US Navy floating dry docks In World War II

Among the logistical marvels which made the US Navy so successful in the Pacific War of World War II were various kinds of floating dry docks it could deploy into areas close behind the westward-moving ‘front line’. These could be towed to advanced bases by tugs, and were designed and delivered in a variety of …

Operation ‘Tabarin’ – a far flung British undertaking of World War II

In 1938/39 Germany undertook its third Antarctic expedition. Led by Kapitän Alfred Ritscher of the German Navy, the expedition was to find part of Antarctica on which a German whaling station could be established as a way to increase Germany’s production of fat. Whale oil was then the most important raw material for the production …

Wooden fighters of World War II – the Caudron C.714

A history of the Caudron C.714, a French lightweight fighter of wooden construction which was beset by many problems in the period immediately before WWII; some of planes were flown by Polish pilots who had escaped to France during WWII.

Wooden fighters of World War II – the Miles M.20

At the time of the Munich Crisis in September 1938, when the start of World War II was less than one year distant, it was unclear to the British authorities, in the government, the services and industry, whether or not production of the Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire fighters could be accelerated sufficiently to allow …

Wooden fighters of World War II – the Heinkel He 162 (II)

More information about the development of the wood constructed Luftwaffe fighter, the Heinkel He 162 (II); plus armament options as well as unorthodox plans for further development of the fighter in the face of increasing desperation of the Third Reich.