Friday, April 30, 2021

War Quotes & Some Marine Resources

First, I am not a Marine. I am a proud Army Grunt (Retired). However, I have always appreciated the Marine Corps even if they are the Army’s slightly autistic, younger brother. Why autistic? Because when they are on mission, they are fucking focused. No other branch has to do more with less. I’ve worked with them more than a few times and I was always impressed by a Marines ability to cut through the bullshit and get to the point. That and they are some of the most professional, patriotic, and hard men in any military around the world. In least they were during the war years. (The majority of their snipers/infantrymen, anyway, I cannot speak about the others.) You just know the person who gets the ball rolling for the future unpleasantness will be a Ranger, Sniper, or Marine. (Or all three in one!!) 

Anyway, that is why I used to borrow from their library when I was in the Army. You can clearly see their no bullshit attitude as you read the Marine Corps Doctrinal Publications. I know the first one, Warfighting, was heavily influenced by William Lind’s theories and we all know his contributions to warfare. I have never read a better guide which explained the best way to fight a war in multiple generations. These are just a couple which I think are most relevant to the current situation. Enjoy.

"In war the chief incalculable is the human will. " —B. H. Liddell Hart

"The political object is the goal, war is the means of reaching it, and the means can never be considered in isolation from their purposes. " —Carl von Clausewitz

"The essential thing is action. Action has three stages: the decision born of thought, the order or preparation for execution, and the execution itself All three stages are governed by the will. The will is rooted in character, and for the man of action character is of more critical importance than intellect. Intellect without will is worthless, will without intellect is dangerous.” —Hans von Seeckt

"Speed is the essence of war. Take advantage of the enemy's unpreparedness; travel by unexpected routes and strike him where he has taken no precautions. " —Sun Tzu

"Many years ago, as a cadet hoping some day to be an officer, I was poring over the 'Principles of War,' listed in the old Field Service Regulations, when the Sergeant-Major came up to me. He surveyed me with kindly amusement. 'Don 't bother your head about all them things, me lad,' he said. 'There 's only one principle of war and that's this. Hit the other fellow, as quick as you can, and as hard as you can, where it hurts him most, when he am 't lookin’ " —Sir William Slim

"For even a decisive battle be the goal, the aim of strategy must be to bring about this battle under the most advantageous circumstances. And the more advantageous the circumstances, the less, proportionately, will be the fighting. " —B. H. Liddell Hart

"We must make this campaign an exceedingly active one. Only thus can a weaker country cope with a stronger, it must make up in activity what it lacks in strength. " —Stonewall Jackson

"Those who know when to fight and when not to fight are victorious. Those who discern when to use many or few troops are victorious. Those whose upper and lower ranks have the same desfre are victorious. Those who face the unprepared with preparation are victorious. " —Sun Tzu

"We must be ruthlessly opportunistic, actively seeking out signs of weakness, against which we will direct all available combat power. And when the decisive opportunity arrives, we must exploit it fully and aggressively, committing every ounce of combat power we can muster and pushing ourselves to the limits of exhaustion. " —FMFM 1, Warfighting

"In war the power to use two fists is an inestimable asset. To feint with one fist and strike with the other yields an advantage, but a still greater advantage lies in being able to interchange them—to convert the feint into the real blow if the opponent uncovers himself " —B. H. Liddell Hart

"Hit quickly, hit hard and keep right on hitting. Give the enemy no rest, no opportunity to consolidate his forces and hit back at you. —Holland M. Smith

"For the infantryman to be truly effective. . . he will have to be as light of foot as he is quick of thought. . .. Mobility is needed most of all in the clash of arms. Swift and agile movement plus rapidity and intelligent tactical flexibility are its true essentials. " —John A. English

"Do not delay in the attack When the foe has been split off and cut down, pursue him immediately and give him no time to assemble or form up. . . spare nothing. Without regard for dyjIculties, pursue the enemy day and night until he has been annihilated. " —Field Marshal Prince Aleksandr V. Suvorov

"Pursue the last man to the Adda and throw the remains into the river. " —Field Marshal Prince Aleksandr V. Suvorov

“Total war and perfect peace rarely exist in practice. Instead, they are extremes between which exist the relations among most political groups. This range includes routine economic competition, more or less permanent political or ideological tension, and occasional crises among groups.” —MCDP 1, Warfighting

“Political warfare is the logical application of Clausewitz’s doctrine in time of peace. In broadest definition, political warfare is the employment of all means at a nation’s command, short of war, to achieve its national objectives.” —George Kennan (1948)

“The most important task for Marines and the Marine Corps is to recognize that we are always competing. Even choosing to do nothing is a competitive decision, it just happens to be one that surrenders the initiative to our competitors.” – MCDP 1-4

[C]ompeting effectively requires knowing your competition intimately. Only by understanding a competitor’s worldview, decision making, and behavioral proclivities can one outmaneuver that competitor; only by grasping a rival’s weaknesses and fears can one exploit them. Such understanding, in turn, requires sustained intellectual and economic investment. —Hal Brands

Competing is a way of thinking. Like maneuver warfare, it is a state of mind born of boldness, intellect, initiative, and opportunism. It is about understanding our competitor’s system so that we can develop, sustain, and adapt our competitive advantage, so that the Marine Corps will always be a useful tool for the Nation in the enduring competition that is the normal state of international relations. -MCDP 1-4

Good luck out there. Work together or die individually. Your prepping won't mean shit without buddies to help you defend and counter. You will just die in your holes and resupply the enemy with your shit. Raptor 2, out.


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Lessons From Decades of Training & War

An older article, but it is worth the time to cite again.

Great link of links from the official Infantry Magazine at Fort Benning. This is almost 40 years of information from mostly low-level NCO’s and Officers. You know, the guys that fight the wars. These articles are written by the men who lead and fought on the front lines through Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq and many others. They are hard learned lessons from where the bullets hit the meat, where theory doesn’t exist anymore. (Beware, there are some articles by PC shitbags in some.) Overall, great stuff. Good training lessons and ideas as well. I know a lot of you former grunts will love these articles. They certainly raised this grunts spirits with good memories of military and old friends. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Pineland Sniper Handbook


A couple of months ago I had a post about what version of the Ranger Handbook was the best. My answer was to read all of them, catch up, and stop being a cherry. I put up two versions, one from early in my career and the current one. Hopefully, you learned a lot from those resources. Also, hopefully you learned what not to do because that is just as important. Recently, Big Country posted a link to common tasks manuals. Read them, learn them, apply them, and love ’em. But just know that there is a thing about this stuff. So, what is the thing one might ask?

The thing about these resources is that they are always lessons from the past. What is important in one conflict will not be important in a future conflict because war is always changing. What will win future conflicts will be adaptive and resilient leaders/fighters who are innovative enough to develop new tactics and strategy on top of the tried-and-true common tasks methods from the past. Why did I say leaders/fighters? Because they go hand in hand. A true leader of men will be one who shares the suck with his men. That is why a true leader can choose the best soldiers. They have been there and done that. They know the character framework needed of the individual soldier to be successful in their unit. That is why there is an obsession of finding the pillars of a successful group. Because successful leaders/groups need good followers.

Good followers are not talked about enough these days. Everything is about leaders and how to build them better. Nothing is mentioned about how to be a good follower. The Rangers have the big five or, mobility, marksmanship, medical, small unit tactics, and physical training. I wrote a post for the sniper big four of target detection, range estimation, stalking, and advanced marksmanship. What those do not discuss is the ability of winners to humble themselves and all work together to succeed for their people. The leader innovates and adapts. The men, chosen for their character and abilities tested on the pillars, follow, and learn to lead. They adapt and innovate when needed in the situations based on experience. That is where the old and the new meet. Once the new and old are developed and merged, they will then need the courage to implement those tactics or strategy in real life. A new leader is born or the movement dies. Iraq is a good example of this theory.

To be brief, in 2003 we invaded Iraq, crushed their military, and disbanded their government. The people and former soldiers had no clue what to do. No FM for this situation. So, they began to experiment. They probed us for weaknesses. I can tell you that at the beginning they thought our technology was way more than it was. They thought our body armor was air conditioned and our night vision was thermal…like the predator. We were not Predator and they found that out quickly.

They developed the IED or Improvised Explosive Device to counter our technological advantage. If the sniper is the queen of the modern battlefield than the IED team was the Rook. No one had ever heard of the IED at that point. In least, American forces did not at the tactical level, as far as I know. Where the metal meets the meat, so to speak. It was a small team of men implementing one device to take out a vehicle filled with men which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to maintain. Not to mention the human life cost. Sniper equals one bullet, one man. One IED team equals one IED, one team/squad of soldiers in their vehicle. It was ingenious, yet it could be defeated by the sniper quite easily. Too bad the USA is always so reluctant to field snipers. Perhaps that is because our politicians fear us? I digress….

This field manual (FM 23-10) was my baby for about five years of my life. Read, learn, apply, and ADAPT. One of the reasons why I loved being a sniper was that it got me down in the mud. Even as an instructor we had to pick one of us to lead the men through the ghillie wash. Usually, the new instructors were picked. I volunteered, not because I am some sort of badass. I am not. I volunteered because I loved being dirty and being at the front. And that is the true sniper. The man who is willing to go through the most shit to get the shot, undetected, and still GET HOME WITH HIS BUDDIES. That was the lesson.

Anyway, there have been updates to the FM, but this one is all you need. Like the unnecessary changes in college textbooks, the military changes their manuals all the time. Yet they are always behind because they are created by bureaucrats. Read, learn, apply, love, and adapt. My next post will be on observation starting on 4-28 of this manual.  Raptor 2, out.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Exclusive Content

Exclusive coverage of the Derek Chauvin trial only found here, in The Patrol Base. I take you inside the courtroom now:

Stay hard and good luck out there, men. We are all going to need it. Avoid crowds! I will be taking time off for a while to consider life. One can only shout into the void so much. Stay low and keep pushing forward. Raptor 2, out.  

Monday, April 12, 2021

Truth For Those Who Can Hear

I am tired of this nonsense. So is this guy. The country is dead and the world knows it, thus the rush to invade. I do not like cops, but I understand their function and I do as I am told if stopped so we can all go home. These guys did not. One is dead and one is hopefully decommissioned. I do not care. There is no law anymore, just smug people looking to game the system for money or fame. And invaders. There is no society anymore. There is no culture. There is no truth. I hate what we have become. We have become nothing. I have no message of hope for you tonight. Good luck out there. The fire rises. Chaos reigns. Raptor 2, out.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Pat Mac

This advice is just too good. Share it with your buddy. If more of us thought like this the world would be better off. Help yourself and help the people who need it. Pull out your medical kit instead of your camera when you come upon the scene of an accident or crime. This is the kind of guy who badasses look up to, by the way. It would behoove you to shut up and take copious notes.


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Black Sheep

A bit of humor tonight. Chris Farley knew. So do the vets. As you can see in the movie, real vets defend anyone willing to speak truth and stand up for our nation. We are just biding our time. Everywhere and nowhere. Beware our wrath. Time is on our side. Yes, it is...Good luck, TPTB. Raptor 2, out.