Flyover drone footage of Auschwitz concentration camp

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. » 1/29/15 2:17am 1/29/15 2:17am

Abandoned World War II Bunkers Provide a Haunting Look Into the Past

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. » 6/04/14 4:30pm 6/04/14 4:30pm

Holy crap, seeing World War II air combat footage in color is just nuts

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… » 2/24/14 9:11pm 2/24/14 9:11pm

Exploding Dogs Were Used as Mobile Anti-Tank Mines During World War II

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. » 12/02/13 5:10am 12/02/13 5:10am

The Astonishing Tale of Nazi Prisoners, a Smuggled Camera, and Survival

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… » 8/01/13 11:34am 8/01/13 11:34am

The Nazi's Terrifying Siege of Leningrad Mashed Up With the Actual City

Sergey Larenkov has published a new series of his amazing World War II photo mashups. This time they are photos of the Nazi's Siege of Leningrad travelling forward in time to the modern city, now called Saint Petersburg. Yesterday, Russia celebrated the day they broke the siege. » 1/19/12 8:20pm 1/19/12 8:20pm

This 1.8-Ton WW2 Bomb Could Have Destroyed a German City Today

45,000 people had to be evacuated after two extremely dangerous bombs were found in the Rhine River, 65 years after they were dropped by British and American planes. » 12/04/11 12:45pm 12/04/11 12:45pm

World War II Interactive for iPad: Learn About World War II

I've said it many times before but my favorite type of iPad apps are the ones that interactively teach you something. Like a blend between an app and a book. World War II Interactive, as you might guess, does exactly just that for WWII. » 11/03/11 6:00pm 11/03/11 6:00pm

Not a Step Back: Images from World War 2's Brutal Eastern Front

The Allies ultimately won World War 2, of course, but at great cost. Nowhere is this more true than the great 1,000-mile Eastern Front, where German and Soviet forces mixed battle, bloodshed and war crimes in equal mix. » 9/18/11 10:00pm 9/18/11 10:00pm

Graphic Images Depict the Brutal Consequences of an Historical Global…

In Focus's latest tribute to World War 2, called Daring Raids and Brutal Reprisals, is perhaps the most stomach-turning yet. Graphic content awaits, but this is war. You should know that already. » 8/14/11 8:00pm 8/14/11 8:00pm

The 360-Degree Panorama of What Hiroshima Looked Like After the Atomic…

It's been 66 long years since the US leveled Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic bombs. The bombs, which killed over 200,000 people, left both cities in ruins. This is what the aftermath looked like in 360 degrees. » 8/10/11 1:40pm 8/10/11 1:40pm

What Is This?

This is more than a moment captured in time. These are several moments, three to four seconds to be precise, and what they depict is a hellish scene that men far braver than I will ever be experienced over France. » 7/17/11 11:00am 7/17/11 11:00am

P-51 Mustang Collides and Crashes Over England

This is rather sad: A P-51 Mustang—one of the most beautiful airplanes in history—was destroyed after colliding with a Douglas A-1 Skyraider over the skies of England. » 7/11/11 12:49pm 7/11/11 12:49pm

World War 2 Bombing Runs Changed the Weather Over England

According to scientists, climate change is real. Humans have, are and will continue to affect this planet's weather with their CO2 shenanigans. This includes WW2, where there was a demonstrable human-created invention that had a measurable impact on the weather. » 7/10/11 6:00pm 7/10/11 6:00pm

No, These Baby Helmets Are Not Protecting the World's First Tiny…

In Focus picks up its multi-part World War 2 photo series with the Invasion of Poland and the Winter War. Tucked in the set is this photo, above, that depicts British babies wearing protective respirators in 1939. [In Focus] » 6/26/11 8:00pm 6/26/11 8:00pm

The Eerie Abandoned Bunkers of WWII

Across wartime Western Europe, defensive bunkers sprung up to uneasily counter the constant threat of the enemy. Some on land, some by sea, but now, all derelict. Photographer Jonathan Andrew toured several countries to capture these haunting, dilapidated relics. » 1/24/11 2:40pm 1/24/11 2:40pm

Idiot's Idiotic Live Grenade Bookend Explodes after Idiot Pulls Pin

Sort of stupid: using WWII grenades as bookends. Really stupid: giving one of those grenades to a neighbor, no questions asked. Extremely stupid: accepting said grenade. Maximum stupid: immediately pulling the pin from that grenade. Bomb squad, come on down! » 1/17/11 9:00pm 1/17/11 9:00pm

Photoshop Opens Time Portals Into a World War II Ghost Dimension

Russian photographer Sergey Larenkov took some old photographs from World War II and combined them with new perspective-matching photos. The result are a series of time portals that help us contextualize the war into our current reality. » 7/30/10 1:00am 7/30/10 1:00am

Calling All Wannabe Dr. Evil's: Super Secret London Tunnel Lair For Sale

Last Sunday we were writing about amazing underground diving rigs in the heart of New York City. It seems only fair that we jump across the pond this Sunday and write about a mile-long super secret tunnel lair below London that's currently for sale, don't you think? Asking price: A cool $7.4 million. It sounds a bit… » 11/30/08 12:00pm 11/30/08 12:00pm