When Japan Invaded America
There has been growing concern in recent years over the state of U.S. Arctic defenses. In fact, few Americans remember that Alaskan islands seized by Japanese forces remain one of the only cases in which enemy forces successfully occupied U.S. territory during the 20th century. The 13-month battle over... Read more
America’s Worst World War II Fighter Was the Star of the Soviet Air Force
The P-39 Airacobra may be the least loved American fighter plane of World War II, deemed inadequate by military planners at the outset of hostilities and written off as nearly useless by many historians. Certainly, the P-39 could not match the high-altitude performance of classic American warbirds such as... Read more
Thousands of Nazis Marched in New York in 1939
On Aug. 11 and 12, 2017, hundreds of self-identified white nationalists staged a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they were taped chanting anti-Jewish and anti-Black slogans. This chilling display of hatred was unfortunately not unique in American history. In 1939 around 20,000 Nazis attended a rally... Read more
How a Rocket Explosion Nearly Consumed a Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
A series of collisions involving U.S. Navy destroyers in 2016 and 2017 — including two incidents this summer that left 16 sailors dead — have raised questions as to why the maritime fighting branch appears to be suffering the same accident again and again. However, it can take time... Read more
How Fire and Fatigue Almost Destroyed an American Carrier
Two deadly collisions involving U.S. Navy destroyers in June and August 2017 cost the lives of 16 sailors, leading the Navy to declare a day-long operational pause to reflect upon its safety culture. That such similar accidents took place in such close proximity reflects stresses and failings common to the maritime... Read more
Recordando la sangrienta Batalla urbana en Hue de la Guerra de Vietnam
El nuevo libro de Mark Bowden «Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam» consigue un hecho poco habitual ─aborda un conflicto de una escala y consecuencias terribles y nos permite ver cómo se... Read more
You Needed Grit to Dive On a Target in an A-4 Skyhawk
Modern jet fighters continue to grow ever more complicated and more fantastically expensive. But some of the most influential aircraft in history succeeded instead because they could do their job pretty well at a very reasonable cost. Such was the case of the agile A-4 Skyhawk, a small but... Read more
America’s Spitfires
The sleekly elegant Supermarine Spitfire is the iconic British fighter of World War II, the plane that kept the formerly unstoppable German air force at bay in the Battle of Britain. And thanks to constant upgrades, the Spitfire remained a top-performing frontline fighter through the end of the war.... Read more
India’s Awful HF-24 Jet Fighter Proved Itself in Combat
Fifty years ago, India brought into service its first domestically built jet fighter, the HF-24 Marut — indeed, the first operational jet fighter designed and produced by an Asian country besides Russia. Unfortunately, the HF-24 project was hampered by over-ambitious goals, poor government oversight and underpowered jet engines, producing... Read more
Remembering the Vietnam War’s Bloody Urban Battle of Hue
Mark Bowden’s new history Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam pulls off a rare feat — it takes a conflict of terrible scale and consequence, and allows us to see it unfold at the street level, through the eyes of Vietnamese and American soldiers engaged in... Read more
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