The famed Mauser K98k was but one of a long line of acclaimed rifles that epitomized German arms. More »
The Australian destroyer HMAS Vendetta fought against Italy, Germany, and Japan during World War II. More »
One of the most iconic British WW2 weapons today, the Bren Gun was in short supply in 1939 but quickly became the backbone of the British infantry. More »
In the galley era, in which ships were mainly propelled by rowing, the primary weapon was the ram. Opposing navies approached each other head-on and, once engaged, the enemy would board. Although early firearms were mounted on ships by the end of the galley era, the ships could not support cannon large enough to determine the outcome of the battle. More »
Marshal Henri Philippe Pétain disdained election as president, but became chief of Vichy France anyway. More »
The British lost an entire generation at the 1916 Battle of the Somme; a new era in warfare was born. More »
For over a century and a half, combat photographers have taken extraordinary risks to document the true horrors of war. More »
The 785-foot-long dirigible USS Macon was the pride of the Navy’s Lighter Than Air Program in the late 1920s and early 1930s. More »
A “barracks roof” and a “cheese box” met in March 1862 at Hampton Roads. The pioneer ironclads pounded each other with their heavy guns.
Although the bow and javelin are more famous ancient weapons, the sling was just as important to the skirmishers of old.
In late 1944, Japan began the massive production of ‘fire balloons’ capable of attacking American soil from their homeland. How did they make this work? And why did they stop?