Explosion in the Bikini Atoll. U.S. Army photo Podcast — why nuclear war feels inevitable by MATTHEW GAULT There’s an apocryphal story that Jimmy Carter once lost the nuclear launch codes when he sent his jacket to the dry cleaners. After John Hinckley Jr. shot Ronald Reagan, the surgeons who saved his life... Read more
Vickers Guns could lay down a rapid-fire barrage by MATTHEW MOSS The two photographs in this story depict the British Army’s Vickers machine guns in action in late 1944. In both images, soldiers are using the Vickers Guns in the “barrage fire” role, shooting at a high angle in order... Read more
Robert Gibb’s ‘The Thin Red Line’ depicts the British 93rd Regiment halting the Russian 12th Ingermanland Hussars at the Battle of Balaclava. Source Endless variations on khaki replaced old, colorful uniforms by MATTHEW MOSS For centuries the British army was famous for its red coats, which its soldiers had worn since... Read more
General Electric’s weapons pod didn’t work out by JOSEPH TREVITHICK In the summer of 1956, U.S. Army colonel Jay Vanderpool found himself in Burlington, Vermont for a secretive meeting with engineers at General Electric. The officer wanted to find out if the manufacturing giant could build weapons for a new... Read more
Photo via Wikipedia Not much else to do during the ‘Phony War’ by MATTHEW MOSS In this photo from Feb. 29, 1940, two men from the 1st battalion of the British Army’s Border Regiment clean their weapons, a Boys anti-tank rifle and a Bren light machine gun. The photograph was taken at... Read more
Hitler declares war on the United States. Bundesarchiv photo It would have bought the Nazis time in the Mediterranean, but they were still doomed by ROBERT FARLEY Scholars and analysts have long wondered whether this represented one of the great “what-ifs” of World War II — could the Germans have kept the United... Read more
Matthew Moss photo John James Moss and his timepiece survived World War II by MATTHEW MOSS In 2005, when I was still in high school, I interviewed my then-86-year-old late grandfather John James Moss about his experiences during World War II. He joined the British Army in 1940 at the age of 20... Read more
Louis Chauchat with his Model 1911 machine rifle They made do with Chauchat-Sutter machine rifles by MATTHEW MOSS In 1914 and 1915 French airmen, desperate for an effective weapon against enemy planes, began equipping their aircraft with a forebearer of the famous CSRG M1915 “Chauchat” automatic rifle. Between 1903 and 1909, Louis... Read more
Source Bullpup machine gun proved to be unreliable by MATTHEW MOSS In 1970, the British Army began to develop its next generation of infantry small arms. The Enfield Weapon System project aimed to produce a five-millimeter bullpup rifle and a light machine gun. The Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield got... Read more
Compromised and de-facto obsolete as soon as it entered service — an Su-27SM of the Russian air force. NATO release Meet Adolf Georgievich Tolkachev by TOM COOPER In March 1986, U.S. Navy aviators out-flew, out-maneuvered and jammed the Libyan Arab Air Force so badly that the Libyans stopped flying their interceptors over the... Read more
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