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

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

​The 8 Worst Mistakes Made by the Allies During World War II

Hindsight is 20/20, especially when it comes to second guessing the harrowing decisions that have to be made during wartime. But sometimes we have to be critical, if we hope to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. With that in mind, here are the most egregious blunders made by the Western Allies during the Second… » 11/27/13 10:10am 11/27/13 10:10am

An amazingly quick lesson on America's contribution to World War II

The fine folks at CrashCourse have put together an awesome animated video about America's entry and contribution to World War II that clocks in at just over a dozen minutes. And as per usual, they've crammed an unbelievable amount of detail in a short amount of time. » 10/30/13 1:15pm 10/30/13 1:15pm

Could the Nazis have starved Britain into submission?

At the dawn of the Second World War, the island nation of Britain faced the grim possibility that it might be starved into defeat owing to a German naval blockade. To assess this threat, a group of Cambridge dieticians took part in a secret experiment to see just how malnourished they could become. » 9/24/13 2:40pm 9/24/13 2:40pm

Did a Canadian hobbyist just crack the World War II carrier pigeon…

Early last month we told you about the recent effort to decrypt a secret World War II message found on the remains of a military pigeon. Since work started the team has made zero progress and they're completely stumped. But now, the editor of a local history magazine in Ontario is claiming that he's deciphered the… » 12/17/12 12:45pm 12/17/12 12:45pm