Battle in the Age of Mobile Suits
Gundam Ep. 26: In the Navy You Can Put Your Mind At Ease
This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Gundam episode 26 (25 in the US), "Char Returns," discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on: war balloons, top secret information, the battle of Sekigahara, naval mines, and possible aesthetic influences for mobile suit design.
- More detailed information about the Civil War-era Balloon Corps.
- Explanation and photo of barrage balloons.
- Overview of Japan's Fu-Go balloon program, and the news story detailing the 2014 discovery of an unexploded incendiary from a Fu-Go. CORRECTION: I stated that I thought this happened in Oregon. It actually happened in British Columbia, Canada.
- Wikpedia page on classified information (levels, differences between different countries, etc.), and an article which discusses what happens when people reveal classified information.
- The US National Archive FAQ on identifying and handling classified records.
- Detailed information on naval mines, including their history, types, and the technology and mechanisms involved, from the Minewarfare & Clearance Diving Officers' Association, NavWeaps (Naval Weapons, Naval Technology and Naval Reunions website), and the Worldwide Independent Inventors Assoication (archive).
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