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World War II

The Theft Of The Hesse Crown Jewels

July 29, 2021

Recovery of jewels stolen from Kronberg Castle, Germany by Chicago police on June 12, 1946. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images) In 1944, Prince Wolfgang of th...

Hirohito: Japan's Emperor During World War II (Who Almo...

May 6, 2021

Emperor Hirohito in dress uniform, 1935. (Unknown author/Wikimedia Commons) Whether you know him as Michinomiya Hirohito or Emperor Shōwa, he was the longest-...

Kamikazes: What Were They? Who Were They And How Did Th...

April 12, 2021

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

History Of Nutella: How World War II's Chocolate Shorta...

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) Who doesn't love...

Nazi Gold, The Truth Behind The Mystery: Where Is It No...

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 accumulate...

Monuments Men: The Story Of How FDR Stole 20% Of Europe...

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 Images) Do you remember t...

The Wannsee Conference: Where The Holocaust Was Planned...

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 gathered to...

"I'll Be Home for Christmas" Song Lyrics (The Story of ...

December 19, 2020

"I'll Be Home For Christmas" was written by Kim Gannon and Walter Kent, but it's most closely associated with American singer Bing Crosby, who also struck ho...

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-L...

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 Jewish people under the a...

Hermann Goering: Things You Didn't Know About One Of Hi...

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 Commons) As a leader of...

The Battle Of Berlin: What Happened And How Hitler Was ...

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 Battle of Berlin,...

The First Draft: FDR Signs Selective Training And Servi...

September 15, 2020

Conscription, or the draft, is something that every young man in America thinks about when they turn 17. In order to do anything—get a driver's license, vote...

Stalingrad: 600 Luftwaffe Planes Bomb Civilians In WWII...

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 strategically important...

Herschel Grynszpan: The Man Who Got Revenge On The Nazi...

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 Franz Ferdinand, the biza...

A Treasure Trove Of Nazi Artifacts Recently Discovered ...

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 hid in th...

Josephine Baker: French Resistance Agent, Old Hollywood...

June 8, 2020

Portrait of American-born singer and dancer Josephine Baker, circa 1925, lying on a tiger rug in a silk evening gown and diamond earrings. (Photo by Hulton Arch...

History Of Tear Gas: When The U.S. Gassed Their Own Cit...

June 2, 2020

(Public domain/Wikimedia Commons) Tear gas, mace, pepper spray—we see them being used pretty much every day on the news without knowing exactly what they are....

Anton Loibl, Hitler's Chauffeur, Invented Bicycle Refle...

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, ...

1944: World War II Rationing Of Most Meat Grades Offici...

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 ration much...

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...

Hitler's Last Day: Everything We Know About His Bunker ...

April 30, 2020

Hitler's bunker just before demolition in July 1947. (Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-V04744 / CC-BY-SA 3.0) On this day in 1945, a shot rang out in a Berlin bunker th...

Queen Elizabeth II: Things You Didn't Know About Her Ma...

April 21, 2020

On this day 94 years ago, the longest reigning monarch in British history was born. Although no one could have known it when she slid into the world on April...

Cultural PTSD: How Societal Trauma Drastically Changed ...

April 14, 2020

Every generation has its defining moments. It can be war, famine, illness, or a combination of these things that shocks a group of people and drastically changes ...

Operation Flash: When Three Plots To Kill Hitler Failed...

March 13, 2020

Throughout World War II, plenty of people tried to assassinate Hitler for obvious reasons. On a single day in March 1943, however, there were at least three diffe...

Raising The Flag On Iwo Jima: The Truth Behind The Icon...

February 23, 2020

On February 23, 1945, one of the most iconic photos ever was taken. Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, which was snapped by Associated Press battlefield reporter ...

A Good List Of Great Americans Who Were Held In Japanes...

February 19, 2020

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 90066, A.K.A. the deeply unconstitutional order to the military to round up ...

White Rose Quiz

February 18, 2020

Throughout their short run during World War II, the White Rose Resistance was a thorn in the side of the Nazi Party. If you've read our article about the group, you'll have no trouble acing this quiz. How ...

The White Rose Resistance: The Anti-Nazi Freedom Fighte...

February 18, 2020

The White Rose Resistance movement was only active from 1942–1943, but in that time, the group of young Germans fought back against the Nazis with their words. Re...

Les Miserables, Hitler, And The Nobel Peace Prize: 14 T...

January 3, 2020

When you hear the name Benito Mussolini, you probably think "fascist dictator" and "ruthless leader of World War II Italy." While those titles are accurate, ...

The Rape Of Nanking: A Brief History Of One Of The Wors...

December 13, 2019

On December 13, 1937, the Japanese army committed one of the greatest wartime atrocities of history when they carried out a systemic slash-and-burn campaign again...

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...