rd Brigade, from the 1st Battalion-68th Armoured Regiment American about 30 km north of Baghdad.

Photograph: Lynsey Addario/Getty Images

[The 4th Armoured Brigade were equipped with] the M3 light tank, [the first brigade equipped with lend leased tanks]. The British, who preferred names to numbers, [called it] the Stuart, or, less formally, as the Honey because of the sweetness and reliability of its Pratt & Whitney aero-engine, which gave it a top speed of almost 40 mph and made it the fastest tracked vehicle in the desert if not the world. Its main armament was a 37-mm cannon which had a little more penetrating power then the two-pounder on the British-made tanks – though, like them, it could only fire armour-piercing rounds and not the shrapnel-producing high explosive that could cut down enemy anti-tank crews.
The Stuart’s most serious defects were its thin armour (for which its speed was supposed to compensate) and the aviation fuel in its radial engine drank, which detonated all too easily and with a terrible whumph.
But the men taking the Honey to its first battle had to to discover this frequently fatal shortcoming. And as they got to know their new tanks, they were generally grateful to the workers of the Detroit Tank Arsenal, whose folded notes urging them to ‘give that guy Hitler hell’ would sometimes surface like messages in a bottle.
—  Alamein: War Without Hate, by John Bierman & Colin Smith

Soldiers with U.S. Army Alaska’s 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, conducts close quarter battle drills with Japanese soldiers from the 27th Infantry Regiment, 5th Brigade, Northern Army, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force during military operations on urban terrain as part of Exercise North Wind 2015 at Yausubetsu Training Area, Hokkaido, Japan, Feb. 12, 2015.