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Military History

Cappy and the Devil Dogs of the Marine Corps

June 26, 2018

Few breeds of dog are as intimidating as the Doberman. Powerful, strong, and imposing, this breed was designed to be scary enough to ward off danger, which is why the Dober...

The Ghost Ships of the National Defense Reserve Fleet

December 10, 2017

After World War II, the US established the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) – a fleet of vessels that serve as a reserve of ships for national defense and nationa...

The Unseen Portraits of Somme Soldiers, 1916

November 20, 2017

During WW1, the village of Vignacourt in France was always behind the front lines – as a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area for troops of all national...

Amazing Color Photos That Show U.S. Army Uniforms in Wo...

September 21, 2017

The United States Army in WW2 used a variety of standard and non-standard battle uniforms, which often changed depending upon the theater of war, climatic environ...

The Badass Story of a Gallipoli Legend, Albert 'Hard' J...

September 12, 2017

The Gallipoli Campaign went down in history as an unsuccessful attempt by the Allied Forces to control the sea route from Europe to Russia during the First World ...

Japan's Weird-Looking Military Vehicle

August 31, 2017

This isn't exactly one of those cutting-edge technology we usually associate with Japan, but this bushy military vehicle may just come in handy in situations that require a camouflag...

Friends & Brothers Captured Together During the America...

August 2, 2017

This collection of 19th-century photos were taken during the American Civil War. They are photos of unknown soldiers who had chosen to be captured together with a...

The Sniper Who Killed Taliban Machine Gunners from 8,12...

July 6, 2017

Craig Harrison, a Corporal of the Horse and a member of the elite British Household Cavalry unit holds the record for achieving the longest kill shot ever recorde...

The Accidental Detonation of 4,000 Tons of Explosives I...

June 28, 2017

On November 27th, 1944, a seismograph in Switzerland recorded the effects of a massive explosion in far distant England. At first seismologists thought it was an ...

Dragon’s Teeth: Used to Slow Down and Channel Tanks Int...

June 26, 2017

During WWII, opposing troops came up with many ideas on how to slow or disable fast-moving tanks. One of these ideas was to design obstacles to immobilize tanks...

US Air Force Academy Cadets Finally Realized Their Jani...

June 22, 2017

Day after day hundreds cadets of Air Force Academy would pass janitor William Crawford in the hall oblivious to the greatness that was among them. In the mid-197...

The World's Most Powerful Militaries Ranked

June 21, 2017

Global FirePower Index ranked the top 35 militaries in the world according to 50 factors, which include overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment ...

Dog of War: This Brave, Stubby-Tailed Pit Bull Was Amer...

June 17, 2017

In 1917, a Pit Bull puppy was roaming the streets of New Haven, Connecticut near an Army training camp at Yale University and it was there that Private J. Robert ...

An Army of 1000 Japanese Soldiers Was Attacked by Croco...

June 12, 2017

In 1942, during WWII, the Japanese Imperial Army captured Ramree Island off the Burma coast, 70 miles south of Akyab, now known as Sittwe. Since Ramree was strate...

Calling Blighty: Videos Made by 600 Soldiers Found In R...

June 2, 2017

Hundreds of video clips, each lasting around 30 seconds made by 600 soldiers, were found in rusty canisters in the basement of Manchester Town Hall in England in ...

The Story Behind: “Burst of Joy”, 1973

June 1, 2017

On an overcast day in March 1973, photographer Sal Veder of Associated Press captured an image of a POW being happily greeted by his family. The photo was titled “Burst of Joy" a...

Britain's "Unkillable" Soldier, Adrian Carton de Wiart

May 29, 2017

Lt. General Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart served as a British officer in the Boer War, the First World War, and the Second World War. He survived two plane crashes, was ...

10 Odd Jobs From the World War II Military Classificati...

May 18, 2017

High school history books always made it seem that the Second World War was exclusively won by troops and generals on the frontlines, and of national figureheads...

Recovered: Vietnam-era Lighters Carried by Soldiers Dur...

May 17, 2017

Recently, Cowan’s Auctions featured over 280 Vietnam-era lighters carried by soldiers during the war. As seen in the small sampling below, these small objects ref...

Man Found $2.4 Million-Worth Of Gold Bars In an Old Tan...

May 5, 2017

When Nick Mead purchased an ex-military tank on eBay for $37,000, he thought he was getting a decent deal. Little did he know, there were five gold bars worth $2...

Photos Show What the US Navy and Marine Corps Do for Fu...

May 1, 2017

Swim calls are one of the few drills US Navy and Marine Corps aboard military ships can truly enjoy. During these drills, sailors are given permission to swim nea...

11 of Histories Greatest Empires and the Vast Lands The...

April 5, 2017

Do you know where some of the most famous, or infamous, empires ruled? The visual below mapped the territories ruled by historical empires based on modern politic...

3 Important Roman Military Tactics That Won Battles

April 4, 2017

Up to this day, Roman military tactics are still learned in staff colleges and military schools like Sandhurst. These organized military tactic and strategies predated t...

Photos of Wounded Civil War Soldiers Used to Determine ...

March 30, 2017

Photography played a significant role in the development of medicine. As a special area of photography, medical photography was used to document various injuries ...

How Tootsie Rolls Saved the Lives of Soldiers During th...

March 22, 2017

The Battle of the Chosin Reservoir During the Korean War, American Troops stationed at Chang Jin mountain reservoir or Chosin reservoir, experienced extreme weath...

Declassified Cold War Footages Of Some Of History’s Lar...

March 20, 2017

This week, the federally funded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California released 62 newly declassified and restored films of U.S. nuclear te...

Secret WWII Message Decoded Decades After the War Ended...

March 13, 2017

In Italy, a group of treasure hunters were scanning an area in Tuscany using metal detectors when they discovered an old bullet. However, they were a bit surprise...

10 Things You You Probably Don't Know About The U.S. Se...

March 9, 2017

Since 1865, this organization has already existed - officially known as The United States Secret Service or USSS. The agents here are regarded way more than just ...

Sgt. Murphy's Laws of Combat

March 6, 2017

Some military humor... Author: Anonymous via Meyerweb

Footage of US Soldiers Before and After Using LSD, 1958...

March 5, 2017

As part of the U.S. Military Chemical and Biological Warfare Program, soldiers are given LSD while executing close-order drills. They try to duplicate their actio...

The Story of the Death Railway

March 2, 2017

On the morning of December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched their surprise assault on Pearl Harbor. On the same day, they also attacked Dutch and British positions in South East Asia. About 14...

Why Was There A Full-Size Battleship In the Middle of N...

March 1, 2017

The U.S. Navy thought of a creative idea to encourage military recruitment: build a full-sized battleship complete with a working crew in the heart of New York Ci...

5 Famous Snipers of World War II

March 1, 2017

During the decade leading to World War Two, the U.S.S.R. was the only nation that trained sniper units rigidly. Although other nations trained them too, it was not to the same degree. As a...

Cold War Era Spy Tools

February 28, 2017

The renowned Cold War -- let us revisit the golden days of spying with some nifty examples of items the James Bonds of that era kept secret in their tool kits. H/T Top-Gadgets

The Unusual Life Story of Dr. James Barry

February 24, 2017

A renowned military surgeon, Dr. James Barry had led a very colourful life. He became inspector general of hospitals – which is among the highest army medical posts – and provided...

Soldiers' Faces Before, During and After a War

February 21, 2017

Of course wars did have sentimental repercussions… H/T Metapicture

The US Dropped Warning Leaflets Before They Bombed Japa...

February 6, 2017

The Axis Power was responsible for the Holocaust, the Allies, the bombing of Japan. Who really lost the war?

Love Lost: World War II Soldier Expresses His Love in a...

February 6, 2017

If you need a reminder of just how far we've come with LGBT rights in the military and larger American culture, a love letter penned from one soldier to his lover...

Military Slang Words and Phrases Used by American Soldi...

February 6, 2017

Starting as early as 1941, correspondents began reporting and discussing military slang in the pages of American Speech, the journal of the American Dialect Socie...

Photos Of Old Warrior Tanks At Rest In Abandoned Green ...

February 2, 2017

These will give you a sense of melancholy...

Evacuation of the Sick and Wounded, WWII

January 5, 2017

Every battlefield troop maintains a fraction of personnel who are well-trained and proficient in conducting first aid. In a unit that is as large as an Infantry battalion, there is...

Marine Veterans Recreate Photo They Took 50 Years Ago

December 21, 2016

One Saturday morning last May, four U.S. Marine veterans made their way to Cinnamon Beach in Florida to recreate a photo they took 50 years ago. Bob Falk, 71, Bob De...

Family Unknowingly Played with a World War II Sea Mine ...

December 8, 2016

Kelly Gravell and her family went to the beach and saw what they thought was an old, barnacle encrusted buoy that had washed up on the shore near Burry Port in Wa...

The Ideal World War I British Trench

December 8, 2016

Andrew Belsey, an architectural modelmaker from London, England, created a series of trench sections - each showing different aspect of trench warfare.   This is his "Ideal Trench...

World War II Story: This Man Dropped Candies Instead of...

December 6, 2016

As the Second World War approached its end, the Soviet army sieged Berlin until the city, and eventually all German forces, surrendered. The people of Berlin were...

Old Photos Show What WWI Trench Warfare Really Looked L...

November 28, 2016

Thought of as the "war to end all wars," World War I left Europe in shambles, led to the deaths of over 9 million people, and drew in countries from every contine...

WWII Soldier's Sketchbooks Reveal a Visual Diary of His...

November 15, 2016

Victor A. Lundy,  sketched the drawings you'll see below between May and November 1944 when he was wounded. The sketches take us from his initial training in Fort...

The Secret Message Inside Lincoln's Pocket Watch

November 12, 2016

Before Abraham Lincoln became President, he was a successful lawyer in Illinois. As he came up in the world, he bought an 18-carat gold pocket watch from a jeweler named Ge...

WWI Flight Training From 1918 (Original Footage)

November 11, 2016

The United States declared war on Germany in April of 1917 and began preparing a force to fight from the sky. Hundreds of cadets enrolled in flight schools in the United St...

95-year-old WWII Veteran Finally Gets Medals He Earned ...

November 10, 2016

95-year-old Harold Curry of Kansas has finally received the medals he deserves. “I didn't know I had most of these, because when I came out of the Army in '45 sho...

The Most Photographed Paratrooper in Normandy

November 9, 2016

Private John M. Steele was the American paratrooper who landed on the pinnacle of the church tower in Sainte-Mère-Église, the first village in Normandy liberated by the United...

The Most Indestructible Car In The World: U.S. Presiden...

November 5, 2016

Presidents used to ride in stock, unmodified cars until President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration bought the Sunshine Special, the first presidential state...

Three of the Scariest Nuclear Bomb Accidents in History

November 3, 2016

1958 Georgia: Nuclear Bomb Training Accident Nuclear Bombing training exercises were common during the 1950s, so it’s not entirely surprising for an accident to occ...

Grenade Launchers Used from the 1500s Through the Early...

October 31, 2016

The hand mortar is an early example of a grenade launcher used in the late 17th century and 18th century. Designed to throw an exploding grenade a further distanc...

Berlin Recreates Adolf Hitler's Bunker

October 28, 2016

A replica of the German dictator's bunker, where he spent his final days at the end of World War Two, has opened in central Berlin inside a former Nazi air raid shelter. Hitler spent...

Remains of Three US Airmen Who Vanished in Malayan Jung...

October 27, 2016

Just months after the end of WWII, three United States airmen took off from Singapore, bound for a small aerodrome in Penang, in their military transport plane. ...

Herbert K. Pililaau: The Knife-Wielding Badass from His...

October 26, 2016

As part of the 23rd regiment, Piliaau and his company played a key role in the now famous Battle of Bloody Ridge, in August of 1971. However, it was about a month...

Physical Examination for the Navy, 1920s

October 23, 2016

Credit: Bits and Bobs

Mary Edwards Walker: The Only Woman to Receive the Meda...

October 21, 2016

She was the only woman in her medical class in 1855. Her medical practice, however, floundered because no one trusted a female doctor then. So she volunteered in ...

The Terrifying True Scale of Nuclear Weapons

October 21, 2016

Nuclear weapons come in all types and sizes. Some are relatively small while others are so enormous they boggle the mind at what they can be capable of. This video analyzes the...

Before Bombs, Pilots Dropped These Steel Arrows On the ...

October 16, 2016

French aviators dropped the arrows or Flechettes which when released on an unsuspecting soldier could piece his body from head to foot. What exactly is a flechet...

Saddam Hussein's 'Secret Torture Chamber in New York'

October 13, 2016

Two unnamed Iraqi officials told the New York Post that when Saddam Hussein rose to power in 1979, he had a secret torture room installed in the basement of the Iraqi ...

Monuments Men: Saving Art and Treasure From the Nazis

October 12, 2016

The Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) program, whose men and women were known as "Monuments Men", established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943 to hel...

Horrors of WW2 in 17 Horrifying Photographs

September 27, 2016

“End of the Line” General Palmer remarked. The surrender of the 19th Army. German soldiers who have bore arms for over five years against almost all of Europe and the U.S., surr...

The Story of the WW2 Gunner Who Fell 22,000 Feet Withou...

September 12, 2016

U.S. Army Air Force Staff Sgt. Alan Magee fell out of a burning plane at 22,000 feet without a parachute. And he lived. Magee was a ball turret gunner in a B-17 ...

A WWII Warship Disguised as an Island to Evade Enemy At...

September 10, 2016

In February 1942, in the midst of World War II, the Japanese fleet completely wrecked a combined Dutch-American-Australian-British fleet at the Battle of the Java...

He Was Just 16 But He Became the Most Decorated WWII So...

September 10, 2016

His name was Audie Murphy. Like so many other young men wanting to fight for their country, Audie Murphy lied about his age in his attempt to enlist. But it was n...

French Soldiers Hid Inside a 'Dead Horse' to Get Close ...

September 8, 2016

During World War I, opposing sides sat in trenches for years on end, blasting each other to oblivion. This created a problem: How do you sneak out toward the enem...

What the Nazis Said to Gen. Eisenhower Upon Surrenderin...

September 8, 2016

On May 7, 1945, Nazi forces had all but disintegrated. Adolf Hitler had committed suicide and Soviet forces had already taken Berlin, resulting in the surrender o...

27 Random World War II Facts (Part I)

September 7, 2016

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Why Do Pilots Often Say “Roger” on the Radio?

September 5, 2016

Even if you haven’t heard it in real life, you’ve probably heard a pilot on TV say “Roger.” You’ve even heard pilots say “Roger Wilco.” Have you ever wondered who Roger Wi...

Warships Full of British Sailors Pretending to Be Women...

September 3, 2016

During WW2 German U-boats were sinking most of the Allied merchant fleet. The British noticed that the submarines doesn't go near any ships that could actually sh...

Hiroo Onoda: The Japanese Soldier Who Fought World War ...

August 26, 2016

You are absolutely forbidden to die by your own hand. It may take three years, it may take five, but whatever happens, we'll come back for you. Until then, so l...

Family of War Veteran Discovered Pile of Bomb Shrapnel ...

August 25, 2016

While on a mission in France in August of 1944, Ronald Brown stepped on a land mine. The blast sent red-hot fragments into his left leg and he was forced to crawl...

Incredible Images Discovered in a French Attic After 10...

August 19, 2016

The 4,000 images of anonymous Western Front troops were uncovered almost a century after they were taken, having lain hidden in an attic in a farm house in northe...

Fascinating Look At Soldiers’ Weaponry From 1066 to 201...

August 16, 2016

Photographer Thom Atkinson's "Soldiers Inventories" project offers us a fascinating look at what a soldier's material world is reduced to during times of war. F...

36 Color World War One Photos That’ll Leave You in Awe

August 14, 2016

The Great War began on July 28, 1914, lasting a little over four years until November 11, 1918. We usually see images of the the First World War in black and white,...

55 Incredible Photos Of The Vietnam War

August 11, 2016

These unforgettable black and white photos cover the Vietnam War between 1962 and 1973, giving us a peek of what it was like being there. Warning: Some of these photos are graphic i...

The Homecoming: Bittersweet Reunions Between WW2 Soldie...

August 7, 2016

These images of soldiers returning home from World War II capture a range of emotions that a reunion of such great magnitude is bound to ignite — from sadness to ...