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  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Kid Stuff June 2013

    Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon  By Steve Sheinkin 272 pp. Roaring Brook Press, 2013. $20.  The FBI has its eye on Harry Gold, and he has to stay at least one step ahead of them...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal | The First Stealth Aircraft

    On July 26, 1968, the North Vietnamese fired two SA-2 surface-to-air missiles at SR-71A No. 976. Neither crewman saw the SAMs detonate about 2 miles behind the supersonic “Blackbird,” whose crews called it “Habu,” after the deadly...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal | The Aussie’s ‘Soldier Proof’ Gun

    Australia’s F1 submachine gun is one of the most recognizable and yet least known of the weapons used in the Vietnam War. Selected to replace the popular World War II–era Owen submachine gun after field testing in 1963, the F1 shared...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal | The NVA’s ‘Quick Change’ Machine Gun

    The Soviet-made PK general purpose machine gun—never as widely employed as the ubiquitous the Soviet-made AK-47 assault rifle and RPD light machine gun—began to replace the Soviets’ DP light machine gun in the North Vietnamese Army...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal | CH-47C Chinook Helicopter

    The CH-47 arose from a 1956 decision to replace the U.S. Army’s piston-engine helicopters with more powerful gas-turbine models. After a yearlong debate over mission requirements, the Army settled on two designs: a troop carrier, the...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: The Making of the Atomic Bomb

    The Making of the Atomic Bomb: The 25th Anniversary of the Classic History By Richard Rhodes. 838 pp. Simon & Schuster, 2012 (with new forward by the author). $21.  The great Danish physicist Niels Bohr, writes journalist and...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Nazi Mega Weapons

    Nazi Mega Weapons: German Engineering in WWII 6 episodes on 2 discs. $29.99. There’s no question that the Nazis, obsessed with “miracle” weapons, thought really big. The Reich tried with increasing desperation—especially in the...

  • HistoryNet

    Operation Enduring Freedom and Post-U.S. Afghanistan

    It is past time to leave Afghanistan to the Afghans. The present government of the Islamic Repubic of Afghanistan exhibits the same deficiencies that characterized Afghan leadership for more than a thousand years—it is fragmented,...

  • HistoryNet

    Dispatches- Armchair General September 2014

    24 Distinguished Service Crosses Upgraded to Medals of Honor Twenty-four U.S. Army veterans from three wars – World War II, Korea and Vietnam – who previously received Distinguished Service Crosses (DSCs) for their actions have now had...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Doomsday on Wheels

    The U.S. Army’s unique, 85-ton artillery launcher could certainly shoot, but could it really scoot? CAMP DESERT ROCK, in the Frenchman Flat area of the Nevada Test Site, was warm and bustling with activity when dawn broke on May 25,...

  • MHQ Magazine

    MHQ Comments- Spring 2014

    A Real Cannon and Its Ammunition I noted two significant errors in the article “Doomsday on Wheels?” Winter 2014. To the best of my knowledge, the military services have never referred to any weapon system as an “artillery...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Book Review: The FN FAL Battle Rifle

    The FN FAL Battle Rifle by Bob Cashner, Osprey Publishing, 2013 When most veterans of the Vietnam War think of an infantry weapon, it’s usually either an M-14, M-16, SKS carbine or AK-47. But to veterans from Australia and New Zealand,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Storms of Steel

    Artillery barrages from U.S. Army fire support bases proved devastatingly effective in both offensive and defensive roles. EARLY IN THE MORNING a large Communist force was about to attack his small camp about 5 kilometers from the...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Book Review: U.S. Combat Shotguns

    U.S. Combat Shotguns by Leroy Thompson, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, England, 2013 The shotgun, scattering multiple rounds at close range rather than a single bullet from a distance, is a nasty weapon whose use by U.S. military forces is...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Book Review: Charlie Chasers by Larry Elton Fletcher

    Charlie Chasers: History of USAF AC-119 “Shadow” Gunships in the Vietnam War, by Larry Elton Fletcher, Hellgate Press, 2013 Falling chronologically between the more famous Douglas AC-47 “Spooky” and the more potent Lockheed AC-130...

  • Military History Magazine

    Letters from Readers- Military History September 2014

    History’s Worst Weapons Re. “10 of History’s Worst Weapons, by Stephan Wilkinson, May: I was somewhat surprised to see that the Mark 14 torpedo made the list. As a young man of 18 I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1976. After recruit...