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M16 assault rifle by Sakhal

The M16 was initially produced as a private initiative of the company Armalite. Lightweight, manageable and practically without any recoil, it was effective at real combat distances. Since then it has been the ordnance rifle of the United States Army ...

2016-10-15 - Votes: 0 - Views: 64 - Length: 16 Kb - Last update: Never
Japanese tanks of the Cold War by Sakhal

After the parentheses of the immediate postwar, Japan reorganized its Army as part of the Self-Defense Forces. Despite the constitutional and political limitations, the Japanese industry of armored means produced during the Cold War vehicles comparabl...

2016-09-27 - Votes: 0 - Views: 56 - Length: 14 Kb - Last update: Never
Japanese tanks of World War Two by Sakhal

The Japanese Armed Forces were traditionally characterized by the duplicity of weapons in the Navy and the Army. Each of them had its own Artillery, Infantry, Cavalry and Armored Corps, which in the end was detrimental for the quality, largely thanks ...

2016-09-25 - Votes: 0 - Views: 52 - Length: 20 Kb - Last update: Never
The Samokhodnaya Ustanovka by Sakhal

During the Russo-German conflict the Soviet engineers, with their magnific T-34, pointed the way to follow on tank design to their German counterparts. But it is not less true that they would have to learn from the Germans as well. Indeed, they were u...

2016-09-22 - Votes: 0 - Views: 59 - Length: 19 Kb - Last update: Never
The fate of the Scharnhorst by Sakhal

The Scharnhorst is another example of the limitations that Germany had for its rearmament because of the Treaty of Versailles. The most important deficiencies of this battleship (which was actually a battlecruiser) lied in her armament, on which the p...

2016-09-20 - Votes: 0 - Views: 66 - Length: 14 Kb - Last update: Never
The modern escort warship by Sakhal

The Task Forces of the United States Navy have their antimissile, antiaircraft and antisubmarine defense entrusted to the Ticonderoga-class cruisers (CG-47 onwards) and the Arleigh Burke- class destroyers (DDG-51 onwards), polyvalent ships provided wit...

2016-05-26 - Votes: 0 - Views: 53 - Length: 18 Kb - Last update: Never
Bismarck and Prinz Eugen by Sakhal

The 18th May 1941 departed from the military port of Gotehafen a combat group formed by two splendid and modern warships, the battleship Bismarck and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, to start the Operation Rheinubung, a raid against the British supply l...

2015-10-21 - Votes: 0 - Views: 61 - Length: 16 Kb - Last update: Never
The fate of the Admiral Graf Spee by Sakhal

The Admiral Graf Spee and the Battle of River Plate The "pocket battleship" Admiral Graf Spee was built in 1934 after her sisters Admiral Scheer and Deutschland. She had been projected to elude the Versailles Treaty, which prohibited to Germany to bu...

2015-10-19 - Votes: 0 - Views: 57 - Length: 14 Kb - Last update: Never
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...

2015-10-17 - Votes: 0 - Views: 49 - Length: 13 Kb - Last update: 2015-10-19
Amphibious landing craft of World War Two 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...

2015-10-14 - Votes: 0 - Views: 51 - Length: 8 Kb - Last update: Never

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Leopard I by Sakhal

Background In some aspects, Germany was in the period immediately after the Second World War an even bleaker country that it had been in 1919. Divided in two, with the Soviet Union occupying the eastern part of the country and the Allies the rest, it...

2015-05-16 - Votes: 0 - Views: 63 - Length: 15 Kb - Last update: 2016-09-29
AMX-30 by Sakhal

Background Ending the Second World War, France quickly developed three armored vehicles: the light tank AMX-13, the reconnaissance vehicle armed with a heavy cannon Panhard EBR 8x8 and the heavy tank AMX-50. This latter was a particularly interesting...

2015-05-15 - Votes: 0 - Views: 61 - Length: 26 Kb - Last update: 2016-09-28
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...

2015-10-17 - Votes: 0 - Views: 49 - Length: 13 Kb - Last update: 2015-10-19
Heinkel He 112 by Sakhal

The Heinkel He 112 was conceived and realized in the first 1930s; the first prototype flew in the summer of 1935, being built another six exemplars for experimental purposes. A series of thirty He 112 were submitted to the Luftwaffe for evaluation in ...

2014-11-13 - Votes: 0 - Views: 64 - Length: 8 Kb - Last update: 2015-07-18
F-84 Thunderjet by Sakhal

The Republic F-84 Thunderjet, which would provide to many air forces of the NATO their initial experience with turbojet aircraft, started its life in the summer 1944, when the project team from the Republic Aviation studied the possibility of adapting...

2014-11-18 - Votes: 0 - Views: 43 - Length: 13 Kb - Last update: 2015-07-17

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The series Weapons of World War Two shows a selection of representative weapons of the three weapons through very realistic artworks and a succinct text explaining key aspects of their history, the circumstances on which they were developed or employed and their technical features. The list is ordered by name, type, country or year, or displayed as thumbnails.

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This is a list of some statistical programs and charts that compare different characteristics of different aircraft, tanks, warships, etc... More of them should be added over time.

Fighter Firepower

Anti-Aircraft Artillery Effectiveness

Anti-Ship Artillery Effectiveness

Battleship Armor Plate Effectiveness

Battleship Combat Power Comparison

Hydrodynamic/Propulsive Efficiency

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British fighter aircraft Hawker Hunter F Mk 3, prepared for achieving a speed record in 1953.

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