Saving the Children – Pt 1

Not many people know about the life of Sir Nicholas Winton but it was back before WWII that he led a heroic charge to save the lives of about 669 mostly Jewish Czechoslovakian children destined for the Nazi death camps in an operation known as the Czech Kindertransport.

Who would not be moved by watching that short clip? Think of all those children (now adults) who were rescued by this one man.

In this 3 part series I will detail the efforts of another man leading the charge in modern day America, and to a certain degree, across the globe.

But, let’s back up and talk about how our troops have been trained over the last year. It’s very interesting to look at the new training our military is going through. Look at this series from the beginning of 2019 in MilitaryTimes.

“The tech it takes to fight subterranean” by Todd South, Frebruary 26, 2019 MilitaryTimes

In his report, Mr. South, discusses “working through tunnel systems can quickly devolve into the primitive, to ­soldiers and Marines belly-crawling with pistols and flashlights, but a range of ­updated technology is now used for ­underground spaces and threats.”

As part of subterranean and other urban combat, troops often have to breach heavy doors and other barriers. Check out the “manual breaching” techniques.

In the companion video, “The subterranean battlefield: Warfare is going underground, into dark, tight spaces,” they discuss why the focus on going underground.

“In the Zhawar Kili complex, Navy SEALs encountered a cave system in the early days of the Afghan War. They thought it would take a day to clear. Nine days later they had searched 70 reinforced tunnels, destroying 50 of them, including 60 structures inside a facility that included a mosque, repair shops, a medical facility and communications center.”

Todd South, MilitaryTimes, February 26, 2019

In “The subterranean battlefield: Warfare is going underground, into dark, tight spaces,” Todd South has another video with the caption:

In the modern battlefield, troops might have to fight an enemy in the vast subways and water systems underneath huge cities, or in the pitch-black tunnels guarding the North Korean defensive line. A new Army program aims to get them ready.

Ben Murray/Military Times

It’s interesting that this training will aid in fighting “an enemy in the vast subways and water systems underneath huge cities.”

One of the largest huge cities in America is New York City. Who could argue that? The subways and postal networks are huge under New York City. Listen to this recent report on “The Secret Infrastructure Beneath NYC”.

Above ground, it’s a concrete jungle – centuries of buildings of all different shapes and kinds. But what about underground? We take you on a journey deep under the island of Manhattan to explore what lies below the biggest city in America.

The infrastructure is so complex that different depths are reserved for different systems. The subway systems can go as deep as 180 feet. And the underground water systems from 600 feet to 800 feet. As a matter of fact they are working the third major underground waterway system right now. It’s still in construction as of last September, and is likely a vast underground tunnel right now.

What a perfect training area for these subterranean warfare environments.

Most everyone knows the mission of the Comfort and Mercy ships that were sent to California and New York in response to COVID-19. But, what if there were an ulterior motive. What if in some way these training exercises could be of benefit in a mission under New York City?

The next two posts on this topic will address the possibility of this type of mission and the reason for the mission. How does it play into the title of “Save the Children?” Keep an eye out for the next post to find out what type of mission and the man, like Sir Nicholas Winton, who is trying hard to “Save the Children.”

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