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Wars in Vietnam [1945-1975]

Vietnam War was a set of conflicts between 1945 and 1975 in the country of Vietnam and the border areas of Cambodia and Laos. First as colonial war with France, then as a proxy war between Communists supported North Vietnam and USA supported South Vietnam.

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A deck of cards on the battlefield

"As you can see, sir, my deck of cards served me as well as the Bible, the prayer book, and the calendar," Soldier T. Texis Taylor explains to his commander about the deck of cards in a familiar story set to music by the Rangers. (paid advertising)

A-12 Blackbird (1) - High and fast

If the key to the survival of the U-2 was access, which was beyond the capabilities of its generation fighters, another aircraft from "Skunk Works" was to have, in addition to fantastic access, a speed that designers had never dreamed of until then. In addition to increasing speed, the designers in the construction of the new aircraft for the first time ever purposefully focused on reducing the effective RCS. This miracle technique was called the A-12 Blackbird.

Battle of Ia Drang - Part 2

The Battle of Ia Drang was the first major battle of the Vietnam War between the United States Army and the Vietnamese People's Army. Until then, the fighting of the Americans was characterized primarily by operations against irregular guerrilla units of the Viet Cong.

Battle of Ia Drang - Part 3

The Battle of Ia Drang was the first major battle of the Vietnam War between the United States Army and the Vietnamese People's Army. Until then, the fighting of the Americans was characterized primarily by operations against irregular guerrilla units of the Viet Cong.

Czechoslovaks as foreign legionaries in Indochina

Hot autumn 1950 in Indochina. For many alien legionaries the last in their lives. On September 16, 1950, Vietnamese troops launched a massive offensive aimed at gaining control of the entire territory of Tonkin. The attack began on the main French fortress in this area - Dong Khe, in which many young Czechoslovaks also served.

Dien Bien Phu

On November 20, 1953, at 5:00 a.m., the wheels of the C-47 military cargo plane, which was equipped for this occasion as a flying command post, took off from the concrete runway of Hanoi Airport. Three high-ranking French army officers were on board. The first was General Gilles, commander of the airborne troops, the second General Dechaux, commanding the tactical air support, and the third was General Bodet, assisting General Navarro in some planning matters. Their task was to fly over the area of Dien Bien Phu and, based on weather conditions, decide whether Operation Castor will take place or move to another suitable date ...

Dogfights

Dogfights have always attracted attention. Since the First World War, their participants have been considered heroes, stories have been written about nothing, and they have become idols of generations. However, the reality of air combat is much more prosaic. Whatever the motivation of the pilots to fight, there was always a winner on one side and a loser on the other in a crippled or burning plane falling to the ground. This series deals with the struggle from their beginning to the modern age, when the sky is steadily ruled by jet engines.

F-104 Starfighter - The phenomenon of speed

Nearing the end of 1951, conventional fighters introduced into service flew at speeds of about 1 MACH, rather less. They reached supersonic speeds mostly only in dive flight or completely without weapons. Lockheed designer Clarence "Kelly" Johnson visited United States Air Force (USAF) pilots fighting in Korea to find out which aircraft would suit them. He received an unisono response from the fighters: a light aircraft, overcoming the enemy in speed, climbability, access and dexterity.

Frederick C. Blesse

You look forward to this moment all the time at school, but when you are left with an entire plane without an instructor, your hands sweat profusely. They warned me about the hole at the end of the runway, so I repeated during takeoff, don't forget the pool. After a few circuits, I chose landing practice. The landing was beautifully soft and I completely forgot about the pool in the joy that I am only good. Of course I parked in it. For another 6 weeks, everyone was pretending to be a poolless Blesse.

Henry Alfred Kissinger

A brief biography of one of the most important creators of American foreign policy of modern times and his relation to nuclear armaments.

I fought against communism in Vietnam

This year, 35 years have passed since the end of the Vietnam War, which lasted almost 30 years with breaks. France's failed engagement was followed in 1965 by the deployment of the US military in southern Vietnam. In March 1973, American troops were withdrawn. For the United States, the longest and most unpopular war in its history has ended. 58,325 young Americans remained on the battlefield. Those happier who have returned have often carried and continue the trauma of war throughout their lives. How did this conflict affect the life of a young Czechoslovak emigrant, whose fate swept all the way to Southeast Asia?

Indochina wars - Vietnam 1945-1972

Shortly after the end of World War II, the political situation throughout the Pacific was highly volatile. After the expulsion of the Japanese occupiers, the efforts of the colonial powers to restore the original territories, which they shamelessly controlled in the pre-war period, began. However, the long and bloody war made its heroes, who were no longer willing to submit to the world's great powers, and thus stood at the head of resistance organizations and united the people for the common good. The United Kingdom recognized the gravity of the situation and responded to growing opposition to its government by agreeing to the independence of its Indian colony. This message then spread throughout the Eastern Hemisphere as a symbol of independence and sovereignty, supporting other independence fighters.

Khe Sanh Base - 1968

After the defeats inflicted on the Communists by Allied troops in 1967, the Allies had a unique, and never again unique, opportunity to crush the Communist forces in Indochina altogether. Or at least to their long-term paralysis. In the end, everything turned out completely differently. Much of the American command succumbed to the false impression that the enemy was in retreat, because in mid-January 1967, the situation did appear to be on the brink of force. During this period, the Communists showed combat activity only in the north of the I.CTZ ( Corps Tactical Zone ). On January 21, the Khe Sanh Marine Corps base was surrounded by two NVA divisions, and the base had to be supplied by air.

M551 Sheridan (1) - Hard beginnings

Light tanks have been developed alongside their heavier counterparts for years, and their journey through history is varied and pretty winding. The last American light tank included in the service was the M551 Sheridan. It was a rather contradictory vehicle with exotic weapons.

M551 Sheridan (2) - Improved reputation

The M551 did not gain a very good reputation at the beginning of its deployment, mainly due to its relatively complicated design and hasty deployment in combat. In addition, he found himself on a battlefield for which he was not designed and performed tasks that belonged to the MBT. During the later deployment, he improved his bad reputation and eventually lasted longer than the biggest optimists would expect.

Operation Lorraine

Colonial Route 2 plunged into the jungle in the north and we spent the night on a small hill while the engineers put in order Colonial Route 2, dug by Viet Minh trenches. We learned that we were involved in Operation Lorraine. Pavel Knihaล™, veteran of the Foreign Legion and commander of the Order of the Legion of Honor

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