TWO DAYS AGO – Thanks for the updates especially about the war graves
desecration, for that is what it is. No doubt the Indonesians could not give a rodential
derriere (I think he means a rat’s ass) given the long history of animosity, albeit now
dates, between Brits and them.
I have to say the photo of you and Jeff is good. You surely look a bit like Harrison
Ford there in that light!!!
On the Russian front – the BEAR Tu-95 fleet seems active again and out monitors in
Holland and the UK logged them between 0740 Zulu and 0820 Zulu today. Location is
As regards your question about Brits and Bennies. I recall once using Benzedrine
during my British Army service. Obviously, it was under orders and the MO
administered the tablets to us prior to leaving the base. This was in Aden circa 1967
but the month is vague – I believe June. He told us to adhere to the dosage and not to
exceed it under any circumstances. The reason was that we were involved in an
operation in the hills of which Aden seems to be full. We had to be awake and alert for
about 3 days. We were told to go straight to bed on completion of the job – but being
squaddies, had a couple of cold beers first. (So what if it was 0930! Even known a
squaddie to refuse a beer!) Worst mistake I ever made, and also the only time I was
ever instructed to take any stimulants. I do not know from experience that the Army has
a big antidrug policy and never felt the need myself. A beer or three now, that was a
different story! All best, MARCONI
YESTERDAY – Not a long list but one can read from this a couple things, such as the
locations of the call signs and the text of messages. Weather warning in the Ionian Sea
collective is intended for Russian naval units now in the Mediterranean Sea and one
wonders why they need Ionian Sea forecasts if they are not heading there. Ionian Sea,
if memory serves, surrounds Corfu. Are they heading there? If so, why? Greece is
well known to be favorable to the Russians at present from previous Intel. (NB strong
left wing government in power in Greece right now. Will Russia help with the Greek
financial problems? Answers on a post card please!) Turkish weather warning could be
a hint that the naval units supporting Russian ground forces mentioned in the previous
posting I sent. Would be a real first if they supported the US Special Forces mentioned
in the same posting. Donuzlav is the survey vessel mentioned in postings dated
18/11/16 and 10/11/16. MB 31 is the call sign of the Solum Class tug which
accompanies the carrier group. As mentioned previously, DE is Morse speak for FROM.
Time and date intercepts were received is 20/11/2016 at 0940 ZULU (UTC). I must
stress all intercepts are from private group sources and is, like all analysis, mine and not
connected to any government or military group with which I am now, have been in the
past, or with which I may in the future be, associated.
CALL SIGNS HEARD:
RBE86 DE RCV (Weather warning Ionian Sea, collective)
RIP90 DE RCV (Weather warning Turkish waters, collective)
RMCW DE RCV (Donuzlav, Yug Class research/survey ship)
RJC20 T RCV (MB-31, Sorum Class ocean tug)
Very best to you, yours, and Sharkhunters worldwide. MARCONI
THIS MORNING – I know this is a long posting but feel you deserve the full text that is
going the rounds here in the UK. I have a feeling in my water about this one buddy!
Russia to ask Donald Trump for help bombing Syria as air strikes re-launched on war
torn country. Russia is to ask Donald Trump to give it the okay to carry on bombing
Syria. In an exclusive article for the Sunday Mirror, President Vladimir Putin’s London
ambassador says Russia has been trying to persuade US President Barack Obama to
agree to air strikes and Alexander Yakovenko says they will now talk to Trump when he
takes office as Obama’s successor in January hoping for a more sympathetic hearing.
“Use of the Air Force in Syria is part of a diplomacy backed by force. We have
been trying to coordinate with this US administration. We will continue doing so
with the next one.”
The US and Britain have considered imposing ‘No Fly’ zones above Aleppo to stop the
Russian slaughter on the ground but they have held off for fear of starting World War III.
A three week pause in the Aleppo bombardment came to an end Tuesday as warplanes
screamed in to hit eight of the city’s eastern districts. At least 25 rebel fighters and
civilians were killed on Thursday and on Wednesday, a children’s hospital was attacked.
Russian President Vladimir Putin – the US President Elect held telephone talks with
President Putin last week. The Kremlin revealed Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin had
discussed Syria and agreed that current Russian-US relations were ‘extremely
unsatisfactory’. It has to be borne in mind that Russia sent its Air Force to Syria only on
30 September 2015.
According to our Western interlocutors, it was a critical moment when Damascus
was about to fall to the ISIS onslaught. The foreign terrorist organization, proscribed by
the UN such as ISIS and Nusra are the single most important factors that distorted the
entire setup in Syria. The terrorists are leading the opposition military, including in East
Alepo. Accordingly, if they call the tune on the battlefield, they will do the same in Syria
if they prevail. Our only strategy in Syria is to allow the Syrians to decide for themselves
The Syrian opposition, if it is to be a credible partner in the political process, should
disengage from the terrorists. They are offered places at the table in Geneva.
The open-ended political talks will be aided by the International Syria Support Group, of
which Britain is a member. Use of the Air Force in Syria is part of a diplomacy backed
by force, which is the center point in foreign policy strategies of our Western partners.
We have been trying to coordinate with this US administration. We will continue
doing so with the next one. Already for a month our Air Force hasn’t been attacking
East Aleppo. The Air Force operations resumed to hit terrorist infrastructure in the
provinces of Idlib and Homs. No civilian infrastructure is targeted.
The Russian military does what they can, based on extensive reconnaissance, to
exclude any loss of life among civilians. No lies will undermine our resolve.
Unfortunately, like in Mosul, the terrorists use civilians as human shields in East
Aleppo. They also prevent delivery of humanitarian aid.
While fostering ceasefire at the grass-root level (almost 1,000 villages have already
signed up) our military has been delivering over 30 tons of food, clothes and medicines
weekly. Some of this assistance is now delivered by rail (we helped repair the railway in
The opposition doesn’t offer secular democracy. So far, their alternative seems to
be an end of history rule by fanatics. Whatever the reasons for the dynamics of civil war
in Syria, it is clear that the opposition cannot prevail militarily without outside assistance.
This says a lot. Unlike, say in the English Civil War, people prefer to sit the violence
out in refugee camps abroad. But most of them find refuge in the areas under
government control. Syria is a multi-ethnic and multi religious sophisticated society with
a deeply ingrained business culture.
ON ETERNAL PATROL – We list all the boats lost on this date.
LOST IN 1940
U-104 (Jürst) sunk by HMS RHODODENDRON; all hands lost
LOST IN 1942
U-517 (Hartwig) sunk by 817 Squadron flying off HMS VICTORIOUS
LOST IN 1943
U-538 (Gossler) sunk by HMS FOLEY and HMA CRANE; all hands lost
“I am sure all wear the same uniform being now at rest.”
Col. WALTER THIERFELDER, Member