Month: February 2023

Basics of Medieval Armor

Basics of Medieval Armor

Introduction Armor has been used in various forms since humans evolved enough intelligence to make it. It is thus no surprise that it features heavily in history and works of fiction alike. Some forms of armor were so weird they are not even used in fiction, while on the flip side fictional armor can often … Continue reading Basics of Medieval Armor

Late Roman Army vs Principate Army

Late Roman Army vs Principate Army

There were many reasons why the Western Roman Empire fell. Many lists are over there, such as one at the History.com. Some are better than others, but here I will debunk one point that sometimes appears on them: “weakening of the Roman Legions”, the eighth point on the previously linked list. Roman legions didn't weaken. … Continue reading Late Roman Army vs Principate Army

Collection of Stirlitz Jokes

Collection of Stirlitz Jokes

Stirlitz is a character from the popular Soviet series Seventeen Moments of Spring. The series is about a Soviet spy, Maxim Isayev, who infiltrates Nazi Germany under the guise of Standartenführer Otto von Stirlitz and foils its plans to enter into a separate peace treaty with the Western Allies. In the jokes, Stirlitz interacts with … Continue reading Collection of Stirlitz Jokes

Why Gripen Is Ideal Fighter for Ukraine

Why Gripen Is Ideal Fighter for Ukraine

Note: it is recommended to read the "Lessons of Air War in Ukraine" prior to reading this article. Ukraine, no matter how well it may be doing against Russia, is losing aircraft. And it will need replacement, be it during the war or afterwards. Currently, Ukraine is still using old Soviet Su-27 and MiG-29 fighters … Continue reading Why Gripen Is Ideal Fighter for Ukraine

How Many Tanks Have Been Lost in Ukraine

How Many Tanks Have Been Lost in Ukraine

Back in April 2022., Russia claimed to have destroyed 2 037 Ukrainian tanks. In May 2022., Ukraine claimed to have destroyed 30% of Russia's modern tanks. Russia had some 3 000 T-80s and 400 T-90s before the war, which will have meant a loss of 1 000 tanks. Both of these claims are ridiculous. Russian … Continue reading How Many Tanks Have Been Lost in Ukraine

Tanks, much appreciated!

Corporal Frisk

Yesterday Norway’s prime minister Jonas Gahr Støre stood outside in the middle of a serious snowfall at the military base in Rena and declared that Norway will get 54 new tanks with an option for 18 more, and that these will be Leopard 2A7NO ordered from KMW.

This put an at least temporarily to rest the debate about the role of tanks and the future of the mechanised Brigade Nord which was a strange story of late last year, and which I discussed in the post which caused by far the most significant reaction in mainstream media any of my posts have seen.

This is the picture KMW chose when they wanted to present the features of the Leopard 2A7NO. Some of the features visible are the additional belly armour, the top-notch 120 mm L55A1 gun, APU, and the main sights and vision systems (PERI RTWL and EMES 15 for…

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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)