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
Finnish Ministry of Defense photo And share a few words for the next batch of conscripts by ROBERT BECKHUSEN “War is not glorious or a parade,” Sulo Leivo, a Finnish veteran of World War II, says with somber words. “It’s everyday work. Guard duty, water and mud. You live with... Read more
Pakistani and Indian soldiers shake hands during the Wagha border ceremony. Koshy Koshy photo via Flickr Podcast — India and Pakistan will never get along, but the United States needs them both by MATTHEW GAULT India and Pakistan are often at each others’ throats, and one day, the United States may have to make... Read more
Armadillo Mk. III. Photo via Wikipedia Armadillos guarded airfields from German paratroopers by MATTHEW MOSS The British Army’s brutal battles in France in 1940, and its subsequent evacuation from continental Europe via Dunkirk, cost the army much of its heavy equipment. In the summer of 1940, the British military needed... Read more
The U.S. Ivy Mike H-bomb test in 1952. Photo via Wikipedia A single H-bomb could scatter fallout across England by MATTHEW MOSS In March 1955, the Manchester Guardian ran a short piece covering a report published by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission that examined the effects of a hydrogen bomb blast. Accompanying... Read more
Maj. Yohannes Woldemariam proudly posing in front of the first Northrop F-5A delivered to Ethiopia, in 1966. Photo via S.N. A forgotten African war answered the question by TOM COOPER Which is better? The Northrop F-5E Tiger II or the Mikoyan i Gurevich MiG-21? There have been countless discussions of this question and,... Read more
A scale model of the Maus with a human figure for scale. Photo illustration via Wikimedia The Maus was an enormous waste — and not the war-winning weapon the Nazis hoped it would be by ROBERT BECKHUSEN By the time the super-heavy Maus tank rolled out for its first tests in January... Read more
German helmets, British and Soviet guns by MATTHEW MOSS The Royal Afghan Army suffered terrible neglect throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. A period of relative modernization and standardization belatedly began in the 1920s. For starters, Kabul purchased rifles from Britain. Adopting .303 as its standard service cartridge, Afghanistan acquired British World War... Read more
The S-class submarine ‘S-51’ pokes above the waves as pontoons lift her in 1926. Photo via Boston Public Library & NavSource ‘On the Bottom’ recounts U.S. Navy deep water diving, 1920s style by ROBERT BECKHUSEN This article was sponsored by Open Road Media. It was the night of Sept. 25, 1925... Read more
A Comet in 1969. Photo via Wikipedia But the speedy jet suffered tragic accidents by MICHAEL BYRNE On July 27, 1949, the world quite abruptly became a very small place. The new scale, which drew together cities and coastlines that had for millennia existed on basically separate planets, came courtesy... Read more
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