Category Archives: USA

Elco 80′ Patrol Torpedo Boat

An important weapon that is the very definition of a low value asset, the PT boat manages to be one of the better known weapons of the Second World War. Let’s take a look at, what will probably be, the … Continue reading

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Bell P-39L Airacobra

The P-39 tends not to get a lot of attention in histories of the Second World War. But I think I’ve found the least documented unit with a long combat history! Let’s take a look.

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Grumman TBF-1 Avenger

The US Navy’s upset victory at Midway is well known, a hard won American triumph. Let’s take a look at a part of the cost of that victory.

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North American F-6A Mustang

Early production Mustangs often generate a lot of confusion and mis-information. Let’s take a look at one and it’s role.

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Vought F4U-1 Corsair

The Corsair made a huge impact from its earliest appearance in the Pacific. Let’s take a look at one of those first combatants.

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Sherman IC Firefly

The most effective version of Sherman against German heavy armor was a British modification. Let’s take a look at the Firefly.

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GMC CCKW

Love that catchy title! Truck nomenclature is definitely a bit odd. But of course, trucks themselves are hugely important in any modern military.

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Curtiss P-40B Warhawk

December 7, 1941 I’ll assume we all know that date! Despite all the should’ves and could’ves, the Japanese achieved complete surprise against the US Navy base at Pearl Harbor and the surrounding military installations on Oahu, Hawaii. Most American air … Continue reading

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Northrop P-61B Black Widow

Northrop’s big Black Widow was the largest allied fighter of World War II. Let’s look at the nocturnal air war and a weapon design for that purpose.

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Republic P-47M Thunderbolt

475 mph.  That is highest maximum level speed recorded by any American combat aircraft in World War II. Obviously a Mustang, right?  Or maybe a Bearcat if we stretch the definition of World War II combat types?

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