Work diaries chronicling the daily activities of Hitler’s henchman Heinrich Himmler have surfaced in Russian military archives. The recovered texts speak volumes about a key figure behind the Holocaust—a man who could orchestrate mass killings at one moment and then casually switch to mundane family matters the next.
In a war that featured Blitzkriegs, V2 rockets, and nuclear weapons, it’s easy to forget about some of the more old-timey weapons and tactics used during the conflict. Here are eight that proved their worth.
The Second World War just doesn't seem to want to go away. Earlier this week, a construction crew working in London, England, accidentally stumbled upon a rather large undetonated bomb, resulting in the evacuation of some 1,200 residents.
A new discovery suggests the Nazis made it further into the jungles of South America than previously realized. A team of Argentine archaeologists say they've stumbled upon a secret German lair built by the Nazis during the Second World War.
Last week, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announced the discovery of the sunken Japanese super battleship Musashi. His team has now released a second video showing the historic wreck in extraordinary detail.
A workgroup is being set up by deputies of Russia's parliament to calculate the damage that Nazi Germany inflicted upon the Soviet Union during the Second World War. Initial estimates place the figure between $3.43 to $4.56 trillion dollars — but good luck getting Germany to pay.
The BBC flew a drone over the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp today to show off what it looks like and it's absolutely haunting. Over a million people died in this concentration camp from 1940 to 1945. It's been 70 years since the Soviets liberated the camp and it's still so tragic to see.
The artifacts of history's greatest wars are strewn everywhere around Europe, and fewer are more visible than the remains of concrete World War II bunkers. Jonathan Andrew has been photographing these sites since 2009.
Decisions during wartime are monumental things. Each move and countermove has the potential to change the course of history. Here are ten shocking ways the Second World War could have unfolded differently than it did.
Wow. This incredible video of aerial combat in World War II has it all. And all of it is terrifying. From dog fights and kamikaze attacks to flak fire and carpet bombing to explosions and aerial combat, it captures the frantic frenzy of aerial warfare during WWII. It's better than any movie because it actually…
Researchers diving off the coast of Hawaii have found a sunken 400-foot (122 meter) "Sen-Toku" class submarine. One of the largest pre-nuclear subs ever built, the "mega sub" was torpedoed by the U.S. shortly after the Second World War to prevent the Soviet Union from getting their hands on the super-advanced…
Today I found out about the use of exploding anti-tank dogs during World War II. These dogs, usually Alsatians, were also called "Hundminen" or "dog mines." They were trained to carry explosives on their bodies to enemy tanks, where they would then be detonated. No, it did not end very well for the dogs in question.
The fine folks at CrashCourse have put together an awesome animated video about America's entry and contribution to World War II that clocks in at just over a dozen minutes. And as per usual, they've crammed an unbelievable amount of detail in a short amount of time.
In 1940, 5,000 French officers were held as prisoners of war in a German camp called Oflag 17A. There were thousands of captive soldiers in similar camps all across Germany, but these inmates had an advantage other prisoners could only dream of: a secret camera, smuggled in from the outside world. The footage—and…
Shortly after the 1942 deployment of the U.S. Eighth Air Force in Britain, LIFE Magazine sent Margaret Bourke-White to spend time with the now legendary VIII Bomber Command. During her assignment, she managed to snap a series of color photographs, many of which never actually made it to her feature article. Over 70…
As if we needed any more reminders as to the extent of Nazi brutality during the Second World War, a new study is showing that there's still lots to learn about the Holocaust. In a project that took nearly 13 years to complete, historians Geoffrey Megargee and Martin Dean have catalogued some 42,500 Nazi ghettos and…
For those of you who grew up with such classics as Green Eggs and Ham and Horton Hears A Who, these World War II editorial cartoons by Theodor Geisel may take you by surprise. This wasn't a dalliance for Seuss either — the illustrator was a prolific newspaper contributor during the early 1940s.
And he's in a downright terrible mood. For the final issue of the military comic Men of War, DC Comics has tapped both present and future Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. writers Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt for the story of a one "Project Green Man." Courtesy of DC, here's an exclusive sneak peek at the craziness.
In 2005, for the sixtieth anniversary of the Allied bombing of Dresden, the BBC interviewed author Kurt Vonnegut about his experience as a P.O.W. and Dresden survivor.