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 […]
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 […]
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?
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 […]
What combination of factors led to Wavell’s victory in the Desert of 1941?
Immortalised in the ‘Band of Brothers’, the men of Easy Company,were rightly acclaimed for their bravery and daring, as well as their loyalty to each other.
He was the Soviet Union’s greatest sniper. In his first ten days work at Stalingrad, he killed 40 Germans. His final tally was 225. His name was Vassili Zaitsev.
Complimenting our fact-files on Spitfire, Churchill, Hitler and Stalin, Military Times has compiled a list of frequently baffling facts about the Second World War. Many of these have been widely reported and circulated, entering the annals of modern folk-lore. Yet like all legends, they have been embellished over time, either by hyperbole or simple miss-reporting. Whilst […]
Winston Churchill’s command of the English language was arguably one of the greatest weapons in his arsenal. It was integral not only in strengthening the resolve of the British public, but in sending out a clear message to enemies and allies alike on the global stage. In a 1906 election speech he is quoted as […]
Josef Stalin, the Soviet dictator, is encased by myth and legend. He could be, at turns, both charming and chillingly ruthless. Millions died under his direct orders; even his closest allies and compatriots. It was Stalin, after all, who said “I trust no-one, not even myself.” His purge of Russian generals was so proficient and total that it […]