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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.

Billhook: Enemy Knights Proving Costly? Send Them the Bill

Jon Guttman | Published: September 07, 2012 at 2:04 pm
The billhook enabled a foot soldier to unseat a passing knight, slash at him or punch a hole through his armor.

Bofors 40mm L/60 Anti-aircraft Gun: Armed Forces Worldwide Cheered This Pom-Pom Replacement

Jon Guttman | Published: July 05, 2012 at 7:27 pm
The Bofors L/60 was the mainstay weapon of anti-aircraft defense aboard U.S. Navy warships and remains in use worldwide.

M18A1 Claymore Mine: Enemy Troops Fall to Pieces

Jon Guttman | Published: July 05, 2012 at 7:20 pm
The U.S. Army sought a weapon to counter human-wave assaults, such as those waged by Chinese soldiers against Americans in the Korean War. The Claymore fit the bill.

LCVP: Higgins' Boxy Barge Had a Prohibition Past

Jon Guttman | Published: May 03, 2012 at 4:17 pm
The Americans relied on the lightweight, shallow-draft LCVP (aka Higgins boat) to quickly put landing forces ashore in World War II.

Panzerfaust: An Armor Fist to Knock out Allied Armor

Jon Guttman | Published: May 03, 2012 at 3:30 pm
The Panzerfaust delivered a hard-hitting 1.8-pound warhead that could penetrate up to 8 inches of armor at close range.

Studebaker US6: The Lend-Lease ‘Deuce and a Half’

Jon Guttman | Published: March 01, 2012 at 4:36 pm
Studebaker built tens of thousands of US6 "Deuce and a Half" trucks for the wartime Lend-Lease program, most destined for the Soviet Union.

Heinecke Parachute: A Leap of Faith for WWI German Airmen

Jon Guttman | Published: March 01, 2012 at 4:15 pm
The Heinecke parachute proved a gamble to the first German airmen to use it, but it beat the odds of surviving a fiery plunge from the sky.

Mauser C96: The ‘Broomhandle’ with a Box Magazine

Jon Guttman | Published: January 06, 2012 at 10:59 pm
Its Broomhandle grip and 10-round stripper clip made the Mauser C-96 a popular early semiautomatic pistol.

Swiss Army Knife: The Catalog-Conquering Couteau

Jon Guttman | Published: January 06, 2012 at 10:34 pm
Swiss citizen-soldiers used the multitool to open food tins and service their rifles in the field, but it has since become a coveted catalog bestseller.

Type 95 Torpedo: The Long Lance of Japan’s Submarine Fleet

Jon Guttman | Published: November 08, 2011 at 5:24 pm
The Type 95 boasted three times the range of its U.S. Navy counterpart, was faster than the electrically driven Mark 18, and it left no wake.

Daisho: Mystical Blades of the Japanese Samurai

Jon Guttman | Published: November 04, 2011 at 5:39 pm
A samurai's daisho comprised the long katana fighting sword and the shorter wakizashi for close combat or, if need be, ritual suicide.

Exocet Antiship Missile: The Flying Fish That Flummoxes Radar

Jon Guttman | Published: September 08, 2011 at 3:38 pm
The Exocet antiship missile wreaked havoc on British ships during the Falklands War and was central to the USS Stark controversy.
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