Garrett E Eriksen takes a look at the uniforms and insignia worn by the Waffen-SS at the Ardennes Offensive. The rest of this article can be found in the January 2018 issue of The Armourer. [This article is primarily on the uniforms and insignia of the Waffen-SS at the Ardennes Offensive, however some historical context will benefit further understanding of this important battle and the equipment … Continue reading The SS in The Bulge
Memorials, monuments and flights dedicated to the Royal Air Force and those who flew to defend our liberty. The rest of this article can be found in the special RAF 100 Year Anniversary Edition 2018 issue of The Armourer. They found his body washed up on the stark and stony shore of Trondheim, Norway. He was dressed in the uniform of Her Majesty’s Royal Air Force, Scottish … Continue reading RAF Memorials: what we many owe to The Few
First, let’s answer the question: “is it historically accurate that women fought in WWII?” Short answer: yes. Now, let’s elaborate. Battlefield is a long-running gaming franchise that has roamed through several different eras of warfare including World War I and II, Vietnam, the modern era, and even the distant future. It is a series built around intense battles and action where you can hear your … Continue reading Hysterical Accuracy: Women, WWII, and Gaming.
Garrett E Eriksen examines uniforms and gear worn by the Red Army and Wehrmacht at Stalingrad. The rest of this article can be found in the December 2017 issue of The Armourer. The Battle of Stalingrad is near mythical in its status as a decisive battle during World War II. Any history buff worth their salt has, at the very least, heard of this battle if not … Continue reading What they wore at Stalingrad
Garrett E Eriksen examines some of the uniforms, medals and equipment of Navy and Civilian personnel deployed to the Evacuation of Dunkirk. The rest of this article can be found in the September 2017 issue of The Armourer. The events at Dunkirk over 26 May to 4 June 1940 saw nearly 400,000 soldiers evacuated from the shores of the embattled French coastline. The desperate situation the … Continue reading The Uniforms of Dunkirk
Garrett E Eriksen examines the Women’s Voluntary Service during the London Blitz. The rest of this article can be found in the November 2017 issue of The Armourer. THE WOMEN’S VOLUNTARY SERVICE The romantic notion of warfare, until World War I, held that fighting and dying should be left to the soldiers. Civilians in towns and cities were considered non-combatants and the expectation was that they would … Continue reading “The WVS Never Says No”
Garrett E Eriksen takes a look at the kit equipped by Allied and Axis soldiers at the Normandy Landings. The rest of this article can be found in the July 2017 issue of The Armourer. The 6th of June 1944 saw the largest seaborne invasion in history taking place along the beaches of Normandy, France as part of the Allied invasion of German-occupied Western Europe. It has … Continue reading Gearing Up For D-Day
I was invited to speak on 6 August 2017 at a special event hosted by the Congolese Civil Society at the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference was to be on nuclear weapons, the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the legacy of atomic weapons and how the Congo was directly involved in the acquisition of uranium for the bombs dropped … Continue reading The Atomic Bomb – From Function to Fallout