Weapons

Red Army Body Armour

Weapons 1 Min Read

There were several models of body armour in the Red Army, called SN-38, SN-39, SN-40, SN-40A, and SN-42. The number denotes the design year. All were combat tested, but only the SN-42 (“Stalynoi Nagrudnik” is Russian for “steel bib”) was put in production. (The native Cyrillic abbreviation for the vest was СН, the Cyrillic letters Es and En.) It consisted

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Mongol Weapons 6 Min Read

Mongol Archery

Originally the basis of the Mongols’ military power and later almost driven to extinction by the advent of firearms, archery has been revived in Mongolia as a purely recreational sport. Mongolian archery in the Middle Ages had great military significance. The earliest surviving piece of Mongolian writing is a stone

Naval Weapons 12 Min Read

WWII USN Torpedoes

“Damn those exploders…damn them all to hell!” exclaimed the skipper of submarine Jack, Lieutenant Commander Thomas Michael Dykers, on June 20, 1943, as he watched through the periscope and saw a torpedo, fired from an excellent position and at the optimal range of 1,000 yards, “premature” (explode before reaching its

Aircraft Naval Weapons 7 Min Read

Motobomba FFF

The Motabomba, or more properly the Motobomba FFF (Freri Fiore Filpa), was a torpedo used by Italian forces during World War II. The designation FFF was derived from the last names the three men involved with its original design: Lieutenant-Colonel Prospero Freri, Captain-Disegnatore Filpa, and Colonel Amedeo Fiore. The FFF

Soviet Weapons 6 Min Read

‘Istrebitel Sputnikov’ (IS)

An artist’s conception of a Soviet anti-satellite weapon destroying a satellite in 1984. The Russian satellite destroyer known as ‘Istrebitel Sputnikov‘ (IS). Carrying an explosive charge, it would be guided on an intercept course towards enemy satellites. America’s ability to gather intelligence on Soviet developments was severely limited during the

Naval Weapons 10 Min Read

ASDIC

This pictorial illustrates the shape of the detection area for the 144 ASDIC, the ‘Q; attachment and the 147 Asdic. Click on graphic to enlarge. From “Anti- Submarine Detection Investigation Committee,” dating to British, French, and American anti-submarine warfare research during World War I. Known as ASDIC (Admiralty’s Anti-Submarine Division)

Germany Weapons 10 Min Read

Hitler’s Saw

MG-34 MG-42 The MG-42 was designed during World War II as a replacement for the multipurpose MG-34, which was less than suitable for wartime mass production and was also somewhat sensitive to fouling and mud. It was manufactured in great numbers by companies like Grossfuss, Mauser-Werke, Gustloff-Werke, Steyr-Daimler-Puch, and several

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The Frankish Way of War

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WWII US Army Trucks

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Dogs of the Conquistadors

The Spaniards began using dogs at least by the 1260s, as King Jaume I of