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Tag Archives: military history

  • 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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  • The Best Military-Based Podcasts

    Radio speaker and military man to represent best military podcasts.

    Those with a love of airsoft and airsoft guns may also find themselves drawn to military news and history. The two, of course, go hand-in-hand as airsoft games offer a less pressurised view of what a battlefield is like. Naturally, for those of us who partake in airsoft, we find ourselves drawn to weaponry developments, however bizarre they may be, and to the history of the guns and the heroes who went to war.

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  • Learn More About Gun Moderators/Suppressors/Silencers

    gun suppressor.

    Sound suppressors, moderators, silencers. However, you may refer to them, there’s no denying they’re a cool piece of kit; we know many of our readers have one or two (or more) already in their collection.

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  • A Journey Into the World of Camouflage

    Statue of Boudica

    You can step back in time and see legendary war heroes like Boudica depicted by artists as wearing brightly coloured, flowing gowns. Not exactly the kind of kit you’d expect a real soldier to wear – although there are also renditions of her wearing armour as she went into battle riding her horse-drawn chariot. The queen of the British Celtic Iceni tribe led an uprising against occupying Roman Empire forces in AD 60 or 61, and although reputedly something of a mean dame, she didn’t die in battle but – supposedly – from poisoning herself.

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