Did you know that Chrysler built more than 25 percent of America’s tanks during World War II? And in addition to tanks and trucks too, it even helped arm the Allied Powers’ mighty warships. You can learn more about the Chrysler “Arsenal of Democracy” in this new film.
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.
No country likes flexing its numbers in intimidatingly perfect choreographed coordination more than China. So to celebrate the 70th anniversary of WWII ending in Asia, China held a striking military parade to show off their military might, marching down drones and missiles and aircraft and soldiers and all kinds of…
Jim McDonough is truly a master at his craft. He likes Lego, boats and naval history. And when these passions combine, magic is made. McDonough’s epically huge, ridiculously well-detailed Lego navy boats are the stuff of legend.
Deception was imperative during WWII, and sometimes to the trickery got very surreal. In order to distract the enemy, militaries would create fake vehicles, weaponry, soldiers, and even entire towns. And they were pretty convincing — if you didn’t look too close.
Life for Americans after World War II was supposed to be filled with open roads and open waters. The roads, more often than not, were for getting to work. And the water? That was pure leisure time. This "water-mobile" of 1947 was imagined to provide the best of both, with an enormous (and, one imagines, gas-guzzling)…
The Rescued Film Project is an online gallery showing pictures found in lost film rolls from countries all over the world. They recently discovered a batch of 31 undeveloped rolls taken by a World War II American soldier, 70 years ago. Here are some of his best:
A weapon from seven decades ago created a crisis in France this week. A team digging out a new metro line in Rennes, France found an enormous 550-lb. bomb from World War II lodged in the ground near City Hall. Over 3,000 people had to evacuate their homes.
When bombs rained down on London during the Blitz, they fell on houses, on churches, and, less famously, on embankments along the River Thames. The damaged embankments could have sent devastating floods through London, but they didn't—thanks to a group of engineers who worked secretly and at night.
Brad Pitt's new WWII tank thriller Fury seems to be taking cinemas by storm this week. But before chisel-jawed tank commanders with unfeasibly good hair did the Second World War, there was A Bridge Too Far, an unsurpassed epic that represents the absolute best of the foolish-British-people-getting-slaughtered war-film…
The general idea behind visual camouflage, which is to make distinctive, recognizable shapes difficult to pick out against a background, was nothing new in 1914. The point of camouflage isn't necessarily to make oneself totally invisible, which isn't practical for a large army.
Parents have been firing carrots into their kids' mouths for 70-plus years on the concept that "they give you better vision!" Truth is, while carrots are super-healthy, they won't do a thing to bring you back to 20/20. It's a myth, invented in WWII England to confuse the Nazis.
Alan Turing's life story is unequivocally a tragedy. The Imitation Game, a new biopic that focuses on his accomplishments as a codebreaker during World War II, manages to recognize this while celebrating his formidable legacy.
During the mid 1930s, the Army Air Corps wanted to push the technological envelope when it came to building a very long range bomber. Code named 'Project D,' this top-secret initiative would lead to the largest American bomber concept flown during World War II, the massive yet elegant Douglas XB-19.
Little Boy, the nuclear bomb that U.S. forces dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, leveled a two-mile radius of the city, killing an estimated 80,000 people. It was an enormous amount of destruction—and it was caused by less than two percent of the uranium carried by the bomb.
When WWII ended, American engineers examined a trove of Nazi concepts for rocket-powered weapons and airplanes. One of the most terrifying was Eugen Sänger's antipodal bomber, a manned supersonic plane designed to reach any city on Earth in one hour. Thank heavens it never worked.
During World War II, a foe far more insidious than the aggressive Axis powers was felling our boys fighting overseas. Venereal disease had always been a huge problem for American troops, but in 1942 the government got serious about schooling soldiers to be more conscientious with their erections. Protect Yourself is…
Deep under Grand Central Terminal, beyond basements and subway lines and through 10 stories of bedrock lays a secret underground chamber that's almost as big as Grand Central Terminal itself. What's inside the room? A machine the Nazis wanted to destroy in World War II.
Right around Independence Day, an amazing story went around: historians discover a soldier's camera at the site of the Battle of the Bulge. They develop the 70-year-old film and find grainy but gripping images taken by a soldier just before he was killed. It's an engrossing tale—but it's false: the photos came…