30 thousand strong Ukrainian March of Heroes’ Glory
October 14, 2017, the 2nd congress of National Corps naturally grew into the massive march of aligned nationalist forces: National Corps, Svoboda and Right Sector. It counted 30 thousand people and was thrice bigger than the previous year.
In the head of the column, the participants carried the standards with the symbols of Ukraine’s defenders of different eras, as well as flags of the volunteer units that are now guarding its borders in the East. Leaders of Ukrainian nationalist organizations (Andriy Biletsky, Oleh Tiahnybok, Andriy Tarasenko, Andriy Stempitsky, and others) walked in front of the procession to underline the unity of aligned nationalist forces.
The march started in the centre of Kyiv, at Taras Shevchenko park, with the speeches of the leaders of Ukrainian revolution and honoring the veterans of UPA. Once again, Ukrainian nationalists proclaimed their intent to counter the defeatist or, what is worse, treacherous attempts of current Ukrainian authorities to give up Donbas and forget about Crimea.
Participants of the procession passed the central streets of Kyiv and completed the celebration at Kontraktova Square with the wonderful concert of Komu Vnyz in honor of the 75th anniversary of the UPA (Ukrainian Insurgent Army). At the Square of Independence known as Maidan, the procession made a stop to commemorate the fallen defenders of Ukraine with a moment of silence. After the fall of the dark, march participants lit the torches.
Honorable guests of the event, apart from visitors from Poland, Serbia, Latvia, Lithuania and Spain, was the delegation of German party “Der III. Weg.” They arrived to Ukraine also in order to pay homage to the German soldiers at the German military cemetery near Kyiv.
The ongoing patriotic mobilization of the Ukrainian society makes Ukraine a focal point for the international exchange of experience between various nationalist movements and their joint preparation for the Great European Reconquista.
October 14, 2017, the Ukrainian nationalist movement celebrated a double holiday: annual Ukraine Defender’s Day timed with the 75th anniversary of Ukrainian Insurgent Army and the traditional Cossack holiday of military glory known among the people as Pokrova, and the 2nd anniversary of the National Corps party founded by the veterans of the AZOV regiment and led by its first commander, MP and deputy head of the National Commitee of Security and Defense Andriy Biletsky. The congress was attended by guests from Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia and a numerous delegation from Germany.
Ukrainian House in the very heart of Kyiv hosted not only circa 350 congress delegates who voted on the party agenda. Hundreds of guests attended the congress and the exhibition of various projects launched by National Corps in the course of the first year of its development, which was held in the main hall of the House.
These were stands representing activities of the following projects of NC:
- Youth Corps (a system of youth camps providing patriotic education and basic training for children);
- National Guards (proto units of territorial defense preventing the separatist threat and performing special security missions);
- Military School of Colonel Yevhen Konovalets shaping the Ukrainian institution of sergeants;
- the Nation’s Memory project marking the cornerstones of the Ukrainian state building by erecting the monuments to the national heroes of the all-Ukrainian and local level in various parts of the country;
- Intermarium Development Assistance Group engaged in the practical development of the alternative Central and Eastern European geopolitical union;
- the “Orientyr” [of the right-wing movement] publishing house founded by the volunteers of the war with Russia-backed separatism printing their memoirs, as well as classics of Ukrainian and world nationalism and conservatism;
- metapolitical Plomin’ (Flame) literary club which displayed a spectacular board featuring renowned European thinkers who were discussed at its events;
- and, last but not least, the authentic signet of Kniaz Sviatoslav I Igorevych, which returned to Ukraine thanks to the efforts of Andriy Biletsky and historians in the ranks of National Corps.
Traditionally, at the party congress were present famous Ukrainian dissidents and prisoners of Soviet camps Stepan Khmara and Oles Shevchenko. They took the floor and blessed a younger generation of Ukrainian freedom fighters.
Further, apart from a continuity of generations, the 2nd party congress demonstrated a horizontal unity of modern Ukrainian nationalist forces, which officially exists since signing the National Manifesto by their representatives this March. Leaders of Svoboda and Right Sector (Oleh Tiahnybok, Andriy Illenko, Andriy Tarasenko) congratulated National Corps and, personally, Andriy Biletsky on the promising start of the party, and underlined the importance of final coming to terms with each other.
The urgent political purpose of the meeting was expressed by the leader of National Corps Andriy Biletsky who changed the topic of his speech in the last moment for this reason. He commented on the outrageous laws on the “reintegration” of Donbas that were recently pushed in the parliament by the treacherous Ukrainian authorities.
According to these laws, separatists will not only get amnesty but will also have the right to form their own armed militia. The “special status” of Donbas will last another long year and will cost dozens of lives of Ukrainian soldiers. Federalization of Ukraine, launched by these laws, will intensify trade with the occupied territories and thus will fund terrorism and further implementation of the separatist scenario. Adopted on the eve of October 14, they caused the protests of aligned nationalist forces at Verkhovna Rada that will grow evermore in the near future. The evening March of Heroes’ Glory, in fact, was another “muscle stretch” in front of Ukrainian president and government.
The 2nd party congress of National Corps, which started with the moment of silence in memory of Olexander Maslak, who tragically died in the car accident on the way back from the conference in Warsaw on the strategy of cooperation of the Intermarium countries, received notes of support from all over region. In particular, the Polish Institute of Roman Rybarsky headed by Mariusz Patey, a long-time friend and partner of National Corps and participant of all its Intermarium initiatives.
After approving the revised party statute and electing its higher council, congress participants solemnly recited the Prayer of Ukrainian Nationalist, made memorable photos and started getting ready for the evening March of Heroes’ Glory.
Mark V tanks of the Tank Corps attached to the British III Corps during the Battle of Amiens, standing in a cornfield near Albert, 9 August 1918. They are hidden from aerial observation by being covered with corn.
June 29, 1917 - Battle of Mount Ortigara Ends in Italian Failure
Pictured - Although fought on a smaller scale than other battles on the Italian front, the Battle of Ortigara was a perfect microcosm of the Italian’s army’s ills and problems.
Tenth time lucky? Nine battles had been launched by the Italian army against Austrian positions at the Isonzo, with no success. A smaller effort to take several mountains on the Asiago Plateau failed as well at the end of June 1917. Italian troops initially succeeded in taking one of three targeted peaks, but determined counterattacks by Austria’s elite III “Iron” Corps succeed in forcing them back from each one. By the end of a few weeks of fighting, the Italians had incurred 25,000 casualties, the Austrians only 9,000. Italy’s prime general, Luigi Cadorna, hoped that at least enemy forces had been weakened enough for a tenth attack on the Isonzo to break them.
On the ground of intersecting highways, join hands with your allies.
U.S. Marine Maj. Terry Heichelbech, left, shakes hands with New Zealand Army Pvt. George Poa during the opening ceremony for exercise Joint Assault Signals Company Black, at Camp Linton, New Zealand. Poa is a weapons troop with 161 Battery, 16th Field Regiment. Heichelbech is from Louisville, Kentucky, and an artillery officer with 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo and article by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra, 11 AUG 2015. Title quote from “The Art of War,” by Sun Tzu.)
CAMP LINTON, New Zealand - A battery of New Zealand Army Soldiers closes in on a company of U.S. Marines. The soldiers halt, and the two sides face off.
A hole in the pack of Soldiers opens, making way for three spear-wielding Maori warriors wearing nothing but shorts. In the 40-degree weather, their feet are chilled red. Shaking their spears and shouting viciously, they posture up to the Marines. One of them offers the official challenge: A small branch lain at the feet of the Marines.
Called a Wero, the branch is a peace offering. To accept peace, the visitor must pick up it up; otherwise, he is a foe. Kiwi Soldiers with 161 Battery, 16th Field Regiment peacefully welcomed the U.S. Marines with this Powhiri ritual during the opening ceremony for exercise Joint Assault Signals Company Black, at Camp Linton, New Zealand, Aug. 11, 2015.
Afterwards, the Marines with 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF, sang the Marine Corps Hymn to give the Kiwis a taste of Marine Corps tradition.
Exercise JASCO Black presents the opportunity for the U.S. and New Zealand to strengthen their partnership, exchange training techniques and share knowledge.
“This exercise will not only increase our interoperability, but also create new friendships throughout the training,” said Maj. Anthony Robinson, the acting commanding officer for 16th Field Regiment.
The partnership between U.S. and New Zealand traces back to World War II and continues to support to security and partnership in the Pacific region, according to Capt. Ryan Von Rembow, a UH-1Y pilot/forward air control officer with 5th ANGLICO.
“If we actually have to go to the fight, we will have a solid understanding and trust in each other to accomplish the mission,” said Von Rembow, from Fayetteville, Arkansas.
During the course of the Korean War, the U.S. Army decided to phase out all vehicles based on the M24 Chaffee chassis, such as the M19 Gun Motor Carriage 40 mm Anti-Aircraft, in favor of designs that utilized the chassis of the M41. Since the 40 mm guns were still seen as an effective anti-aircraft weapon, the turret of the M19 was simply mounted to the M41 chassis with few changes except a partial redesign to accommodate the larger turret ring of the M41 and designated as the M42.
Production of the M42 began in early 1952 at GM’s Cleveland Tank Plant. It entered service in 1953 and replaced a variety of different anti-aircraft systems in armored divisions. In 1956, the M42 received a new engine and other upgrades along with other M41 based vehicles, becoming the M42A1. Production was halted in Dec. 1959 with 3,700 examples made during its production run.
Sometime in the late 50s, the U.S. Army reached the conclusion that anti-aircraft guns were no longer viable in the jet age and began fielding a self-propelled version of the HAWK SAM instead. Accordingly, the M42 was retired from front line service and passed to the National Guard with the last M42s leaving the regular Army by 1963, except for the 4th Bn, 517th Air Defense Artillery Regiment in the Panama Canal Zone, which operated two batteries of M42s into the 1970s.
The HAWK missile system performed poorly in low altitude defense. To ensure some low altitude anti-aircraft capability for the ever increasing amount of forces fielded in Vietnam, the Army began recalling M42A1s back into active service and organizing them into air defense artillery (ADA) battalions. Starting in the fall of 1966, the U.S. Army deployed three battalions of Dusters to the Republic of Vietnam, each battalion consisting of a headquarters battery and four Duster batteries, and each augmented by one attached Quad-50 battery and an artillery searchlight battery.
Despite a few early air kills, the air threat posed by North Vietnam never materialized and ADA crews found themselves increasingly involved in ground support missions. Most often the M42 was on point security, convoy escort or perimeter defense. The “Duster” (as it was called by U.S. troops in Vietnam) was soon found to excel in ground support. The 40 mm guns proved to be effective against massed infantry attacks.
Most of the Duster crew members had their AIT training in the 1st. Advanced Individual Training Brigade (Air Defense) at Fort Bliss, Texas. Some of the Duster NCOs had received training at the Non Commissioned Offices Candidate School which was also held at Fort Bliss, Texas.
The 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery was the first ADA battalion to arrive in Vietnam on November 1966. A self-propelled M42A1 Duster unit the 1st of the 44th supported the Marines at places like Con Thien and Khe Sanh Combat Base as well as Army divisions in South Vietnam’s rugged I Corps region. The battalion was assigned to First Field Force Vietnam (IFFV) and was located at Đông Hà. In 1968 it was attached to the 108th Artillery Group (Field Artillery). Attached to the 1/44th was G Battery 65th Air Defense Artillery equipped with Quad-50s and G Battery 29th Artillery Searchlights. The 1/44th served alongside the 3rd Marine Division along the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in I Corps thru December 1971.
The second Duster battalion to arrive in Vietnam was the 5th Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery. Activated in June 1966 it arrived in Vietnam in November 1966 and was diverted to III Corps, Second Field Force (IIFFV) and set up around Bien Hoa Air Base. Attached units were D Batter y71st Air Defense Artillery equipped with Quad-50s and I Battery 29th Artillery Searchlights. The “Second First” served the southern Saigon region through mid 1971. D-71st Quads remained active through March 1972.
The third Duster battalion to arrive was the 4th Battalion, 60th Air Defense Artillery. Activated in June 1966 it arrived in Vietnam in June 1967 and set up operations in the Central Highlands, based out of An Khê (1967-70) and later Tuy Hoa (1970-71). Attached units were E Battery 41st Artillery equipped with Quad-50s and B Battery 29th Artillery Searchlights (which were already in country since October 1965). Members of these units not only covered the entire Central Highlands, but assets also supported firebases and operations along the DMZ to the north and Saigon to the south.
Each Duster Battalion had four line batteries (A,B,C,D) and a headquarters battery. Each battery had two platoons (1st, 2nd) which contained four sections each containing a pair of M42A1 Dusters. At full deployment there were roughly 200 M42 Dusters under command throughout the entire war. The Duster and Quads largely operated in pairs at firebases, strong points and in support of engineers building roads and transportation groups protecting convoys. At night they protected the firebases from attack and were often the first targets of enemy sappers, rockets and mortars. Searchlight jeeps operated singularly but often in support of a Duster or Quad section at a firebase.
Between the three Duster battalions and the attached Quad-50 and Searchlight batteries over 200 fatalities were recorded.
The three M42A1 equipped ADA units (1/44th, 4/60th & 5/2d) deactivated and left Vietnam in late December 1971. Most if not all of the in-country Dusters were turned over to ARVN forces. Most of the training Dusters at Ft.Bliss were returned to various National Guard units. The U.S. Army maintained multiple National Guard M42 battalions as a corps level ADA asset. 2nd Battalion/263 ADA headquartered in Anderson SC was the last unit to operate the M42 when the system was retired in 1988.
The Last Battle of the Napoleonic Wars Wasn’t Waterloo
Discounting skirmishes outside Lyons on July 6th 1815, the final engagement of the decades-long, world-defining conflict was fought on the 2nd and 3rd of July, just south-east of Paris, at a village called Issy.
After the French defeat at the battle of Waterloo, the armies of the Duke of Wellington and Blücher, and other Seventh Coalition forces, advanced upon Paris. Wellington and Blücher continued their operations up to the gates of Paris and, on 30 June, had recourse to a movement which proved decisive of the fate of the city. Marshal Blücher having taken the village of Aubervilliers, or Vertus, made a movement to his right, and crossing the Seine at Saint-Germain, below the capital, threw his whole force upon the south side of the city, where no preparations had been made to receive an enemy.
This was a thunderbolt to the French; it was then that their weakness and the Coalition’s strength were seen most conspicuously, because at that moment the armies of Wellington and Blücher were separated and the whole French army was between them, yet the French could not move to prevent their junction.
After the war Lazare Carnot (Napoleon’s Minister of Internal Affairs) blamed Napoleon for not fortifying Paris on the south side, and said he forewarned Napoleon of this danger. The French were thus obliged to abandon all the works that they had constructed for the defence of the capital, and threw the army over the Seine to meet the Prussians.
Although a Prussian brigade was defeated in a skirmish at Rocquencourt near Versailles, the movement of the Prussians to the right was not checked. On the morning of 2 July, the Prussian I Corps under the command of General Zieten had its right at Plessis-Piquet, and its left at Meudon, with its reserves at Versailles.
Zieten advanced on the 2 July towards the heights of Meudon and Châtillon and fought a sharp battle for the possession of Sèvres, Moulineaux, and Issy. The contest was obstinate, but the Prussians finally surmounted all difficulties and succeeded in establishing themselves firmly upon the heights of Meudon and in the village of Issy. The French losses during this engagement are estimated at 3,000 men.
At a French Council of War, which was held during the night of 2/3 July in Paris, it was decided that the defence of the capital was not practicable against the two Coalition armies. Nevertheless the French Commander-in-Chief, Marshal Davout, was desirous of another attempt before he would finally agree to a suspension of hostilities.
At three o'clock on the morning of 3 July Vandamme, commander of the French III Corps, advanced in two columns from Vaugirard to attack Issy. Between Vaugirard and the river Seine he had a considerable force of cavalry, the front of which was flanked by a battery advantageously posted near Auteuil on the right bank of the river. The action commenced with a brisk cannonade, the French having brought twenty pieces of cannon against the front of the village which was then vigorously assailed by his infantry. The Prussians had constructed some barricades and other defences during the night; but these did not protect them from the sharp fire of case shot which was poured upon them by the French batteries, the guns of which enfiladed the streets. The 12th and 24th Prussian Regiments, and the 2nd Westphalian Landwehr, supported by a half battery of twelve pounders, fought with great bravery. There was much loss on both sides. At length the French withdrew, but only to advance again, considerably reinforced.
The 2nd Prussian Brigade was immediately ordered to join the 1st, and the whole of the troops of the I Prussian Corps stood to arms. Zieten sent a request to Blücher for the support of two brigades of Bülow’s IV Prussian Corps and, at the same time, begged Thielemann to advance (in conformity with instructions conveyed to him from headquarters) from Châtillon and to threaten the French left flank.
In the mean time the French renewed their attack upon Issy, which, however, again proved unsuccessful. This was followed by a heavy cannonade and by further assaults, without any decided advantage having been gained over the defenders. The French did not appear disposed to venture upon a more general attack, which would have offered them a much greater chance of forcing back the Prussian advanced guard; the French commanders probably considered that such an attack, if unsuccessful, might end with the suburbs of Paris being easily carried by storm, Accordingly, after four hours’ continued but fruitless attempts upon Zieten’s advanced position, the French fell back upon Paris, with the Prussian skirmishers following them until they came within a very short distance of the barriers surrounding the city.
Issy was the final attempt of the French army to defend Paris and, with this defeat, all hope of holding Paris faded. The French high command decided that they would capitulate.
Accordingly, at seven o'clock in the morning, the French ceased fire and Brigadier General Revest (chief of staff to the French III Corps) was delegated to approach Zieten’s Corps, which was the nearest to the capital of all the Coalition forces, to offer a capitulation and to request an immediate armistice.
On hearing of the unilateral French ceasefire, Blücher demanded that the French provide delegates with full powers of negotiation before he would finally agree to a suspension of hostilities, and indicated the Palace of St. Cloud as the place where the negotiations should be carried on. He then moved his headquarters to the palace.
Officers furnished with full powers by their respective chiefs soon met at St. Cloud, where the Duke of Wellington had joined Prince Blücher. The result of their deliberations was the surrender of Paris under the terms of the Convention of St. Cloud.
Napoleon Bonaparte had already announced his abdication (24 June 1815); unable to remain in France or to escape from it, a few days later, on 15 July, he surrendered himself to Captain Maitland of HMS Bellerophon and was transported to England. The full restoration of Louis XVIII followed the emperor’s departure. Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to the island of Saint Helena, where he died in May 1821.
Members of 3rd Plt. CoB, 2nd/3rd, 199th Lt. Inf. Bde mount army Duce & 1/2’s after multiday S&D mission in Mekong Delta s/w of Saigon (War Zone D, III Corp). Squad leader on right, myself (w/M-60) in middle & fellow squad member on left. Rare pick up by truck. If not walking out, normal extraction was via lift out by UH-1 Hueys, or pick up by the ‘Brown Water Navy’ (water borne LCIs escorted by PBRs.) (1967)