Category: WORLD WAR II

Mariya Oktyabrskaya: The Red Army Tanker Who Avenged Her Husband

Mariya Oktyabrskaya standing in the hatch of a T-34

Mariya Oktyabrskaya was a telephone operator hellbent on revenge after finding out her husband had been killed in battle against the Germans. Taking matters into…

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…

Aleksandra Samusenko: The Only Female Tank Commander of the Second World War

Red Army soldiers stood atop T-34s

Women during the Second World War were typically relegated to working as nurses, in factory production or, in some instances, in the military, to fill…

Letters Discovered In Used Book Reveal Mother’s Heartbreak Following Son’s Death at Pearl Harbor

USS Maryland (BB-46) sailing past the capsized USS Oklahoma (BB-37) + Handwritten letters

When the Japanese launched their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor during the Second World War, hundreds of American Sailors, Marines, various other military personnel and…

Amazing Discovery – Captured T-34 Found Decades After It Was Abandoned By the German Army

Fleet of T-34s driving down a street in Berlin

In the decades since the end of the Second World War, thousands of discoveries have been made. From sunken ships and downed aircraft to unexploded…

Then and Now: Incredible Photos Show France During WWII and Today

M4 Sherman driving along a street in Avranches

There’s nothing that better showcases the true impact of the Second World War than photos of the locations where the fighting took place. While it…

First Special Service Force: The ‘Devil’s Brigade’ That Struck Fear Into the Germans

Members of the First Special Service Force lined up in the interior of an aircraft + Patch of the First Special Service Force

The various Special Forces groups of the Second World War played a major role in the evolution of elite units in the decades to follow.…

Photos That Showcase the Durability of American Aircraft During World War II

Pilot looking at a hole in his aircraft + Airman standing on an aircraft, looking at a hole in its tail

Given the numerous theaters American aircraft flew in throughout World War II, it’s no wonder the majority suffered extensive damage at the hands of the…

The Wildest Photos Taken Throughout the Second World War

Aerial photographer holding a large camera

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this is especially true when it comes to wartime. There’s something about these images that…

Held Captive: Airman Richard Keirn Survived Being a Prisoner of War In Both WWII and Vietnam

Military portrait of Richard Keirn + Aerial view of Hỏa Lò Prison

Many servicemen found themselves fighting in not just the Second World War, but also in Vietnam. However, very few were held captive as prisoners of…

On-the-Ground Interviews Reveal Americans’ Reactions to Pearl Harbor

Ship shrouded in smoke + Buttons about Pearl Harbor

American history forever changed on December 7, 1941 when Japan launched a horrific attack on Pearl Harbor, catapulting the United States into the Second World…

Pearl Harbor Heroes: Little-Known Stories of Bravery and Courage

Doris Miller being awarded the Navy Cross + Alice Finn looking at the Medal of Honor on John Finn's US Navy uniform

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor, devastating the American forces stationed there. In the…