The purpose of the military is to project power and to use that power to kill the enemy and destroy the ability of the enemy to fight. Weapons, ordnance, planes, ships and other means to military ends are the subject of this Olive-Drab.com section.
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Soldiers from Combat Support Company, 2nd Battalion, 187th Infantry with an M40A2 106 mm Reciolless Rifle mounted on an M825 jeep. The munition being loaded into the breech is an M581 106 mm antipersonnel-tracer (APERS-T) round. Army Tropic Test Center, Panama Canal Zone, 1984.
Today in WW II: 4 Jul 1942 German bombers and submarines sink 24 ships of Convoy PQ 17 to the Soviet Union after the convoy spread out in the Arctic Ocean to evade the German battleship Tirpitz. More ↓
4 Jul 1942 US Eighth Air Force flies its first mission in Europe using six borrowed British planes; only three aircraft returned.
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