The Sound of a War's End, Visualized

Above we see seven seconds of an audio recording from November 11, 1918. On the left we can see three seconds of guns firing. In the middle? The official time of the ceasefire to end World War I and a sudden reprieve from the staccato of weapons blasting. On the right, the first three seconds of peace. An uneasy… » 3/13/15 4:46pm 3/13/15 4:46pm

The 10 Greatest Tank Battles In Military History

Ever since the first armored vehicles crawled across the tortured battlescapes of World War I, tanks have become an indelible fixture of land warfare. Many tank-on-tank engagements have occurred over the years, some more significant — and epic — than others. Here are 10 you need to know about. » 1/23/15 1:49pm 1/23/15 1:49pm

The Real Story Behind the 1914 Christmas Truce in World War I

It was 100 years ago this very night that something miraculous happened along the Western Front. After months of bitter fighting, soldiers on both sides gathered in no-man's-land in a spontaneous show of peace and goodwill. Here's what happened on that historic day — and why it marked the end of an era. » 12/25/14 8:34am 12/25/14 8:34am

1918's 48-Phonograph Sound System Was Way Ahead of Its Time

Before the rise of synchronized sound in the late 1920s, movie theater owners tried all kinds of different ways to get words and music into the movie-going experience. They brought in enormous orchestras, they built gigantic sound effects machines, and they even tried putting voice actors behind the screen who would… » 10/14/14 4:46pm 10/14/14 4:46pm

Winnie the Pooh was based on a real bear that participated in WWI

Everybody loves Winnie the Pooh and his adorable addiction to honey. It's often believed that the children's book character is based on a teddy bear that the author, A.A. Milne, gave to his son Christopher Robin Milne. But this is only partially true. » 9/24/14 6:01pm 9/24/14 6:01pm

This giant flamethrower was the most terrifying weapon of World War I

You're looking at a Livens Large Gallery Flame Projector in action, the mother and father of all flamethrowers, capable of torching everything as far as 100 to 130 feet away (30 to 40 meters.) They were deployed for the first time in World War I by the British Army, and apparently they were quite effective. » 8/01/14 2:18am 8/01/14 2:18am

888,246 Handmade Poppies Surround the Tower of London to Commemorate WWI

The moat that surrounds the Tower of London has long stood empty and dry. This summer, it's getting filled with 888,246 red ceramic poppies, one for each British and Colonial soldiers who perished during World War I. » 7/31/14 7:43pm 7/31/14 7:43pm

This Century-Old Warship Got a New Dazzle Paint Job To Commemorate WWI

Dazzle camouflage is not subtle; the in-your-face style popularized in WWI seems more suited to a modern art gallery than a battle zone. Now, in commemoration of the Great War, a 1918 relic floating on the banks of the Thames has gotten a brand new paint job that honors its past. » 7/14/14 10:00pm 7/14/14 10:00pm

Today, France Is Still Cleaning Up Hundred-Year-Old Bombs From WWI

A century ago today, the first shots of WWI were fired. It was the first modern conflict, fought with fatally efficient technology. Even today, crews must safely destroy bombs left untouched for a century. Erik Olsen traveled with one of those crews for The New York Times, bringing us a video glimpse at the delicate… » 6/28/14 3:00pm 6/28/14 3:00pm

How WWI Bombs Shattered Bedrock and Changed the Geology of France

Every once in a while, we're reminded of World War I's awful legacy: Trenches that run like gashes through the French countryside, craters in farmland, the iron harvest. These scars are even deeper than we might imagine. Bombs actually shattered bedrock and created the bizarre, dimpled landscape of modern day Verdun. » 6/13/14 4:40pm 6/13/14 4:40pm

From 1914 to 2014, here's what a hundred year difference looks like

Some things change, some things stay shockingly the same. It's funny how a hundred years can be such a long time in some places but be just like yesterday in others. This "time lapse" shows how much (and how little) the world of Antwerp has changed from the beginnings of World War I until now. » 6/04/14 12:41am 6/04/14 12:41am

Were Avalanches Used As World War I Superweapons?

In December of 1916, as World War I raged on, a roiling avalanche of snow, ice, and stone came crashing down on an Austrian barracks at the base of an Italian mountain, killing as many as 300 soldiers in one catastrophic slide. As tragic as the disaster was, it may have caused some of the Austro-Hungarian forces to… » 3/03/14 2:40pm 3/03/14 2:40pm

Smart animation teaches you more about World War I than school

World War I often gets overshadowed by World War II in the history books, which makes sense because WWII scarred our planet forever, but WWI and its aftermath was a terrible and awful moment in history that helped shaped the rest of the century (and beyond) as well. If you forgot about some stuff that happened or… » 2/11/14 9:19pm 2/11/14 9:19pm

That Coke Super Bowl Ad Would Have Been Illegal in 1910s Iowa

Idiots, racists, and old-fashioned xenophobes took to social media this past weekend to express their disgust with Coca-Cola. The international beverage company had the audacity to run an ad during the Super Bowl that featured people singing "America the Beautiful" in different languages. This, of course, was… » 2/04/14 5:38pm 2/04/14 5:38pm

Check Out These Amazing, Chilling Stereoscopic Images of World War I

A Toronto photography studio has stumbled across a stereoscopic camera, and its photographic slides, that captured scenes of World War I in 3D. The resulting images are chilling—but incredibly striking, too. » 7/04/13 8:00am 7/04/13 8:00am

Store Your Grenade in a Sewing Machine for Safekeeping

If you're a shell-shocked World War I veteran with a few spare grenades lying around, you may start to hide them in some crazy places like a sewing machine. » 6/24/11 12:41am 6/24/11 12:41am

Unmanned Warbots of WWI and WWII

Long before Predator drones and PackBots patrolled Iraq and Afghanistan, unmanned systems were used in combat—as far back as WWI and WWII, in fact. Here's a quick look at the coolest of the old-timey warbots: » 3/24/09 12:00pm 3/24/09 12:00pm