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BMP Infantry Fighting Vehicle: A Cold War–Era Contaminant-Proof Conveyance

Jon Guttman | Published: August 28, 2014 at 1:05 pm
The Russian BMP infantry fighting vehicle was a latecomer but has served its purpose well since 1966.

Short Magazine Lee-Enfield: Longtime British Standard Long Arm

Jon Guttman | Published: July 02, 2014 at 4:04 pm
Introduced at the turn of the 20th century, the improved Short Magazine Lee-Enfield served as British soldiers standard long arm through both world wars.

USS Olympia: Symbol of a Sea Change

Jon Guttman | Published: April 30, 2014 at 3:35 pm
The oldest steel warship still afloat, USS Olympia embodies the United States' historic transition into a global seapower.

Mark I Lewis Gun: The Allies' Mobile Equalizer

Jon Guttman | Published: February 27, 2014 at 10:56 am
Designed by Americans and introduced by the British, the Lewis proved the most reliable and versatile Allied light machine gun of World War I.

Mil Mi-24 Hind: A Russian Gunship With Attitude

Jon Guttman | Published: December 27, 2013 at 2:50 pm
Despite is susceptibility to Stingers, the Mi-24 assault gunship packs a sting of its own and has proved an enduring war machine.

Zeiss Scherenfernrohr: Ears Like a Donkey—Eyes Like a Hawk

Jon Guttman | Published: July 03, 2013 at 12:28 pm
The 8- to 10-power Zeiss Scherenfernrohr prism binoculars enabled observers to track enemy movements without putting themselves in the direct line of fire.

Webley & Scott Mk VI Revolver: The British Officer’s Man-Stopper of Choice

Jon Guttman | Published: July 03, 2013 at 12:14 pm
The Webley & Scott Mk VI top-break revolver was a versatile weapon, designed with trench warfare in mind, that remained popular with British officers through World War II.

Elco PT Boat: 80 Feet of Wood and Weaponry

Jon Guttman | Published: May 01, 2013 at 4:22 pm
Of the nearly 400 fast, light and heavily armed patrol boats Elco made for the U.S. Navy during World War II, a few achieved notoriety and one survives today as a museum ship.

Studebaker Wagon: The Studie That Served on the Front Lines

Jon Guttman | Published: May 01, 2013 at 4:15 pm
By 1867 the Studebaker brothers had provided the U.S. Army with 6,000 vehicles, including supply wagons, gun caissons and ambulances.

Canon de 75 modèle 1897: France’s 'Black Butcher'

Jon Guttman | Published: February 28, 2013 at 12:14 pm
The French 75 made its mark in 1914 at First Marne, then echoed around the world in various versions.

Macedonian Sarissa: Spartan-Hunting Spear of Philip II

Jon Guttman | Published: February 28, 2013 at 12:01 pm
The sarissa formed the spines of the bristling Macedonian phalanx.

M29 Davy Crockett: King of the Atomic Frontier?

Jon Guttman | Published: January 04, 2013 at 3:14 pm
Developed during the Cold War to counter Soviet armor, the M29 recoilless spigot gun could fire nuclear-tipped warheads at close-range targets.

Punji Stakes: Pointed End to a Foot Patrol

Jon Guttman | Published: January 04, 2013 at 2:58 pm
With roots and etymology in the 19th century Punjab region of India, punji stakes came into their own a century later as a guerrilla weapon during the Vietnam War.

Mark I Trench Knife: Doughboys’ Double-Edged Dagger

Jon Guttman | Published: November 02, 2012 at 6:07 pm
Developed in the crucible of World War I trench warfare, the American Mark I knife saw use in World War II with airborne troops, Army Rangers and Marine Raiders.

Nebelwerfer: Adding Smoke and Mortars to the Fog of War

Jon Guttman | Published: November 02, 2012 at 5:52 pm
The German Wehrmacht's adaptable Nebelwerfer was capable of firing rocket-propelled rounds with a variety of warheads from a range of platforms.

12-Pounder Napoléon: A French Cannon in the ‘Civil’ Service

Jon Guttman | Published: September 07, 2012 at 2:34 pm
Versions of the reliable French-made 12-pounder Napoléon cannon saw use by both sides during the American Civil War.
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