Not soon after the Kingdom of Yugoslavia joined the Axis, government was overthrown. Led by the Communist Party, on 27th March 1941. the people went to the streets, shouting paroles "Bolje grob nego rob! Bolje rat nego pakt!" ("Better grave than the slave! Better combat than the compact!"). But as usual in the Marxist historiography, … Continue reading Military Coup in Yugoslavia 27 March 1941
Firebombing of Tokyo 10th March 1945
Bombing of Tokyo in 1945. is given far less attention than some objectively less deadly attacks (London Blitz, attack on Pearl Harbor, or bombing of Hiroshima or Nagasaki). Yet it is important to understand why it happened, how it was so deadly, and why the memory of the attack is so negligible. While conventional bombardment … Continue reading Firebombing of Tokyo 10th March 1945
Pacific War 17 – Japan’s Last Victory
Bleeding around Guadalcanal continued. Neither side could gather enough strength to push back the other. Attack was followed by counterattack, which was followed up by a counter-counterattack. While individual battles could be one-sided indeed, there was no real result, only mounting losses. Both sides created imaginative new surprises for the enemy, and the fate toyed … Continue reading Pacific War 17 – Japan’s Last Victory
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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