Japanese Invasion of Manchuria

The Japanese invasion of the Chinese region of Manchuria began on September 19, 1931, following the Mukden incident, in which the Japanese acused Chinese dissidents of a sabotage attempt against the Japanese railroad company South Manchuria Railway. It was the Imperial Japanese Army’s officers who, in fact, had orchestrated the Mukden incidents by planting themselves […]

Heinkel He 45


The Heinkel He 45 was a two-seat, single-engine aircraft in service with the Luftwaffe from 1934 to 1945. Designed as a light bomber, it had performed its first flight as a prototype in 1931. It first saw combat action in late 1936, in the Spanish Civil War, with the Condor Legion and the Spanish Nationalist […]

WW2 German Heavy Artillery


During WWII, the German Army was the armed force which used the heaviest artillery pieces of them all, deployed both on the Eastern and Western Fronts. Just like in WWI, the Germans showed a preference or inclination for superheavy artillery, which was used during sieges, to destroy fortifications (as in the siege of Sevastopol 1941-1942), […]

Battle of La Basse (Summary)


The Battle of La Bassé was a vicious battle of the Great War, fought between the Imperial German Army and the Allied troops, from October 14 to November 2, 1914, during what was called the “race to the sea”, at and near the town of La Bassé, in Northwest France. It began with British attacks […]

21-cm K 12 Railway Gun


The 21 cm Kanone 12 was a 211mm railway gun in service with the German Army from 1939 to 1945. Krupp manufactured only two pieces, which were emplaced in Northern France, on the Pas de Calais (Strait of Dover). The two K 12 guns were used against British targets located in southern England, especially in […]

15-cm Kanone 18


The 15-cm Kanone 18 was a German, heavy artillery piece used by the Wehrmacht between 1938 and 1945. Despite its heavy weight, this gun was employed as a field artillery during the German invasion of Poland, the Battle of France, seeing combat action on the Eastern Front as well. Rheinmetall manufactured only 120 15-cm K […]