Category Archives: France

“Aux armes, citoyens, Formez vos bataillons,” La Marsellaise  7,357 total views,  12 views today

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Redoubts 9 and 10 – Where the US was born.

(Reposted) Without the service of the French Regulars, Cornwallis would never have surrendered.  Anthony Wayne’s Continentals and these men captured these two strong redoubts in night bayonet attacks.  There are a whole lot of these fellows buried out in the … Continue reading

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Will Paris burn?

“The country’s woes are many. Crime and disorder remain horribly high; extremist Islamism is rife, despite Macron’s efforts; racism and tensions between communities continue to traduce France’s republican heritage; the economy has been sluggish for years, weighed down by taxes, … Continue reading

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Active duty French officers threaten Macron

Comment: First there was a letter from semi-retired and retired officers and now from those on active duty. These would include the officers of the National Gendarmerie who are officers of the French Army even if the Departmental Gendarmerie are … Continue reading

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The Brits still want to play in the Great Game? To what end?

“The “Army of the future” will see £23 billion of investment. This will include upgrades to tanks and armoured vehicles, rockets, air defence, tactical surveillance drones, and new electronic warfare and cyberspace capabilities. However, with that will come cuts to both … Continue reading

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Posted in Borg Wars, France, government, Iraq, The Military Art | 58 Comments

Des Trognes – Trees with many faces.

There are many films on YouTube about the process of Pollarding trees, an ancient process going all the way back to Roman times. In this process trees of various species are severely pruned back over many cycles to produce a … Continue reading

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“Why the French Don’t Show Excitement” Emily Monaco

"  … with a fairly good grasp of the language, I was convinced that I would soon assimilate into French culture. Of course, I was wrong. There’s nothing like cultural nuance to remind you who you are at your core: … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary to The World Turned Upside Down by Fred

On the 17th of October, 1781 – General Charles Cornwallis offers his surrender to the Americans at Yorktown, Virginia. Let's raise a glass and listen along to the song that brings such cheer.

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“Macron vows to fight ‘Islamist separatism'” BBC

"The country also has the largest population of Muslims in Western Europe. Many complain the authorities use secularism to specifically target them, for instance in banning the hijab. Speaking outside Paris on Friday, Mr Macron said radical Islam was a … Continue reading

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French LTC Assigned To NATO, Arrested For Committing Espionage On Behalf of Russia. by J

French DSGI Counter-Intelligence (their MI5 equivalent) arrested a French LTC assigned to NATO, as he was wrapping up his vacation in France and heading back to his NATO base in Italy.  The LTC was arrested for committing espionage on behalf … Continue reading

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