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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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  • History of the USS Oriskany (CVA-34)


    The history of this aircraft carrier began when World War II was still raging in full force. Her keel was laid at New York's Brooklyn Naval Ship Yard on 1 May 1944 and she was to become the next ship in the successful Essex class.

  • M4A2 Sherman


    The M4 Sherman, officially Medium Tank, M4, was the most widely used medium tank by the United States and Western Allies in World War II. The M4 Sherman proved to be reliable, relatively cheap to produce, and available in great numbers. It was also the basis of several other armored fighting vehicles including self-propelled artillery, tank destroyers, and recovery vehicles. Tens of thousands were distributed through the Lend-Lease program to the British Commonwealth and Soviet Union.

  • Czechoslovak fortification of Hlučín region


    The Hlučín region is an area in the western part of Silesia, extending into the Czech Republic and has been a disputed territory since time immemorial. The Silesian Wars, the period after the First World War, the Munich Agreement or the end of the Second World War - Hlučín has always been a source of conflict.
    It is not surprising that during the First Republic the government decided to build a defensive line here as part of the fortification of Czechoslovakia. However, due to the location and historical experience, this line was only in the south-eastern part of the area - where there was no longer a high percentage of German population.

  • Lubomír Jasínek


    On October 24, 1942, he was dropped with Závorka and Srazil near Kopidln in the Jičín region. He became involved in the group's activities and managed to successfully establish contact with London. Due to the activities of the confederates Čurda and Nachtmann, the Gestapo managed to track Jasinek and Závorka down in Rovensko pod Troskami. Here, on 15 January 1943, the Gestapo surrounded them at the swimming pool in the house of the lifeguard Lukeš.

  • Italian MAS boats and dwarf submarines in the Black Sea in 1942-1943


    Combat deployment of the Italian navy in the Black Sea and Lake Ladoga in 1942-43.

  • AMX-50 Surbaissé


    During 1949-1958, three versions of the chassis were created and modified in various ways. The first is sometimes referred to in foreign literature as the AMX-50A and was designed for a lighter type of swinging turret fitted with a 100 mm gun. The second and third, often designated AMX-50B, is associated with a heavier swinging turret fitted with a 120 mm gun. In contrast, the French website "Char et blindes francais" fundamentally differentiates the versions of the prototypes according to the year of construction and the armament used.

  • Boeing XPW-9


    By 1922, production of the 200 MB-3A fighters that Boeing was building under license from Thomas-Morse was slowly running out, and William Boeing began looking for a new type to keep the factory busy. After experience with the all-wood construction of the MB-3, Boeing designers began to focus on new technologies that would make the new machine easier to build and maintain.

  • Jagdtiger


    During the Second World War, in addition to the Elefant, another development program was underway in Germany to acquire a heavy tank fighter. Its origins can be traced back to 1942, when Adolf Hitler pushed for the accelerated completion of the development of a 12.8 cm calibre towed anti-tank gun. In early 1943, a proposal was made to mount this massive weapon on a tank chassis. According to a proposal dated 21.03.1943, it initially spoke of a heavy Sturmgeschütz that would be capable of destroying enemy armoured targets at more than 3000 m.

  • USS Yorktown


    History of the famous aircraft carrier, fighting in decisive battles in the Coral Sea and in Midway

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