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 »
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 »
This month, Christopher Miskimon explores WWII Japan, German flying aces and army Rangers at D-Day in this month’s military book reviews. More »
British tankers made a courageous, but ultimately futile, attempt to foil the German blitzkrieg in France on May 21, 1940.
With Richmond in flames behind them, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, his family, and high-ranking government officials began a desperate dash southward. Their ultimate destination was Mexico.