November 13, 2008
Recruiting Officers in all countries closed their eyes when eager children clearly under the required age - 18 years old - showed up to join their armies.
At the end of the war children were even more welcome in the ranks, as the Great Mincing Machine continued to require human bodies with an astonishing need.
Hardly trained the kids were send to the trenches in Belgium, France, Russia and Turkey, where they mingled with the older soldiers - and died with them.
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Update: Guns on Daylife
August 24, 2008
The Hanford Declassified Index
The Hanford Site is a decommissioned nuclear production complex on the Columbia River in south-central Washington. Established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project, it was home to the B-Reactor, the first full-scale plutonium production reactor in the world. Plutonium manufactured at the site was used in the first nuclear bomb, tested at the Trinity site, and in Fat Man, the bomb detonated over Nagasaki.
During the Cold War, the project was expanded to include nine nuclear reactors and five massive plutonium processing complexes, which produced plutonium for most of the 60,000 weapons in the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Nuclear technology developed rapidly during this period, and Hanford scientists produced many notable technological achievements. However, many of the early safety procedures and waste disposal practices were inadequate. Government documents have since confirmed that Hanford's operations released significant amounts of radioactive materials to the air and to the Columbia River, which threatened the health of residents and ecosystems.
The weapons production reactors were decommissioned at the end of the Cold War, but the manufacturing process left behind 53 million U.S. gallons of high-level radioactive waste that remains at the site. This represents two-thirds of the nation's high-level radioactive waste by volume. Today, Hanford is the most contaminated nuclear site in the United States and is the focus of the nation's largest environmental cleanup.
More on wikipedia
July 22, 2008
The Falling Soldier
…When I began the research for my biography of Robert Capa, in 1980, one problem I inherited was that of dealing with an allegation of fakery regarding Capa’s 1936 photograph of a Spanish Republican (Loyalist) militiaman collapsing into death, the so-called Falling Soldier. (Its proper title is "Loyalist Militiaman at the Moment of Death, Cerro Muriano, September 5, 1936." In this article the photograph will be referred to as The Falling Soldier; the man in the photograph, when not referred to by his name, will be called the Falling Soldier. The picture is one of Capa's two most famous (the other being of a GI landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day), and it has often been hailed as the greatest war photograph of all time…
Proving that Robert Capa's "Falling Soldier" is genuine: A detective story
March 02, 2008
Balloon Tank by German artist Hans Hemert
"How the 1911 works" Flash animation
December 26, 2007
This is my rifle.
There are many like it but this one is mine.
My rifle is my best friend. It is my life.
I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my rifle is useless.
Without my rifle I am useless. I must fire my rifle true.
I must shoot straighter than my enemy, who is trying to kill me.
I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will.
Before God I swear this creed: my rifle and myself are defenders of my country, we are the masters of my enemy, we are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until there is no enemy, but peace.
November 18, 2007
Sniper Rifles of the World at Sniper Central
A giant compedium of Firearms Manuals (in PDF format)
Happy Hydrogen Bomb, a 5ft colored model of a hydrogen bomb exploding above a populated city
112 Gripes about the French was a 1945 handbook issued by the US military authorities to enlisted personnel arriving in France after the Liberation. It was meant to defuse the growing tension between the American military and the locals
The Anglo-Zanzibar War of 1896, the shortest war in history lasted only only 38 minutes
October 16, 2007
The coxcomb of death
Florence Nightingale produced the original Diagram of the Causes of Mortality in the Army in the East in late 1858. It showed that most of the British soldiers who died during the Crimean War died of sickness (blue) rather than of wounds or other causes (red or black). It also showed that the death rate was higher in the first year of the war (right half of diagram), before the Sanitary Commissioners arrived in March 1855 to improve hygiene in the camps and hospitals. (From Visual Complexity)
…Above is a photograph of Marcus Sparling, Roger Fenton’s assistant/colleague, on the cart which served as a mobile darkroom on their expedition to the Crimea in 1855…
How to better store your shotgun
Tirpitz was a pig captured from the German Navy after a naval skirmish following the Battle of the Falkland Islands in 1914. He subsequently became the mascot of the cruiser HMS Glasgow
More from wikipedia: A long list of ships of World War II
September 02, 2007
Kilroy Was Here
Terrorist groups, like any organization, need brand identities. With so many groups claiming credit for terrorist acts, and so many videotapes being put out featuring men in ski masks, it’s hard to keep track of which group committed what violent act. So Terrorist organization have logos…I decided to group the logos roughly by their dominant design elements
Map of the 1915 Armenian Genocide
Wikipedia’s List of massacres, from the Destruction of Thebes @ 334BC to Virginia Tech massacre in April 2007
(Image source above)
June 26, 2007
The Gas-Mask Community
Driving a Nuclear Submarine Through Britain's Roads
Shots of the various Chechen Self-Made Weapons seized by Russian army and police. There is even self-made machine gun
May 09, 2007
Trang Bang, Vietnam, June 8, 1972
Video of Kim Phuc running naked on the street after being severely burned on her back by napalm. (Warning – not for the sqeamish)
Size Isn't Everything, But...
March 22, 2007
Prisoners of war
Prisoners of war at the Brick Testament
Military Weaponry for Kids on flickr
The Art of War by Picasso Dream
A new seven-part PBS series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, about World War 2
February 19, 2007
"We no longer demand anything, we want war"
Navy Phone Bill: $4 Billion. And you thought your phone bill was high
Patriotic LPs from WW2, (including "We're Gonna Have To Slap The Dirty Little Jap")
My dad was a US Navy bomb disposal officer during World War II. When ordnance from either side failed to explode, somebody had to dispose of it. That's what these folks did. Mulvaney on Bomb Disposal. Everything you want to know about Bomb disposal
Illustrated Nazi tank manuals
C. Peter Chen’s World War II Database
Re-post: The Maunsell Army Sea Forts
December 09, 2006
If you are in a combat situation, find a place where you can conceal yourself from the enemy. Remember, security takes priority. Use your senses of hearing, smell, and sight to get a feel for the battlefield. What is the enemy doing? Advancing? Holding in place? Retreating? You will have to consider what is developing on the battlefield when you make your survival plan. From The U.S. Army Survival Manual FM 21-76
Enantiodromia means the changing of something into its opposite: How The Pentagon lost $2.3 trillion in transactions
The Dora gun, the most powerful gun of all times
November 10, 2006
The True Masters of War
The images presented on this website are from a set of two World War One sketchbooks archived in the University of Victoria's Special Collections Library. They contain approximately 130 water-color and pen and ink images which were produced by a British soldier based in France and Belgium between 1917 and 1918
October 05, 2006
Last Man to Die in Vietnam
Statement by John Kerry to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, April 23, 1971
General Nguyen Ngoc Loan was the Republic of Vietnam's Chief of National Police. He summarily executed a Viet Cong prisoner, in front of an NBC cameraman and Associated Press photographer Eddie Adams on February 1, 1968. The photo (captioned "General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong prisoner in Saigon") and film would become two of the most famous images in journalism and started to change the American public's views on their involvement in the Vietnam War
Déjà vu all over again - Nixon's "Vietnamization” Speech, November 3, 1969
The Pinky Show explains The war in Vietnam for youngsters
Daniel Ellsberg, 75 years old