The AEC Armored Car Pretended to Be a Tank
The United Kingdom fielded one of the widest varieties of armored cars during World War II. All were lightly-armored vehicles designed for scouting, convoy escort, rear security and other less combat-intensive duties. One of the more unusual British armored cars was the AEC, which came in three versions—Mk I-III—with roughly... Read more
The Nashorn Was Germany’s World War II Tank Sniper
German tanks during World War II were often outmatched by superior Red Army designs beginning with the T-34. Armor, reliability and firepower were all—at various times—serious shortcomings. To counteract the Soviet beasts, Germany rushed ahead with tank destroyers—armored vehicles designed to inflict long-range firepower from concealed positions—but these also had a... Read more
North Korea’s Solid-Fuel Missiles Are Scarier Than Another Nuclear Test
North Korea didn’t celebrate Kim Il-sung’s birthday with a nuclear test, although there was never much indication that it would now, and the regime seemed to downplay it. Instead, North Korea soaked up the attention to show the world that it’s making strides in its missile technology. Which is... Read more
Is North Korea Downplaying a Potential Nuclear Test?
North Korea is unpredictable enough that it could conduct its sixth nuclear test any second. But trying to predict the DPRK’s moves isn’t easy. The best we have to go on are satellite images—we highly recommend the analysts at 38 North—of North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear site, showing work consistent with an... Read more
The U.S. Army Is Repainting Its Tanks Green—Hint Hint
American tanks returned to Europe to deter Russian military adventurism in 2014, and the war machines are there to stay. But the speed of the deployments, coupled with the crews’ busy schedules, left little time to repaint hundreds of M-1 Abrams still colored in desert tan. Their appearance was a... Read more
Trump Pummels Syrian Air Base With Missiles—Which Is Very Clinton-esque
On April 7 at 4:40 a.m., Syria time, 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from U.S. Navy destroyers slammed into Shayrat Airfield, an important Syrian military base and the source of the nerve gas attack which killed dozens of civilians days before at Khan Sheikhoun, according to U.S. Pres. Donald... Read more
North Korea’s Ballistic Missiles Are Very Hard to Hit
Both of these following statements are true. (1) Attempts to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear program through diplomacy have failed and, chances are, will continue to fail. (2) Were the United States to strike North Korea, the reclusive regime has ways to retaliating which America and its allies... Read more
Britain’s Bizarre ‘Fleet Shadower’ Showed Up at the Wrong Time
The Royal Navy was still heavily a gun and battleship-centric force in the years just before World War II. So to help spot targets for its battleships, the Royal Navy in 1938 summoned manufacturers General Aircraft and Airspeed to develop two very similar prototype planes — which would become some of... Read more
Lend-Lease Saved Countless Lives — But Probably Didn’t Win the Eastern Front
Around 80 percent of the more than five million German military deaths in World War II occurred on the Eastern Front. This terrible conflict with the Red Army consumed great quantities of men and material until the Soviets decisively ended the war by capturing Berlin in May 1945. During... Read more
Pocos de los adolescentes radicalizados por el ISIS actúan realmente en solitario
El Estado Islámico, o ISIS, ha logrado un éxito creciente en el reclutamiento de adolescentes y preadolescentes en Occidente a través de los cuales planear y llevar a cabo sus ataques, según CTC Sentinel, el boletín informativo mensual del Combating Terrorism Center at West Point [Centro de Lucha contra... Read more

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