World War II

Hirohito: Japan's Emperor During World War II (Who Almost Sent Bioweapons To The U.S.)

May 6, 2021

Emperor Hirohito in dress uniform, 1935. (Unknown author/Wikimedia Commons) Whether you know him as Michinomiya Hirohito or Empero...

Kamikazes: What Were They? Who Were They And How Did They Sign Up For This?

April 12, 2021

Japanese kamikaze putting on his forehead bandeau with rising sun, Pacific war, 1944–1945 colorized document. (Apic/Getty Images) By fall 194...

History Of Nutella: How World War II's Chocolate Shortage Became A Blessing

March 14, 2021

Nutella celebrated the 50th anniversary in 2015, but its roots extend back to World War II. (Jonas Güttler/picture alliance via Getty Images) ...

Nazi Gold, The Truth Behind The Mystery: Where Is It Now?

March 4, 2021

The legend of Nazi gold is a favorite topic among conspiracy theorists and History Channel talking heads. Basically, the story goes that the Nazis accumulated...

Monuments Men: The Story Of How FDR Stole 20% Of Europe's Art Back From The Nazis

March 3, 2021

World War II, Hitler and Joseph Goebbels looking at works of art stolen from the Italians. (Photo12/Universal Images Group via Getty Imag...

The Wannsee Conference: Where The Holocaust Was Planned In 1942

January 20, 2021

The villa Am Großen Wannsee 56–58, where the Wannsee Conference was held, is now a memorial and museum. (A.Savin/Wikimedia Commons) When the Nazis gather...

London Blitz: Photos From When Germany Attacked London

December 7, 2020

Londoners hiding out in the Underground during the Blitz. (Jim Dyson/Getty Images) For more than eight months of World War II, London was the target of relentless...

"Dr. Satan"/Dr. Marcel Petiot: The Serial Killer Real-Life Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

November 30, 2020

Few people embodied the duality of man quite like Dr. Marcel Petiot, the French doctor who spent World War II robbing and murdering J...

Hermann Goering: Things You Didn't Know About One Of History's Biggest Monsters

October 15, 2020

Hitler with Göring on balcony of the Chancellery, Berlin, March 16, 1938. (Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-2004-1202-504/CC-BY-SA 3.0/Wikimedia Comm...

The Battle Of Berlin: What Happened And How Hitler Was Finally Defeated

October 3, 2020

(Mil.ru/Wikimedia Commons) As brutal and gruesome as World War II was, the most vicious of the fighting was saved for its final days. In the Batt...

Stalingrad: 600 Luftwaffe Planes Bomb Civilians In WWII's Deadliest Battle

August 23, 2020

There are a myriad important battles littered throughout World War II, but Stalingrad stands above them as one of the most bloody and strateg...

Herschel Grynszpan: The Man Who Got Revenge On The Nazis, Sparking World War II

August 9, 2020

When it comes to one single act affecting the entire world for generations to come, people often cite the assassination of Archduke Fran...

A Treasure Trove Of Nazi Artifacts Recently Discovered In Argentina

July 31, 2020

World War II ended in 1945, but the Nazi story didn't end there. With the German defeat inevitable, many top-ranking Nazi officials fled Europe and ...

Anton Loibl, Hitler's Chauffeur, Invented Bicycle Reflectors

May 29, 2020

Many riders don't give a second thought to the reflectors on their bicycles, but that's only because they don't have to. Unlike accessories like headlights...

The Hitler Diaries Hoax: How Germans Faked Something Everyone Would Read

May 9, 2020

On April 25, 1983, Stern magazine, Germany’s version of Life, announced to the world that they'd come into possession of Adolf Hitler's diaries...

1944: World War II Rationing Of Most Meat Grades Officially Ends

May 3, 2020

During the onslaught of World War II, Americans at home tightened their belts and sacrificed many of their favorite meals when they were asked to ratio...

The 1940 Olympics Were Canceled Because Of World War II

May 2, 2020

(Wada Sanzō/Wikimedia Commons) The 1940 Olympic Games were supposed to be a coming-out party of sorts for Japan. Initially scheduled to take place from September...

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