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In today's blog post, Kulikovo 1380 author, Mark Galeotti, writes about how this relatively unknown battle to the west has become mythologised in Russia and utilised for political purposes, telling the story of how a daring Russian force defeated the military superpower of the day... Continue Reading

Sunday Photo - The 1960 U-2 Incident

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On 1 May 1960 a U-2 spy plane was shot down while in Soviet airspace. The pilot, Francis Gary Powers, was on an aerial reconnaissance mission when he was hit by a surface-to-air missile. He managed to parachute to safety but soon found himself in Soviet hands...Continue Reading

Sunday Photo - The Moscow Peace Treaty

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On 13 March 1940 the Winter War was brought to an end by the Moscow Peace Treaty, which was signed on the previous day. Although the Soviet Union could claim victory, the price had been astronomically high. Alongside the heavy casualties suffered the Red Army they took a huge blow to international reputation for failing to crush a force they greatly outnumbered...Continue Reading

Simo Häyhä - The White Death

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Today marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of Simo Häyhä, one of the most prolific snipers of all time. Over the course of the Winter War he reached a tally of 542 confirmed kills, many of which were achieved whilst looking down the iron sights of a Mosin Nagant.Continue Reading

Osprey's World Tour - Russia

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Osprey's World Tour sees us delving into our extensive backlist of books as we explore the globe through military history. Today's destination - Russia!Continue Reading

Operation Typhoon - Hitler's First Defeat

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On 2 October 1941 the main phase of Operation Typhoon began, with the Fourth and Third Panzer armies launching simultaneous attacks on the Soviets...Continue Reading

World War I - The Countdown to War

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On 28 July, 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. Over the next few days the great nations of Europe would charge into the First World War, a cataclysmic conflict that has left scars across the continent that are still visible to this day...Continue Reading
John Ham, chairman of MAFVA, returns with more fantastic photographs from his trip to Moscow for the 70th Year Victory Day commemoration...Continue Reading

Sunday Photo - The Battle of Kursk

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On 5 July 1943 the Germany army launched Operation Zitadelle (Citadel). Hitler’s belief was that the offensive would result in the encirclement and destruction of a larger Soviet force than he had lost at Stalingrad, thereby allowing Germany to regain the strategic initiative in the East and for Hitler himself to gain a prestigious victory. His confidence was misguided...Continue Reading

5 Weapons from the Napoleonic Wars

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Waterloo Week has come to a close. We tried not to go too overboard, and hope you enjoyed the Twitter chronology, background and the other bits and bobs we put together. To finish our celebrations of Waterloo here are 5 weapons from the Napoleonic Wars...Continue Reading

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