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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.

Book Review: Uncommon Warriors, by Ken W. Sayers

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 03, 2013 at 3:42 pm
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.

Weapons Manual: America's Sherman M4 medium tank

Jim Laurier | Published: November 05, 2012 at 12:23 pm
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 magazine.…

Military History Reader Poll - January 2013

Published: November 02, 2012 at 6:35 pm
Could the Allies have broken out of Caen sooner had they had more Sherman Fireflies? Could the Germans have held out with more Tigers?…

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.

MHQ Reader Comments, Winter 2013

Published: November 02, 2012 at 1:51 pm
Readers respond to MHQ's Autumn 2012 issue

The Gun That Should Have Changed Everything

Paul Lockhart | Published: November 02, 2012 at 1:36 pm
An 1864 battle in Denmark foretold the advent of mechanized death

Military History Reader Poll - November 2012

Published: September 07, 2012 at 2:42 pm
Can the United Nations successfully enforce a worldwide ban on the use of land mines and cluster munitions? Should it?…

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.

Game Review: Sniper Elite V2

Patrick Clark | Published: August 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm
Sniper Elite V2 puts players in the shoes of Karl Fairburne, a lone American OSS sniper operative deep behind enemy lines in Berlin in April 1945. Vicious fighting engulfs the city as the Soviets topple German resistance on all fronts …

Arsenal - HH-43 Huskie

Carl O. Schuster | Published: July 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm
Featured two intermeshed contra-rotating rotors to facilitate hover control and eliminate the need for a tail rotor

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.

Going Heavy: the sIG 33

Robert M. Citino | Published: June 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm
I'm a lucky guy. I have a thousand friends. Many are scholars, and they are interesting, educated, and globe-trotting. A lot of them take advantage of the summer to do their research, and they all make sure to post their …
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