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Machine Guns – Rapid Early Development Of A Deadly, Game-Changing Technology

In the second half of the 19th century, industrialized nations entered an arms race to produce the best machine-gun. This new type of weapon was…

From A Man of God to Men of War – Great Innovators in the History of Firearms

As handheld guns developed, many people contributed to creating the technology used in the ones we have today. Here are some of the innovators who…

Handheld Firearms – Hundreds of Years of Transformation and Improvement

Handguns have gone through many changes over the centuries. From simple gunpowder weapons to sophisticated modern firepower, they have repeatedly been transformed and improved. Early…

Light Machine-Guns of WWI – The Rapid Advance Of Deadly Technology

WWI produced many innovations in weapons design. For the first time in history, significant changes occurred during only a few years of fighting. Light machine-guns…

A Brief History Of The AR-15: A Classic American Weapon

War History online proudly presents this Guest Piece from Sam Bocetta If the Bald Eagle represents the land of the free than the AR-15 represents…

Leonardo’s War Machines – The Italian Genius May Have Deliberately Sabotaged His Own Designs

Born in the Tuscan town of Vinci on the 15th of April, 1452, Leonardo  Da Vinci is perhaps best known as the painter of the…

The German Paris Gun – Super Gun Of WWI

The most powerful gun to be fielded in the First World War was the German Paris Gun. Several of these guns were produced and used…

12 Key Moments in the History of Artillery

Greg Jackson

In creating gunpowder weapons, European engineers took a Chinese innovation and made a deadly weapon of war. From the start, this was as much about…

10,000 Colt Model 1911A1 Handguns May Go on Sale in the US

Ian Harvey

As many as 10,000 of the 1911A1 pistols may be released for sale by the US government. The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act has a…

Fire In Warfare: Seven Devastating Incendiary Weapons From Military History

Fire has played a devastating part in the history of war. Even when not weaponized, it could be unleashed during pillaging of towns, leading to…

A Brief History of Rifle Optics in the United States

War History online proudly presents this Guest Piece from Sam Bocetta Modern rifle sights represent the culmination of almost 300 years of development in optical…

The Bayonet Has Been A Part Of Warfare For Over 400 Years – Here Are 8 Essential Stages In Its History

The bayonet, capable of turning a gun into a stabbing weapon, has been a feature of warfare since the 17th century. It has gone through…