Russia Isn’t Training Enough Doctors for a Major War
Between the 1941 German invasion to the Soviet victory in Berlin in 1945 and the invasion of Manchuria that August, the Red Army suffered more than 11 million dead and 15 million wounded — a shocking toll unprecedented and unmatched in history. To wage such a war, the Soviet... Read more
The Life and Tragic End of the Iranian Frigate ‘Damavand’
The frigate Damavand was the Iranian navy’s most important warship on the Caspian Sea — a symbol of a modest but growing armed presence on the world’s largest enclosed body of water, and a force for Iranian flag-waving in a region full of oil and natural gas reverses. But... Read more
The Thai Army Still Loves the Successor to the Kübelwagen
On Jan. 18, 2018, the Royal Thai Army paraded in Bangkok as part of the annual Royal Army Day. The event featured many examples of Thailand’s military hardware including tanks, artillery, anti-aircraft missile launchers and armored fighting vehicles. Riding along in the parade were odd-looking, low-profile jeeps transporting senior... Read more
India’s Third Aircraft Carrier Is Most Likely a Waste of Money
The Indian Navy has put out a proposal for its third aircraft carrier, tentatively titled the Vishal due to enter service in the latter 2020s. The 65,000-ton Vishal will be significantly larger than India’s sole current carrier, the Vikramaditya known formerly as the ex-Soviet Admiral Gorshkov, and the incoming second... Read more
Shooting Down Drone Swarms With Prop Planes
Last week’s massed attempted drone strike against Russian forces in Syria is a harbinger of things to come. Indeed, it is almost inevitable that American forces could come under similar attack. However, countering drones with surface-to-air missiles or interceptor aircraft is expensive, thus an airplane such as Embraer and Sierra Nevada’s A-29 Super... Read more
La muerte de la División Azul española
En la gélida mañana del 10 de febrero de 1943, los 5.900 soldados de la 250ª División de Infantería «Azul» ─voluntarios españoles que luchaban por el Eje en el frente oriental de la Segunda Guerra Mundial─ estaban sentados en sus trincheras y búnkeres cuando les cayeron del cielo los... 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
An American Neo-Nazi Allegedly Tried to Derail a Passenger Train
On Oct. 22, 2017, 26-year-old Taylor Wilson of Missouri — a member of a neo-Nazi group who had expressed interest in “killing black people,” according to the FBI — breached a secure area of an Amtrak passenger train as it passed through Nebraska. He then grabbed the controls. His... Read more
The Japanese Carrier ‘Taiho’ Blew Up Due to a Terrible Mistake
Six torpedoes from the U.S. Navy submarine USS Albacore headed toward the Japanese aircraft Taiho as she launched her planes on the morning of June 19, 1944 during the fighting on the Philippine Sea — the largest carrier battle in history and the last major Japanese carrier operation. “White... Read more
The Rise and Fatal Fall of Gen. Georg Stumme
On Oct. 24, 1942, German Gen. Georg Stumme, commanding officer of the Third Reich’s Panzer Army Africa — which included the famed Afrika Korps — was riding in a car along a track with his signals officer, Col. Andreas Buechting, near the front line for an inspection. It was... Read more

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