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Why Did a Test Pilot Wear a Gorilla Mask In Flight?

Two Bell P-59 Airacomets in flight + Individual wearing a gorilla mask

Imagine flying through the skies during the Second World War when, suddenly, an aircraft appears to your left. The pilot waves at you, but it’s…

Ben Stiller Makes ‘No Apologies’ for Controversial Film ‘Tropic Thunder’

Ben Stiller as Tugg Speedman in 'Tropic Thunder'

Ben Stiller is making headlines after he spoke about his feelings regarding Tropic Thunder, the 2008 comedy film he directed, wrote, produced and starred in.…

The Second Battle of Fort Wagner Proved the 54th Infantry Regiment Had the Chops

Still from 'Glory'

The 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment proved their bravery and courage in fighting against Confederate forces at Fort Wagner.

The Tragic Story Behind One Man’s Refusal to Salute the Führer

Blohm+Voss employees performing the German salute, while August Landmesser stands with his arms crossed over his chest + August Landmesser standing with his arms crossed

Among the rows of men saluting the Führer in an infamous photo dating back to July 1936, one individual is seen standing, arms crossed, daring…

Dwight D. Eisenhower Took Extra Measures to Ensure the Holocaust Was Never Forgotten

Dwight D. Eisenhower and George Patton standing with other US military officials + Exterior of Ohrdruf concentration camp

Dwight D. Eisenhower viewed firsthand the crimes that were committed by the Germans at concentration camps when he visited the newly-liberated Ohrdruf during the Second…

Looking Back At the Red Army’s Liberation of Auschwitz

Red Army soldiers speaking to child prisoners at Auschwitz

The phrase arbeit macht frei – “work sets you free” – were emblazoned on the sign at the entrance of Auschwitz for prisoners to read…

What Happened to the Jewish Soldiers Who Served with the German Army in World War I?

Jewish German soldiers gathered together for a Yom Kippur service

Prior to the Second World War, Jewish soldiers actively fought in the German Army. This included World War I and a number of conflicts fought…

Secretary Convicted of Complicity In 10,500 Concentration Camp Deaths

Irmgard Furchner sitting with her face covered

Irmgard Furchner, a former German secretary who worked at Stutthof concentration camp in northern Poland during the Second World War, has been convicted and sentenced…

Russian Soldiers Accuse Comrades of Fragging, Praise Ukrainian Equipment In Intercepted Call

Two Russian soldiers standing in front of a wall covered in graffiti

Raging since February 24, 2022, the Russo-Ukrainian War shows no sign of slowing down. As the conflict has drawn on, Ukraine has released numerous audio…

Six Authoritarian Countries Where Democracy Is Virtually Extinct

Soldier standing in full uniform + Parade occurring on the streets of North Korea

In 2006, The Economist published the first-ever Democracy Index, a system that measures the state of democracy in nations around the world. Ranking countries on…

Selous Scouts: The Specialized Rhodesian Force With a Controversial History

Members of the Rhodesian Security Forces gathered together at a camp

The Selous Scouts were a specialized force that fought in the Rhodesian Bush War under the Rhodesian Army. Comprised of trained soldiers working alongside ex-guerrillas,…

The True Story Behind Netflix’s Docuseries, ‘Killer Sally’

Five US Marines saluting while in silhouette

On November 2, 2022, Netflix released the three-part docuseries, Killer Sally. The latest in a string of true crime documentaries to hit the popular streaming…