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
But the expensive prototype did lead to better planes by JOSEPH TREVITHICK The U.S. Air Force has been especially tight-lipped about the specifics of its upcoming Long Range Strike Bomber. The Northrop Grumman-designed plane doesn’t even have an official nickname, yet. But we do know one thing — its designation. The B-21. “The... Read more
‘BAR. Photo via Wikipedia Portable firepower by PAUL HUARD World War I is often called “the machine gun war” because of the devastating use of automatic weapons such as the Maxim gun. It’s also when some of the drastic developments in machine gun technology occurred. Artillery fire actually killed more... Read more
Iranian F-14. Photo via Wikipeda Washington has worked hard to clip the wings of Tehran’s F-14s by DAVID AXE On April 9, 1972, Iraq and the Soviet Union signed an historic agreement. The USSR committed to arming the Arab republic with the latest weaponry. In return for sending Baghdad guns, tanks and... Read more
Who knew a book about flame weapons could be so … literary? by DAVID AXE “All weapons are, by their very nature, ghastly in purpose,” Chris McNab writes in the introduction of his new book The Flamethrower, “but there is something uniquely awful and inhumane about the flamethrower.” Yes, flamethrowers are... Read more
Elbe Day is a distant memory, but it proved the U.S. and Russia could get along by PAUL HUARD April 25, 1945 — Elbe Day — marks one of the turning points not only of World War II, but of world history. Nearly 70 years later, it’s a date few remember. American soldiers advancing from... Read more
How the U.S. Air Force Spied on French Nuke Blasts Special tanker planes snooped on Pacific tests by JOSEPH TREVITHICK During the early years of the Cold War, the United States had a problem. The U.S. had quickly lost its monopoly on nuclear weapons. The Pentagon was most concerned about Soviet and... Read more
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