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Black Lives Matter protesters march through Portland, Ore. after rallying at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. Following an agreement between Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and the Trump administration to reduce federal officers in the city, nightly protests remained largely peaceful without major confrontations between demonstrators and officers. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

 

In reading my colleague Nick Arama’s latest dispatch about war-torn Portland, I realized that these nitwits are imitating the action of the “Saxons v. Danes” from the Netflix series “The Last Kingdom.”

While that series isn’t the first to document this actual historical combat technique of employing a “shield wall”, the idea that the Portland rioters would likely be imitating a Ninth Century combat technique central to a quite popular Netflix series is just beyond precious.

My wife and I have very different tastes when it comes to television viewing without the kiddies around.  Whenever I fire up the most recent installment of a competitive cooking show, she starts planning to re-arrange the furniture in the kids’ rooms.  Whenever she sits down to watch the most recent 5 recorded installments of “Celebrity Ghost Stories”, I head for Twitter.

But we share an affinity for historical fiction such as “The Last Kingdom” which we discovered just a few weeks ago, and “binge-watched” all 36 episodes of the first four seasons over the last 2-3 weeks.

If you are a fan or otherwise familiar with the show, then what Nick chronicled last night probably looks quite familiar.  Here are a couple of the images that were posted with that story:

So, what was the inspiration for this brilliant tactic?  The results were not quite as reflected in the tweets as we’ll get to in a moment.  Ther is quite a bit of revisionist history there — even though the “history” is only about 12 hours ago.

Maybe this was one of the inspirations for the Antifa/BLM approach to last night’s confrontation:

If aren’t aware familiar with the show, The Last Kingdom began as a BBC series, and after two seasons it was purchased by Netflix, which produced the two most recent seasons.  The “Shield Wall” has been employed multiple times in the show’s battles scenes — depicting an era of approximately 850 AD to 880 AD in England during the time of invasion by Scandanavian “Vikings”.

Here is one of the earliest scenes from the show where a “Shield Wall” was used:

The History Channel’s series “Vikings” has also made use of the “Shield Wall” in their battle scenes.

So, how did the turds in Portland make use of all this great video training available to them?

Watch the bottom video in this pair:

I think they need more training if they want the same kind of success as was enjoyed by the Vikings.

I swear that if you listen closely to that video, with some really good headphones you can hear Portland PD officers giggling at the Antifa/BLM “shield wall”.  They are going to spend some time today watching the video over and over again just for the pleasure of it.

Here’s a tip for all you Antifa/BLM idiots who read everything I write about you:

The shield wall worked when the soldiers behind the wall were able to …. you know, swing swords or thrust pikes from behind the shield wall and fight back against the attackers.

When that’s not possible, what happens is the same thing that happened to you last night — the attackers simply rip the shields out of your hands and throw them aside.

Look closely at the video and see if you can count the number of shields that ended up on the ground.  How do you think they got there?  A real Viking would be embarrassed by such a pathetic effort.

Uhtred, son of Uhtrud, please lead them to Valhalla!!!!

DESTINY IS ALL!!!!!