Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: Featured Advance Book Release: “Alamein: a Trooper...

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: Featured Advance Book Release: “Alamein: a Trooper...: Featured Advance Book Release: “Alamein: a Trooper's Tale” Author: Don Trotman Memoir ISBN-13: 978-1-925230-23-9   RR...

Featured Advance Book Release: “Alamein: a Trooper's Tale”


Featured Advance Book Release: “Alamein: a Trooper's Tale”

Author: Don Trotman

Memoir

ISBN-13: 978-1-925230-23-9

 

RRP $24.95

Sid Harta Publishers, Melbourne Australia

 

 

As our two jeeps turned the corner of the fort, we found ourselves looking up at three large eight-wheeler German armoured cars, not ten yards away, their 20mm guns trained on us. At the same instant, a clear voice, with a slightly American accent, called, “Put your hands up, boys!”
Don Trotman was witness to and participant in one of the most significant events of World War Two — the turning of the tide against the forces of Nazi Germany in the second battle of El Alamein in Egypt. He was subsequently ambushed by the Afrika Korps and shipped off to German-occupied Europe as a prisoner of war.
This engaging and warm memoir recounts his many adventures during the war.

 

 

Author bio

After a few months pen pushing back at the Admiralty, I became bored, and being a keen amateur photographer, I resigned from the Admiralty and found a job with a photographic studio.
The Australian Government was advertising for ex-servicemen to emigrate to Australia, so I applied at Australia House in London, and in early 1948 I was on the boat to Sydney. There I worked as a photographer with Dayne Studio until 1952, when I married Pamela, a Queenslander, and jointly set up a photographic studio in Brisbane. We had four adopted children.
Encouraged by an architect friend, I took a six year evening course while working in the daytime in architects’ offices. I became a registered architect in January, 1966.
I’m a railway fan from school days, a keen photographer, have been the president of Kingston School for Seniors for eight years, and a life member of Kingston Mens’ Probus Club.

 

 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: Indonesia arrests more than a dozen in pre-Christm...

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: Indonesia arrests more than a dozen in pre-Christm...:   JAKARTA: More than a dozen people have been arrested by Indonesian anti-terrorism police, authorities said on Monday, as they beef ...

Indonesia arrests more than a dozen in pre-Christmas terror sweep


 

JAKARTA: More than a dozen people have been arrested by Indonesian anti-terrorism police, authorities said on Monday, as they beef up security in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Police said they detained 13 suspected militants in separate, pre-emptive raids over the weekend across the Southeast Asian nation, which has long struggled with Islamic militancy.

The arrests took place in South Sumatra, East Java and West Kalimantan over the weekend.

One of the men arrested in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-biggest city, was known to have gone to Syria in 2013 and has links to Abu Jandal, an influential Indonesian militant who fought with the Islamic State group in the Middle Eastern country, authorities said.

Another suspect was involved in a February terror attack in the Indonesian city of Bandung, where a pressure cooker bomb exploded in a park before a gun battle erupted nearby, leaving one militant dead.

Indonesia’s anti-terror squad can detain and hold suspected extremists for seven days without charge.

Indonesia has suffered a string of deadly incidents, including a Christmas Eve attack in 2000 that left 18 dead and scores injured.

In 2002, a bomb in a Bali nightclub killed over 200 people while, more recently, a suicide bombing and gun attack claimed by IS in the capital Jakarta killed eight people in January 2016. AFP

 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: Nuclear-capable Russian Tu-95 bombers in 1st-ever ...

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: Nuclear-capable Russian Tu-95 bombers in 1st-ever ...: Nuclear-capable Russian Tu-95 bombers in 1st-ever Pacific patrol from Indonesia’s West New Guinea https://www.rt.com/news/412367-rus...

Nuclear-capable Russian Tu-95 bombers in 1st-ever Pacific patrol from Indonesia’s West New Guinea


Nuclear-capable Russian Tu-95 bombers in 1st-ever Pacific patrol from Indonesia’s West New Guinea


 From Kerry Collison, Jakarta Correspondent DEFENSE & FOREIGN AFFAIRS STRATEGIC POLICY WASHINGTON.  Contact Melbourne 0408537792

Published time: 7 Dec, 2017 19:43 Edited time: 7 Dec, 2017 21:32

 

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A pair of Russian Tu-95MS strategic bombers has flown a maiden patrol mission over the South Pacific from a military base in Indonesia. Crew and support staff had to deal with an unfamiliar tropical environment to successfully navigate and complete the mission.

The two Tupolev bombers, which can carry nuclear weapons, flew Tuesday from Ukrainka Airfield in Russia’s eastern Amur region to the Biak Airbase in Indonesia’s easternmost Papua province. The almost 7,000km flight with mid-course in-flight refueling took about 10 hours, which was longer than the pilots expected. Bad weather prompted several changes in their flight course, they told journalists.

A pair of Ilyushin Il-76MD military transport planes had arrived at the site a day ahead, carrying equipment and support crews. The mission, it turned out Thursday, was more than just a social visit to Indonesia. The Tu-95s, known as “Bears” in the West, flew a patrol mission over the southern Pacific before returning to the Indonesian base. The patrol was the first of its kind for the Russian Air Forces and was without incident, despite the persistently difficult weather conditions in the region.

“The goal of the flights is to train pilots in navigating in the southern hemisphere as well as confirm the reliability of the control systems. The support logistics of the Biak Airfield was also confirmed during the mission. The planes were prepared for the patrol on schedule,” said Lt. Gen. Sergey Kobylash, commander of the Air Forces’ Long Range Aviation division.

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Military officials confirmed that the equipment proved to operate adequately in the hot and humid climate of Indonesia. The hosting country also shouldered its part of the joint mission, including fueling the Russian bombers and hosting the visiting Russian military contingent, the general added. Some 110 Russians arrived in Indonesia for the patrol, with Indonesian military officials saying the visit was part of a navigation exercise and will last until Saturday, the Jakarta Post newspaper reported.

Indonesia was a key partner of the former Soviet Union in the early ‘60s, but relations between them soured when anti-communist sentiment in Indonesia escalated into a wide-scale US-supported purge, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 500,000 supporters of the Indonesian Communist Party. Moscow and Jakarta reestablished ties in the last years of the USSR and became close partners in arms trade in the mid-2000s.

The Indonesian military, currently, has a number of high-tech Russian military hardware in service, including Sukhoi Su-27 and Su-30 fighter jets, Mil Mi-17 and Mi-24 helicopters and BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles. Moscow and Jakarta are currently negotiating a contract for Su-35 fighters, which, if signed, will make Indonesia the second country after China to acquire the advanced Russian aircraft.