A German amphibious tank during tests in 1940. German federal archive photo Operation Sealion could have knocked the British out of the war by DAVID AXE Reeling under combined assault from German land and air forces, in late May and early June 1940 the British Army evacuated France. As many as 338,000... Read more
Destroyed Iraqi tanks on the ‘Highway of Death’ on March 8, 1991. Pentagon photo The Persian Gulf War proved that big armies are toast without air power by ROBERT FARLEY In 1991, Chinese military officers watched as the United States dismantled the Iraqi army, a force with more battle experience and somewhat... Read more
A hunting flintlock pistol-sword. Source A blade weapon makes a pretty crappy firearm by MATTHEW MOSS In November 1916, John Krasnodemski of Wausau, Wisconsin filed a patent for a modern version of a weapon that had its roots in the late 17th century — a pistol-sword. Yes, a sword that could fire bullets. Pistol-swords... Read more
Landsberg prison today. Photo via Wikipedia A nine-month stint in a genial little prison helped to make Adolf Hitler into a dictator by DAVID AXE On April 1, 1924, 34-year-old Adolf Hitler — a socially awkward painter and former soldier from Austria — arrived at Landsberg prison in Bavaria to serve a five-year sentence for... Read more
German Ju 87 dive-bombers attack Stalingrad. Photo via Wikipedia New book recalls history’s greatest aerial campaign by DAVID AXE The Eastern Front was the decisive theater of World War II in Europe. German premier Adolf Hitler’s disastrous 1941 order to invade the vast Soviet Union mired Nazi Germany in a bloody,... Read more
Royal Armories photo In 1940, the British Army needed new weapons — and fast by MATTHEW MOSS Born of the desperate times following the Allies’ harried evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940, the Simplified Rifle,1941 was London’s attempt to develop a cheap and efficient rifle design — one that British industry could rapidly manufacture in order to... Read more
A KV-1 on display at the Bovington Tank Museum. Thy photo via Flickr Early failures forced the Soviets to adapt by ROBERT BECKHUSEN A day after the German blitzkrieg into the Soviet Union in June 1941, more than 200 Nazi tanks were powering through Lithuania on a race northward to Leningrad.... Read more
Rest assured, the Nazis wouldn’t have delivered a nuke as big as this one, on Enewetak Atoll. U.S. Department of Energy photo Nukes are big, but the Red Army was bigger by ROBERT FARLEY In the early years of World War II, it looked as if Germany might have the luxury to... Read more
Canopy visibility is as important now as it was during World War II by JAMES PERRY STEVENSON During World War II, the top-scoring American fighter ace was Richard Bong with 40 kills. That sounds like a large number — and for American pilots it was. But to put 40 kills into perspective,... Read more
Insurgents terrorized Americans and their South Vietnamese allies — even in Saigon by JOSEPH TREVITHICK Unlike more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the common image of America’s war in Vietnam is sweaty grunts fighting insurgents in jungles, mountains and other remote areas. Throughout the conflict, however, the Viet Cong brought common terror... Read more
  • 100% ad free experience
  • Get our best stories sent to your inbox every day
  • Membership to private Facebook group
Show your support for continued hard hitting content.
Only $19.99 per year!
Become a War is Boring subscriber