Can a Greeek general from 2,500 years ago teach modern commanders valuable skills needed to overcome a fierce enemy? This analysis of Themistocles shows how he used deception in the narrow channel near Salamis to defeat an overwhelming enemy force. Lessons? You bet.Read More
'The Army also had inadequate tanks and aircraft. In a great display of patriotism, millions of American citizens volunteered to become soldiers. From an armed force of only 175,000 in 1941, the U.S. Army grew to more than 8,000,000. Along with the increase in manpower was the industrial mobilization of weapons and military equipment - after the war, the U.S. had created over 250,000 aircraft, and other war machines like tanks had the same booming growth rate.'
'Unwilling to wait while the Mk. V went into hurried production, the RAF quickly converted more than 100 Spitfire Mk. I aircraft into the Mk. V version. These converted aircraft started arriving at the combat units in March 1941. In addition to these converted aircraft, a total of 6,464 Spitfire Mk. Vs were built between 1941 and 1943.'
Mustangs served in nearly every combat zone, including the Pacific where they escorted B-29s to Japan from Iwo Jima. Between 1941-5, the AAF ordered 14,855 Mustangs (including A-36A dive bomber and F-6 photo recon versions), of which 7,956 were P-51Ds. During the Korean War, P-51Ds were used primarily for close support of ground forces until withdrawn from combat in 1953."
The Flying Fortress is one of the most famous airplanes ever built. The B-17 prototype first flew on July 28, 1935. Few B-17s were in service on December 7, 1941, but production quickly accelerated. The aircraft served in every World War II combat zone, but is best known for daylight strategic bombing of German industrial targets."
The P-39 was one of America’s first-line pursuit planes in December 1941. It made its initial flight in April 1939 at Wright Field and by the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, nearly 600 had been built. Its unique engine location behind the cockpit caused some pilot concern, but this proved to be no more of a hazard in a crash landing than with an engine located forward of the cockpit."
'Deep Battle requires the first echelon - mainly infantry - directly supported by tanks and artillery to contact the enemy frontage, fixing them in place and preventing reaction to the second echelon - mostly tanks - attacking on a narrow frontage, creating a breakthrough.'
We herewith present the first in a humorous new series - "The Incorrect Art of War". Join our resident insane Supervillain Doctor Sinister and his faithful military Chief of Staff - General Menace - as they discuss world events, oh and the total conquest of the United States of America.Read More
'Among the comments heard at French military HQ in Hanoi was that Giap 'was an NCO learning to handle regiments.' The leadership were contemptuous of NLF/VM mobility and logistics. Giap's staff officers believe that battle must be joined at Dien Bien Phu, but are uncertain how to provoke the French in an attack.'
'Leonidas, with a force of 7000, most of them helots, defended the pass at Thermopylae, allowing the other troops more time to prepare. Xerxes marched on, arrogantly, not believing so small a force would oppose him. Leonidas knew, though, that the pass was so narrow that Persian numbers would be negated. For two days, Leonidas and the Spartans blocked the pass, inflicting grievous losses on the tributary forces of Xerxes. '
No American military figure is more controversial than George Armstrong Custer. A general and national hero in his twenties, his fabled death at the Battle of the Little Big Horn only increased his legendary status. But history can be fickle, and history lately has not treated the "boy general" well. His reputation has changed from grand, courageous hero to despised war criminal.Read More