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B-26 Marauder American Medium Bomber: World War II

The Martin B-26 Marauder was an American World War II twin-engined medium bomber built by the Glenn L. Martin Company from 1941 to 1945. First used in the Pacific Theater in early 1942, it was also used in the Mediterranean Theater and in Western Europe. After entering service with the US Army, the aircraft received the reputation of a "Widowmaker" due to the early models' high accident rate during [...]

By | 2017-12-15T13:16:41+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

USS Fletcher Destroyer: World War II

USS Fletcher (DD/DDE-445), named for Admiral Frank Friday Fletcher, was the lead Fletcher-class destroyer, and served in the Pacific during World War II. She received fifteen battle stars for World War II service, and five for Korean War service. Fletcher was laid down by the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Kearny, New Jersey, on 2 October 1941. She was launched on 3 May 1942; sponsored by Mrs. F. [...]

By | 2017-12-14T14:00:31+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

American Soldier: Sergeant Leonard Alfred Funk

It goes without saying that many gallant actions of war are often never recorded and lost to the passage of time as they are treated as simply what is required of men in combat. But if you are an American soldier, like First Sergeant Leonard A. Funk, who had already picked up a Silver Star and Distinguished Service Cross by 1945, you tend to stand out from the crowd. [...]

By | 2017-12-09T13:24:49+00:00 December 9th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, World War II|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Strasbourg, French Battleship: World War II

Strasbourg was the second and last battleship of the Dunkerque class built for the French Navy before World War II.She was slightly more heavily armored than her sister ship Dunkerque. In 1922, the Washington Naval Treaty imposed a ten-year moratorium on the construction of new battlecruisers. France was allowed to replace two old battleships after 1927 for a total of 70,000 tons. In 1925, the first Italian Trento-class cruiser [...]

By | 2017-12-07T08:02:54+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Pak 40, 7.5 cm German Anti Tank: World War II

The 7.5 cm Pak 40 (7,5 cm Panzerabwehrkanone 40) was a German 75-millimeter anti-tank gun developed in 1939-1941 by Rheinmetall and used during the Second World War. The Pak 40 formed the backbone of German anti-tank guns for the latter part of World War II, mostly in towed form, but also on a number of tank destroyers such as the Marder series. Approximately 20,000 Pak 40s were produced. A [...]

By | 2017-12-06T07:10:37+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , |0 Comments

T14 Tank: American Assault Tank

The Assault Tank T14 was a joint project between the United States and the United Kingdom with the goal being to produce an universal infantry tank. A pilot model was not delivered to the UK by 1944 by which time the British Churchill tank had been in service for two years and greatly improved over its initial model. The T14 project never came to fruition due to this fact. [...]

By | 2017-12-02T13:22:23+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Wilhelm Gustloff Shipwreck: Deadliest Maritime Disaster

70 years on, little known about the Wilhelm Gustloff sinking over 9,000 people died in the Baltic Sea on January 30, 1945, in an attempt to evade the Red Army. The Wilhelm Gustloff was the largest shipwreck in history, but little is known about the catastrophe seven decades on. At around 9 p.m. on January 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler was speaking to the German people. In the packed dining [...]

By | 2017-11-30T07:38:10+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

H-4 Hercules: The Spruce Goose

The single 400,000-pound (181,436-kilogram) H-4 Hercules flying boat, built by the Hughes Aircraft Co., was the largest flying boat ever built with the widest wingspan. It was built after a U.S. government request in 1942 for a cargo and troop carrier that would not be susceptible to Axis submarines and, by substituting wood for metal in its construction, would not use critical wartime materials. Originally conceived by Henry J. [...]

By | 2017-11-22T07:34:04+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

USS Arkansas (BB-33): American Battleship

Conceived at the 1908 Newport Conference, the Wyoming-class of the battleship was the US Navy's fourth type of dreadnought after the earlier -, -, and -classes. The first incarnations of the design came about through war games and debates as the earlier classes had not yet entered service. Central among the conference's findings was the need for increasingly larger calibers of main guns. During the latter months of 1908, [...]

By | 2017-11-16T14:34:02+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Ferdinand Porsche: Founder of Porsche Car Company.

Ferdinand Porsche founded the Porsche car company in 1931. In the early 1920s, he oversaw the development of the Mercedes compressor car and later developed the first designs of the Volkswagen car with his son, Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche. “I would have built it exactly the same, right down to the last screw.” —Ferdinand Porsche German automotive engineer Ferdinand Porsche was born on September 3, 1875, in Maffersdorf, Austria. [...]

By | 2017-11-11T09:33:23+00:00 November 11th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, World War II|Tags: , |0 Comments

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