Darwin, Summer 1942

September 13, 2020 PE Matt 0

As war waged across the Pacific, one relative backwater saw renewed battle as a veteran Japanese air group duelled with a rookie American unit in the skies of northern Australia. Following the devastating raid on […]

Hilfskreuzer Michel

The German Raiders Thor and Michel

August 16, 2020 PE Matt 0

After the loss of the Kormoran on November 19th, 1941, there were no German auxiliary cruisers still afloat anywhere in the Pacific or Indian oceans. Keen to put pressure on the Royal Navy and force it to defend […]

Yorktown under torpedo bomber attack

The Battle of Midway: Yorktown Succumbs

May 24, 2020 PE Matt 0

The vicious dive-bombing attack by the American SBDs on three of Kido Butai’s carriers had left the Japanese reeling, but not completely out of the fight. One carrier, Hiryū, remained intact having manoeuvred away from […]

SCR-270/SCR-271 Radar

February 23, 2019 PE Matt 0

Following the May 1937 tests of the SCR-268 searchlight-control radar, the US Army expressed an interest in obtaining an early warning air search radar with much longer range. A US Army Signal Corps Laboratories team, […]

Yokosuka D4Y Type 2 Suisei “Judy”

February 20, 2019 PE Matt 0

In 1938 Japan acquired one of the prototype Heinkel He 118 dive bombers that the Luftwaffe had rejected in favour of the Junkers Ju 87. Although this aircraft crashed during trials, its overall performance had […]

Battle of Midway: The Torpedo Attack

September 30, 2018 PE Matt 0

Task Force 16 – Enterprise and Hornet, under RAdm Raymond Spruance – sailed for Midway on the 29th of May, just two days after Kido Butai departed from Japan. RAdm Frank Fletcher’s Task Force 17, […]

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