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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 ]
World War Two anti-tank projectors by Sakhal

Northover Projector In the terrible days of 1940, in Great Britain entered service some weapons that would not have had place in normal times. One of them was the Northover Projector. This one was just a smoothbore steel tube of 90 centimeters in l...

[ Date: 2015-06-07 | Length: 7 Kb | Update: 2015-06-18 ]
T-72 main battle tank by Sakhal

The Soviet main battle tank T-72 was presented in public for the first time in the commemorative parade of the 60th Aniversary of the Revolution on November 1977. It was the tank of which more units were produced in the Soviet Union and it was exporte...

[ Date: 2015-06-06 | Length: 14 Kb | Update: 2015-07-10 ]
T-64 - The evolution of the Soviet tank by Sakhal

In the second half of the 1960s, the Soviets started to project a replacement for the T-62, whose characteristics of maneuverability and effectiveness were poor in comparison with western main battle tanks, even if the initial impressions had been mor...

[ Date: 2015-06-05 | Length: 19 Kb | Update: Never ]
T-62 main battle tank by Sakhal

The bad prestations of the Egyptian and Syrian tanks T-54 during the Six Day War constituted an unpleasant surprise, equally in Moscow, Cairo and Damascus. If the Soviet Union wanted to continue supporting the Arab regimes, they would need a better ma...

[ Date: 2015-06-04 | Length: 9 Kb | Update: 2015-06-06 ]
Soviet strategic missiles - From SS-16 to SS-20 by Sakhal

From the mid 1960s, United States interrupted the development of new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). But during the fifteen years following that time, the Soviet Union put in service more than half a dozen of new ICBM, which in some cases ...

[ Date: 2015-06-02 | Length: 16 Kb | Update: Never ]
Fieseler Fi 156 Storch liaison plane by Sakhal

Berlin, night of the 25-26 April 1945. The superb capital of which should have been the Reich of the thousand years is agonizing. Practically there is no building unaffected by the devastating fury of the war. The sky is grey during daytime because of...

[ Date: 2015-06-01 | Length: 8 Kb | Update: 2015-07-06 ]
Macchi-Castoldi fighter aircraft by Sakhal

The binomial Macchi-Castoldi created a family of fighters that constituted the pride and backbone of this specialty on the Regia Aeronautica. Engineer Mario Castoldi projected for Aeronautica Macchi the three excellent fighters Mc 200 "Saetta", Mc 202 "Fo...

[ Date: 2015-05-31 | Length: 15 Kb | Update: 2015-07-07 ]
Lockheed P-38 Lightning heavy fighter by Sakhal

The two engines of the Mitsubishi G4M2 buzzed regularly that morning of April 1943. At the controls a veteran expert piloted the aircraft with particular attention. He knew that he had aboard an exceptional passenger, Admiral Yamamoto, who was in his ...

[ Date: 2015-05-29 | Length: 12 Kb | Update: 2015-07-10 ]
Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik dive bomber by Sakhal

The Il-2 In the autumn of 1942, a German airfield in the immediate rearguard is suffering the attack of a Soviet assault squadron. Here is how the scene was described by a witness destined to be famous as tank destroyer, the then lieutenant pilot Han...

[ Date: 2015-05-21 | Length: 10 Kb | Update: 2015-07-10 ]
Leopard I main battle tank by Sakhal

Background In some aspects, Germany was in the period immediately after the Second World War an even bleaker country that it had been in 1919. Divided in two, with the Soviet Union occupying the eastern part of the country and the Allies the rest, it...

[ Date: 2015-05-16 | Length: 15 Kb | Update: 2016-09-29 ]
AMX-30 main battle tank by Sakhal

Background Ending the Second World War, France quickly developed three armored vehicles: the light tank AMX-13, the reconnaissance vehicle armed with a heavy cannon Panhard EBR 8x8 and the heavy tank AMX-50. This latter was a particularly interesting...

[ Date: 2015-05-15 | Length: 26 Kb | Update: 2016-09-28 ]
Soviet strategic missiles - From SS-9 to SS-15 by Sakhal

From the mid 1960s, United States interrupted the development of new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). But during the fifteen years following that time, the Soviet Union put in service more than half a dozen of new ICBM, which in some cases - sp...

[ Date: 2015-05-13 | Length: 15 Kb | Update: Never ]
How missiles work by Sakhal

Frequently, the most refined procedures of military technology have been developed for the effective operation of missiles. The investigation of increasingly effective systems for control, launching, propulsion and guidance often gave as result import...

[ Date: 2015-05-12 | Length: 22 Kb | Update: Never ]
Aichi D3A Val dive bomber by Sakhal

In the morning of that 7th December 1941 a pungent howl reached the ears of the military personnel based in Pearl Harbor, who prepared for another quiet Sunday. Apart from the momentary surprise caused by the unexpected noise, almost nobody turned the...

[ Date: 2015-05-11 | Length: 8 Kb | Update: 2015-07-07 ]
Fairey Swordfish torpedo plane by Sakhal

When in 1922 the Italian Regia Aeronautica was dedicated to project a "high-seas torpedo seaplane", their attempts to develop this new offensive use of the aerial weapon were followed with interest by several nations, but one of them in particular pai...

[ Date: 2015-05-04 | Length: 8 Kb | Update: Never ]
Fiat G50 Freccia light fighter by Sakhal

Around 1935, the military aviations of the main European powers started studies trying to solve a problem that was common to all of them: the replacement of the fighters in service until then already obsolete because of being of biplane design. Also the H...

[ Date: 2015-05-03 | Length: 9 Kb | Update: 2015-07-07 ]
Supermarine Spitfire light fighter by Sakhal

In the summer 1940 Germany continued the war in the sky of its great enemy; it was the "Adlertag", the operation that should warrant to the Luftwaffe three days of air superiority. This was the indispensable condition for the success of the operation ...

[ Date: 2015-05-02 | Length: 19 Kb | Update: Never ]
Messerschmitt Me Bf 109 light fighter by Sakhal

Until the 1960s the Spanish military aviation had in production a piston engine fighter built by Hispano Aviation; that one was the last descendant of one of the best fighters used in the Second World War: the Messerschmitt Bf 109. And however, when i...

[ Date: 2015-03-15 | Length: 25 Kb | Update: 2015-07-10 ]
An insight into the First World War by Sakhal

The 21st February 1916, the 5th German Army started with a salvo of two thousands gunshots over a front of only 10 kilometers in width the attack to the fortress in Verdun. The French,commanded by General Petain, replied to the German artillery fire w...

[ Date: 2015-02-04 | Length: 18 Kb | Update: Never ]
The sinking of the Yamato and the Musashi by Sakhal

Sinking of the Musashi In the morning of the 24th October 1944, Admiral Kurita was in the command bridge of the superbattleship Yamato, sister of the Musashi and then flagship of the Imperial Japanese Fleet, commanding the Japanese naval force that n...

[ Date: 2015-02-03 | Length: 17 Kb | Update: Never ]