Author Archive for: ‘MilHisVis’

Why The Japanese Air Forces Failed In World War 2

Why the Imperial Japanese Air Forces Failed in World War 2

Intro The Second World War to a large degree was determined by the disparity of the economic capacities and manpower between the Axis and the Allies. Yet, solely looking at production numbers and men can lead to a deterministic or even fatalistic interpretation that prevents us from looking at other factors that also played a vital role in the defeat …

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Atlantic Wall Atlantikwall Example Of A Coastal Defense Position

Atlantic Wall – Example of a Coastal Defense Position (Atlantikwall)

Background The Atlantic Wall or “Atlantikwall” in German was an extensive system of coastal defences and fortifications reaching from the South of France to the Northern parts of Norway. In some areas the defenses were quite formidable, whereas in others areas they were lacking. In this video I give you a short overview on the French parts of the Atlantic …

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Arado Ar 234 First Jet Bomber Variants

Arado Ar 234 – The First Jet Bomber and some special Variants

Intro The Arado 234 was the first operational jet-powered bomber in the world. Only a little more than 200 were built, even less saw actual combat. Nevertheless, it earned its place in aviation history and is worshipped by some members of the War Thunder community as a deity. The initial studies for the Arado 234 were started as early as …

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Battle Of Britain Fighting Balance Of Force

Battle Of Britain – The Fighting & Balance of Force

Intro – Fuzziness: Phases & Geography The Battle of Britain is like a cuddly toy, it is popular, everybody wants to touch it and it’s very fuzzy. Or as professor Overy put it: “Most battles have a clear shape to them. They start on a particular day, they are fought on a geographically defined ground, they end at a recognizable …

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British Infantry Division 1914 1916 Organization Structure Visualization

British Infantry Division 1914/1916 – Visualization – Organization & Structure

Basic Numbers of a 1914 British Infantry Division In 1914 a British infantry division consisted of about 18100 (18073) men. The division was equipped with 5600 (5592) horses. 24 Machine guns, 54 18 pounder field guns, 18 4.5 in howitzers and 4 60 pounder heavy field guns. (Source: Richard Rinaldi: Order of Battle of the British Army 1914 and others …

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Yorktown Vs Shokaku Class Carriers Uss Enterprise Hijms Zuikaku

Yorktown vs. Shokaku class Carriers – USS Enterprise vs. IJN Zuikaku

Intro In Mid 1942 two of the most modern aircraft carriers in the US Navy and Imperial Japanese Navy were the USS Enterprise and the HIJMS Zuikaku. So let’s take a look their dimensions, defensive capabilities and aircraft loadout. Dimensions The length for the Enterprise was 251 m or 824 feet, whereas the Zuikaku was 257 m or 845 feet …

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Battle Of Britain Setting British Defense System

Battle Of Britain – Setting and the British Defense Organization

Men & Equipment Probably one of the most iconic references to the Battle of Britain is the quote ”Never was so much owed by so many to so few”, hence let’s start with the numbers of men and equipment: During the height of the battle in August 1940 the Fighter Command had around 1380 and the Luftwaffe 870 fighter pilots. …

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Operation Barbarossa Would An Earlier Date Made A Difference

Barbarossa would an earlier date made a difference?

Intro There are many comments and remarks that state that if the Operation Barbarossa would have started about a month earlier, it would have been successful or at least that Moscow could have been taken. This is a common belief and in the past I also thought it was true, but life is about learning. So let’s take a closer …

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Imperial Roman Army Training

Imperial Roman Army – Training

Intro “Put an equally brave, but untrained soldier in the front line, and he will look like a woman.” -Cicero This gives a very good impression how the Romans thought about training. Training served many purposes like, ensuring combat readiness, discipline and unit cohesion serving as a political tool in foreign and domestic affairs improving and maintaining the infrastructure of …

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Imperial Roman Army Recruitment Process Probatio

Imperial Roman Army – Recruitment

Intro The Imperial Roman Army has been and is still admired by many people as an excellent fighting force. There are many reasons why the Roman Army was so effective, one was its recruitment process (probatio) which consisted in determining if a potential recruit fulfilled the necessary criteria to serve in the Imperial Roman Army. Requirements There were physical, mental …

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