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The last kamikaze: two Japanese pilots tell how they cheated death

As the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war looms, two would-be suicide pilots described how they prepared to die for their emperor and country.

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History: From blackboards to bombs

Seventy years after the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by nuclear weapons, David Kaiser investigates the legacy of ‘the physicists’ war’.

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The First Light of Trinity

Happy Trinity Day? Happy Boomsday?

Seventy years ago, the flash of a nuclear bomb illuminated the skies over Alamogordo, New Mexico. What did it look like?

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Trump puts Nazi soldiers on campaign graphic

This is why we need history teachers.

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How a Physicist Solved the Mystery of an Iconic Photo

A physicist, an astrophysicist and an astronomer take a scientific approach to appreciating photography.

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Ignorant Armies: Private Snafu Goes to War

Between 1943 and 1945, with the help of Warner Bros.’ finest, the U.S. Army produced a series of 27 propaganda cartoons depicting the calamitous adventures of Private Snafu. Mark David Kaufman explores their overarching theme of containment and how one film inadvertently let slip one of the war’s greatest secrets.

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Spitfire – bringing beer kegs to the men in Normandy

The Spitfire Mk IX was an evolved version of the Spitfire, with pylons under the wings for bombs or tanks. It was discovered that the bomb pylons could also be modified to carry beer kegs.

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