The USS Shenandoah

USS Shenandoah

The USS Shenandoah was the first of the great American airships, it was closely based on the German Zeppelin bomber L-49, built just after WWI and still viewed as one of the most important dirigibles of the era. With a gross weight of 36 tons, a total length of 68ft, a cruising speed of 70mph and…

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Sopwith Camel

Sopwith Camel

The Sopwith Camel is a remarkably important aircraft, it was first flown in 1917 when the pace of advancement in aircraft design was moving at breakneck speed and for time the Camel was the best fighter in the sky. Its odd name was coined from the side profile appearance of the hump that was built…

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Enigma Machine

Enigma Machine

It isn’t everyday that an original World War II Enigma machine comes up for sale, most of the machines are now either in museums or private collections and owners are, understandably, exceedingly reticent to part with them. The story behind the Enigma needs no introduction, the small mechanical devices were ingenious and it took the…

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Flak – World War II Training Film

Flak - Evading Anti-Aircraft Fire - World War II Training Film

Flak – Evading Anti-Aircraft Fire is an official training film from the Second World War that taught pilots how to evade and otherwise deal with flak – from Europe to the Pacific and everywhere in between. Anti-aircraft weaponry has existed since very shortly after the first aircraft were militarised and WWII is widely considered the…

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Marder 1A3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle

Marder 1A3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle

The Marder 1A3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle is a German armoured personal carrier that’s been in development since 1960, the 1A3 version is the most common and includes a slew of improvements over the original 1A1 – not the least of which is the ability to withstand 30mm cannon fire. The Marder can hold 12 infantrymen…

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Willys Jeep Cutaway

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The Willys Jeep is a vehicle that I’d love to see make a comeback, the relatively small form factor of the design coupled with its mechanical simplicity makes it a fantastic four-wheeler for all manner of off road escapades. Of course there’s no way an original specification Jeep could be manufactured nowadays with emissions regulations,…

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Consolidated PBY Catalina Wallpaper

Consolidated PBY Catalina Plane

The Consolidated PBY Catalina is an unusually named aircraft with a unusual set of abilities, it was designed in 1935 to fill an order for the US Navy who were seeking a flying boat for use in the Pacific – it was a surprisingly prophetic order and the Catalina would see intensive use throughout the Pacific (and…

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Hidden Warbirds II

hidden warbirds book

Hidden Warbirds II is the much anticipated follow-up to the hugely popular book Hidden Warbirds by aviation historian Nicholas A. Veronico. This new book is a continuation of Nicholas’ work chasing down and recovering aircraft from WWII, the stories, photography and historical information make these two books exceptionally good reads – especially if you’re fascinated by…

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M37 Howitzer Tank

M37 Tank

It isn’t every day you get the chance to buy a fully functioning M37 Tank with a 105mm Howitzer and a .50cal M2HB machine gun – both of which are 100% operational. The idea of owning a mobile Howitzer will be immediately attractive to anyone who finds the steering wheel mounted horn insufficient when dealing…

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Harley-Davidson WLA

Harley-Davidson WLA

  The Harley-Davidson WLA is one of the most important models ever made by the Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer, it saw a production run of over 90,000 units during the Second World War and earned itself the nickname “The Liberator” during the latter part of the war, when Allied forces were chasing the German armed forces…

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