Marshal Zhukov's Pocket Knife
- Houghton Library, Harvard University.The José María Castañé collection of material relating to major conflicts of the 20th century, held by Houghton Library, contains an incredible variety of artifacts: chiefly papers, such as correspondence, military orders, work permits, and personal identification cards, but also a significant number of photographs and objects.
- Houghton Library, Harvard University.Born in 1896 into a poor family, Zhukov was drafted into the Russian Imperial Army during the First World War, served with distinction in the cavalry, and was promoted to the rank of non-commissioned officer for bravery in battle.
- For the first two years of the Second World War, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union were at peace, having signed a non-aggression pact, and the two nations maintained strong economic ties, including trade in military equipment and raw materials such as wheat and oil.
Trump admin formally approves fighter jet sale to Taiwan amid China trade fight
- The new weaponry -- the largest US sale to Taiwan in years -- could further erode ties with Beijing, as it views the self-governing island as part of China.
- On Friday China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying, said the United States' arms sales to Taiwan undermine China's sovereignty and core interests.
- China "firmly opposes this," Hua said, demanding that the US refrain from selling the fighter jets and stop military contact with Taiwan.
- While the US has long provided arms to Taiwan as part of the 40-year-old Taiwan Relations Act, Beijing has frequently chafed at those sales, protesting them as a violation of China's sovereignty despite the Chinese Communist Party having never governed the island.
- A Pentagon report in May warned that Taiwan's traditional military advantages over Beijing in the event of a cross-strait conflict were eroding in the face of China's military modernization efforts.
US military service members are being duped into buying cars that don't exist
- A revolving door of seedy dealerships that spring up next to military installations invariably sing lofty praises of military service and tout an ability to lease the finest (lemon) vehicles without a down payment, soothing words that distract from a section of fine print that reads more like a death sentence than an auto contract.
- But bad contracts aren't the only undesirable financial entities plaguing the ranks; the number of blatant scams targeting military personnel has also increased.
- A typical scam by Exchange, Inc. involves the sale of a vehicle as authentic as a football bat, transactions buyers are directed to make via third-party gift cards.
- But because the scam has succeeded with a number of personnel, the obvious must be stated, as is weekend safety brief tradition: Exchange stores on military installations, the only brick and mortar locations in which actual military exchanges operate, are not authorized to sell vehicles.
A trail of 'bloody gold' leads to Venezuela's government
- To extract the precious metal, these men must turn rocks into dust, from sunrise to sunset, under the brutal rule of a state-sponsored network of violent gangs and corrupt military, say several witnesses and a senior military source with knowledge of the security situation in the Orinoco Mining Arc. Rojas moved here three years ago, when oil prices hit a 12-year-low.
- Maduro, members of his family and his regime have been using this legal framework to direct illegal mining operations in the region, granting the Venezuelan military "liberal access" to mines in order to buy their "staunch loyalty", the US Department of Treasury said in March as it imposed sanctions on Venezuela's mining industry.
- Our anonymous military source says that high-ranking Venezuelan military officials take advantage of their rank to seize huge swaths of land, and then partner with investors who bring the knowledge and capital to run an industrial mining operation.
Troops who deployed to US-Mexico border will receive medals
- Washington (CNN) - Thousands of American troops sent to the US-Mexico border as part of the Trump administration's effort to contain the rising number of migrants crossing into the US since April 2018 will be awarded the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Pentagon confirmed Tuesday.
- Created in 1996, the medal has been previously approved for a number of missions, including Operation Jump Start, in which National Guard forces deployed to Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California from May 2006 to July 2008 to assist the Department of Homeland Security with securing the Southwest US border, according to Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col.
- President Donald Trump first announced plans to send active-duty service members to the US-Mexico border in April 2018 and has cast the deployment as a necessary intervention to stop potentially dangerous individuals from entering the country.
Yes, a physicist once lit his cigarette with a nuclear-bomb explosion. Here's how it worked.
- On Sunday, a thread in Reddit's popular "r/TodayILearned" community mentioned the story of how theoretical physicist Ted Taylor used the blinding flash of an atomic explosion to light a cigarette in 1952.
- Its purpose wasn't to light up a smoke, of course: Military researchers placed a roughly 3,000-pound nuclear bomb design known as the Mark 5 atop a 30o-foot-tall tower to try out a new blast-triggering technology, according to the Nuclear Weapons Archive.
- The day before the test shot, Taylor apparently found a spare parabolic (cup-shaped) mirror, according to Miller's book, and set it up in the facility's control building ahead of time.
- About 19 minutes into the half-hour movie, titled "Operation Teapot Military Effects Studies," a narrator describes how parabolic mirrors were used to concentrate the light-based energy from nuclear explosions on samples of ceramics.
Putin's rush to build doomsday weapons able to devastate the US is likely to end in more tragedies like its deadly missile disaster
- The strategic rivalry between the US and Russia has intensified as the US military increasingly focuses on the threats posed by great power competitors, and with the recent collapse of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the US and Russia are both developing new ground-based missiles.
- Western experts and intelligence officials believe that a violent and deadly explosion at the naval weapons testing range in Nyonoksa was caused by another failed test of this new missile, and point to the spike in radiation levels nearby.
- Lewis recently wrote that this new arms race poses a serious potential for new nuclear accidents, like the one that appears to have occurred in Nyonoksa.
- Details of the Nyonoksa explosion are few and far between as Russia appears to be covering up what many believe was a nuclear accident, one that triggered a brief spike in radiation levels in a nearby Russian town.
Army lieutenant accused of taking an armored vehicle on a low-speed police chase found not guilty by reason of insanity
- The soldier who was arrested for taking an armored personnel carrier on a slow-speed police chase through Virginia has been found not guilty by reason of insanity on two charges, according to The Richmond-Times Dispatch.
- Joshua Phillip Yabut, 30, entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle — in this case, a 12-ton APC taken from Fort Pickett in June 2018 — and violating the terms of his bond, which stemmed from a trip to Iraq he took in March 2019 (which was not a military deployment).
- In case you forgot about this internet-famous soldier, Yabut, a first lieutenant with the Virginia National Guard, was arrested in June 2018 by Virginia State Police, who said they chased him for 65 miles while he was behind the wheel of an M577 Armored Personnel Carrier, which he drove from Fort Pickett to near Richmond City Hall.
Serena Williams blasting a quadcopter with a tennis ball provides an important lesson about anti-drone defense
- Quadcopters are so poorly built for taking hits that, in fact, they can be knocked out of the air with a tennis ball.
- In response to an inquiry from XKCD cartoonist Randall Munroe, Serena Williams agreed to try defeating a quadcopter with tennis serves.
- With her husband Alexis Ohanian piloting a DJI Mavic Pro 2 just above a tennis net, Williams knocked the drone out of the sky on her third attempt.
- When drones do come with obstacle avoidance and detection software, that generally means sensors built to avoid collisions from pilots flying too close to walls, mostly.
- It also means that the minimum viable product, when it comes to military answers to off-the-shelf drones, might be closer to an off-the-shelf tennis ball machine than it is to a targeted down Patriot missile.
The US fired off a previously banned missile, the first since the collapse of a Cold War-era nuclear arms pact with Russia
- The US military conducted its first flight test of a conventional ground-launched cruise missile in a test that would have been banned prior to the recent collapse of a Cold War-era nuclear arms agreement.
- Earlier this month, the US officially withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a 1987 agreement with Moscow that formally limited the development of ground-launched missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers, or about 300 to 3,400 miles.
- The White House said in February that Russia has, for too long, "violated the [INF Treaty] with impunity, covertly developing and fielding a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad." The president warned that the US intends "move forward with developing our own military response" to alleged violations of the pact by Russia.