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Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden – Fierce General and Master of Early Gunpowder Tactics

We all know that gunpowder weapons exploded onto the scene in the middle ages and changed warfare forever. But how exactly did they change battles…

Saddam’s Secret Super Gun – Project Babylon

Project Babylon was an Iraqi code name for the construction of a supergun, commissioned by Sadam Hussein in 1988. The engineer in charge of the…

Rapid Fire – Machine Gun Technology of the Cold War Era

During the Cold War, the rise of the assault rifle put automatic fire in the hands of ordinary infantry. However, machine-guns continued to play a…

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…

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…

The Biggest Nuclear Explosions Of Military History

Jinny McCormick

Most of us have seen footage or photographs of the explosions at Nagasaki and Hiroshima: the mushroom cloud, the radius, the devastation. Those, however, were…

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…

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

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…

The Submachine Gun – An Infantry Weapon Which Changed The Face Of Warfare

From the First World War to the Second World War, the submachine gun played an important part in infantry fighting. A small machine gun firing…

History of the Hand Grenade – An Essential Infantry Weapon In Modern Warfare

Hand grenades play an important part in modern war as lightweight and hard-hitting infantry weapons. But their development hasn’t been a steady one, and for…