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7.62 mm light machine gun Mk. 52

The development of machine guns based on the original design of the ZB 26 continued after the war. Václav Holek continued its construction during the design of a new light machine gun designed for the Czech ammunition of medium performance 7.62 x 45 mm, then referred to as Z 50. ( These ammunition served as pendants on the cords of surveillance units ). For this charge, which was developed in order to get universal ammunition for infantry weapons, had been taken into the arms of the army semiautomatic rifle, designated as model 52 machine gun with factory designation ZB 501 successfully passed tests in May 1952 and was introduced into service as "7 , 62 mm light machine gun vz. 52 “.
🕔︎ 17.01.2006 👁︎ 68.176

Battle of Jankov March 6, 1645

In addition to the Battle of Bílá Hora, this is the most important combat action of the Thirty Years' War in Czech territory, and even this battle did not turn out well for "our colors". That is why this conflict was not commemorated during Austria, and even after the establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic, historians did not pay much attention to it. On the contrary, the Swedes consider it their greatest victory during this whole long war.
🕔︎ 09.03.2005 👁︎ 45.514

Battle of Kolin on June 18, 1757

The Prussian-Austrian conflict, known as the Wars of the Silesian Legacy, which took place during the Seven Years' War, did not develop very well for the Habsburg Empire. In the battle of Lovosice on October 1, 1756 and then at Štěrboholy on May 6, 1757, the Austrians were defeated and the Prussians besieged Prague. Over the next few days, they began shelling her with heavy artillery. To help besieged Prague, an army led by Count Leopold Daun pulled out of Moravia and the Prussians, led by King Bedřich (Friedrich) II, set out to meet him. The troops met near Cologne.
🕔︎ 13.04.2005 👁︎ 39.326

Chlumec nad Cidlinou 24. - 26.3.1775

On the way from Prague to Hradec Králové on the road I / 11 between Chlumec nad Cidlinou and Nové Město, we pass a statue of a peasant insurgent on the left. The work of sculptor Jakub Obrovsky, which was to be unveiled in September 1938, was not installed until 10 years later - in September 1948, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the abolition of robots. The statue commemorates one episode of the so-called "peasant storms", which erupted in northeastern Bohemia as early as January 1775 and continued with greater or lesser force until the summer of that year. What was its course and result is clear from the established saying: "They landed like the peasants at Chlumec".
🕔︎ 29.03.2005 👁︎ 61.378

Chronological overview

It is a list of vessels sunk or damaged by suicide attacks.
🕔︎ 15.06.2004 👁︎ 16.841

Dornier Do-X

Experimental transport aircraft from 1929
🕔︎ 25.12.2006 👁︎ 9.435

F6F Hellcat and its versions

Origin, development and version of one of the most successful American fighter aircraft of World War II.
🕔︎ 08.07.2004 👁︎ 36.610

Kamikaze in action

It captures the period before the "official" emergence of kamikaze units.
🕔︎ 15.06.2004 👁︎ 24.112

Mitsubishi A6M - Reisen (Zero, Zeke) and its versions

The most famous Japanese fighter WWII was produced from 1939 to 1945 in many versions. The article lists the visible and hidden differences between these versions and also refers to the sources used.
🕔︎ 02.07.2004 👁︎ 38.723

ONISHI Takijiro, Admiral, 1892-1945

The father of the idea of kamikaze. He was born in the mountain village of Ashida in a family with important samurai ancestors, which was naturally reflected in his upbringing and life. He was a thoughtful and excellent student, continuing his studies at the Naval Academy in Etajima, which he graduated from as the fourth best graduate of the year.
🕔︎ 15.06.2004 👁︎ 27.167

Origin and development of the L-60 Brigadier

The magnificent K-65 Stork slowly became obsolete in the late 1940s and a replacement had to be sought. In our country, it became an aircraft of the same concept, called the L-60 Brigadier (marked by the army as the K-60).

🕔︎ 17.11.2004 👁︎ 61.100

Phase II - Kamikaze over Taiwan

At Dark Field, Admiral Oniši meets Rear Admiral Sugimoto, Commander of the 26th Kóku Kantai, and Admiral Fukudome, Commander of the 2nd Kókú Kantai. They decided that further fighting would be conducted by the air force from Taiwan, where another US invasion was expected.
🕔︎ 15.06.2004 👁︎ 18.445

Phase III - Kamikaze in Iwo Jima

The Japanese realized that other operations would bring the Americans closer to Japan, and so their next target after Taiwan could be Iwo Jima, or even Okinawa. The island of Kyushu was chosen as the optimal area for the new location of the air force, whose southern coast offered the possibility of intervention in all areas that were to be protected.
🕔︎ 15.06.2004 👁︎ 20.402

Pistol ČZ vz. 50/70

Description of properties from the shooter's point of view
🕔︎ 20.04.2007 👁︎ 22.758

Polikarpov I-16 and its versions

The Russian fighter of the 1930s was one of the best in the world in its category at the time of its creation. She successfully fought not only in the Spanish Civil War, but also in the Kuomintang Air Force, in the 1939-Russia-Russia border conflict and the 1939-40 Winter War with Finland, and even in the early days of the World War II, including defending Moscow and Leningrad, until enough more modern aircraft.
🕔︎ 19.07.2004 👁︎ 54.796

Special attack units of Japan in WWII

It is an abbreviated (and incomplete) excerpt from Josef Novotný's excellent fact sheet "CAUSA KAMIKAZE", published by NV 1991. It captures the conditions for the formation of these units, the spiritual "father" and a relatively detailed period from October 25, 1944 to the end of the war (even before this official start - usually when the pilots were hit and had no chance of rescue). Unlike the author, I refrained from evaluating these combat activities, especially in terms of the genocide of my own nation, because it was done once and I do not have to judge them. Nevertheless, I believe that without a confidential knowledge of the "spirit of Nippon", any use of non-Japanese standards is wrong.
🕔︎ 15.06.2004 👁︎ 25.095

Statistics don't lie

The real picture of the effectiveness of suicide attacks is given by the final numbers ...
🕔︎ 15.06.2004 👁︎ 27.397

Tactics of Luftwaffe combat against night bombing raids

The first raid of 99 RAF aircraft on the Ruhr took place on the night of May 16, 1940, and after the end of the "Battle of Britain", Germany became a very frequent target of night raids by British bombers. Initially completely unprepared, the Luftwaffe could only offer its fighters black aircraft paint and flame arresters for engine exhausts. It was not until September 1940 that AEG's "Spanner" infrared detectors began to be mounted on the bows of Bf 110 C and D fighters. They were able to capture the thermal radiation of the exhausts of the bomber engines at a distance of about 300 m and display them on a small screen in front of the pilot - the so-called "Q-Rohr" ...
🕔︎ 05.10.2004 👁︎ 35.015

The composition of the army

A brief description of the composition of the army from the pen of G.S. Patton Jr.
🕔︎ 05.07.2004 👁︎ 30.355

The roots of Japanese fanaticism

Fanaticism is characterized as a blind bias associated with intolerance of all different opinions. That was the basis on which suicide units could emerge. It grew from solid roots, from which the structure of the Japanese nation was formed for many centuries.

🕔︎ 15.06.2004 👁︎ 28.593

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