Month: April 2023

Yugoslav Stuart-Pak Self-Propelled Gun

Yugoslav Stuart-Pak Self-Propelled Gun

Introduction In mid-1944., Yugoslav Partisans received a number American light tanks M3A3 Stuart from the British. These were used to equip the First Tank Brigade of NOVJ ("People's Liberation Army of Yugoslavia"), which was raised in Bari in summer of 1944. by the British. Unit was given 56 Stuart Vs, and landed on Croatian coast … Continue reading Yugoslav Stuart-Pak Self-Propelled Gun

Basic Lessons of War in Ukraine So Far

Basic Lessons of War in Ukraine So Far

War in Ukraine has been looked at, analyzed and combed. Not surprisingly, as it represents one of the very few conflicts between two modern forces. Wars in Yugoslavia happened thirty years ago, and were fought under conditions of an arms embargo. Invasions of Iraq were also a relatively long time ago, and fought against an … Continue reading Basic Lessons of War in Ukraine So Far

French Firepower Forward: The unrealized potential of the Dunkerque and Richelieu Class Battleships

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Richelieu in the 1950s © Photo Marius BAR – Toulon (France) site internet :  

This is the second in a series of five articles on the battleships built under the provision of the Washington and London Naval Treaty limitations in the 1930s. I am not including the ships which were completed in the immediate aftermath of the Washington Treaty limitations. This series looks at the modern battleships that the World War II combatants would produce in the 1930s which saw service in the war. Part one covered the Italian Vittorio Veneto class entitled The Pride of the Regina Marina: The Vittorio Veneto Class Battleships. This article covers the French Dunkerque class and Richelieu class Battleships. Part Three will deal with the British King George V Class and Part Four the American North Carolina and South Dakota Classes. I have already published the final part which covers the German…

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AIP vs nuclear submarines

STRATEGIC COMPARISION   COST   Cost of typical AIP sub is 100 million USD to 250 million USD, compared to 1,6 - 3 billion USD for typical nuclear submarine; though estimates for possible US diesel subs were as high as 500 million to 1 billion USD.   Here is list of submarine costs:   AIP … Continue reading AIP vs nuclear submarines

Infrared (IR) sensors in naval use

While they are mostly associated with fighter aircraft, IRST sensors are also used by surface forces, including navies. In naval use, IR sensors are used primarily as early warning devices, which means that shipboard IRST is integrated with ship's self defense / point defense system. IRST detects targets and sends data to weapons systems, which … Continue reading Infrared (IR) sensors in naval use

A-10 Thunderbolt survivability design

A-10 Thunderbolt survivability design

When the A-10 was about to be introduced, USAF leadership used the exact same arguments to prevent that as they are using now in an effort to kill it. They saw merely a clunker that flew at 300 knots or less, an anachronistic dud unfit to operate on the modern battlefield where it was to … Continue reading A-10 Thunderbolt survivability design

Revolver or pistol

Introduction For a hundred years now, there has been discussion between those who favour revolvers and those who favour pistols. While handguns have not been a major factor in wars to this date, psychological effect of possesing one should not be underestimated. In the last half a century, there have been no revolutionary developments in … Continue reading Revolver or pistol

Hollowpoint bullets

Hollowpoint bullets have been a very controversial topic for nearly two decades now. They have often been the focal point of the anti-gun campaign, despite not being anything new. Hollowpoint ammunition has appeared near the end of the 19th century, a time from which also dates the common nickname - "dum-dum bullets", which came from … Continue reading Hollowpoint bullets

Light combat vehicles with high-calibre weapons

Requirement for wheeled armoured vehicles appeared between First and Second World Wars, and in 1930s Germany started serial production of such vehicles for its recon units. Widespread usage of wheeled armored vehicles only started after World War II. In 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, new generations of wheeled armored vehicles appear, responding to military requirements for … Continue reading Light combat vehicles with high-calibre weapons