March 2013

Various Armored Cars.

by Daniel Russ on March 31, 2013

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. The Selva Armored car. Built by Skoda in 1923, it wielded four Maxim Machine Guns. It weighed 7 tons and served with the Czechoslovakian Police   .   . Soviet BA3 Armored Car. It had a 45mm cannon as main armament and two 7.66mm machine guns. It had a crew of 4 and a […]

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“Can I See Some Drivers License And ID?”

by Daniel Russ on March 30, 2013

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  Sidi Mohammed ben Yousef   February 4th, 1943, on a wind swept highway outside of Casablanca. An American occupation Military Police officer in a Jeep, pulls over a speeding car.    The driver is Arab, but dressed like a European.   MP: “Kindly pull to the curb,” the MP asked.   “Yes, Sir,” the […]

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Photos From The Soviet Occupation Of Afghanistan.

March 29, 2013

I found this great cache of photos from http://englishrussia.com, a website that has a n eclectic assortment of articles on Russian life and culture. This one post had photos taken of the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. There is a man in many of the photos who looks like a civilian contractor, not unlike a CIA agent […]

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We Are The New Martians.

March 28, 2013

  Mariner 4 flyby photo 1965   No heavenly body in our solar system has entranced us like the Red Planet Mars. From the time that Giavanni Schiaparelli saw canals on Mars through his primitive telescope, to today, we are drawn ineluctably to the romance of this place. That said, here are some interesting statistics […]

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Great D-Day Photos From Boston.com. Click To Enlarge.

March 27, 2013

Why wait another six months?   These are amazing.       Allied Soldiers Escort Ten German POWS off Omaha Beach . Soldier Recover US Dead On Omaha Beach . In A French Courtyard US Soldiers Plan Next Attack . US Soldiers Moves Inland From Normandy Beachheads . St. Lo After The Breakout. .   […]

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Albania’s 700,000 Bunkers.

March 26, 2013

    It was Enver Hoxha’s mad four-decade reign over the Socialist State of Albania that created the laughable and quite useless bunkers. It was in the aftermath of the bloody results of World War II. The paranoid absolute dictator decided that Albania was under constant threat from NATO, Russia, the United States, Yugoslavia and […]

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Ghost Armies.

March 25, 2013

  The Gettysburg Ghost     Ghosts are not just seen in old homes and castles. From time to time ghosts are seen on battlefields. Sometimes the ghosts are in the battle. One would think that if by dying, a person can leave a remnant behind, some psychic residuum, or a murder replays itself in […]

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Arthur Sack’s AS-6 Circular Air Plane.

March 24, 2013

        There were not that many circular aircraft built before World War II. One of them was the Sacs AS-6. Developed by Mitteldeutsche Motorwerke Company. This was a polyglot plane. It was assembled with the cockpit and seat and landing gear of a wrecked ME 109. The engine was the Argus As […]

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Cool Avar Helmet, And Assorted Chinese War Helmets.

March 22, 2013

    These Avar and Chinese helmets were all quite clever. First of all they all came from different places but they solved a similar problem. How do you keep a high hat on so troops can see each other’s helmets and unit symbols while making the helmet functional? Well, make the crown a hard […]

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Vintage WWII War Magazine Covers And Ads

March 21, 2013

      Source: SCRATCH Magazine   Related Posts:US War Time Rationing PostersWar PostersWWII Naval Recruitment Posters

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The Most Shameful Map In History. These Are The Countries That Tortured People At Our Behest.

March 20, 2013

Source: Washington Post Ten years ago today, over 300,000 troops under US command made a surprise invasion of a country without a declaration of war. In the subsequent years we watched a bloody insurgency erupt and blossom into a low level civil war. We did this at the behest of our government that sold us […]

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US War Time Rationing Posters

March 19, 2013

        Source: SCRATCH MAGAZINE     Related Posts:The German War, A Nation Under Arms, 1939 – 1945. Nicholas StargardtThe Amazing World War I Propaganda Art Of Louis Raemakers.British World War II War PostersGerman World War II Propaganda Posters.World War I Propaganda Poster In Yiddish.

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Going Home: How The End Of The American Civil War Was A Distinctly Different Experience For The Soldiers Of Each Side.

March 18, 2013

  In the mid 19th century, news didn’t quite travel at blazing speeds. After Appomattox, troops north to south were still engaged in armed conflict. Some 20,000 men clashed in Columbus, Georgia on April 12th, 1865, days after the surrender. Isolated units west of the Mississippi fought for weeks before they met other Confederate troops […]

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TV Star Sergeant Bilko Used By Military To Sell Cigarettes. (Click to Enlarge)

March 17, 2013

Related Posts:World War II War Rationing Ads.

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George Cayley’s Helicopter, 1842.

March 16, 2013

George Cayley’s Helicopter 1842       George Cayley of England actually developed a helicopter. He also developed a glider that sent a man aloft on the first flight test.   Four rotors spinning opened into eight rotors, four that provided lift, four that provided forward momentum. The four rotating wings opened out into eight blades […]

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Excerpt from Sled Driver, by Major Brian Shul.

March 15, 2013

  Walt continues to update me with numerous reactions he sees on the DEF panel. He is receiving missile tracking signals. With each mile we traverse, every two seconds, I become more uncomfortable driving deeper into this barren and hostile land. I am glad the DEF panel is not in the front seat. It would […]

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Prison Born American Martial Arts

March 14, 2013

    52 Hand Blocks, Brick City Rock, Comstock Style, Stato. These are the names of martial arts that were developed inside Amercan Prisons. It’s not hard to believe that our over-bloated, cruel and unusual prison system would stuff so many people into jail they eventually create robust cultures where martial arts are born. Characteristics […]

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War Material Articles From Modern Mechanix. Click To Enlarge.

March 13, 2013

Source: Modern Mechanix Magazine Related Posts:Future Combat Systems Imagined In Modern Mechanix More Great Articles From Modern Mechanix.Creepy Imagined Atomic Bomb Attack On Atlanta During Training Mission In 1950s Magazine.Cold War Magazine Articles On Weapon Technology.

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In World War II, Firebombing Was A Much More Efficient Way Of Destroying Cities Than Nukes.

March 12, 2013

  Hamburg After The Firebombing   At the behest of Sir Arthur Travers Harris, the British air chief who advanced the notion of strategic bombing, the United States joined the Royal Air Force in massive bombing raids on the Axis forces. Despite the tremendous destructive power of the nuclear weaponry, nothing seems to have done […]

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Nowhere Was The Civil War More Brutal Or More Neighbor Vs. Neighbor Than In Missouri.

March 11, 2013

      Capt. William Clarke Quantrill    By the time a Confederate naval gun battery opened fire on Fort Sumter, the West was a mess, a tangled complex matrix of states, territories, Indian reservations, bustling cities, massive desolate deserts, wide, empty unmapped rolling plains, rocky untamed coastal shores, serene inlets, islands, forests, mountains, volcanoes […]

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