World War II Weaponry

The Battleship That Never Was

By: Mark Loproto

As tensions rose across the Pacific in the run-up to the outbreak of war, the Imperial Japanese Navy tried to intimidate the United States with the massive Yamato-class battleship. Little... Read More

World War II Aircraft: North American T-6 Texan

By: Mark Loproto

Despite the desperate need for pilots after the outbreak of World War II, American servicemen didn’t just undergo a few hours of on-the-ground training before being allowed to take control... Read More

America’s Surprising Original Atomic Target

By: Mark Loproto

When the use of atomic weapons first became an option during World War II, when and where to use them became the biggest questions. Though the targets eventually chosen were... Read More

World War II Aircraft: Douglas C-47 Skytrain

By: Mark Loproto

As the threat of war in the Pacific loomed, the Douglas Aircraft Company took a look at its DC-3 fixed-wing propeller-driven civilian craft and saw the opportunity for a military... Read More

Pearl Harbor Scourge: Mitsubishi A6M Zero

By: Mark Loproto

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese A6M Zero Model 21 manufactured by Mitsubishi was one of the most iconic participants in the attack on Pearl Harbor. While the bombers inflicted... Read More

Balloons of War: The Japanese Fu-Go

By: Mark Loproto

During the course of World War II, all sides had their own secret projects intended to give them a strategic edge. The United States was working on a massive bomb... Read More

The Mark 14 Torpedo: Problem Child of the US Navy

By: Mark Loproto

In the early months of World War II, the US Navy was finding it difficult to get a leg up on their Japanese opponents. One of the thorniest issues was... Read More

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