Recoilless Rifle in Action

On Okinawa new weapons systems and devices utilizing the latest wartime technologies were field tested and employed for the the first time in combat against the Empire of Japan. Among these were the highly effective 57mm M18 and 75mm M20 anti-tank recoilless rifles. Weighing only 45 pounds and 61 inches long, the 57-mm. can be…

Kamikaze Attack off Sakishima Islands

Often overlooked and largely forgotten by history, the British Pacific Fleet (BPF) contributed greatly in the final months of the Pacific War and its role was vital to the success of the Ryukyus Campaign and in achieving ultimate victory over the Empire of Japan. The task of the BPF in May 1945 during the Ryukyus…