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Vickers Tactical: SIG AMT .308 Modern Sporting Rifle

Larry Vickers shows off a ‘unicorn rifle’ – a semi-auto 7.62x51mm NATO SIG AMT.  If I recall correctly, this was the very first ‘modern sporting rifle’ I ever saw – it was in a copy of the 1972 edition of “Gun Digest” that I found in the library at Salmon Arm West Elementary School in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada.


Strike-Hold Sunday Matinee: Bundeswehr Classix – Paratrooper NCO, 1993

A big hat tip to our friends at Soldier Systems Daily for bringing this great YouTube archive to our attention, and to also providing the inspiration for our Sunday Matinee series with their “SSD Saturday Night At The Movies” features.  Cheers Eric!

Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversay

“No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people will, through their righteous might, win through to absolute victory.”  President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Pearl Harbor 75
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(Image copyright: US Army)

From The History Department: WWII U.S. 10th Mountain Division In Italy

Department of Defense, “CLIMB TO GLORY” (1945)

The Big Picture recounts the history of the 10th Mountain Division in Italy, from the division’s arrival in Italy to the capture of Riva Ridge and Mt. Belvedere.

From The History Department: “Special Forces” – The Big Picture 1962

“Distinguished motion picture, stage, and television star, Mr. Henry Fonda, is the host-narrator for this issue of THE BIG PICTURE – which turns its attention to the soldiers of the Special Forces.”

“From the rigorous, demanding training at the Special Warfare Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to an exciting Special Forces Training Mission high in the Bavarian Alps, THE BIG PICTURE audiences will find this release timely, entertaining and informative!”

The film looks in particular at the 10th Special Forces Group.  The 10th Special Forces Group is responsible for operations within the EUCOM area of responsibility, as part of the Special Operations Command, Europe (SOCEUR), as well as parts of Africa and the Middle East.  10th SFG was formed on 19 June 1952, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, under the command of Colonel Aaron Bank. The Group was split in 1953, with one half being sent to Germany, while the other half remained at Fort Bragg to form the core of the 77th Special Forces Group.

In 1968, the majority of the unit transferred to Fort Devens, Massachusetts, with the exception of 1st Battalion, which remained in Germany. Between 1994 and 1995, 10th SFG moved to Fort Carson, Colorado, which remains its current home.

10th Special Forces Group began training with unconventional warfare groups from friendly countries in the 1960s, beginning with NATO allies. The Group has also trained various components of the militaries of several Middle Eastern countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, Iran, as well as Kurdish tribesmen. Units of the 10th SFG have participated in humanitarian missions to the Congo, Somalia, and Rwanda. 10th SFG was deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1991 during the First Persian Gulf War. The 10th SFG has been heavily involved in the War on Terrorism, deploying to Georgia, North, West, and Central Africa, Afghanistan, and to Iraq.

(Hat tip to former 10th SFG member Ken G. for alerting us to the video)

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