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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.

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.
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