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October 8: Day of the Heroic Guerrilla

On October 8, 1967, Comrade Ernesto “Che” Guevara was captured during an internationalist revolutionary campaign in Bolivia. The following day, he was executed by Bolivian soldiers, trained, equipped and guided by U.S. Green Beret and CIA operatives.

October 8th is celebrated in Cuba and throughout the world as the Day of the Heroic Guerrilla in his memory.

SOUTH VIETNAM. Duc Hoa. August 5, 1963. A South Vietnamese Marine, severely wounded in a Viet Cong ambush, is comforted by a comrade in a sugar-cane field about 12 miles from Saigon. A platoon of 30 Vietnamese Marines was searching for communist guerrillas when a long burst of automatic fire killed one Marine and wounded four others.

Photograph: Horst Faas/AP

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The Soviet capture K98k Mauser,

The Soviet Union by far was the largest player in World War II, taking the largest brunt of the German military and playing the largest role in ensuring that the Third Reich crumbled into ashes and rubble.  The Eastern Front alone was a war of epic proportions.  In the Western Front, the total number of men from both sides that were engaged in military operations (United States, Germany, Britain, Free France, Free Poland, Italy) from 1944 to 1945 amounted to around 7 million men.  Around that same time the Soviet Red Army alone comprised of 7 million men engaged in active combat.

To the victor goes the spoils, for the Soviet Union, such spoils typically consisted of arms, of which they would receive the lion’s share.  The main arm of the German Wehrmacht, the famed K98k Mauser was the most extensive weapon captured by Soviet forces.  After massive battles such as Stalingrad, Leningrad, Kursk, Konigsberg, and Berlin, the Soviets found themselves in possession of untold millions of K98k rifles.  I, peashooter, would go far as to say that by 1945, the Soviet Union was in possession of more K98k rifles than the German Army itself!

Soviet captured K98’s are little different than other K98k Mauser rifles except for one thing: serial numbers.  Rather than store the rifles whole the Soviets found that it was much easier to store them disassembled, the parts coated in cosmoline (grease used to prevent rust) and piled in large crates.  When taken out of storage, they were were unconcerned with matching parts, after all they did not care about future collector’s value decades down the road.  Thus all Soviet capture K98’s have mismatched parts.  The only added markings that identifies them as Soviet capture is an “X” crudely electropenciled “X” on the receiver above the serial number.

 Soviet capture K98’s also have other typical features.  The cleaning rod, sight hood, and locking screws are often missing, considered unnecessary by Soviet ordnance officials and thus removed and melted down as scrap metal.  When re-arsenalled the bolt was commonly blued with a dull, thick black compound.  

After World War II, the Soviets used their vast stocks of K98’s to arm their pro-communist buddies, either communist regimes in Eastern Europe or Asia, or pro-communist guerrillas in Africa or Latin America.  Thus, many have turned up in the Korean War and Vietnam War.  The lack of Soviet markings allowed the Soviet government to claim plausible deniability when questioned on the origin of such weapons.  Believe it or not, many of these rifles are showing up in modern day conflicts, most notably in the strife currently occurring the Ukraine.  

Anarchists unfurl “ROJAVA WILL BE THE GRAVEYARD OF TURKEY AND ISIS” banner in New York City

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While the world descends into a dark authoritarian nightmare, the guerrilla fighters in Rojava, in northern Syria, have forged a new path for revolutionaries everywhere. With a politic built on feminism, anti-capitalism, anti-state, and communal praxis, Kurdish revolutionaries assisted by anarchist and communist guerrillas are ushering in the most important revolution in the 21st century.

The primary fighting units in Rojava, the YPG and YPJ, have faced insurmountable odds, battling Daesh, Bashar Assad’s forces, and various other counter-revolutionary forces in Syria. Armed with conviction and fighting against some of the most fascist forces in the world their battlefield victories have resonated all over the globe. The YPG/YPJ’s successes are so profound that their political model is the only viable political option for Syria, and has created a viable alternative for revolutionary movements worldwide.

This is the exact reason Turkey’s fascist leader, Erdogan, has chosen to intervene in Syria. He recognizes that Rojava’s anti-state, anti-capitalist, and anti-patriarchal values are a direct threat to his chauvinistic throne. The Turkish state has undermined the revolution since its inception and has supported every reactionary force in the region to crush the revolutions gains: funding and granting political support to Daesh and Al Nusra and recently colluding with Assad’s forces against the movement.

Turkey condoned Daesh’s sex slavery, beheadings, and conquests; it harbored Daesh fighters, provided money and arms, explosives, purchased oil and helped Daesh organize combat operations.

Turkey has ridiculously attempted to claim that it is merely liberating towns from Daesh, while simultaneously naming its invasion Operation Euphrates Shield, since it is shielding the area west of the Euphrates from the Kurdish-led revolution.

Turkey’s goal is clear: destroy the capacity of the liberatory armed forces and put an end to the most promising revolutionary movement in the world. Every day that Turkish troops attack revolutionary operations aimed at liberating towns from Daesh are halted.

For those who have built a new life in liberated territory Turkey promises a return to the reactionary days of the past. But the revolution in Rojava has already faced great odds and excelled.

We, at NYC Anarchist Action, urge all people to increase resistance against Turkey and to support the struggle in Rojava as they carve out a way forward for the liberation of all humanity. We placed this banner in solidarity with the fighters of Rojava and in complicity with their struggle, over the FDR highway during the convening of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Rojava’s example will be expanded with action, not words!
Rojava will be the graveyard of Turkey and ISIS.

As they say, ‘Resistance is life, silence is death!’

Long live Rojava!
Long live free life!

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Latin America Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Che Guevara’s Death

IN PICTURES: teleSUR looks at the ceremonies across the continent marking the killing of the revolutionary leader.

In 1966, Che launched a guerrilla movement in Bolivia aimed at overthrowing the right-wing military regime of Rene Barrientos. After months of fighting against the U.S.-trained and backed Bolivian Army, Che was captured on October 8 and executed at the age of 39 one day later, after refusing to divulge information while being interrogated.

Members of the SAS disembark from a Westland Whirlwind somewhere in the jungles of Malaya, 1953. During the Malayan Emergency special forces were frequently carried deep into the jungle by helicopter to conduct search and destroy operations against the Malayan National Liberation Army - a communist guerrilla force.

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Colt 1911 Vietcong Copies,

During the Vietnam War the communist guerrilla group called the Vietcong proved to be a thorn in the side of the US Military throughout the war.  When it came to weapons the Vietcong were mostly reliant on assistance from China and the Soviet Union, however there was always a shortage of weapons and ammunition.  To fill in the gaps, the Vietcong often had to improvise, using creativity and human ingenuity to produce their own weapons.

One instance of this ingenuity is the Vietcong copy of the Colt 1911, a common sidearms used by the US military at the time.  Produced by hand in small remote villages, bunkers, and other hideouts, they were crudely built in comparison to the quality mass produced models manufactured by Colt and other American firearms producers.  Looking like bizarre parodies of a Colt 1911, these pistols were made out of whatever metal and parts could be found.  Often, these pistols lacked common accessories such as sights and rifled barrels, but they were surprisingly functional.  It is unknown how many were made, and since they were hand built no two are exactly the same.  During the war many were brought home by American serviceman, who claimed them as war souvenirs specifically because of the novelty of the pistols.