Get Lost in This Map of 170,000 Photos From Depression-Era America

Some of the most haunting images of the U.S. were captured from 1935 to 1945, as the country emerged from the depths of the Great Depression and rallied for World War II. A team from Yale has collaborated on one of the most visually stunning interpretations of the era, called Photogrammar: 170,000 photos from the… » 9/03/14 1:43pm 9/03/14 1:43pm

These Massive Hangars in Orange County Once Housed WWII Airships

Rising conspicuously above the red-tile roofs and big-box stores of suburban Tustin, California, these two massive hangars stand as monuments to a lost age of aviation, built when lighter-than-air dirigibles held promise as the future of air travel—and air warfare. » 7/17/14 4:43pm 7/17/14 4:43pm

D-Day battle images merged with photos of tourists on the same spots

I love to see before and after D-Day photos like the extensive series published in The Guardian or The Globe and Mail to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Allied Invasion. But I love to merge them into single photos even more, so couldn't resist merging some of them in Photoshop. » 6/08/14 3:31am 6/08/14 3:31am

War veteran escapes from retirement home to celebrate D-Day in Normandy

This is 89-year-old Bernard Jordan—ex-mayor of Hove, England, and a veteran who fought on D-Day. In one of the best World War 2 traditions, he made a great escape from his retirement home and fled across the English Channel to join the D-day landings celebrations currently underway in France. » 6/06/14 9:26pm 6/06/14 9:26pm

93-year-old vet just recreated his D-Day parachute jump over Normandy

This is just awesome. Jim 'Pee Wee' Martin, a 93-year-old WWII veteran paratrooper, just did the same jump out of a plane into Normandy that he did for D-Day 70 years ago when he was 23-years-old. But he says this jump was much easier because "there wasn't anybody shooting at me today." » 6/05/14 10:11pm 6/05/14 10:11pm

How the Iconic Photos From the D-Day Invasion Were Almost Lost Forever

It's amazing that even during events as harrowing as the D-Day invasion, there are photographers willing to enter the fray and make a visual record of what went down. Time brings us the story of how photographs of that historic battle were almost completely lost in an error almost any of us can relate to. » 6/02/14 4:19pm 6/02/14 4:19pm

Veteran tells how killing a young German soldier haunted him for life

In this day of remembrance for all of those who fought for this country—and others too—I thought it would be good to hear the heartbreaking story of Joseph Robertson, a World War II veteran who had to kill a young German soldier face to face, during the Battle of the Bulge. Listen—and think. » 5/26/14 7:36pm 5/26/14 7:36pm

Animation teaches you all that happened in World War II in 7 minutes

I really wish YouTube and the Internet as we know it today existed when I was in high school. So instead of reading textbooks and taking notes in class, I could just watch YouTube videos and Wikipedia entries on any test I had coming up. Seriously, I could have dozed off in class and just watched this animation… » 5/20/14 9:04pm 5/20/14 9:04pm

Thousands of Tons of Nazi Chemical Weapons Are Hiding in the Baltic Sea

When the Nazis surrendered their weapons at the end of World War II, the Allies got rid of them in a way that made sense in the 1940s: they dumped it all into the water. Mustard gas and other chemical weapons—estimates ranging from 13,000 to 300,000 tons—are now slowly leaking into the Baltic Sea. » 4/27/14 1:00pm 4/27/14 1:00pm

The TV-Guided Drones of World War II

Drones were quite primitive during World War II, compared with the unmanned aerial vehicles we know today. They were most commonly used as target practice for the Navy and rarely had offensive capabilities. But a few of these experimental planes were outfitted with some incredibly futuristic tech that would help pave… » 4/07/14 6:14pm 4/07/14 6:14pm

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 9:36pm 2/24/14 9:36pm

Bucky Fuller’s Forgotten WWII Shelters Rediscovered In New Jersey

Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Deployment Unit—an emergency shelter developed during WWII—isn't his most well-known work. In fact, for years, it's been unclear if any DDUs still existed. But this week, The New York Times tells the story of a handful of shelters that have resurfaced, after being abandoned on an army… » 1/02/14 6:03pm 1/02/14 6:03pm

The definitive collection of secret Nazi weapons

Underwater missiles that could have hit New York, jet-powered bombers that were nearly impossible to intercept, sub-orbital bombers, vertical launch rocket fighters, or infrared visors are just a few of many in this definitive collection of incredible Nazi weapons. Be happy that those bastards never got to mass… » 12/18/13 3:30pm 12/18/13 3:30pm