German infantry in 1914. Photo via Wikimedia Crown Prince Wilhelm’s plan ended in disaster by ROBERT BECKHUSEN The weather was cold, wet and miserable when 100,000 German soldiers unloaded their rifles, fixed bayonets and charged the French army. It was a desperate moment. By Sept. 10, 1914, the German armies closer... Read more
The Free French 2nd Armored Division rolls through Paris on Aug. 26, 1944. Library of Congress photo The elites who capitulated in 1940 had the means to resist by ROBERT FARLEY France surrendered to the Nazis in 1940 for complex reasons. The proximate cause, of course, was the success of the German... Read more
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
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