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  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,696MI6 Agent
    edited January 9
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    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • Sir MilesSir Miles The Wrong Side Of The WardrobePosts: 25,131Chief of Staff
    Daily Mail: Unmanned 'spy ship' powered by solar energy and designed to avoid detection is found in Scotland.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8827043/Unmanned-spy-ship-powered-solar-energy-designed-avoid-detection-Scotland.html

    If it’s powered by solar energy no wonder it was found in Scotland - there isn’t any sun there to power it :))
    YNWA 96
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 30,801Chief of Staff
    :( Alas, that is true.
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    This is a great scene from the movie "The 12th man" about SOE agent Jan Baalsrud and his desperate escape to Sweden in WWII.
    12 Norwegian SOE agents traveled to northern Norway on a small fishing vessel to sabotage the Germans, but they are attacked when they were about to go ashore:

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    Next scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCRFPT3F2W4&feature=emb_logo


    The trailer (Eng. subst.) The scenes from about 1 min. were filmed on the gun range I used during my military service.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQNmp50KcPU&feature=emb_logo


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  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    I found the entrie movie online. It's not subtitled, but it's a highly visual movie. The villans are in nazi uniforms, the most evil-looking uniforms in history, but the story is mostly about Jan Baalsrud's battle with the elements. The events in the movie are true with the exception of a couple of a exagerated scenes.
    I suggest anyone with an interst in WWII resistance and survival stories watch it soon, because it's bound to dispear from the net soon:

    Entire movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1tB4ztKP8M

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  • 00730073 COPPosts: 851MI6 Agent
    edited October 2020
    Thanks for the tip-off!

    Had to have a sampler; foookin painful to watch the Hero run around in the snow with one bare foot.

    I have done enough naked frolicking (ask no questions - read no lies :)) :)) :)) ) in the snow in my days to know how that hurts!
    "I mean, she almost kills bond...with her ass."
    -Mr Arlington Beech
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    edited October 2020
    Can you belive the lead actor isn't a an actor, he's a rapper!
    And Jonathan Rhys Meyers did the whole role in German. I think he's good at languages, I saw a movie where he spoke a lot of Mandarin.
  • 00730073 COPPosts: 851MI6 Agent
    Time to contribute something: The story of Ryszard Kuklinski, a Polish army colonel and a CIA asset “Jack Strong”.

    https://visegradinsight.eu/ryszard-kuklinski-betrayed-his-state-but-not-his-nation/
    "I mean, she almost kills bond...with her ass."
    -Mr Arlington Beech
  • The Red KindThe Red Kind EnglandPosts: 1,735MI6 Agent
    Thanks N24. Looks good. Will buy the DVD as it's only £3.00
    "Any of the opposition around..?"
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    That's a great contribution! I didn't know about Ryszard Kuklinski, who in my opinion is a Polish hero.
  • The Spy Who Never DiesThe Spy Who Never Dies UKPosts: 642MI6 Agent
    Number24 wrote:
    I found the entrie movie online. It's not subtitled, but it's a highly visual movie. The villans are in nazi uniforms, the most evil-looking uniforms in history, but the story is mostly about Jan Baalsrud's battle with the elements. The events in the movie are true with the exception of a couple of a exagerated scenes.
    I suggest anyone with an interst in WWII resistance and survival stories watch it soon, because it's bound to dispear from the net soon:

    Entire movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1tB4ztKP8M

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    It's also on Netflix (UK). I will watch it tonight, hopefully. Thanks N24.
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    There's been some talk about The Guns of Navarone lately, mostly by me. We know it leans heavy towards the cinematic and not the realistic, but I wonder about the mountain climbing part. I'm thinking of not just climbing mountains, but using ropes and other equipment to do so. Were there any cases of WWII special forces doing mountaineering on an operation? We know many SF units trained at it , including the Commandoes.
    I know of the US Rangers climbing Pointe du Hoc on D-day, but that was in the elite infantry role and not really special operations in my opinion. Can anyone think of an example?
  • 00730073 COPPosts: 851MI6 Agent
    edited October 2020
    Number24 wrote:
    There's been some talk about The Guns of Navarone lately, mostly by me. We know it leans heavy towards the cinematic and not the realistic, but I wonder about the mountain climbing part. I'm thinking of not just climbing mountains, but using ropes and other equipment to do so. Were there any cases of WWII special forces doing mountaineering on an operation? We know many SF units trained at it , including the Commandoes.
    I know of the US Rangers climbing Pointe du Hoc on D-day, but that was in the elite infantry role and not really special operations in my opinion. Can anyone think of an example?

    Would Operation Gunnerside count? It's the raid on the Norsk Hydro Vemork plant.

    Also: I don't know for sure, I would have to dig up some reference, but I would wager that British covert teams operating in the Balkans as well as in the Greek islands had to do some rock climbing.
    "I mean, she almost kills bond...with her ass."
    -Mr Arlington Beech
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    Gunnerside doesn't count. The saboteurs had to pass a gorge on the way to the factory, but they didn't use any ropes and the main danger was not knocking over any stones that would alert the German guards,
    I agree the Balkans and hte Greek islands (like in the movie) are our best bets.
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,696MI6 Agent
    edited January 9
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    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    On Stalin's Secret Service - Richard Sorge
    An entertaining video on Stalin's main spy in Japan, one of the few cases of spies who probably vhanged history.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn9NyRfbSOo
  • The Spy Who Never DiesThe Spy Who Never Dies UKPosts: 642MI6 Agent
    I watched The 12th Man. What an amazing story! All the people who put themselves at risk by helping him were incredibly brave, as was he.
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    They absolutely were. There are some exagerations, let's say the Germans were much less active in the actual events, but the real story was always Jan Baalsrud's fight to survive in hte harsh nature and the civilians who saved him.
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,696MI6 Agent
    edited January 9
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    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • Ens007Ens007 EnglandPosts: 863MI6 Agent
    When you & a few mates decide to take a tanker hostage, it is probably wise to not do it when you are only about 30 minutes away from the main base of the elite Special Boat Service (SBS) HQ in Poole, Dorset :)) :))

    Needless to say that it only took 7 minutes for control to be retaken by the elite force. Job well done -{

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/how-elite-sbs-troops-seized-22905622
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,696MI6 Agent
    edited January 9
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    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • Lady RoseLady Rose London,UKPosts: 2,492MI6 Agent
    Ens007 wrote:
    When you & a few mates decide to take a tanker hostage, it is probably wise to not do it when you are only about 30 minutes away from the main base of the elite Special Boat Service (SBS) HQ in Poole, Dorset :)) :))

    Needless to say that it only took 7 minutes for control to be retaken by the elite force. Job well done -{

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/how-elite-sbs-troops-seized-22905622

    Can you imagine when they got the call?

    'Right lads, you're being deployed? '

    'Where too? Afghanistan? Libya? '

    '30 minutes down the road ... just take the car' :)) :))


    Brilliant work by our special forces as per -{
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,696MI6 Agent
    edited January 9
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    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    Yes, that's the main thing. I'm sure they wore masks. :))
  • 00730073 COPPosts: 851MI6 Agent
    Lady Rose wrote:
    Ens007 wrote:
    When you & a few mates decide to take a tanker hostage, it is probably wise to not do it when you are only about 30 minutes away from the main base of the elite Special Boat Service (SBS) HQ in Poole, Dorset :)) :))

    Needless to say that it only took 7 minutes for control to be retaken by the elite force. Job well done -{

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/how-elite-sbs-troops-seized-22905622

    Can you imagine when they got the call?

    'Right lads, you're being deployed? '

    'Where too? Afghanistan? Libya? '

    '30 minutes down the road ... just take the car' :)) :))


    Brilliant work by our special forces as per -{

    :)) :)) {[]

    "How was your day, luv?" "We got deployed!" "WHAT!? And here you are, back already, now you can deploy the garbage to the bin, dinner's ready"
    "I mean, she almost kills bond...with her ass."
    -Mr Arlington Beech
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    Keep 'em coming :D
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    Iranian authorities claim the leader of their nuclear program was assassinated (by Israel?) using a satelite-controled machine gun with artificial intelligence. How Bondian!
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent
    These North Korean spy gadgets are straight out of a James Bond movie

    https://www.koreaboo.com/stories/assassination-tools-used-north-korean-spies-puts-james-bond-shame/

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  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,544MI6 Agent

    This year an unknown novel written by the legendary WWII SOE agent Max Manus will be published. He wrote it in 1948,but decided not to publish it because of the controversial content. The story is set after the war and the main character is the fictional Freddy. He was in the resistance and was a "Rottejeger" ("rat hunter", the term used about people who. assassinated torturers, Gestapo informeres and other dispicable people). Freddy struggle to return to society and normal life and suffer from what we now know as PTSD. Manus himself never was a "rat hunter", but he knew very well agents who were. Max Manus died in 1996 and only his family knew of the novel. Manus published his autobiography in two parts a few years after the war ("It tends to go well" and "It gets serious"). He was a born story teller and the books sold very well. A shortened version of the books was published in English with the title "Underwater saboteur". I look forward to reading his novel "Rottejegeren" ("The Rat Hunter").

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