On Bring the HEAT, Bring the Stupid, XBradTC provides me a place to discuss more “modern” military history. Here’s some of those posts, arranged by topic (NOTE: XBrad recently updated his service host, so many of these cross-posts were lost when his site could not migrate. I’ll try to bring in those links via the “way back machine” as time permits):
Armored Fighting Vehicles and other Ground weapons:
- M-56 Scorpion airborne self-propelled anti-tank gun. (Also see Brad’s overview of Airborne Armor)
- M-50 Ontos Anti-Tank “Thing”
- XM-723 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle prototype (And check out Brad’s post about the Firing Port Weapons used on early Bradleys)
- The MCIV and AIFV, relatives of the Bradley IFV
- Early Anti-Tank guided missiles in US service
- Japanese Type 60 SP AT Recoilless Rifle
- Armored Recon in the Post-World War II Army – the M114 ACRC, the M113 1/2 Lynx, and armored cars.
- A look at American heavy howitzers (and guns), particularly the M1 240mm howitzer.
- M41 Walker Bulldog light tank.
- Russian T34/85 tank.
Artillery! Starting with the First World War.
- Pre-World War I US Artillery
- M1916 75mm Field Gun: The Crime of 1916
- Expanding the Artillery to Fight World War I
- The French 75: M1897 75mm Field Gun
- Producing the French 75 in the U.S.
- The British 18pdr in US Hands: the M1917 75mm Field Gun
- M1918 155mm Field Howitzer: Another from France
- M1906 4.7-inch Field Gun
- Infantry Guns: M1916 37mm
Past, Present and Future of Army Tactical Radios.
- The first – introduction to the Army tactical radios.
- Part two covers World War II radios.
- Part three covers post-Korean War and early Cold War.
- Part four looks at the transition to solid-state radios before the Vietnam War.
- Part five discusses the AN/PRC-25 backpack radio in detail.
- Part six looks at tactical communications in Vietnam.
- Part seven discusses the pressures and requirements on communications systems after Vietnam.
- Part eight introduces the SINCGARS digital radios of the 1990s with a look at the first two generations of that system.
- Part nine concludes the discussion of SINCGARS with emphasis on the data networks the later generations of that system would support.
- Part ten is my observations of 70 years of tactical radio evolution and some thoughts about the future.
- A follow up discussed the AN/PRC-150 and 152 radios in the GWOT.
- A look at tactical communications support in a regional command of Afghanistan.
- The RAAF retires the F-111 “Aardvark”
- EC-130 Commando Solo
- B-17 takeoff and landing.
- Army’s Quest for Fixed Wing CAS:
- Touring Battleship USS North Carolina.
- Touring the Cruiser USS Olympia.
- Patriot’s Point with focus on the PBR gunboat display.
- We’ve had a bit of an “arms race” at Bring the HEAT, with posts about the USS Intrepid and USS Alabama from Roamy.
- Look at the Army’s landing craft and decision to give up the JHSV.
Other Military History:
- The Derna Plaque
- Army Problem Acquisition: A historical perspective looking at artillery of the 1800s.
- You must walk the Battlefield.
- Libya and the Powell Doctrine.
- Make Fort Monroe a National Monument.
- American coast defense: As exhibited at Fort Moultrie, SC.
- Army “Walking Truck” of the 1960s.