And Deutsche Bundespost almost lost it…
The full story: War is Boring
That the Soviet-made R-3S air-to-air missile — better known in the West by its NATO-designation AA-2 Atoll — is a copy of the AIM-9B Sidewinder, originally developed and manufactured in the USA, is relatively well-known.
How it came to be … isn’t so well-known. It involved the mail.
Air transportation services were making mistakes back then at least as often as they make them nowadays, and thus Ramminger’s parcel first traveled from Frankfurt via Paris to Copenhagen, then back to Düsseldorf, before finally reaching Moscow – 10 days late.
Or at least your monitor. I saved some of these 15-16 years ago from one of the forums I used to frequent. Unfortunately I don’t recall who put them together anymore. Here’s some 50.63 Para FAL goodness for today with more to follow as the mood hits me…
The British frigate HMS CLEOPATRA (F28) in the Corinth Canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea, 1970. The rock walls, which rise 300 ft. above sea level, are at a near-vertical 80° angle.
More here: Cleo of Corinth
SGM Mike Vining, one of the early members of SFOD-D.
Or as the best caption I saw for this pic said: Rick Moranis in Honey, I Neutralized the Threat
The Royal Netherlands Army had a long and celebrated horse cavalry tradition that included three historic hussar (huzaren) regiments (Regiment Huzaren 1st Van Sytzama, 2nd Prins van Oranje and 3rd Prins Alexander), dating back to cuirassier units first organized by Napoleon back in 1810 (though other Dutch cavalry units went back much further). They ditched their horses after 135 years for tanks after 1945 (building to over 900 main battle tanks by 1985), but overtime all three of these units were disbanded– though a small measure of each remain.
Read the rest here: The token remnants of the Dutch Cavalry