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Since 1945, most wars have been asymmetrical struggles between conventional armies and guerrilla insurgents. Vietnam rather than Korea has been the model. And it seems clear that the balance of advantage has shifted from the regular to the irregular. The modern guerrilla armed with long-range, rapid-fire, precision weaponry is a far more formidable opponent than predecessors bearing spear […]
Howard Hughes surely defined the word eccentric. One of the richest men in the world, he was famous for his maverick movie-making, addiction to drugs, and love of beautiful actresses. On one occasion, he became obsessed with designing a complicated cantilevered bra for one of the stars in his movie The Outlaw. He was also an accomplished aviator and innovative aircraft […]
Photojournalist Don McCullin’s images of war brought the grim reality onto Sunday breakfast tables for two decades . Especially famous are the photos he took of US marines fighting on the front-line in the Battle of Hue in February 1968. Hue is remembered as one of the toughest battles of the Vietnam war. Below is […]
The War of the Austrian Succession found the British Army run down and neglected, its proud military traditions grown sclerotic. Yet in May 1745, at Fontenoy in Belgium, 15000 British redcoats mounted a doomed assault every bit as courageous as Pickett’s charge at Gettysburg The ‘mousetrap’: the Battle of Dettingen, 27 June 1743. George II […]
Few weapons in this series have been sent back to the drawing board because of their efficiency. This page is usually occupied by a terrible concept doomed from the start or a wacky idea that might just have worked but for a crucial, disastrous oversight at the last minute. But for the Davy Crockett […]
Don McCullin is an internationally famous photojournalist. He was born in 1935 in Finsbury Park in London, but left school at 15 without qualifications. During National Service in the RAF, he became a photographer. He later bought his own camera, but his mother had to buy it back after he pawned it. This was the camera […]
Don’t miss the National Army Museum’s stylish summer swing dance this weekend. With only a couple of days left, sure to get your ticket to this authentic ’40s dance night,set to burst with Big Band Swing, fancy footwork and serious style. It’s a night of hot steps and high glamour as guests don their finest […]
The British Army emerged from the crisis of revolution and civil war that had given it birth with a distinctive military doctrine based on movement, firepower, and aggression. But realising its potential required a master of war in the Army’s own image.
The Führerbunker was built beneath the New Reich Chancellery in Berlin. This subterranean complex was constructed in two phases, the first in 1936 and the second in 1943. It was the last of the Führerhauptquartiere (Führer Headquarters) to be used by Hitler. He took up residence in the Führerbunker in January 1945 and, up until the […]