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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 …

Going Light: World War II on Facebook

Robert M. Citino | Published: June 15, 2012 at 10:22 am
Military history never sleeps

Review - The M1 Carbine, by Leroy Thompson; and The M16, by Gordon Rottman

Published: May 18, 2012 at 5:52 pm
Both books from Osprey Publishing detail the guns and their roles in Vietnam

LCVP: Higgins' Boxy Barge Had a Prohibition Past

Jon Guttman | Published: May 03, 2012 at 4:17 pm
The Americans relied on the lightweight, shallow-draft LCVP (aka Higgins boat) to quickly put landing forces ashore in World War II.

Panzerfaust: An Armor Fist to Knock out Allied Armor

Jon Guttman | Published: May 03, 2012 at 3:30 pm
The Panzerfaust delivered a hard-hitting 1.8-pound warhead that could penetrate up to 8 inches of armor at close range.

Book Review: Military Adaptation in War, by Williamson Murray

HistoryNet Staff | Published: May 03, 2012 at 3:07 pm
In Military Adaptation in War, Williamson Murray takes a hard look at the change (or lack thereof) in 20th century war-fighting tactics and technology, from World War I to the Yom Kippur War.

Field Workhorse: The M2A1 105mm Howitzer

Jim Laurier | Published: April 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm
Mobile, dependable, and versatile

Lloyd Clark's Battle of the Tanks

Dennis Showalter | Published: April 23, 2012 at 10:52 am
Dennis Showalter reviews the best new book on Kursk

Reviews - Vietnam Gun Truck

Published: March 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm
In Vietnam Gun Trucks by Gordon L. Rottman, the vehicles' designs, names and markings are given generous treatment in the illustrations and descriptions.

North Vietnam's M-43 120mm mortar

Carl O. Schuster | Published: March 19, 2012 at 10:52 am
Of the NVA's supporting arms in battles around Dak To in 1967, the M-43 120mm was the most powerful

Reviews - The Invention of Ecocide: Agent Orange, Vietnam and the Scientists Who Changed the Way We Think About the Vietnam War

Published: March 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm
The Invention of Ecocide: Agent Orange, Vietnam and the Scientists Who Changed the Way We Think About the Vietnam War, by David Zierler, provides an examination of the first great ideological battle between nascent environmentalism and cold war dogmatism

What If Werner Heisenberg Had Been a Nazi?

Mark Grimsley | Published: January 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm
The man who had a potential to be the world’s greatest atomic physicist could have tipped power into Germany's favor.

Mauser C96: The ‘Broomhandle’ with a Box Magazine

Jon Guttman | Published: January 06, 2012 at 10:59 pm
Its Broomhandle grip and 10-round stripper clip made the Mauser C-96 a popular early semiautomatic pistol.

Swiss Army Knife: The Catalog-Conquering Couteau

Jon Guttman | Published: January 06, 2012 at 10:34 pm
Swiss citizen-soldiers used the multitool to open food tins and service their rifles in the field, but it has since become a coveted catalog bestseller.
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