U.S. Air Force photo. All other art via Wikipedia The GAU-8 is a fearsome shooter by MATTHEW MOSS General Electric’s 30-millimeter GAU-8 Avenger cannon has been the primary weapon of the U.S. Air Force’s A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack plane for more than 40 years. It also arms the Goalkeeper naval close-in... Read more
Captura de pantalla de la película ‘La Batalla por Sebastopol” La película “La Batalla por Sebastopol” resulta menos impactante que el tema del que trata por SEBASTIEN ROBLIN La película de 2015 La Batalla por Sebastopol refleja la verdadera historia sobre cómo Lyudmila Pavlichenko, una mujer sniper soviética que acabó... Read more
A MiG-17F in 2005. Robert Lawton/Wikimedia photo Col. Nguyen Tomb was the conflict’s most lethal dogfighter, if he even existed by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN Col. Nguyen Tomb — or “Toon” — is one of the names immortalized in military aviation, like Baron von Richthofen and Eddie Rickenbacker. I first encountered Tomb when I was 10... Read more
‘Culloden.’ BBC capture Peter Watkins’ 1964 docudrama was ahead of its time by MATTHEW GAULT British soldiers in service to the Duke of Cumberland crest a hill and follow the beat of a drum. “Wednesday April 16, 1746,” a dry-toned narrator states. “This is the advanced battalion of an English government army... Read more
The battleship USS ‘Iowa’ as it refuels from the frigate USS ‘Halyburton’ in 1985. U.S. Navy photo Massive costs killed the mighty vessels by ROBERT FARLEY With World War II finished, the U.S. Navy faced a huge dilemma — what to do with the massive fleet of ships that it had constructed to defeat... Read more
An F-106 fighter launches a non-nuclear Genie training rocket. Air Force photo Hill-Genies could have helped pilots blast anti-aircraft gunners by JOSEPH TREVITHICK American pilots dodged deadly anti-aircraft guns and missiles throughout the Vietnam War. To deal with these and other threats, the U.S. Air Force built various cluster bombs,... Read more
British artillery at the Somme. Source But the guns failed to cut the Germans’ wire by MATTHEW MOSS On June 24, 1916, the British Army launched what was, at that point, its largest bombardment of World War I. Four days of heavy shelling preceded the infantry assault in the Somme sector. A thousand... Read more
Barrage-fire tactics proved devastating by MATTHEW MOSS The British Army entered World War I with just two machine guns per battalion. In contrast, the Imperial German Army had long embraced the new weapon — and had already fully integrated it into its infantry regiments. As the stalemate of trench warfare took hold,... Read more
An F-100 drops bombs near Khe Sanh in 1968. U.S. Marine Corps photo If you have positive notions of war, read this book to get that smacked out of you by ROBERT BECKHUSEN I was sad to learn that Michael Herr, the author of the Vietnam War memoir Dispatches, died Thursday... Read more
The T-4 bomber. Clemens Vasters/Flickr photo It’s not surprising that most stayed on the drawing board by ROBERT FARLEY For nearly seven decades, the defense-industrial complex of the Soviet Union went toe-to-toe with the best firms that the West had to offer. In some cases, it surprised the West with cheap, innovative,... Read more
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