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
Atomic bombs weren’t the only horror in store by JOSEPH TREVITHICK In May, President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima reignited discussions of whether the United States actually needed to drop atomic bombs to force Japan to surrender at the end of World War II. What these debates didn’t touch... Read more
A Polish P.11 fighter before takeoff. Photo via Wikipedia It actually took two weeks by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN When the 1950s T.V. documentary series Air Power got around to covering the opening battles of World War II, it unfortunately reinforced a popular, and entirely incorrect, notion. “The Polish air force is... Read more
Captura de pantalla del tráiler del videojuego de EA Bastante realistas, con sólo un par de raras excepciones por MATTHEW MOSS Por una vez, los rumores de Internet han demostrado ser ciertos. La empresa de videojuegos sueca DICE, filial de la marca EA, mira al pasado para la ambientación del último... Read more
A scene from ‘Fortress of War.’ Belarusfilm capture The film is a flawed depiction of the Brest Fortress siege, but rightly celebrates the defenders’ enormous courage by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN The 2010 Russian-Belarusian film Fortress of War tells the tale of the Soviet men and women defending an exposed, antiquated fortress.... Read more
A MiG-25RB on takeoff. Alex Beltyukov/Wikimedia photo The lightning-fast MiG-25 Foxbat couldn’t adapt to the future by ROBERT FARLEY In the late 1960s, the Soviet Union debuted what appeared to be the world’s deadliest fighter. The MiG-25 (NATO term “Foxbat”) could outrun any fighter in the air, and indeed any military... Read more
‘The Battle of Jutland’ by Montague Dawson, oil on canvas, 1949. Illustration via Vallejo Gallery One of the largest naval battles in history occurred nearly 100 years ago — but the war wasn’t going to be lost in an afternoon by ROBERT FARLEY A century ago, the two greatest fleets of the industrial... Read more
This will end badly. EMI Films capture Officers and ideals will get you killed in Sam Peckinpah’s forgotten masterpiece by MATTHEW GAULT During a reconnaissance patrol on the outskirts of their territory, a German platoon discovers a gunner’s nest with Soviet soldiers lingering inside. The Germans creep forward, unleashing gunfire and... Read more
The battleship USS ‘New Jersey’ spits fire in 1984. U.S. Navy photo Missiles and aircraft killed the old juggernauts — but big ships with lots of guns could reemerge in a different form by ROBERT FARLEY Is it time to bring back the battleship? For decades, naval architects have concentrated on building ships... Read more
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