Destroyed Soviet tanks on June 24, 1941 in western Ukraine. Photo via Wikimedia The Battle of Brody in 1941 was bigger, and is largely unknown by ROBERT BECKHUSEN A thousand coffee table books and countless hours of popular history programs have described the Battle of Prokhorovka, part of the... Read more
The CAMM missile MBDA illustration Britain will say goodbye to the Rapier by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Today, the United Kingdom’s defense of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic from air attack rests with four Eurofighter Typhoon jets and a detachment of 1970s-vintage Rapier anti-aircraft missiles — although Britain might have some... Read more
The Russian SKS. Swedish Army Museum photo You just can’t kill Sergei Simonov’s old, reliable, semi-automatic carbine by ROBERT BECKHUSEN The most iconic rifle of the 20th century is the AK-47. One of the most iconic rifles of World War II — granted, this is more debatable — is the Mosin-Nagant. Both were... Read more
A Chechen militant near the bombed-out presidential palace in Grozny in January 1995. Mikhail Evstafiev photo via Wikimedia Militants crossed the frigid Sunzha River to ambush Russian tanks by ROBERT BECKHUSEN The First Chechen War of 1994–1996 was a disaster for the Russian army, manned by poorly-trained conscripts with inadequate... Read more
An A-10 Warthog flies over the Gulf of Mexico during an exercise simulating an attack on a boat swarm. U.S. Air Force photo Motorboats hear the sound of brrrt by ROBERT BECKHUSEN It doesn’t necessarily take the resources of a major nation-state to challenge U.S. Navy warships. China for instance is... Read more
Abdelmalik Petitjean, an Islamic State recruit who participated in the murder of French priest. Photo via AFP That makes them easier to spot by ROBERT BECKHUSEN The Islamic State, or ISIS, has found growing success recruiting teenagers and pre-teens in the West to plot and carry out attacks, according to CTC... Read more
‘Sao Paulo’ in 2002. Rob Schleiffert photo via Flickr Time has finally caught up with ‘Sao Paulo’ by ROBERT BECKHUSEN It wasn’t long ago that Brazil planned to retrofit its vintage aircraft carrier Sao Paulo to last until 2039. No longer. Instead, Brazil will retire the 32,800-ton flattop during the next three... Read more
A depiction of the battle of Top Malo House. Michael Turner illustration A British officer later noted the Argentines didn’t lack for courage by ROBERT BECKHUSEN In late May 1982, British troops slogged across the broken, hilly muck of East Falkand with the objective of pinning in place and defeating... Read more
A Somua S35 in Bovington, England. Jonathan Cardy photo via Wikimedia Somua S35s and their crews were poorly served in World War II by ROBERT BECKHUSEN The fall of France in 1940, one of the 20th century’s most consequential disasters, wasn’t supposed to have happened. The French military was larger — on... Read more
An A-10 Warthog fires its 30-millimeter cannon during an exercise in Germany in 2014. U.S. Army photo U.S. troops in Afghanistan came to depend heavily on Hogs by ROBERT BECKHUSEN The A-10 Warthog, a muscular and armored ground attack plane, is an odd vehicle because it was originally designed to attack... Read more

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