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The rivalry between Russia and the United States has continued unabated since the Cold War era, with each party coming out on top in certain areas: Russia wins for topless presidential photos, while the United States is better at just about everything else.
Well, almost everything else.
There’s one other area where Mother Russia reigns supreme, and that’s military fail videos. There are so many that there are actually dedicated YouTube channels just for these clips. There are rockets failing mid-launch, tanks rear ending each other, and scores of negligent discharges — one of which is with a cruise missile.
Thanks to groups like Meanwhile in Russia, and Crazy Russian TV, these videos are neatly organized in a few central locations, but to save you the trouble, we’ve highlighted our 10 favorite Russian military fails from these pages and elsewhere across YouTube.
1. Who needs weapon’s safety when you’ve got swagger?
2. Yeah!!! Woohoo! Oh shit! Oh shit, oh shiiieeet!
3. What’s the penalty for negligently discharging a cruise missile?
4. If at first you don’t succeed, fail, fail again.
5. Is it supposed to be on fire?
6. Shit. Are we insured?
7. Seriously. How were you guys a super power?
8. Can’t get your missile up? It’s okay, it happens.
9. I’m on the highway to hell!!!
10. Well, I guess we’ll just stay here?
The USS Eagle 56 was only five miles off the coast of Maine when it exploded.
The World War I-era patrol boat split in half, then slipped beneath the surface of the North Atlantic. The Eagle 56 had been carrying a crew of 62. Rescuers pulled 13 survivors from the water that day. It was April 23, 1945, just two weeks before the surrender of Nazi Germany.
The U.S. Navy classified the disaster as an accident, attributing the sinking to a blast in the boiler room. In 2001, that ruling was changed to reflect the sinking as a deliberate act of war, perpetuated by German submarine U-853, a u-boat belonging to Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine.
Still, despite the Navy's effort to clarify the circumstances surrounding the sinking, the Eagle 56 lingered as a mystery. The ship had sunk relatively close to shore, but efforts to locate the wreck were futile for decades. No one could find the Eagle 56, a small patrol ship that had come so close to making it back home.
Then, a group of friends and amateur divers decided to try to find the wreck in 2014. After years of fruitless dives and intensive research, New England-based Nomad Exploration Team successfully located the Eagle 56 in June 2018.
Business Insider spoke to two crew members — meat truck driver Jeff Goodreau and Massachusetts Department of Corrections officer Donald Ferrara — about their discovery.
These CIA officers were the first US boots on the ground in Afghanistan after 9/11 — and one was 'Marine Todd'
Before the 5th Special Forces Group's Operational Detachment Alpha 595, before 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment's MH-47E Chinooks, and before the Air Force combat controllers, there were a handful of CIA officers and a buttload of cash.
The last time the world saw Marine veteran Austin Tice, he had been taken prisoner by armed men. It was unclear whether his captors were jihadists or allies of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad who were disguised as Islamic radicals.
Blindfolded and nearly out of breath, Tice spoke in Arabic before breaking into English:"Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus."
That was from a video posted on YouTube on Sept. 26, 2012, several weeks after Tice went missing near Damascus, Syria, while working as a freelance journalist for McClatchy and the Washington Post.
Now that Tice has been held in captivity for more than seven years, reporters who have regular access to President Donald Trump need to start asking him how he is going to bring Tice home.
"Shoots like a carbine, holsters like a pistol." That's the pitch behind the new Flux Defense system designed to transform the Army's brand new sidearm into a personal defense weapon.
Sometimes a joke just doesn't work.
For example, the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service tweeted and subsequently deleted a Gilbert Gottfried-esque misfire about the "Storm Area 51" movement.
On Friday DVIDSHUB tweeted a picture of a B-2 bomber on the flight line with a formation of airmen in front of it along with the caption: "The last thing #Millenials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today."