Readers' letters in the March 2014 issue of Military History sound off about the cost of defeat, our red herring game from the January issue, the decision to drop the atomic bomb, wartime headlines, General James Wilkinson, Loyalists in the American colonies and the AK-47.
MHQ''s lexicographer explores the origins of weapon names
The AK-47 is cheap, reliable and able to withstand punishment in the field. It is also inaccurate and lacks the range of better-made assault rifles. Is it overrated or “good enough” to earn the...
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.
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.
By 1867 the Studebaker brothers had provided the U.S. Army with 6,000 vehicles, including supply wagons, gun caissons and ambulances.
In Napalm: An American History, author Robert Neer describes how this World War II invention came to be regarded as archetype of inhumane weapons.
Click for larger image. To see past Weapons Manuals by Max Gadney, click here. This infographic originally appeared in the January/February issue of World War...
The French 75 made its mark in 1914 at First Marne, then echoed around the world in various versions.
The sarissa formed the spines of the bristling Macedonian phalanx.
The triumph of Edward I over William Wallace’s Scottish rebels in 1298 heralded the modern army
Developed during the Cold War to counter Soviet armor, the M29 recoilless spigot gun could fire nuclear-tipped warheads at close-range targets.
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.
In Uncommon Warriors author Ken Sayers introduces the histories of the U.S. Navy's most obscure, unusual and specialized vessels, from famous warships to obscure spy craft.
Click for larger image. To see past Weapons Manuals by Max Gadney, click here. This infographic originally appeared in the November/December issue of World War II...
Could the Allies have broken out of Caen sooner had they had more Sherman Fireflies? Could the Germans have held out with more...