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  • Protectorate speeches - part IX


    Friday, July 3, 1942 can be considered the day when the Protectorate Government and the State (Protectorate) President Dr. Emil Hácha completed their efforts to restore the Reich's confidence in Czech work and loyalty.

  • Qian Xuesen


    Chinese rocket scientist and designer, a key figure in China's ballistic and space missile development programme.

  • From the auction rooms


    A very rare decoration was sold.

  • 66th Special Purpose Tank Battalion


    The history and combat deployment of a unit armed with looted Soviet tanks. The tank detachment was formed for the planned invasion of Malta and, after its withdrawal, sent to the Eastern Front.

  • CV90


    The Combat Vehicle 90 (CV90; Sw. Stridsfordon 90, Strf90) is a family of Swedish tracked combat vehicles designed by Sweden's Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets Materielverk, FMV), Hägglunds and Bofors during the mid-1980s to early 1990s, entering service in Sweden in the mid-1990s. The CV90 platform design has continuously evolved in steps from Mk0 to current MkIV with advances in technology and in response to changing battlefield requirements. The Swedish version of the main infantry fighting vehicle is fitted with a turret from Bofors that is equipped with a 40 mm Bofors autocannon. Export versions are fitted with Hägglunds E-series turrets, armed with either a 30 mm Mk44 or a 35 mm Bushmaster autocannon.

  • The end of the only German aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin


    The German aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin was the lead ship in a class of two carriers of the same name ordered by the Kriegsmarine of Nazi Germany. She was the only aircraft carrier launched by Germany and represented part of the Kriegsmarine's attempt to create a well-balanced oceangoing fleet, capable of projecting German naval power far beyond the narrow confines of the Baltic and North Seas. The carrier would have had a complement of 42 fighters and dive bombers.

  • Bahna 2022: reconstruction of the fighting in Habartov in September 1938


    Photographs from this year's Bahna 2022, showing a reconstruction of the fighting between Czechoslovak gendarmes and Sudeten Germans in Habartov in September 1938.

  • Major Robert Lev Melch


    Pilotof K. und K. Luftfahrtruppe, pilot of the Czechoslovak Legion in Russia and officer of the Czechoslovak Air Force

  • Robert Goddard


    American engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world's first liquid-fueled rocket. Goddard successfully launched his rocket on March 16, 1926, which ushered in an era of space flight and innovation. He and his team launched 34 rockets between 1926 and 1941, achieving altitudes as high as 2.6 km (1.6 mi) and speeds as fast as 885 km/h (550 mph).

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  • PTS-M


    The PTS is an amphibious vehicle of Soviet origin. It was developed in the early 1960's as a replacement for the earlier K-61 amphibious vehicle. The name PTS stands for "Plavayushchij Transportyer Sryednyj", which is Russian for "medium amphibious vehicle". Although the PTS may also transport cargo on land it is slower and less fuel economic than regular transport vehicles.

  • He was also Czech


    Vašátko became a fighter ace twice: first in the Battle of France and again in the RAF. Among RAFVR Czechoslovak fighter aces, only Sqn Ldr Karel Kuttelwascher and Sgt Josef František shot down more aircraft than Vašátko. As a Wing Commander, Vašátko was one of the RAF's most senior Czechoslovak officers in front-line service. Vašátko had just been awarded his DFC on the day of his death. The Inspector-General of the Czechoslovak Air Force, Air Commodore Karel Janoušek, called Vašátko's death "the most cruel blow to our entire air force".

  • Military Order Virtuti Militari


    The oldest Polish military order, which is awarded for bravery in battle, is inextricably linked with the history of Poland, which affected its development with all its famous and tragic twists. For more than 215 years, it has been the highest combat award of a Polish soldier and means the same to him as the British Victoria Cross, the American Medal of Honor or the German soldier the Iron Cross. Generations of Poles are brought up in respect for people awarded the Order of Virtuti Militari. Holders of blue-black ribbons are rightfully respected and respected citizens.

  • Saint-Chamond


    Born of the commercial rivalry existing with the makers of the Schneider CA1 tank, the Saint-Chamond was an underpowered and fundamentally inadequate design. Its principal weakness was its Holt caterpillar tracks. They were much too short in relation to the vehicle's length and weight (23 tons). Later models attempted to rectify some of the tank's original flaws by installing wider and stronger track shoes, thicker frontal armour and the more effective 75mm Mle 1897 field gun.

  • Armoured attack aircraft BS-2 (CKB-55)


    In connection with the unsuccessful Spanish experience with the combat use of reconnaissance aircraft and fighters for direct air support of troops in conditions of strong enemy air defence, on 16 December 1937 the chief of armament and material - technical supply of the VVS KA in the creation of a plan of experimental aircraft design for 1938 and experts - military engineer 1. P.A. Losyukov and P.V. Rudintsev, a military engineer of the 2nd degree, raised with all their sharpness the question of the immediate inclusion in the plan of the construction of a special attack aircraft, "... operating at low altitude and possessing powerful offensive and defensive weapons and with an engine that develops maximum power near the ground ..."

  • Oberleutnant Benno Fiala Ritter von Fernbrugg


    Benno Fiala Ritter von Fernbrugg was an Austro-Hungarian fighter ace with 28 victories to his credit during World War I. He was the third ranking ace of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was also a technical innovator who pioneered the use of machine guns, radios, and cameras in airplanes. His forty-year aviation career also included aircraft manufacture, airport management, and the establishment of commercial airlines.

  • Master Sergeant Llewellyn Morris Chilson - WWII Rambo


    On December 6, 1946, a ceremony was held at the White House. The headliner was a U.S. Army NCO whose deeds were often so incredible that even Rambo himself would have been envious. He was a 26-year-old young man from Ohio, Staff Sergeant Llewellyn Morris "Al" Chilson. This man received seven medals from President Harry S. Truman that day, six of which were for bravery, but the highest award was missing. The one for which he was twice nominated but never received. The Medal of Honor. In awarding it, the president said aloud, "This is the most remarkable list of citations I have ever seen. For each of them, this young man is entitled to everything the country has to offer. They are worthy even of the Medal of Honor, I think."

  • Soviet noiseless rifle VSS Vintorez


    The VSS Vintorez is a marksman rifle featuring an integral suppressor originating from the Soviet Union. The Vintorez was developed alongside the AS Val to replace modified general-purpose firearms, such as the AKS-74UB, BS-1, APB, and PB, for clandestine operations.

  • Karel Čurda


    16.6.1942 Czechoslovak paratrooper rt. Karel Čurda betrayed and turned himself in at the Gestapo headquarters in Peček Palace in Prague. He gave the first addresses of families and persons cooperating with the paratroopers.

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