What WWII's Top Secret Spy Manual Can Teach You About Wilderness Survival

Before there was a CIA there was England’s Special Operations Executive. And, as WWII heated up, it put all of its collective tradecraft knowledge into a single training manual. And, it turns out that training spies to operate behind enemy lines is often good training for going outdoors, too. »11/10/15 7:15pm11/10/15 7:15pm


The Fascinating Life and Tragic End of the Polish Countess Who Became a Heroic British Spy

Krystyna Skarbek was said to be “Winston Churchill’s favorite spy;” she led an extraordinary life that peaked with clandestine acts of heroism during World War II—and ended tragically just a few years later. Six decades after her death, a biopic is said to be in the works. It’s about time. »10/08/15 6:45pm10/08/15 6:45pm

These Previously Unseen Photos Bear Witness to the Carnage of World War II

History website Argunners has published a series of previously unseen photos recently uncovered from the archives of an American four-star general who served in Europe during the Second World War. The images show a war-torn Europe as American forces move towards Berlin.
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New Documents Found Pointing To Japan's WWII Atomic Bomb Program

Seventy years ago, the United States dropped the first of two atomic bombs on Japan. At the time, the US was the only country with nuclear weapons. That wasn’t for a complete lack of effort on the part of other countries, however, and new documents found heap more evidence on Japan having a program of its own. »8/05/15 7:50pm8/05/15 7:50pm

The Secret 1949 Radiation Experiment That Contaminated Washington

The physicists who invented the nuclear bomb worked out of Los Alamos in New Mexico, but the people who did the dirty work of making the bombs were in Hanford, Washington. Throughout the Cold War, Hanford churned out plutonium for our nuclear arsenal. It was also, conveniently, a place to experiment with radiation. »6/03/15 2:30pm6/03/15 2:30pm

Visualization shows the sad truth on how many lives were lost in WWII

The numbers are truly saddening and absolutely staggering. If you have time on your hands, sit through this illuminating data visualization video that details how many lives were cut short from World War II. It’s a lot. It’s not all bad though, Neil Hailoran, the maker of the video, shows how we’ve grown since then. »5/29/15 7:40pm5/29/15 7:40pm

Stunningly restored color footage of Germany in 1945 right after WWII

It’s hard to imagine what the world was like during World War II. Of course, we’ve read it all in history books and and we’ve seen movies and TV shows showing what life was like, but it’s just far enough back in time and just painful and shocking enough that it’s hard to fully understand how life worked back then. »5/05/15 10:55am5/05/15 10:55am

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 1:43pm9/03/14 1:43pm