Pacific War 16 – The Ironbottom Sound

Pacific War 16 – The Ironbottom Sound

Battle of the Eastern Solomons The Battle of the Savo Island had sent to the bottom a large number of ships. Yet it was but a beginning. For months the battles were fought in this area, the two sides being very evenly matched and unable to gain a decisive advantage. This fact made it all … Continue reading Pacific War 16 – The Ironbottom Sound

Free the Leopards

Corporal Frisk

The following proposal is madness. I’ve been told so in no uncertain terms by people knowledgeable of the matter who’s opinions I highly respect. It runs against both the common discourse as well as what the authorities and officials with detailed classified knowledge about the issues at hand has said in their communiques. It also comes with a hefty price tag, and I have no proposal what should be cut in order to make it fit in under an already unhealthy Finnish budget. But with all that said, isn’t it for these kinds of out-of-the-box craziness that non-aligned defence analysts are valued?

Leopard 2A4 on the prowl during exercise KONTIO22 late last year. Despite their age, the 2A4 still plays a key role in the Finnish Defence Forces. Source: Maavoimat FB

As I think most serious defence analysts are in agreement on, the War in Ukraine has shown the value…

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Yugoslav and Serbian MiG-29s (archived)

Yugoslav and Serbian MiG-29s (archived)

https://web.archive.org/web/20080604155806/http://www.acig.org/artman/publish/article_380.shtml Yugoslav & Serbian MiG-29sBy ACIG TeamNov 30, 2003, 10:13Email this article Printer friendly page The former Air Force & Air Defence Force of Yugoslavia (Jugoslovensko Ratno Vazduhoplovstvo i Protiv-Vazdusna Obrana, "JRViPVO") purchased a total of 14 MiG-29s and two MiG-29UBs from the USSR, in 1987. MiG-29s were taken into service with the 127. Lovacka Avijacijska Eskadrila (127.LAE, Fighter Air … Continue reading Yugoslav and Serbian MiG-29s (archived)

War Comics – Gone With the Blastwave

War Comics – Gone With the Blastwave

Gone With The Blastwave is a post-apocalyptic war comic by Kimmo Lemetti that appears written for the gamers. Setting of the comic is a ruined city, and the comic itself swings from pondering serious questions to making fun of behavior of the players in online first-person shooters. As a result, characters can feel vaguely psychopathic … Continue reading War Comics – Gone With the Blastwave

Lessons of Air War in Ukraine

Lessons of Air War in Ukraine

Since the beginning of the invasion, Russians have kept repeating that they had destroyed the Ukrainian air force. In fact, they had claimed on the first day of invasion that UAF had been destroyed. In March 2022., Russian Ministry of Defense again claimed that all Ukrainian aircraft had been destroyed or disabled, and repeated the … Continue reading Lessons of Air War in Ukraine

Holdouts and Additional Surrenders

Pacific Paratrooper

Australian Gen. Sir Thomas Blarney accepts surrender on Morotai Island, Dutch East Indies

The logical demands of the surrender were formidable. So many different ceremonies took place across Asia and the entire Pacific. Here we will some that preceded peacefully and others that refused the peace. In actuality, the state of war between the U.S. and Japan did not officially end until the Treaty of San Francisco took effect 28 April, 1952.

USS Segundo SS-398 located this Japanese sub 1-401 and negotiated with the crew being that their captain had committed suicide

One mass surrender did occur at Noemfoor in September 1944 when 265 Japanese enlisted men, angry at their superiors for stealing their food for their own use. And, in August 1945, another starving Japanese military unit surrendered to a lieutenant in New Guinea. On 1 December 1945, Captain Oba and 46 members of his unit were the last…

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Tank Autoloader vs Manual Loader

Tank Autoloader vs Manual Loader

Debate on using autoloader or manual loading of tank gun has been going on since autoloaders had first appeared. And it has not not been resolved yet, as can be seen from various solutions currently in service. But in general, Western designs have opted for manual loading while Eastern designs had opted for autoloaders. So … Continue reading Tank Autoloader vs Manual Loader

How Territorial Defense Forces Saved Ukraine

How Territorial Defense Forces Saved Ukraine

I have already written on the reasons why Ukraine has been so successful in defense against Russia, but one point I believe deserves to be reiterated. When question is raised why Ukraine has been so successful in defense against the Russian invasion, usual explanations are Ukrainian adaptability, Western weapons and supplies, NATO battle tactics, familiarity … Continue reading How Territorial Defense Forces Saved Ukraine

Attack on Poland – The Aftermath

Attack on Poland – The Aftermath

The German Zones Poland was partitioned by Russians and Germans on 28 September. Hitler considered the idea of setting up a small Polish satellite state, but gave it up after it became clear that Britain and France are not ready to accept the German fait accompli. He thus announced in two decrees of 8 and … Continue reading Attack on Poland – The Aftermath

Japan’s Underwater Aircraft Carrier / part-one

Pacific Paratrooper

I-400 Series Super-submarine

Lieutenant Commander Stephen L. Johnson had a problem on his hands; a very large problem. His Balao-class submarine, the Segundo, had just picked up a large radar contact on the surface about 100 miles off Honshu, one of Japan’s home islands, heading south toward Tokyo.  World War II in the Pacific had just ended, and the ensuing cease fire was in its 14th day. The official peace documents would not be signed for several more days.

As Johnson closed on the other vessel, he realized it was a gigantic submarine, so large in fact that it first looked like a surface ship in the darkness. The Americans had nothing that size, so he realized that it had to be a Japanese submarine.

This was the first command for the lanky 29-year-old commander. He and his crew faced the largest and perhaps the most advanced submarine…

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