Focus on Eastern Europe
By Maciej Jonasz
Throughout the Cold War the armed forces of the east European countries were little more than extensions of the Soviet military. They all relied on conscription and they fielded primarily heavy armored and mechanized formations. Soviet weapons and doctrine predominated, so training emphasized rapid thrusts into western Europe.
Tanks in Counterinsurgency Operations
By Steven Bean
During the years leading up to World War II there was debate among weapons designers about the best type of tank. As a result, a range of designs emerged known variously as “cruisers,” “lights,” “heavies,” and “infantry support.” There were even “cavalry tanks.” Combat experience in World War II then clearly demonstrated the best all-around tank combined fi repower, cross-country mobility, and the capability to carry out a range of missions from anti-armor to attacking infantry positions. Those tanks were generally known as “mediums,” and included the Soviet T-34, the German Mark IV and V, and the American M-4 Sherman. Not long into the postwar era, that type of vehicle had been further developed into what is called the “Main Battle Tank” or MBT…
By Kelly Bell
When the “Atomic Energy Lab” came out in 1960, it was the latest in a line of Cold War-era nuclear-themed toys that had a hard science orientation. Produced and marketed by the American Basic Science Club, the boxed kit featured a spinthariscope (used for observing the breakdown of atomic particles), a cloud chamber and an electroscope. It also contained the radioactive substances uranium and radium.
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