World War 2 | War History

USS Sachem (SP-192): ‘The Ghost Ship’ That Served in Both World Wars and Now Sits Abandoned in the Wilderness

Celt docked at port

There are many abandoned ships across the United States, but few have as storied a history as the USS Sachem (SP-192), which also went by…

‘They Were Expendable’ Actor Robert Montgomery Actually Served in the US Navy During World War II

USS Columbia (CL-56) at sea + Military portrait of Robert Montgomery

Robert Montgomery wasn’t just an influential figure in Vintage Hollywood, he was also a dedicated member of the US military. He put his acting career…

Operation Meetinghouse: The Devastating Firebombing of Tokyo During World War II

June Steele
Aerial view of Tokyo, Japan, following the firebombing of the city

It’s hard to imagine a worse attack on Japan during World War II than the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but there was. The…

Volunteers Requesting Help to Save World War II-Era Liberty Ship SS John W. Brown

SS John W. Brown docked at port

One of the last remaining operational World War II-era liberty ships is at risk of falling into disrepair and losing its certification from the US…

The March on Rome and Benito Mussolini’s Quest to Turn Italy Into a Fascist Nation

June Steele
Benito Mussolini standing with members of the National Fascist Party (PNF)

The March on Rome was the start of great political and societal change within Italy. Led by Benito Mussolini, the march aimed to tear down…

John Ford Called Out John Wayne on Set for Not Serving in World War II

John Ford holding a microphone up to his mouth + John Wayne as LTJR. "Rusty" Ryan in 'They Were Expendable'

In the years following the Second World War, many films were released that detailed the dangers faced by both friend and foe. At the time,…

34 Miles of Tunnels Were Dug By the British Military Beneath the Rock of Gibraltar

View of the Rock of Gibraltar + People walking down a tunnel beneath the Rock of Gibraltar

A British territory north of Spain, Gibraltar is a beloved tourist destination that experiences naval dockyard actively by the British Royal Navy. Lesser known are…

Tököl Airbase Played a Major Role in Germany’s War Machine – That Is, Until the Soviets Took It Over

Exterior of a building at Tököl Airbase

Hungary’s history is marked by significant instability. During World War II, it fell under German occupation and, in the Cold War era, the Soviet Union…

‘The Commandant’s Shadow’ Documentary Tells Story of Auschwitz Director’s Son

Gate running along the boundary of Auschwitz and Rudolf Höss' house

The Academy Award-winning film The Zone of Interest was among the most talked about in 2023. Now, a documentary about the movie’s subject, Auschwitz commandant…

Calvin Graham: The 12-Year-Old Sailor Who Received the Bronze Star During the Guadalcanal Campaign

June Steele
USS South Dakota (BB-57) at sea + Military portrait of Calvin Graham

It wasn’t unusual for boys to lie about their age to enlist in World War II. Many tried to persuade recruiters they were old enough…

Two Dead Following Crash Involving World War II-Era Aircraft in California

Lockheed Model 12A Electra Junior in flight

Two individuals aboard a World War II-era Lockheed Model 12 Electra Junior – better known as the L12 – died when the aircraft crashed shortly…

Facts About ‘Das Boot’ – The Most Realistic Submarine Movie Ever Released

Still from 'Das Boot'

If you ask history buffs to name a movie that best shows the realities of submarine warfare during World War II, the majority will say…

USS West Virginia (BB-48): The Battleship That Survived Pearl Harbor and Exacted Revenge on America’s Enemies

USS West Virginia (BB-48) anchored at Sagami Wan, Japan

The USS West Virginia (BB-48) was one of the many American battleships to see action in the Pacific Theater during the Second World War. Miraculously…

The Capture of U-505 Helped America Crack the Kriegsmarine’s Ultra-Secretive Code

U-505 on display at a beach

The capture of U-505 by the US Navy was one of the most secretive events of the Second World War. While on patrol off the…

PHOTOS: The World War II-Era German Military Base That Was Occupied By the Soviets

Entrance to Forst Zinna + Sinks lined against a wall in a communal bathroom

In the forests of Germany, the Wehrmacht built numerous training areas and temporary living quarters for troops. Most of these structures have been demolished, as…

When Can We Expect Season Two of ‘SAS: Rogue Heroes’ – What We Know

Promotional image for 'SAS: Rogue Heroes'

In 2022, BBC premiered SAS: Rogue Heroes (2022-present), a scripted series centered around the Special Air Service’s (SAS) efforts in North Africa. The final episode…

‘D-Day 80th Anniversary’ Documentary Dives Into Turning Point of World War II

Promotional art for 'D-Day 80th Anniversary'

A brand-new documentary examining the Allied landings on Normandy has been released. Directed by Bruce Vigar, D-Day 80th Anniversary explores the planning, execution and aftermath…

African-American Medic Who Saved Dozens of Lives on D-Day Posthumously Awarded Distinguished Service Cross

African-American soldiers mooring a barrage balloon near a building + Military portrait of Waverly Woodson + Distinguished Service Cross

An African-American medic who braved enemy fire to treat hundreds of Allied troops on D-Day is finally being recognized for his bravery. In the lead-up…

Bradford Freeman: The Easy Company Mortarman Who Fought His Way Through Occupied Europe

June Steele
Portrait of Bradford Freeman

Bradford C. Freeman, a mortarman who served in the famous 2nd Battalion, Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, played a key role…

Facts About D-Day – The Amphibious Landings That Changed the Course of World War II

American troops riding in a Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP)

D-Day is famous for being a turning point in the fight against Germany during World War II. On June 6, 1944, Allied troops from several…

D-Day Movies Every Military History Buff Needs to Watch

June Steele
Still from 'The Longest Day' + Tom Hanks as Capt. John Miller in 'Saving Private Ryan' + Lee Marvin as Sergeant in 'The Big Red One'

D-Day – the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 – was one of the most dramatic moments of World War II. Over the…

Photos of Battery 223 – An Abandoned World War II Military Fortification in New Jersey

June Steele
View of Battery 223 at sunset

Visitors who’ve walked along the beach at Cape May Point State Park, in Lower Township, New Jersey, have likely encountered a reinforced concrete structure dating…

A Bankrupt Oskar Schindler Abandoned His Wife After World War II

Portrait of Emilie Schindler with a cat + Portrait of Oskar Schindler

Steven Spielberg‘s Schindler’s List (1993) centers around Oskar Schindler, a man who saved over 1,000 Jewish individuals during the Holocaust. While the film briefly mentions…

Royal Air Force Pilot Loses Life After Supermarine Spitfire Crashes Near RAF Coningsby

Supermarine Spitfire in flight

A Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot has died after the World War II-era Supermarine Spitfire he was manning crashed in a field near RAF Coningsby.…

EXCERPT: ‘Witty Manny’ – How a Man Drilled in Tyranny Became a Thriving Citizen of American Democracy

KMS Lützow at sea + Military portrait of Emanuel von König

The following is an excerpt from a 40,000-word manuscript written by Philippe Defechereux about Manny’s life, from growing up in an autocratic environment, to the…

Frontline Heroines Who Refused to Take a Step Back During World War II

Portrait of Nancy Wake + Odette Sansom standing in her Special Operations Executive (SOE) uniform + Portrait of Joséphine Baker

There were several unsung heroes in World War II, many of them women. Coming from all walks of life, these brave individuals put their lives…

Official Trailer Released for Kelsey Grammer WWII-Era Movie, ‘Murder Company’

Kelsey Grammer sitting on the set of 'Today'

In the lead-up to the 80th anniversary of the Allied landings on D-Day, the official trailer has dropped for a new World War II-era film…

Organizers Looking Forward to 80th Anniversary of Guernsey’s Liberation Next Year

Camouflage-colored naval gun in an emplacement

The tiny Channel Island of Guernsey holds the record of being the most fortified place along the German military’s Atlantic Wall. Turning it into a…

The Battle of the Atlantic Was a Never-Ending Fight for Control of the High Seas

June Steele
Gunner standing on the deck of a destroyer at sea

The Battle of the Atlantic stretched across the entirety of the Second World War, from 1939-45. The monumental engagement was about more than just naval…

Pacific Wrecks Team Locates What They Believe to Be Richard Bong’s Missing P-38 ‘Marge’

Richard Bong standing with his Lockheed P-38 Lightning 'Marge'

Update – 05/24/2024: The joint-organization team involved in the search for US Army Air Forces (USAAF) pilot Richard Bong’s missing Lockheed P-38 Lightning Marge has…

Hedy Lamarr Helped Develop the Technology Behind Wi-Fi – All the Way Back in World War II

June Steele
Portrait of Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr is often celebrated for her captivating performances on the silver screen during Hollywood’s illustrious Golden Age, but behind her luminous facade was a…

Five Skeletons Discovered Buried Beneath the Wolf’s Lair in Poland

Exterior of what remains of the Wolfsschanze, also known as the Wolf's Lair

Five human skeletons have been unearthed at the Wolfsschanze – “Wolf’s Lair,” in English – in Poland. The human remains, found without their hands and…

Neville Brand Received the Silver Star for Single-Handedly Taking on Enemy Troops Armed With Machine Guns

Neville Brand and John Wayne as Lightfoot and J.D. Cahill in 'Cahill U.S. Marshal' + Portrait of Neville Brand

When looking back at the stars who dominated the silver screen during the 1950s and ’60s, you’ll find that the majority served in some capacity…

Ceremony Held in Dorset to Commemorate the 80th Anniversary of Exercise Tiger

Crowd standing around the US D-Day Memorial in Victoria Gardens

A commemoration event to mark the 80th anniversary of Exercise Tiger took place on the afternoon of Friday, April 26, 2024, at Portland in Dorset,…

Jimmy Buffett Anonymously Donated Two WWII-Era Aircraft to a Museum Before His Death

Jimmy Buffett standing in aviation gear

Jimmy Buffett’s passing on September 1, 2023 was a shock to music fans across the world. The “Margaritaville” singer’s death was attributed to an aggressive…

Operation Market Garden Led to a Decades-Long Treasure Hunt That’s Still Ongoing

Close-up of the map detailing the possible location of the hidden treasure

In 2023, the Dutch National Archives unveiled a collection of documents that had previously been classified as “confidential,” as per the customary 75-year term. Among…

The Japanese Bolt-Action Arisaka Type 99 Rifle Saw Extensive Use In the Pacific Theater

Soldier aiming an Arisaka Type 99 rifle

The Arisaka Type 99 rifle was a significant evolution in the realm of military armaments. Born out of necessity in the 1930s, its development reflected…

Germany Hoped to Weaponize the Occult to Win the Second World War

Paul Freeman, Wolf Kahler and Ronald Lacey as Dr. René Belloq, Col. Dietrich and Maj. Arnold Toht in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'

Germany thought up several strategies to increase its chances of winning World War II, including the breeding of potato bugs to decimate enemy crops and…

The Battle of France Saw a European Power Fall in Just Six Weeks

German soldiers driving tanks down a dirt road

One campaign changed the direction of the Second World War: the Battle of France. The period leading up to the engagement was known as the…

Shiro Ishii and the Dark Legacy of Japan’s Unit 731

Aerial view of the Unit 731 complex + Military portrait of Shiro Ishii

Japanese physician Shiro Ishii presided over a series of abhorrent medical experiments that stand as some of the most egregious atrocities in modern history. Ranging…

The Dear John Letter Was a Symbol of Heartbreak Amid the Terrors of War

British soldier reading a letter outside

When its comes to wartime communications, few carry the weight of the infamous Dear John letter. Originating during World War II, these correspondences have become…

Ending the Deadliest Conflict in Human History: Why Did Japan Surrender in World War II?

Allied and Japanese military personnel standing on the deck of the USS Missouri (BB-63)

The Japanese surrender in World War II brought to a close one of the darkest and deadliest chapters in human history. While the Germans waved…

Upcoming ‘Armour & Embarkation’ Event to Mark 80th Anniversary of D-Day Landings

World War II-era vehicles driving down a street in the middle of a town

A recreation of the movements of the American and British forces is scheduled to take place in the county of Dorset in Southern England to…

Mauthausen Was One of the Most Notorious Concentration Camps Operated By the German Regime

Russian prisoners of war (POWs) hauling earth in a large trench

Nestled in the picturesque landscape of Austria, the remnants of Mauthausen concentration camp are a somber testament to one of the darkest chapters of the…

Memorial Erected In Honor of American Troops Who Died In D-Day Rehearsal Exercise

Crowd gathered around the Exercise Tiger memorial

Nearly 80 years after the disastrous rehearsal for the D-Day landings, a memorial has been erected in honor of the 110 American servicemen who perished…

Battle of Tarawa Lessons: How the Battle of Tarawa Led to the Creation of US Navy SEALs

US Marines gathered around a fortified wall

Between November 20-23, 1943, 35,000 American troops secured Betio island, part of Tarawa Atoll. This was an impressive feat, as the Japanese had anticipated it…

Last Surviving Crew Member of the USS Arizona (BB-39) Dead At 102

Lou Conter standing in front of the Arizona Remembrance Wall

The last survivor of the sinking of the USS Arizona (BB-39) on December 7, 1941, has died. Lou Conter, 102, was a US Navy sailor…

‘Female Schindler’ Diana Budisavljević Saved 7,700 Children During World War II

Portrait of Diana Budisavljecić

Throughout the Second World War, several individuals risked their lives to save those being persecuted by the German regime. The most notable names are Oskar…

MoH Recipient John Basilone Ran Headfirst Into Enemy Fire to Defeat the Japanese on Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima

John Basilone standing in his US Marine Corps uniform + Aerial view of Henderson Field

There are few people in American history who are held in such high esteem as US Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone. A Medal of…

15-Year-Old Whose Heroics Helped Shorten World War II Honored By Hometown

HMS Petard (G56) at sea + George Medal

The 15-year-old NAAFI canteen assistant whose heroics at sea helped shorten the Second World War has been honored by his hometown. Thomas “Tommy” Brown helped…

Tom Hanks to Host World War II Docuseries for History Channel

Tom Hanks standing on a red carpet

It’s no secret Tom Hanks enjoys bringing the events of the Second World War to the big and small screens – just look at Saving…

The B-17 Flying Fortress Saw Use As An Airliner?! 12 Facts About the Iconic American Heavy Bomber

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress in flight

When asked what they think the most iconic Allied bomber of the Second World War was, the majority of historians and aircraft enthusiasts will likely…

America’s Newest National Park is a WWII-Era Japanese-American Incarceration Camp in Colorado

Aerial view of the barracks at the Granada Relocation Center

The National Park Service has announced the United States has a new national park. Officially known as the Amache National Historic Site, the location, near…

Wreckage of WWII-Era Douglas SBD Dauntless Discovered In Pacific 80 Years After It Went Missing

Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless in flight

In the jungle of Papua New Guinea, a relic from the Second World War has been discovered. The artifact, a downed Douglas SBD Dauntless, went…

Apple TV+ Releasing ‘The Bloody Hundredth’ Documentary, Narrated By Tom Hanks

Promotional image for 'The Bloody Hundredth'

Apple TV+ has revealed it’ll be premiering a documentary about the 100th Bombardment Group and its famous airmen. Titled The Bloody Hundredth and narrated by…

Unexploded World War II-Era Bomb Found In British Woman’s Garden

Military vehicle parked in the middle of a street

Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate after a father working in his daughter’s garden in Plymouth uncovered a bomb dating back to World War…

Battle of Moscow: A Critical Turning Point In the Fight Along the Eastern Front

June Steele
Three Red Army soldiers manning an anti-aircraft gun

When we delve into the defining moments of the Second World War, the Battle of Moscow stands out as a turning point that showcased the…

The Tragic Last Stand of the HMS Hood Against Germany’s Prized Battleship Bismarck

HMS Hood (51) at sea, with another ship in the distance

The HMS Hood (51), nicknamed the “Mighty Hood,” was the pride of the British Royal Navy, embodying the pinnacle of warship design in the early…

Upcoming WWII-Era Horror Film Loosely Based On Loss of Australian Corvette HMAS Armidale

AI rendering of a great white shark swimming beneath Australian soldiers in a life raft

Shark films are a staple of the horror genre and one Australian filmmaker is looking to meld this style of film with the war genre.…

Trailer Released for Kate Winslet’s Upcoming World War II-Era Film ‘Lee’

Kate Winslet standing on the set of 'Lee' in full costume

The official trailer for Kate Winslet’s upcoming World War II-era drama, Lee, has been released. Based on the life of famed war correspondent Elizabeth “Lee”…

Paddy Mayne Executed Some of the Most Daring Raids Against Enemy Strongholds During World War II

June Steele
Paddy Mayne standing in his military uniform

Paddy Mayne, a figure of both controversy and admiration, stands out for his contributions throughout the Second World War. His leadership in the Special Air…

Was Herbert Sobel Really As Horrible As ‘Band of Brothers’ Made Him Out to Be?

David Schwimmer as Herbert Sobel in 'Band of Brothers' + Herbert Sobel wearing his military uniform

Herbert Sobel is widely considered to be one of the most disliked characters in the war genre, whether that be in film or television. David…

Was the Allied Bombing of Dresden a War Crime or Wartime Necessity?

June Steele
Aerial view of the ruins of Dresden

The Bombing of Dresden, Germany stands as one of the most controversial events of the Second World War and is a stark symbol of the…

An Earache Saved Paul Newman From Certain Death During the Battle of Okinawa

USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) at sea + Military portrait of Paul Newman

When thinking of the biggest names of Vintage Hollywood, it’s likely Paul Newman comes to mind. The actor, philanthropist and auto racer starred in some…

Battle of Iwo Jima: One of the Bloodiest Battles in US Marine Corps History

June Steele
US Marines landing on Iwo Jima

As dawn broke on February 19, 1945, a small volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean became the stage for one of World War II’s most…

320th Barrage Balloon Battalion: The Only African-American Unit to Storm Normandy on D-Day

Guest Author
Ships anchored off the coast of Omaha Beach, while barrage balloons float overhead

“The conventional wisdom of D-Day is that there were no Black soldiers who landed on those beaches, but the truth is that there were almost…

WWII-Era Anti-Submarine Munitions, Smoke Devices Found Off Los Angeles Coast

WWII-era munition on the seafloor

Oceanographers working off the coast of Los Angeles, California have discovered that a site previously believed to just be home to toxic chemical waste was…

Johnnie Johnson: The Highest-Scoring Western Allied Air Ace of World War II

Supermarine Spitfire in flight + Johnnie Johnson walking

Several pilots cemented themselves into history with their skills during the Second World War. One aviator, Johnnie Johnson, did more than the average person, taking…

The Irish Postmistress Whose Weather Forecast Changed the Course of D-Day

Barrage balloons and ships along the coast of Omaha Beach

Throughout World War II, many individuals went about their everyday lives, unaware of the repercussions of their actions. One of them was Maureen Flavin Sweeney,…

‘Saving Private Ryan’ Movie Details History Fans Will Appreciate

Tom Hanks as Capt. John Miller in 'Saving Private Ryan'

Saving Private Ryan (1998) is arguably one of the best war films ever released, especially when it comes to depicting what took place during the…

‘The World Will Tremble’ to Share True Story of Prisoner Escape From Chełmno

Jewish individuals being forced into train cars

The Holocaust saw the deaths of six million Jewish individuals. The majority of them lost their lives at German-run concentration and extermination camps. Few were…

The Real-Life Airmen Behind the Highly-Anticipated Miniseries ‘Masters of the Air’

Still from 'Masters of the Air'

Masters of the Air (2024) is the highly-anticipated miniseries from the minds behind Band of Brothers (2001) and The Pacific (2010). Following the exploits of…

Bell P-63 Kingcobra: The American Fighter-Turned-Soviet Tank Buster

Bell P-63 Kingcobra parked on the tarmac

The Second World War saw the development of several new aircraft, among them the Bell P-63 Kingcobra. Initially developed for use by America, it became…

World War II-Era Mystery Solved 80 Years After Aircraft, Pilot Went Missing Over Italy

Aerial view of the Gulf of Manfredonia, where Warren Singer's Lockheed P-38 Lightning was discovered + Lockheed P-38 Lightning in flight

While fighting the Axis powers in Italy during the Second World War, a number of Allied pilots lost their lives. One of them was US…

Russell Crowe, Rami Malek to Star in Post-War Historical Drama ‘Nuremberg’

Russell Crowe standing on a red carpet + Rami Malek standing on a red carpet

Following the conclusion of the Second World War, those responsible for committing the numerous atrocities of the conflict, such as the Holocaust, were made to…

James R Ward: The USS Oklahoma Crewman Who Remained Behind at Pearl Harbor and Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

Smoke rising above the capsized USS Oklahoma (BB-37) + Military portrait of James R Ward

The attack on Pearl Harbor was the event that spurred the United States to enter World War II. On the morning of December 7, 1941,…

On Christmas Eve 1944, American and German Soldiers Came Together for a Temporary Truce In the Hürtgen Forest

Troops and tanks moving down a snow-covered road

When you ask someone about a wartime Christmas truce, they’re more likely to bring up the one that occurred along the Western Front in 1914.…

Hikers Made An Incredibly Rare Discovery In a Northern British Field – A Canadian Ram Tank!

Tank, Cruiser, Ram Mk I parked on a dirt track

In the decades following the Second World War, several discoveries dating back to the conflict have been made. Among them are a T-34 tank at…

Francis P Hammerberg Was Awarded the Medal Of Honor After Performing An 18-Hour Rescue Mission At Pearl Harbor

Two men watching smoke emanate from the USS LST-39 + Military portrait for Francis P Hammerberg

Throughout the Second World War, numerous individuals distinguished themselves through actions of great heroism. Some of them occurred in combat, while others happened on the…

Why Did Japan Attack Pearl Harbor?

Aerial view of Pearl Harbor

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, was a deadly day in the history of the United States, with thousands of military…

The ‘Saving Private Ryan’ Detail Most Viewers Missed – It Changes Our View of the Film

Steven Spielberg, Vin Diesel, Adam Goldberg, Tom Sizemore, Barry Pepper and crewmen on the set of 'Saving Private Ryan'

Saving Private Ryan (1998) is arguably one of the best war movies ever released, thanks to director Steven Spielberg’s expert eye and attention to detail.…

Japan Turned to Kamikaze Frogmen to Defend Against a Potential Allied Invasion

Aircraft at the bottom of the seafloor + Japanese kamikaze pilot tying a bandana around his head

In the final stages of the Second World War, both the Allied and Axis powers turned to more extravagant plans in an attempt to bring…

Flying ‘the Hump’ Required Allied Pilots to Fly Over the Himalayas in Terrible Conditions

Curtiss C-46 Commando flying over the Himalayas

During the Second World War, the Allied forces in the China Burma India (CBI) Theater faced a formidable logistical challenge in supplying troops and equipment…

The Tank Museum Receives Donation of Letters Written By British Soldier During World War II

Handwritten letter + Military portrait of Alan William "Jim" Harris

The Tank Museum in Bovington, United Kingdom has announced that it’s received a donation of 65 letters dating back to World War II. The correspondences,…

Upcoming ‘Battle Over Britain’ Film Chronicles World War II’s First Major Aerial Campaign

Still from 'Battle Over Britain'

The World War II-era film Battle Over Britain is slated to premiere in theaters in just under a month. Coming from the company behind 2019’s…

Facts About ‘The Great Escape’ – Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough Didn’t Get Along!

Steve McQueen as Capt. Virgil "The Cooler King" Hilts in 'The Great Escape'

The Great Escape (1963) is one of the best war films ever released – that’s not an opinion, it’s a fact. Starring Steve McQueen, Richard…

Adolf Galland: The Luftwaffe Air Ace Who Survived Being Shot Down Four Times

June Steele
Messerschmitt Bf 109 in flight + Military portrait of Adolf Galland

Adolf Galland is often remembered as one of the most distinguished fighter aces of the Second World War. His remarkable career with the Luftwaffe saw…

Mel Brooks: The Famed Jewish Comedian Who Fought the Germans In Europe

Mel Brooks sitting on a couch

Mel Brooks is arguably one of the most recognizable faces in the realm of comedy. With a career spanning decades, he’s the brains behind some…

From Wartime Necessity to Chocoholic Revolution: Hershey’s World War II-Era Tropical Bar

June Steele
US Marines coming ashore from landing craft + Hershey's Tropical Bar

As the Second World War raged on, the United States faced a myriad of challenges, one of which was ensuring troops remained well-fed and supplied…

HMS Medusa (A353): The Ship That Marked the Way to Omaha Beach in June 1944

HMS Medusa (A353) anchored at a dock

The HMS Medusa (A353) – formerly known as the Harbour Motor Defence Launch (HMDL) 1387 – was near Omaha Beach on June 5, 1944, the…

A24 Releases Trailer for Award-Winning Holocaust Film, ‘The Zone of Interest’

Sandra Hüller as Hedwig Höss in 'The Zone of Interest'

The official trailer for the World War II-era movie The Zone of Interest has been released by A24. The feature, which premiered at the Cannes…

Lee Marvin: The Hollywood ‘Tough Guy’ Who Earned His Stripes In the Pacific Theater

Lee Marvin as the Sergeant in 'The Big Red One'

Lee Marvin was a mainstay of cinema and television throughout the 1950s and ’60s. Known for his portrayal of villains and tough guys, he was…

‘U-571’ Is So Inaccurate That It Sparked An Official Debate In British Parliament

Damian Lucjan
Still from 'U-571'

Imagine: it’s 2000 and you’re sitting on your couch, popcorn in hand, waiting for the newest American war production to appear on your screen. The…

Northrop XP-79: The Flying Wing Designed to Ram Into Enemy Aircraft in Mid-Air

Northrop XP-79 parked on the tarmac

The Northrop XP-79 Flying Ram was a rocket- and jet-powered flying-wing fighter designed during the Second World War for the US Army Air Forces. The…

Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum Embarking on Project to Reconstruct WWII-Era Fairey Barracuda

Fairey Barracuda flying over the HMS Vulnerable (R63) and an Italian destroyer

The Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum has launched a project to carry out a live rebuild over a period of 10 years of an…

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…

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…

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…

Expedition Produces New Images of Shipwrecks from the Battle of Midway

Wreck of the USS Yorktown (CV-5) on the seafloor

The Battle of Midway in June 1942 was a turning point of the War in the Pacific. While the United States lost a handful of…

Hiroshima Survivor Kiyoshi Tanimoto and the Co-Pilot of the Enola Gay Met on an American TV Show

Mushroom cloud rising over Hiroshima + Kiyoshi Tanimoto sitting at a table + Military portrait of Robert A. Lewis

Rev. Kiyoshi Tanimoto was one of the lucky ones to survive the atomic bombing of Hiroshima by the United States on August 6, 1945. Following…