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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.

Patton M48A3 Battle Tank

Carl O. Schuster | Published: November 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm
Although designed to combat massed Soviet armored formations, the Patton tank was an invaluable weapon for infantry support and defending firebases

NVA K-50M Submachine Gun

Carl O. Schuster | Published: November 17, 2011 at 7:02 pm
Essentially a variant of the Soviet PPSh-41, the K-50M drew upon Hanoi's experience with captured French weapons, especially the MAT-49 submachine gun

Book Review: Rome and the Sword, by Simon James

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 08, 2011 at 6:18 pm
Simon James looks at Roman history from the perspective of the common soldiers, provincial residents and conquered peoples.

Type 95 Torpedo: The Long Lance of Japan’s Submarine Fleet

Jon Guttman | Published: November 08, 2011 at 5:24 pm
The Type 95 boasted three times the range of its U.S. Navy counterpart, was faster than the electrically driven Mark 18, and it left no wake.

The War List: History's Most Influential Weapons

Chris McNab | Published: November 08, 2011 at 3:06 pm
An expert picks six that changed history.

Daisho: Mystical Blades of the Japanese Samurai

Jon Guttman | Published: November 04, 2011 at 5:39 pm
A samurai's daisho comprised the long katana fighting sword and the shorter wakizashi for close combat or, if need be, ritual suicide.

Time Travel: Kiel

Andrew Curry | Published: October 05, 2011 at 8:32 am
Enter the Wolf Pack's Baltic lair.

Exocet Antiship Missile: The Flying Fish That Flummoxes Radar

Jon Guttman | Published: September 08, 2011 at 3:38 pm
The Exocet antiship missile wreaked havoc on British ships during the Falklands War and was central to the USS Stark controversy.

Mark I Gun Carrier: British Artillery That Truly Made Tracks

Jon Guttman | Published: July 08, 2011 at 4:03 pm
The Mark I set the precedent for a range of self-propelled weaponry that would see widespread use in World War II and thereafter.

Longbow: A Medieval Take on Long-Range Artillery

Jon Guttman | Published: July 08, 2011 at 3:41 pm
The English (or Welsh) longbow introduced long-range artillery to the battlefield, forever changing the nature of warfare.

The Age of Airpower Will Likely Stir Debate

Age of Airpower | Published: June 02, 2011 at 12:55 pm
The Age of Airpower By Martin van Creveld. 512 pp. PublicAffairs, 2011. $35. Martin van Creveld's work is always worth reading. Some of his books, most notably Supplying War and Hitler's Strategy: the Balkan Clue, are benchmarks that will …

Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife: Silencing Foes Since 1941

Jon Guttman | Published: May 05, 2011 at 8:11 pm
The Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife saw duty from Shanghai's back alleys to the front lines of World War II and remains in use today.

Drones Don't Die - A History of Military Robotics

P.W. Singer | Published: May 05, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Once scorned as little more than toys, military robots now play a key role on modern-day battlefields

Goliath Tracked Mine: The Beetle That Started the ROV Craze

Jon Guttman | Published: May 05, 2011 at 7:27 pm
Though the Goliath tracked mine saw little action, it served as the precursor of modern radio-controlled robotic vehicles.

Meet the Panzer Division: The German Maneuvers of 1937

Robert M. Citino | Published: April 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm
Last time out we began a discussion of the importance of studying maneuvers. They can tell a historian a lot about the way an army trains, about its policies and procedures, about what it intends to do once war breaks …
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