An M10 tank-destroyer in action near St. Lo in June 1944 Lightly-armored and heavily-armed, tank-destroyers proved effective against panzers by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN During the 1940s, the U.S. Army developed a special weapon to counter the tanks of the German Wehrmacht. Most of these vehicles had the hull of a Sherman tank... Read more
Photo via Vice Motherboard North Carolina’s coast offers up war wrecks by SARAH EMERSON Two years ago, archaeologists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, discovered something incredible at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Just off the coast of North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras, a sunken German U-boat had been... Read more
https://medium.com/media/3c443bd39b214cfdc65db8fdc11d279c/href Desert War Weapons Are the Highlight of the New ‘Battlefield 1’ Trailer Mostly-authentic shotguns, rifles, submachine guns and pistols by MATTHEW MOSS This new trailer for EA’s Battlefield 1 — a World War I shooter due for release in October 2016 — focuses on the game’s Middle East setting and showcases some interesting and authentic-seeming... Read more
‘First at Vicksburg.’ Illustration via the U.S. Army Center of Military History From Yorktown to Midway by ROBERT FARLEY Is there an American way of war? The question evokes deep controversy, not least because for a very long time, Americans considered themselves an exceptionally peaceful nation. Even into the 20th century, American... Read more
Armadillo Mk. III. Foto vía Wikipedia Los Armadillos protegían los aeródromos frente a paracaidistas alemanes por MATTHEW MOSS Los brutales combates del Ejército de Tierra británico en Francia en 1940 y su posterior evacuación de la Europa continental a través de Dunkerque le costaron al Ejército gran parte de su... Read more
U.S. Army project aimed to give paratroopers extra firepower by JOSEPH TREVITHICK As conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa rage on, pictures pop up on social media of all sorts of unusual, locally-built military vehicles, often based on civilian trucks. Usually lacking the pilots to fly captured... Read more
An Israeli Avia S-199 on May 31, 1948 A variant of the German Bf.109 helped the Jewish state defeat invaders — but at a terrible cost by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN When Israel declared independence from British colonial rule in May 1948, it immediately went to war with the neighboring Arab states. One of the... Read more
After Desert Storm, the French learned the hard way that Iraq’s air force could still pull off an interception by ARNAUD DELALANDE In April 1992, the U.N. Security Council passed Resolution 688, calling on Baghdad to cease its crackdown on Iraq’s rebellious Shia majority and “ensure that the human... Read more
The Japanese battleship ‘Musashi’ in 1942. Photo via Wikimedia And ugly for the losing side by ROBERT FARLEY Can we imagine a scenario in which two titans of World War II, the German battleship Bismarck and the Japanese battleship Yamato, would come into conflict? Difficult, but not impossible. Had the Battle... Read more
Library of Congress photos unless otherwise noted The government got pretty desperate by ELLIOT CARTER Tens of thousands of people found employment in Washington, D.C. during World War II in newly-created defense jobs. According to WETA public television, “between 1940 and 1945, the number of civilians employed by the government... Read more
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