×

World War II

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 Story Behind The Iconic Image of an Abandoned Boy C...

November 16, 2017

Below is Toni Frissell's iconic WW2 photo, one of the most heartbreaking photos to come out of the London Blitz. The boy in the photo did in fact survive the war ...

Mysterious Underground Cave Network Found Beneath Shopp...

October 13, 2017

Many people in Thanet, Kent, England have been shopping in Primark - which first opened in 2011 - with absolutely no idea that a network of secret war tunnels, po...

Photos of Dresden Before and After the WWII Bombing New...

October 4, 2017

The firebombing of Dresden by the American-British troops happened on the 13th and 15th of February 1945, during the last months of the war. 722 heavy bombers bur...

Top Three Remarkable Escapes Across the Berlin Wall Aft...

August 31, 2017

After the Second World War, around 2.5 million East Germans fled to West Germany. This bothered East Germany as they already lost almost a sixth of their populati...

Female Snipers of the 3rd Shock Army, 1st Belorussian F...

August 10, 2017

Russia in World War 2 was facing a threat to their very existence. Early in the war they could not compete with Germany in terms of technology, training, or skill...

The Life of Oskar Schindler After the End of World War ...

August 3, 2017

Oskar Schindler is the German industrialist, spy, Nazi Party member who saved the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his ammunition and...

Holocaust Survivor and Soldier Who Rescued Her Celebrat...

August 1, 2017

During the Second World War John's elite unit liberated Jewish female prisoners, among them his wife-to-be Edith, from a work unit just East from the notorious Au...

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 ...

WWII Heroine: The Incredible Bravery of Nancy "The Whit...

June 27, 2017

When Nancy Wake saw a Jewish man being beaten on the streets of Vienna, she vowed to help fight the Nazis. That's how one wealthy Australian woman became the most...

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...

The Shoes on the Danube Bank: One of the Most Moving Ho...

June 23, 2017

Not far from the Hungarian Parliament building sit 60 pairs of old-fashioned shoes, the type people wore in the 1940s. These footwear make up the "Shoes on the Da...

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...

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...

The Shadows of Hiroshima

June 9, 2017

At 8:15 on the morning of August 6, 1945, a person was sitting on a flight of stone stairs of the Sumitomo Bank in Hiroshima, Japan. Seconds later, an atomic bomb detonated 800 feet away, and the ...

Czesława Kwoka, Age 14, Child Victim of Auschwitz, As s...

June 8, 2017

Czesława Kwoka was born in Wólka Złojecka, a small village in Poland, to a Catholic mother. Along with her mother (prisoner number 26946), Czesława Kwoka (priso...

It's Been Over 70 Years, But This Drone Footage of Ausc...

June 7, 2017

"One minute in Auschwitz was like an entire day. A day was like a year. A month, an eternity." ~Roman Kent, Holocaust survivor It's been over 70 years since the d...

WWII Escape Maps Turned Into A Stunning Wedding Dress

June 6, 2017

Artist Sara Jane Murray runs a studio called Home Front Vintage, which specializes in repurposing World War II-era silk maps into wearable, and beautiful, clothing and...

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 ...

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...

Trees Eating a WWII Battlefield

May 17, 2017

Decades ago, a battle was fought in Neva Bridgehead in Russia between German and Russian soldiers. Today, the battlefield – untouched for years – has become a strangely beautiful testament ...

31 Photos Taken Just Before History Was Made

May 13, 2017

Tank Man At Tiananmen Square History’s most iconic depiction of resistance was when an unidentified man known as “Tank Man” single-handedly stood down four Chinese tanks among...

The Most Murderous Regimes in the World

April 26, 2017

The 20th century witnessed death and slaughter on an unprecedented scale. It was the century of the Holocaust and two World Wars; of communists, Nazis, fascists and military dictato...

A Japanese Boy Standing at Attention After Bringing His...

April 25, 2017

Joe O’Donnell, the man who took the iconic photo below at Nagasaki, was sent by the U.S. military to chronicle the damage inflicted on Japanese soil by air raids ...

Japanese Kamikaze, Footage from WW2, 1945

April 24, 2017

The story behind the bombers, their training, and first photos of the killer weapons above the Pacific Ocean... Credit: British Pathe

During WWII, Japanese Soldiers Gave Out Grenades So Cit...

April 21, 2017

The battle at Okinawa, Japan was the last major battle of the Second World War. During the struggle, more than 545,000 U.S. troops stormed the archipelago, killin...

14,000 WWII Dog Tags Found Buried in a Field

April 19, 2017

Just two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland and the official beginning of the Second World War, the United Kingdom was one of the first countries to declare war on Germany....

Hollow of 650-Year-Old Tree Used as a Hideout by Two Je...

April 17, 2017

The hollow trunk of this 650-year-old oak tree was used as a hideout by two Jewish brothers during World War II. In Wisniowa, Poland, there is an English oak tre...

While His Brother Was Busy Killing Jews, Albert Göring ...

March 31, 2017

Albert Goring was the export manager of Skoda automotive factory when he fled to Czechoslovakia. He helped many employees under possible death to be free, by for...

An Original “Schindler’s List” Expected to Fetch $2.4m ...

March 16, 2017

Up for sale at an auction is the authentic “Schindler’s lists,” the papers used during the Holocaust by the German industrialist Oskar Schindler to save the...

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...

Fearless Women of World War II: Krystyna Skarbek / Chri...

March 8, 2017

Born in Poland, Krystyna Skarbek managed to reach England after her beloved country fell to the Germans during World War II. She volunteered to be a spy, and even...

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...

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...

The Story of the Dog Who Became a Prisoner of War Durin...

February 26, 2017

In 1936, the British gunboat HMS Gnat's crew bought an English Pointer puppy named Judy that came from a kennel in Shanghai, China. She was supposed to serve both...

Tanks Vs. Bridges (13 Pics)

February 22, 2017

Take a look at this compilation of photos of tanks that proved too heavy for some of the bridges they were driving on. Almost all of these fascinating images were captured during World War II....

Harrowing Photos Showing The Reality of The Death Camps...

February 8, 2017

In the spring of 1945, photos and witness accounts from the liberation of camps like Bergen-Belsen provided the disbelieving world outside of Europe its first gli...

Virginia Hall: One of The Greatest Spies in American Hi...

February 7, 2017

Despite the fact that her country — the United States — had yet to enter the war. Despite the fact that women weren't generally considered spy material by the pre...

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?

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...

The Nurse Who Saved Children From Nazis By Hiding Them ...

January 27, 2017

Born on February 15, 1910 in Warsaw, Poland; Irena Sendler, persevered to study medicine. She devoted her life to the service of others, whatever the cost may be....

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...

Faces of War: Men With Broken Faces and The Tin Nose Sh...

January 4, 2017

Located inside the 3rd London General Hospital, its properly known as the "Masks for Facial Disfigurement Department" but wounded tommies humorously called it "Th...

Vintage Photos of Émilie Marie Bouchau and Her 16-Inch ...

January 3, 2017

Émilie Marie Bouchau, also known as Polaire, was an Algerian lady known for her tiny, corsetted waist, the circumference of which is no greater than 16 inches (a...

Colorized Photos of Soviet Female Snipers in the 1940s,...

January 3, 2017

This is a collection of colorized pictures showing the incredible Soviet female snipers in the Second World War. H/T Za Rodinu

Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 Years After the Atomic Bombin...

January 1, 2017

When the US dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, it killed about 140,000 people out of the 350,000 who lived in the city. That was the first nu...

Bonsai Tree Planted In 1625 Has Survived Hiroshima Bomb...

December 29, 2016

Planted in 1625, this bonsai tree is currently 391-years-old and has survived the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima. The tree belonged to the Yamaki family, who in...

The 10,000-Bedroom Hotel That Was Never Used

December 19, 2016

Hotel Prora is a massive building complex built between 1936 and 1939 by the Nazis as part of their "Strength through Joy" programme. The complex stretches over three miles alo...

A Time Capsule Lies Under the City of Naples, Italy

December 16, 2016

Lost for decades beneath the streets of Naples, Italy, the Galleria Borbonica is a time capsule of the city's history. The system of tunnels and caverns, stretching fro...

Vintage Snapshots: World War II Soldiers Showering or B...

December 15, 2016

Between battles soldiers were able to bathe in makeshift showers and in rivers, lakes and streams. These personal snapshots of World War II soldiers bathing and s...

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...

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...

Today’s Paris Through Photos from 1944

November 28, 2016

French photographer Julien Knez wanted to celebrate the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Paris in August 1944 with a series of photographs. Thus, he integrated photographs of ...

The Side Of Him We Rarely See: Winston Churchill, The A...

November 15, 2016

Winston Churchill is famous for his role in leading Britain to victory against the Nazis. But he was also a writer and artist who painted to battle depression. Hi...

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

November 15, 2016

Lundy, who is now 92, 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 ...

The Women Of Douglas Aircraft Company, 1942

November 12, 2016

In 1942, during World War II, thousands of women across the U.S. took on manufacturing jobs. They worked as mechanics, engineers, and often as test pilots. This collection of ph...

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...

Now and Then: Scenes from the London Blitz

October 29, 2016

For 267 days between September 1940 and May 1941, the German Luftwaffe bombed 16 British cities in “The Blitz”. London was hit 71 times, with one sustained campaign running for 5...

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...

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...

The Metal Stamps Used to Tattoo Auschwitz Prisoners

October 11, 2016

They could almost be mistaken for innocent trinkets, but these metal stamps were used to tattoo prisoners at the Auschwitz concentration camp during the early days of th...

Rationing Guidelines During World War 2

September 28, 2016

Having lived through the depression, many housewives already knew how to make food and household supplies last longer. But during WWII rationing, there were very specific limits on...

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...

Five US Navy Sailors Who Died at Pearl Harbor Identifie...

September 26, 2016

Almost 430 US Navy sailors, crew, and US Marines died on the USS Oklahoma when the ship was torpedoed by a Japanese aircraft, capsized and sank to the bottom of t...

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 ...

Woman in Iconic V-J Day Times Square Kiss Dies at 92

September 12, 2016

Greta Zimmer Friedman, the woman shown kissed by an ecstatic sailor in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II has died, according to The New York Times. She w...

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...

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...

Historical Pics Combined with Photos Made on the Exact ...

September 7, 2016

Dutch historian Jo Teuwisse creates these images by combining digitized war photo negatives he found on a fleamarket with photos of the same locations as they app...

27 Random World War II Facts (Part I)

September 7, 2016

Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source So...

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...

A Holocaust Survivor Shares How He Survived Concentrati...

August 29, 2016

A 92-year-old Holocaust survivor held a Reddit AMA, in which he answered questions about his harrowing experience, how he survived the ordeal, and how he has come...

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...

Kindertransport: The Saving of 10,000 Jewish Children F...

August 25, 2016

When you think about World War I and World War II, the stories that usually come up are ones about people making both incredible and harrowing journeys — soldiers...