The ‘Lion’ class was to have comprised six battleships, and was designed for the Royal Navy in the late 1930s as what was in essence a larger and improved version of the ‘King George V’ class battleship with 16-in (406-mm) guns. The class design changed several times in response to the removal of treaty restrictions …
The designation ‘monitor’ is used for the type of comparatively small warship which was not fast or strongly protected, but carried a small number of guns characterised by their disproportionately large calibre. Monitors were operated by several navies from the early 1860s until the end of World War II in 1945, and in fact saw …
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.
A history of the Bloch MB.700, a French warplane designed with non-strategic materials to help to maintain France’s supply of steel and light alloys in the period leading to WWII.
A history of the Focke-Wulf Ta 154, a German night-fighter prototype developed during WW2, and the problems which beset the development and production that class of fighters.
A brief history of British tank guns – from World World I to World War II, from the Ordnance QF 2 cwt Mk 1 to the Matilda.
A history of the third generation of main battle tanks from the 1970s onwards, covering improvements in armour, armament, auto-loading of ammunition and mobility.
Continuation of the history of the development of the main battle tanks leading up to the early days of the Cold War, including the introduction of the T-54 and T-55 by the USSR, and the M47 Patton by the USA.
A brief history of the evolution of some of post-WW2’s most popular tanks, including the A41 Centurion and the German PzKpfw tanks.
A history of the Soviet Polikarpov I-16, the monoplane fighter that featured strongly in WW2, the Sino-Japanese War, the Battle of Khalkhin Gol and the Spanish Civil War.