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
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
In 1944, a Malfunctioning B-24 Bomber Required Mid-Air Surgery
On April 22, 1944, 26 B-24 bombers from the U.S. Army Air Corps’ 453rd Bombardment Group took off from Old Buckenham Airfield in England. Their target — a railway marshaling yard in Hamm, Germany. The pilot of the lead B-24 was Bill Norris, my father and a future Air Force test... 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
America’s Super Battleships That Never Were
In the early 1940s, the U.S. Navy still expected to need huge, first rate battleships to fight the best that Japan and Germany had to offer. The North Carolina, South Dakota, and Iowa-class battleships all involved design compromises. The Montanas, the last battleships designed by the U.S. Navy, would... Read more
The Wretched Excess of ‘The Campaign for North Africa’
It’s hard to exaggerate The Campaign for North Africa‘s reputation for being complicated. It might be the most intimidating tabletop game ever put to print, and it is without question the most demanding of all old-school wargames. We can only barely describe its scale. But for starters, here’s a comparison. A typical... Read more
Go to War Alongside Denmark in ‘April 9th’
I had never heard of April 9th until this week. The Danish-language film set during World War II came out last year and is fairly obscure. But it’s one of the more well-crafted war movies I’ve seen in the past few years. April 9th takes place during the German... Read more
Paddlewheel Carriers Sailed Lake Michigan
The U.S. Navy’s armored, steam-powered fleet carriers carried the United States to victory over Japan in World War II. But it wouldn’t have been possible without the help from two coal-burning paddle carriers that sailed Lake Michigan. The USS Wolverine and Sable do not immediately comes to mind when thinking of... Read more
The DP Machine Gun Looks Funny, But Spilled a Lot of Blood
Since 1928, the battlefields of the world have seen an oddball Soviet-era weapon that proves the truth of the old saying, “Looks aren’t everything.” Its nickname was once “Stalin’s phonograph” — and the staccato tune it plays is the sound of automatic fire. Used by the Russians to gun down... Read more
Richard Sakakida Spied on the Imperial Japanese Right Under Their Noses
It was 1942, not long after the fall of the American stronghold of Corregidor that guarded Manila Bay in The Philippines. U.S. Army Sgt. Richard Sakakida was in the hands of the dreaded Kempeitai, the Imperial Japanese military police. Sakakida was an undercover agent of the Corps of Intelligence... Read more

Paul Richard Huard

Contributing Writer

Military historian, free-lance journalist, and contributor to War Is Boring. Areas of expertise: American military history, the Cold War, Russia and the Soviet Union, military small arms.

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