1933 Model 1 Enigma Cipher Machine

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The Enigma was invented shortly after the end of the First World War, and it would go on to be one of the most important machines of the Second. The device itself is relatively small, about the size of a mobile typewriter, but it was capable of encrypting messages in any of 159 million million…

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How to Fly the B-25 – 1944 USAAF Training Film

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This is the original United States Army Air Forces training film for trainee pilots of the North American B-25 Mitchell – a tough-as-nails bomber that served in every theater of World War II and stayed in active service for over 40 years. Over 10,000 B-25 Mitchells were built and there are many airworthy examples still…

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SdKfz 2 Kettenkrad

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Designated “SdKfz 2” by the German military but more commonly known as the “Kettenkrad”, the tracked motorcycle was used extensively on both the Eastern Front and the North African desert, and it retains the historical distinction of being the fastest tracked vehicle of the Second World War. The Story of the SdKfz 2 Kettenkrad The top speed…

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Paintball Gun Equipped Daimler Ferret

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Taking an original 1958 Daimler Ferret Scout Car and fitting it with a paintball gun is the kind of thing many of us like would do, given the appropriate financial resources and free time. Fortunately, an eccentric Brit found the time and money, and this is the result. History of the Daimler Ferret Scout Car The Daimler Ferret…

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US Army Vietnam Training Film: Shotgun Rider

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Shotgun Rider is a 1967 training film created by The Army Pictorial Center for new recruits in training for deployment to Vietnam as helicopter door gunners – nicknamed “shotgun riders”. Despite the name, door gunners actually used M60 machine guns, which they trained to use both on a mount and freehand. The film features a…

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Aluminium Spitfire

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This aluminium Spitfire model measures in at 60.5cm long x 75.5cm wide x 17cm high, and it’s been designed to either sit on its own retractable landing gear, or be mounted on a metal plinth (supplied). The model has a fully detailed cockpit with a sliding canopy, intricately detailed rivet stamps across the wings and fuselage,…

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1971 Steyr-Puch Haflinger

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The Steyr-Puch Haflinger was developed in the late 1950s as a replacement for the ageing American-built Jeeps that were still being used by the Austrian military. The engineering that went into the unusual looking Haflinger was outstanding, and despite its unconventional appearance its capabilities as an off-roader are exceptional. The head engineer was Erich Ledwinka,…

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2×2 Rokon Trail-Breaker

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The Rokon Trail-Breaker is an American-made 2-wheel drive motorcycle that’s been used by everyone from the US military, to the forestry service, to treasure hunters. It’s designed exclusively for off-road use, however it can be driven on the road at speeds up to 35 mph if needed. The original design was completed by American inventor…

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1951 Willys M38 Jeep

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The Willys M38 Jeep was the revised and updated version of the civilian-specification CJ-3A, which itself was an update of the venerable WWII era Willys Jeep MB. Willys developed the M38 to supply the US military for the Korean War, although by the end of the conflict most of the Jeeps that had been used…

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Chopper Pilot: Learning To Fly A Helicopter

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This Vietnam War era educational film was produced by the Army Pictorial Center in the 1960s, likely due to the need to train a significant number of new helicopter pilots as a result of the escalating South East Asian war. The film includes both pre-flight and flight training by the warrant officer candidate program at…

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