Warships that never were – the British ‘Lion’ class

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 …

‘Roberts’ class British monitor

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 …

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.

Toward the main battle tank (II) – The early days of the Cold War

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.

First-generation ‘modern’ monoplane fighters – The Soviet Polikarpov I-16

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.