The Soviet Volunteer Group In Action

April 28, 2015 PE Matt 1

In November 1937, with Shanghai secured, the Japanese turned their attention on Nanking. The old capital was devoid of any worthwhile defences so the Chinese decided not to fight for the city as they had […]

Vought V-65C Corsair

Vought V-65/V-92 Corsair

April 27, 2015 PE Matt 0

The Vought V-65, or O2U in US Navy service, was a biplane scout and observation aircraft that entered service in the late 1920s. It was very successful, with versions being exported to 13 different countries. […]

Japanese Fiat BR.20 "Ruth"

Fiat BR.20 “Ruth”

April 26, 2015 PE Matt 0

The Fiat BR.20 was regarded as one of the finest bombers in the world when it made its debut in 1936. It was ordered after Fiat responded to a Regio Aeronautica request for designs for […]

Vultee V-11

April 20, 2015 PE Matt 0

The Vultee V-11 light bomber was derived from the unsuccessful V-1 passenger transport. The V-1 sold in very small numbers because, as a single engine aircraft, it did not meet the safety requirements to operate […]

Yokosuka B4Y Type 96 “Jean”

April 19, 2015 PE Matt 0

The Yokosuka B4Y was a carrier torpedo bomber of the IJNAF. The 7-Shi (1932) requirement for a carrier attack bomber produced the Yokosuka B3Y, which was inadequate for the role. So, the 9-Shi (1934) requirements […]

Kawanishi E7K Type 94 “Alf”

April 14, 2015 PE Matt 0

The Kawanishi E7K “Alf”, or Type 94 Reconnaissance Seaplane, was designed in response to the 7-Shi requirement specification that also produced the Hiro G2H bomber. The aircraft was to be operated from smaller Japanese warships […]

The Panay Incident

April 12, 2015 PE Matt 0

USS Panay was a river gunboat built in Shanghai in 1927-8 for the US Navy’s Yangtze River patrol. She was a small vessel, only around 500 tons displacement, with a shallow draft that allowed her […]

Newsreel: Sinking of the USS Panay

April 10, 2015 PE Matt 0

Norman Alley’s Movietone newsreel footage of the sinking of the USS Panay by Japanese aircraft of the 12th and 13th Kokutai, 12th December 1937. 2 Panay sailors were killed, as well as the captain of […]

Operation Zet: Soviet Aid to China

April 5, 2015 PE Matt 1

As the fighting erupted in Shanghai in August 1937, the Chinese authorities began to look to the great powers of the west for assistance. The first to offer meaningful help was the Soviet Union, with […]

Polikarpov I-16

April 5, 2015 PE Matt 0

Whilst design work for the I-15 biplane fighter was underway, Nikolai Polikarpov also began to work on a revolutionary monoplane design with retractable undercarriage and a fully enclosed cockpit. This new design was accepted even […]

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