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The Soviet Army need for ever-more formidable tracked firepower came to the forefront after losses of much territory to the invading Germans in the summer of 1941. The stout KV (Kliment Voroshilov) heavy tank series (KV-1 and KV-2) proved adequate but only an extent for they lacked the necessary battlefield mobility of the fabled T-34 medium...

The Berlin flak towers were the first of several anti-aircraft gun towers ordered to be built by Adolf Hitler. When the British Royal Air Force bombers raided Berlin, Germany on 25 Aug 1940, which caused much embarrassment to the German leadership. One of them was the Berlin Zoo Flak Tower Professor Friedrich Tamms, the chief architect, submitted the final...

The aircraft carrier made its debut in the fighting of World War 1 (1914-1918) but its true impact was not felt until World War 2 (1939-1945). In the lead-up to the second grand conflict, Japanese aircraft carriers designs were enacted, sometimes limited by the various naval treaties established after World War 1. While, other times, designs were of...

One of the most unusual combat aircraft of World War II was the Fairey Swordfish. It was a big, unsophisticated biplane, slow and cumbersome. It looked antiquated because it was, but it served until the end of the war and survived its intended replacement. Initially, biplane Swordfishes operated from the large fleet carriers. Later biplane Swordfishes operated...

Soviet girl, Roza Georgiyevna Shanina was born in the village of Yedma, Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia to longer Georgiy Mikhailovich Shanin and milkmaid Anna Alexeyevna Shanina. After completing elementary school in Yedma, soviet girl Shanina studied at a middle school at the nearby village of Bereznik. In 1938, she walked 200 kilometers (120 miles) to the city of Arkhangelsk,...

The Siege of Lille or Lille Pocket was a Second World War battle fought during the Battle of France. It took place from 28–31 May 1940 in the vicinity of Lille, France during the Battle of France. It involved the 40,000 men of the French IV Corps and V Corps of the First Army (General René Prioux)...

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