Queen Elizabeth and Friends Did the Conga Through the Ritz on VE Day

On VE Day, not-yet Queen Elizabeth slipped out of Buckingham Palace and joined the festivities. Please enjoy this clip from a recent Channel 4 program about her evening on the town, in which women who came along reminisce about doing the conga through Piccadilly and down the streets of London then trooping into the… » 5/01/15 8:40pm 5/01/15 8:40pm

Watch Hollywood Tell You--Yes, You!--to Help With the War Effort

The United States government has produced plenty of wartime propaganda, but they’ve had help! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (you know, the guys who give out the Oscars) owns a particularly large collection of short films in support of America’s martial undertakings, dubbed the Academy War Film… » 4/09/15 9:10pm 4/09/15 9:10pm

'Fashion on the Ration,' a Tribute to the Street Style of World War II

Even as Nazis swept across Europe and harsh austerity measures gripped the United Kingdom, people still woke up every morning and got dressed. And despite it all, plenty of women wanted to look sharp. Hence: Fashion on the Ration, a new exhibit chronicling the creative street styles of the 1940s. » 3/18/15 5:10pm 3/18/15 5:10pm

Russians None Too Pleased With the 'Leningrad Blockade Diet' 

Today is the 71st anniversary of the end of the years-long siege of Leningrad, one of many horrible chapters from the book of horrors that was World War II. And some Russian Facebook diet blogger thought encouraging everyone to diet like the Nazis had just cut their food supplies would be a good commemoration. Many of… » 1/27/15 4:50pm 1/27/15 4:50pm

Obits: WWII Code Breaker Mavis Batey Rocked the Hardest Word Jumble

This puzzle box that Elizabeth and Philip are fretting over is an enigma code breaking machine, and is probably pretty similar to a device used by the late Mavis Batey, one of Britain's only female code breakers during World War II. Batey died earlier this month at the age of 92, but her efforts at unscrambling the… » 11/24/13 6:30pm 11/24/13 6:30pm

Osaka Mayor Offers Non-Apology for ‘Comfort Women’ Comments

Toru Hashimoto, the unfortunately loquacious mayor of Osaka, Japan, managed to keep talking long enough to apologize for one offensive comment he made about contemporary American Marines making “more use” of Japan’s local, legal sex industry to “relieve” their sexual energy, and then stand by the other offensive… » 5/27/13 1:30pm 5/27/13 1:30pm

Japan Might Rescind Their 1993 Apology To World War II's 'Comfort Women'

Japan's current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a stern conservative and nationalist who stepped down from his post in 2007 only to re-emerge this year, might be taking back a 1993 apology that the nation issued to World War II "comfort women," thousands of female citizens who were forced into brothels across Asia to… » 12/29/12 1:30pm 12/29/12 1:30pm

Who Are The Female Firefighters In This Pearl Harbor Photo?

In honor of the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor yesterday, MSNBC posted a series of photos taken that day, including one amazing shot of female firefighters directing a hose shortly after the bombing. Many readers asked questions about the women and now the site is trying to use the power of the… » 12/08/11 1:05am 12/08/11 1:05am

Jewish Girl's Memoir Describes Outwitting Nazis

Next year the British publisher of Anne Frank's diary will release a diary by Helga Weiss, one of the few children from the Czech ghetto of Terezin who survived Auschwitz. Weiss, who grew up to be an internationally known artist, was confronted by Josef Mengele in the camps, but managed to save herself and her mother… » 10/17/11 10:40am 10/17/11 10:40am