MG34

3d model MG34

Germans standard machine gun MG34 Maschinengewehr MG34 Type: Machine guns History: In 1930 the Solothurn Company of Switzerland produced a machine gun known as the MG30, which they offered to the German Army. It was a very advanced design which… learn more

Submarines Scuka class

Russian Scuka class submarine

Russian Scuka or ShCh submarine class ShCh or Scuka class (between 90 and 100 boats). Type: Russian submarines, built 1933-1948. History: This class, also known as ShCh, Scuka or SC-class, was the first originally Soviet submarine design. The class got… learn more

P-35 Seversky

3D model Seversky P-35

US fighter in the Philippines in 1941 and Swedish plane Seversky P-35 Type: US fighter plane. History: This aircraft was the inspiration for the 1938 Italian Reggiane Re2000, which was designed by Roberto Longhi. Like the Italian aircraft, however, the… learn more

105 mm leFH 18

3d model of 105 mm leFH 18

German light field howitzer 105 mm leFH 18 105mm leFH 18 Type: light field howitzer History: The German army had chosen the calibre of 105 mm (4,134 inch) for its standard field howitzers well before World War One, and then… learn more

T-34 tank

3D model of T-34

Models 1941 and 1942 with 76.2-mm-gun F-34 T-34 Models 1941, 1942. Typ: medium battle tank with 76.2-mm-gun F-34. History: The combat debut of the T-34 Model 1940 tank in the summer of 1941 revealed it to be unquestionably the finest… learn more

T-34 Model 1943

3D model T-34 M43

T-34 Model 1943 with 76.2-mm-gun F-34 History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures, video and 3D model. T-34 Model 1943 Typ: medium battle tank with 76.2-mm-gun F-34. History: One of the few worthwhile outcomes from the T-34M controversy was the design… learn more

Polikarpov I-15 and I-153

3D model Polikarpov I-15 Chato

Russian fighter and fighter-bomber Chaika (Chato in Spain) Polikarpov I-15, I-15bis, I-153 Chaika (Chato in Spain) Type: Russian fighter and fighter-bomber biplane. History: One might jump to the conclusion that these Polikarpov I-15 biplanes were superseded by the I-16 Rata… learn more

Japanese submarines I 15 class

Japanese submarine I 19

Japanese submarines of WW2 I 15 submarine class (20 subs). Type: Japanese submarine class, launched 1939-1942. History: These Japanese submarines, designated Type B, were scouting craft designed to work in conjunction with the Type A headquarters submarines. They were developed… learn more

Waffen-SS divisions 7-12

7.5cm AT gun of 12 SS 'Hitlerjugend' in Normandy

Order of Battle Waffen-SS divisions 7 (Prinz Eugen) – 12 (Hitlerjugend) The Waffen-SS divisions from this and the previous page were Germany’s most effective troops of WW2. 7 SS-Freiwilligen-Gebirgs-Division Prinz Eugen Raised (as division) March 1942 (operational October 1942). The… learn more

F4U Corsair

3D model F4U-1 Corsair

US Navy carrier-based fighter-bomber Vought F4U Corsair Type: US Navy carrier-based fighter-bomber. History: F4U Corsair production continued for more than ten years, and the type remained in service until 1965. Total production was 12,571 aircraft. The Vought F4U Corsair was… learn more

de Havilland Mosquito

3d model Mosquito bomber

British high-speed bomber de Havilland Mosquito History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model. De Havilland Mosquito, DH 98 Type: British high-speed bomber and photo-reconnaissance aircraft. History: The British De Havilland Mosquito was planned by the de Havilland Aircraft Co… learn more

20 mm Flak 38

3D model 20mm Flakvierling 38

German light anti-aircraft guns 20 mm one barrel and Flakvierling 20 mm Flak 38, Flakvierling Type: light anti-aircraft gun History: By 1940 it was already appreciated that the low rate of fire of the 20 mm (0.787-in) Flak 30 was… learn more

Wehrmacht vs US Army

Wehrmacht soldiers in training

Fighting power of the Wehrmacht, Part II back to Fighting power Wehrmacht Part I Training of soldiers The duration of basic training in the Wehrmacht was different. In 1938 it took’s 16 weeks for infantrymen, 1940 only eight weeks, 16… learn more

E-boat

3D model of E-Boat.

German Schnellboot (S-boat) E-Boat (German ‘Schnellboot’ or ‘S-boat’) Type: Motor torpedo boat (MTB) History: Identified by the British for some ill described purpose as an E-boat (‘Enemy boat’), the German Schnellboot, or S-Boot, differed significantly from the Royal Navy counterparts.… learn more

He 162 Salamander

3D model He 162

Jet fighter and interceptor from Heinkel Heinkel He 162 Salamander (Volksjäger). Type: German Luftwaffe jet fighter and interceptor. History: One of the most rapidly conceived warplanes ever produced, the He 162 home defence fighter existed as a wooden mockup within… learn more

Sub S class

3D model Seawolf

British submarines of WW2 S class (63 boats) Type: British submarine class, built 1931-1945. History: Though their roots returned to 1928, the ‘S’ class had been highly successful throughout WW2 and, along with 62 completions, was the Royal Navy’s the… learn more

Me 110

3D model Me 110 F

Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstörer of the German Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 110 Type: Heavy fighter plane, Zerstörer (destroyer), fighter-bomber, night fighter History: As in five other countries at about the same time, the Reichsluftfahrtministerium decided in 1934 to issue a requirement… learn more

Finnish Armed Forces in the Winter War 1939-40

Finnish instructor for Suomi sub-machine gun

Finnish Army The Finnish army was one of the smallest in Europe and the Red Army expected little opposition. But the Soviet invasion found the Finns well prepared; and they turned to their advantage the sub-zero temperatures and deep snow… learn more

Red Air Force and Navy 1939

Polikarpov I-16 Rata

Russian Air Force Throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s the Soviet Government made enormous efforts to build up a large modern air force, but the difficulties in finding suitable designs and the machines and materials to mass produce aircraft were enormous.… learn more

Red Army 1939

Russian infantry with BT-7 tank

Strength and organization of the Russian Armed Forces in 1939 During 1939-40, the Red Army were undergoing a period of transition. New weapons and tactical ideas were being developed, but misguided and often stultifying central control meant that there was… learn more