September 2009

Jasper Maskelyne was born in Britain in 1902 and became a celebrated stage magician during the 1930s and 1940s. When war broke out, he stopped touring and joined the Royal Engineers attached to the British Army. He told Allied commanders that he could help camophlage British military assets and trick the Nazis. British high command […]

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Soyuz

by Daniel Russ on September 28, 2009

Russian security officers walk along the railroad tracks as the Soyuz rocket is rolled out to the launch pad Monday, Sept. 28, 2009 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz is scheduled to launch the crew of Expedition 21 and a spaceflight participant on Sept. 30, 2009.

Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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Frank Jirka, Underwater Demolition Team

September 28, 2009

“Underwater Demolition was a very small organization that never exceeded 2500 men out of the 3.5 million men in the Navy. It was composed strictly of volunteers who could quit at any time, and was labeled “Top Secret” by the Navy Department. Underwater Demolition, you might say, was conceived in one of the corridors of […]

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Iwo Jima

September 27, 2009

I set out to have a piece on Iwo Jima by today. I took notes from a taped History Channel feature on the island invasion. As I began to dig into books and Wikipedia, I found out that almost all of what they said was wrong, from the dates to the body counts. They said […]

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The Atlatl.

September 26, 2009

I have been reading about ancient warfare recently and author Brian Ferguson looks for evidence that warfare actually had a general starting date. Looking at bones he says the evidence of death by violence increased dramatically from 12,000 BC on. That said I intend to write about the generations before us who created weaponry, not […]

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The Helicopter That Almost Was

September 25, 2009

  The VH-71 Kestrel is a variant of theAgustaWestland AW101 (formerly EH101), that was being developed to replace the USMC Marine One Presidential transport fleet. It was being produced by the Lockheed-Martin led “US101 Team” of Lockheed Martin Systems Integration – Owego, AgustaWestland and Bell. The projected total cost of the 28 helicopters planned under […]

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The Jezail, Aghanistan’s Indigenous Sniper Rifle.

September 24, 2009

The Jezail wasa reverse engineered musket or rifle made from western firearms by Aghanis after the invasion of Britain. Typically a musket, with parts often stolen from Brown Bess of the British Army, these were long range weapons and were used to effect on the British retreating from Kabul to Jalalabad during the First Afghan […]

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The Artillery of the Middle Ages

September 24, 2009

Trebuchets were early forms of artillery, that used a counterweight and a high radial throwing arm to toss projectiles into or over castle walls. Here area couple of large Trebuchets, the top one recreated in France. The throwing machines were less sophisticate  than rope torsion catapults and easier to load. They were parked outside of […]

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Irish Military Recruitment Ad

September 22, 2009

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A Warning From President Dwight David Eisenhower

September 22, 2009

  He warned us about the military industrial complex. Related Posts:Stay Tunes For Similar Posts

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The Last Battle of the War of 1812

September 20, 2009

  In 1781, while the Revolutionary War was raging, the British expanded the theatre of operations into the South where there were more loyalists and fewer Colonial regulars to face. Two couriers working for the Continental Army were the Jackson brothers, living in Waxhaw North Carolina. Andrew and Robert were hiding in their cabin attic […]

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A Little Sanity In A Sea Of Psychosis (w/Update)

September 19, 2009

In a return gesture redolent of the détente between Cold War enemies, Vladimir Popovkin announced that Russian short range missile interceptors will not be placed on Kaliningrad. “Reason has prevailed over ambitions,” Popovkin said. “Naturally, we will cancel countermeasures which Russia has planned in response, such as the (planned) deployment of Iskander missiles in the […]

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Battle Robot Jumps 25 Foot Fence

September 18, 2009

It’s funny. Then again, so was Terminator. Related Posts:The Frightening War Machines That Are On Their WayAttack Of The Killer Robots. Part 1. Imagining Future Combat.Viking Shields.XM-25 To Be Deployed With Special Forces.Air Borne Nano Robots

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Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti Receives Medal of Honor From President Obama

September 18, 2009

In a solemn ceremony conducted in the White House’s Palm Room today, President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti. This was Obama’s first award of the nation’s highest military honor since becoming commander-in-chief, and the sixth Medal of Honor awarded since Sept. 11, 2001. Obama presented […]

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Yugoslav J-22 Orao Aerobatic Demonstration To The Most Inappropriate Music Ever Put On A Video- See If You Recognize It.

September 16, 2009

Not only is it Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Boxer”, it is the Elevator Music version. Related Posts:Great Article In The Wall Street Journal Asks The Big Questions About Flying.The Serpent Brass Horn.The Bell P-59 Airacomet. It Saw Little Action But Taught Us Volumes.The Handley Page 115 Testbed.Neil Alden Armstrong, First Man To Walk On The […]

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Sergeant Bob Bearden, H Company, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Invaded Behind The Lines On D-Day

September 15, 2009

Sergeant Bob Bearden was a squad leader of a mortar squad, H Company, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, which was attached to the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II and made its first combat jump in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

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“Ride into Russia. Go as far as you can. Never come back.”

September 13, 2009

  Max was 14 when he pedaled his bike from a neighboring town into his own town, Wiszniew, Poland. His father met him outside and said “Max, ride into Russia, go as far as you can. Never come back. Go now.” It was later Summer 1941, and German troops were deploying over the border. With […]

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Carl Sandburg on the Siege of Vicksburg

September 13, 2009

History tends to paint a simple broad stroke over what is complex, pulls a single colored thread out of a tapestry and attempts to represent the whole with the part. That said, the siege of Vicksburg was a series of lunges, false starts, disastrous assaults, and atrocities committed on both sides. Vicksburg was the key to controlling the Mississippi.

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Marines Fire Vickers M777 155mm Howitzer

September 13, 2009

This is a British made towed 155, and will replaced the venerable M198. Related Posts:Marine Artillery in AfghanistanPeleliu. A Battle Few Have Heard Of Was Considered The Hardest Fought In The Pacific.Around Saipan The United States And The Imperial Japanese Brought The Biggest Ships And More Naval Firepower Than The World Had Seen Previously.The French […]

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Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

September 12, 2009

“The new pilot was hurried to the helm in the midst of a tornado.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson, speaking about Abraham Lincolns’ first days in office assessing the secession of South Carolina from the Union. . . “He’s an idealist in an age of cynicism, a conciliator at a time of cleaving. He strives to appeal […]

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