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The fate of the Admiral Graf Spee by Sakhal

[fl][b]The corsair campaign[/b][/fl][p] The Admiral Graf Spee left the shipyard in Wilhelmshaven the 21st August 1939, the same day of the signing in Moscow of the German-Russian Pact. About two weeks remained for the beginning of the war but Hitler had ...

[ Date: 2015-10-19 | Length: 34 Kb | Update: 2020-10-30 ]
Hornet and Chokai - Two faces of Guadalcanal by Sakhal

USS Hornet After the Japanese attack against Pearl Harbor, the American public opinion, despite having reacted with indignation, was still shocked. To this contributed the fact that Japan was very far and the average citizen did not see clearly how t...

[ Date: 2015-10-17 | Length: 13 Kb | Update: 2015-10-19 ]
Amphibious landing craft of the Second World War by Sakhal

LCM At the beginning of World War Two, the belligerent powers, despite having developed in many cases a technology and a military technique of high level, had not still taken into consideration, in a proper perspective, the problem of eventual landin...

[ Date: 2015-10-14 | Length: 8 Kb | Update: Never ]
Torpedo boats of the Second World War by Sakhal

MTB Class: Vosper 70, 10 units (numbers 31 to 40) Authorized in 1938 and built in Vosper Portsmouth in 1939-40. Four units were sunk in 1940; the numbers 31, 32, 33 and 34 were rebaptized as CT 21, CT 22, CT 23 and CT 24 in 1943 to be used as towed ...

[ Date: 2015-10-13 | Length: 19 Kb | Update: Never ]
Armed forces in World War Two - Russia by Sakhal

[fl][b]Russia 1941 - Army[/b][/fl][p] [b]Individual weapons - Pistols and revolvers: [/b] Pistols Tokarev TT 1930 and TT 1933 caliber 7.62 mm, TT 34 caliber 5.56 mm, revolver Nagant 1895 caliber 7.62 mm[br] [b]Individual weapons - Rifles: [/b] Mosin Nag...

[ Date: 2015-10-11 | Length: 14 Kb | Update: 2020-11-08 ]
Armed forces in World War Two - United States by Sakhal

[fl][b]United States 1942 - Army[/b][/fl][p] [b]Individual weapons - Pistols: [/b] Colt M 1911 and 1911 A1, both of caliber 45[br] [b]Individual weapons - Rifles: [/b] Springfield 1903 caliber 7.62 mm, P 14 caliber 7.7 mm, M 1917 caliber 7.62 mm [fs](a)...

[ Date: 2015-10-10 | Length: 10 Kb | Update: 2020-11-05 ]
The Japanese Fleet at Pearl Harbor by Sakhal

"If war is unavoidable, better if it comes soon; the later, the worse it will be." The embargo of petroleum meant for Tokyo the hardest diplomatic blow among many others coming from United States: the reserves of fuel would be enough for a year only. Fro...

[ Date: 2015-10-07 | Length: 20 Kb | Update: Never ]
Armed forces in World War Two - Japan by Sakhal

[fl][b]Japan 1942 - Army[/b][/fl][p] [b]Individual weapons - Pistols and revolvers: [/b] Pistol Hino Kamuro caliber 7.65 mm, Type 4th Year [fs](a)[/fs], Type 14th Year and Type 94, all of caliber 8 mm, revolver Type 26th Year caliber 9 mm[br] [b]Individ...

[ Date: 2015-10-05 | Length: 11 Kb | Update: 2020-11-08 ]
Armed forces in World War Two - Italy by Sakhal

[fl][b]Italy 1939 - Army[/b][/fl][p] [b]Individual weapons - Pistols: [/b] Beretta Model 34 caliber 9 mm [fs](a)[/fs][br] [b]Individual weapons - Rifles: [/b] Rifle 91/38, carbine 91/38 and 91/38 TS, all of caliber 6.5 mm [fs](b)[/fs][br] [b]Individual...

[ Date: 2015-09-23 | Length: 18 Kb | Update: 2021-03-01 ]
Assault means of the Regia Marina by Sakhal

Of surface Tourism Speedboat (1st and 2nd series) Characteristics: lenght: 5.20 meters; total weight: 1100 kilograms; warhead: 330 kilograms; maximum speed: 33 knots; operational range: 150 kilometers; year: 1936. Observations: explosive hulls den...

[ Date: 2015-08-30 | Length: 11 Kb | Update: Never ]
Organization of the Black Brigades by Sakhal

Organization of the Black Brigades After the events of September 1943, Mussolini, freed from the prison in the Great Sasso and brought to Germany, started to conceive a plan which, with German help, would give birth to the Government of the Italian S...

[ Date: 2015-08-28 | Length: 11 Kb | Update: Never ]
Armed forces in World War Two - Germany by Sakhal

[fl][b]Germany 1939 - Army[/b][/fl][p] [b]Individual weapons - Pistols: [/b] P08 Luger caliber 9 mm, Walther M34 caliber 7.65 mm and Mauser C96 caliber 7.63 mm[br] [b]Individual weapons - Rifles: [/b] Mauser K98 in the models 98a, 98b and 98k, all of ca...

[ Date: 2015-08-27 | Length: 15 Kb | Update: 2020-11-08 ]
Armed forces in World War Two - Britain by Sakhal

[fl][b]Britain 1939 - Army[/b][/fl][p] [b]Individual weapons - Pistols: [/b] Enfield No. 2 Mk 1 caliber .38, Webley Mk VI caliber .45, British Colt and Webley caliber .45[br] [b]Individual weapons - Rifles: [/b] Lee Enfield No. 4 Mk 1 and several types ...

[ Date: 2015-08-09 | Length: 10 Kb | Update: 2020-11-08 ]
Armed forces in World War Two - Poland and France by Sakhal

[fl][b]Poland 1939 - Army[/b][/fl][p] [b]Individual weapons - Pistols: [/b] Vis 36 Model 35 caliber 9 mm[br] [b]Individual weapons - Rifles: [/b] Polish Mauser K 98 caliber 7.92 mm[br] [b]Individual weapons - Hand bombs: [/b] Defensive, offensive and s...

[ Date: 2015-07-20 | Length: 9 Kb | Update: 2020-11-08 ]
Aircraft of the Spanish Civil War - D 37 and He 112 by Sakhal

Dewoitine D.37 In 1931 Emile Dewoitine established the Societe Aeronautique Francaise (SAF), intended for the production of military aircraft for l'Armee de l'Air, starting the project of a high- winged monoplane fighter derived from the D.27 that he ...

[ Date: 2015-07-18 | Length: 5 Kb | Update: Never ]
Aircraft of the Spanish Civil War - Loire 46 and Me Bf 109 by Sakhal

Loire 46 The 1st September 1934, the French SNCAO (Societe Nationale des Constructions Aeronautiques de l'Ouest or Western National Society of Aeronautical Constructions) presented the prototype of a high-wing monoplane fighter destined to equip the ...

[ Date: 2015-07-17 | Length: 5 Kb | Update: Never ]
Aces of the US naval aviation in the Pacific by Sakhal

Edward O'Hare During the first months of the war in the Pacific the American naval force found that its aircraft carriers were too dispersed in the attempt to stop the progressive advance of the Japanese on the conquest of the islands. After the even...

[ Date: 2015-07-16 | Length: 11 Kb | Update: Never ]
Allied aircraft of Germany in the Eastern Front by Sakhal

When talking about the air campaign in the Eastern Front, during the Second World War, usually are mentioned only the Soviets and the Germans. However, along with the aircraft and pilots of the Luftwaffe fought others belonging to the countries that e...

[ Date: 2015-07-15 | Length: 30 Kb | Update: Never ]
The fighter aircraft of the Bushido Code by Sakhal

Maybe the only thinking of many pilots of the Kuomintang or North Americans before crashing on the Chinese rice fields were for those who, months or weeks before, had affirmed that the Japanese fighters were only bad copies of the western models. Even...

[ Date: 2015-07-11 | Length: 12 Kb | Update: Never ]
Dornier Do 217 heavy bomber by Sakhal

The origins of the Do 217 date back to 1937, when it was presented, to take part in the aeronautical competition in the Alps Circuit, a bomber obtained from the transformation of a civilian aircraft. Built by Dornier, the Do 17 was soon nicknamed "Fly...

[ Date: 2015-07-04 | Length: 18 Kb | Update: Never ]
The rocket-propelled fighters Me 163 and J8M by Sakhal

The rocket-propelled fighter was realized as prototype the 13th August 1941. In that day the test pilot of Messerschmitt, Heini Dittmar, fastened the seat belts onboard the prototype Me 163A, ignited the rocket engine and departed, leaving behind a tr...

[ Date: 2015-07-02 | Length: 13 Kb | Update: Never ]
Aces of the Nachtjagdgeschwader Luftwaffe by Sakhal

Heinrich zu Sayn-Wittgenstein At the moment of his death, Prince Heinrich zu Sayn-Wittgenstein was the record pilot among the ones of night fight of the Luftwaffe, having downed not less than 83 Allied aircraft in the darkness. Only Heinz-Wolfgang Sc...

[ Date: 2015-07-01 | Length: 8 Kb | Update: Never ]
Aces of the Zerstorer Luftwaffe by Sakhal

Hans-Ulrich Rudel The achievements of Hans-Ulrich Rudel during the Second World War have not been equalled by any aviator in History and he received the only Knight's Cross with Golden Oak Leaves awarded to any German serviceman. Albeit he enlisted i...

[ Date: 2015-06-30 | Length: 13 Kb | Update: Never ]
The Fokker Scourge by Sakhal

An important revolution In 1915 it took place a revolution in the tactics of air combat: the apparition of a technique that allowed to fire a machine gun through the propeller arc. Until then, the only way of arming a biplane aircraft, with the prope...

[ Date: 2015-06-28 | Length: 14 Kb | Update: Never ]
The military aviation in 1914 by Sakhal

The diverse air forces In August 1914, the "heavier than the air" component of the German Imperial Aviation Corps had 246 aircraft, 254 pilots and 271 observers. There were 33 Feldflieger Abteilungen (Field Aviation Section), each with six aircraft, ...

[ Date: 2015-06-27 | Length: 14 Kb | Update: Never ]