Military & Intelligence History – January 24th, 2016

Britain: “The Phantom Major” – David Stirling founded the SAS from “…misfits and disciplinary problematic soldiers…”

U.S: Pioneer Cold War spy Stephanie Rader dies at 100

Britain: Lieutenant Commander David Balme who famously captured an Enigma machine from a German submarine dies at 95

Abbasid Caliphate: Battle of Talas in 751 kept China out of Central Asia

U.S: Flying “incidents and accidents” were numerous in the early jet days because cockpits were built to conform to the average dimensions of a 1926 pilot – “the environments needed to fit the individual rather than the average”