The Douglas A-26 Invader is one of the toughest and most versatile planes created during WWII, somewhat amazingly there are still many of them in service fighting fires in the Northwestern United States (as can be seen in the 1989 Spielberg film “Always”).
In 1941 the threat of a Japanese invasion of Hong Kong was imminent, the small British colony has a garrison made up of just 11,000 British and Indian troops set to fight the 6,095,000 men of the Imperial Japanese Army.
This 1980 BMW R100RS Scrambler nicknamed “Sarge” was built by the talented BMW motorcycle custom house Kevil’s Speed Shop. Kevil’s is run by a friendly Brit named Kevin Hill, he founded the shop and has been an avid lover of motorcycles since his father took him to the Bristol Motorcycle Show in the late-70s.
This undated WWII photograph shows a team of men unboxing some .303 ammunition, almost certainly to load it into the wing-guns of the Hawker Hurricane or Spitfire in the background.
The Hawker Hurricane is one of the stand-out fighters of the second world war, it played a pivotal role during the Battle of Britain and actually outperformed the Spitfire, accounting for 1,593 out of the 2,739 total downed German planes during the conflict.
This photograph of a female Lockheed employee working on the fuselage of a P-38 Lightning in California in 1944 is strangely transfixing.
The GORUCK GR1 is a rucksack designed by a former Green Beret who sat down and spent a couple of years creating the pack he wanted whilst deployed in a war-zone.
The Land Rover Defender 110 is the backbone of the British, Australian and New Zealand Armies, they’ve been deployed on every continent and used in battle from the tropics, to the deserts, to the snow covered mountain tops. They’re seriously tough trucks.
The Lamborghini Cheetah was a one-off prototype developed by Lamborghini in 1977, they were hoping for a US Military contract however their prototype was destroyed by the Americans during testing.
The Grumman FM-2 Wildcat is one of the most widely loved warbirds produced during the second world war, the staggering toughness of the plane saw it survive merciless attack at the hands of the faster and more manoeuvrable Japanese A6M Zero.
The remarkable looking McDonnell XF-85 Goblin was developed as a “Parasite-Fighter” and was designed to be carried and deployed from the bomb-bay of USAF heavy bombers to do battle with intercepting fighter jets.
This exceedingly old photograph shows a group of Russian Gendarmes in Moscow around 1890, the chap in the middle of the frame is sitting atop what is quite clearly a Penny-farthing designed for use on the railway lines.