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Pass and Review

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Pass and Review

President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper, and Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, 20th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stand at attention for a pass and review during an armed forces welcome ceremony at Summerall Field, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Sept. 30, 2019. (DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro)



Low Profile

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Pfc. Carter, a Soldier assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, looks down the sight of his rifle as part of Phantom Major, a major annual training exercise for the New Zealand Armed Forces. A platoon from 1-27 participated in Phantom Major to improve readiness and interoperability with our Pacific partner nation and to build on their ongoing relationship with the NZ Armed Forces originally established during their Joint Readiness Training Center rotation 19-02. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Ezra Camarena, 28th Public Affairs Detachment)



Dancing in the Street

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Dancing in the Street

U.S. Army Spc. Stephenia Ozokwere, Spc. Ana Rodriguez and Spc. Brianna Richardson, U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus, performs during the playing of “Dancing in the Street” at the German American friendship concert, Kaiserslautern, Germany, Oct. 3, 2019. The U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus presented the German American friendship concert to celebrate a year of musical collaboration to foster a strong relationship among the community. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Apolonia L. Gaspar)



Finding the Target

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Finding the Target

U.S. Army Private 1st Class Brandon Benedicks, a Soldier with the New Jersey National Guard’s Battery C, 3-112th Field Artillery Regiment performs tactical training on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Oct. 4, 2019. This image was captured with a tilt-shift lens. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)



Black Daggers

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Black Daggers

A member of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Black Daggers Parachute Demonstration Team prepares to land during the 2019 Thunder Over Dover Air Show, Sept. 15, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The base opened its gates to the public for a free, two-day event to showcase the Air Force and the base’s mission of providing rapid global airlift every day of the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail)



Rapid Trident

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Rapid Trident

Soldiers assigned to Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment engage the opposing force (OPFOR) during a live fire exercise conducted as part of Rapid Trident 2019 at Combat Training Center-Yavoriv, Sept. 16, 2019.



Air Drop

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Air Drop

U.S. Army Paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade jump alongside soldiers from the Turkish Armed Forces and Italian Army during the Joint Forcible Entry Training for Saber Junction 2019 (SJ19), at the Hohenfels Training Area, Sept. 18, 2019. SJ19 is an exercise involving nearly 5,400 participants from 16 ally and partner nations at the U.S. Army's Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas, Sept. 3 to 30 Sept. 2019. SJ19 is designed to assess the readiness of the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade to execute land operations in a joint, combined environment and to promote interoperability with participating allies and partner nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Thomas Mort)



Best Medic Competition

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Best Medic Competition

A U.S. Army combat medic assigned to Regional Health Command-Europe, secures a simulated casualty on a stretcher while under a simulated chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attack during the 21st Theater Sustainment Command Best Medic Competition in Baumholder, Germany, Aug. 22, 2019. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jesse Pilgrim)



Stryker Sunset

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Stryker Sunset

Stryker from 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team provides security for the brigade command post at National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Ca on 4 Sep. Photo by Army Sgt. Ryan Barwick



Sabre Junction

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Sabre Junction

U.S. Army Sgt. Johnny Bonilla, a gunner and cannon crewmember assigned to Chaos Battery, 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, dials in a target of an M777 Howitzer during a live fire exercise as part of Saber Junction 19 (SJ19) at the 7th Army Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Sept. 11, 2019. SJ19 is an exercise involving nearly 5,400 participants from 16 ally and partner nations at the U.S. Army’s Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas, Sept. 3 to Sept. 30, 2019. SJ19 is designed to assess the readiness of the U.S. Army’s 173rd Infantry Airborne Brigade to execute land operations in a joint, combined environment and to promote interoperability with participating allies and partner nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Thomas Mort)



Wet Silk Training

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Wet Silk Training

U.S. Army Soldier, assigned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), participates in Wet Silk Training at Iron Horse Physical Fitness Center on Fort Carson, Colorado, Sept.6, 2019. The training is designed to strength Special Forces as well as enablers during an Airborne water jump. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Christopher Stevenson)



Blackhawk Formation

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Blackhawk Formation

U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk flies in formation over Yamaguchi Bay, Japan during Orient Shield 2019, Sept. 9, 2019. OS 19 is a premier U.S. Army and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force bilateral field training exercise that is meant to increase interoperability by testing and refining multi-domain and cross-domain concepts. . (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob Kohrs, 20th PAD)



Purple Haze

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Purple Haze

Spc. Alec Nitollama, a combat engineer with 65th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, directs his squad through a breach point in the wire during a Bangalore wire breach range August 30, 2019 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The breach range was held as part of a full-scale unit demolitions range, which included concrete and rebar charges, bangalore breaches, and nighttime urban door breaches. This practical familiarization and realistic training enhances the Army's total combat efficiency and lethality.



Eager Lion

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Eager Lion

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Alpha Battery, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, fire a M109A6 Paladin in support of the joint training exercise Eager Lion ’19 at Training Area 1, Jordan, Aug. 27, 2019. Eager Lion is an annual, multinational training event in its ninth iteration which enables partnered nations to strengthen military relationships and exchange expertise. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Angel Ruszkiewicz)



Responding to Hurrican Dorian

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Responding to Hurrican Dorian

OPA-LOCKA, FLORIDA , FLORIDA (4 September 2019) -- Florida National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, from the CBRN Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), load equipment and prepare for potential missions responding to Hurricane Dorian. (Photo by Ching Oettel)



Best Medic

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Best Medic

Army Sgt. Jake Weingarts, left, and Lt. Laura Benz walk to the next location during the 21st Theater Sustainment Command Best Medic Competition in Baumholder, Germany, Aug. 21, 2019. The competition tests medical and warfighter skills.

Photo by Ismael Ortega.



Desert Detonation

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Desert Detonation

Soldiers practice detonating Bangalore torpedoes in Jordan, Aug. 29, 2019, during Eager Lion, a major U.S. Central Command exercise that aims to integrate forces in a multilateral environment. Photo by Army Sgt. Liane Hatch



Chopper Evacuation

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Chopper Evacuation

Green Berets assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) move to load onto a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter for extraction during a training event near Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Aug. 27, 2019. U.S. Special Forces and U.S. Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers conducted a raid and utilized multiple weapon systems ranging from smalls arms weapons to A-10 Thunderbolt ll aircraft. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Steven Lewis)



Interceptor Missile

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Interceptor Missile

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor missile launches during a flight test at the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site in the Marshall Islands, Aug., 30, 2019. The Missile Defense Agency, Ballistic Missile Defense System Operational Test Agency and soldiers assigned to the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade conducted the intercept test. Courtesy Photo.



Honored Performance

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Honored Performance

U.S. Army Drill Team members perform at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Sept. 2, 2019, for veterans who were part of an Honor Flight trip to the nation's capital. Photo by Sgt. Nicholas Holmes


 
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Future Armored Vehicles – Weapon Systems Event Becomes a Webinar

We salute SMi and its sponsors John Cockerill and Lockheed Martin for their bold decision and commitment to the armor community for keeping this event going, providing this virtual venue updating us and providing unique networking opportunities despite the social distancing and travel restrictions imposed on us around the world.

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IAI’s Battle Management Solution Changes the Rules of Combat

OPAL - a decentralized battle management system that enables interconnectivity, data sharing in real-time, enables military forces to meet the challenges of the modern combat arena.

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KADEX 2020

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan - 11 - 13 June 2021

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Israel Debuts New Persistent Surveillance Capabilities at the Singapore Airshow

In a trend to improve wide-area persistent surveillance (WAPS) beyond existing capabilities, three defense industries from Israel unveil groundbreaking, lightweight WAPS systems designed for small, tactical unmanned aerial systems (STUAS) at the Singapore Airshow. These platforms are designed to operate with tactical forces and provide intelligence support to the units in direct contact with the enemy.

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Iran Unveils Raad-500 – A New Tactical Ballistic Missile

Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) unveiled today the existence of a new tactical ballistic missile representing a generation leap in ballistic missile technology. The 4th Generation Raad-500 (Thunder) introduces an improved aerodynamic design, composite casing rocket propulsion, and terminal precision capability.

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SADF Varkpan

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SADF Varkpan

South African Defence Force (SADF) fine dining utensil number one. An SADF "varkpan" (pig pan) from my two years National Service in 1979-1981. This one came back from 7 SA Infantry Battalion (7 SAI) at Bourke's Luck. Found in the back of a cupboard at my mom's place in Pretoria, SA on Sunday, October 16, 2016.



SADF Varkpan

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SADF Varkpan

South African Defence Force (SADF) fine dining utensil number one. An SADF "varkpan" (pig pan) from my two years National Service in 1979-1981. This one came back from 7 SA Infantry Battalion (7 SAI) at Bourke's Luck. Found in the back of a cupboard at my mom's place in Pretoria, SA on Sunday, October 16, 2016.



War Comics

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War Comics

Karl and I spotted these 70's war comics at an antique emporium this lunch time :-) "War comics" like these introduced my generation to foreign phrases for the first time: Banzai Nippon! Achtung Spitfeuer! Gott In Himmel! Teufel! Schweinehund! 😁 Photographed at The Fleetville Vintage Emporium, Hertfordshire, UK, Tuesday, August 23, 2016.



War Comics

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War Comics

Karl and I spotted these 70's war comics at an antique emporium this lunch time :-) "War comics" like these introduced my generation to foreign phrases for the first time: Banzai Nippon! Achtung Spitfeuer! Gott In Himmel! Teufel! Schweinehund! 😁 Photographed at The Fleetville Vintage Emporium, Hertfordshire, UK, Tuesday, August 23, 2016.



1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Jackal - Unsent (1200)

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1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Jackal - Unsent (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1980 Radio 5 - Stand At Ease Postcard - Unsent - Front (1200)

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1980 Radio 5 - Stand At Ease Postcard - Unsent - Front (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Steenbuck - Unsent (1200)

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1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Steenbuck - Unsent (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Lioness - Unsent (1200)

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1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Lioness - Unsent (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1980 Southern Cross Fund Postcard - Front (1200)

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1980 Southern Cross Fund Postcard - Front (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Owl - 7 SAI ML Pautz - Front (1200)

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1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Owl - 7 SAI ML Pautz - Front (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1980 Southern Cross Fund Postcard - Back (1200)

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1980 Southern Cross Fund Postcard - Back (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1981 Kronenbrau 1308 Label SADF (1200)

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1981 Kronenbrau 1308 Label SADF (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1981 SADF 81mm Mortar Sticker (1200)

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1981 SADF 81mm Mortar Sticker (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1981 Kronenbrau 1308 Label SADF

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1981 Kronenbrau 1308 Label SADF

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1981 SADF 81mm Mortar Sticker

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1981 SADF 81mm Mortar Sticker

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



Viva Umkhonto!

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Viva Umkhonto!

The Beaten Generation

During the course of 2015 I recommissioned my 21st birthday present from my father – a Micro Seiki MB-14ST that I brought over to the UK from my mom’s place in South Africa. I’ve also been slowly bringing over my collection of vinyl albums, meticulously selected and acquired, and lovingly cared for between the early-70’s and the late-80’s. They’ve also been stashed away at my mom’s place, protected from the elements in plastic sleeves and stored in bespoke cases holding about 50 albums apiece. Over the course of the past few months I’ve been playing some of the gems in my collection, and it’s been very rewarding to reconnect with my past. Both the good and the “interesting”.

On one of our trips to Europe in the late-80’s my future wife and I made our regular pilgrimage to the music stores, including WOM (World of Music) in Germany. It was here (in which city, I don’t recall) that I bought the LP "Viva Umkhonto!" a compilation of punk and hardcore music that featured previously unreleased material by European and US bands. The record was released in April 1987 as a collaborative effort by two independent labels, namely Mordam Records (USA) and De Konkurrent (Holland), both of whom were strong backers of the struggle against Apartheid. According to a statement on the back of the sleeve, “All money raised by this record goes to Umkhonto We Sizwe. So this was a benefit album for the military wing of the ANC (African National Congress).

For context, allow me to turn to Wikipedia:

Umkhonto We Sizwe (abbreviated as MK, Zulu for "Spear of the Nation") was the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), co-founded by Nelson Mandela in the wake of the Sharpeville massacre. Its founding represented the conviction in the face of the massacre that the ANC could no longer limit itself to nonviolent protest; its mission was to fight against the South African government. After warning the South African government in June 1961 of its intent to resist further acts of terror if the government did not take steps toward constitutional reform and increase political rights, MK launched its first attacks against government installations on 16 December 1961. It was subsequently classified as a terrorist organisation by the South African government and the United States, and banned”.

The album itself was definitely banned in South Africa and so possessing it was illegal. I took it into the country through Jan Smuts Airport (subsequently known as “Johannesburg International” and now, “O.R. Tambo International”) on my return from my trip to Europe and kept it safely tucked away in the belly of the beast in South Africa's capital city, Pretoria.

On the tenth anniversary of the Soweto uprising, the Nationalist regime declared State of Emergency in June 1986. It forbade any action that could undermine the Apartheid state, nationwide. Also forbidden were any kind of “subversive statements”, defined as statements that promoted unlawful strikes, boycotts or civil disobedience, attacked military conscription, promoted disinvestment or sanctions, or that “aggravated feelings of racial hostility”. The penalty for engaging in these actions was a maximum of ten years imprisonment. Ouch - I definitely did not want to be caught with this album!

Of the people detained under these draconian regulations (circa-8,000 in the first couple of months) no names were published with the exception of those released at the discretion of the South African Police. Throughout the State of Emergency, newspapers had to engage in self-censorship, at the risk of being closed down by the government, and many used to print disclaimers alongside their articles that read” “This report has been restricted to comply with the Emergency Regulations”. Some newspapers and magazines were not able to appear, and no news came out of the black townships, except through the state’s Bureau of Information. At the time I stuck stickers on the front of my television screen and computer monitor that read “SABC News is Biased” just to remind myself to be vigilant about government disinformation.

The music on the compilation album is okay, but it’s the packaging and presentation that I really enjoyed as a snapshot of the times, and as an interesting piece of social history. Along with the record were included a poster and a booklet filled with newspaper clippings and ANC propaganda about the armed struggle against Apartheid. It also highlights companies that were breaking economic sanctions by continuing to do business with South Africa. The “Throw Well – Throw Shell” slogan is parody of oil the giant’s official marketing tag-line at the time, namely Go Well – Go Shell. I have uploaded a scan of this booklet to my DropBox.

I’m not going to comment on the accuracy or veracity of the information in the booklet, but in those turbulent times – under a state of emergency, with broad media censorship and where owning certain music could earn you a jail sentence – it was thrilling to see what people abroad were thinking and to read material that was not towing the official National Party line. With the benefit of hindsight, it’s fascinating to see how right Matt Johnson was back in 1989 (The TheMind Bomb). Although he wasn’t talking about South Africa, per se, when he sang that we were the “beaten generation, reared on a diet of prejudice and misinformation”, he pretty much hit the nail on the head. Prejudice and misinformation were weapons in the arsenal on both sides of the struggle in South Africa. I was one of the few pale South Africans to have the privilege of being exposed to both sides of that deformed coin.

The The - "The Beat(en) Generation" - YouTube Video Clip

When you cast your eyes upon the skylines
Of this once proud nation
Can you sense the fear and the hatred
Growing in the hearts of its population
And our youth, oh youth, are being seduced
By the greedy hands of politics and half truths

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

We're being sedated by the gasoline fumes
And hypnotized by the satellites
Into believing what is good and what is right
You may be worshiping the temples of mammon
Or lost in the prisons of religion
But can you still walk back to happiness
When you've nowhere left to run?

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

And if they send in the special police
To deliver us from liberty and keep us from peace
Then won't the words sit ill upon their tongues
When they tell us justice is being done
And that freedom lives in the barrels of a warm gun

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

If you'd like to take a listen to "Viva Umkhonto!" I've found a ripped copy of the LP available for download here.

Also take a look at my Blogger posting.

Cheers, 2016 ©



Throw Well, Throw Shell

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Throw Well, Throw Shell

The Beaten Generation

During the course of 2015 I recommissioned my 21st birthday present from my father – a Micro Seiki MB-14ST that I brought over to the UK from my mom’s place in South Africa. I’ve also been slowly bringing over my collection of vinyl albums, meticulously selected and acquired, and lovingly cared for between the early-70’s and the late-80’s. They’ve also been stashed away at my mom’s place, protected from the elements in plastic sleeves and stored in bespoke cases holding about 50 albums apiece. Over the course of the past few months I’ve been playing some of the gems in my collection, and it’s been very rewarding to reconnect with my past. Both the good and the “interesting”.

On one of our trips to Europe in the late-80’s my future wife and I made our regular pilgrimage to the music stores, including WOM (World of Music) in Germany. It was here (in which city, I don’t recall) that I bought the LP "Viva Umkhonto!" a compilation of punk and hardcore music that featured previously unreleased material by European and US bands. The record was released in April 1987 as a collaborative effort by two independent labels, namely Mordam Records (USA) and De Konkurrent (Holland), both of whom were strong backers of the struggle against Apartheid. According to a statement on the back of the sleeve, “All money raised by this record goes to Umkhonto We Sizwe. So this was a benefit album for the military wing of the ANC (African National Congress).

For context, allow me to turn to Wikipedia:

Umkhonto We Sizwe (abbreviated as MK, Zulu for "Spear of the Nation") was the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), co-founded by Nelson Mandela in the wake of the Sharpeville massacre. Its founding represented the conviction in the face of the massacre that the ANC could no longer limit itself to nonviolent protest; its mission was to fight against the South African government. After warning the South African government in June 1961 of its intent to resist further acts of terror if the government did not take steps toward constitutional reform and increase political rights, MK launched its first attacks against government installations on 16 December 1961. It was subsequently classified as a terrorist organisation by the South African government and the United States, and banned”.

The album itself was definitely banned in South Africa and so possessing it was illegal. I took it into the country through Jan Smuts Airport (subsequently known as “Johannesburg International” and now, “O.R. Tambo International”) on my return from my trip to Europe and kept it safely tucked away in the belly of the beast in South Africa's capital city, Pretoria.

On the tenth anniversary of the Soweto uprising, the Nationalist regime declared State of Emergency in June 1986. It forbade any action that could undermine the Apartheid state, nationwide. Also forbidden were any kind of “subversive statements”, defined as statements that promoted unlawful strikes, boycotts or civil disobedience, attacked military conscription, promoted disinvestment or sanctions, or that “aggravated feelings of racial hostility”. The penalty for engaging in these actions was a maximum of ten years imprisonment. Ouch - I definitely did not want to be caught with this album!

Of the people detained under these draconian regulations (circa-8,000 in the first couple of months) no names were published with the exception of those released at the discretion of the South African Police. Throughout the State of Emergency, newspapers had to engage in self-censorship, at the risk of being closed down by the government, and many used to print disclaimers alongside their articles that read” “This report has been restricted to comply with the Emergency Regulations”. Some newspapers and magazines were not able to appear, and no news came out of the black townships, except through the state’s Bureau of Information. At the time I stuck stickers on the front of my television screen and computer monitor that read “SABC News is Biased” just to remind myself to be vigilant about government disinformation.

The music on the compilation album is okay, but it’s the packaging and presentation that I really enjoyed as a snapshot of the times, and as an interesting piece of social history. Along with the record were included a poster and a booklet filled with newspaper clippings and ANC propaganda about the armed struggle against Apartheid. It also highlights companies that were breaking economic sanctions by continuing to do business with South Africa. The “Throw Well – Throw Shell” slogan is parody of oil the giant’s official marketing tag-line at the time, namely Go Well – Go Shell. I have uploaded a scan of this booklet to my DropBox.

I’m not going to comment on the accuracy or veracity of the information in the booklet, but in those turbulent times – under a state of emergency, with broad media censorship and where owning certain music could earn you a jail sentence – it was thrilling to see what people abroad were thinking and to read material that was not towing the official National Party line. With the benefit of hindsight, it’s fascinating to see how right Matt Johnson was back in 1989 (The TheMind Bomb). Although he wasn’t talking about South Africa, per se, when he sang that we were the “beaten generation, reared on a diet of prejudice and misinformation”, he pretty much hit the nail on the head. Prejudice and misinformation were weapons in the arsenal on both sides of the struggle in South Africa. I was one of the few pale South Africans to have the privilege of being exposed to both sides of that deformed coin.

The The - "The Beat(en) Generation" - YouTube Video Clip

When you cast your eyes upon the skylines
Of this once proud nation
Can you sense the fear and the hatred
Growing in the hearts of its population
And our youth, oh youth, are being seduced
By the greedy hands of politics and half truths

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

We're being sedated by the gasoline fumes
And hypnotized by the satellites
Into believing what is good and what is right
You may be worshiping the temples of mammon
Or lost in the prisons of religion
But can you still walk back to happiness
When you've nowhere left to run?

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

And if they send in the special police
To deliver us from liberty and keep us from peace
Then won't the words sit ill upon their tongues
When they tell us justice is being done
And that freedom lives in the barrels of a warm gun

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

If you'd like to take a listen to "Viva Umkhonto!" I've found a ripped copy of the LP available for download here.

Also take a look at my Blogger posting.

Cheers, 2016 ©



Viva Umkhonto!

anjin-san has added a photo to the pool:

Viva Umkhonto!

The Beaten Generation

During the course of 2015 I recommissioned my 21st birthday present from my father – a Micro Seiki MB-14ST that I brought over to the UK from my mom’s place in South Africa. I’ve also been slowly bringing over my collection of vinyl albums, meticulously selected and acquired, and lovingly cared for between the early-70’s and the late-80’s. They’ve also been stashed away at my mom’s place, protected from the elements in plastic sleeves and stored in bespoke cases holding about 50 albums apiece. Over the course of the past few months I’ve been playing some of the gems in my collection, and it’s been very rewarding to reconnect with my past. Both the good and the “interesting”.

On one of our trips to Europe in the late-80’s my future wife and I made our regular pilgrimage to the music stores, including WOM (World of Music) in Germany. It was here (in which city, I don’t recall) that I bought the LP "Viva Umkhonto!" a compilation of punk and hardcore music that featured previously unreleased material by European and US bands. The record was released in April 1987 as a collaborative effort by two independent labels, namely Mordam Records (USA) and De Konkurrent (Holland), both of whom were strong backers of the struggle against Apartheid. According to a statement on the back of the sleeve, “All money raised by this record goes to Umkhonto We Sizwe. So this was a benefit album for the military wing of the ANC (African National Congress).

For context, allow me to turn to Wikipedia:

Umkhonto We Sizwe (abbreviated as MK, Zulu for "Spear of the Nation") was the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), co-founded by Nelson Mandela in the wake of the Sharpeville massacre. Its founding represented the conviction in the face of the massacre that the ANC could no longer limit itself to nonviolent protest; its mission was to fight against the South African government. After warning the South African government in June 1961 of its intent to resist further acts of terror if the government did not take steps toward constitutional reform and increase political rights, MK launched its first attacks against government installations on 16 December 1961. It was subsequently classified as a terrorist organisation by the South African government and the United States, and banned”.

The album itself was definitely banned in South Africa and so possessing it was illegal. I took it into the country through Jan Smuts Airport (subsequently known as “Johannesburg International” and now, “O.R. Tambo International”) on my return from my trip to Europe and kept it safely tucked away in the belly of the beast in South Africa's capital city, Pretoria.

On the tenth anniversary of the Soweto uprising, the Nationalist regime declared State of Emergency in June 1986. It forbade any action that could undermine the Apartheid state, nationwide. Also forbidden were any kind of “subversive statements”, defined as statements that promoted unlawful strikes, boycotts or civil disobedience, attacked military conscription, promoted disinvestment or sanctions, or that “aggravated feelings of racial hostility”. The penalty for engaging in these actions was a maximum of ten years imprisonment. Ouch - I definitely did not want to be caught with this album!

Of the people detained under these draconian regulations (circa-8,000 in the first couple of months) no names were published with the exception of those released at the discretion of the South African Police. Throughout the State of Emergency, newspapers had to engage in self-censorship, at the risk of being closed down by the government, and many used to print disclaimers alongside their articles that read” “This report has been restricted to comply with the Emergency Regulations”. Some newspapers and magazines were not able to appear, and no news came out of the black townships, except through the state’s Bureau of Information. At the time I stuck stickers on the front of my television screen and computer monitor that read “SABC News is Biased” just to remind myself to be vigilant about government disinformation.

The music on the compilation album is okay, but it’s the packaging and presentation that I really enjoyed as a snapshot of the times, and as an interesting piece of social history. Along with the record were included a poster and a booklet filled with newspaper clippings and ANC propaganda about the armed struggle against Apartheid. It also highlights companies that were breaking economic sanctions by continuing to do business with South Africa. The “Throw Well – Throw Shell” slogan is parody of oil the giant’s official marketing tag-line at the time, namely Go Well – Go Shell. I have uploaded a scan of this booklet to my DropBox.

I’m not going to comment on the accuracy or veracity of the information in the booklet, but in those turbulent times – under a state of emergency, with broad media censorship and where owning certain music could earn you a jail sentence – it was thrilling to see what people abroad were thinking and to read material that was not towing the official National Party line. With the benefit of hindsight, it’s fascinating to see how right Matt Johnson was back in 1989 (The TheMind Bomb). Although he wasn’t talking about South Africa, per se, when he sang that we were the “beaten generation, reared on a diet of prejudice and misinformation”, he pretty much hit the nail on the head. Prejudice and misinformation were weapons in the arsenal on both sides of the struggle in South Africa. I was one of the few pale South Africans to have the privilege of being exposed to both sides of that deformed coin.

The The - "The Beat(en) Generation" - YouTube Video Clip

When you cast your eyes upon the skylines
Of this once proud nation
Can you sense the fear and the hatred
Growing in the hearts of its population
And our youth, oh youth, are being seduced
By the greedy hands of politics and half truths

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

We're being sedated by the gasoline fumes
And hypnotized by the satellites
Into believing what is good and what is right
You may be worshiping the temples of mammon
Or lost in the prisons of religion
But can you still walk back to happiness
When you've nowhere left to run?

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

And if they send in the special police
To deliver us from liberty and keep us from peace
Then won't the words sit ill upon their tongues
When they tell us justice is being done
And that freedom lives in the barrels of a warm gun

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

If you'd like to take a listen to "Viva Umkhonto!" I've found a ripped copy of the LP available for download here.

Also take a look at my Blogger posting.

Cheers, 2016 ©



Viva Umkhonto!

anjin-san has added a photo to the pool:

Viva Umkhonto!

The Beaten Generation

During the course of 2015 I recommissioned my 21st birthday present from my father – a Micro Seiki MB-14ST that I brought over to the UK from my mom’s place in South Africa. I’ve also been slowly bringing over my collection of vinyl albums, meticulously selected and acquired, and lovingly cared for between the early-70’s and the late-80’s. They’ve also been stashed away at my mom’s place, protected from the elements in plastic sleeves and stored in bespoke cases holding about 50 albums apiece. Over the course of the past few months I’ve been playing some of the gems in my collection, and it’s been very rewarding to reconnect with my past. Both the good and the “interesting”.

On one of our trips to Europe in the late-80’s my future wife and I made our regular pilgrimage to the music stores, including WOM (World of Music) in Germany. It was here (in which city, I don’t recall) that I bought the LP "Viva Umkhonto!" a compilation of punk and hardcore music that featured previously unreleased material by European and US bands. The record was released in April 1987 as a collaborative effort by two independent labels, namely Mordam Records (USA) and De Konkurrent (Holland), both of whom were strong backers of the struggle against Apartheid. According to a statement on the back of the sleeve, “All money raised by this record goes to Umkhonto We Sizwe. So this was a benefit album for the military wing of the ANC (African National Congress).

For context, allow me to turn to Wikipedia:

Umkhonto We Sizwe (abbreviated as MK, Zulu for "Spear of the Nation") was the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), co-founded by Nelson Mandela in the wake of the Sharpeville massacre. Its founding represented the conviction in the face of the massacre that the ANC could no longer limit itself to nonviolent protest; its mission was to fight against the South African government. After warning the South African government in June 1961 of its intent to resist further acts of terror if the government did not take steps toward constitutional reform and increase political rights, MK launched its first attacks against government installations on 16 December 1961. It was subsequently classified as a terrorist organisation by the South African government and the United States, and banned”.

The album itself was definitely banned in South Africa and so possessing it was illegal. I took it into the country through Jan Smuts Airport (subsequently known as “Johannesburg International” and now, “O.R. Tambo International”) on my return from my trip to Europe and kept it safely tucked away in the belly of the beast in South Africa's capital city, Pretoria.

On the tenth anniversary of the Soweto uprising, the Nationalist regime declared State of Emergency in June 1986. It forbade any action that could undermine the Apartheid state, nationwide. Also forbidden were any kind of “subversive statements”, defined as statements that promoted unlawful strikes, boycotts or civil disobedience, attacked military conscription, promoted disinvestment or sanctions, or that “aggravated feelings of racial hostility”. The penalty for engaging in these actions was a maximum of ten years imprisonment. Ouch - I definitely did not want to be caught with this album!

Of the people detained under these draconian regulations (circa-8,000 in the first couple of months) no names were published with the exception of those released at the discretion of the South African Police. Throughout the State of Emergency, newspapers had to engage in self-censorship, at the risk of being closed down by the government, and many used to print disclaimers alongside their articles that read” “This report has been restricted to comply with the Emergency Regulations”. Some newspapers and magazines were not able to appear, and no news came out of the black townships, except through the state’s Bureau of Information. At the time I stuck stickers on the front of my television screen and computer monitor that read “SABC News is Biased” just to remind myself to be vigilant about government disinformation.

The music on the compilation album is okay, but it’s the packaging and presentation that I really enjoyed as a snapshot of the times, and as an interesting piece of social history. Along with the record were included a poster and a booklet filled with newspaper clippings and ANC propaganda about the armed struggle against Apartheid. It also highlights companies that were breaking economic sanctions by continuing to do business with South Africa. The “Throw Well – Throw Shell” slogan is parody of oil the giant’s official marketing tag-line at the time, namely Go Well – Go Shell. I have uploaded a scan of this booklet to my DropBox.

I’m not going to comment on the accuracy or veracity of the information in the booklet, but in those turbulent times – under a state of emergency, with broad media censorship and where owning certain music could earn you a jail sentence – it was thrilling to see what people abroad were thinking and to read material that was not towing the official National Party line. With the benefit of hindsight, it’s fascinating to see how right Matt Johnson was back in 1989 (The TheMind Bomb). Although he wasn’t talking about South Africa, per se, when he sang that we were the “beaten generation, reared on a diet of prejudice and misinformation”, he pretty much hit the nail on the head. Prejudice and misinformation were weapons in the arsenal on both sides of the struggle in South Africa. I was one of the few pale South Africans to have the privilege of being exposed to both sides of that deformed coin.

The The - "The Beat(en) Generation" - YouTube Video Clip

When you cast your eyes upon the skylines
Of this once proud nation
Can you sense the fear and the hatred
Growing in the hearts of its population
And our youth, oh youth, are being seduced
By the greedy hands of politics and half truths

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

We're being sedated by the gasoline fumes
And hypnotized by the satellites
Into believing what is good and what is right
You may be worshiping the temples of mammon
Or lost in the prisons of religion
But can you still walk back to happiness
When you've nowhere left to run?

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

And if they send in the special police
To deliver us from liberty and keep us from peace
Then won't the words sit ill upon their tongues
When they tell us justice is being done
And that freedom lives in the barrels of a warm gun

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

If you'd like to take a listen to "Viva Umkhonto!" I've found a ripped copy of the LP available for download here.

Also take a look at my Blogger posting.

Cheers, 2016 ©



Viva Umkhonto!

anjin-san has added a photo to the pool:

Viva Umkhonto!

The Beaten Generation

During the course of 2015 I recommissioned my 21st birthday present from my father – a Micro Seiki MB-14ST that I brought over to the UK from my mom’s place in South Africa. I’ve also been slowly bringing over my collection of vinyl albums, meticulously selected and acquired, and lovingly cared for between the early-70’s and the late-80’s. They’ve also been stashed away at my mom’s place, protected from the elements in plastic sleeves and stored in bespoke cases holding about 50 albums apiece. Over the course of the past few months I’ve been playing some of the gems in my collection, and it’s been very rewarding to reconnect with my past. Both the good and the “interesting”.

On one of our trips to Europe in the late-80’s my future wife and I made our regular pilgrimage to the music stores, including WOM (World of Music) in Germany. It was here (in which city, I don’t recall) that I bought the LP "Viva Umkhonto!" a compilation of punk and hardcore music that featured previously unreleased material by European and US bands. The record was released in April 1987 as a collaborative effort by two independent labels, namely Mordam Records (USA) and De Konkurrent (Holland), both of whom were strong backers of the struggle against Apartheid. According to a statement on the back of the sleeve, “All money raised by this record goes to Umkhonto We Sizwe. So this was a benefit album for the military wing of the ANC (African National Congress).

For context, allow me to turn to Wikipedia:

Umkhonto We Sizwe (abbreviated as MK, Zulu for "Spear of the Nation") was the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), co-founded by Nelson Mandela in the wake of the Sharpeville massacre. Its founding represented the conviction in the face of the massacre that the ANC could no longer limit itself to nonviolent protest; its mission was to fight against the South African government. After warning the South African government in June 1961 of its intent to resist further acts of terror if the government did not take steps toward constitutional reform and increase political rights, MK launched its first attacks against government installations on 16 December 1961. It was subsequently classified as a terrorist organisation by the South African government and the United States, and banned”.

The album itself was definitely banned in South Africa and so possessing it was illegal. I took it into the country through Jan Smuts Airport (subsequently known as “Johannesburg International” and now, “O.R. Tambo International”) on my return from my trip to Europe and kept it safely tucked away in the belly of the beast in South Africa's capital city, Pretoria.

On the tenth anniversary of the Soweto uprising, the Nationalist regime declared State of Emergency in June 1986. It forbade any action that could undermine the Apartheid state, nationwide. Also forbidden were any kind of “subversive statements”, defined as statements that promoted unlawful strikes, boycotts or civil disobedience, attacked military conscription, promoted disinvestment or sanctions, or that “aggravated feelings of racial hostility”. The penalty for engaging in these actions was a maximum of ten years imprisonment. Ouch - I definitely did not want to be caught with this album!

Of the people detained under these draconian regulations (circa-8,000 in the first couple of months) no names were published with the exception of those released at the discretion of the South African Police. Throughout the State of Emergency, newspapers had to engage in self-censorship, at the risk of being closed down by the government, and many used to print disclaimers alongside their articles that read” “This report has been restricted to comply with the Emergency Regulations”. Some newspapers and magazines were not able to appear, and no news came out of the black townships, except through the state’s Bureau of Information. At the time I stuck stickers on the front of my television screen and computer monitor that read “SABC News is Biased” just to remind myself to be vigilant about government disinformation.

The music on the compilation album is okay, but it’s the packaging and presentation that I really enjoyed as a snapshot of the times, and as an interesting piece of social history. Along with the record were included a poster and a booklet filled with newspaper clippings and ANC propaganda about the armed struggle against Apartheid. It also highlights companies that were breaking economic sanctions by continuing to do business with South Africa. The “Throw Well – Throw Shell” slogan is parody of oil the giant’s official marketing tag-line at the time, namely Go Well – Go Shell. I have uploaded a scan of this booklet to my DropBox.

I’m not going to comment on the accuracy or veracity of the information in the booklet, but in those turbulent times – under a state of emergency, with broad media censorship and where owning certain music could earn you a jail sentence – it was thrilling to see what people abroad were thinking and to read material that was not towing the official National Party line. With the benefit of hindsight, it’s fascinating to see how right Matt Johnson was back in 1989 (The TheMind Bomb). Although he wasn’t talking about South Africa, per se, when he sang that we were the “beaten generation, reared on a diet of prejudice and misinformation”, he pretty much hit the nail on the head. Prejudice and misinformation were weapons in the arsenal on both sides of the struggle in South Africa. I was one of the few pale South Africans to have the privilege of being exposed to both sides of that deformed coin.

The The - "The Beat(en) Generation" - YouTube Video Clip

When you cast your eyes upon the skylines
Of this once proud nation
Can you sense the fear and the hatred
Growing in the hearts of its population
And our youth, oh youth, are being seduced
By the greedy hands of politics and half truths

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

We're being sedated by the gasoline fumes
And hypnotized by the satellites
Into believing what is good and what is right
You may be worshiping the temples of mammon
Or lost in the prisons of religion
But can you still walk back to happiness
When you've nowhere left to run?

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

And if they send in the special police
To deliver us from liberty and keep us from peace
Then won't the words sit ill upon their tongues
When they tell us justice is being done
And that freedom lives in the barrels of a warm gun

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

If you'd like to take a listen to "Viva Umkhonto!" I've found a ripped copy of the LP available for download here.

Also take a look at my Blogger posting.

Cheers, 2016 ©


 
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An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., taxis down the Honolulu Airport Runway Jan. 29, 2020. The F-35A aircraft, assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., temporarily relocated to Hawaii to join other flying squadrons in exercise Pacific Raptor.



F-35A Lightning II - Fifth-gen aircraft unite in Hawaii

Senior Airman Ethan Verlinde, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief safes an F-35A Lightning II ejection seat Jan. 29, 2020, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The F-35A aircraft, assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., temporarily relocated to Hawaii to join other flying squadrons in exercise Pacific Raptor.



F-35A Lightning II - Fifth-gen aircraft unite in Hawaii

Senior Airman Ethan Verlinde, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, marshals an F-35A Lightning II taxis down the flight line Jan. 29, 2020, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Lightning II aircraft, assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., temporarily relocated to Hawaii to join other flying squadrons in exercise Pacific Raptor.



F-35A Lightning II - Fifth-gen aircraft unite in Hawaii

Senior Airman Ethan Verlinde, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, marshals an F-35A Lightning II taxis down the flight line Jan. 29, 2020, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Lightning II aircraft, assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., temporarily relocated to Hawaii to join other flying squadrons in exercise Pacific Raptor.



F-35A Lightning II - Fifth-gen aircraft unite in Hawaii

Tech Sgt. Gary Wallace, 944th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief and F-35A Lightning II pilot show off their ‘Panther Claws’ Jan. 29, 2020, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Lightning II aircraft, assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., temporarily relocated to Hawaii to join other flying squadrons in exercise Pacific Raptor.



F-35A Lightning II - Fifth-gen aircraft in Hawaii

A Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 Raptor crew chief observes an F-35A Lightning II taxi down the flight line Jan. 30, 2020, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Lightning II aircraft, assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., temporarily relocated to Hawaii to join other flying squadrons in exercise Pacific Raptor. The exercise is held to integrate the world’s most advanced fifth-generation aircraft, practicing combat scenarios alongside designated ‘aggressor’ aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo)



F-35A Lightning II - Fifth-gen aircraft in Hawaii

Airman 1st Class Jordan Partin, 15th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-22 Raptor crew chief, cheers on an F-35A Lightning II Jan. 30, 2020, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Lightning II aircraft, assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., temporarily relocated to Hawaii to join other flying squadrons in exercise Pacific Raptor.



F-35A Lightning II - Fifth-gen aircraft in Hawaii

A dedicated crew chief from the 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron helps ingress a pilot form the 63rd Fighter Squadron into an F-35A Lightning II Jan. 29, 2020, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Lightning II aircraft, assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., temporarily relocated to Hawaii to join other flying squadrons in exercise Pacific Raptor.



F-35A Lightning II - Fifth-gen aircraft in Hawaii

63rd Fighter Squadron pilot steps toward F-35A Lightning IIs Jan. 29, 2020, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The F-35As, assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., temporarily relocated to Hawaii to join other flying squadrons in exercise Pacific Raptor. The exercise is held to integrate the world’s most advanced fifth-generation aircraft, practicing combat scenarios alongside designated ‘aggressor’ aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)



B-52H Stratofortress, Six F-16 flight formation

US Air Force B-52H Stratofortress, six F-16 Fighting Falcons and four Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2s fly in formation off the coast of northern Japan, Feb. 3, 2020.



USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF

USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF flight operations.



USAF F-16 Viper Aggressor Force Aircraft

USAF F-16 Viper Aggressor Force Aircraft. Flight operations, Nellis AFB.



US Navy EA-18G Growler Electronic Warfare Aircraft

US Navy EA-18G Growler Electronic Warfare Aircraft. Air show flight demonstration. Aviation Nation Air Show, Nellis AFB.



US Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team F/A-18 Hornet Fighter

US Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team F/A-18 Hornet Fighter. Air show flight demonstration, MCAS Miramar Air Show.



US Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team F/A-18 Hornet Fighter

US Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team F/A-18 Hornet Fighter. Air show flight demonstration, MCAS Miramar Air Show.



US Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team F/A-18 Hornet Fighter

US Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team F/A-18 Hornet Fighter. Air show flight demonstration, MCAS Miramar Air Show.



USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF

USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF air show flight demonstration.



USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF

USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF air show flight demonstration.



USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF

USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF air show flight demonstration.



USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF

USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF air show flight demonstration.



J-10 Fighter Jet - Chinese Air Force

A J-10 fighter jet attached to an aviation brigade of the air force under the PLA Southern Theater Command takes off for a flight patrol mission on January 29, 2020. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Wei Jinxin)



J-10 Fighter Jet - Chinese Air Force

A J-10 fighter jet attached to an aviation brigade of the air force under the PLA Southern Theater Command takes off for a flight patrol mission on January 29, 2020. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Wei Jinxin)



J-10 Fighter Jet - Chinese Air Force

A J-10 fighter jet attached to an aviation brigade of the air force under the PLA Southern Theater Command takes off for a flight patrol mission on January 29, 2020. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Wei Jinxin)



J-10 Fighter Jet - Chinese Air Force

A J-10 fighter jet attached to an aviation brigade of the air force under the PLA Southern Theater Command takes off for a flight patrol mission on January 29, 2020. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Wei Jinxin)



USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF

USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF air show flight demonstration.



USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF

USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF air show flight demonstration.



MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Guam

An MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) idles on a runway at Andersen Air Force Base



MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Guam

An MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) idles on a runway at Andersen Air Force Base after arriving for a deployment as part of an early operational capability (EOC) test to further develop the concept of operations and fleet learning associated with operating a high-altitude, long-endurance system in the maritime domain. Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19, the first Triton UAS squadron, will operate and maintain two aircraft in Guam under Commander, Task Force (CTF) 72



MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Guam Wide

Two MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) sit in a hangar at Andersen Air Force Base, The aircraft are deployed to Guam as part of an early operational capability (EOC)



MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Guam

An MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) sits in a hangar at Andersen Air Force Base after arriving for a deployment as part of an early operational capability (EOC)



Aircraft Carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)

The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Arabian Sea, Jan. 31, 2020. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Swofford (Released)



B-21 Raider Concept

This is an artist rendering of a B-21 Raider concept in a hangar at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Ellsworth AFB is one of the bases expected to host the new airframe. (Courtesy graphic by Northrop Grumman)



FA-18 Hornet Fighter Jets

Two Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet Fighter Jets operate in the Central Command area of responsibility, Jan. 17, 2020.



F/A-18F Super Hornet - "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fighter Squadron

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 conducts flight operations. VFA-102 is attached to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Alex Grammar (Released)



USMC F-35B Lightning II

USMC F-35B Lightning II air show flight demonstration.



USAF F-35A Panther Multi-Role Combat Aircraft

USAF F-35A Panther Multi-Role Combat Aircraft. Air show Air Defense Demonstration Exercise. Aviation Nation Air Show, Nellis AFB.



F-16C US Air Force 944th Fighter Wing

An F-16C Fighting Falcon assigned to the 944th Fighter Wing takes off at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz, Jan. 13, 2020. The Total Force integration of the 944th FW and 56th FW, alongside their partner-nation counterparts, produces some of the world’s greatest fighter pilots and combat-ready Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Wongwai)



A-10 Thunderbolt - US air force

Ten A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter aircraft, flown by pilots of the 107th Fighter Squadron, depart from Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., January 21, 2020, during the Snowbird exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Terry L. Atwell)



F-35 Lightning II Pilot's Helmet

F-35 Lightning II Pilot's Helmet. Air show display, Aviation Nation, Nellis AFB.



USAF F-22A Raptor Air Dominance Fighter

USAF F-22A Raptor Air Dominance Fighter. Air show Air Defense Demonstration Exercise. Aviation Nation Air Show, Nellis AFB.



USAF F-22A Raptor Air Dominance Fighter

USAF F-22A Raptor Air Dominance Fighter. Air show Air Defense Demonstration Exercise. Aviation Nation Air Show, Nellis AFB.



MiG-31BM Fighter Jet - Russian Air Force

MiG-31BM Fighter Jet



US Navy EA-18G Growler Electronic Warfare Aircraft

US Navy EA-18G Growler Electronic Warfare Aircraft. Air show flight demonstration. Aviation Nation Air Show, Nellis AFB.


 
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Площадь пожара в зоне отчуждения под Чернобылем существенно выросла

Для тушения пожара задействованы различные виды техники, включая специальную авиацию.



Сербия поставила Пакистану партию модернизированных танков Т-55

Пакистанские военные получили первые 100 танков из 282 заказанных.



Японский эсминец-робот

В следующем году в состав ВМС самообороны Японии будет принят последний, восьмой эсминец-флагман — «Хагуро». И на этом 30-летнюю амбициозную программу «восемь-восемь» можно считать завершенной



Противодиверсионные машины «Тайфун-М»: счёт идёт на десятки

Российские РВСН к настоящему времени получили более 30 противодиверсионных машин «Тайфун-М». Поставки продолжаются. Задачей такой техники является сопровождение и защита ПГРК на маршрутах патрулирования



Донбасс и Украина: «небратья» навсегда

7 апреля – день, когда Донбасс навсегда перестал быть Украиной



Головную подлодку проекта 677 «Санкт-Петербург» отправили на модернизацию

Субмарина совершает межфлотский переход из Баренцева моря на Балтику в надводном положении



Ботинки против сапог - вековая эволюция военной обуви

О чрезвычайной важности для каждого военнослужащего качественной, прочной и удобной обуви, пожалуй, не возьмется спорить никто.



Военнослужащим США рекомендовано самим изготавливать защитные маски

В Пентагоне заявили, что не будут выдавать защитные маски и что личный состав должен сам позаботиться о масках для себя



ВКС восстановит лётную годность ещё двух самолётов Ан-124 «Руслан»

Работы будут проводиться на мощностях ульяновского предприятия "Авиастар-СП", которое занимается этим с 2004 года



Коронавирус заставил Европу вспомнить финансовый кризис 2008 года

Пандемия COVID-19 очень серьезно ударит по европейской экономике. Последствия эпидемии могут быть даже серьезнее, чем финансовый кризис 2008-2009 гг. О том, что делать европейским странам, пишет немецкое издание Die Zeit.



Мир остановился

В МВФ пугают: мол, из-за коронавируса мировая экономика остановилась. Потом, правда, выражают надежду, что в следующем году экономика уже восстановится



Шойгу поручил увеличить вместимость плавучего госпиталя «Иртыш»

Судно должно разгрузить дальневосточные госпитали в случае вспышки коронавируса



В Казани началась сборка установочной партии новых Ту-160М2

Самолеты новой сборки и глубоко модернизированные строевые бомбардировщики Ту-160 ВВС РФ, не будут отличаться друг от друга, однако получили разную маркировку



Нереализованные проекты СССР: от Дворца Советов и «Тайги» до «Спирали»

Советский Союз был горазд на масштабные проекты. В их числе – водохранилища, поглотившие ранее заселённые территории, гидроэлектростанции, перегородившие великие реки.



В Вооруженных силах Украины зафиксирована первая смерть от коронавируса

Скончалась сотрудница одной из воинских частей Ивано-Франковской области



Американское издание сочло коронавирус вызовом для системы Путина

В американском издании Vox появилась статья, которая анализирует влияние нынешней ситуации на политику и экономику России.



В Баку заявили о готовности России поставить ВВС страны боевые самолёты

Делегация Минобороны Азербайджана ознакомилась с истребителями МиГ-35 и Су-35



Минобороны Эстонии получило партию противотанковых управляемых ракет Javelin

Поставка 128 ракет Javelin прошла еще в феврале, однако сообщили о ней только сейчас



В западных СМИ сообщают версии о причинах падения цен на нефть и о саудовском «ультиматуме» Москве

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Истребители Су-57 и МиГ-31К примут участие в авиационной части парада Победы

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Фрегат «Адмирал Горшков» готовят к испытаниям гиперзвукового «Циркона»

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Томос раскола: ситуация с православием на Украине спустя год с лишним после решения Константинополя

Чуть более года назад, в январе 2019 г., был издан так называемый томос Патриарха Константинопольского об автокефалии Православной церкви Украины (ПЦУ). Это решение привело к расколу в украинском православии.



Росгвардия принимает на вооружение пистолет-пулемёт СР-2МП «Вереск»

В настоящее время идет соответствующая процедура



Сила традиции: Вьетнам отказался от западных корветов

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Пара новых вертолётов Ми-8АМТШ поступила на вооружение авиаполка ЮВО

Специалисты инженерной службы полка приняли машины на предприятии-изготовителе, после чего вертолеты были доставлены к месту несения службы.



Генетически модифицированная пища. Что ест человечество

Основной пищей человека являются растения. Изобилие, которое видит горожанин на полках магазинов, появилось не без помощи гормонов.



Пентагон требует дополнительные средства для противостояния России и Китаю

По мнению военных, США теряют лидирующие позиции в Индо-Тихоокеанском регионе



Работы по модернизации САУ 2С7М «Малка» завершены

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Украина расширила санкции против Сирии

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В США призвали «готовиться к самой грустной неделе со времён 11 сентября и Пёрл-Харбора»

Отмечено, что для борьбы с коронавирусом в США развёрнуто несколько десятков военных формирований численностью свыше 50 тысяч военнослужащих, включая тысячу военных врачей.



«Он пытался помочь нам»: экипаж авианосца ВМС США отчитали за преданность капитану

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Страна сваливается в смуту?

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Кадыров решил ответить Мишустину на слова о недопустимости закрытия границ регионов

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Запасы на «чёрный день»: «закрома Родины» для миллионов россиян

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В МИД Украины требуют отменить призыв крымчан в ВС РФ

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Трамп подписал новый «лунный» указ: коммерческая деятельность для американцев в космосе

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Вместо «Белого лебедя» и ПАК ДА: Ту-95МСМ как ближнее будущее стратегической авиации

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Пойти на прорыв: советские подлодки на Балтике в 1942 году

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С литерами «C» и «D». Текущие и будущие работы по модернизации танков M1 Abrams

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Путь кондотьера. Жизнь после жизни Бартоломео Коллеони

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Сирия, 6 апреля: сообщается о гибели генерала САА и солдата армии США

В различных провинциях Сирии продолжаются столкновения между боевиками и подразделениями Сирийской арабской армии (САА). Турция продолжает строительство очередных наблюдательных пунктов в Идлибе, а в Хасаке погиб американский военнослужащий.



Howa Type 89. Своя «чужая» винтовка

Одной из наиболее выгодных особенностей винтовки «Тип 89» по сравнению с «Типом 64» стала меньшая нагрузка на солдата и увеличение количества боеприпасов, которые он мог нести



Просто, но дорого. Пистолет-пулемёт WG-66 (ГДР)

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Швеция без карантина: главный эпидемиолог страны рассказал о ситуации

Швеция продолжает оставаться одной из немногих стран мира, где власти решили на данный момент не вводить жёсткие изоляционные меры и карантин в связи с ситуацией по коронавирусу.



Из Британии приходят противоречивые известия о состоянии здоровья премьера Джонсона

Напомним, что ранее к нации обратилась британская королева. За всё время своего длительного правления Елизавета II обращалась к народу всего четыре раза.



На Северном флоте завершены испытания фрегата «Адмирал Касатонов»

Стелс-фрегат «Адмирал флота Касатонов» закончил программу испытаний на Северном флоте.



Истребители нового поколения: проекты стран Восточной Азии

Уже в самом обозримом будущем ряды стран, производящих самолеты-истребители 5-го и 6-го поколения, могут пополниться государствами Восточной и Юго-Восточной Азии.


Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET

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