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Entries in Warfare (201)

Friday
Jul042014

Explosive Holiday

Not all machines are good for us human beings--even when they are dreamed up and designed by geniuses, and are constructed for a specific purpose:

 

Monday
May052014

Administrative Snafu

The water taxi firm, run by a Japanese company based in Manassas, had apparently neglected obtaining all the necessary permits, which caused the U.S. Park Service to send out a cadre of bureaucrats to clear up the clerical deficiences:

 

Wednesday
Apr232014

Toys of Warfare

So many lists...so little time. Let's head to the battlefield to examine the next one:

 

Friday
Mar072014

Fighting Back

Not everyone is happy with the influx of new residents. These humans recently pooled their funds together to acquire tools to combat what they see as an alien menace.

 

Wednesday
Feb122014

Armed and Dangerous

Cat fights are a common occurrence when two felines cross paths, however, since the advent of light saber technology, these encounters usually conclude now with fatal outcomes.

 

Friday
Sep132013

Into the Jet Age

Our last bomber of the week is the German-made Arado AR-234, the world's first operational jet bomber:

 

Thursday
Sep122013

Versatility

The German Junkers Ju-88 was originally designed as a medium bomber, but in reality, it acted in various combat roles:

 

 

Wednesday
Sep112013

On the Other Side

The German HE-111 bomber was developed in the years preceding World War II, in violation of the Versailles treaty that ended World War I. To get around the treaty, Germany claimed that it was a transport aircraft. Because of this, it was referred to as the 'wolf in sheep's clothing':

 

Tuesday
Sep102013

Night Out

Today, we will have a look at the British four-engine heavy bomber, the Avro Lancaster, famed for its night bombing missions:

 

Monday
Sep092013

Off to Work

We into yet another week of World War II aircraft, and again this week, the main focus will be on bombing aircraft used in the Eurpoean theater. I will be swamped with activities for the next five days,  so  the written narration will be kept to a minimum.  Also,  since most of this week's videos are forty-five minutes to an hour in length, only one per day will be shown. We'll start with a look at Allied boming missions:

 

Friday
Sep062013

Going Home

A number of B-24s were missing on the return, and those that did come back were not in the best of shape, but if their crews could make it to the ground and safely disembark, they could return tomorrow for another mission...

 

Thursday
Sep052013

Under Fire

The American bombers, despite their weaponry and armor were far from invulnerable, as the next German newsreel makes plain:

 

Thursday
Sep052013

Unwelcome Visitors

Our next clip of the morning captures an unfriendly encounter between a B-17 and a squadron of Bf-109s:

 

Wednesday
Sep042013

Gone Swimming

Unless they are powered by rockets, most things that go up must come down. And most aircraft are designed to land upon a runway upon solid earth, but this B-24 tries a different approach and lands on water instead:

 

Wednesday
Sep042013

Flying Billy's Airplane

The B-25 Mitchell was named in honor the court-marshaled U.S. Army general,  Billy Mitchell, who advocated the expanded use of military airpower in the years following World War I. This old newsreel provides some flying tips for the airplane:

 

Tuesday
Sep032013

In Flight

Let's take one more (silent) look at a group of B-24 Liberators, this time filmed during a bombing mission:

 

Tuesday
Sep032013

The Liberator

Although it was no where near as famous as the B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-24 Liberator was the most-produced American bomber of World War II, with over 18,000 being constructed:

 

Monday
Sep022013

Second Look

Let's examine the B-17 again, in this retrospective summary:

 

Monday
Sep022013

Flying Fortress

We have still another week with World War II aircraft, the focus for the next five days being on American bombers used in the European theater. And for the most part, actual footage from the period is used. We'll start with the most famous American bomber of the war, the B-17:

 

Friday
Aug302013

German Jets

We'll wrap up this week with the Messerschmitt Me-262, the first operational jet fighter:

We'll be looking at World War II aircraft for another couple weeks. Have a nice weekend.