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Ondřej Fér

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An airplane that arrived too late

For the Japanese Empire, the famous proverb "too little and too late" applied in many ways during World War II. The fate of the Achi B7A2 Ryusei navy dive and torpedo bomber is a shining example of this.
🕔︎ 23.07.2003 👁︎ 24.172

Brunel: The model of Verne's engineers

Engineer Marc Isambard Brunel was a prominent British engineer and French royalist. That's probably why he married a girl with a really royal name - Sofia Kindgom. The son, born in 1806, inherited middle names from both. The later engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel was born, after Churchill he is said to be the second most important Brit.
🕔︎ 12.01.2004 👁︎ 24.048

Causa Karl Dönitz

His superiors and most of his subordinates praised him. When he was tried for war crimes, the Soviet prosecutor threw the word grand pirate at him and asked for his head. Witnesses to the Battle of the Atlantic are dying, Dönitz continues to divide German society.
🕔︎ 13.05.2011 👁︎ 35.205

Seydlitz: Proof of toughness

The ships that came from the shipyards of Imperial Germany were clearly among the best that carried the waters of the oceans. Tough, well-armored ships with excellent artillery were a constant danger to the British naval forces during World War I. Although there were actually only two major battles, the German ships showed that there were juices on which the British fleet could break its teeth quite well. The battle cruiser Seydlitz also took part in both mentioned battles. He was badly damaged in both, but still suffered a humiliating self-sinking in Scapa Flow.

🕔︎ 17.07.2003 👁︎ 31.251

The best American cruiser?

The last months of World War II have shown that suicide airstrikes are the greatest danger to US warships. Against kamikaze, launched by dive flight against the decks of aircraft carriers, the standard 40mm rapid-fire cannons, the barrels of which were eaten by the decks of ships were not adequate protection. They could not destroy the plane. 127-millimeter dual-purpose cannons proved to be far more effective. It was from this knowledge and from considerations of the best possible defense against kamikaze that light cruisers of the Worcester class were born.
🕔︎ 07.10.2003 👁︎ 35.887

Victim number 881

Hundreds of survivors from the cruiser Indianapolis paid with their lives in the last days of the war for the failure of the American rescue system. For 85 hours, thirst, sun and sharks killed them in the Pacific. Captain McVay survived. The Navy made him a scapegoat. McVay, who committed suicide, was pardoned by President George W. Bush.

🕔︎ 14.12.2003 👁︎ 37.371

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