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  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Review: Confederate Coal Torpedo

    Confederate Coal Torpedo: Thomas Courtenay’s Infernal Sabotage Weapon Joseph M. and Thomas H. Thatcher; Kenerly Press Books have been devoted to ironclads, observation balloons, rifled artillery, repeating rifles and the Gatling gun, but...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    The ’61 Springfield Rifle Musket

    Strong right arm of the infantry. Federal infantrymen were armed mainly with the Springfield rifle musket, Model 1861, or variants of this model, i.e., the Model 1863 or 1864 rifle musket. If you have a “Civil War musket” in your...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Logs to Mortars- Natural Killers

    Union troops at Vicksburg were so desperate for siege weapons they made logs into mortars. During the early phases of the Vicksburg Campaign, General Ulysses S. Grant tried using both direct assault and maneuver to dislodge Confederate...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Model Kit: German Rail Car G10

    Rail cars were indispensable to the German army when used for moving military troops and supplies— and, of course, moving souls to concentration camps. But despite the historical importance of military rail transport, until now there has...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Model Review: Bishop 25 Pounder Self-Propelled Artillery

    When the British Army faced off against the Germans in North Africa’s western desert, they were very much surprised and impressed by the enemy’s use of mobile artillery. Desperate to keep up, the British looked for a fix to their...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal | M113A1 Personnel Carrier

    A group of troops atop an M113 is one of the iconic images of the Vietnam War. The M113 armored personnel carrier, second only to the UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” helicopter in battlefield importance, entered production in April 1960....

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Model Kit: Russia’s ChTZ S-65 Tractor

    The Soviets greatly relied on tractors to transport heavy artillery and mortars across the battlefield. The most ominous of these was the ChTZ S-65 Stalinetz, “Sons of Stalin,” which was built in the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant. Founded...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Guns Vs Pikes in the Habsburg-Valois Wars

    In 1522, Spanish infantrymen demonstrated the terrible power of firearms. Late in 1494, King Charles VIII of France marched into Italy at the head of a massive army—nearly 25,000 men, plus an artillery train of great siege cannons. This...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Behind the Lines- Bats Out of Hell

    During World War II, the military teamed with a dentist and a Harvard scientist to arm winged creatures of the night with napalm bombs. DR. LYTLE S. ADAMS, a Pennsylvania dentist, pilot, and inventor, heard about the Pearl Harbor attacks...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Lightning Bug War Over North Vietnam

    A top-secret, highly successful and still unheralded program in Vietnam presaged today’s drone victories in the war on terror. At a surface-to-air missile site south of Hanoi on February 13, 1966, radar appeared to lock in on a lone...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: The M60 Machine Gun

    The M60 Machine Gun by Kevin Dockery, Osprey Publishing, 2012  Standardized for the U.S. Army in 1957, the M60 was the product of a protracted evolution that led from the emergence of light machine guns during World War I, alongside...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Hearts, Minds, and Herbicides

    Long before dioxin-laced Agent Orange supplanted Agents Blue, Purple and Pink, the Kennedy administration grappled with the moral and political dilemmas associated with defoliation and crop destruction in Vietnam. While the use of...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Napalm- An American Biography

    Napalm: An American Biography  by Robert Neer, Belknap Press, 2013 Created in a Harvard lab in 1942, napalm revolutionized incendiary warfare and helped propel the United States to victory in World War II. President Harry Truman...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Napalm’s Fiery Fall Into Infamy

    The incendiary bomb’s global debut was widely applauded and subsequent Cold War deployments little criticized. Vietnam shifted the paradigm. The jellied gasoline concoction created by Harvard scientist Louis Fieser help defeat the...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam- Letter from Readers August 2013

    Bugs’ LORAN THE LIGHTNING BUG DRONE ARTICLE (February) is a good read about a largely unheralded effort to reduce U.S. aircraft and aircrew casualties by using modified target drones for reconnaissance work over highly protected targets....

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Hard Ride in a Hard War

    Synonymous with motorized protection and firepower, gun trucks were feared by the enemy, who dubbed them Mui Hoi Con Rong (Breath of the Dragon) for the awesome fire they delivered. WHEN THE UNITED STATES committed major ground forces to...