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B-17. The Flying Fortress

B-17, also called Flying Fortress, U.S. heavy bomber used during World War II. The B-17 was designed by the Boeing Aircraft Company in response to the Army Air Corps specification that called for a four-engined bomber at a time when two engines were the norm. On 8 August 1934, the U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC)... Continue Reading →

EL ALAMEIN 1942

British forces in Libya had been roundly defeated by Rommel in mid-1942, and a reshuffle saw Bernard Montgomery take over the 8th Army dangerously close to Alexandria. Some essentials for success had been put in place by his predecessor, but Montgomery's refusal to attack until he was ready, careful briefings, pep talks to troops and... Continue Reading →

WW1 British Mark IV Tank

Could you handle a 13 werk 12 hour shift in a Mark IV Tank? If so read on. The Mark IV was a more heavily armoured version of the Mark I, and went into production in May 1917. The Mark IVs were used successfully at the Messines Ridge in June 1917, where they outpaced the... Continue Reading →

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