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Name: Tom Conroy
Gender: Male
Hometown: CT
Home country: USA
Member since: Sat Mar 6, 2021, 08:56 PM
Number of posts: 5,958

About Me

65 years old. Lifelong democrat. Saw JFK in New Haven CT on election eve 1960. I was all of 5 years old. Cast my first vote for Jimmy Carter. Stayed up all night at the English Speaking Union I London to watch the returns. We celebrated the results about 9 AM London time. I cried the morning I learned Bobby Kennedy had been shot. I don't think I ever quite recovered, although President Obama's election helped a lot. These days I'm a moderate democrat and a cultural conservative. I miss the world of good manners, fancy dress and dancing cheek to cheek. Big TCM fan.

Journal Archives

Sapper Patron!


This is what Russia is waiting for:


New video for the Patron obsessed!


Legendary war correspondent John Sweeney's Kyiv Diary Day 104

Happy Birthday John!


The Occasional Patron! (Video)


I'm scouring twitter for these. Have a couple in reserve now.

Europe remembers


I've had to update my thread on the Battle of Sievierodonetsk.

The news this morning is less good, as far as I can tell, from what ISW reported last night. See reply 30.


President Zelenskyy visited the front lines near Severodonetsk today!


Incredible video!

And in the President's nightly address:


The Battle for Severodonetsk

The Institute for the Study of War (not my favorite group) had some good news tonight. (They do keep on top of Russian social media and military bloggers). The Russians have been pushed out of most of Severodonetsk, thus making a fair number of arm chair generals look foolish. The fight continues, but the Russians are losing in close quarter urban combat. Still a long fight, but it's clear which side has the best generals:

Ukrainian forces continued to conduct limited and localized but successful counterattacks against Russian positions throughout Ukraine on June 5, including retaking large areas of Severodonetsk—the city in Luhansk Oblast the Kremlin has concentrated the majority of its forces on capturing. A Russian Telegram channel claimed that Ukrainian troops launched a counterattack north of Kharkiv City, indicating that Ukrainian forces continue to pressure Russian defensive lines near the Russian border.[1] Ukrainian forces are likely seeking to leverage the continued Russian focus on Severodonetsk to conduct counterattacks on other axes of advance. Even as Russian forces continue to pour equipment and troops into the Severodonetsk-Lysychansk area, Ukrainian forces have conducted a successful counterattack in Severodonetsk in the last 48 hours and pushed Russian troops back to the eastern outskirts of the city and out of southern settlements.[2] Ukrainian counteroffensive pressure will likely continue to draw the attention of Russian forces to Luhansk Oblast and therefore leave vulnerabilities in Russian defensive efforts in Kharkiv Oblast and along the Southern Axis. The ability of Ukrainian forces to successfully counterattack in Severodonetsk, the Kremlin’s current priority area of operations, further indicates the declining combat power of Russian forces in Ukraine.


Long, brilliant Ukraine thread by a professional soldier: Gen. Mark Hertling.

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