Jesse Beckett

Articles by Jesse Beckett:

Imagine fighting in Iraq, equipped with the latest weapons, night vision, thermal optics, backed by jets, helicopters and main battle tanks on the planet, when you come up against an enemy using the same weapons your grandfathers faced in the Second World War. This is a real life situation witnessed by soldiers who served in […]

Tanks are designed to be resistant to most threats on the battlefield, like small arms fire, large calibre weapons, toxic battlefield conditions and not to mention other tanks. Without sufficient firepower, a tank is a terrifying force to be reckoned with. However, while they may be able to survive a hail of machine gun fire, […]

One of the last Knights Crosses of the Iron Cross awarded in WW2 was to a French man: Eugene Vaulot, a member of the Waffen-SS. Vaulot served in the ‘Charlemagne’ Division, a group of French volunteers fighting against the Allies, even their own country, under the Third Reich. Around 300 men from this division kept […]

Aircraft Carriers: Throughout naval history, it has been the battleship that dominated on the high seas. Be it the wooden galleys of the Spanish Armada or the revolutionary dreadnought class ships from the early 20th century, all of them had a primary goal – to engage the enemy while remaining safe from their weapons. Half […]

The Cold War was a time for the entirety of Europe, who in a moments notice could become a battleground between the two biggest superpowers at the time, the USA and USSR. The ensuing nuclear war would have changed said battleground into a radioactive wasteland. These two superpowers weren’t the only ones with nuclear weapons, […]

The Bartini-Beriev VVA-14 was a machine born from the Cold War arms race between the Soviet Union and the West. This time of continuous one-upmanship meant governments were willing to fund ever increasingly more ambitious technologies and ideas in the hopes of gaining an edge over the other. An edge the Soviets wanted was in […]

Two months after the D-Day invasion, the US Navy ship SS Richard Montgomery was transporting 6,000 metric tons of explosives from Philadelphia, USA, to France, to supply the Allied forces advancing into Europe. The Montgomery dropped its anchor in the Thames Estuary to wait for a convoy formation that would then make its way to […]

The Karlsruhe, a World War II ship that rests on the bottom of the Baltic Sea, is finally being explored. Why is this relic so special? Many divers and historians believe the wreck may contain the remains of the now-mythical Amber Room, along with other extremely valuable items plundered by Hitler’s armies. While it is […]

The incredible speed of tank development seen during World War II meant armies were developing more effective ways to kill them. On the battlefield, when a tank arrives against an infantry force without anti-tank weaponry, they are virtually invincible. Giving soldiers portable weapons capable of dealing with tanks became essential. Germany invaded the Soviet Union […]

The P-61 Black Widow was an advanced twin-engine twin-boom night fighter that was designed by Northrop. The P-61 was designed from the ground up as a dedicated radar carrying night fighter, the first aircraft in history to do so. With four .50 cals and four 20 mm cannons, the P-61 would become one of the […]