Kolibri Pistol


The Kolibri was a 2.7-mm-calibre, semi-automatic pistol made in Austria in 1914. Designed by Franz Pfannl, this pistol was the smallest semi-automatic gun ever produced in history. It fired 0.11-inch (2.7-mm) rimless cartridges from a detachable 6-shot magazine. The Kolibri became popular among businessmen and women as it was easy to conceal. Despite its small […]

Mc Millan Tac-50 Rifle


The Tac-50 is a sniper rifle made by McMillan Firearms Manufacturing, an American firm located in Arizona. Designed in the 1980s, it has been used by Canadian, French, and US Special Forces in a number of armed conflicts around the world, especially in Afghanistan from 2002 onwards. The Tac-50 is a .50-caliber, bolt-action rifle, fitted […]

Blohm & Voss Ha 137


The Ha 137 was a ground-attack aircraft developed by the firm Blohm & Voss for the German Luftwaffe, performing its first test flight in 1935. It never saw combat action as only six Ha 137s were ever produced. It was a single-seat, single-engine aircraft, fitted with inverted gull wing, semi-monocoque fuselage, and fixed landing gear. […]

Japanese Marines in WW2


The Special Naval Landing Forces (SNLF) were the Japanese marines used during World War II by the Imperial Japanese Navy. Created in 1928 as standing naval regiments, the SNLF received its baptism of fire in 1932, in the Battle of Shanghai, at the beginning of the Sino-Japanese War. The Japanese marines were highly-trained in jungle […]

Battle of Halbe

The Battle of Halbe took place at the end of World War II, in the German city of Halbe, about a couple of miles southeast of Berlin. It was fought between the German 9th Army, led by Theodor Busse, and the Soviet Army, commanded by Ivan Konev, from April 24 to May 1, 1945. During […]

Helicopters in Korean War


In the Korean War, only two helicopters were used. They were the US Army’s Bell 47 (H-13D) and the Sikorsky H-19 “Chickasaw”, which were piston-engine transport helicopters employed by the 6th Transportation Company. The Bell 47 operated only as a medical evacuation helicopter, carrying two stretchers or litters, one on the right and the other […]