U.S. Army solider Lynndie England holding a leash attached to a prisoner, known to the guards as “Gus,” at the CIA-Army prison at Abu Ghraib in Iraq. All photos via Wikipedia Newly-released documents detail America’s brutal treatment of detainees by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN On June 13, 2016, in response to... Read more
Fusil VSS. Foto vía Wikipedia Los fusiles AS Val y VSS son armas temibles por MATTHEW MOSS A principios de los años 1980, el Instituto Central de Investigación para la Fabricación de Máquinas de Precisión, o algo así, conocido como TsNIITochMash, desarrolló el fusil de asalto con supresor AS Val y... Read more
The Boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. Digital Globe imagery A separate air power branch is inefficient and wasteful by MATTHEW GAULT The U.S. military has flown airplanes since the early 20th century. But the Air Force as an independent service branch is relatively recent — dating to 1947. During World War II,... Read more
These ‘military-style’ firearms have a long history in private hands by JOSEPH TREVITHICK On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded as many more at a gay club in Orlando — the deadliest mass shooting in American history. The massacre reignited a now long-standing debate over whether civilians have any... Read more
U.S. troops of the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea, November 1950. U.S. National Archives photo The classic history challenges us to consider the wars we fight — and how by ROBERT BECKHUSEN This post was sponsored by Open Road Media. On June 25, 1950, the North Korean army numbering some 200,000 soldiers and tanks... Read more
A Lewis Gun as an anti-aircraft weapon. Photo via Wikipedia In 1914, gunners began pointing their weapons toward the sky by MATTHEW MOSS World War I saw the first widespread use of airplanes, first as observation platforms and later in both air- and ground-attack roles. The strategic threat that observation planes... Read more
Via Wikipedia French balloons inspired a Prussian countermeasure by MATTHEW MOSS The first untethered balloon flight took place on Nov. 21, 1783, with the first military use occurring during the French Revolutionary Wars. A century later during the Franco-Prussian War, the French again deployed observation balloons — and when Prussian troops besieged... Read more
Sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko Killed 300 Men — And Now There’s a Movie About Her
‘Battle for Sevastopol’ capture ‘Battle for Sevastopol’ is less impressive than its subject by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN The 2015 film Battle for Sevastopol is the true story of how Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a female Soviet sniper who killed more than 300 Axis soldiers during World War II, became a gal-pal of the... Read more
The ‘Permit’-class submarine USS ‘Gato.’ U.S. Navy photo Putting 20th-century ship killers to the test by ROBERT FARLEY History’s three great submarine campaigns include the First Battle of the Atlantic, the Second Battle of the Atlantic, and the U.S. Navy’s war against Japanese commerce in World War II. The contestants fought these... Read more
Full-scale Nazi aggression on display. Paradox Interactive capture Germany beat me badly, but I still had a lot of fun by MATTHEW GAULT Everything was going so well. I had organized my economy, military and political system — and was confident the republic would survive fascist aggression. I knew the history, lay of... Read more
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