April 2012

Space Shuttle Endeavor Being Dismantled

by Daniel Russ on April 30, 2012

  “Once inside today, the orbiter processing team will remove one of Endeavour’s two orbital maneuvering system pods, which bookend the vertical stabilizer. As the drone of ventilators fills the building, a technician wearing a “Lucky’s Bar” T-shirt thumbs a manual detailing the steps for excising the orbital maneuvering systems. Held by a latticework of […]

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      If Stalin was anything, he was paranoid. Some of his paranoia was well founded. He was a murderous, obstreperous tyrant who saw the world through only his own eyes.  His police state apparatus was filled with informers and he was tipped off to a plot at the top of his officer corps […]

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Sexually Transmitted Disease Warning Posters From World War I and World War II

April 28, 2012

              Source: Retronaut Related Posts:Georgy Zhukov Didn’t Just Survive The Worst Of Hitler. He Survived The Worst Of Stalin.The T34 Calliope.The Land MattressThe Focke-Achgelis Fa 269. Another German Wonder Plane.The Bob Semple Tank.

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The Marder III Self Propelled Anti Tank Gun

April 27, 2012

      As often as the Nazis vilipended the Bolsheviks rendering them little more than animals, the Russian sure did produce great weapons. In fact the Germans copied and adapted captured Russian munitions. For example, the sloped armor of the T-34 helped give birth to the improved Tiger tank and debuted as the King […]

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The Sturmpanzer IV, AKA The Brummbår.

April 26, 2012

    The Sturmpanzer IV, or Brummbår was an assault gun designed to knock buildings down. It featured a 150mm or 6 inch gun and carried 38 of these massive rounds. It was not designed as an anti tank gun. It was designed as a gun that would take down a building. The Germans put […]

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The Sturmgeschutz III, AKA Stug.

April 25, 2012

Few people realize that Germany, known to have produced an adamantine armored force, also produced armored vehicles rarely talked about or ever the subject of films. Germany produced tens of thousands of self-propelled anti-tank guns. In yesterday’s post, we discussed the Jagd 38t, other wise known as the Hetzer. The Germans built less than 3000 […]

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The Canadian Tank That Never Saw Battle.

April 24, 2012

  The 5 man crew Cruiser Ram II came late. It was in the field towards the end of World War II. But it travelled at 40 kilometers an hour and sported a 57mm, or 6 pounder main cannon. It had a high profile for its day and missed combat completely. Newer tank models were […]

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Photographs of Adolph Hitler The Complete Collection

April 23, 2012

Bet you know you’re a war history nerd when you spend time reviewing photos on a blog called, and I am not kidding, adolphhitlerbestpictures.blogspot.com.Until you see this you don’t really get an idea that he was the face of the Nazi party and that said he made sure he appeared in pictures often enough.   […]

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The SAAB J21

April 22, 2012

      It was 1947 when Saab began making almost 300 copies of the pusher/puller dual propellers and twin tail J21 aircraft. Sweden wouldn’t have been able to acquire an air force and so they attempted a domestic expenditure to create a fighter aircraft of original design and capable of taking on a plane […]

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The Semovente 47/32 Self Propelled Howitzer

April 21, 2012

    Perhaps it should be viewed as a compliment that the Italians actually produced an armored fighting vehicle that the Germans were happy to use. After all, the Wehrmacht featured the best tanks in the world and were it not for Hitler propping him up, Mussolini would have fallen much earlier. The entire country […]

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The M7 105mm Gun Carriage

April 20, 2012

    George S. Patton made extensive use of US made 105mm howitzers. He countered better German tanks with smarter use of fire-power. The Canadians made their own self propelled 105mm gun and called it the M7 Motor Carriage. The British used this weapon but called it The Priest. The Bishop was the Priest upgunned […]

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The Skoda Tortoise PA II Czech Tank

April 19, 2012

        Czechoslovakia was an unexpected source of engineering skill. Although out classed by German manufacturing right next door, the Skoda PAII tank featured revolutionary design from this quaint corner of Europe. The tank had rounded armor and gun turrets all around the vehicle. In 1923, 12 copies were made but never quite […]

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Hapkido

April 18, 2012

  Hapkido is what i call Korean Jiu Jitsu. It is a complicated indigenous Korean martial art with wide range of  techniques ranging from weapons to kicks, jump kicks, locks and holds and throws, punching, elbow and knee strikes and ground fighting.   Related Posts:Stay Tunes For Similar Posts

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Article In Clearwater, Florida Newspaper In 1948 About My Mother, Irene Weider Russ, Who Survived Three Concentration Camps.

April 17, 2012

  CLICK TO ENLARGE Related Posts:Stay Tunes For Similar Posts

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British World War II War Posters

April 16, 2012

        Source: Lest We Forget Related Posts:US War Time Rationing PostersGerman World War II Propaganda Posters.War ArtAmazing WWII Soviet War PaintingsGeorgy Zhukov Didn’t Just Survive The Worst Of Hitler. He Survived The Worst Of Stalin.

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The New Venue For The Political Poster: Facebook

April 15, 2012

              Related Posts:Political Posters Make A Huge Comeback On FacebookMore Facebook Political Posters.Political Season Facebook Political Posters.The Political Posters On Facebook Just Keep Coming.Facebook Political Posters Heat Up.

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The MIG-105, The Soviet Union’s First Exoatmospheric Experimental Vehicle.

April 14, 2012

  The MIG-105 was an experimental low speed outer atmospheric orbital vehicle developed in he Soviet Union in 1976. The idea was that this plane would be launched not from the ground, but from the back of a large hypersonic extra-atmospheric vehicle built by Tupelov that would resemble the Tu-144. Many considered this to be […]

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Political Posters Make A Huge Comeback On Facebook

April 13, 2012

        Related Posts:The New Venue For The Political Poster: FacebookMore Facebook Political Posters.Political Season Facebook Political Posters.The Political Posters On Facebook Just Keep Coming.Facebook Political Posters Heat Up.

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Tonight Is The 51st Anniversary Of Yuri Gagarin’s Historic Flight.

April 12, 2012

Yuri Gagarin was born in Klushino, near Smolensk on 9 March 1934. The adjacent town of Gzhatsk was renamed Gagarin in 1968 in his honour. His parents, Alexey Ivanovich Gagarin and Anna Timofeyevna Gagarina, worked on a collective farm. Both were laborers but both were well read and fairly educated. Yuri was the third of […]

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The Gastraphetes

April 11, 2012

  The Gastraphetes was a type of compound bow used about 400BC by the ancient Greeks and Macedonians. Heron of Alexandria, the great inventor describes it in Belopoeica, and  there exists also a description by the 3rd century BC engineer Ctesibius. The name gives away its western translated moniker: the Belly Bow. Once you locked […]

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