Special Forces Gear Newsletter - Voice Of The Soldier
Monthly Newsletter February 2010

In This Issue
Dave's Message
Voice of the Soldier
Word of Truth
The Blue Warrior
What Has Really Changed?
Embroidered Items
Featured T-Shirts
Free Shipping Coupon
Quotes & Jokes
Sale Items
Featured Tactical Gear
Tactical Tips
December Sale
Always Remember
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Dave's Message

The Warrior and Staying Power

"Emotions Verses Thought"

silent warriorLast year was a rough year for many people for many different reasons. Many have suffered financial hardship especially in the private sector and all have seen the selfish self centeredness of most of our politicians violating all sense of honor, morality, integrity and their very oath of office to up hold the Constitution. The one thing that comes to the forefront to me is we are all going to need Staying Power to get through this with any kind of sanity. So I have chosen Staying Power as this month's topic and will try to keep it short (as I have been told by many my messages are too long).

For the warrior to mature, advance and be successful he must have Staying Power the ability to stick with training, tasks and situations to hang in to the end and make the most out of their circumstances.

I will start with this question: Where does staying power come from? And I will answer with Staying Power comes from thought.

"Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one's better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk, and to act." ~Maxwell Maltz

First I would like to say Staying Power is never emotion, Staying Power is always thought. I will try and demonstrate what I mean by using boxing as an example.

The difference between two boxers of equal ability where one is consistently winning and the other is often losing by getting knocked out in the early rounds can often be that one of them is thinking all the time he's fighting. He's thinking about combinations, about counter punching. He begins to see in the first round just exactly how the other man throws his right. He bends his elbow throws it out too far. The chin is open, he is just jabbed and it's opened here and he knows how to counter. Then he counters low to get him to drop his arm more he's thinking and then he comes across the chin here and often that's the end of the fight. The whole point is those who have staying power think and those who depend upon ability emote. Emotion does not cut it in the ring anymore then for the warrior who is playing for much higher stakes in war.

The true warrior knows without thought dominating the mind and ruling over emotion there can be no staying power and with no staying power this will result in not completing things, no real purpose and a constant drifting off randomly in new directions.

"Without the dominance of mind over emotion there will always be a lack of completion of purpose and a drifting off randomly in a new direction."

Running is a good example too because most of us have had to run at one time or another. We've all found that emotions like fear can only carry you so far, to help drive the point home. For us soldiers reading this I am sure you have all experienced the competition of running at the very least on the PT test. I was a slow starter so when the run began I would see a lot of people running fast passing me at the start and it would psych me out this massive crowd taking off fast all these people ahead of me or passing me and I would run faster then I was comfortable with to keep up with the crowd and found half way through the race I would hit a wall and slow down not being able to push myself along any more at the pace I started with, along with a lot of other people. What was happening was I was running on emotions following the crowd.

Well I learned to run my own race and start out at a pace I was comfortable with, even hold back a little for the end and I found for me as I got to that three quarter mark or so and I could increase my speed to a point where the last quarter of a mile I could almost sprint the whole way making up for a lot more time then spreading it out evenly not knowing exactly what pace I could sustain. Although it was always troubling in the beginning to have all these people in front of me I found that by running my own race thinking and not reacting to what that crowd was doing I always ended up passing up most of them latter in the race finishing in the top number and getting the max 100 points on that event. The difference was thought verses emotion. When I went on emotion I followed the crowd and I ran out of gas but when I ran my own race and thought out what I was doing I got my max performance.

Staying Power and thinking belong together. Emotion and staying power are antithetical. If you depend upon emotion you run out of emotion.

The true Warrior will tell you the secret in any kind of competition is "staying power." and staying power demands training, training, and more training which provides the fuel to think.

"The mind controls emotions in two ways. (1) Through training and practice the individual has progressed to the plane of the mind and can directly control and direct emotion through the power of his thought. (2) The individual has not progressed to the plane of the mind above but has been inculcated through discipline and repetitious training by someone else who has progressed to the plane of mind or above or for example the type of training received in Basic training when a Soldier first starts his career." ~Unknown

Having the great privilege to have served with the Rangers, Special Forces and the company of many other Special Operational Forces I learned they all required staying power, regardless of the difference in their abilities and functions. So I have decided to single out the sniper to talk a little about because I feel no matter which of the many types of Special Operational Forces they may be a member of they still share a common skill set. The sniper must truly master himself before he can be the ultimate sniper and he does this through training, training and training to hopefully develop the staying power to survive and successfully complete his missions.


Some of the following dialog comes from Ultimate Sniper by Major John Plaster. . .

Most men become snipers because they're self-reliant, professionals and want to do and be only the very best. They desire to fight as a small unit so success or failure, life or death-their very fate-is determined largely by their own exertions. In an environment often driven by violent momentum, they want to fight smart. They epitomize the American spirit and staying power.

Physical conditioning is very important as it is with all endeavors for the warrior. Soviet Col. R. Minin's recommended that a sniper be "physically fit and hardy with sharp vision and hearing -- a good memory and quick reactions."

A fit rifleman more steadily holds his rifle, solid muscle better withstands recoil, he bears loads without undue fatigue, and overall he stays alert longer and can go farther faster. I mention this because being in top physical condition comes from staying power and can make tasks a lot easier to endure.

Patience is developed through training, thought, concentration and self discipline or control. Special heed must be paid to patience because it is the key to staying power as World War I sniper Capt. H.W. McBride said "Patience is a sniper's most important quality".

Whether he's a police officer waiting out a terrorist during a protracted skyjack or a GI calmly peering at an enemy trench for hours on end, the sniper must be as capable of taking a perfect shot 10 minutes after arrival as 10 hours into it which calls for staying power.

Staying Power is found in the most accomplished long-range shooters and snipers that are patient, unemotional and deliberate in their every step. Of course, these men have emotions, but they've learned to overcome them through thought and to mentally channel stress and anxiety into oblivion giving them staying power.

As a determined form of self-discipline, patience enables a sniper to lie motionless in wet and cold for hours, waiting for a shot he knows most likely won't even happen. But for just a chance shot, he guts his way through the discomfort, as calm and ready as if it were a sure thing.


The one quality Major John Plaster saw in combat that consistently got men killed or caused others to die was arrogant overconfidence - some fool thinking he knew it all. Any one of the human vulnerabilities listed below can get you killed or cause you to fail to accomplish your mission. Master these qualities and you will have mastered yourself.

  • Overconfidence

  • Inattention/Indifference

  • Hasty Decisions

  • Lack of Planning and preparation

  • Bad Tactical Habits

  • Anger/Emotionalism

  • Undue Curiosity

  • Too Easily Distracted

  • Laziness

  • Underestimating Your Opponent

  • Unwillingness to Train, Prepare

  • No Humility

  • No Staying Power

Please note I took the liberty of adding Staying power to Major John Plaster list above.

"You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. James Allen

In the end a sniper is what he thinks and his staying power out on a mission alone with the enemy all around out to hunt him down comes from his courage which is the ability to think under pressure.

I will conclude with these words of caution. The important thing about staying power is not to be side- tracked and there are a million ways to be sidetracked and any one of them will get you.


1oth carson

"I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through, then follow through." - Captain Edward V. Rickenbacker

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Dave the examples of a warrior are outstanding. The stages of achievments required meet the mark. Well done, well done.


Hey Dave; Thanks for that newsletter, it was excellent. I served in Vietnam in the Easter offensive in 1972 and remember well Major Ripley's accomplishment. It was a very scary time. We awoke early one morning, were ordered to draw a weapon and report to thew flightline withour 782 gear. Since the DaNang airfield was sporadically under fire, we were told to hit the ground running that the C-130 may not stop. About 6 hours later, after dark, saw the first combat......and I will never be able to forget it. Never been the same since.

Hi Dave,
Love the piece on How to Train Like A Warrior. I do this most everyday to overcome multiple injuries in 2003. My latest Facebook update notes my current progress. I have come a long way invoking the Warrior/Special Forces mindset. Appreciate your informative newsletters.
All I can say is 'Wow! What a newsletter.'

Thanks for the greeting, just in passing, my order is going with me to Vietnam, My Vietnamese godson wants them ,His father was an interpter for the US Army, Killed in Pleiku in 73 when my godson was a month old you can see him in his ACU's at
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Word of Truth
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The Word of Truth

By Rev G.J. Rako

LTC (Ret)




You are going to die. Do I have your attention? I have done a superficial study of humanity and I have come to the conclusion that everyone that has come before me is now dead. People try to avoid this subject. They won't allow themselves to think about it. Take your head out of the sand and ask yourself what is going to happen to you when you die. If you are an unbeliever, there is no greater question. There is no greater pursuit. You should be spending every free moment of your time chewing on this question and seeking the answer. Do not stop seeking until you find the truth.

Eccl 3: 1-2  There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven. A time to give birth and a time to die;

Of course the answer to the question of what is going to happen to you when you die is found in the Word of God. It requires your volition. You must make a decision. However no decision is a decision!

John 3:36  He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the [command to believe in the] Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

This verse makes it clear what is going to happen. Two choices, eternal life or no life and the wrath of God will be upon you.

Check what you think is required to get to Heaven.

Then see your answers below

  1. Obey God's laws.
  2. Gifts to charity.
  3. Doing your best.
  4. Living a good life.
  5. Good works.
  6. Obey the Golden Rule.
  7. Tithing to the Church.
  8. Church membership.
  9. Regular church attendance.
  10. Prayers.
  11. Fasting.
  12. Water baptism.
  13. Holy communion.
  14. Christian parents.
  15. Confirmation.
  16. Penances.
  17. Repent of sin.
  18. Turn from sin.


If you checked:
Question / Answer

1   NO. - It is impossible to get to heaven this way. The Bible says: (see Romans 3:19-28).

"Therefore we conclude that a man is justified (vindicated) by faith without the deeds of the law." (Romans 3:28)

2,3 or 4   NO. - These things could never save you. The Bible says:

"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us..." (Titus 3:5)

5,6, or 7  NO. - Good works can not save anyone. The Bible states:

"For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: It is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8,9)

8,9,10 or 11  NO. - We can not be saved by works, regardless of how good or well intended. God saves us by His grace (mercy). The Bible says: "And if by grace, then it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. but if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work." (Romans 11:6)

12 or 13  NO. - Water baptism and communion are for those who are already saved. It is not our work that saves us, but faith in Christ. The Bible says:

'"But to him that works not, but believes on Him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." (Romans 4:5)

14.  NO. - This can not save you. The Bible says:

"They which are the children of the flesh these are not the children of God..." (Romans 9:8)

"But as many as received Him (Christ), to them gave He power to become the Sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." (John 1:12,13)

"Not of blood" means "not of one's parentage." You must be born of God to be saved.

15 or 16  NO. - These are man-made doctrines and are not taught in the Bible. God says:

"But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." (Matthew 15:9)

17  NO. - "Repent of sin to be saved" is NOT found in the Bible Repent (metanoeo) in the original language means "Change of mind" A "change of mind" from man's Unbelief to Belief in Christ. Note its use in Acts 20:21.... Repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

18  NO. - "Turn from sin to be saved" is NOT found in the Bible This adds mans works to salvation and is an accursed message. Gal.1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Note: Turn and Repent are two different words "Turn" is never translated from metanoeo as "Change your mind." "Repent" (metanoeo) is never translated from the words used for "Turn"

None of these things can save you. You can do nothing to earn eternal life. It is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone that can save you.

(I John 5:13) "These things I have written unto you that believe on the Name of the Son of God; that you may KNOW that you have eternal life..."

We go to Heaven on Christ's Righteousness. His death paid for our sins.

When you receive Christ as your Savior. You become God's Son and as his Son He gives rewards for good works and chastens you for bad works. BUT He will never lose you.

(John 10:28) "And I Give unto them Eternal Life; and they shall Never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."

We do not serve God to be saved...
We serve God because He saved Us.

(Acts 13:39) "And by Him (Christ) all that believe are justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses."

The way to have eternal life is not found in what we do ourselves, but by having a perfect righteousness given to us. We receive this when we believe the Lord Jesus Christ took our sins on Himself and paid for them by His death on the cross.

"For He (God) has made Him (Christ) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." (II Corinthians 5:21)

You do not receive eternal life by working for it or by trying to make yourself behave. You receive eternal life by believing the record God gave of His son. Remember, if you disagree with these statements you are calling God a liar.

"...He that believes not God has made Him a liar; because he believes not the record that God gave of His Son. And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son." (I John 5:10,11)

God, in His Sovereignty, permits man's destiny to depend on man's choice.

"He that believes on Him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:18)

AFTER you are saved, obedience to God brings love, joy, peace and happiness into your life (see Galatians 5:22,23).

When we disobey God, He will punish us, but our punishment will never be hell. God deals with us as a father deals with his son. (See I Corinthians 3:15; 5:5; 11:32).

God will never cast us out or lose us.

"...Him that comes to Me I will in no wise cast out...all which He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day." (John 6:37,39)

Doesn't it make sense to believe on the One who came back from the dead and trust Him for the payment of your sin? Why not do it now and you can be sure of going to heaven when you die. He loves you. Right now, why not accept the payment He has made for your sins and you can KNOW you have eternal life.

(John 3:16) "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that _______(your name)_______ whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

If you can honestly put your name in the space above you have God's Guarantee Of Eternal Life and you can KNOW RIGHT NOW! you have eternal life.

"Verily, verily (Truthfully, truthfully) I say unto you, he that believes on ME HAS (possesses now) everlasting life." (John 6:47)

This is an offer that no one should refuse.

You have no guarantee of a tomorrow. You can see the importance of NOW.

You can have your questions answered by emailing:
Dr. A. Ray Stanford at Rstan289@aol.com

Thanks to Dr. Stanford for providing the above questions and answers.

Since most of you who will be reading this are military or former military I am going to tell you about Ray. Ray was a pilot during WWII and while he was flying over to Europe from the U.S. he began to think that he might die in the war. He became a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ on that flight and his life changed forever. He is now ninety-two years old and is still carrying the guidon of the gospel.

Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. He is the only way to a relationship with God, the only way to eternal life. All other paths lead to hell. All religions are false and designed to deceive and enslave you.

John 14:6 Jesus said "I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by Me.

Rom 5:8 God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we where yet sinners Christ died as a substitute for us.

Acts 16:31 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

The choice is yours. If you decide not to make a choice then in reality you have chosen death.

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Blue Warrior
Blue WarriorBlue Warrior
with Sgt. Glenn French

Making SWAT

Tips for young officers in their
quest to make SWAT.

SWAT is an elite special operations unit with in a police agency. SWAT officers train to perform high-risk operations that fall outside of the abilities of regular uniformed officers. SWAT officers are selected from volunteers within their law enforcement organization. SWAT applicants undergo a tough selection process and should attend rigorous training.

Most applicants are given a physical agility test, written examination and an oral interveiw. Some officers may be required to take a  psychological test.

After selection, SWAT officers should attend and pass specialty courses such as a basic SWAT course or a basic sniper course. These courses will train the officer to become a qualified SWAT operator.

Their duties include performing:
  • Hostage rescue.
  • Crime suppression.
  • Riot control.
  • Counter sniper operations. 
  • Providing superior weapons systems and tactics in dangerous situations.
  • Rescuing operations of injured citizens and officers. 
  • Countering terrorist operations.
  • Resolving high-risk situations with a minimum loss of life, injury, or property damage.
  • Resolving barricaded gunmen, hostage crisis and suicidal subjects.
  • Providing assistance on warrant service.
  • Providing security at special events.
  • Stabilizing dangerous situations dealing with violent criminals.
  • Armed patrols.
The question I often get is "what can I do to prepare myself to make "SWAT"?

There isn't a single thing a young officer can do that will make himself look more appealing than others. However, there are four key factors that will stand out in your resume.

These four key components are needed to be a successful SWAT operator, so use these components to guide your career and let them mold you character as a police officer. By doing so you will gain the advantage in making the team and become a better cop.

The four components are:
  1. Training
  2. Team Work
  3. Physical Conditioning
  4. Motivation
Training: Attend as much training as your department will allow. Focus on tactics and firearms training. Get involved with as much training as possible, especially those that require an officer to acquire instructor certification such as defensive tactics, firearms, and close quarter battle tactics.

Team Work: SWAT commanders will not take officers who have been unable to work in a team environment. Helping out other officers and taking constructive criticism while working in uniform are good ways to help your chances of getting making SWAT.

Physical Conditioning: Most SWAT teams have a physical fitness test during the selection process. The tests may include running, pushups, sit-ups, or obstacle courses. Staying in top physical shape is beneficial for your uniformed duties and a great way to prepare yourself for the selection process.

Motivation: Police work has its trials and tribulations and staying positive 24/7 is healthy but more importantly it's the SWAT officers whose resilience gives them a positive attitude toward the job and life during stressful times get to become SWAT.

Recently, my department interviewed fifty Special Response Team applicants. As the team commander I sat in the interviews and was a part of the selection process. Some of the factors that I personally considered in addition to the four components during the selection process included:
  1. How trainable is the applicant? Doe's the officer operate with humility or does his ego prevent him from absorbing critical information during training.
  2. Does the officer display the necessary cognitive thinking skills required of a SWAT operator?
  3. What is the officer's work ethic on the street?
  4. Does the officer display the appropriate social relationships with fellow officers?
  5. Does the officer display the "warrior spirit" necessary for special operations.
When you consider all that has been mentioned these factors and components can be found in many senior patrol officers that aren't a part of SWAT. Something that I found beneficial to me in the Army and as a rookie cop was to emulate one of those senior officers whom was well respected by their peers. It's often difficult for rookie officers to define their police character so start by picking up positive traits of a well respected senior officer. As the years go by you will change the way you operate to become your own man but the foundation has been laid.

Take these considerations with you, never give up and work hard until you make SWAT. Hondo said it best; "You know what they say, you're either SWAT or you're not"

Good luck & stay safe,
Sgt. Glenn French 


Sgt. French also is the president of the Detroit Special Operations Group tactical training company andfounder of the Detroit SWAT Challenge www.DetroitSWATChallenge.com . Glenn is a columnist with www.PoliceOne.com , and his column is the"SWAT Operator".

Glenn has instructed Basic and Advanced SWAT / Tactical officer courses, Basic and Advanced Sniper courses, Cold Weather / Winter Sniper Operations and Active Shooter Response courses and others. Sgt French served in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Gulf war "Operation Desert Storm." During his military tenure Sgt French gained valuable experience in C.Q.B., infantry tactics and explosive breaching operations and he served as a Platoon sergeant and a squad leader.

What Has Really Changed?
This section has been dedicated to the new
"call for change"

...and we say there's nothing new about change.
What Has Really Changed?

"The worst crime against working people in a company which fails to operate at a profit"

A great labor leader made this statement. He knew that unless a company can make money it will be forced out of business-and an idle factory supplies no jobs; a prosperous factory supplies more and more jobs at better and better pay.

Three groups share equally the much-discussed responsibility for jobs:

1. Government: Its regulations and tax laws mustenablecompanies to save enough money to provide workmen with constantly improved equipment without which this country can never compete in the world-wide competition for trade.

2. Management: It must provide the improved equipment, and honestly share with its workmen the increased earnings which result.

3. Labor: It must use the equipment efficiently because a man can be paid only out of what he produces. Therefore, if he wants to earn more, he must produce more, efficiently-and improved equipment is the only way he can do it.

Government can't legislate jobs, management can't invent them, labor can't force them . . . but all three, working together, can develop them.


"The [U.S.] Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals . . . It does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government . . . It is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizen's protection against the government."
--philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

The Gipper

"Public servants say, always with the best of intentions, 'What greater service we could render if only we had a little more money and a little more power.' But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector."
--Ronald Reagan


"A Fatal Tendency of Mankind. Self-preservation and self-development are common aspirations among all people. And if everyone enjoyed the unrestricted use of his faculties and the free disposition of the fruits of his labor, social progress would be ceaseless, uninterrupted, and unfailing. But there is also another tendency that is common among people. When they can, they wish to live and prosper at the expense of others . . . This fatal desire has its origin in the very nature of man-in that primitive, universal, and insuppressible instinct that impels him to satisfy his desires with the least possible
--French economist and author Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)

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Castners"I was living like a king. I was diving for king crab and eating fresh seafood and fowl -- wild ptarmigan, ducks and geese -- for dinner. They told me not to break radio sound unless I saw a Japanese plane, so I didn't. When the Alaskan Scouts came to 'rescue' me, they started thinking that maybe they'd like to stay with me."

~ Former Lt. Earl Acuff, US Army, Alaska Defense Command 1st Combat Intelligence Platoon and Alaska Scout on how he became an Alaska Scout while at the beginning of World War II, the Army sent Acuff to a remote location in the Aleutian Islands to spy on Japanese planes. When months went by without a report and the Scouts were sent to find him he was sleeping, eating and living it up in the harshest of conditions...and so in turn they recruited him, and Acuff went on to find the Alaskan Scouts the best military unit he ever knew (Acuff interview For the Roanoake Virgina at 88 years old ...in 2006.)

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    "poulssonIn  today's military technology is the alpha and omega. When the technology fails and the individual infantryman stands alone, he is lost without the proper knowledge to take care of themselves and their equipment. In my opinion there are not many who have proper winter training through the military today. The best today is by far better than we were at the time, but the average has also decreased - even among the officers... The soldiers are forced to look after each other. A white patch on the cheek is not dangerous as long as one fellow soldiers warms it up again. We had scarcely a sick person during these marches.."

~ Col. Jens-Anton Poulsson 2006
" 1oth carson"...Anything you do in a snow environment is at quarter speed. You're delayed with the cold, trudging through the snow, wearing heavier jackets and restricted movement. It's a big challenge just showing guys how difficult it is and being able to practice firing off skis. A magazine change is quite a task in itself...When I first got to 10th Group, there was a core of guys who did winter warfare training for 15 to 20 years, it was a real good level of experience.With most of those guys retired and the war on terror, we've lost a lot of experienced guys [in this area] and there are very few left [to pass on their knowledge].I'm glad to see we're starting to get back into doing this again. This is something that sets us apart from the other Special Forces units and we have to maintain it"
~ ~Master Sgt. Jim Rainville, A-3/10 team sergeant. On winter mountain  warfare skills
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 "[Charlie Wilson was a] great American patriot who played a pivotal role in a world-changing event - the defeat of the Red Army in Afghanistan, which led to the collapse of Communism and the Soviet Empire."  ~Mike Vickers, who as a CIA agent in 1984 played a key role in the clandestine effort to arm the Afghan rebels, is now Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations.

"   "Whether the Blackwater crew was right or wrong, I don't think anybody around here would know one way or the other. What I do know is you can't armchair quarterback these guys from 8,000 miles away from the Combat Zone. Think about it - you stick a guy out there on the two-way firing range with a lawyer in his back pocket (ROE) but WITHOUT the protection of the Law of Land Warfare (Hague & Geneva Conventions) and then when he does what he has to do to stay alive on the most lethal battlefield in the history of the world, you throw the book at him? Eff that...It might surprise the readership out there that I'm not an especially big fan of the Blackwater operation (now known as 'XE' of course) - and not just because they're the competition. Having said that, I harbor no ill will against them; they are Americans doing a thankless job under extraordinarily difficult circumstances. I say Godspeed to all the BW operators, and ALL my fellow contractors out there; best wishes and good fortune in all you do, all day every day. 'Keep your musket clean as a whistle, hatchet sharp and scoured, sixty rounds powder and ball, and be ready to march at a minute's warning.' " ~ Sean Linnane
Rob Roy todd"My image was all daring deeds, until my swash began to buckle a bit..."

~ Former actor Richard Todd at age 90 reflecting on his being a Walt Disney Studios legendary man of action (and a real man of action: see "Always Remember" below)related in his autobiography that the extras were soldiers of the  Briish Royal Army's Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders,  who had just returned from the Korean War. Todd said as well as providing thrilling battle scenes for the viewers, the soldiers used the opportunity to enthusiastically get back at their non-commissioned officers. Todd also sheepishly admitted that his first scene leading a charge led to an injury when he stepped in a rabbit hole

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Or how a good old fashioned BAYONET CHARGE works

as explained by the late Col. Lewis Millett to Peter Worthington... just may be the answer to keeping the Taliban on the run in Afghanistan!

[ FROM: "He was freedom's fearless fighter - Canadian Army taught American soldier the bayonet skills that helped him fight 3 wars with distinction" by PETER WORTHINGTON , Toronto Sun ]

1oth carsonI first spotted him at a banquet and awards ceremony in Seoul, marking the 50th anniversary of the Korean War -- a grizzled old colonel with a white handlebar moustache and the Medal of Honour around his neck.

But what caught my attention were two Canadian war medals nestled among the 26 medal ribbons he wore -- the Canadian Volunteer Medal with overseas clasp, and Victory Medal from the Second World War.

"How come?" I asked him.

A mischievous grin spread across his face. He introduced himself -- Col. Lewis Lee Millett, a storied American fighting soldier, although I didn't know it at the time.

"I got the Medal of Honour thanks to the Canadian army," he quipped. "The Canadians taught me bayonet fighting, and I led a bayonet charge in the Korean War."

He paused, waiting for inevitable questions.

I was with my friend, Vince Courtenay, both of us Korean vets from the same battalion of the Princess Pats.

Millett, then around 80 years old, told how he'd joined the U.S. Army at age 21 in the summer of 1941 -- and then deserted, because the U.S. wasn't yet in the war.

He came to Canada and joined our army to go overseas. He wanted to fight Nazis.

"As I recall, the Canadian infantry was always doing bayonet training -- stabbing straw-filled dummies, parry, thrust, shouting. It made an impression on me."

After Pearl Harbor, when the Americans entered the war, he transferred back to the U.S. Army, served in North Africa and Italy, winning the Silver Star.

When paperwork caught up with him that he had deserted in 1941, his commanding officer court-martialed him, fined him $50, and promptly promoted him to 2nd lieutenant.

"I believe I am the only colonel in the regular army who was ever court-martialed and convicted of desertion," he laughed.

In Korea, he also won the Distinguished Service Cross, next to the Medal of Honour in prestige, but he seemed inordinately proud of his two Canadian medals.

1oth carson

In the ferocious fighting of early 1951, Millett recalled reading a document that said the Chinese believed American soldiers dreaded hand-to-hand combat, and were fearful of "cold steel".

"We'll see about that, you sons of bitches," he muttered.

At Hill 180, under grenade and rifle fire, he led two platoons in a bayonet charge up the hill.

"I always had my men fix bayonets," he said. "I never forgot the Canadian training. We didn't do much bayonet drill in those days, but I gotta say, those Chinese didn't know what hit them when we charged."

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Millett led the way and routed the Chinese. His Medal of Honour citation reads: "His dauntless leadership and personal courage so inspired his men that they stormed into the hostile position and used their bayonets with such lethal effect that the enemy fled in wild disorder."

In the Vietnam war, Millett was involved in a clandestine intelligence program aimed at subverting and killing Viet Cong in the countryside.

He retired in 1973 when he felt the U.S. was abandoning South Vietnam.

He once told an interviewer: "I believe deeply in freedom. I've fought in three wars, and volunteered for all of them ... I believe as a free man it is your duty to help those under the attack of tyranny. It's as simple as that."

Lewis Millett, old soldier, died on Nov. 14[2009], age 89: A free man, a brave man, an American patriot.

[Rest In Peace Colonel Millet]


1oth carson"Israelis Baffled by News of Defenseless US Soldiers

Many Israelis want to know: why didn't the soldiers attacked by a U.S. Army major-turned-terrorist return fire?

When a Muslim goes, well, Muslim in Israel he is typically shot to death by someone--say, a reserve soldier--within seconds of screaming "Allah Akbar."

In contrast with the Israeli experience, it took 10 minutes before a civilian police officer at Fort Hood was able to shoot and stop Muslim fanatic Nidal Malik Hasan.

How could that happen? How could so many people trained in the strategies and tactics of modern warfare be so defenseless?

The answer--and this may astonish many Americans--is that the victims were unarmed. U.S. soldiers are not allowed to carry guns for personal protection, even on a 340-acre base quartering more than 50,000 troops.

So it goes in brain-dead, liberal America .

Fort Hood is a "gun free" zone, thanks to regulations adopted in one of the very first acts signed into law by anti-gun President Bill Clinton in March, 1993.

POSTscript: Israeli teachers, from kindergarten on up, are also armed; so, a Virginia Tech-type slaughter is highly unlikely at an Israeli university.


Israelis, who have had to combat terrorism all their lives, are not afraid of guns. They are an armed people, ready, willing, and able to defend themselves and their country.

Unlike indoctrinated Americans, paralyzed by fear and political correctness, Israelis understand that people, not guns, kill people.


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Always Remember

In the company of Heroes: Remembering Two Heroes of Telemark and One Daring Knight Errant who Once Ago, Did Their Part to Save The World From The Nazi War Machine


By the VOS EDITOR at large

December of last year and earlier this month of February, 2010 were somber months for losing legendary Special Forces warriors.

While the month brought of news of the 8 CIA contractor operators and active SF troopers and Rangers who perished in battle, time finally caught up with three heralded men whom we at VOS feel exemplified all there ever be in the Unconventional and commando warriors. As their missions truly saved the world from a great tyranny these three once gaved all there was, to have you learn about them now. Thus they are legends to us all.

OA bombne of them, sported a pre and post war life as an actor which over shadowed his really significant world changing commando combat exploits.The other two most certainly took part in the most significant commando operation against  Nazi occupied Europe and quite frankly,  despite modern revisionist insights into Nazi records, were the last two men of the team which prevented the Nazis from easily engineering an Atomic weapon.... Yes that's right an A-Bomb, just like ours.

 In fact the the 2 men   were the real 'Heroes of Telemark'  would sometimes down play their  real life roles which Hollywood long ago made a great action film  out of But unlike like the actor, they were from  a society torn by tradition and progress and as soon as the post war world 'progressed' enough into the future, time ensured public fanfare on these men slowly eroded from them.

tood dashingThe actor's name was Richard Todd, a true Irish- British gentleman and member of the British 7 Para regiment Airborne during WW II. His war and combat commenced just after midnight 400 feet above a Normandy farm, D- Day, June 6th 1944.

The last two heroes of Telemark were Norwegians Knut Haugland and Jens Anton Poulsson of the Norwegian Independent Company 1 (NOR.I.C.1 - pronounced as Norisen in Norwegian). A British Special Operations Executive (SOE) group formed in March 1941 for the purpose of performing commando raids in occupied Norway. The group organized under leadership of Royal Norwegian Army Captain ( and ironically prior pre -war Norwegian film actor) Martin Linge The title did not have much resonance in Norwegian and they soon became better known as Kompani Linge (Linge's Company). Linge's death early in the war came to enhance the title, which became formalized as Lingekompaniet.

Haug PoulssonAs noted above our January issue memorialized the loss of our 8 great CIA officers killed in Afghanistan. In putting the December and January issues of VOS together we knew of Mr. Todds and Mr. Hauglands passing -- (Ironically Haugland's Own wartime exploits where his team was under constant threat to the Gestapo hunters is similar to the present day life of the operators in Afghanistan behind the lines who perished-no safe haven) -- which actually was a better thing. As with the now additional unfortunate loss of Haugland colleague, Jens- Poulsson makes this remembrance much more poignant as their lives on but only one of their mission teammates Joachim Ronneberg.

To some of you high speed, low drag fellow operators reading this the terms 'Englishman' or 'British Gentleman.' it has a slight dandy's image about it. The sort of the image Hugh Grant shows on screen today as a uncommitted waffling dilettantes...or Sir Roger Moore showed you as a not so tough 007? (7th ParaNothing tough guy in the term like you see watching Daniel Craig and Sean Connery portraying Bond has.) Nothing rugged in its phrase like the American 'outdoorsman' or cowboy ; let alone SAS or SBS operator you may have known. It is a term supporting everything seemingly weak in the modern Britons empire has caused it to fade and shrink into a quick sand of socialist morass, shaking all the empires traditions with anything particularly macho about it. Yes... we here know how 'uncool' and even alien a term like 'British Gentleman' sounds to many Americans reading this now.... and yet, the term did and does have true natural toughness and nobility -- a stiff upper lip, respectfulness based on experience and trust that the man described by such a term would -- if so politely -- never falter in the face of danger and be always dutiful, reliant and have a optimistic faith. When one thinks of a man like that, having that term wrapped upon him, it was never embodied or personified by anyone better than the recently late great Richard Todd.

Just when one thinks we should give up on the UK ... for a myriad of travesties which her progressive politicians have crucified her with socialism... Or the isloated socialism of a place Norway ....a true British gent like Richard Todd and heroes like Haugland and Poulsson pass on and the power and true travesty of their remembrance makes an unexpected yet large loss of three noble knights impact to those looking . Even though Todd was never in his life time knighted.

In a way these three were as obscure to anyone in our modern world as a muzzle loading Brown Bess is to the SOPMOD M-4. Yet because of the interconnectivity of the internet the power of his past becomes a very present example of all we who attempt to preserve and remember here, is all about. The internet in a instant renews this editor's faith in that there are a rare few left in England, who ' get' why we are often referred to as "our cousins".  Heroes T colourRemembrances of Mr. Todd show he was both as tough as they come and as quiet and reserved and dignified about his place in there world and what he meant to them as both a warrior and as a professional actor in the same ways warrior actors in the U.S like Jimmy Stewart who were gentlemanly and tough and -- get this one --"conservative," -- like Jimmy Stewart, Lee Marvin Glen Ford and Audie Murphy were to generations of Americans. (Todd will be remembered by many of the older Americans reading this too.)

For Richard Todd, like Knut Haugland and Jens Poulsson Norways legendary Kompani Linge commando saboteurs, many of their countrymen worked against impeachable odds in modern uncaring nearly apologetic progressive British and Norwegian Society for their service to their nation and her veterans and her people. Poulsson and Haugland went onto become living legends from their society for their wartime service.

Todd's tale, was also given interesting celebration -  as a warrior officer who happen to reprise his role in the Normandy D-Day landings, via post war acting jobs in ' D-Day The Sixth of June' and 'The Longest Day'. (Ironically Poulsson Haugland and company portrayed themselves in the classic Norwegian film 'Kampen om tungtvannet'(1948) or released internationally as Operation Swallow: The Battle for Heavy Water.-- which the Kompanui Linge men liked --The largely fictional Hollywood account of the sabotage, The Heroes of Telemark (1965), staring Kurt Douglas and Richard Harris as character amalgamations of Poulsson and Haugland and others. Though action packed to audiences it was  accpted as nonsense by Poulsson himself.  Though eventually a BBC television documentary series, 'The Real Heroes of Telemark '(2003), sticks more to the facts than the Hollywood film it is named after. It also describes the survival aspects of the attack - how to survive for months in a mountain cabin....and the USA Public broadcasting program ' NOVA: Hitlers Sunken Secret ( 2003) also shows the real sabotage action against the Vemork plant.

Haugland, who also was the last survivor of the six-man Kon-Tiki crew, had met Kon-Tiki leader Thor Heyerdahl in 1944 at a special forces training camp in England when he was a training as a radio operator. In typically nonchalant fashion, Heyerdahl had written to Haugland, whom he thought was bound to be "fed up hanging around at home by now, and would be glad to go for a little trip on a wooden raft", to invite him on board. That post war legend became the Kon-Tiki adventure which inspired generations. Heyerdhal would later after the war later select Haugland to join the expedition on the basis of the heroics Haugland acquired when he joined the Kompanui Linge . Haugland was selected by SOE to train with three others for 'Operation Grouse,' the recon element to set up the raid on a hydroelectric power station near his hometown where the Allies suspected that heavy water, a key component in the atomic weapons process, was being produced in order to build a Nazi atom bomb.

 Norsk 1At the time, Europe's major supply of ammonia came from the Norwegian Vemork hydroelectric plant, run by Norsk Hydro, near Rjukan in the Telemark region.              The technology is very simple and straightforward. Heavy water (D2O) is separated from regular water by electrolysis because the difference in mass between the two hydrogen isotopes translates into a slight difference in the speed at which the reaction proceeds. To produce pure heavy water by electrolysis requires a large cascade of electrolysis chambers, and consumes large amounts of power. Since the production of hydrogen relied on electrolysis at Vemork, heavy water was a routine by product. After the Nazis took control of the Norsk Hydro plant in 1940, they expanded the number of electrolytic cells from nine to 18, doubling the plant's production of heavy water.
Apparatus BDestruction of the plant was mounted by the Combined Operations command particularly the Special Operations Executive  or SOE in November 1942. The plan consisted of two operations: the first would drop a number of Norwegian locals into the area as an advance force, and once in place a   party of British engineers would be landed by military glider to attack the plant itself.

CabinHaugland and Lieutenant Jens Anton Poulsson - Grouses team leader -- parachuted with their two others team mates ( the late Arne Kjelstrup and Claus Helberg ) all SOE trained Norwegian Commandos,  onto the Hardangervidda plateau in the Telemark region of Norway on October 18, 1942in advance of  a planned rendezvous with British commando engineers ('Operation Freshman'). From their drop point in the wilderness they had to ski a long distance to the plant, so considerable time was given to complete this part of the mission, known as Operation Grouse. This plan, unlike those which did not succeed before, included the team studying and memorising blueprints. However the rendezvous never materialized: For the Britons' gliders tragically crashed and the survivors were tortured and executed by the Gestapo.
As a result the Germans were alerted to Allied interest in heavy water production, but Haugland and Poulsson and company ordered to wait on Hardangervidda, where they built a remote camouflaged cabin and commenced on what has been know as the test book on arctic winter combat SERE the world over - as the evade German patrols and survived the cold months subsisting on moss and lichen. Poulsson, knowing they were facing a depressing Christmas. set out on Christmas eve on skis to go hunting. After a frozen physically challenging chase, just in time for Christmas, he barely shoots a wandering reindeer which sustained them for the months into the new year.

TRadiohrough sub-zero temperatures Haugland kept in contact with the British using a radio to which he improvised spares using a stolen fishing rod and an old car battery. Every night at 1am he would make contact, often unable to control the chattering of his teeth, using the password "three pink elephants".

Gunnerside onto VIt would be  February 1943, before the Grouse Team joined 'Operation Gunnerside' (named after a grouse moor owned by Sir Charles Hambro, head of SOE) was mounted. Six Norwegian commandos were dropped by parachute, and after a few days' search, met up with Poulsson, Haugland and company for a new assault on the hydroelectric plant. The combined Grouse and Gunnerside team was renamed ' Operation Swallow'.

Norsk Hydro

Up cliffThe heavily defended Vemork plant was now surrounded by mines and floodlights and accessible only across a single-span bridge over a deep ravine. The Norwegians climbed down the ravine, waded an icy river and climbed a steep hill where they followed a narrow-gauge railway. 

"During the operation, I stood guard in the factory fence, 10 meters away.... I remember I was very calm the whole evening. If I had fired one shot we would had blown it, we were in the factory. Then had to get away, " 
~ Col. Jens-Anton Poulsson on his leading the Vemork Heavy water raiders February 27 and 28th 1943(... in 2006)
 Vemork Sketch 1

With Poulsson and company on the watch, they demo team would finally enter the plant by a cable tunnel and through a window.

Gunnerside teammate Ronneberg tore open his rucksack and began placing the sausage-shaped explosive charges on each of the cylinders, which, down to the very last detail, were exactly the same as the models they had used in the reconstruction back in Britain. Ronneberg had laid about half of the 18 charges when he heard a shattering of glass, and he spun around to see Sergeant Birger Stromsheim climbing in through a window from the back of the plant.Stromsheim helped Ronneberg secure the final charges and then checked them over twice while his leader laid the fuses. Setting the chargesOriginally, they planned to set two-minute fuses, but fearing that someone inside the plant might undo their work, they laid two extra 30-second Bickford fuses as a precaution. Just before they lit the fuses, the guard said, "Please, I need my glasses. They are impossible to get in Norway these days." It was a surreal moment and the request stopped the three raiders in their tracks, bewildered by this change to the script, this brief snapshot of civilian anxiety at the critical point of a crucial military operation. Ronneberg lit the fuses and the raiders then rushed out of the steel cellar door into the night.

Out of plant When they were no more than 20 yards away they heard the dull thud of the explosion. The sound was muffled by the noise of the power station and the thick concrete walls, and the covering party wondered whether the demolition party had laid the charges properly. But Ronneberg knew from the sound that the cylinders had been destroyed and that 3,000 pounds of heavy water-about four or five months' production-would be awash on the basement floor, flowing towards the drains.

"The explosion itself was not very loud...It sounded like two or three cars crashing in Piccadilly Circus." ~ Col .Jens Anton Poulsson on the explosion of the heavy water appartus in the plant

IDestroyedn the ensuing sabotage hundreds of kilograms of heavy water was destroyed. (While they succeeded in destroying the heavy-water stocks and all nine saboteurs made it to safety, the Nazis had the heavy-water apparatus up and running a mere five months later, instead of the one to two years the raid's plotters had hoped for. In the end, however, the Germans never succeeded in using the heavy water to make an atomic weapon) Though 3,000 German soldiers searched for the saboteurs, all escaped. The Nazi heavy water project never recovered..

In1oth carson For the Escape while the majority Gunnerside members - Idland, Kayser, Stromsheim Storhaug and Skinnerland skied 250 miles directly to the Norwegian /Swedish border.... Swallow leader Poulsson escaped and evaded to Oslo first, (with Gunnerside team mate Ronneberg ) and later via Sweden to the United Kingdom, before returning to Telemark by Parachute Insertion eventually leading a force of 300 Norwegian SOE commandos in what was known as SOE 'Operation Sunshine'.

1oth carsonMeanwhile Haugland, ( Kjelstrup and Heller) separately hid on Hardangervidda for two months before going to Oslo to train radio operators for the Norwegian resistance. Despite being known to the Gestapo, he twice used the clandestine sea crossing known as "the Shetland bus" to reach Scotland. In autumn 1943 he visited London for supplies and training in new code techniques and returned by parachute.

1oth carsonIn November 1943 he was arrested, only to escape, and his luck and courage held firm again the following year, when, on April 1, one of his transmitters, hidden inside a chimney at the Oslo Maternity Hospital, was located by direction-finding techniques. Thor Hyerdhal would later write on what happened to his eventual 'ship-mate' Haugland, that day:

"The whole building was surrounded by German soldiers with machine-gun posts in front of every single door. The head of the Gestapo was standing in the courtyard waiting for Knut to be carried down....Knut fought his way with his pistol down from the attic to the cellar, and from there out into the back yard, where he disappeared over the hospital wall with a hail of bullets after him....On the run, Haugland managed again to escape to Britain and[then later would ] return to Norway..." ~Thor Heyerdhal on Haugland

Haugland as the ever self effacing Norwegian recently commented on the fanfare attributed to his being a hero which he considered himself not to be :

"I never use that word about myself or my friends. We just did a job."

~Knut Haugland

He and Poulsson and he rest of their Grouse- Gunnerside- Swallow teammates, were testaments to that statement which is shared by every operator worth a damm any where in the world who since the dawn of man "just did a job. " But their quiet professionalism action was not just any job. Any more than Richard Todd's action as an Airborne Trooper with the British 7th Para at Pegasus Bridge during the Normandy invasion, was not just any old bridge on some random operation.

Haugland and Poulsson and their team members made sure the potential serious Nazi Atomic weapon would not be happening. which at the time they understood little of the largeness and world changing power which crippling the Norsk Hydro heavy water plant at Vemork would ultimately personify. They were in their minds just doing a job.. 'Job's ' Poullson Escappinglike theirs, remind us of our own present day concerns which yet to have taken place ( or publicly acknowledged ) modern incarnation will be any coalition or allied operation stopping any Iranian or Paki or North Korean; Chi-com or Rus-kie nuclear weapon ambitions, today.

Thoughis was not until decades after the war that we did not know how progressed or far froma atomic bomb the Germans were, upon reading about the Vemork Heavy water operation Winston Churchill wrote a note:

"What rewards are to be given to these heroic men???"

But first, Churchills own country man Richard Todd on the other hand, was to have his war ....

Tood Drop spot  CaenRichard Andrew Palethorpe-Todd was born in Dublin on June 11 1919 into an aristocratic Anglo-Irish family. His father was a British Army physician who had gained three caps for Ireland at rugby before the First World War; his mother was a noted beauty and horsewoman. The family moved to Devon when Richard was very young, although due to his father's Army commitments a few of his childhood years were spent in India.

Richard's mother wanted him to make a career in the Diplomatic Service, but he set his sights on becoming a playwright. After Shrewsbury School he enrolled at the Italia Conti Academy to "learn something about the theatre". There, instead of becoming a writer, he caught the acting bug. His chosen career path, he recalled in later life, led to a rift with his mother so deep that when he learned, aged 19, that she had committed suicide, he did not waste time grieving, having lost all affection for her.

Todd, while training as an actor, appeared in the crowd scenes for two Will Hay movies and as an extra in A Yank at Oxford (1938). But the main focus of his ambition was the stage. After leaving drama school he performed in regional rep and in 1939 joined the newly-founded Dundee Repertory Theatre.

Then World War II erupted onto Europe. Todd volunteered the day after war was declared and was commissioned in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in 1941. In 1943 he applied to become a parachutist, and in May of that year was posted to the 7th Parachute Battalion - part of the 6th Airborne Division. For the Normandy landings, he was appointed assistant adjutant. He was first man out of the door of the C-47 Dakota which droped him under fire during the British Airborne landings into Normandy.

A todd 1st out"Although I had 40 jumps under my belt, I had no experience of dropping under fire. But I remember looking out and seeing the tracer bullets zipping past us. I thought what a pretty sight it was with all the coloured lights. "I didn't think about the risk to my life, I just jumped."Bullets zipped by as I jumped. I hit the ground 6 seconds later and came under intense fire.."

~ Richard Todd

His crucial mission? Todd's 7th battalion of the Parachute Regiment was to hold the bridges over the River Orne and the Caen Canal three miles inland, stopping the German forces from getting reinforcements to the beaches. That allowed the Allies in the seaborne landing to advance inland. These were the only bridges which could support panzers or tiger tanks for the Germans to counter the D- Day landings at Normandy and although a glider force preceeded his battalion to the target is as noble as it gets, mates! No Script. No 'Take two'... The odds against him were beyond anything the modern warrior might ever face and at 00.40 hours on June 6, 1944, he launched himself towards the ground:

*Six seconds later, after dropping from only 400ft to minimize the risk of being shot in the air, he crashed down in a cornfield under intense attack from more German gunfire.

"Being first out of the first plane wasn't my idea I assure you. But immediately I could see I was lucky. My plane had benefited from the element of surprise. We'd come under a lot of enemy fire but nothing compared to the flak the other planes behind were getting....Looking up I saw whole planes full of paratroopers being brought down. We lost a lot of men that way."

~ Richard Todd

Todd's 1oth carsonlanding site was just half a mile from the bridge and after taking cover in the woods he linked up with his commanding officer, Lieutenant- Colonel Geoffrey Pine-Coffin, and his team.

They trekked across farmland to the target. Todd's battalion took most of the losses in those bloody first hours of D-Day They had dropped 610 men but by 10am they had just 200 men left. Todd believed 65 men were killed during fighting at thea TODD SHOOTINGeen among the first to meet the glider force, under the command of Major John Howard, defending Pegasus Bridge, a scene memorably recreated in two epic films in which Todd later starred. In D-Day, the Sixth of June (1956), he played the commanding officer of his unit who vies for the affections of Dana Wynter with his Yank rival Robert Taylor.

In The Longest Day (1962), which was based on the book of the same name by the London Telegraph special WW II war correspondent Cornelius Ryan1oth carson and at a cost of $8 million( 1962 U.S. dollars), was the most expensive black and white film made until Schindler's List -- Todd took the role of Major Howard, performing one scene opposite the actor playing himself (a role he turned down because as he would much later recall "I did not do anything special that would make a good sequence").

"I was, in effect, standing beside myself talking to myself," ~ Richard Todd

TgROUSE gUNNERSIDEhe odds Poullson and Haugland and their Grouse- Gunnerside- Swallow teammates overcame with out casualty to them selves until later in the war, became the textbook for behind the lines unconventional operations and combat SERE survival story. Their ' never give up ' attitudes, something Haugland later carried on ot the Kon-Tiki expedition, would infleuence operators and adventurers the world over. A recent post in a British paper on Haugland stated:

"Kon-Tiki (along with Winston Churchill) influenced my own 'never give up' attitude since childhood. We certainly need more heroes as these now"

~Michael Torre, in The Times, December 29, 2009

"What a life. I can just remember my brother reading Ra and [Kon]-Tiki when we were kids in the 60s. I saw the [Heroes] of Telemark too on tv. But the real and actual thing, the word Hero is not enough."

~ Michael Casey, in The Telegraph, December 29, 2009

 Over the Christmas period I watched (for the umpteenth time but it never gets old) Heroes of Telemark - a film based on a true World War II event, the sabotage, by the Norwegian Resistance of a hydro plant used to make heavy water for the Nazi war machine.

Today The Times published the obituary of Knut Haugland one of the original heroes on whom the film was based. He was also the last surviving member of the Kon-tiki expedition. And another World War II veteran who proved my theory that having stared certain death in the face once (or twice) survivors of that period decided to go on and do even more in peacetime.

As this decade closes, shaped by an obsession with people 'famous for being famous' and who only have a talent for publicity, the death of Haugland is a reminder that there are some exceptional people in the world and it is to them we should look for inspiration." ~ Mark Izatt

hOLD UNTILIronically reading those remembrances reminded this the writer-adventurer-warrior spinning this yarn your way; that long ago he too, in a younger version of himself was greatly influenced by this tale of 'real heroes of Telemark' and 'Kon Tiki' ; as well as that famous passage Richard Todd mutters as he portrays his real life Major John Howard in 'The Longest Day', "Hold until Relieved...Hold until Relieved..."

This two month later remembrance of them has allowed us to give you the reader better insight to see that although we American warriors often stand alone in the waves of bad guys of the world stage; we are often however shadowed upstaged by mostly unappreciated - fading quiretly into the night heroic legends that our school childeren and our young and old elite warriors know very little about . Especially those our 'across the pond' British and Norwegian cousins like Todd or Poulsson Haugland and their Grouse, Gunnerside Swallow Teammates.

Since World War II, both British and Norwegian warriors contributions --have as you can see with these three gentlemans efforts --far from footnotes against the likes of the John Siglaub, Aaron Banks, Walter Mess, Jim Eubank or Peter Ortiz-es'...(...'Who-in-the-hell are these guys you ask??? Well search 'e m out for your self tough guy know it alls!)

The silent passing to all of us who knew the tales of Haugland and Poulsson's and their co-patirot Heroes of Telemark is of no less of a testament to the present Norwegian FSK (Forsvarets Spesialkommando), Haerens Jegerkommando and Marinejegerkommandoen (MJK) (= "The navy ranger command" or Naval Commandos) who have lead distinguished service in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Iraq, today.

As for Mr. Churchills Comments on those heroes of Telemark??

Most of not all of those the Grouse- Swallow-Gunnerside teammates were highly decorated for the Vemork and SF Hydro actions...

A POULSSON Colonel Jens Anton -Poulsson native of Rjukan, the town nearest the Vemork plant was a life long prewar experienced mountaineer. He always had a pipe. The head of the London-based spy outfit SOE he worked for, wrote that Poulsson "showed a spirit of persistence that is beyond all praise." For his beyond praise and specific leadership in the Grouse- Swallow Gunnerside actions, was awarded Norway's War Cross with Sword, after his return to United Kingdom in 1943. It was presented to him by King Haakon at a ceremony at the SOE school STS 26 Commando training school in Scotland( near Nethy Bridge, Drumintoul Lodge, Aviemore, Inverness-shire) the Norwegian Holding School / Main Headquarters of Linge Company ). Poulsson was also decorated with the Defence Medal with Rosette and Haakon VIIs 70th Anniversary Medal, and the British Distinguished Service Order (DSO). In 1960 Poulsson was leading the Danish-Norwegian (DANOR) battalion in the UN force UNEF in Gaza. From 1961 he held various leading positions in the Norwegian Army, and has been a colonel since 1968. He headed the Royal Norwegian Army's (RNA) "His Majestys The Kings Guard' from 1961-1965, he was second in command for RNA Brigade Nord from 1967-1968 and he headed the RNA 3rd Infantry from 1980-1982...And throughout his life -- due to his SERE expolits in the harsh Arctic Norway winter conditions -- remained throughout his life the the recognizeded NATO leader of Arctic/ Winter combat SERE and commando skiing operations.

Poulsson died early February 2nd, 2010 aged 91 years old.

-Knut AKnut Haugland was twice awarded Norway's highest decoration, the War Cross with Sword, and was awarded the British Distinguished Service Order(DSO) and Military Medal, the French croix de guerre and legion d'honneur, and, postwar, the Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav....After the war, Haugland continued his military career for many years, except for 1947 when he took part in the Kon-Tiki expedition. He participated in the Independent Norwegian Brigade Group in Germany from 1948 to 1949, continued in the Forsvarsstaben Forsvarsstaben until 1952, when he was transferred to the Royal Norwegian Air Force, headed the electronic intelligence service in Northern Norway, an important position during the Cold War He held the ranks of major from 1954 and lieutenant colonel from 1977. He left the Air Force in 1963 to become acting, later permanent, director of the. Norway's Resistance Museum, retiring from this position in 1983. He was also the director of the Kon-Tiki Museum from its start in 1947 to 1990, rounding off his career as board chairman of the Kon-Tiki Museum in 1991. Haugland also served as J.S. Wilson's attache at the 1949 12th World Boy Scout Conference in Elevesaeter, Norway [Wilson (1888-1969) - the Scottish Boy Scouts luminary and friend and contemporary of General Baden-Powell, was recruited by him to head the World and International Boy Scout Movement ). Five of the six men in the Kon-Tiki expedition were Scouts.

1oth carsonThor Heyerdahl Jr. wrote: "Knut Haugland challenged his destiny more than most, and was known not only ' for thinking well, but thinking fast.' He built up one of Norway's most-visited museums which attracts around a quarter of a million people every year...It became an independent and self-financed foundation with its own research department and the world's largest private Pacific library. Grants are given to researchers from many countries, as a basis for scientific projects that otherwise never would have been realized. The Kon-Tiki Museum today is central in Pacific research from the other side of the globe..."

In 1951 he married librarian Ingeborg Prestholdt.He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ingeborg, three grown children and several grandchildren.

Haugland Died on Christmas Day 2009 at age 92.

--1oth carsonRichard Todd, Captain British Royal Army and motion piciture actor, was one of the first British officers to land in Normandy in advance of the main D-Day landings and went on to become Britain's highest-earning matinee idol of the post-war years; He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in 1949's 'The Hasty Heart.' He would play action legends Robin Hood, Rob Roy, Sir Walter Raleigh his most memorable role was that of Wing Commander Guy Gibson, VC, in The Dam Busters (1955) . Ian Fleming had preferred Todd to take the lead as 007 in "Dr. No" in 1962,  but a schedule clash opened the way for Sean Connery to define the part.. Refered to by many a Brit as the Englishmans "Audie Murphy" was not due to his being highly deocrated but rather as Murphy personified the down to earth American Hero, Todd he was the real flesh and blood embodiment of the true Britisih gentleman Hero. His real world and onscreen exploits championed the nobility and legacy of English Bomber Squadrons and the Airborne Troopers with his being a role model to post World War II Englishmen and boys of the 1950's

Todd died on December 3rd 2009 at age 90.

[The personal praise for Mr. Todd which follow below respect and honors which follow below or reposted from the December 4th Daily Telegraph in th UK, illustrate that Great Britons have always been there to join the good fight and that they will continue to be there to cause great havoc when the winds of war come-a-callin! We hope you will see an example of what character and a beloved a term 'British Gentleman' personified --to many a Englishman in those post World War II years after 1945 in the form of Richard Todd: officer, humble and iconographic British Gentleman; real world and fantasy man of action, and inspiration to entire generation of Brits( and some Yankees) ---One of the lasting true role models of Special Forces as interpreted in a British form.

Perhaps, these comments are why we here at Voice of the Soldier make monthly the effort to have you see where those things you are doing now come from. To show you, that even in a society such as the UK whose noble traditions are often shoved aside, loosing an icon as obsecure to most of you and the presumed very modern British society as Mr. Todd was ; and how being reserved and yet dignified while quietly professional as you live on past your glory days, will be something those shared by many of all generations who follow you, will remember long after you depart, by those you will never meet.

One does not have to fade lightly into the night... should you, like Poulsson Haugland and Todd -- stay your course and never falter in who you are or what you do to stand for your country.

Rest in Peace To them all... ~ VOS Editor]

On Richard Todd :

"As an American baby boomer I admired John Wayne and all the rest of the Hollywood commando's who single handedly won WW2... What a laugh. In later years I came to realize the truth, and appreciate the devotion and heroism of the real hero's, men like Richard Todd, my dad, and the millions like them who's sacrafices those many years ago enable us to enjoy what we take for granted today. Mr. Todd has always been a favorite of mine. Thank you, and all the veterans of the United Kingdom for what you've done. The world can never truly repay you. "

~By Housiaux.. Posted November 5 2009 .

"A brilliant actor and a terrific soldier Richard Todd amongst so many brave young men - 6th June 1944 as Sir Winston famiously said "this may not be the end, it may not even be the beginning of the end, however it is the end of the beginning" He was right as history shows - 10 months later May 8th 1945 the war ended VE Day - Sir Richard Todd? if not why not?"

~By Michael Reust in Virginia.. Posted July 13 2009

"As a (travel) radio broadcaster in Los Angeles, I was invited by the French government to attend the 60th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6th, 2004. It was surreal to see Pegasus Bridge and think about Richard Todd playing John Howard - I have often wondered if he was still alive, and so am thrilled to see that he is! Although being there on June 6th 2004 will always be one of the MOST memorable moments in my life, I wish I could have seen Mr. Todd in 2009 - I still hear those immortal lines that he spoke in the movie 'Hold until relieved.' "

~By Rigger.. Posted July 5 2009

"Brave man, volunteering to fight the day after war is declared. How many people would do that nowadays? ..." ~ cbee

"My dad fought alongside Richard Todd across Germany in WW2 ending up in Wismar on the Baltic (and ended up in East Germany. No-one knew he was an actor and he was known as "Sweeney Todd". Later he told my dad that he did not disclose his acting background because he was frightened the men would think he was homosexual. Dad said he was a good bloke. " ~Ian Lockwood

"Part of England died today..." ~David Greenwood

7th Par memorial

"He was a true gent and a true British hero, one of a rapidly diminishing breed. My favourite story about Todd was his ad-lib in the film "The Longest Day"; when he's told that Pegasus Bridge had been secured and that now the glider troops had only to await the arrival of 7 Para he quipped "they'll be hours yet, 7 Para are always late". Of course on D-Day itself Richard Todd was the Adjudant of 7 Para."

~Rich Hughes

"...He served with my late father during the war in the 7th ( Light Infantry ) Battalion The Parachute Regiment. I am sorry i never got to meet him. Airborne to the last, now with his comrades of the 'glorious 7th ' snd he will be mourned amongst the Airborne Brotherhood."


"There followed an orgy of swashbuckling heroics in Disney's The Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men (1952), The Sword and the Rose (1953) and Rob Roy, The Highland Rogue (1954), all of which served only to prove that Todd was no Errol Flynn." What a mean-spirited thing to say!


A1oth carsonll I know is that as a seven-year-old tree climber at the time, I considered Mr. Todd, in those movies, to be exactly the kind of rascally rogue I hoped to become when I grew up. "

~ Christopher Hanks

"Sad to hear of the passing of a brave and grand type, he championed the airborne and the aircrews of bomber command." ~Paul Micklethwaite

"A true officer, gentleman and role model for all young men brought up in the 50s and 60s. Will we ever see his like again?" ~Owen Hammond

"What a smashing chap and very much one of a dying breed. I had the good fortune to meet him once about 10 years ago. I asked him about his fellow subaltern with whom he served in 1944, Lieutenant 'Todd' Sweeney. The oft repeated anecdote is that they met on Pegasus bridge a little after midnight in the early hours of 6th June, when Sweeney was supposed to have said, 'hello my name is Sweeney; they call me Todd' and Todd was reported to have replied, 'thats funny, my name is Todd and they call me Sweeney'! The reality was a little more prosaic as of course they knew one another well. Todd had told Sweeney before take off that he would meet him on the bridge that night. In the event Todd was able to jump out and surprise Sweeney with a 'Aha, I told you I would see you on the bridge'. "

~ Warwick Blench

"I listened to a recording of Richard Todd on the radio last night describing the colleagues he lost after he parachuted into France during the war. Clearly, even years later, it left a mark upon him that still to this day could make him cry. Some obituaries really touch you as you feel that you have lost someone you knew, and this is one of those. Mr. Todd was clearly one of those exceptional human beings for whom nothing bad was ever written about or said; he will be missed by all who knew him. If there is a God, and you have now met him, I hope he has blessed you, and may you rest in peace. I salute you, sir!"

~Matthew Biddlecombe

"Richard Todd was a basically sound chap. This type has been mocked by some modern cycnics, but he is gradually disappearing from English life, more's the pity..." ~Malcolm

"Vale a terrific actor and lovely gentleman. Dambusters was a great film and made a profound impression on me as a lad.

I always found it a fascinating irony that he lived in a small village near Grantham, and the plans for the actual Dambuster raids were developed in Grantham.."

~ Robert

"...The now, sadly, late and irreplaceable Richard Todd may, in his many acting roles, have been perceived as the quintessential English gentleman but he was born into an Anglo-Irish family in pre-partition Ireland. The family home where he spent much of his chilhood was in Co Antrim. He should, therefore, be more accurately described as a true "British" not "English" gentleman."

~J Mac

"A great Irishman and a great British war hero. We are as proud of him here in Ireland as you so rightly are in Britain. Ar dheis De go raibh a ainm."

~ Dave Cunnigham

"Another wonderful actor has died Rest in Peace Richard you will always be remembered especially in your war films - a wonderful actor and handsome too. You will be missed.."


"Fascinating, about Richard Todd being in Longest Day where he had been in real life - sort of like our Audie Murphy.

Every inch the British officer."

~.Lou Coatney

"...40 years later, I went to the prep school that Guy Gibson attended, and he was held up as a supreme role model for us (rightly). Richard Todd was a very brave man in his own right and he portrayed another era of people where they did what was right and not what was best for himself. .Given the scandals of recent years (MP expenses and bankers' bonuses), he should be remembered as an example of what once made GREAT Britain great. May he rest in peace."

~Nick Winstone-Cooper

"Having been in action in a real war and succeeding that with a long and distinguished acting career, it is difficult to understand why Richard Todd was never given a knighthood or other honour. The more so when one looks at some of the trash which gets feted in this way these days. I like to think Richard Todd is having a reunion with his former comrades-in-arms, and meeting Guy Gibson."

~ Roderick The Great

"Although he was never Knighted...a few days after the 65th D Day Anniversary,which I attended with my Son, a [World War Two]Lancaster[Bomber] flew over my house in Grantham to celebrate Richards 90th Birthday nearby...Tremendous!! Knighthoods are given out freely nowadays, having a Lancaster giving you a flypast...much better than a Knighthood me thinks !!"

~ Stephen


"Sadly we are losing another gentleman from a bygone era the likes of which we won't see again.Real heroes carry themselves with dignity,humility and who stand as beacons to all those young men born in the 50's & 60's.On behalf of us all I doff my cap in gratitude,so RIP Sir Richard for the likes of you are what made Britain Great."


"My darling Richard is gone, just cannot believe how popular an actor he was to the world, all these 67 years I thought I was the only one who loved him. RIP."

~ Margret White

"1oth carsonIn these days of vacuous so called celebrities and and a country that is quickly losing its identity. Richard Todd represented a lost golden age, a true hero, a great actor. Rest in peace." ~ Jed Ambrose

"Sleep well sir you deserve to rest awhile before joining your old comrades once again. Im sure major Howard will be there to meet you. God bless you."

~Sue Robinson

"There is a much hackneyed expression 'They don't make them like that anymore. ' In Richard Todd's case it is very true."


[And from us at VOS, Rest in Peace Richard Todd.,Jens-Anton Knut Thank you for your service to all free men!"]


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SF Troopers sharpen Mountain Warfare skills

FORT CARSON, Colo. (USASOC News Service, Jan. 30, 2010) -
Day one was complete ... almost.

A Green Beret skins up a short, but steep hill with a rucksack weighing more than 40 lbs., and an M4 rifle slung across his front. The snow had been falling off and on all day, and the Soldier with his team was headed back to base camp after a long day of range operations.

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VBSS Dane Frogs

Danish forces storm ship captured by pirates and rescue 25-strong crew Warship thwarts hijacking in rare maneuver

Danish special forces -- a team from Denmark's elite Frogmen unit. They bounced across the waves in a dinghy and scaled the sides of the cargo ship using grappling hooks. They secured the bridge, released the crew and then launched an hours-long search for the pirate the crew had seen. They found no one -- intervene to save a cargo ship in the middle of a pirate attack. 

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MARSOC Marine receives award for actions in Afghanistan

Story by: Cpl. Richard Blumenstein

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Jan. 5, 2010) - "There I was... we were moving into a location that we were suppose to check out, to see if any enemy strongholds were there. As soon as we came into the location we started taking fire on our vehicles, RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades), rifle rounds, small-arms fire. They were beating on us," said Gunnery Sgt. Michael Perella as he recalled the epic battle in October 2007, which led to him receiving the Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device Nov. 25, 2009.Perella was deployed to the Helmand, Province, Afghanistan as an assault team leader and joint terminal attack controller with 2d platoon, Company G, 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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The new look of 5th Special Forces Group

FORT CAMPBELL, KY. (USASOC News Service, Feb. 2, 2010) - A multi-million dollar construction project is currently under way to give the Soldiers of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) new, specially designed buildings. These updated facilities will accommodate both growing battalions and improve the overall preparation for future missions.

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FORT LEWIS, Wash. (USASOC News Service, Feb.3, 2010) - A U.S. Special Forces Soldier was killed when an improvised explosive device exploded during a patrol Jan. 28 in Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Rusty Hunter Christian, 24, was assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) headquartered at Fort Lewis, Wash. He was a Special Forces engineer sergeant. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star and the Meritorious Service Medal.


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FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Feb. 2, 2010) - Two Army Special Operations Forces Soldiers died Jan. 29, as a result of injuries sustained during an incident in the Wardak province in Afghanistan. Capt. David J. Thompson, 39, was a member of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). His military record lists Hooker, Okla. as his home of record. Spc. Marc P. Decoteau, 19, was a member of 6th Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne), 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne). His military record lists Waterville Valley, N.H. as his home of record.


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Lee ArcherLieutenant-Colonel Lee Archer
Recognized as the only black American pilot fighter pilot "ace" during the Second World War, Lieutenant-Colonel Lee Archer, was a member of America's segregated "Tuskegee Air Men" ; who fought both the Nazis, racism and prejudice, both within and outside the Army, he and his comrades none the less served their country with great distinction. Died on January 27 at aged 90.

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John Leavitt
Born of Mayflower ancestory, was A Conneticut Yankee in the RAF , John Leavitt, was an Air and Secret warrior during World War Two who attacked the German battleship Tirpitz on two occasions before nearly destroying Hitler's alpine redoubt in Austria; and became an OSS man specializing in Middle Eastern Affiars preempting his later and long and distinguished career with the CIA...He died New Years Eve 2009 aged 91.

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Charlie Wilson
The fun-loving, truly patriotic Texas congressman, former Naval Lieutenant and defense hawk whose exploits were recounted in the book and film 'Charlie Wilson's War' ; whose backroom deal making funneled millions of dollars in weapons to Afghanistan, via the assistance of of two CIA Agents and the support of President Ronald Reagan who backed the whole plan and gave the order to provide the CIA backed underdog mujahedeen rebels the Stinger missiles that denied the Soviets air supremacy in Afghanistan and turned the momentum of battle after 1986 to beat back and bankrupt mighty Soviet Red Army, and eventually the Soviet Union died February 10th in Texas aged 76.

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Lady Ridsdale
Lady Ridsdale-- Inspiration for Miss Moneypenny...
Lady Ridsdale, who died on December 16 aged 88 was, as the wife of Sir Julian Ridsdale MP, the doyenne of her generation of Conservative consorts; as an assistant in naval intelligence during the Second World War to a Naval Inteligence officer named Ian Fleming and was an inspiration for his character of Miss Moneypenny, in his James Bond novels.

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WiddowsAir Commodore Charles Widdows
Air Commodore Charles Widdows, who has died aged 100, joined the RAF in 1926 as an aircraft apprentice. He tested Hurricanes and Spitfires and while battling Nazis in the sky commanding a night fighter squadron during Battle of Britain, he was awarded a DSC. At the time of his death on January 10, he was the Battle of Britain's oldest surviving pilot.

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1oth carsonLieutenant-Colonel Bill Barclay
Lieutenant-Colonel Bill Barclay, who has died aged 87, was awarded a Military Medal at the Battle of Arnhem in 1944; his experiences, recorded in detail in a memoir, provide a gripping soldier's-eye account of front line action during what proved one of the greatest Allied reverses of World War II.

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