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
The 999th in Korea. U.S. Army photo The 999th Armored Field Artillery fought through a bloody ambush by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN In April 1951 the African-American soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 999th Armored Field Artillery charged their ungainly self-propelled howitzers past a hundred Chinese infantry waiting in ambush. Thanks to the interviews of... Read more
Oliver Law with other members of the Lincoln Battalion. Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives photo Three stories of black Americans in Spain by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN In the 1930s, African-Americans were systematically disenfranchised, barred from participating in many arenas of civic life and subject to frequent violence and systematic discrimination. Yet many not... Read more
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