June Blueprint – German Panther Tank

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In this instalment of our series on Military Blueprints, we look at the German Panther Tank Design The German Panzerkampfwagen V, more commonly known as the Panther, was produced by Nazi Germany from mid 1943 til 1945. The Panther was intended to counter Soviet T-34 tanks and replace the Panzer III and the Panzer IV, […]

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May Blueprint – US Colt 1911 Pistol

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In this instalment of our 12 part series on Military blueprints, we look at the American Colt 1911. Design The 1911 pistol was designed by legendary firearms designer, John Moses Browning. It was a refinement of his earlier semi-automatic pistol designs. The basic principle of the pistol is recoil operation. As the expanding combustion gases force the bullet […]

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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

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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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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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