April Blueprint – German Luger P08

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In this instalment of our 12 part series on Military blueprints, we look at the German Luger P08. Design The Luger P08 was designed in 1898 by Georg J Luger. It was one of the very first semi-automatic pistols. The Luger P08 uses the toggle lock action, which uses a jointed arm to lock as […]

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March Blueprint – British Mk V Tank

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In this instalment of our 12 part series on Military blueprints, we look at the British Mk V Tank.   Design The Mark V tank was originally intended to have been a completely new tank design. However, in December 1917, a new engine and transmission for the Mk IV became available, and so to avoid disrupting production, […]

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February Blueprint – German Junker Ju-87

A Junkers Ju 87 begins to roll in on a target in the Balkans during the invasion of Jugoslavia in April 1941.  (Sueddeutsche Zeitung)

Part two of our series on military blueprints focuses on the primary dive bomber of the Luftwaffe, the Junkers Ju-87 Stuka Design The Junker Ju-87 Sturzkampfflugzeug (dive-bomber), or Stuka for short, was the culmination of several years of dive bomber design. The driving principle in the early stages of design were that the the plane must be simple and […]

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January Blueprint – US Willys Jeep

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A few weeks ago, we unveiled our very own 2018 calendars. They feature twelve blueprints of iconic military vehicles and weapons. We thought we’d devote one blog entry a month to each blueprint and look at the item it portrays in more depth. This month we look at the Willys Jeep. Origin The Willys Jeep began its […]

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December Map – Attack on Pearl Harbor

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To conclude our series of WW2 battle maps we look at a date that will live in Infamy, December 7th 1941, the Attack on Pearl Harbor. Background By late 1941 the Second World War had spread globally. Commonwealth forces were fighting in the deserts of North Africa; Axis forces were concluding Operation Barbarossa against the Soviet Union; and the […]

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November Map – Battle of Stalingrad

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 As part of our series covering historic WW2 battles, this month we are looking at the turning point of the Second World War in Europe – The Battle of Stalingrad Background By the late summer of 1942, Axis forces were deep into the Soviet heartland.  For an entire year, Soviet forces had been driven back by the Axis onslaught. […]

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October Map – Second Battle of El Alamein

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Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. – Winston Churchill As part of our series of WW2 Battle Maps we look at a decisive moment of WW2, the Second Battle of EL Alamein. Field Marshal Claude Auchinleck had managed to […]

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September Map – Operation Market Garden

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  As part of our series of WW2 battle maps we look at one of the most ambitious plans of WW2 – Operation Market Garden   By September 1944 the German forces in Western Europe were reeling—France was liberated, and Allied armoured columns had driven into Benelux. Hoping to cut the war shorter by 6 months, Field Marshal […]

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Product Focus – WW2 U-Boat Flotilla Badges

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As we’ve now completed out season of summer shows successfully, life here at Epic is returning to its usual routine. As we’ve written much recently about our shows, we thought we’d switch our focus this week to some of our products. This week, we’re looking at our range of WW2 German U-Boat Badges. During the […]

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