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Aircraft of the Spanish Civil War - D 37 and He 112 by Sakhal

Dewoitine D.37 In 1931 Emile Dewoitine established the Societe Aeronautique Francaise (SAF), intended for the production of military aircraft for l'Armee de l'Air, starting the project of a high- winged monoplane fighter derived from the D.27 that he ...

[ Date: 2015-07-18 | Length: 5 Kb | Update: Never ]
Aircraft of the Spanish Civil War - Loire 46 and Me Bf 109 by Sakhal

Loire 46 The 1st September 1934, the French SNCAO (Societe Nationale des Constructions Aeronautiques de l'Ouest or Western National Society of Aeronautical Constructions) presented the prototype of a high-wing monoplane fighter destined to equip the ...

[ Date: 2015-07-17 | Length: 5 Kb | Update: Never ]
Aces of the US naval aviation in the Pacific by Sakhal

Edward O'Hare During the first months of the war in the Pacific the American naval force found that its aircraft carriers were too dispersed in the attempt to stop the progressive advance of the Japanese on the conquest of the islands. After the even...

[ Date: 2015-07-16 | Length: 11 Kb | Update: Never ]
Allied aircraft of Germany in the Eastern Front by Sakhal

When talking about the air campaign in the Eastern Front, during the Second World War, usually are mentioned only the Soviets and the Germans. However, along with the aircraft and pilots of the Luftwaffe fought others belonging to the countries that e...

[ Date: 2015-07-15 | Length: 30 Kb | Update: Never ]
The fighters of the Bushido Code by Sakhal

Maybe the only thinking of many pilots of the Kuomintang or North Americans before crashing on the Chinese rice fields were for those who, months or weeks before, had affirmed that the Japanese fighters were only bad copies of the western models. Even...

[ Date: 2015-07-11 | Length: 12 Kb | Update: Never ]
Dornier Do 217 heavy bomber by Sakhal

The origins of the Do 217 date back to 1937, when it was presented, to take part in the aeronautical competition in the Alps Circuit, a bomber obtained from the transformation of a civilian aircraft. Built by Dornier, the Do 17 was soon nicknamed "Fly...

[ Date: 2015-07-04 | Length: 18 Kb | Update: Never ]
The rocket-propelled fighters Me 163 and J8M by Sakhal

The rocket-propelled fighter was realized as prototype the 13th August 1941. In that day the test pilot of Messerschmitt, Heini Dittmar, fastened the seat belts onboard the prototype Me 163A, ignited the rocket engine and departed, leaving behind a tr...

[ Date: 2015-07-02 | Length: 13 Kb | Update: Never ]
Aces of the Nachtjagdgeschwader Luftwaffe by Sakhal

Heinrich zu Sayn-Wittgenstein At the moment of his death, Prince Heinrich zu Sayn-Wittgenstein was the record pilot among the ones of night fight of the Luftwaffe, having downed not less than 83 Allied aircraft in the darkness. Only Heinz-Wolfgang Sc...

[ Date: 2015-07-01 | Length: 8 Kb | Update: Never ]
Aces of the Zerstorer Luftwaffe by Sakhal

Hans-Ulrich Rudel The achievements of Hans-Ulrich Rudel during the Second World War have not been equalled by any aviator in History and he received the only Knight's Cross with Golden Oak Leaves awarded to any German serviceman. Albeit he enlisted i...

[ Date: 2015-06-30 | Length: 13 Kb | Update: Never ]
The Fokker Scourge by Sakhal

An important revolution In 1915 it took place a revolution in the tactics of air combat: the apparition of a technique that allowed to fire a machine gun through the propeller arc. Until then, the only way of arming a biplane aircraft, with the prope...

[ Date: 2015-06-28 | Length: 14 Kb | Update: Never ]
The military aviation in 1914 by Sakhal

The diverse air forces In August 1914, the "heavier than the air" component of the German Imperial Aviation Corps had 246 aircraft, 254 pilots and 271 observers. There were 33 Feldflieger Abteilungen (Field Aviation Section), each with six aircraft, ...

[ Date: 2015-06-27 | Length: 14 Kb | Update: Never ]
The dawn of military aviation by Sakhal

The First World War saw how the primitive exploration aircraft of the first years of the war passed, from shooting with pistols each other, to mount fast-firing machine guns that could fire through the arc of the propeller. In the first decade of the...

[ Date: 2015-06-26 | Length: 19 Kb | Update: 2015-07-16 ]
The Supermarine S-6B of John Boothman by Sakhal

The History of Aviation has been marked by competition tests whose goal has been the culmination of an accelerated technology. The famous Schneider Trophy, for which between 1912 and 1931 competed racing seaplanes, was an event that encouraged constan...

[ Date: 2015-06-25 | Length: 5 Kb | Update: Never ]
The need for speed by Sakhal

For many historians, the 1930s constituted the golden age of the aviation, or at least the algid phase known as "interwar period". Everything seemed possible: the long transcontinental flights, the records of altitude, the records of speed that fell o...

[ Date: 2015-06-24 | Length: 14 Kb | Update: Never ]
Railway artillery by Sakhal

Max E The Schiffskanone L/35 Max Eisenbahn und Bettungs Gerust of caliber 380 millimeters was a naval cannon adaptable to any railroad or to a barbette, as the ones used for coastal defense, and the Max E was the Eisenbahn or railway version. When ...

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SdKfz 186 Jagdtiger tank destroyer by Sakhal

According to the habitual practice of the German self-propelled cannons of taking the heavy tank of the moment an provide it with a further step in the size of the cannon, when the Tiger II tank appeared immediately it was considered its chassis for a...

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SdKfz 173 Jagdpanther tank destroyer by Sakhal

The attempts that had been effectuated until that moment of installing the formidable cannon Pak 43, of caliber 88 millimeters and 71 calibers in length, in a mobile chassis had not had much success. The Elefant was overly sized and the PzKpfw IV was ...

[ Date: 2015-06-21 | Length: 6 Kb | Update: Never ]
Special tanks of the D Day by Sakhal

When approaching the date of the massive disembarkation in Normandy, all the German defensive line known as the Atlantic Wall, destined to block the eventual invaders of the territories occupied by the Third Reich, boiled with work. Under the guidance...

[ Date: 2015-06-20 | Length: 11 Kb | Update: Never ]
Artillery on the 20th century by Sakhal

Future military historians that would look backward to the 20th century could easily think that it was the zenith of artillery. Due to the huge diversity of types and multitude of designs, it seems that will never be seen again anything like the artil...

[ Date: 2015-06-19 | Length: 15 Kb | Update: Never ]
Soviet rocket artillery - From M-13 to BM-27 by Sakhal

M-13 The M-13 system consisted of a rocket launcher of open rails for sixteen 132 millimeters rockets, usually transported in the rear part of a 6 x 6 truck, and sometimes mounted on surplus light tanks, tractors and other vehicles that were avai...

[ Date: 2015-06-18 | Length: 9 Kb | Update: Never ]
World War Two anti-tank rifles by Sakhal

Panzerbuchse 39 As other several anti-tank rifles of that time, the Panzerbuchse was, theoretically, of the same caliber than the German reglamentary rifle, 7.92 millimeters; but the cartridge that it used was larger and it had been developed from ...

[ Date: 2015-06-17 | Length: 9 Kb | Update: Never ]
Pioneers of surface-to-surface missiles by Sakhal

For this article I have not included the famous German missiles Fi 103 (V-1) and A 4 (V-2) since I have already published specific articles about such prominent contraptions. I have chosen to present the also well known German missile Rheinbote which ...

[ Date: 2015-06-14 | Length: 9 Kb | Update: Never ]
German innovations of World War Two submarine war by Sakhal

At the outbreak of the Second World War, the U-boat could not be considered as a secret weapon; but certainly they could be considered as secret all of those devices created with the purpose of strengthening their characteristics. Without interferences of...

[ Date: 2015-06-13 | Length: 14 Kb | Update: 2015-06-13 ]
Cheap means of sinking a ship by Sakhal

Magnetic mines During 1940 Germany surrounded Britain with dangerous minefields to destroy the convoys that coming from the United States supplied the country and its war effort, and to sabotage any attempt from British armies to reach the continenta...

[ Date: 2015-06-12 | Length: 15 Kb | Update: 2015-06-12 ]
German ballistic contraptions of World War Two by Sakhal

Recoilless cannons for aircraft The "Davis cannon" was a recoilless cannon for aircraft introduced in the Royal Naval Air Service during the last weeks of the First World War, with the purpose of hitting ships and submarines. The problem to solve was...

[ Date: 2015-06-10 | Length: 31 Kb | Update: Never ]