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  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam’s Wild Weasels

    A band of daring fliers team up in a classified program to take out the radars guiding their biggest threat—Soviet SA-2 Guideline missiles. Like many American boys who had grown up during World War II, Stan Goldstein was fascinated with...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    The More Things Change….

    The learning curve for U.S. forces running convoy operations in Vietnam was steep. A cunning enemy and restrictive terrain required escort units to possess well-understood and rehearsed battle drills, to have mobile and lethal convoy...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal: Enemy Rockets

    The VC and the NVA used their improvised rocket artillery with deadly effect. North Vietnamese Army weaponry underwent a dramatic shift during the time I commanded the Combined Materiel Exploitation Center (CMEC), between August 1965 and...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    The 60th Land Clearing Company ‘Jungle Eaters’

    Choking dust, clouds of stinging insects, biting monkeys, trees and enemy rockets crashing from above, tunnels collapsing under foot— in temperatures reaching 130 degrees—were all in a day’s work for the 60th Land Clearing Company,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    The LVTP-5 amtrac pulled its weight in Vietnam

    On December 11, 1967, two Marine provisional rifle platoons moved in on a North Vietnamese Army (NVA) position near the mouth of the Cua Viet River. An attached company of Marine infantry had spotted an NVA platoon the day before. Part of...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Book Review: Technology and the American Way of War Since...

    Technology and the American Way of War Since 1945 by Thomas G. Mahnken, Columbia University Press, New York, 2008, $29.50. Thomas Mahnken has achieved the near impossible. He has taken a topic that has consumed several forests worth of...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Model 1842 Pistol Was Lost to Glory

    It was overshadowed by Colt revolvers The powerful .44- caliber cap-and-ball Walker Colt and its lighter-framed, shorter-barreled derivative, the Model 1848 Colt Dragoon revolver, were hits on the Western frontier after the Mexican War....

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Build Your Own Topgun Tomcat

    Fujimi’s 1/72nd-scale kit of the Grumman F-14A, which first ap­peared in 1988, is one of the most detailed examples available of the U.S. Navy’s legendary Tomcat.    Cockpit construction starts with an overall coat of light...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Musketgate

    The Civil War contracting scandal that took down a U.S. senator—and led to the passage of “Lincoln’s Law”...

  • MHQ Magazine

    MHQ Book Review: Wired for War

    Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century By P.W. Singer. 499 pp. Penguin Press, 2009 $29.95 Droids locked and loaded, ready to take over the world. As P.W. Singer describes in his latest tome on modern...

  • 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...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Silent Sentries

    An effective means of defense or of rendering territory impassable, land mines have always had one major drawback: they kill indiscriminately. “The enemy has discovered a new system of annoyance…a series of devices let into the ground...

  • 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

    Vietnam Book Review: M551 Sheridan

    M551 Sheridan: U.S. Airmobile Tanks 1941-2001 by Steven J. Zaloga, Osprey Publishing, 2009 One of the world’s foremost armor experts, Steven Zaloga applies his formidable archives to the American airborne tank in M551 Sheridan. Pursued...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    High Tech vs. Low Tech

    The striking battle of wits and ingenuity that kept about half of the war’s choppers flying…and got about half of them shot down. “All of us who fought on the ground in Vietnam, we rode to war in the Huey, and that ‘whup, whup,...

  • 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...