Everything Went Wrong for the Axis During Operation Bagration
The Soviet army’s Operation Bagration offensive in June 1944 destroyed their greatest nemesis — Nazi Germany’s Army Group Center — and drove hundreds of thousands of Soviet troops and thousands of tanks from east of Minsk into the Third Reich itself. It was, arguably, the greatest disaster for Germany... Read more
The U.S. Military’s UFO Program Is Actually Pretty Cool
By now you’ve probably read the New York Times article detailing a UFO research program run by the Pentagon which received $22 million — a tiny amount by Defense Department standards — from 2007 to at least 2012. The disclosure of the program is the biggest such reveal since... Read more
The Death of the Spanish Blue Division
On the frigid morning of Feb. 10, 1943, the 5,900 soldiers of the 250th “Blue” Infantry Division — Spanish volunteers fighting for the Axis on the Eastern Front of World War II — were sitting in their trenches and dugouts when the high-explosive shells fired from hundreds of Soviet... Read more
The Cheetah Was South Africa’s ‘Good Enough’ Fighter
Draken International, a Florida-based company which bills itself as the world’s largest private air force, will buy 12 Atlas Cheetah jet fighters from the South African arms company Denel. The addition of the Cheetah will add another warplane type to Draken’s inventory, and could soon see action in mock... Read more
Russian Tanks Can Roll Toward Battle on an ‘Iron Carpet’
The Eastern Front during World War II brought the enduring image of tanks bogged down in seas of thick, sticky mud. While it might come as a surprise, the twice-annual Russian mud is still a major military problem. So, Russia has developed a road-laying truck for its engineering troops... Read more
El Ejército de Tierra ruso acaba de modernizar sus gigantes morteros de 240 milímetros
Las Fuerzas Terrestres Rusas acaban de recibir el primer lote de morteros autopropulsados 2C4 Tulip de 240 milímetros modernizados. La modernización de estas armas de la década de 1960 incluye enlace de datos, equipos de comunicaciones y sistema de control de fuegos nuevos. Con el tiempo Rusia pretende modernizar... Read more
Say Goodbye to Russia’s Nuclear-Armed Doomsday Train
In 2013, the Russian military announced it would bring back rail-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles. In other words, trains with big nukes crammed inside, capable of darting around Russia, raising their launchers and firing at a moment’s notice. It was called Barguzin and would begin testing in 2019. That was... Read more
The Russian Army Is Inflating Giant Dummy Tanks
Before the Allied invasion of Normandy in World War II, the American and British armies constructed armies of dummy tanks and landing craft in the south of England to confuse the German high command of their intent. Imagine a Sherman tank in the form of a bouncy castle —... Read more
Check Out This Exquisite Art From ‘The Forever War’ Graphic Novel
It’s too neat and tidy to say combat causes post-traumatic stress. There is something to be said for the alienation which ex-soldiers experience in an atomized, individualistic society after leaving a tightly-knit group of warriors — who share deep bonds and loyalties between them borne from shared experiences. Civilian... Read more
China’s Stealth Fighter Is Helping to Sell Cars
Images of China’s J-31 stealth fighter are in high demand given the nature of the technology and rumors about its future. It was odd, then, that the prototype fifth-generation fighter jet recently appeared in photos posing next to an SUV. Turns out, the bizarre photographs are not an advertisement... Read more

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