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THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF MILITARY WEAPONRY

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M1 Abrams main battle tank by Sakhal

For knowing more details about the initial development and characteristics of the M1 Abrams main battle tank, you can visit the article [a]articles/sakhal/chrysler_m-1_main_battle_tank.php[*a]Chrysler M-1 main battle tank[/a].[p] [fl][b]Background[/b][/f...

[ Date: 2019-02-27 | Length: 20 Kb | Update: Never ]
Chrysler M-1 main battle tank by Sakhal

The 1st August 1963 the North American and German governments signed an agreement for the joint development of a tank called MBT-70. Each country formed its own work team and quickly they began to work on the new tank, being completed the first prototypes...

[ Date: 2019-02-26 | Length: 16 Kb | Update: Never ]
Gigantic artillery of the Third Reich by Sakhal

280-millimeter Kanone 5 [E] The Allied troops that the 22nd January 1944 landed in Anzio had not thought that the German resistance would be so tenacious. There has been controversy about the behavior of General Lucas, about how Operation Shingle could h...

[ Date: 2018-11-22 | Length: 17 Kb | Update: Never ]
Fire control systems of main battle tanks by Sakhal

During long time, the aiming of tank-mounted cannons was effectuated through a telescope coupled to them. The gunner used manual controls to align the crosshair, and hence the cannon, against the target. This required a constant training and to fire many ...

[ Date: 2018-03-24 | Length: 10 Kb | Update: 2018-12-29 ]
Optics and electronics for tanks by Sakhal

Primitive tanks were almost blind. Vision was effectuated through narrow peepholes protected by crystal blocks and rudimentary periscopes whose mirrors were polished metal plates, for crystal mirrors crashed very easily. Technology allowed to remedy t...

[ Date: 2018-03-18 | Length: 33 Kb | Update: Never ]
Leopard II main battle tank by Sakhal

The great tension accumulated between the western and eastern defensive blocks in the 1950s and 1960s led the German strategists to undertake the development of a very advanced tank, designed to stop an hypothetical invasion from the East. With such p...

[ Date: 2018-03-12 | Length: 24 Kb | Update: 2018-03-19 ]
FV 4030 Challenger I main battle tank by Sakhal

In 1974 Iran ordered 125 Shir 1 and 1225 Shir 2 to the Royal Ordnance Factory of Leeds. The Shir 1 was actually a latest model of the Chieftain, already in service in large numbers in Iran, fitted with a new propulsion plant constituted by a Rolls-Royce 1...

[ Date: 2018-03-07 | Length: 11 Kb | Update: 2018-12-29 ]
Increase of the combat capability of the Leopard 2 by Sakhal

In the last years of the Cold War, facing the combat capability of the Leopard 2 rose the growing threat of the Warsaw Pact tanks, and not only because of the numbers, but also because of the notorious increase in quality, for the range and effects of the...

[ Date: 2018-01-28 | Length: 21 Kb | Update: Never ]
AMX-56 Leclerc main battle tank by Sakhal

Note: the following historical information about the AMX-56 Leclerc corresponds to the year 2000. Exclusive detailed information about the first prototype of this tank and associated electronic devices can be seen in the article AMX Leclerc - Main...

[ Date: 2017-12-25 | Length: 17 Kb | Update: 2018-01-29 ]
AMX Leclerc - Main battle tank for the year 2000 by Sakhal

Coming from GIAT (Groupement Industriel des Armaments Terrestres), the AMX Leclerc is the latest French development of a main battle tank, destined to serve with the French Army from the 1990s. At that time it should replace the AMX-30B2, which had to...

[ Date: 2017-12-24 | Length: 19 Kb | Update: 2017-12-25 ]

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10 most powerful fighters of World War Two by Sakhal

The ratings given in this article are based in a rough estimation of the effectiveness of the guns installed on these ten superb fighter aircraft from the Second World war. The calculation was effectuated by taking into account the most fundamental aspect...

[ Date: 2014-10-28 | Length: 4 Kb | Update: 2019-01-13 ]
Weapons of the Viet Cong and North Vietnam Army by Sakhal

[fl][i]In contrast with the costly arsenal of a thousand millions of dollars deployed by American and South Vietnamese troops, who had at their disposal the most sophisticated warlike means in the world, the Communist armies of North Vietnam (the People's...

[ Date: 2014-12-13 | Length: 15 Kb | Update: 2019-01-07 ]
The infantry at combat in the Vietnam War by Sakhal

[fl][i]As in any conventional war, in the Vietnam War the bulk of the confrontations was carried by the infantry. This article showcases some of the warlike activities carried by the armies of United States and South Vietnam, through a detailed descriptio...

[ Date: 2015-01-19 | Length: 18 Kb | Update: 2019-01-01 ]
FV 4030 Challenger I main battle tank by Sakhal

In 1974 Iran ordered 125 Shir 1 and 1225 Shir 2 to the Royal Ordnance Factory of Leeds. The Shir 1 was actually a latest model of the Chieftain, already in service in large numbers in Iran, fitted with a new propulsion plant constituted by a Rolls-Royce 1...

[ Date: 2018-03-07 | Length: 11 Kb | Update: 2018-12-29 ]
Fire control systems of main battle tanks by Sakhal

During long time, the aiming of tank-mounted cannons was effectuated through a telescope coupled to them. The gunner used manual controls to align the crosshair, and hence the cannon, against the target. This required a constant training and to fire many ...

[ Date: 2018-03-24 | Length: 10 Kb | Update: 2018-12-29 ]

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Weapons of World War Two

Weapons of World War Two shows a selection of representative weapons of the three arms through very realistic artworks and succinct texts explaining key aspects of their history, the circumstances on which they were developed or employed and their technical features. The list is ordered by name, type, country or year, or displayed as thumbnails. It is available as well a chart describing the characteristics of the diverse anti-tank guns installed on tanks during World War Two.

Cromwell cruiser tank

Aces of Aviation

Aces of Aviation shows a selection of prominent aircraft through very realistic artworks and succinct texts telling facts about them and the exceptional pilots who sat at their controls. The list is ordered by aircraft, aviator, country or year, or displayed as thumbnails.

SPAD XIII of Edward Vernon Rickenbacker

Comparison Charts

Rating Lists

These are algorithm-generated lists that compare different characteristics of many land vehicles, aircraft and ships.

Fighter Aircraft Firepower Comparator

Entity Size Comparator

This program allows to visually compare the size of many historical military entities of the following categories: aircraft, artillery, craft, helicopter, missile, portable, ship, submarine, tank and vehicle.

Entity Size Comparator

Panzer General III Memorabilia

Infographics made out of graphics from the classic strategy game Panzer General III, featuring over 300 units from four prime warring nations, chronologically arranged.

World War Two Weapons Infographic (1)

World War Two Weapons Infographic (2)

Ship Pictures PHP Pages

You can see other interesting infographics on the PHP Pages section of Ship Pictures website.

Ship Pictures PHP Pages

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Titan II | Launching from an underground silo of an American intercontinental ballistic missile during the 1960s.

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