World War II Bomber Drops Human Munitions Over Chicago

The Flying Fortress was made famous in its role in the Daylight Strategic Bombing Campaign of WWII and the post-war movies, like Memphis Belle, that made it an icon. Now this B-17 is no longer avoiding anti-aircraft fire or enemy fighters but has exchanged its explosive warheads in order to drop people from the bomb… » 3/28/15 12:01pm Saturday 12:01pm

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 2:21pm 1/23/15 2:21pm

New TV Series Gives Us The Best Look At World War II Atomic Sabotage

Alright, so it's a Norwegian TV series, but if you die in Norway you die in real life so I'll count it. And since The Heavy Water War focuses on a uniquely Norwegian facet of one of the less-well known events of World War II, you might even say that it gives it an especially pertinent focus. » 12/15/14 3:49pm 12/15/14 3:49pm

The Aston Martin Racer Who Foiled The Nazis (With The Help Of A Corpse)

When World War II broke out, men and women across Britain were called upon to use their special skills to help the Allies prevail. One of them was Aston Martin works driver St. John "Jock" Horsfall, who became an MI5 agent during the war and was a key element in a bizarre but successful secret operation. » 10/27/14 9:00pm 10/27/14 9:00pm

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 12:34pm 9/11/14 12:34pm

The Supersonic Nazi Rocket Concept Designed to Bomb Any City in 1 Hour

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. » 8/09/14 5:17pm 8/09/14 5:17pm

A Sunken Nazi Sub Has Been Discovered Off The Texas Coast

In a shocking reminder of how close the Second World War came to America, a German U-boat has been discovered by marine archaeologists working off the shores of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico. » 7/15/14 3:45pm 7/15/14 3:45pm

Bomb Left Over From World War II Explodes In Germany, Killing One

An unexploded bomb left over from World War II finally detonated late yesterday in Germany, killing one person and injuring at least thirteen other people. Nearly 70 years after hostilities ceased, the ghosts of generations past still prove to be deadly. » 1/04/14 10:04am 1/04/14 10:04am

This Man Chased A Nazi Fighter Plane Under The Eiffel Tower

Today, people on two continents mourn the death of 92-year-old William Overstreet Jr. He was a resident of Roanoke, Virginia, a retired accountant, and like many men from his generation, a veteran of World War II. And in the spring of 1944, Overstreet did something people in France and the U.S. still talk about. » 1/03/14 3:20pm 1/03/14 3:20pm

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 4:57pm 12/18/13 4:57pm

A sunken WWII-era Japanese 'mega sub' has been found near Hawaii

Researchers diving off the coast of Hawaii have found a sunken 400-foot (122 meter) "Sen-Toku" class submarine. One of the largest pre-nuclear subs ever built, the "mega sub" was torpedoed by the U.S. shortly after the Second World War to prevent the Soviet Union from getting their hands on the super-advanced… » 12/05/13 3:06pm 12/05/13 3:06pm

How a pair of torpedos led to the worst shark attack in history

On July 26, 1945, the USS Indianapolis reached the island of Tinian, where it delivered the components and enriched uranium necessary for the atomic bomb Little Boy, which would soon devastate Hiroshima. But it's perhaps best known for its role in history's worst shark attack. » 8/10/13 11:39am 8/10/13 11:39am

Why A German Pilot Escorted An American Bomber To Safety During World…

Once in a while, you hear an old war story that restores your faith in humanity. Usually it involves a moment of quiet in the midst of chaos; some singing or the sharing of a few condiments. But how many of them take place in mid air? » 12/31/12 3:00pm 12/31/12 3:00pm

V8 Ford Stands For Victory Over Nazis

This picture, taken in 1945 by Norwegian resistance fighter Trygve Grabow, shows Norwegian, British, and German officers meeting seven days after the Nazis surrendered Norway. A Ford V8 with an American star on the door signifies victory more than anything else in the photograph. » 5/23/12 12:30pm 5/23/12 12:30pm

How Four Prisoners Escaped From Auschwitz In A Stolen Nazi Car

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, and we wanted to pay homage to those who suffered, died, and yes, the fortunate few who escaped the Nazis' vice-like death grip. On June 20, 1942, Kazimierz Piechowski, two other Polish political prisoners and a Ukrainian mechanic escaped from Auschwitz in a fast car they stole from… » 4/19/12 2:30pm 4/19/12 2:30pm

See An Amazing Russian Tank Replica Come Together

Although the Russian tendency to think outside of the box can produce some rather amusing moments and odd automotive creations sometimes the result is one of pure genius. Those are the two words we would use to describe the build process of this impressive tank replica. » 2/19/12 2:00pm 2/19/12 2:00pm

The secret behind Norway's massive Nazi coastal cannon

In 1942, Nazi engineers devised a plan to build a 1,500-ton supertank. The P1000 Rat, or "Land Cruiser," was to be the largest and fiercest industrial-age ground weapon the world had ever seen. In 1943, the project was cancelled. So how did its massive gun turret wind up on a coastal hilltop in Norway? » 12/02/11 4:30pm 12/02/11 4:30pm

Mount Vesuvius caused more Allied bomber losses than a Nazi air raid

The Italian Campaign of World War II happened to coincide with the last major eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Bad news for the 340th Bombardment Group of the US Army Air Forces, which happened to be based at Pompeii Airfield at the time of the eruption. Yeah. That Pompeii. » 11/21/11 4:30pm 11/21/11 4:30pm

How a Chevrolet engine helped five men escape from the Nazis

In the winter of 1944, five Dutchmen dressed like college professors escaped from the Nazi-occupied Netherlands under the cover of darkness, in a small boat powered by a Chevrolet straight six and the fuel tank out of a Hispano-Suiza racecar. Here's how they did it. » 9/06/11 12:00pm 9/06/11 12:00pm

Watch this B-24 Liberator bomb Budapest

Budapest is one of those cities that look very good from an aircraft window. The scenery is usually without burning oil refineries and anti-aircraft bursts, but not on this fine day in the mid-1940s. The plane is a Consolidated B–24 Liberator, Hungary is at war with America, and I’m so glad we’re friends now, guys. » 6/28/11 10:45am 6/28/11 10:45am