Armadillo Mk. III. Foto vía Wikipedia Los Armadillos protegían los aeródromos frente a paracaidistas alemanes por MATTHEW MOSS Los brutales combates del Ejército de Tierra británico en Francia en 1940 y su posterior evacuación de la Europa continental a través de Dunkerque le costaron al Ejército gran parte de su... Read more
U.S. Army project aimed to give paratroopers extra firepower by JOSEPH TREVITHICK As conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa rage on, pictures pop up on social media of all sorts of unusual, locally-built military vehicles, often based on civilian trucks. Usually lacking the pilots to fly captured... Read more
An Israeli Avia S-199 on May 31, 1948 A variant of the German Bf.109 helped the Jewish state defeat invaders — but at a terrible cost by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN When Israel declared independence from British colonial rule in May 1948, it immediately went to war with the neighboring Arab states. One of the... Read more
After Desert Storm, the French learned the hard way that Iraq’s air force could still pull off an interception by ARNAUD DELALANDE In April 1992, the U.N. Security Council passed Resolution 688, calling on Baghdad to cease its crackdown on Iraq’s rebellious Shia majority and “ensure that the human... Read more
The Japanese battleship ‘Musashi’ in 1942. Photo via Wikimedia And ugly for the losing side by ROBERT FARLEY Can we imagine a scenario in which two titans of World War II, the German battleship Bismarck and the Japanese battleship Yamato, would come into conflict? Difficult, but not impossible. Had the Battle... Read more
Library of Congress photos unless otherwise noted The government got pretty desperate by ELLIOT CARTER Tens of thousands of people found employment in Washington, D.C. during World War II in newly-created defense jobs. According to WETA public television, “between 1940 and 1945, the number of civilians employed by the government... Read more
Finnish Ministry of Defense photo And share a few words for the next batch of conscripts by ROBERT BECKHUSEN “War is not glorious or a parade,” Sulo Leivo, a Finnish veteran of World War II, says with somber words. “It’s everyday work. Guard duty, water and mud. You live with... Read more
Pakistani and Indian soldiers shake hands during the Wagha border ceremony. Koshy Koshy photo via Flickr Podcast — India and Pakistan will never get along, but the United States needs them both by MATTHEW GAULT India and Pakistan are often at each others’ throats, and one day, the United States may have to make... Read more
Armadillo Mk. III. Photo via Wikipedia Armadillos guarded airfields from German paratroopers by MATTHEW MOSS The British Army’s brutal battles in France in 1940, and its subsequent evacuation from continental Europe via Dunkirk, cost the army much of its heavy equipment. In the summer of 1940, the British military needed... Read more
The U.S. Ivy Mike H-bomb test in 1952. Photo via Wikipedia A single H-bomb could scatter fallout across England by MATTHEW MOSS In March 1955, the Manchester Guardian ran a short piece covering a report published by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission that examined the effects of a hydrogen bomb blast. Accompanying... Read more
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