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Civilian Team Finds Wreck of USS Indianapolis, Lost in 1945 With 880 Crew Civilian Team Finds Wreck of USS Indianapolis, Lost in 1945 With 880 Crew

A team of civilian researchers has discovered the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, a US Navy cruiser which Imperial Japanese forces sunk in July 1945 to the loss of nearly three quarters of its crew.

Russians Discover Secret Abandoned Arctic Nazi Base Russians Discover Secret Abandoned Arctic Nazi Base

If you’ve ever looked a map of the Arctic and thought, “There’s probably nothing up there but polar bears and ice,” you’d be wrong! At one point in time, there were Nazis up there. But not anymore, thankfully.

WWII Ad Promised That TV Was Just Around the Corner WWII Ad Promised That TV Was Just Around the Corner

I came across this fantastically modern ad in the April 1945 issue of Radio-Craft magazine and just had to share it with you as we all slowly slide into the Fourth of July weekend.

How A Car Company Built So Many Important Military Machines Of World War II How A Car Company Built So Many Important Military Machines Of World War II

Did you know that Chrysler built more than 25 percent of America’s tanks during World War II? And in addition to tanks and trucks too, it even helped arm the Allied Powers’ mighty warships. You can learn more about the Chrysler “Arsenal of Democracy” in this new film.

What WWII's Top Secret Spy Manual Can Teach You About Wilderness Survival What WWII's Top Secret Spy Manual Can Teach You About Wilderness Survival

Before there was a CIA there was England’s Special Operations Executive. And, as WWII heated up, it put all of its collective tradecraft knowledge into a single training manual. And, it turns out that training spies to operate behind enemy lines is often good training for going outdoors, too.

Photos of China's parade commemorating WWII shows off its full military force Photos of China's parade commemorating WWII shows off its full military force

No country likes flexing its numbers in intimidatingly perfect choreographed coordination more than China. So to celebrate the 70th anniversary of WWII ending in Asia, China held a striking military parade to show off their military might, marching down drones and missiles and aircraft and soldiers and all kinds of…

Has Ground-Penetrating Radar Discovered The Nazi Gold Train?  Has Ground-Penetrating Radar Discovered The Nazi Gold Train? 

Just over a week ago, the story of a long-lost Nazi train started making the rounds. We’re unconvinced, but according to the BBC, ground penetrating radar seems to have convinced Polish Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski of the train’s existence.

Fisherman Spent 3 Years Building Massive 24-Foot Long Lego USS Missouri Fisherman Spent 3 Years Building Massive 24-Foot Long Lego USS Missouri

Jim McDonough is truly a master at his craft. He likes Lego, boats and naval history. And when these passions combine, magic is made. McDonough’s epically huge, ridiculously well-detailed Lego navy boats are the stuff of legend.

The Almost Perfect World War II Plot to Bomb Japan with Bats The Almost Perfect World War II Plot to Bomb Japan with Bats

Imagine: a quiet, tense night in the middle of wartime. A plane rips through the air above your city, rupturing the stillness. The bay doors open, and out whistles a bomb. It drops and drops. Everyone braces. But when it explodes, the city is filled not with the flash of impact, but with hundreds and hundreds of tiny,…

How the Associated Press covered the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The AP has posted three articles from its archives about the US dropping two atomic bombs in August 1945 and the subsequent surrender of Japan, so we can see what many Americans read in the wake of the destruction.

Inflatable Tanks, Paradummies And More Incredible Fake Objects From WWII Inflatable Tanks, Paradummies And More Incredible Fake Objects From WWII

Deception was imperative during WWII, and sometimes to the trickery got very surreal. In order to distract the enemy, militaries would create fake vehicles, weaponry, soldiers, and even entire towns. And they were pretty convincing — if you didn’t look too close.

This Enormous Car-Boat Probably Needed Oceans of Oil to Run This Enormous Car-Boat Probably Needed Oceans of Oil to Run

Life for Americans after World War II was supposed to be filled with open roads and open waters. The roads, more often than not, were for getting to work. And the water? That was pure leisure time. This "water-mobile" of 1947 was imagined to provide the best of both, with an enormous (and, one imagines, gas-guzzling)…

Newly discovered pictures show the everyday life of a WWII soldier  Newly discovered pictures show the everyday life of a WWII soldier 

The Rescued Film Project is an online gallery showing pictures found in lost film rolls from countries all over the world. They recently discovered a batch of 31 undeveloped rolls taken by a World War II American soldier, 70 years ago. Here are some of his best:

A 500-Pound Bomb from World War II Caused a Mass Evacuation in France A 500-Pound Bomb from World War II Caused a Mass Evacuation in France

A weapon from seven decades ago created a crisis in France this week. A team digging out a new metro line in Rennes, France found an enormous 550-lb. bomb from World War II lodged in the ground near City Hall. Over 3,000 people had to evacuate their homes.

How a Secret Squad Saved London From Flooding in the WWII Blitz How a Secret Squad Saved London From Flooding in the WWII Blitz

When bombs rained down on London during the Blitz, they fell on houses, on churches, and, less famously, on embankments along the River Thames. The damaged embankments could have sent devastating floods through London, but they didn't—thanks to a group of engineers who worked secretly and at night.

Remember The Best Of WWII Films With A Bridge Too Far Remember The Best Of WWII Films With A Bridge Too Far

Brad Pitt's new WWII tank thriller Fury seems to be taking cinemas by storm this week. But before chisel-jawed tank commanders with unfeasibly good hair did the Second World War, there was A Bridge Too Far, an unsurpassed epic that represents the absolute best of the foolish-British-people-getting-slaughtered war-film…

Why No One Used Camouflage Until WWI Why No One Used Camouflage Until WWI

The general idea behind visual camouflage, which is to make distinctive, recognizable shapes difficult to pick out against a background, was nothing new in 1914. The point of camouflage isn't necessarily to make oneself totally invisible, which isn't practical for a large army.

Is This WWII-Era Cipher The Most Unbreakable Code Ever Written? Is This WWII-Era Cipher The Most Unbreakable Code Ever Written?

Many cryptographers throughout history have claimed that a particular code is the most-unbreakable ever written. But does a rarely-used code, invented in 1917 and briefly employed during World War II, have a potential claim to the throne?

"Carrots improve your vision" is a WWII lie "Carrots improve your vision" is a WWII lie

Parents have been firing carrots into their kids' mouths for 70-plus years on the concept that "they give you better vision!" Truth is, while carrots are super-healthy, they won't do a thing to bring you back to 20/20. It's a myth, invented in WWII England to confuse the Nazis.

The Imitation Game Review: A Stirring Look at Turing's Tragic Life The Imitation Game Review: A Stirring Look at Turing's Tragic Life

Alan Turing's life story is unequivocally a tragedy. The Imitation Game, a new biopic that focuses on his accomplishments as a codebreaker during World War II, manages to recognize this while celebrating his formidable legacy.

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