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
British iron steamship ‘Nemesis’ destroys a Chinese junk at the Second Battle of Chuenpi. Edward Duncan painting Fighting over dope helped to create modern China by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN In 1839, England went to war with China because it was upset that Chinese officials had shut down its drug trafficking racket and... Read more
Swordfish torpedo-bombers attack battleship ‘Bismarck’ in May 1941. Image copyright — Dennis Andrews Iain Ballantyne’s new book recounts daring air raid In Bismarck: 24 Hours to Doom, historian Iain Ballantyne lays out in an almost cinematic style how the German high-seas raider met her match during a contest of steel versus struts and canvas.... Read more
Confederate reenactors in 2015. Rob Bixby/Flickr photo ‘Mr. Lincoln’s Army’ recounts how orderly ranks fell apart when the bullets began flying by ROBERT BECKHUSEN This article was sponsored by Open Road Media. The Civil War was the bloodiest conflict in American history and those who lived through it were beset by... Read more
USS ‘Stark’ as seen from USS ‘Conyngham’ on the morning of May 18, 1987, listing heavily to port. USS ‘Conyngham’ Association photo It wasn’t a Mirage F.1 that hit USS ‘Stark’ by TOM COOPER On May 17, 1987, the U.S. Navy guided-missile frigate USS Stark was on a patrol in the... Read more
The operation remained classified for decades by JOSEPH TREVITHICK On Dec. 24, 1970, an odd airplane touched down at an air base in Thailand. Though it might not have looked like it, this was a top secret U.S. Air Force propaganda plane and the crew had just flown the last... Read more
Be skeptical when Moscow hypes some super-weapon by JOSEPH TREVITHICK A senior Russian officer claimed the Kremlin’s weaponeers are working on a nuclear-armed, orbital bomber that can lob megaton atomic bombs at any city on Earth just an hour or two after launch. Yes, you read that right. But don’t panic.... Read more
Other types overtook this unique gun by MATTHEW MOSS On the April 20th, 1897, now-legendary firearms-designer John Browning received four patents for various pistol designs. These included two recoil-operated systems, a blowback design and — most interestingly — a pistol using a gas-operated toggle action. Browning had developed the gas-operated design a few years earlier in... Read more
Shipyard Specials could cause horrific wounds by MATTHEW MOSS At the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, both the Republicans and Loyalists were desperate for any weapons they could lay their hands on. These weapons ranged from smuggled AR-18s — infamously nicknamed Widowmakers — to crude but ingenious improvised weapons such as the submachine gun... Read more
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