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
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
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