MSN Slideshow | War History

Seven American Soldiers Have Defected to North Korea Since the Korean War

Rosemary Giles
North Korean soldiers standing in front of the Military Demarcation Line between North and South Korea

Since the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement, seven Americans have made the unprecedented decision to defect to North Korea. These men weren’t any ordinary…

The Soviets Tried to Starve Berlin Into Submission, But Were Humiliated By the Unprecedented Airlift

Damian Lucjan
Crowd watching an aircraft fly over West Berlin

Berlin, 1948; a city torn in two – and the Soviet Union wanted it all. The plan? Choke West Berlin by blocking all supply routes,…

Mars Bluff Incident: US Air Force Accidentally Dropped a Nuclear Bomb on South Carolina

Boeing B-47 Stratojets parked on a runway

Starting in the late 1940s and running through to the end of the Cold War, an arms race occurred between the United States and the…

The Real-Life US Marines Behind the Characters of ‘The Pacific’

June Steele
Still from 'The Pacific'

The Pacific (2010) is one of the most realistic depictions of the fighting that occurred in the Pacific Theater during the Second World War. It…

Atomic Veterans: The Troops America Used As Nuclear Guinea Pigs Following World War II

Rosemary Giles
Soldier in a foxhole reading a book titled, "How to Survive an Atomic Bomb"

On August 6, 1945, the world changed forever when a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, piloted by Col. Paul Tibbets, dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima.…

With the Type 93 Torpedo, the Allies Didn’t Know What Hit Them… Literally

Type 93 torpedo on display

The Type 93 torpedo was developed by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during the interwar period and became the most advanced and superior torpedo of…

The Story Behind Radar’s Departure From ‘M*A*S*H’

Clare Fitzgerald
Gary Burghoff as Radar O'Reilly in 'M*A*S*H'

M*A*S*H (1972-83) is one of the most beloved shows to ever air on television – and how could you not like it? The characters are…

Oliver Hazard Perry Shipyard Vying to Become New Home of the USS Halyburton (FFG-40)

USS Halyburton (FFG-40) at sea

If you travel across the United States, it’s likely you will come across the many decommissioned submarines and ships that have been given new life…

Behind-the-Scenes Facts About the Popular WWII Film, ‘The Longest Day’

Still from 'The Longest Day'

If asked to name a film about the D-Day landings, The Longest Day is likely the first to come to mind. The 1962 feature, directed…

US Navy SEAL Solomon Atkinson Embodied the Spirit of Dedicated Military Service

Portrait of Solomon Atkinson + Solomon Atkinson sitting in a chair

There have been an innumerable amount of US Navy SEALs who’ve served since the 1960s, but few have earned themselves the reputation of Solomon Atkinson.…

Glen Doherty: The CIA Contractor and Retired US Navy SEAL Who Bravely Faced Militants In Benghazi

Clare Fitzgerald
Glen Doherty fishing with another man

On the evening of September 11, 2012, militants launched an attack on the State Department’s mission facility in Benghazi, Libya. The ensuing firefight, which also…

The Fatal Collision Between the USS Greeneville (SSN-772) and the Japanese Ship Ehime Maru

US Coast Guard personnel pulling Japanese crewmen aboard a vessel

On February 9, 2001, approximately nine nautical miles south of Oahu, Hawaii, the USS Greeneville (SSN-772) was involved in a collision with Ehime Maru, a…