WWII | War History

The 7 Most Famous Field Marshals From History

Rosemary Giles
Side by side photos of Bernard Law Montgomery wearing a Field Marshal uniform with beret, and Prince Philip wearing Field Marshal uniform.

Field marshal is the most senior military rank that can be awarded to an individual. Although this varies across countries, it is generally the highest…

The Eisenhower Jacket Ended in a Triple Stumper on ‘Jeopardy!’

This week, the contestants on Jeopardy! were all stumped on the final question of the night. In the category, “Famous Americans,” on Thursday, February 3,…

5 Little-Known Facts About the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

images of the Tomb

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is located in Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia, United States and is one of the most symbolic and hollowed…

How the Soviet Polikarpov Po-2 Biplane Went From Crop Plane to Lethal Weapon

The Soviet Polikarpov Po-2 plane was initially designed to be a crop duster but ended up being surprisingly essential for the Soviets during the Second…

Captain America’s Army Unit Is Real And Still Active Today

The Blue Spaders and Captain America

In 1941 beloved superhero Captain America appeared in a Marvel comic book for the first time. Shown punching the Führer on his debut comic cover,…

The Nijmegen Bridge: A Bridge Over Troubled Water

Although it might look like a normal bridge today, the Nijmegen bridge was a pivotal strategic point throughout the entirety of the Second World War.…

What Did WWII Combatants Think Of Each Other’s Aircraft?

Supermarine Spitfire Mark IIA, P7895 'RN-N', of No 72 Squadron, Royal Air Force based at Acklington, Northumberland, in flight over the coast, piloted by Flight Lieutenant R Deacon Elliot. April 1941

WWII saw the global pace of aircraft development rapidly increase, starting with simple lightweight piston engine airframes and culminating in jet-powered aircraft. Today, the debates…

How Wartime Rationing Helped The British Get Healthy

People lined up for potatoes

Rationing is often thought of as a type of “starvation diet,” but did you know that wartime rationing not only changed the dietary habits of…

Color Photos Of The War Effort Bring History To Life

Color photos from the National Archives show a PBM Mariner receiving a Navy and Pan-Am paintjob, and workers servicing a Vultee BT-13A

Photography in WWII is often thought of as a black and white art, which is an easy association to make as the huge majority of…

The Forgotten Tank Battle – Senno

According to popular belief, the largest tank battle of World War II–called the Great Patriotic War in the USSR–occurred in July 1943 on the Kursk…

Iranian Embassy Siege and More – Top 8 SAS Operations (We Know About)

The Special Air Service (SAS) was founded by Colonel David Stirling in 1941 as a regiment of the British Army. They were originally a commando…

Good “Old 666”, the Cursed Bomber that No One Wanted to Fly took on 17 Japanese Fighters Alone and Lived to Tell About It

When you see the number “666” on the tail number of a plane, it is entirely understandable if you opt to stay on the ground. …