Know Your Cold War History: Operation Protea and Beyond…

Operation Protea was launched on 23 August 1981. Its objectives were to destroy the South-West Africa People’s Organisations (SWAPO) command and training center at Xangongo as well as to destroy its logistic bases at Xangongo and Ongiva. The South African forces reached Ongiva on 26 August 1981 and attacked the combined SWAPO/FAPLA forces dug in […]

Operation Protea and Beyond… — Weapons and Warfare

Know Your WW2 History: The Iron Fist – 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division Götz von Berlichingen

Marder I, 17 SS Panzergrenadier Division Gotz von Berlichingen 17. SS commander Werner von Ostendorf (left) plans the attack on Carentan with Fallschirmjager commander Friedrich August Freiherr von der Heydte (centre). Thrown into combat on 10 June 1944 near Carentan, the reconnaissance battalion of the 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division fought the American paratroops of the […]

The Iron Fist – 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division Götz von Berlichingen — Weapons and Warfare

Know Your History: Was Hitler’s Ho 299 the First True Stealth Fighter?

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/was-hitlers-ho-299-first-true-stealth-fighter-152356

The Nazi invention wasn’t exactly a “stealth” fighter, but it did share a certain idea. by Sebastien Roblin Key point: The plane never took over. However, it did accidentally stumble upon how a certain shape can help reduce a plane’s radar signature. Northrop Grumman revealed this year it is developing a second flying wing […]

via Was Hitler’s Ho 299 the First True Stealth Fighter? | The National Interest — Additional survival tricks

Know Your WW2 History: 51st and 52nd Panzer Battalions

Panthers were supplied to form Panzer Abteilung 51 (Tank Battalion 51) on 9 January, and then Pz.Abt. 52 on 6 February 1943. The first production Panther tanks were plagued with mechanical problems. The engine was dangerously prone to overheating and suffered from connecting rod or bearing failures. Gasoline leaks from the fuel pump or carburetor, […]

via 51st and 52nd Panzer Battalions — Weapons and Warfare

Know Your WW2 History: Jagdtiger SdKfz 186

The heaviest armored vehicle fielded by the Germans in World War II was the Panzerjäger Tiger Ausf B. This was built on a slightly lengthened Tiger II chassis topped with a fixed casemate and a 12.8 cm PaK 44 L/55 antitank gun. It weighed seventy-nine tons. A few early versions of the Jagdtiger had a […]

via Jagdtiger SdKfz 186 — Weapons and Warfare

Know your WW2 History: Lotfernrohr 7

Fascinating piece of World War II Espionage and Military History.

 

Until late 1943, the Norden bombsight was always protected by exceptionally heavy security. Sights were normally stored in air-conditioned, dustproof vaults that were patrolled by armed guards. During training, USAAF bombardiers had to swear a solemn oath to guard the secret weapon with their lives, and they were responsible for destroying it in the event […]

via Lotfernrohr 7 — Weapons and Warfare

Know Your Weapons: Soviet WWII Machine Guns

The Soviets were latecomers to machine-gun development generally. Prior to World War I, the czarist army bought machine guns from other countries and manufactured some under license. For this reason, Russian machine-gun development and production had to start virtually from scratch after the Russian Revolution. A top priority was the development of a light machine […]

via Soviet WWII Machine Guns — Weapons and Warfare