February 2013

Kill Anything That Moves.

by Daniel Russ on February 28, 2013

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    Nick Turse’s new book Kill Anything That Moves is a disturbing window into the enormous numbers of Vietnamese civilians that died at the hands of the Americans. He cites the huge payload of ordinance dropped on that country, 60 billion pounds of ordinance, or roughly 640 of Hiroshima’s “Little Boy” Bombs. He gathers […]

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World War II Era Magazine Ads

by Daniel Russ on February 27, 2013

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Retro Gun Ads.

February 26, 2013

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Tom Sachs Drawing Of Neil Armstrong’s Lunar PLSS Suit. Via NYT.

February 25, 2013

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World War II Japanese Military Uniforms.

February 24, 2013

  Japanese Infantryman, circa 1938, Type 38 Sanpachi Rifle Japanese World War II Jungle Uniform source: www.lonesentry.com Related Posts:Stay Tunes For Similar Posts

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Stalin Era Travel Posters

February 23, 2013

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The Lomonosov Helicopter From 1754

February 22, 2013

    The Lomonosov Helicopter From 1754   It was an unimpressive demonstration. It was a box, and above the box, protruding out of the center of the top, a long transmission shaft. The inventor is Russian scientist Mikhail Vasil’evich Lomonosov, and the year is 1754. Lomonosov had the idea to attach counter rotating rotors […]

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Stalin Era Travel Posters

February 21, 2013

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USSR Travel Posters

February 20, 2013

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Yes, They Never Forget.

February 18, 2013

      Classical Age War Elephant Coin     King Pyrrus of Epirus favored the use of war elephants in battle. He was many times in his life fond on a war elephant himself. He first came upon them when campaigning in India for his cousin Alexander. The Greeks preferred Indian elephants, which were […]

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The New Drone Pilot Medal Out Shines Bronze Star With Valor.

February 17, 2013

  The surprising news from the Pentagon is not that we are now awarding medals to drone pilots. The surprise is that the drone pilot’s medal has a rank among medals for bravery and this one ranks above the Bronze Star with Valor. The new medal is ranked just below the Distinguished Flying Cross. That […]

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The Poodle And The Peninsular War

February 16, 2013

  During the Peninsular War, close proximity between troops and citizen often resulted in fraternizations of all sorts. In 1813, a young French matron was curious to see the fearsome British Redcoats assembled near town and showed up with her poodle in her arms. Alarmed, the poodle jumped from her arms and headed barking all […]

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Gladiators, The World’s First Superstar Athletes.

February 15, 2013

  Gladiators from the Zliten Mosaic   People often have the wrong idea about gladiators. The movies for most people are the only open window on the past that we will go through willingly. Thank you History Channel.  So the gladiator as a captured slave, made to fight to the death, is a meme that […]

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The Mollwitz Grey.

February 14, 2013

Frederick the Soldier King was trapped behind enemy lines with nothing  between him,  and escape from Prussian troops at  Mollwitz. There he was carried to safety by a horse that will forever be known as the Mollwitz Grey. The Grey was immediately retired to a parade ground in Postdam. Whenever a military honor guard came […]

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Cracks In The Armor Of Empire.

February 13, 2013

        The most satisfying part about being an armchair general, or a part time self taught military historian is that you work in a bubble so often that your theories ferment without much opposition. After a few months you are convinced that you are an absolute genius waiting to be picked up. […]

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The Knuckle Duster.

February 12, 2013

There have been attachments one makes to augment the fists since antiquity. India has the Kattar. The Greeks wrapped their hands in cloth and spikes before Pancration contests. Street brawlers in England would wrap broken glass around their fists. Brass knuckles are misnamed. Most are actually steel. But F=ma. So increase the mass and you […]

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The Day Lincoln Was Almost Hit By A Sniper.

February 11, 2013

  Abraham Lincoln at Antietam   In 1864, once again the Shenandoah Valley was filled with the throaty echoes of cannon fire as a Confederate force once again muscled its way towards Western Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania. Jubal Early almost brought a massed cavalry regiment into Washington but was intimidated by the formidable Union earthworks […]

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The Westland G33 Experimental Two Man Rotorcraft.

February 10, 2013

        The Westland WG33 was developed as a two man reconnaissance helicopter for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense. The single axle rotor turbine was to be powered by a Plessey Meon turboshaft engine or one/two piston engines. The controls were meant to be easy enough to fly so that in a […]

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The Amazing Terracotta Army

February 9, 2013

        On Mount Lishan in 1974 farmers stumbled upon these pits that were up to 18 feet deep and featurd life sized Chinese soldiers, chariots, and horses. The Emporer Qin Shi Hangdi fashioned them, 8000 of them, and built an entire necropolis meticulously appointed with offices, storage rooms and hallways.    No […]

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Flying The Filper.

February 8, 2013

      The Gyroflex Rotor employed special balance weights fitted to the roots of the rotor blades instead of flapping or lead-lad hinges. The Filper Helicopter had fore and aft rotor pylons and the pilot sitting stride a central beam which served as a load bearing beam.     An Allison light 250 C […]

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