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Anecdote The EIRE Signs of World War 2

The recent heat wave in the UK has revealed more than ancient henges. Over at Bray Head, on the Irish coast, a short distance away from Dublin, a wildfire stoked by the hot weather has revealed a Wor……

Anecdote Canary Girls: The World War One Women Who Turned Yellow

Munition workers in a shell warehouse at National Shell Filling Factory No.6, Chilwell, Nottinghamshire in 1917. Photo credit: Imperial War Museum The role women played in the two World Wars is well k……

Anecdote Battle of Kohima: The Greatest World War Two Battle Everyone Forgot

Perched on top of a mountain ridge, some 5,000 feet up in the remote hilly terrain of northeast India, lies the town of Kohima, in what is now the state of Nagaland. During the Second World War, one o……

Anecdote The Japanese Balloon Bombs of World War 2

On May 5, 1945, Reverend Archie Mitchell took his five-month pregnant wife and a group of five children from the church, where he was the pastor, for picnic and fishing up in the mountains near Bly in……

Anecdote Exercise Tiger: The Disastrous D-Day Rehearsal That Cost 800 Lives

In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, thousands of Allied soldiers stormed into the beaches of northern France in what became the largest seaborne invasion in history. In the space of a single d……

Anecdote World War II’s Other Iconic Photo: Raising A Flag Over The Reichstag

When photographer Joe Rosenthal snapped the picture of five US marines and a Navy sailor raising the American flag over the battle-scarred Japanese island of Iwo Jima, he could not have anticipated th……

Anecdote That Time When America Banned Sliced Bread

Modern life is full of conveniences but few things are as convenient as sliced bread. Just think about it. To make a sandwich all you need to do is open a bag and remove the required number of pre-cu……

Anecdote Wojtek: The Bear That Drank Beer And Went to War

Archibald Brown, the British official at the port of Naples, looked at the roster in his hand and called out the nameCorporal Wojtek, but nobody came forward. It was mid-February 1944, and Brown was a……

Anecdote London Railings Made From World War 2 Stretchers

Many housing estates throughout London are surrounded by black steel and mesh railings with peculiar notches around the edges. Although at first glance they appear to be some quirky architectural desi……

Anecdote Britain’s Thankful Villages

War memorials are a familiar sight in towns and villages across Britain, somberly remembering the sacrifices made by millions of ordinary young men in the First World War. But there are a handful of v……

Anecdote The “Lone Pine” Trees Growing Across Australia

Many war memorials across Australia have pine trees growing in their grounds. These trees are called Lone Pines, and their ancestry can be traced back to a single pine tree that stood where one of the……

Anecdote The Battle for Castle Itter: The Strangest Battle of WW2

In the waning days of the Second World War, five days after Hitler shot himself in his bunker in Berlin, one of the most bizarre battle took place at a 19th century castle in the Austrian Alps. Castle……

Anecdote Project Habakkuk: Britain’s Secret Ship Made of Ice

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and no time in history was as desperate as the time when the worlds most powerful nations were determined in destroying each other. It was time of the Seco……

Anecdote Unexploded Bombs Find Everyday Use in Laos’ Villages

The Vietnam War ended 40 years ago, but left a deadly legacy, especially in Laos. The US military dropped more than 2 million tons of bombs on the country during the war between 1964 and 1973, making……

Anecdote The Ghost Army That Duped The Nazis

Deception and decoy are part of war strategy. During the Second World War the Allied forces employed dozens of tricks to confuse, mislead or intimidate the German army from dropping dummy paratropper……

Anecdote The Street Corner That Changed The World

In the capital city of Sarajevo, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, on a street corner just across Latin Bridge, hangs a big purple banner that proclaims in white capital letters: "The street corner that started……

Anecdote Abandoned Bunkers in Albania

If there ever is a nuclear holocaust, Albania is the country you would want to be in. Dotting the landscape across the country like odd shaped mushrooms are bunkers - hundreds and thousands of them al……

Anecdote Oradour-sur-Glane: The Village Massacred in WW2 and Preserved Since Then

On 10 June 1944, at around 2 PM, four days after the Allied invasion of Normandy, approximately 150 Waffen-SS soldiers entered the tranquil village of Oradour-sur-Glane in the Limosin region of south……

Anecdote How The Military Hid The Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant

During World War II, in an effort to disguise the facility and ward off enemy fire, officials at Burbank's Lockheed Air Terminal (now known as Bob Hope Airport ) took the unusual but highly effective……

Anecdote World War 2 WAVES – Women in the US Navy

As the US Navy ramped up for World War 2, its leadership began the unprecedented task of recruiting 27,000 female sailors called WAVES, an acronym for Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service. P……

Anecdote 66th Anniversary of Operation Overlord: Normandy Landings

Operation Overlord was the code name for the operation that launched the invasion of German-occupied western Europe during World War II by Allied forces. Operation Overlord was the single largest mili……

Anecdote Berlin After The World War 2

I love vintage black and white photos, particularly of the world war era. Here is one such collection that shows the scale of destruction in the German city of Berlin.……