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Karabin przeciwpancerny wzór 35 or kb ppanc wz. 35, codename Urugay

4-rounds fixed box magazine, 7,92x102mm DS
1m76 in length, weighs 10kg loaded
designed by Józef Maroszek

developed and stored in great secrecy before WW2, this antitank rifle was widely used by Polish forces during the German invasion and proved effective against all tanks of the time at 100m and against all light armored vehicle of the time at 400m.
Hidden in crates marked “Surveillance Equipment” and manned by a two-men team (one gunner and one cover) sworn to secrecy, this anti tank rifle had some very interesting features. Its muzzle brake absorbed a significant amount of recoil, giving it the recoil of a military Mauser rifle for nearly twice the muzzle velocity. Its ammunition, declined in many variations, distinguished itself from other anti-material round by its lack of tungsten/cobalt core in the bullet, using instead lead with a steel jacket. The bullet didn’t pierce armor but in fact mushroomed in a 20mm-wide lump on impact, at which point the high velocity (itself due to the long barrel) would allow enough kinetic energy to be transferred to the tank to knock away a piece of steel which would ricochet inside (instead of the bullet).

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Chelsea Manning Breaks Silence

Chelsea Manning broke her silence on Sunday for the first time since being sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks. The former military intelligence analyst was convicted in August 2013 after giving the anti-s…

Chelsea Manning broke her silence on Sunday for the first time since being sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks.

The former military intelligence analyst was convicted in August 2013 after giving the anti-secrecy website hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. military and diplomatic videos, accounts and documents. Until now, she has stayed relatively quiet about her situation.

In an opinion piece in the New York Times on Sunday, Manning went after the U.S. military and media for hiding information from the American people. Manning,formerly known as Bradley, accused the military of manipulating media coverage surrounding the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and attacked the limitations placed on journalists’ ability to cover wars.

Read Manning’s entire opinion piece here.

Manning said she is speaking out because the same “concerns” which led her to leak the documents in 2010 have still “not been resolved.”

“I believe that the current limits on press freedom and excessive government secrecy make it impossible for Americans to grasp fully what is happening in the wars we finance,” she wrote.

Manning focused on media coverage of the 2010 elections in Iraq, and said that journalists greatly misrepresented the reality of the political situation. She wrote that while working as an analyst in Iraq, she became very aware of the major differences between the American media reports and the military and diplomatic reports she was reading. The information given to the public was “flooded with foggy speculation and simplifications,” Manning noted.

“I was shocked by our military’s complicity in the corruption of that election,” she wrote. “Yet these deeply troubling details flew under the American media’s radar.”