HMS ‘Repulse,’ at bottom right, and HMS ‘Prince of Wales’ under Japanese air attack on Dec. 10, 1941. Photo via the National Museum of the U.S. Navy HMS ‘Prince of Wales’ and ‘Repulse’ sank off Malaya in December 1941. Big-gun warships never recovered by ROBERT FARLEY Seventy five years ago, the... Read more
‘Yulius Fuchik,’ a Soviet barge carrier and a central character in Tom Clancy’s novel ‘Red Storm Rising.’ Dmitriy Lakhtikov photo via Wikimedia Yeah, probably by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Tom Clancy’s 1986 novel Red Storm Rising depicts a conventional war between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. It’s one of Clancy’s best... Read more
A B-52G. U.S. Air Force photo The Thule accident caused an environmental disaster and ended the Air Force’s airborne alert program by MATTHEW GAULT Throughout the 1950s and ’60s American bombers carrying nuclear weapons crisscrossed the globe, ready at a moment’s notice to fly into the heart of Russia and bomb it... Read more
Source Voila, the Chinese Type 63 rifle by MATTHEW MOSS China’s Type 63 rifle— sometimes referred to as the Type 68 — is an unusual weapon combining features from the Soviet AK and SKS. The Chinese army had previously relied on Soviet small-arms designs. Beijing’s Type 56 series included versions of the Soviet SKS,... Read more
Source A simple, reliable weapon by MATTHEW MOSS Gunnar Johnsson, an engineer at Carl Gustafs Stads Gevärsfaktori designed the Kulsprutepistol m/45 — sometimes known as the “Swedish K” — at the end of 1944. It endured in military service for more than 60 years, making it a true classic. Demand was so high that, when Sweden... Read more
Comics about corruption in one of the world’s worst war zones, part one by ALEX DE WAAL & VICTOR NDULA This project was co-sponsored by Cartoon Movement, Justice and Security Research Program and the World Peace Foundation. Read more
This American Warship Shot Down MiGs and Pranked the Soviets
During the Cold War, many lesser-known confrontations occurred at sea away from the headlines and major crises. This was certainly true for the crew of the U.S. Navy’s Belknap-class guided-missile cruiser USS Biddle. The warship sailed into the thick of the Vietnam War and came face-to-face with the Soviet Navy.... Read more
St. Petersburg, Russia in 1970. Fortepan photo via Wikimedia Those who fought it used to think so by ROBERT FARLEY Could the Soviets have won the Cold War? In retrospect, Soviet defeat seems overdetermined. The USSR suffered from a backwards economy, an unappealing political system, and unfortunate geography. But even into... Read more
Japanese Type A midget submarine Ha-19 beached at Waimonolo, Oahu in Hawaii after the attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy photo Nearly everything that could go wrong did for Japan’s submariners by SÉBASTIEN ROBLIN On Dec. 7, 1941, the aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Navy rained devastation upon the U.S.... Read more
‘Saint Barbara fleeing from her Father,’ oil on panel, by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, 1620. Google Cultural Institute photo Dec. 4 is the Feast of Saint Barbara by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Legend has is that Dioscorus, a wealthy fourth-century pagan living in what is now Turkey, locked his daughter Barbara in... Read more
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