Falklands Sea Kings

Westland, Mitsubishi, and Agusta manufactured over 400 versions of the H-3 under license. Westland installed a pair of Rolls Royce Gnome H. 1400 turboshafts and a Louis Newmark Mk 31 automatic flight control system in the British Sea Kings. The RN initially ordered fifty-six HAS1 Sea Kings, with 700(S) Squadron receiving the first for test […]

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Graf Zeppelin I

Plans for a shipped-based air force started soon after Hitler became Chancellor in 1933. The first plans were limited to supplying the existing battleships and cruisers with reconnaissance seaplanes. On March 12th 1934 the first requirements the future aircraft carrier was given. Within a year the design study had been completed. The model used was […]

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General Sir Frederick C. A. Stephenson

(1821-1911) A highly competent senior officer, General Sir Frederick C. A. Stephenson was commander of the British Army of Occupation in Egypt after the 1882 Arabi Rebellion and commander at the last battle of the Gordon Relief Expedition in 1885. Stephenson, born in 1821, saw active service in the Crimean War. After the outbreak of […]

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First Flyers

Dorand biplane – 1914 French military biplane designed and constructed at the military aircraft factory at Chalais-Meudon. – This machine is characterised by a very long and narrow fuselage, which carries at its rear end a biplane type elevator. The engine is a 200 h.p. horizontal Salmson (Canton-Unne system) driving through bevel reduction gearing a […]

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BATTLE OF DNIEPER, (AUGUST 13-SEPTEMBER 22, 1943)

One of several massive, rolling offensives that together retook western Ukraine from the Germans by April 1944. An initial thrust was launched toward the lower Dnieper on August 13, 1943. This was intended to take advantage of RUMIANTSEV and the Donbass offensive operation elsewhere on the Eastern Front, while preceding the awkwardly named Offensive in […]

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Battle of Torgau

Frederick the Great greets General Zieten after the Battle of Torgau. The fighting began in Silesia when an Austrian corps under General Loudon defeated a Prussian corps at Landeshut on 23 June 1760. The Austrians heavily outnumbered the Prussians, 34,000 men to 11,000. The Prussians were easily defeated, losing 10,000 men killed and captured. The […]

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