Profiles: Hazen Sise And The Spanish Civil War

By Zakary Hartley-Dawson Almost 85 years ago, a war broke out in Spain that would forever leave a bloody mark on the nation’s people and history. Following a military coup, a civil war broke out between Francisco Franco’s Nationalists anti-Franco Republican factions, each being conglomerates of various right and left-leaning groups respectively. With news of … Continue reading Profiles: Hazen Sise And The Spanish Civil War

Interview: US Army Combat Engineer Deployed To Syria

By Ryan G. A combat engineer is, for all practical purposes, an infantryman with demolition capabilities, as well as a plethora of other tools to help his mission of aiding troop mobility, countering enemy mobility, and increasing overall survivablity for operational forces. Mobility tasks may include setting up explosive charges to breach obstacles or buildings, … Continue reading Interview: US Army Combat Engineer Deployed To Syria

Small Arms: The Canik TP9 in The Philippines

By Djiego Igama Much like its ever-evolving military counterpart, the Philippine National Police is undergoing a series of modernization with the intent to transform the “…PNP into an organization on par with other law enforcement agencies around the world.”, as stated by the Philippine House of Representatives. This is a multifaceted modernization program that includes … Continue reading Small Arms: The Canik TP9 in The Philippines

Gear Analysis: The Gorka In Idlib

The Gorka suit is one of the more interesting cases of gear ubiquity among non-state combatant groups in the Syrian Civil War. But while most militias can claim to have fielded one of the suits variants at least a few times, one side in particular has highlighted its use in particular. No, not the suits inventors (Russia), nor the Russian-backed SAA. Fighters in Idlib Province, primarily loyal to Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), a Salafi jihadist group that controls much of the province, have used gorkas in surprising quantities, even leading to the creation of locally made clones of the suits in every camouflage pattern under the sun. Continue reading Gear Analysis: The Gorka In Idlib

Interview: British Paratrooper in the Ukrainian Marines

Freelancers has managed to get in contact with a veteran British soldier, YPG fighter, and fighter/instructor in the controversial Azov Battalion. He is currently serving in the Ukrainian Marines, and is among a group of foreigners who have recently attained the status of the first foreigners to attain airborne qualifications in the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Continue reading Interview: British Paratrooper in the Ukrainian Marines