The Hs 129 Was Supposed to Be the A-10 of World War II
La ametralladora DP se ve rara, pero derramó mucha sangre
Desde 1928 se ha podido ver en los campos de batalla de todo el mundo un arma de la era soviética muy curiosa que confirma la veracidad del antiguo dicho “las apariencias engañan.” Una vez se la apodó “el fonógrafo de Stalin” y la melodía que toca es el... Read more
Little Armenia Could Play a Big Role if Russia and Turkey Ever Go to War
It’s no secret that the relationship between Russia and Turkey is dismal, with the countries clashing over their respective roles in the Syrian civil war. Russia backs the Syrian regime. Turkey backs the regime’s opponents. What is less-known is a little country that has huge geopolitical significance and a... Read more
The MAT-49 Was the Iconic Submachine Gun of the First Vietnam War
In 1954, more than 14,000 French troops were locked in combat during one of the most decisive battles of the 20th century — Dien Bien Phu. Hopelessly outnumbered by communist Viet Minh forces, starving and exhausted with little more than cigarettes and instant coffee to sustain them during the... Read more
Syrian Rebels’ Message to America — Send More Tank-Killing Missiles
Syrian rebels are using anti-tank missiles provided by the United States to strike back hard against government forces and their allies. Many of the missiles are American-made TOWs, one of the most commonly used anti-tank guided missiles, or ATGMs, in the world. TOW stands for “tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missile”... 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
La pistola de los nazis
Los antiguos romanos tenían un dicho. Si vis pacem, para bellum. “Si quieres la paz, prepárate para la guerra.” George Luger se tomó muy en serio ese dicho. El resultado fue una pistola conocida por su precisión, por la munición que introdujo en los ejércitos de todo el mundo... Read more
La pistola P38 fue el caballo de batalla de la Wehrmacht
El cabo primero del Ejército de Tierra estadounidense Ivan Schwartz sobrevivió al Día D y a la Batalla de las Ardenas gracias a que tuvo mucho, mucho cuidado. Schwartz había desembarcado en la playa de Utah y cuando llegó a tierra la arena estaba cubierta de cadáveres y vehículos... Read more
From Pacifist Sheep Farmer to One of Britain’s Greatest Secret Agents
Occupied France, 1944. Francis Cammaerts stepped from a train onto the railway station platform in Avignon. Almost immediately, German security forces at a checkpoint became suspicious and asked for his papers. The son of a Belgian poet and English actress, he was everything you would never expect in a secret agent. Cammaerts had... 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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