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Dornier Do 17Z – Spotter Card

Aircraft: Dornier Do 17Z Type: twin-engine German medium bomber Manufacturer: Dornier-Werke GmbH Year: 1939 Engines: 2 BMW Bramo 323P, 9-cylinder radial, air-cooled, 1,000 hp each. Wingspan: 18.0m Length: 15.79m Height: 4.55m Weight (loaded): 8,590 kg Maximum speed: 255 mph Ceiling: 26,900 feet Range: 721 miles Armament: 6 machine-guns and 1,000 kg of bombs Crew: 4 Click to view […]

Junkers 88A Spotter Card

Aircraft: Junkers 88A Type: twin-engine German medium bomber/dive-bomber Manufacturer: Junkers Flugzeug und Motorenwerke AG Year: 1939 Engines: 2 Junkers Jumo 211B, 12-cylinder V, liquid-cooled, 1,200 hp each Wingspan: 18.38m Length: 14.36m Height: 5.32m Weight (loaded): 10,360 kg Maximum speed: 280 mph Ceiling: 26,250 feet Armament: 3 machine-guns and 1,800 kg of bombs Crew: 4 Click to view all our Battle […]

Valentines Day in 1945 – Propaganda and Truth

14 February 1945. The end of the war was months away, and excitement was in the air. National headlines boasted of imminent victory and how global peace was on the horizon. But what, with the benefit of hindsight, can we draw from these stories?

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The Goedendag: Medieval Weaponry

Simple weapons can prove astonishingly effective. The Flemish goedendag was a long wooden club, reinforced with iron rings binding and strengthening it. Illustrations show that it had an iron spike set into the end. It was not as long as a pike, which could be set into the ground, though it was longer than a […]

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The Longbow: Medieval Weaponry

Over 6ft in length, the longbow was capable of killing a man at over 200 yards. The best bows were made of yew, cut with the heartwood on the inner side. This compressed when the bow was drawn, while the sapwood on the other side stretched. The combination provided immense power. The biggest bows had […]

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The Matilda II Tank

Known officially as the Infantry Tank Mark II, and less formally as the Matilda Senior or Matilda 2, this 27-ton tank wreaked havoc among the Italian forces in the deserts of Egypt in late 1940. With only two in service in 1937, demand for these armoured machines quickly rose with the outbreak of war; from […]

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The Battle of Bannockburn, 1314

As every Scotsman knows, in 1314, at midsummer, the might of the English army came to grief in the boggy ground below Stirling Castle. Heroic charges were not enough; the packed infantry formations of the Scots triumphed. The King of Scots, Robert Bruce, had not wanted to risk battle, but in May his brother Edward […]

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The Battle of Courtrai, 1302

In 1302, the townspeople of Flanders rebelled against the French, laying siege to the castle at Courtrai. The French sent an army of some 10,000 men, commanded by Robert of Artois, to deal with them. Rumours spread that the invading army was committing dreadful atrocities in order to terrorize the Flemings, killing the sick, women, […]

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