POTD: Mali – "Speak Softly & Carry A Big Stick"

Eric B
by Eric B

Hille James Combat Photographer appears again in our Photo Of The Day, a welcome return. We’re used to seeing his great photos from Afghanistan, but this time he appears from an unexpected place: Mali, a landlocked country in the Saharan and Sahelian regions. Above we can see two Dutch Special Forces soldiers. The shooting position is rather unusual, but should still work quite well. With a good support, usually with the help of a good bipod, you can get far. If you add the support of a good spotter with a set of good binoculars, you’re all set.

The caption comes from the “Big stick ideology” and former President Theodore Roosevelt’s foreign policy: “speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
Hille, if you’re reading this, we look forward to more great images.

Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • Billy Bob Billy Bob on Oct 12, 2021

    They're part of the United Nations Mission (MINUSMA) to Mali. The Dutch are one of the major troop contributing countries to the mission, which is defined as Peace Keeping. The UN has lost a lot of peacekeepers in Mali, to terrorist, not to the original belligerents. Chad and Niger bearing the bulk of the casualties, but when I was there the Dutch lost an AH-64 crew in a crash. The French participate in MINUSMA, but also have an Anti-Terrorist mission, Barkhan (forgive me if I spelled that wrong), that's done some great work attriting ISIS in the region. I'm sure everyone will be surprised to learn that China is also heavily involved in MINUSMA...

  • Charles Corbett Charles Corbett on Oct 19, 2021

    I'm surprised you show a setup for high velocity steel loads as Browning has always discouraged their use in Auto-5 barrels made in Belgian? Although I have seen that it was ok as long as you shot them in chokes of modified or more open.