When we in the States remember D-Day, we conjure images of Saving Private Ryan–of thousands of young American men, pouring out of landing craft, charging headlong into Nazi machine gunfire. We tend to forget the assistance of our allies in the UK and Canada–and their eccentric (and equally brilliant) hardware.
When allied forces landed on the Normandy beaches on D-Day, they did so alongside a fleet of bizarre tanks with very special roles – brought into life by an eccentric British commander
Source: BBC – Future – The strange tanks that helped win D-Day
The first sitting president to visit the Hiroshima memorial reminds us how far we’ve come since the first and (hopefully) only nuclear war.
President lays wreath at memorial and embraces a survivor of the US atomic bombing that killed 140,000 people
Source: Barack Obama says memory of Hiroshima ‘must never fade’ | World news | The Guardian
70+ year-old design. Still probably a better fighter than the F-35.
In the last months of World War Two, Nazi Germany tested an experimental fighter more spaceship than aircraft. Only now are we realising how inspired it was, writes Stephen Dowling.
Source: BBC – Future – The WW2 flying wing decades ahead of its time
Five remote-controlled cannons with computer-aided aiming made the Superfortress way, way ahead of its time.
Source: The Cannons on the B-29 Bomber Were a Mid-Century Engineering Masterpiece
I wouldn’t say “agonizingly close”. Upon reading the details, it’s arguable to say that the Germans got their collective asses handed to them and the Battle of Britain was an exercise in how an offensive air war is probably not a good idea.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the first time in history that one nation tried to defeat another using airstrikes. Here’s how the Nazis thought they could do it—and how agonizingly close they actually came to achieving victory.
Source: Why The Nazis Believed They Could Win the Battle of Britain
Nazis: History’s worst (best?) villains were even stranger than fiction.
From comics to video games to Indiana Jones, the occult pursuits of Nazi villains continue to fascinate us
Source: Did Nazis really try to make zombies? The real history behind one of our weirdest WWII obsessions – Salon.com
Japanese Emperor Akihito expresses “deep remorse” over Japan’s role in World War Two on the 70th anniversary of the end of the conflict.
Source: Japan emperor ‘remorseful’ over WW2, as 70th anniversary marked – BBC News