To allow U.S. military vehicles to drive through deep water during World War II beach landings, the armed forces devised a fascinating method of waterproofing involving a goopy putty called “Asbestos Waterproofing Compound.” Here’s a video showing all the steps needed to keep that Jeep moving through the deep stuff.
It’s difficult to conceptualize excessively large numbers, particularly when they pertain to human tragedies. But this highly-engaging animated data visualization by Neil Halloran makes WWII-related deaths all too comprehensible.
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.
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…
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?
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.
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.
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.
When the Germans left Paris in 1945, Louis Renault's Nazi-helping (and perhaps sabotaging) car company was seized by the French government — and never returned. Now seven of Renault's grandchildren want the government to surrender some cash.
After stumbling across Chris Brown's Lamborghini Gallardo up done in a World War II fighter plane theme, a tipster pointed us to the man who came up with the idea and pulled off the detailed airbrush painting.
Three-quarters of a century ago, a single iconic airplane made its first flight. Wired.com's Jason Paur explores the impact of the Douglas DC-3. - Ed.
During World War II, Allied forces readily admitted that German tanks were superior to their own. The big question for Allied forces, then, was how many tanks Germany was producing. Here's how they reverse-engineered serial numbers to find out.
Joe: "It's broken." Joe II: "Yep." Joe: "Looks like we're going to have to flip it over." Joe II: "Yep." Joe: "War is hell, buddy." Joe II: "Yep." (via Vintage Military Trucks)
Jim O'Hara, a retired college professor, learned to fly 21 years ago. Six years later, he began construction of a two-thirds-scale P-38. He's now 81 years old and he and his wife made its maiden cross-country trip three weeks ago.
Our last AKEOTD was a Chrysler-built tank powerplant, and you'd think it would be impossible to surpass a five-bank, 30-cylinder monster… but the IV-2220 airplane engine does just that. It's the very first Chrysler Hemi!