A History Of The Most Impractical Weapons Ever Used In War

A lot of brainpower goes into designing weapons of war. Unfortunately, in a complicated situation, brainpower is a terrible substitute for testing. Here are some of the ingenious weapons of war that were great on paper and terrible in practice. » 2/16/15 1:20pm 2/16/15 1:20pm

Sobering Photos Compare Dresden After The Firestorms To Now

It's the 70th anniversary of one of the darkest days of the Second World War, when Allied planes bombed the medieval German of city of Dresden into oblivion. To commemorate this tragic event, a photographer has revisited the sites to compare archived historical photos with present day scenes. » 2/13/15 12:40pm 2/13/15 12:40pm

The 10 Greatest Tank Battles In Military History

Ever since the first armored vehicles crawled across the tortured battlescapes of World War I, tanks have become an indelible fixture of land warfare. Many tank-on-tank engagements have occurred over the years, some more significant — and epic — than others. Here are 10 you need to know about. » 1/23/15 10:00am 1/23/15 10:00am

The U.S. Considered An "Accidental" Bombing Of China's Nuke Facilities

Recently declassified documents obtained by the National Security Archive reveal that the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations were considering military action to prevent or delay China from building nuclear weapons — even if that meant working with Moscow to stage an accidental bombing. » 12/16/14 1:40pm 12/16/14 1:40pm

This Timelapse Shows How Napoleon Nearly Conquered All Of Europe

From 1802 until his exile in 1815, Napoleon embarked on several massive campaigns across virtually all of Europe. This new video shows the changing front lines from his position as Consul for Life to his historic defeat at Waterloo. » 12/04/14 4:00pm 12/04/14 4:00pm

Watch The American Civil War As It Rages Across Four Agonizing Years

Amateur military historian EmperorTigerstar has created a fascinating timelapse video showing the changing front lines of the American Civil War for each day of the conflict. » 11/03/14 2:20pm 11/03/14 2:20pm

11 Intriguing Ways World War I Could Have Turned Out Differently

The First World War may have have featured static battlefields and attritional strategies, but that doesn't mean the course of events from 1914 to 1918 couldn't have unfolded differently. Here are 11 events that could have changed the outcome of the Great War. » 10/29/14 10:00am 10/29/14 10:00am

Wrecks From WWII Convoy Battle Discovered Off North Carolina Coast

Researchers from the NOAA have discovered two sunken vessels from a Second World War convoy battle about 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina. The German U-boat 576 and a merchant ship, Bluefields, were found just a few hundred yards apart. The find shows just how close the war came to American shores. » 10/22/14 9:40am 10/22/14 9:40am

Trench Warfare in World War I Was a Smarter Strategy Than You Realize

History remembers trench warfare as wasteful, futile, and uninspired, but in reality it was a deeply thought-out system that underwent constant revision. Here's how it worked during World War I. » 9/22/14 11:11am 9/22/14 11:11am

The Secret German Scheme To Invade America Before The First World War

Nearly two decades before the onset of World War I, Kaiser Wilhelm II set his imperialistic sights on the Americas. But to establish a presence there, Germany would have to put the U.S. in its place. To that end, it devised not one, but three plans to attack and invade America. Here's how history could have unfolded… » 8/29/14 9:00am 8/29/14 9:00am

What Is Weird Al Wearing In This Mandatory Fun Album Art?

The style of Weird Al Yankovic's newest album cover is meant to evoke a Soviet-era propaganda feel, with a hint of totalitarian oppression. Rolling Stone described his outfit as "what appears to be a Russian military uniform". But is it? Is it Russian, or Soviet, or what? » 8/02/14 12:53pm 8/02/14 12:53pm

How Each Of The Great Powers Helped Start the First World War

It's the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serbian terrorist — an event that escalated into unprecedented global conflict known today as World War I. Most historians say Germany led the charge into war, but seven other powers deserve a share in the blame. » 6/27/14 11:00am 6/27/14 11:00am

The 10 Biggest Misconceptions About the First World War

This year marks the centenary of the start of the First World War, a conflict that still rouses considerable debate and controversy. It's also a war that's shrouded in many myths and misconceptions — and these ten are among the worst. » 5/01/14 11:00am 5/01/14 11:00am

New Images Show Wreckage Of U.S. Ships Sunk During D-Day Preparations

On April 28, 1944, a German E-boat sank two U.S. ships participating in training exercises for the Normandy invasion — a largely unknown incident that claimed the lives of 749 American soldiers and sailors. A robotic sub recently captured the most detailed images yet taken of the wrecks. » 4/23/14 11:40am 4/23/14 11:40am

Great Moments In Bicycle-Powered Warfare

War is an ugly business, in which whoever moves fastest and strikes first often triumphs. So long before there were tanks and planes, people used bicycles to rush into combat. For decades, people experimented with machine guns on bikes, military quadricycles, and bicycle infantry. Here are the greatest moments of… » 4/07/14 3:20pm 4/07/14 3:20pm

10 Shocking Ways the Second World War Could Have Ended Differently

Decisions during wartime are monumental things. Each move and countermove has the potential to change the course of history. Here are ten shocking ways the Second World War could have unfolded differently than it did. » 4/04/14 10:26am 4/04/14 10:26am

The 16th century plan to weaponize cats and birds with rocket packs

Back during the 1530s, a military planner in what is now Germany devised a rather strange means of siege warfare that would have seen cats and birds strapped with bombs to "set fire to a castle or city which you can't get at otherwise." » 3/06/14 11:36am 3/06/14 11:36am

The 8 Worst Mistakes Made by the Axis During World War II

The three major Axis powers — Germany, Japan, and Italy — committed a host of catastrophic errors during the war. But some of these miscalculations were considerably worse than others. Here are the most significant blunders made by the Axis during WWII. » 2/03/14 10:09am 2/03/14 10:09am

Freedom Drop: The 1968 plan to nuke North Korea

When North Korea captured a U.S. Navy electronic surveillance ship, the USS Pueblo, in international waters in 1968, it was perhaps the worst security breach in U.S. history. One of the potential responses to North Korean aggression, drafted and approved by top military officials, was nuclear war. » 1/28/14 8:00am 1/28/14 8:00am

Historians have underestimated the death count of WWI by a huge margin

Yikes, as if we didn't already think the First World War claimed enough victims: A French historian says the number of soldiers killed in the Great War has been vastly understated — a death count too low by as many as one million. » 1/24/14 8:00pm 1/24/14 8:00pm