Served by a crew of eight, the 105mm M102 Howitzer entered service with U.S. forces in Vietnam in 1964. Lighter than its World War II-era predecessor, the M101, the M102 Howitzer was towed behind a vehicle or transported by air. It introduced other improvements in light artillery, such as better traverse and a lower silhouette, making it less susceptible to enemy detection.
The British lost an entire generation at the 1916 Battle of the Somme; a new era in warfare was born. More »
Early in World War II, the infantry ‘Matilda’ tank added weight to the Commonwealth units in North Africa. More »
The British Cromwell tank would eventually prove to be one of the most successful WW2 vehicles made by the U.K. But how was it developed? More »
At the First Battle of Bull Run during July 1861, the Federals had a good plan that very nearly worked… More »
Henry Shrapnel set his fertile mind to explosive shells and helped win the Battle of Waterloo. More »
The Qing Dynasty become embroiled in the Second Opium War of 1860 when Britain forced open trade relations with a reluctant China. More »
The fixed-wing AC-130 gunship started as a “Gooney Bird” and became the terror of the skies during the Vietnam War. More »
The Eastern Front exacted a terrible toll on the German Army and Hitler’s refusal to abandon the Crimea needlessly cost Germany countless troops. More »
The fascinating history of camouflage tells of the interplay between military developments and the worlds of art, design, and popular culture. More »
The Luftwaffe sent the Me-262 jet fighter aloft in the final months of World War II in a vain effort to challenge Allied air superiority.
Sergeant Red Erwin’s courage in a burning B-29 over Japan saved the lives of his crewmen and earned him the Medal of Honor.
The African Americans of the 54th Massachusetts stood up to the guns of Charleston’s Fort Wagner in a bloody assault in 1863. In so doing, they proved themselves worthy Union soldiers.