The battleship USS ‘Iowa’ as it refuels from the frigate USS ‘Halyburton’ in 1985. U.S. Navy photo Massive costs killed the mighty vessels by ROBERT FARLEY With World War II finished, the U.S. Navy faced a huge dilemma — what to do with the massive fleet of ships that it had constructed to defeat... Read more
An F-106 fighter launches a non-nuclear Genie training rocket. Air Force photo Hill-Genies could have helped pilots blast anti-aircraft gunners by JOSEPH TREVITHICK American pilots dodged deadly anti-aircraft guns and missiles throughout the Vietnam War. To deal with these and other threats, the U.S. Air Force built various cluster bombs,... Read more
An engraving depicting Sherman’s campaign through the Confederacy. Alexander Hay Ritchie illustration via the Library of Congress Lost Cause myths made their way into Hitler’s Germany by ROBERT BECKHUSEN In the months before the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe, the Wehrmacht’s propagandists warned those living under German occupation that America’s armies... Read more
British artillery at the Somme. Source But the guns failed to cut the Germans’ wire by MATTHEW MOSS On June 24, 1916, the British Army launched what was, at that point, its largest bombardment of World War I. Four days of heavy shelling preceded the infantry assault in the Somme sector. A thousand... Read more
Barrage-fire tactics proved devastating by MATTHEW MOSS The British Army entered World War I with just two machine guns per battalion. In contrast, the Imperial German Army had long embraced the new weapon — and had already fully integrated it into its infantry regiments. As the stalemate of trench warfare took hold,... Read more
An F-100 drops bombs near Khe Sanh in 1968. U.S. Marine Corps photo If you have positive notions of war, read this book to get that smacked out of you by ROBERT BECKHUSEN I was sad to learn that Michael Herr, the author of the Vietnam War memoir Dispatches, died Thursday... Read more
The T-4 bomber. Clemens Vasters/Flickr photo It’s not surprising that most stayed on the drawing board by ROBERT FARLEY For nearly seven decades, the defense-industrial complex of the Soviet Union went toe-to-toe with the best firms that the West had to offer. In some cases, it surprised the West with cheap, innovative,... Read more
In 1965, U.S. and Dominican Tanks Fought Brief, Violent Skirmishes
Tanks have rarely been used in battle in the Western Hemisphere — and fights between tanks are even rarer. But the Dominican Republic in 1965 was one of the exceptions, when Constitutionalist rebels fought the armored vehicles of invading U.S. Marines in the streets of the capital city, Santo Domingo. Stranger yet, the... Read more
A U.S. Air Force F-15E. U.S. Air Force photo Air supremacy isn’t what it used to be by WILLIAM ASTORE In the era of the long war on terror, June 2, 2016, was a tough day for the U.S. military. Two modern jet fighters, a Navy F/A-18 Hornet and an Air Force... Read more
Battlefield 1 promotional image showing a Zeppelin going up in flames. EA Games image. But airships still struck fear across Great Britain during World War I by JAMES SIMPSON Airships. Big, lumbering bags of gas. They might seem awkward and quaint today, but the silent and immense, lighter-than-air zeppelins were a terrifying... Read more