October 2011

The 420mm OKA Nuclear Howitzer.

by Daniel Russ on October 31, 2011

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       The OKA was a 420mm Self Propelled Nuclear Howitzer developed and introduced in 1957. This gun was so unlikely to make it around a dynamic battlefield it was mostly just a gun for show, Not that they wouldn’t have used it, but this gun posed little threat to NATO forces in light […]

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Protect Your Baby From Warfare. From Modernmechanix.com

by Daniel Russ on October 30, 2011

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          Baby Gas Mask This country has always been host to a culture enthralled with warfare. We have also been enthralled with money. And where the two intersect is so very American. But Americans in the thirties and forties were scared of warfare. And rightly so. They had no idea what […]

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Object 257 Experimental Soviet Tank.

October 28, 2011

Object 257 was one of dozens of prototype tank models that were developed during the Cold War. I am still looking for specifics and details.  This is from DarkRoastBlend           Related Posts:Stay Tunes For Similar Posts

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The Daimler MarienWagen. Germany’s First Tank.

October 27, 2011

  In some ways the monstrous MarienWagen Gepanzert was the German’s first tank, or rather, their reaction to seeing large English and French tanks on the battlefield at The Somme. They had two machine guns and two 20mm cannons. This monstrosity was built by Daimler. It was operated by six to ten people and fairly […]

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Why We Are Leaving Iraq.

October 26, 2011

We can’t rely on politicians to be honest with us about anything. We rely even less upon the media to get any story right, especially stories laden with political and spin baggage. Like homeowners asking for a little help we are all on our own as far as getting the facts and reasons and other […]

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World War II Posters

October 25, 2011

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The Treffas Wagen

October 24, 2011

The protection that a tank offered crew on the battlefield gave tank designers some of the same ideas. More protection means a better tank. So making a tank progressively bigger became a manufacturing meme from the First World War to the Second. Germany ordered the manufacture of a prototype tank that weighed 18 tons, and […]

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The Krupp Kugelpanzer

October 23, 2011

From the looks of it, one would think that the Germans did more thinking and research and development for weapon systems than perhaps any nation before. From flying wings to cruise missiles, it comes as little surprise to see a one man reconnaissance platform in the form of a one man tank. Given the free reign the designers had to think outside the box, sometimes they inside the box. The Kugelpanzer means Ball Tank. There exists only one surviving copy of the tank and it is in the Kubinka Museum.
It was round, and provided a stable sitting platform for a single person operating it with its two-stroke engine. It was little more than a ten centimeter armoured shell and a gun port. This particular Kugelpanzer was captured intact in Manchuria and had a German MG 42 inside.

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Chariot Art.

October 22, 2011

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Ramses II And A Poem He Ordered Written And Posted About The Battle Against The Khita 1326 BC

October 21, 2011

Wikipedia is of course an immensely deep resource of information at no charge. It was such a find to see a translated poem from Ramses II, the Julius Caesar of Egypt, about his win over the Khita. You get the idea how bloodthirsty Ramses II was. “By order of Rameses, this poem was inscribed upon […]

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The DH-4 One Man Helicopter.

October 20, 2011

Along with the flying car, man has been trying to create flying platforms for decades. No notable exceptions will be here, my friends, and so today we visit the DeLackner DH-4 Aerocycle. This was one of many flying platforms the US Army evaluated before the Vietnam era It was a natural instinct to want o […]

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Spartacus.

October 19, 2011

In 72 BC one in three Romans was a slave. So roughly two million slaves attended to the needs of four million Romans. A slave was considered property. A slave’s life and well-being depended on the whims of the masters of the household. Slaves couldn’t own property or vote or testify in a courtroom. If […]

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The Problem With Supplies.

October 18, 2011

It was Epamindondas famous for winning over the Spartans at the Battle of Leuctra who formalized the flanking maneuver. Instead of attacking your front lines only, I will send forces around the back to attack your supply train. Then you’ll have to fall back and defend it. And when you fall back I’ll move forward. Today attacking the supply line is most often referred to as Interdiction.

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Kung Fu Demonstrations In China

October 17, 2011

Kung Fu Demonstrations In China

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Petraeus, Panetta And The Arc Of Instability.

October 16, 2011

  Leon Panetta, establishment cabinet level intelligence apparatchik announced earlier this year that the decade of special operations and drone strikes conducted against Al Qaeda had reduced the number of effective key command level leaders to a minimum. “That’s why I think the defeat of Al-Qaida is within reach,” Panetta told reporters. I couldn’t help […]

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Amazing Story. Absolutely Amazing.

October 15, 2011

“….The man who had shot down her father’s civilian plane at the height of the 1965 India-Pakistan war was writing to her, almost half a century later, to set the record straight. And to apologize.   The subject line said: “Condolence.”   In his August 5 e-mail, Qais Hussain expressed regret that he had been […]

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The Sturmtiger.

October 14, 2011

The Sturmtiger was product of lessons learned. It was the anti dote to urban fighting hell, a weapon that could demolish sniper hiding structures with a single shot. It had a telescopic sight and was armed with a 38cm breech laoading rocket launcher and mortar. It could fire projectiles ¾ of a mile away. The 275pound shaped-charge Raketen Hohladungsgranate 4582 was used against fortifications and could penetrate 8 feet of reinforced concrete. Each shot could bring down a building. It only carried 14 of these long rockets or mortars, though. The launching charge was so powerful exhaust gasses had to be vented through special ducts. Each firing was accompanied by a tremendous flash. Each firing meant the vehicle had to be moved since the flash revealed its position.
The ammunition was so deadly and technical the best estimates for production capacity was 300 rounds a month.
The Germans built 19 and then the war ended.

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Closing The American Forces Five Star Hotel In Baghdad.

October 13, 2011

……..”Robin Williams slept here. Who is that research institute analyst checking in from Washington? Yes, Senator, welcome: You have the Tikrit Suite.Staff members, however, sleep in outdoor trailers. And there are plenty of other anomalies: chandeliers and sandbags; pinstriped trouser cuffs breaking just so over desert combat boots.The J.V.B. is part of a sprawling base […]

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360 Degree View Of Shuttle Cockpit. Extremely Cool! Click On This!

October 12, 2011

  360 view of Shuttle cockpit. Extremely cool!   Related Posts:Awesome Photo Of The Shuttle Maintenance Bay. But Say Goodbye As The Shuttle Mission Is All But Over.Today Is Sad. This Is The Final Shuttle Mission. This Technology Has Been So Amazing.25 Years Ago Today.Models Of The ShuttleOnly Three Shuttle Missions Remaining. Then It’s Over.

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The Kettenkrad Mini Tank

October 11, 2011

The Kettenkrad was a small tractor the Germans used for combat operations. It featured a characteristic motorcycle wheel and handle bar steering. It often towed a 37mm cannon or was used to pull vehicles of the mud of the Russian steppes in the Ester front. 8,300 of these were built by Germany, after the war […]

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