The Third Reich’s Giant Electric Submarine Fail
This story originally appeared on April 30, 2014. On May 4, 1945 one of the most advanced submarines in the world crept up to a British Royal Navy cruiser. U-2511 was one of Germany’s new Type XXI-class “wonder” submarines, and she was hunting for Allied ships. She also represented... Read more
The French Army Has a Passion for Rifle Grenades
More than four years ago, French troops dropped into Mali to fight back Islamic militants. While in combat, the French soldiers with their bullpup FAMAS rifles lobbed rifle grenades — a relatively rare weapon in the 21st century and distinguished from modern grenade launchers by being launched from a rifle’s... Read more
NATO Reenacts Baltic Guerrilla War
Arvids Eriks Bluzmanis, a former border guard, was a Latvian resistance fighter — or Forest Brother — when his unit received word that 200 Soviet soldiers were heading their way. The partisans dug trenches and hid behind trees. As the Soviet troops approached, the guerrilla fighters readied their weapons... Read more
B-1 Bombers Stay Busy—Flying Record Numbers of Missions
In the days after North Korea’s inaugural test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, pairs of U.S. Air Force B-1 Lancers based in Guam took off and flew close to the authoritarian state — linking up with South Korean and Japanese fighters along the way. On July 7 and 8,... Read more
Islamic State Hid Tank Cannons Inside Shipping Containers
Islamic State is using a curious trick to conceal its few remaining tanks, if these two truck containers are a sign. Deep within the containers, recently captured by Iraqi forces in Mosul, the militant group installed tank turrets and their cannons. A video posted to Twitter shows the contraptions, most likely built... Read more
‘Rising Storm 2: Vietnam’ Balances U.S. Firepower With Militant Tricks
Tripwire Interactive’s Rising Storm 2: Vietnam, a computer game released on Steam in May 2017, fits somewhere in the middle of the realism scale for a first-person war shooter. On one end are the “arcade” shooters such as Call of Duty and Battlefield. On the other end are the open-world... Read more
Este fusil de pinta extraña es el Heidar, el fusil de sniper calibre .50 de Irán
Irán suele darle mucho bombo y platillo a su tecnología militar, y en algunos casos presenta falso armamento y equipo con fines propagandísticos. Además la industria militar iraní resulta muy ingeniosa y fabrica armas interesantes que posteriormente la república islámica se encarga de desplegar en conflictos muy reales. El... Read more
Japanese Stealth Fighters Could Get Land-Attack Cruise Missiles
Japan’s strict commitment to self-defense meant that for decades its military lacked certain weapons and equipment such as precision-guided munitions, land-attack missiles and true “power projection” aircraft such as refueling tankers and long-distance transport planes. In the first several decades after World War II, this made sense—Japan’s pacifistic military... Read more
Soviet Docs Shed Light on the Red Army’s Booze-Fueled Nuclear Vacation in Cuba
This story originally appeared on Dec. 18, 2013. The Cuban Missile Crisis is the closest we came to mutual nuclear Armageddon. But new documents have provided a glimpse at the Soviet troops sent halfway around the world with dozens of nuclear warheads in tow. Not surprisingly, the Red Army’s... Read more
This Tiny Greek Gunboat Had a Scary Amount of Firepower
On July 20, 1974, around 3,000 Turkish soldiers supported by artillery, armored carriers and two dozen tanks hit the beaches of northern Cyprus following a coup on the island by EOKA-B, an ultra-nationalist Greek paramilitary organization which espoused the enosis ideology of uniting all Greeks under a single state. The... Read more

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