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Operation Overlord: The OSS and the Battle for France

This is a great short film from The OSS Society that tells the story of Allied special forces, Free French Forces, and the French Resistance. Their daring exploits helped win the battle of Normandy, and change the course of World War II. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqD5UDNuANE hat tip to Mykel Hawke for the...

5-6 June 1944: The Night of Nights

After preparing their equipment, conducting rehearsals, and receiving their final briefings, the men of the Allied Airborne Forces boarded their transport aircraft and gliders in England to begin a one-way trip to the province of Normandy, France - and a legendary rendezvous with destiny. [caption id="attachment_9487" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] The Final...

173rd Airborne Raids Bulgarian Olive Oil Factory

The paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade added another battle honor to their legacy this week - a Bulgarian olive oil factory!   [caption id="attachment_9480" align="aligncenter" width="1341"] Soldiers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade parachute May 11, 2021, from an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III during Swift Response 21 at Cheshnegirovo...

Memorial Day 2021

Memorial Day is always a solemn day for me – particularly so as a veteran and as someone who works in the defense industry. And also especially so because I have had the honor and privilege to participate in several commemorative parachute jumps in Normandy – first as a soldier...

Friday Foto

U.S. Air Force Special Tactics operators, assigned to the 352d Special Operations Wing, prepare to conduct a simulated medevac mission on March 2, 2020, near Constanta, Romania, using the 352 SOW's CV-22B Osprey. The training event was part of a larger special operations air-land integrations (SOALI) exercise with Romanian and...

Mepro MOR Pro Advanced Red-Dot/Laser Sight

Born out of necessity, red-dot optics revolutionized rifle aiming solutions for CQB—Close-Quarter Battle— engagements. From the beginning, Meprolight® was in the forefront of this category of optics.  As a result of their required military service in the IDF, the Meprolight® team learned first-hand the need for an advanced red-dot optic....

NTOA Recommends Primary Arms Optics for Service

Primary Arms Optics is proud to announce that their new co-branded Holosun HS507C-X2 with ACSS Vulcan Reticle scored a silver rating following extensive testing with the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA). The Holosun HS507C-X2-ACSS is a new generation of pistol red dot sight packed full of features like the multiple...

Aimpoint ACRO P-2 Red Dot Sight

Aimpoint has launched their much anticipated ACRO P-2 red dot sight which incorporates an improved LED emitter coupled with a higher capacity CR2032 battery to provide five years (50,000 hours) of constant-on power! “Aimpoint engineers more than tripled the ACRO P-2’s battery life and managed to fit a larger battery...

Army Wear It Right Guide: Now Includes AGSU Regulations

Mentor Military has released the 8th Edition of the Army version of their "Wear It Right" series - updated with the 2021 wear and appearance changes to AR and DA PAM 670-1. This edition also includes full guidance and photo diagrams for the new Army Green Service Uniform as well. What's...

The Invasion of Crete – 80th Anniversay

80 years ago, on May 20, 1941, the skies above the Mediterranean island of Crete became filled with the planes and parachute canopies of the Luftwaffe as Fallschirmjäger of the 7th Flieger Division of the 7th Flieger Division dropped from their Ju-52 transport planes - often right on top of...