December Blueprint – German MP40

The final instalment of our military blueprint series looks at the German MP40 Submachine Gun History The MP40 is the iconic weapon of Germany during the Second World War. It was designed in 1938, a culmination of various submachine gun designs of the 1930’s. The gun is made from stamped steel with Bakelite bodywork. It was the first […]

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November Blueprint – Soviet T-34 Tank

In this, the penultimate entry in our Military Blueprints series, we look at the Soviet T-34 Tank. History The T-34 was the primary tank of the Soviet Union during the Second World War. Some 84,000 T-34s of all varieties were built, making it the most produced tank of WW2 and second of all time. During […]

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The History of the Pickelhaube

The Iconic, Pickelhaube An instantly recognisable and lasting symbol of late 19th /early 20th century German imperialism; The Pickelhaube. The Pickelhaube was a very influential helmet setting a truly global trend in helmet styles and design. Although adopted by armies from as far away as South America (such as Chile and Colombia), the spiked head wear […]

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October Blueprint – German M24 Stick Grenade

In this instalment of our 12 part series on Military blueprints, we look at the German M24 Stick Grenade. History The iconic stick grenade first appeared during the First World War, introduced by the German Empire in 1915. The M15 Stielhandgranate differed greatly from it’s contemporaries. It mounted a charge head within a sheet-steel cylinder atop a long hollow-wooden […]

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September Blueprint – British Supermarine Spitfire

In this instalment of our 12 part series on Military blueprints, we look at the British Supermarine Spitfire.   History The Supermarine Spitfire was the primary fighter aircraft of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. The Spitfire was designed as a short-range, high performance interceptor by R. J. Mitchell and Joseph Smith, and first […]

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August Blueprint – German M35 Helmet

In this instalment of our 12 part series on Military blueprints, we look at the German M35 Helmet. History At the start of the First World War none of the combatants were issued any form of head protection beyond leather or cloth caps. With the advent of trench warfare the number of casualties on all […]

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