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The infantry at combat in the Vietnam War by Sakhal

As in any conventional war, in the Vietnam War the bulk of the confrontations was carried by the infantry. This article shows some of the warlike activities carried by the armies of United States and South Vietnam, with a detailed description of a typ...

2015-01-19 - Votes: 0 - Views: 59 - Length: 14 Kb - Last update: Never
Russian artillery - From Katyusha to Smerch by Sakhal

Two Russian state-owned corporations, SPLAV and Rosvoorouzhenie, presented in the shooting range at Orenburg, ending the 20th century, an improved version of the multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) BM-21 "Grad", a system in use in Russia and in other...

2015-01-16 - Votes: 0 - Views: 129 - Length: 15 Kb - Last update: 2015-01-16
ZSU-57-2 and ZSU-23-4 anti-aircraft artillery by Sakhal

ZSU-57-2 The ZSU-57-2 was the first Soviet self-propelled anti-aircraft artillery system that entered service in large scale after the Second World War (in 1955-56). It was introduced in the Red Army to provide anti-aircraft defense to the armored fo...

2015-01-14 - Votes: 0 - Views: 82 - Length: 8 Kb - Last update: Never
Warfare in the 20th century I by Sakhal

This article summarizes the key aspects that characterized warfare during the 20th century. During that century military technology advanced so much that it can be considered that the 20th century alone produced a higher diversity of warfare elements than...

2015-01-13 - Votes: 0 - Views: 109 - Length: 22 Kb - Last update: Never
Warfare in the 20th century II by Sakhal

First part of this article: Warfare in the 20th century -I- The great innovations The infantryman started the 20th century having as weapon a repeating rifle and a bayonet. In the Second World War he already used semiautomatic rifles and automatic perso...

2015-01-13 - Votes: 0 - Views: 44 - Length: 23 Kb - Last update: Never
Helicopters of the NATO during the Cold War by Sakhal

In the 1980s, seven countries of the NATO (Belgium, Great Britain, France, West Germany, Italy, Holland and United States) had or expected to have in service attack helicopters, those whose main mission is general and anti-tank combat. Since time ago,...

2015-01-10 - Votes: 0 - Views: 62 - Length: 14 Kb - Last update: Never
Helicopters of the Warsaw Pact by Sakhal

The Soviets took advantage from a western idea and a well-intentioned gift from an American president to create a powerful threat. Starting from a passenger helicopter Sikorsky VH-3 that United States president Dwight D. Eisenhower gave as a gift to Sovie...

2015-01-08 - Votes: 0 - Views: 57 - Length: 10 Kb - Last update: Never
Soviet strategic missiles - From SS-3 to SS-8 by Sakhal

From the mid 1950s the Soviet Union had in service their first strategic missiles. Albeit Soviet strategic missiles were destined to European targets as well, the biggest effort was put in the construction of powerful intercontinental ballistic missil...

2015-01-07 - Votes: 0 - Views: 109 - Length: 12 Kb - Last update: Never
Titan ballistic missile by Sakhal

Along with the Minuteman II and Minuteman III, the Titan II constituted from the mid 1960s to the mid 1980s the only force of ICBM deployed in the western world. The strong increment - not only in number but in precision and destructive power as well ...

2015-01-06 - Votes: 0 - Views: 62 - Length: 11 Kb - Last update: Never
Atlas ballistic missile by Sakhal

The Atlas was the first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in the western world. The program started when the United States Air Force (USAF) discovered that their standpoint about such type of weapon was wrong. This concept of ICBM was recognized a...

2015-01-05 - Votes: 0 - Views: 139 - Length: 9 Kb - Last update: Never
Strategic missiles of the Cold War by Sakhal

This history begins with the German missile A4, better known as V-2, which was widely used during the last months of the Second World War. Despite being a primitive design, it is not unworthy of the subsequent missiles. In spite of the perfection of i...

2015-01-04 - Votes: 0 - Views: 357 - Length: 17 Kb - Last update: Never
Sherman tank by Sakhal

The design of which would become the M4 medium tank started one day after it was ordered the production of the M3, in the late August 1940. In that time, the British were preparing for the threat of a German invasion while France, Belgium and Holland ...

2015-01-03 - Votes: 0 - Views: 81 - Length: 25 Kb - Last update: Never
PT-76 amphibious tank by Sakhal

During the years immediately after the Second World War, Soviet projectists developed light all-terrain vehicles as a starting point to incorporate some of the lessons learned with the light tanks produced in small numbers during the previous decade. From...

2015-01-01 - Votes: 0 - Views: 86 - Length: 7 Kb - Last update: Never
T-54 and T-55 tanks by Sakhal

The first line tanks with which the Soviet Union ended the Second World War - the medium tank T-34/85 and the heavy tanks IS-2 and IS-3 - maybe were not the best ones, but their overwhelming quantities in the first place, and also a skillful tactical ...

2014-12-30 - Votes: 0 - Views: 138 - Length: 16 Kb - Last update: Never
IS tanks by Sakhal

When in August 1968 the Soviet tanks marched by the roads of Prague and not exactly like in a parade, the military observers noticed that those were the same vehicles that had marched through Berlin in 1953 and through Budapest in 1956. They belonged ...

2014-12-27 - Votes: 0 - Views: 79 - Length: 17 Kb - Last update: Never
King Tiger tank by Sakhal

It is a fact that, as soon as a weapons system starts to be produced, the idea of its successor has to be developed. Thus, as soon as the assembly lines of Henschel, Krupp and Porsche started to work in the Tiger, it was ordered to these companies to ...

2014-12-26 - Votes: 0 - Views: 71 - Length: 12 Kb - Last update: 2014-12-27
Vickers tank by Sakhal

In the 1950s the Indian Army was equipped with several models of tanks, among them the French light tank AMX-13, the American medium tank M4 Sherman and the British medium tank Centurion. In the late 1950s it was decided to install in India a tank fac...

2014-12-22 - Votes: 0 - Views: 54 - Length: 7 Kb - Last update: Never
Centurion tank by Sakhal

Already in the summer 1943, the British Ministry of War was preparing the draft of the specification A41 for a new heavy cruiser tank (cruiser tanks were those tanks built for being agile, thus sacrificing protection and firepower in their design) and...

2014-12-21 - Votes: 0 - Views: 93 - Length: 20 Kb - Last update: Never
Chieftain tank by Sakhal

The first British tank of the postwar saw the light of day initially as a result of a declaration of the War Ministry about the probable characteristics of a tank that would replace the Centurion. The declaration was made in 1958 and it reflected the less...

2014-12-18 - Votes: 0 - Views: 87 - Length: 13 Kb - Last update: 2014-12-22
American fire support bases in Vietnam by Sakhal

The Vietnam War constituted a true experimentation field not only of new weapons but of new combat tactics as well. The massive use of helicopters and their multiple attack and transport functions, the watching of the routes in the jungle and other ma...

2014-12-17 - Votes: 0 - Views: 70 - Length: 5 Kb - Last update: Never
The role of helicopters in the Vietnam War by Sakhal

The helicopter and the aerial mobility Helicopers were used in strike operations already in the Korean War, in Suez and in Algeria, but the concept of aerial mobility that lies in the very helicopter was not fully exploited until the advent of the Am...

2014-12-16 - Votes: 1 - Views: 47 - Length: 6 Kb - Last update: Never
Watching the Communists in Vietnam by Sakhal

The darkness of the night was one of the best tactical aids for the North Vietnam Army and the Viet Cong. There was even a popular expression: "Night belongs to Charlie." Charlie was precisely the nickname that was given to the enemy by the Americans. In...

2014-12-15 - Votes: 0 - Views: 49 - Length: 7 Kb - Last update: Never
Booby traps of the Viet Cong by Sakhal

Despite of their name, booby traps are a fearsome weapon and the Viet Cong made of them their speciality. The most complex components of these contraptions were grenades and mines and, of course, the great skill to dissimulate the triggering mechanism. Mo...

2014-12-14 - Votes: 0 - Views: 91 - Length: 5 Kb - Last update: Never
The combatants of the Vietnam War by Sakhal

In the long war in Vietnam, the human factor was so or more important than the armament deployed, even if the most sophisticated - and also the most primitive - weapons were used. This article describes the combat forces deployed in the conflict. The...

2014-12-14 - Votes: 0 - Views: 103 - Length: 6 Kb - Last update: Never
Weapons of the Viet Cong and North Vietnam Army by Sakhal

In contrast with the costly arsenal (a thousand millions of dollars) deployed by American and South Vietnamese troops, who had the most sophisticated means in the world, the Communist armies of North Vietnam - People's Army of Vietnam and Viet Cong - ...

2014-12-13 - Votes: 0 - Views: 133 - Length: 12 Kb - Last update: Never