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Hey, everybody. It’s been a bit since I posted so I figured I’d put out a blurb today.

What’s up with the picture of the Russian sniper rifle? Well, one of the things I’m doing is furthering my understanding of the fighting on the Eastern Front in WW2; it has a direct bearing on one of the projects I’m working on- those of you who are on my newsletter (click on Contact in my website to join) know what that entails.

I’m gathering facts at the moment, impressions. There’s tons of information out there about the German perspective of the Eastern fighting, but Soviet sources have been tough to come by until lately. One excellent book is Ivan’s War by Merridale, another is the book I’m reading right now called Lady Death, a memoir of Lyudmila Pavilichenko. She is one of the most prolific snipers in history, and the number one female sniper ever.

“Lady Death” makes for harrowing reading. I plan on posting a review once I’ve finished it. Highly recommend the book for those who wish to know about the sniper’s craft, the Eastern Front in general, or who question the suitability of women in combat.

In other news, you all know I follow developments with Space X closely. They have recently successfully launched and recovered the final iteration of the Falcon 9 rocket, the Block 5. These rockets are designed to be re-used up to ten times each- Space X’s goal is to radically reduce the cost of lifting objects into orbit. At the moment, they are succeeding. I wish them luck, of course.

What they are doing ultimately benefits us all.

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