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April 30, 2012

Special Forces “Red Dawn” Training Film

Man, this one really drives home how serious the Cold War was back in the 1950’s! -Jack

A US Army Special Forces training film dealing with a fictional scenario where the USA becomes Balkanized into three smaller countries. The film concentrates on guerrilla warfare in a rural county in West Virginia. It has a feel somewhat similar to the popular movie “Red Dawn.”

About the Author

is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he graduated from Columbia with a BA in political science. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, Direct Action, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.

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  • ArcticWarrior

     @LCpl X  Thats a good movie. I saw a Jennifer C movie awhile back with her roller skating inside a Target in a white tank top, complete awesomeness

  • LCpl X

     @ArcticWarrior     LOL! I'm familiar with the accent, man. I'm a big fan of Shohreh (also, Jennifer Connelly's tits)

  • ArcticWarrior

     @LCpl X  I have a few RDOs so I will see what I can find out. Its odd talking to people about things that we take for granted. The Dad said he will never go back so long as the current group is in power, the mom goes back every 2 years, the kids, who are in there late 20s have zero desire, even though they can remember living in Tehran they are 100% American and dont seem to have the parents yearning for change. From what they told me, and the mom did most of the speaking, life under the Shah was not bad, if you didnt rock the boat, but the attrocities and arrogance is what did him in. He was no better then the guys who replaced him and they hung that on US. They were quite specific that US money is how he held on so long and that the US caused the coup that eventually gave them the Shah. So while acknowledging the US could help now, they didnt seem convinced.  They are in their late 40sish so Im not sure how much they would know about Masaddegh. Seems that the circles said family run in are in the well to do, very educated spectrum so they may have a more savy accumen of the situation then maybe the lower income, lower educated groups. If you ever do talk to any, say E-Ron, not I-Ran lol

  • LCpl X

     @ArcticWarrior    That makes perfect sense, man. I know the rhetoric nowadays is Israel, but Iran's so far, they have no vested interest there. As for Iraq, we played both sides equally to guarantee a stalemate. And imperialism, they can blame the British, not us.   Is their disdain for the Shah, the flip of their love for the possibility, what could've been, for Mossadeq?

  • ArcticWarrior

     @LCpl X  I will get the low down on the marriage, they acknowledged it was very dangerous 20 years ago. The Shah is what tarnishes our rep. Not Israel, Not Iraq, Not Imperialism, the Shah - he was our guy.