The Third Reich Squandered the Well-Armed ‘Scharnhorst’
The Treaty of Versailles drastically limited the size of the postwar Kriegsmarine, precluding Germany from owning any dreadnought battleships. The Germans could keep (and replace) pre-dreadnought vessels of 10,000 tons or less, roughly the size of a heavy cruiser in most navies. Presented with this problem, German engineers developed... Read more
After MOAB Strike, No Word on the Fate of Kidnapped Civilians
Two weeks after U.S. forces dropped one of the most powerful non-nuclear bombs to target Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan, there has been no official word on the number of casualties. A U.S. Air Force MC-130 dropped the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, nicknamed “Mother Of All Bombs,” in... Read more
Russia’s Banged-Up Aircraft Carrier Prepares for Her Upgrade
Russia’s rusty aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has been back at her home port near Murmansk since February following a 2016 combat deployment off the Syrian coast. Kuznetsov took a beating from heavy use and what’s next is a long-awaited refit, of which we now have a few details. First... Read more
I Learned How to Make My Own Bullets
Widener’s sponsored this post. Longtime readers probably won’t find it shocking that I enjoy firing guns. Of the weapons I’ve fired, the World War II-era Thompson submachine gun is my favorite. Not the Tommy, with its large barrel and gangster connotations, but the M1A1 with its long magazine and .45... Read more
Two Days Inside the Battle for West Mosul
Inside an old hotel on the edge of West Mosul’s Old City, a Federal Police marksman takes aim with his rifle. A small circle of light beaming in from outside the room reflects off his PSL’s telescopic sight onto his eyeball. He concentrates, staring through a small crack between... Read more
I Built My Own Copy of Iran’s Faux Stealth Fighter
On Feb. 2, 2013, under the smiling gazes of then-Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi, the Qaher 313 Conqueror — Iran’s newest, most advanced fighter plane — was revealed to members of the world media. Parked in a hanger remarkably similar to the one seen in videos... Read more
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