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  • World War II Magazine

    Japan’s ‘Suicide Gun’

    The Nambu Type 94 Shiki Kenju 8mm pistol was the worst military small arm of World War II. There are many contenders for the honor of World War II’s best infantry weapon. Nazi Germany had the fearsome MG42 light machine gun, capable of...

  • World War II Magazine

    A Quickly Improvised Panzer Killer

    The M-3 Gun Motor Carriage served the U.S. Army’s tank destroyer force temporarily but well. With war looming in Europe in the late 1930s, the United States began the long, slow process of rearming its military, hoping to achieve field...

  • World War II Magazine

    Poetry in Motion on the High Seas

    Japan’s Fubuki-class destroyers could take on virtually anything afloat. The Japanese named all their destroyers after elemental and weather conditions, but they had particular reason to wax poetic with the “special class” they...

  • World War II Magazine

    A Homemade Aussie Submachine Gun

    The unconventional Owen stood up well to the hard conditions of jungle fighting. Army ordnance officers at the Victoria Barracks in Sydney politely showed 24-year-old inventor Evelyn Owen the door in July 1939 when he came calling with the...

  • World War II Magazine

    Bombs that were Smart Before their Time

    On the afternoon of Thursday, September 9, 1943, Adm. Carlo Bergamini was a worried man. The day before, the Italian government had signed an armistice, and that morning, at 2:30 a.m., he had sortied from La Spezia to deliver the remains...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal | A-4 Skyhawk

    From the first shot to the last, the Navy’s most prodigious attack aircraft of the war. On August 5, 1964, aircraft from the USS Constellation and Ticonderoga struck the North Vietnamese fuel depot at Vinh and three enemy PT boat bases....

  • Military History, MH Tools

    SMS Wolf

    German merchant raiders like Wolf plagued Allied shipping during World War I...

  • Military History, MH Tools

    Insect-Class Gunboat

    In the lead-up to World War I Britain revived its gunboats to extend power upriver from the seas...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Arms and Men: Flammenwerfer!

    “The Prince of Hades” introduced a terrifying new weapon to World War I battlefields. The small groups of gray-clad soldiers dis- mounted from wagons on February 26, 1915, and trudged under cover of darkness across the shell-cratered...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal | The M-101A1 105mm howitzer

    The ubiquitous 105MM howitzer was the mainstay of every firebase and used in nearly every major battle of the Vietnam War. The first “105” prototype was built in 1920 and, after much modification, approved as the M-1 105mm field...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal | The Navy’s cutting-edge attack plane in Vietnam: the A-6 Intruder

    The Grumman A-6 Intruder, developed in the late 1950s as a long-range all-weather nuclear strike aircraft, arrived in Southeast Asia in June 1965 and notched a number of firsts in Vietnam: The Navy’s first attack plane able to penetrate...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal | M72 LAW: The Disposable Tank Killer

    While rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) gave the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese an “equalizer” against American tanks, American troops acquired an even lighter, handier weapon for that purpose with the deployment in 1963 of the M72...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal | The Walleye: One Smart Bomb

    To help celebrate Ho Chi Minh’s 77th birthday on May 19, 1967, a Navy A-4 pilot aimed a new TV-guided glide bomb at Hanoi’s main power plant, scoring a direct hit in its first use in combat. The AGM-62, or Walleye, allowed pilots to...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal | The Claymore: A compact killer

    Naming his invention after the famous Scottish two-handed Claymore sword, Norman MacLeod applied the German-Hungarian anti-personnel mine research of World War II to a mine intended to counter Chinese human wave attacks during the Korean...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Deadly Dozen

    Once these weapons hit the battlefield, warfare would never be the same. While humans have been killing each other since we first walked upright, most anthropologists believe the evolution of random violence into the organized group...

  • Military History, MH Tools

    M24 Chaffee

    The M24’s mobility, maneuverability and hefty armament made it ideal for reconnaissance and troop support...