The most commonly known Kalashnikov weapon, so called because of the designer Mikhail Kalashnikov, the AK-47 is not used as a matter of course by US Special Forces. The M4 carbine or M16 rifle is currently the preferred choice, although it is on a long list of weapons.
However, that is not to say that special forces are not trained in the use of the AK-47 ...
The story is plausible for two reasons:
1) Most enlisted military personnel at a time of war up to the 1950's were young sexually-active males. This has long been the case and applies to the military of many countries, not just the USA.
2) In some cities in Japan, prostitution was legalised and the prostitutes had rates of STD infection of up to 95%.
The subject of Spiegel article is the AK47 designed in 1947 and, as that article suggests, now considered somewhat obsolete and inaccurate.
Calibre: 7.62 vs 5.56
The AK47 uses a 7.62×39mm round.
Under US influence, NATO switched from 7.62x51mm to 5.56×45mm to reduce recoil and improve rates of fire.
Recently this policy has been reversed ...
According to the US Naval Institute, yes an appendectomy was performed on a submarine.
On 11 September 1942, Pharmacist’s Mate First Class (PhM1/c) Wheeler B. Lipes agonized over the most difficult decision of his life. He had just diagnosed his shipmate, Seaman First Class Darrel D. Rector, with acute appendicitis. With their submarine Seadragon (SS-194) ...
The only video in that Daily Mail article is of Mark McAllister.
According to this article the producers called 911, he went to hospital and was diagnosed with epilepsy. That's corroborated by this page of his employer's web site:
In March of 2011, Mark experienced a seizure while reporting live during Global Toronto’s News Hour. He was diagnosed with ...