Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)


Here's my contribution to the endless debates on what is the best aircraft or tank in the world. The aircraft rankings are entirely subjective, based on personal appreciation of their capabilities. However, the tank rankings have a more rigorous methodology in which each vehicle is ranked on the basis of three paramenters: firepower, protection and mobility. Users can change the weights of these parameters themselves.

Aircraft Rankings - World War II
Aircraft Rankings - Modern & Helicopters
Tank Rankings - World War II
Tank Rankings - Modern

Designation systems

What's in a name? The story behind how military weapons get their designations and their names is a peculiarly interesting (and incredibly geeky) aspect of warfare. I have attempted to create comprehensive guides explaining the designation systems of the main powers for aircraft and ships.

Aircraft Designations - Germany
Aircraft Designations - France
Aircraft Designations - Japan
Aircraft Designations - Russia
Aircraft Designations - United Kingdom
Aircraft Designations - United States

Pennant Numbers - United Kingdom
Pennant Numbers - NATO
Hull Classification Symbols - United States
Hull Classification Symbols - NATO

Blog entries

My personal blog,, occasionally deals with military or security-related issues. Here is a list of all articles on the subject.

The war against Iran: a game theoretical perspective (10.4.12)
The future of air power (20.3.12)
Putin's new Crimean War (2.3.14)
The greatest aviation duels in history (14.12.14)
To Trident or not to Trident (17.4.15)
On the atomic bombing of Japan (6.8.15)

External resources

The following are are external resources I consider to be invaluable for military research. Some of them have since been taken down so I have therefore decided to host them here as a mirror.

Global Peace Index (GPI)
SIPRI Military Expenditure Database
SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing and military services companies

Milspeak Jargon List by Ian Coates (Mirror)
Tank Protection Levels by Jake Collins (Mirror)



Air Power Australia
Federation of American Scientists
Gary's Olive Drab Page
IHS Jane's 360
Military Today

Archives & Statistics

Axis History Factbook
The Avalon Project
Big Book of Warfare
Feldgrau - The German Armed Forces 1919-1945
Historical Atlas of the Twentieth Century

World War II at
World War


Alternate Wars
The British Army in the Great War of 1914-1918
Cold War International History Project
D-Day: Etat des Lieux
Decoded: The Cold War Blog 1945-1995
Encyclopaedia Brittannica's Guide to Normandy 1944
France 1940

Kursk Page
Pacific War Online Encyclopedia
The Russian Battlefield WWII Technical Database
U.S. Army Center of Military History
World War II Database
World War II in the Pacific

Air Warfare
Air Aces
Air Vectors
All the World's Rotorcraft
The Aviation Zone
Joe Baugher's American Military Aircraft

Russian Aviation Museum
The Aviation History Online Museum
The Great Planes
The Virtual Aviation Museum
The World War II Encyclopedia
USAF Museum
Virtual Aircraft Museum
Warbirds Resource Group
WW2 Warbirds

Land Warfare

Achtung Panzer
Army Technology

World War II Vehicles

Sea Warfare

Fleet Air Arm Archive

Haze Gray & Underway
The Leander Project

Naval History and Heritage Command

NavSource Naval History
Net-Marine (fr)
Nihon Kaigun (Imperial Japanse Navy Page)
Seaforces Online


1000 Aircraft Photos
Wings Palette
World War II in Color
The World War II Multimedia Database

National links

France - Armée de Terre | Marine Nationale | Armeé de l\'Air
Germany - Bundeswehr | Marine | Luftwaffe
Israel - Isreal Defence Forces | Israeli Air Force
Italy - Esercito | Marina Militare | Aeronautica Militare
Japan - Ground SDF | Maritime SDF | Air SDF
Sweden -Försvarsmakten | Flygvapnet
United Kingdom - British Army | Royal Navy | Royal Air Force
United States - US Army | US Navy | US Marine Corps | US Air Force

Corporate links

Airbus Military

BAE Systems
Bell Helicopter
Dassault Aviation
General Dynamics
Lockheed Martin
Nexter Group
Northrop Grumman