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Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife: Silencing Foes Since 1941

Jon Guttman | Published: May 05, 2011 at 8:11 pm
The Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife saw duty from Shanghai's back alleys to the front lines of World War II and remains in use today.

Goliath Tracked Mine: The Beetle That Started the ROV Craze

Jon Guttman | Published: May 05, 2011 at 7:27 pm
Though the Goliath tracked mine saw little action, it served as the precursor of modern radio-controlled robotic vehicles.

Mosin-Nagant Model 1891/30: Russia's World War II Sniper Rifle

Jon Guttman | Published: March 04, 2011 at 5:59 pm
Russia's Mosin-Nagant Model 1891/30 was bulky and crude but deadly accurate.

Hand Signals: The Vocabulary of Battlefield Stealth

Jon Guttman | Published: March 04, 2011 at 5:42 pm
Soldiers have long appreciated the use of hand signals as a means of silent communication on the front lines.

Flammenwerfer: Hell on Earth in the Trenches

Jon Guttman | Published: January 07, 2011 at 12:49 pm
The Flammenwerfer ("flamethrower") first saw battlefield use in World War I at Verdun, France, but the weapon didn't play a decisive role in combat until World War II.

Socket Bayonet: A Musketeer's Weapon of Choice

Jon Guttman | Published: January 07, 2011 at 12:19 pm
The socket bayonet, which saw duty in armies for more than a century, enabled a soldier to fix his bayonet while retaining the ability to fire.

Brown Bess Musket: The Weapon That Won Waterloo

Jon Guttman | Published: November 04, 2010 at 4:01 pm
The Brown Bess musket served British infantry units for the better part of a century.

M-1943 Entrenching Tool: The Swiss Army Knife of Field Spades

Jon Guttman | Published: November 04, 2010 at 3:13 pm
The entrenching tool, or E-tool, has become indispensable gear for the modern field soldier.

Roman Gladius and Scutum: Carving out an Empire

Jon Guttman | Published: August 13, 2010 at 1:48 pm
The Roman gladius (sword) and scutum (shield) enabled the legions to conquer the known world.

City-Class Gunboats: Mayhem on the Mississippi

Jon Guttman | Published: August 13, 2010 at 1:46 pm
During the Civil War, City-Class gunboats enabled the Union to spear the very heart of the South.
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