Iranian F-14. Photo via Wikipeda Washington has worked hard to clip the wings of Tehran’s F-14s by DAVID AXE On April 9, 1972, Iraq and the Soviet Union signed an historic agreement. The USSR committed to arming the Arab republic with the latest weaponry. In return for sending Baghdad guns, tanks and... Read more
Scouts vet Hugh Nicklin recalls 1960s service by BERND DEBUSMANN For most people, the United Arab Emirates conjures up images of lavish, oil-funded lifestyles, luxury cars and oddly shaped skyscrapers. But fewer than 50 years ago, the country — then known as the Trucial States — was a harsh, undeveloped desert outpost of the... Read more
Who knew a book about flame weapons could be so … literary? by DAVID AXE “All weapons are, by their very nature, ghastly in purpose,” Chris McNab writes in the introduction of his new book The Flamethrower, “but there is something uniquely awful and inhumane about the flamethrower.” Yes, flamethrowers are... Read more
Elbe Day is a distant memory, but it proved the U.S. and Russia could get along by PAUL HUARD April 25, 1945 — Elbe Day — marks one of the turning points not only of World War II, but of world history. Nearly 70 years later, it’s a date few remember. American soldiers advancing from... Read more
How the U.S. Air Force Spied on French Nuke Blasts Special tanker planes snooped on Pacific tests by JOSEPH TREVITHICK During the early years of the Cold War, the United States had a problem. The U.S. had quickly lost its monopoly on nuclear weapons. The Pentagon was most concerned about Soviet and... Read more
The U.S. Army Built a Handheld, Automatic Grenade Launcher
Running around the battlefield with a rapid-firing, grenade-lobbing machine gun sounds like something Arnold Schwarzenegger would do in a movie. But in the 1960s, the U.S. Army experimented with one such weapon. After introducing the crude but functional M-79 in the late 1950s, the ground combat branch saw fully... Read more
You Have to Play This 1,600-Year-Old Viking War Game
Viking warriors storm into the torch-lit camp of a rival clan. Outnumbered, the ambushed Norsemen are far from their boats. Their one goal: flee to a nearby castle while keeping their king alive. At first glance, Hnefatafl (prounounced “nef-ah-tah-fel”) might just look like a knock-off version of chess with... Read more
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