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The Loss of USS Scorpion Submarine

USS Scorpion (SSN-589) was a Skipjack-class nuclear-powered submarine of the USN (United States Navy). It was commissioned on July 29, 1960, however, was declared lost on June 5, 1968. It was not at war that time. Brief Background After initial assignments of training and other short operations, Scorpion's home port became Norfolk in 1962 and remained so for rest of her career. The Scorpion specialized in the development of [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:06:34+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Iran Iraq War: Middle East 1980-1988

Iran Iraq war, (1980–88), prolonged military conflict between Iran and Iraq during the 1980s. Open warfare began on Sept. 22, 1980, when Iraqi armed forces invaded western Iran along the countries’ joint border, though Iraq claimed that the war had begun earlier that month, on September 4, when Iran shelled a number of border posts. Iran-Iraq war Fighting was ended by a 1988 cease-fire, though the resumption of normal [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:17:49+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Rats Tunnel in the War of Vietnam

The tunnel rats were American, Australian and New Zealand soldiers who performed underground search and destroy missions during the Vietnam War. Later, similar teams were used by the Soviet Army during the Soviet war in Afghanistan, and the Israel Defense Forces. Vietnam War During the Vietnam War "tunnel rat" became a more or less official specialty for volunteer infantrymen, primarily from Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Their [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:23:32+00:00 April 1st, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Vietnamese Prison: The Hanoi Hilton

Hanoi Hilton or Hỏa Lò Prison (Vietnamese: hwa᷉ː lɔ̂) was a prison used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for U.S. Prisoners of War during the Vietnam War. During this later period, it was sarcastically known to American POWs as the Hanoi Hilton. The prison was demolished during the 1990s, though the gatehouse remains as a museum. The French The name [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:28:48+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Soviet-Afghan War: The Taking of Hill 3234

If the Soviet-Afghan War was the Soviet Union’s Vietnam, then the famous battle for the Hill 3234 was their own FSB Ripcord. The notorious hill, named for its altitude of 3234 meters, became one of the most glorious symbols of the Soviet war effort. The potential of the successful defense by a small detachment of elite paratroopers against a numerically superior enemy was used in post-war propaganda to present the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:31:51+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Korean War: The Battle of Imjin River

The Battle of the Imjin River, also known as the Battle of Solma-ri or the Battle of Xuemali took place 22–25 April 1951 during the Korean War. Forces from People’s, Republic of China attacked UN positions on the lower Imjin River in an attempt to achieve a breakthrough and recapture the South Korean capital Seoul. The attack was part of the Chinese Fifth Phase Campaign, also known as the Chinese [...]

By | 2017-10-30T10:31:05+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Russian K-19: Nuclear Submarine The Widowmaker

July 4 is considered to be a traditional day to commemorate the tragedy of the K-19 nuclear submarine that took place in 1961. The submarine crew managed to prevent a nuclear explosion on board the cruiser and, as a possible consequence, a third world war. Not one of the sailors, (there were 139 crew members on board at the time), received a reward from the state and the families [...]

By | 2017-10-30T10:56:24+00:00 February 12th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Modern War|Tags: , , |0 Comments

American Fighter-Bomber: McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II

Arguably one of the finest combat fighters of the 20th Century, the McDonnell F-4 Phantom II series was produced in larger numbers since the end of World War 2 than any other Western fighter of the time. The Phantom II grew into an all-around performer and went on to serve with the USAF, USN and USMC (concurrently - the first American aircraft to do so) - and some 11 [...]

By | 2017-10-30T12:55:14+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Tsar Bomba: Biggest Nuclear Bomb Explosion in History

Tsar Bomba (in Russian, Царь-бомба) is the Western nickname for the Soviet RDS-220 (РДС-220) hydrogen bomb (code name Vanya). Detonated by the Soviet Union on October 30, 1961, Tsar Bomba is the largest nuclear device ever detonated and the most powerful man-made explosion in history. With a yield of 50 megatons of TNT, Tsar Bomba was the culmination of a number of hydrogen bomb tests conducted throughout this time [...]

By | 2017-10-30T11:01:53+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , |0 Comments

Apache AH-64: Americas Attack Hellicopter

The AH-64A/D Apache and AH-64E Block III Apache Longbow (renamed Guardian) are four-blade twin-engine attack helicopters manufactured by Boeing. The Apache was originally developed by Hughes Helicopters in the 1970s (first flight on September 30, 1975), however, the company was acquired by McDonnell Douglas in 1984. In 1997, McDonnell Douglas merged with Boeing. The latest variant, the AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopter (originally designated AH-64D Block III), is powered by [...]

By | 2017-10-30T13:03:19+00:00 February 6th, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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