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Save 20% Through Sunday, July 22nd!

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Building On the Past: The Atom Bomb

Trinity Test at 9 seconds

On July 16th, 1945, the United States became the first nation to successfully test an atom bomb, done at the Trinity Site located at Alamogordo, New Mexico. This test demonstrated the full destructive potential of such a device, essentially changing the nature of warfare forever.  

The Manhattan Project was a US-led effort to produce an atomic weapon during the course of World War II. The project was founded after US intelligence reported to President Franklin Roosevelt that the Germans were working on their own atomic weapon. Headed by J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Manhattan Project produced a functional device using research on nuclear fission largely done at Columbia University.

The atom bomb played a major role in ending World War II. Faced with the invasion of the Japanese home islands, the United States military estimated that casualties would run into the millions. President Harry Truman decided that the atom bomb would be used to force the Japanese to surrender. In August 1945, both Hiroshima and Nagasaki were obliterated by two bombs, killing tens of thousands of Japanese civilians and ending World War II. This controversial decision by Truman is still debated today.

After 1945, the age of conquerors and massive armies sweeping over vast tracts of land was over. Wars that raged would be largely ideological, often contained to a struggle between the tenets of communism and democracy. The Cold War had begun.

For the first time in history, humanity held the means for its own destruction. Author William Shirer laments these new weapons in the foreword of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, leaving the reader with stark words of caution:  

“In our new age of terrifying, lethal gadgets, which supplanted so swiftly the old one, the first aggressive war, if it should come, will be launched by suicidal little madmen pressing an electronic button. Such a war will not last long and none will ever follow it. There will be no conquerors and no conquests, but only the charred bones of the dead on an uninhabited planet.”

Building On the Past: Mid-July in World War History

At Close Grips - the Second Battle of the Marne of WWI

One of the last great German offensives of World War I, the Second Battle of the Marne marked the end of the German spring offensives in 1918. These offensives were designed to defeat the Allies before substantial numbers of American troops could arrive on the Western Front. The offensive was designed by Erich Ludendorff, the German Chief-of-Staff. Ludendorff’s offensive at the Marne was to be a diversionary attack, drawing Allied troops away from the Flanders region. The plan was to launch a larger offensive at Flanders, splitting French forces and driving towards Paris.

The offensive was largely a failure. Backed by fresh American troops, the Allies blunted the German advance and mounted a successful counteroffensive. After the defeat, it slowly became apparent that victory for the Central Powers was almost impossible. Germany’s fate became reality when the Allies launched the offensive at Amiens on August 8th, 1918.

22 years later, the British were feeling the same dread that Germany felt in 1918. France had recently fallen to the Nazis. Operation Dynamo had managed to salvage what was left of the British Expeditionary Force at Dunkirk. On July 10, 1940, Hitler launched the Battle of Britain. This offensive was designed for the German Luftwaffe to achieve air superiority over the British Royal Air Force (R.A.F) in preparation for Operation Sea Lion, the invasion of Britain.

While both the R.A.F. and the civilian population suffered immensely under the German bombardment, British resolve held out long enough to frustrate Hitler into turning his attention eastward towards the Soviet Union. This resolve not only saved their own nation, but also led to Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union. In making the same mistake as previous conquerors such as Napoleon, this invasion would result in massive Nazi losses and the eventual defeat of Hitler’s seemingly unstoppable armies.

 

Building On the Past: Kursk

By Bundesarchiv, Bild 101III-Zschaeckel-207-12 / Zschäckel, Friedrich / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Still reeling from their horrible losses at Stalingrad, the Third Reich planned another major offensive for the summer of 1943. During the winter, the Soviets created a bulge in the German lines on the Eastern Front. The Germans planned to exploit this bulge and attempt a giant pincer movement, effectively trapping a huge force at Kursk.

The numbers massed by both the German and Soviet forces before the battle are astounding. Like many large-scale battles, the numbers are still debated by historians. It is generally agreed that the Germans massed 900,000 soldiers, 10,000 artillery guns, 2,700 tanks, and 2,000 aircraft. Estimates put Soviet forces at 1,300,000 soldiers, 20,000 artillery guns, 3,600 tanks, and 2,400 planes. The Soviets also built a massive fortification system around Kursk, built largely by Russian civilians who helped repair roads and dig trenches.

On July 5th, 1943, Operation Citadel began. Although the Germans enjoyed some initial success, fighting was fierce and resulted in heavy casualties for both armies. The Luftwaffe and Red Army Air Force attacked enemy tank formations from the air, attempting to sway the advantage to their position. The Germans deployed their new Panther and Tiger tanks against the smaller T-34, which was poorly equipped to handle the heavy German tanks at long range. These German tanks were equipped with long barrels to give them a significant range advantage against enemy armor. By engaging the Tiger and Panther at point-blank range, Soviet commanders eliminated this range advantage and increased their chance of survival (Even so, the notion of engaging a Tiger at point-blank range is terrifying). Air support was impossible as pilots could not identify enemy tanks among the armor melee.

In successfully stopping the Germans, the Red Army took horrendous losses at Kursk. Despite these losses, the Red Army could afford to replace their soldiers and equipment where the Wehrmacht could not. The battle of Kursk marked the last major offensive by the Third Reich on the Eastern Front. Between losses at Stalingrad and Kursk coupled with the invasion of Sicily by the Western Allies, Germany was forced to remain on the defensive until the end of the war in 1945.

Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 101III-Zschaeckel-207-12 / Zschäckel, Friedrich / CC BY-SA 3.0 de, Source

Restock: Desert Storm GI with 6-Color BDU

Desert Storm GI with 6-Color BDU

This Desert Storm GI with 6-Color BDU features exclusive custom-printed artwork designed by Lando! This is one of our more popular custom minifigs, so be sure to buy yours soon!

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Restock: WWII Fallschirmjäger Helmet with Side Prints (Gunmetal)

WWII Fallschirmjäger Helmet with Side Prints (Gunmetal)

We have taken the BrickArms Fallschirmjäger and printed Luftwaffe insignia on both sides, complete with texture printed rivets. Pick up a few today!

New Release: WWI German Stormtrooper

WWI German Stormtrooper

These elite German soldiers were known for their experience and were deployed heavily during Operation Michael. These soldiers often included some of the most battle-hardened men on the Western Front. Typically seen with the MP-18 submachine gun, these soldiers were used to exploit weak points in the Allied trenches.

This custom-printed minifigure includes an Overmolded BrickArms MP-18 with exclusive color scheme, a BrickArms trench mace, and a custom-printed display stand with textured details.

The WWI German Stormtrooper has artwork based on trousers with reinforced knees, field tunic, Krupp Sappenpanzer (Trench Armor) Type 1, field-painted gas mask canister, Stielhandgranate, M1907 Canteen, German gas mask, and field-painted Stahlhelm. The gas mask and trench armor also feature texture printing.

LEGO and the LEGO Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site or these products.

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New Release: Bruno – 28 cm SK L/40 Railway Gun

Bruno - 28 cm SK L/40 Railway Gun

About Bruno – 28 cm SK L/40 Railway Gun

Sometimes known as the Amiens Gun, the 28cm SK L/40 Railway Gun “Bruno” was produced by Germany within a series of monstrous artillery weapons. The advent of the railway gun was first seen during the American Civil War with the Confederacy deploying a 32-pound gun at Savage Station in June 1862.

As the First World War continued, each army continued to develop larger artillery pieces, eventually mounting naval guns on railway cars. These huge weapons often had a range of twenty miles or more, making them both formidable weapons and top priority targets for opposing armies. This tradition continued into the Second World War.

There were six 28cm railway guns produced for the German Army. One of the guns was involved in the Battle of Amiens, used to shell the city of Amiens during the summer of 1918. The gun was captured by the Australians during the Battle of Harbonnieres, a massive offensive by the Allies on August 8, 1918. The gun was brought back to Australia as a war trophy and is on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Specifications:

  • Years deployed: 1917-18
  • Number produced: 6
  • Range: 18,000 m (59055 ft)

Additional information about this Brickmania custom building kit:

The Bruno – 28 cm SK L/40 Railway Gun kit comes with the following features

  • Elevating gun
  • Five straight LEGO® track segments
  • Posable jacks
  • Custom-printed minifigure
  • Shell-loading crane
  • Gun breech
  • Collapsible railings
  • Turntable for optional traverse function

All Brickmania model kits are made of new-condition LEGO bricks. This model comes disassembled and includes complete printed building instructions and comes packaged in a sealed box. This is a limited-edition kit and production may be discontinued at any time.

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New Release: Operator Hat with Subdued US Flag

Operator Hat with Subdued US Flag

It’s a baseball hat with an American flag on it. What more do you need?

First featured on our PMC Operator, you can now purchase this hat separately for any LEGO® minifigure.

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Independence Day Sale All Week!

Save 15% on Your Whole Order Today

Save big during our Independence Day Sale, now through Sunday, July 8th! Take 15% off your whole order with coupon code 4JULY18 at checkout on our website, or show the retail associate this post to save at our Mall of America or Woodfield Mall stores!

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