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These Time-Warp Photos Show Six Cities in the Past and Present

Cities change: skyscrapers go up, houses are torn down, neighbourhoods gentrify, earthquakes destroy. Vintage photographs of cities can be fascinating in their own right, but the familiar unfamiliarity of these time-warped photographs are especially intriguing. Read More >>

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Holy Crap, Seeing World War II Air Combat Footage in Colour is Just Nuts

Wow. This incredible video of aerial combat in World War II has it all. And all of it is terrifying. From dog fights and kamikaze attacks to flak fire and carpet bombing to explosions and aerial combat, it captures the frantic frenzy of aerial warfare during WWII. It's better than any movie because it actually happened. Read More >>

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These World War II Images are Made Out of Armies of Toy Soldiers

Did you ever stage toy soldier battles with your friends on the living room floor when you were a kid? Well, French-Canadian artist Jean-Pierre Séguin would have beat you every time. His latest work is akin to a toy soldier war—for art's sake. Read More >>

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How London Was Redesigned to Survive Wartime Blackouts

One of the more interesting aspects of urban life during the bombing raids of World War II was the clever and strategic re-designing of the London streetscape so that residents could live in a state of blackout. Read More >>

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Long-Lost WWII Shelters Rediscovered In New Jersey

For decades, historians have assumed that Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Deployment Units—emergency shelters developed during WWII—were lost forever. But 12 shelters have recently resurfaced after being abandoned on an army base just 30 miles outside of NYC. Read More >>

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Alan Turing Has Finally Been Given a Royal Pardon

Alan Turing, computing pioneer and the brain that cracked the Enigma Code -- considerably shortening the World War II conflict -- has finally been given a royal pardon, 60 years after his death. Read More >>

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The Pigeon-Guided Missiles and Bat Bombs of World War II

Ever heard of Project Pigeon andProject X-Ray, the WWII plans to use pigeons to guide missiles and (literal) bat bombers? Read More >>

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How the Humble Paperclip Became a Secret World War II Symbol

Today I found out that the paperclip was used as a symbol of resistance during World War II. Read More >>

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The Forgotten History of How Modern Art Helped Win World War II

Camouflage—at least in its present incarnation—grew up alongside modernism. And though the relationship between art and war has long ignored by historians, it's now coming to light just how intertwined they really were. Particularly when it came to hiding things in plain sight. Read More >>

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How the Curta Calculator, Intended as a Gift For Hitler, Kept its Inventor Alive During WWII

Before the arrival of the microchip in the 1970s, we didn’t have the luxury of the portable electronic calculator -- we were limited to desktop models than ran off electric current. But it wasn’t actually a problem that needed solving, as if you wanted to carry a calculator in your pocket and do complicated arithmetic on the fly, you could just use a Curta. Read More >>

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This Family Lived Isolated for 40 Years and Never Even Heard of World War II

You've probably heard stories of Japanese soldiers who, stranded on some remote island in the Pacific, thought the war never ended. But the Lykovs' story is even more outlandish than that. Karp Lykov and his family had never even heard of World War II — its beginning or its end. Nothing at all. In fact, they lived in the Siberian taiga without any human contact for four decades. Read More >>

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Detailed Graphic Shows Every British Navy Ships Lost In World War II

I just love these old school visualisations: here are all the ships lost by the British Navy during World War II. Many of these were hunted down by Nazi U-Boats. It's a staggering amount but it could have been a lot worse. Read More >>

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Never Before Seen World War II Fighter Plane Found in the Sahara Desert After 70 Years

In what historians are calling the aviation equivalent to finding King Tut's tomb, a World War II fighter plane has been found in the Sahara desert 70 years after it crashed. Even more impressive, the plane is perfectly preserved—it hasn't been touched and hasn't even been seen until now. Read More >>

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Authentic WWII Flak Binoculars Will Keep You One Step Ahead of Air Raids

Just because World War II ended some 67 years ago, doesn't mean you shouldn't keep one eye on the sky for air raids with a pair of authentic German flak binoculars. You can just never be too sure. Read More >>

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Winston Churchill's Toyshop: The Secret Weapons and Gadgets of World War II

Wacko Jacko had his oxygen tent, and the Pope has his bulletproof Popemobile. But did you know that Winston Churchill had a special chamber designed for air travel? It was effectively a giant metal cocoon installed on his personal plane, complete with ventilation systems, inside which the great man would kick back and puff on his noxious cigars. Read More >>

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Real-Time World War II Is the Best Thing to Ever Come Out of Twitter

A 24-year-old Oxford history graduate is doing something wonderful for all of you right now: narrating World War II on Twitter, in real time. It may not be as academic as a John Keegan book, but so far it's excellent. Read More >>

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