MVM got the “call” — WE’RE GOING TO NASCAR!

In our commitment to grow the hobby, Military Vehicles Magazine has made an agreement with Bristol Motor Speedway to display and distribute our magazine at the March 2012 NASCAR race weekend. That’s right…Military Vehicles is going to Bristol! Not only is this a great opportunity for us to introduce the hobby to a whole new audience, it will be a fantastic venue for businesses, clubs and shows to promote themselves as well. More »

American experimental helmets from WWI

When the United States entered the First World War on the side of the Allies in 1917, the major powers of Europe had been fighting for nearly three years. In that time, the front lines on the Western Front had become nearly static, with trenches that stretched from Switzerland in the south to the English Channel in the north. This environment had caused the combatant armies to adapt their weapons and equipment. One such piece, the steel helmet, was born out of this necessity. More »

Museum challenges us to give a ‘Million Thanks’

Many agree that the most valuable gift Americans possess is their freedom. In the spirit of acknowledging that, and in recognition of Veterans Day, The National WWII Museum is asking citizens to thank the brave men and women in uniform who protected it. A new campaign entitled “Thank You For My Freedom,” that harnesses the power of social media to send thanks to veterans of all ages, is under way. More »

USS Iowa to be moved to LA’s battleship museum

The USS Iowa — the last surviving World War II battleship without a home — will head to the Port of Los Angeles to stand as a permanent museum and memorial to battleships, the Navy said Sept. 6. The nearly 900-foot (270-meter) battleship must be rehabilitated in San Francisco Bay before it can be towed down the California coast, Pacific Battleship Center president Robert Kent said. That should happen in late October, when unusually high tides are expected in the bay, he said. More »

Civil War photo ID help found in a tip of the cap

While studying a Civil War tintype of what appeared to be a Union cavalry trooper, clues about the soldier’s identity revealed itself in a most unusual manner. The soldier’s sword belt with cross strap and brace of Colt revolvers quickly indicated a mounted role, but his Union Army 9-button infantry frock coat seem to contradict that conclusion. It would have been easy to consider the anomalous mounted sword belt and revolvers as “studio props” (an explanation used far too frequently among collectors and dealers of military photographs). Regardless of the incongruous uniform, weapons and accouterment, something about this portrait had an air of legitimacy. The question was, could the details reveal what it was? More »