Operation Varsity 75th Anniversary

Operation Varsity – also known as The Crossing of The Rhine – took place on the 24th of March 1945. Although the airborne component of Operation Market-Garden involved more troops and drops, Varsity was the largest airborne operation of WWII that took place in one location and on a single day. Like the airborne invasion […]

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Friday Foto

A well-known propaganda photo of German Fallschirmjäger charging from a DFS 230 glider upon landing. The DFS 230 was a Luftwaffe assault glider, developed by the Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Segelflug (German Research Institute for Sailplane Flight). Hans Jacobs was the lead designer. It was intended for paratrooper assault operations, carrying ten soldiers with equipment or a payload […]

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Larry Vickers breaks down the HK G41

If you enjoyed the recent video from ‘Forgotten Weapons’ about the HK33, then you might like this one on HK’s follow-up on that 5.56mm platform – the G41. The G41 is a 5.56×45mm NATO assault rifle introduced in 1981 by Heckler & Koch to replace the HK33 by providing a more modern weapon compatible with […]

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H&K’s Middle Child: The HK33 and HK53 in 5.56mm

Introduced in 1968, the HK33 was Heckler & Koch’s adaptation of their roller-delay operating system to the 5.56mm / .223 Remington cartridge. In addition to the standard full-length rifle (with a 15.35 inch barrel), a shorter version was made as the HK33K (with a collapsing stock and 12.4 inch barrel). HK also made a “submachine […]

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Royal Marines Go Full Commando In Norway

Over the past couple of months Britain’s Royal Marines have been training across a wide spectrum of Arctic warfare scenarios. This training has been capped off over the past week and half with the exercise “Cold Response 2020”. After it was announced just over 3 months ago that the Royal Marines would be undergoing a […]

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