Cap’n’s Cabaret #45: Kickin’ Up the Boot!

| 29th September 2012

  Ah…bella Italia!  New York BureauFrolic at the FrontSOMEWHERE IN ITALY — It’s a festive occasion at the Italian front as the guys and gals drag out a portable phonograph and cut a figurative rug on foreign soil. At left, dancing with Lois Berney of Fallon, N.C., is Pfc Clyde Burgess of Tolcoa, Ga. Dancing at […]

Another French Folding SMG

| 5th September 2012

Some time ago I wrote about the stylized and long lived MAT-49 SMG from France. But it wasn’t the only collapsing weapon to come from the minds of Gallic engineers. The Hotchkiss Universal Type submachine gun wasn’t anything special in how it operated, a standard direct blowback weapon. But in 1949, fresh off the lessons learned […]

S.A.M. #39: Little Red Fighter

| 31st March 2012

Probably world’s most advanced fighter in 1933, this diminutive monoplane still was a formidable opponent in 1941. The Polikarpov I-16 is one of the most unsung aircraft in history, almost the Rodney Dangerfield of fighters, getting no respect from anyone – except its opponents. Created by designer Nikolai Nikolayevich Polikarpov, this classic airplane was a […]