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Tag Archives: military history

  • The Best Military-Based Podcasts

    Best Military Based Podcasts

    According to figures released in September 2019 by Ofcom, 7.1 million people in the UK listen to podcasts, equating to roughly one person in every eight. This is a year on year increase of 24%, meaning more people now than ever are tuning into podcasts.

    This proliferation has meant that there are more opportunities for podcasters to be heard, allowing for the creation of new shows to bring exciting content to the ears of the masses.

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  • What are Military Peacekeeping Missions?

    Man holding a peace flag

    As we've spoken about in our blog countless times, we are fascinated by the military, both at home and abroad. We've recently taken a look at Joint Force 2025 and marvelled at the plans to upgrade the UK's military power. We've also looked at guns and equipment used by the military, such as how bomb suits are made and used.

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  • Military Heroes: Sir Arthur Harris

    Sir Arthur Harris

    The term ’military hero’ is perhaps not so appropriate for Sir Arthur Harris, depending on which side of the fence you stand on. His role within the First and Second World Wars undoubtedly played a part in the Allied victory, but the question is whether the ends justified the means. His tactics, ideas and opinions were certainly dividing, and to many, seemed extreme. Here, we take a look at the life and career of Sir Arthur Harris, also known as Bomber or Butcher Harris, and leave it to you to form your own opinion.

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  • Paul Van Riper and the Millennium Challenge

    Royal Marines Saluting CaptainYes, the title may sound like a discarded Harry Potter spin-off series, but it is, in fact, serious stuff. The story of the Millennium Challenge has flown relatively under the radar for a number of years. It was first brought into public consciousness by Malcolm Gladwell and his book ‘Blink’; A non-fiction title which looked to educate us on the idea of ‘thinking without thinking’, the decision making process and the story behind our snap decisions. The book was published in 2005 and continues to be used in classrooms and lecture halls across the country. Gladwell wrote about the Millennium Challenge in a way that made it accessible for the masses to understand, something which had not been done until that point. This accessibility was what prompted a deeper dive into the events, and General Paul Van Riper’s role within them.

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  • What is Mental Resilience Training?

    Soldier crawling through mud

    Throughout this article, it’s important to bear in mind the definition of resilience, and just as importantly, what resilience ISN’T. By definition, resilience is ‘the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness’. When describing shapes, resilience is comparable to elasticity and an ability to spring back into shape. Equally important to note, resilience doesn’t necessarily mean to tolerate or endure i.e. grin and bear it. Nor does it mean to avoid trauma and be resistant to change.

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  • Military Heroes: Barnes Wallis

    Barnes Wallis

    Image Source: Northern_Forza

    As fans of all things military, we think it’s important to look back into military history to remember and celebrate some of the military heroes of past and present. It’s a divisive subject and depending on where you’re reading this blog from, the word ‘hero’ could easily be replaced with something less effusive. However, being UK based, for the most part, these blogs will be relatively UK-centric, with the occasional international hero included.

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  • Airsoft Bucket List 2019

    2019 in sparklers.

    As we head into a new year, it’s time to start planning what 2019 has in store for you. While being spontaneous has its perks, planning some of the year ahead of time can ensure you don’t narrowly miss out on some of the great experiences that it has to offer.

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  • Brief History of Night Vision Devices

    Person using a night vision device

    Night vision enables users to operate in extremely low light conditions. This revolutionary technology was initially developed for military use and has been altered in many ways to further its capabilities. Read on to learn about the interesting history of night vision devices.

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  • Interesting World War II Facts

    Soldiers firing guns

    World War II is one of, is not the most devastating conflicts ever to happen in the history of humanity. People from across the globe were affected by the events that occured between the years of 1939 – 1945, and we can only hope that something like this will never happen again. The war also shaped the modern world as we know it, allowing us our security, prosperity and, most importantly, our freedom. It’s important that we remember the importance of the conflict and those who served for their countries. We’ve looked back into our history books and put together a list of facts, that you may not already know, from those six years; perhaps as a starting point for you to explore the conflict in more detail and to fully understand its world-altering ramifications.

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  • Futuristic Guns That Already Exist

    Person wearing a full face mask for airsoft

    Guns are just things that fire bullets, right? Wrong! Despite what sci-fi movies might have you believe, futuristic weapons aren’t just something of the future; they’re something of the present too. We’ve done our homework and put together a list of some of the coolest and most futuristic weapons out there. Most of these are for military use only, which means there is little to no chance they’ll be available for purchase, which is more than likely a good thing. That said, if you are looking for something you can get your hands on today, then check out our catalogue of Air Rifles!

     

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