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February 2012 Articles (42)

Knights of the Air: Something Different

Meet Oberleutnant Max (Maximilian Karl) Hesse.

Here he is, holding a dog, with Leutnant Rudolf Stanger. Hesse was not an ace but he had an illustrious war career, crash-landing in the enemy territory in 1914 and being the pilot of the first plane in history which corrected artillery fire through wireless messages (Jan. 12, 1915). Promoted to Hauptmann, he was…

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Added by lord_k on February 2, 2012 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Light and Death: Grenade Launching Pistols

From flare pistol, to grenade launcher, during World War II an innovative effort to turn a less-than-lethal weapon into something more deadly was understaken by German small arms designers.

Simple flare guns, common to all the armies engaged in Second World War, seemed to be ripe for modification. In German, two flare pistols immerged as capable both flash and bite,…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on February 1, 2012 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

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