Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Read this over Hal.
Let’s see…Let me get my glasses.
Jees you’re getting old.
Just wait…just wait…OK
-----------------------------Your Eyes Only -------------------------------
Sept. 17, 1946
To: President Truman
Strategic Air Command
Submitted by General George C. Kenney
August 1945 - 2.25 million
April 1946 - 485,000
Present Trained USAAF - 515,080
Present recruits - 234,980
Present in SAC - 89,760
Total USAAF August 1945 - 79,000
Total USAAF April 1946 - 9,068 with 21,675 in storage
Present Combat aircraft in USAAF - 7685
Present Combat aircraft in SAC - 2872
August 1945 USAAF - 783
April 1946 USAAF- 177
Present USAAF - 235
Present SAC - 43
Projected SAC by P-Day
Combat Air Craft:
F80A & B jet fighters: 898
P51,P47,P38 Long range escorts: 1563
B29A Heavy Bombers: 793
B29 Silver Plate: 24
Mark III Atomic Bombs: 4
We have increased both our capacity and number of facilities concentrating on England, Spain, Egypt, Libya, Palestine, Selected Islands in the Mediterranean and Turkey.
Our air assets will reveal their presence in our bases in Spain and England in increasing numbers designed to convey our intentions of commencing a bombing campaign from the bases located in the respective countries.
The command in England will be given the designation the 8th Air Force Assigned to the Strategic Air Command. The command in Spain with be designated the 15th Air Force assigned to the Strategic Air Command.
Our bases in the Mediterranean, Turkey and Egypt are top secret, need to know facilities. Personnel assigned to these bases are under high security and are permanently assigned until further notice. At this point we are confident that the Soviets are unaware of our acquiring and expanding of these assets.
Notes on Personnel:
As per Presidential order 3769:
All of the personnel recruited and placed in SAC have undergone the highest security clearance available. Each and every member of SAC has been virtually hand picked and then extensively interviewed and their backgrounds thoroughly checked.
We are confident that all personnel are worthy of the highest security clearance. We have spent countless hours ascertaining the loyalty of our personnel. We are confident that our personnel are true American’s whose only loyalty is to God and country.
This has meant compromises and many “old hands” and highly trained USAAF personnel were not chosen for SAC for various reasons.
The Counter Intelligence Corps will use the presence of some or our more well known strategic bombing experts. They will be used to affirm our intention, to enemy intelligence services, of our intent to use the bases in England and Spain as our main staging areas for any future bombing campaign. Similar to the use of the First US Army Group commanded by General Patton before D-Day.
The Strategic Air Command will have a hard transition period and mistakes will be made as many SAC personnel were placed in positions they are as yet untrained for and lack experience. Security was and is paramount. We will make operational errors that may well cost lives because of this inexperience.
However there will be no security breaches.
This was accomplished in order to fulfill the requirements of the Presidential order.
We are about to embark on a bombing campaign like no other and we are going to accomplish our goals. We may die trying. When the day is done we will succeed.
General George C. Kenney
Commander Strategic Air Command
Well … it needs a little revising but it’s a good start.
Screw you Hal and the horse you rode in on.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Scandinavian Defense Union
Intelligence Bulletin # 13
September 18th, 1946
NATO and Russian OOB:
During the opening weeks of the invasion we believe the NATO nations lost something like 30 divisions destroyed or surrendered. Our best estimates put the breakdown of those divisions at; 8 British divisions, 10 American divisions, and 12 French divisions. We also know that a number of British and French troops were successfully pulled out by sea from the north of France. While a solid group of American divisions managed to pull back through France to Spain.
On the Russian side we know that they took light loses in the opening weeks of the invasion of Germany. But they took heavy losses during battle near the French coast. We believe they lost something close to 14 divisions during those battles. From American intelligence reports we believe the Russians continued the advance into southern France with another 125 divisions.
As of now the front seems to have stabilized on the Spanish border. But interestingly, so far it seems that the forces holding that line are mainly Spanish, Portuguese, North African French, and then a mix of odds and ends for the rest of the smaller NATO nations. The question is where are the large numbers of new American, British and Canadian units?
During the last war we know that the 3 major NATO nations combined were able to field close to 100 infantry divisions, and 30 armored divisions. From NATO meetings we have a good idea of the mobilization plans for this war, but given the world situation we are deeply concerned with their ability to meet those goals.
From what we have found the British field 6 infantry divisions, 4 armored divisions, 1 airborne division, 3 independent armored brigades, and 9 independent tank battalions. The question is with unrest in India, the Middle East, and Africa can those units be available to fight the Russians? The Canadians have so far raised 3 infantry divisions, 2 armored divisions, and an airborne brigade. The Australians and New Zealanders are fielding 4 infantry divisions, and 2 armored brigades. Due to the native upraising and political change the South Africans claim they will not be able to deploy any of their troops out of southern Africa for the time being.
The Americans plan to field 70 infantry divisions, 5 airborne divisions, 6 marine divisions, 2 mountain divisions, and 18 armored divisions.
By 1945 we know the Russians fielded something close to 350 infantry divisions, 120 Guards infantry divisions, and 50 cavalry divisions. They also fielded 24 tank and 13 mechanized corps, and 30 independent tank brigades. By the end of the last war most of those divisions/corps/brigades were not at full strength. From reports we have received at the end of the Second World War the average non Guards infantry division had anywhere from 6000 to 8000 personnel, the average guards infantry divisions 10000 to 14000 personnel. The tank/mechanized Corps were really division sized formations, and the tank brigades were regiment size.
From NATO reports we know that the Russians have so far not moved any of the 90 divisions that are occupying Manchuria, Korea, and Sakhalin/Kuril islands. But NATO also is unable to tell us at what strength those units are at. From NATO reports we know that the units that attacked into Germany were at full strength. That was also true for the units that attacked Finland. The question is how did the Russians managed to bring so many units up to full strength so quickly? Did they disband or merge under strength divisions? Did they strip their borders in other areas?