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This Enormous Car-Boat Probably Needed Oceans of Oil to Run

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)… »2/09/15 3:50pm2/09/15 3:50pm

Remember The Best Of WWII Films With A Bridge Too Far

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… »10/18/14 8:00pm10/18/14 8:00pm

America's Real WWII Flying Fortress Was The Massive Douglas XB-19

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. »9/11/14 1:49pm9/11/14 1:49pm

Less than two percent of the Hiroshima bomb's uranium actually detonated

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. »8/20/14 1:16pm8/20/14 1:16pm

The Penis Propaganda That Warned WWII-Era Soldiers of Venereal Disease

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… »7/25/14 5:45pm7/25/14 5:45pm

Discovery of WWII photos in a foxhole was just a dumb hoax

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… »7/11/14 2:22pm7/11/14 2:22pm

Spies in the Skies: How Aerial Surveillance Tipped the Balance of WWII

When General Werner von Fritsch, the then commander-in-chief of the German Army, predicted in 1938 that "the military organization which has the best reconnaissance unit will win the next war," few doubted that, in aerial reconnaissance and photography, the Luftwaffe reigned supreme. This, however, proved to be… »6/18/14 3:00pm6/18/14 3:00pm

15 Incredible Photo Composites Match Up Normandy on D-Day and Today

Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, aka Operation Overlord, the single largest seaborne military invasion of all time. How has Normandy changed in the seven decades since? In these perfectly-matched photo composites, Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid compares the quaint towns in 1944 and 2014. »6/06/14 9:00am6/06/14 9:00am