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WWII Sub Rumoured to Have Taken Top Nazis to South America Found Off Danish Coast

In the dying days of World War II, a German sub was reportedly sunk near the Danish coast, but the wreck was never found, leading to speculation that high-ranking Nazi officials—even possibly Adolf Hitler himself—used the high-tech vessel to escape to South America. A museum in Denmark has finally found the missing U-boat, ending this 73-year-old mystery. Read More >>

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Sunken US Warship Found 76 Years After Infamous WWII Tragedy

A team of civilian explorers led by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen has located the wreck of the USS Juneau, an American light-cruiser that went down during the Battle of Guadalcanal in November 1942. Nearly 700 sailors were killed in the incident—including five brothers, in what turned out to be the largest loss incurred by a single American family during the Second World War. Read More >>

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How Physicists Recycled WWII Ships and Artillery to Unlock the Mysteries of the Universe

A million Russian artillery shells helped scientists discover the Higgs boson, and all over the world, remnants of World War II weapons are built into the most mysterious experiments in physics. Read More >>

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This Grainy Image Could Be the British First Passenger Liner Sunk by the Nazis in WW2

A mere eight hours after Britain declared war on the Nazis, a German torpedo struck the SS Athenia, sinking the passenger liner and killing more than 100 civilians. The ship’s final resting place has eluded shipwreck-hunters for nearly 80 years, but sonar images taken off the coast of Ireland now show what appears to be the wreck. Read More >>

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German Bomb Technicians Successfully Defuse World War II-Era Allied ‘Blockbuster’ in Frankfurt

Large sections of central Frankfurt, Germany were evacuated on Sunday in preparation for authorities to defuse a World War II-era, 1.4-ton HC 4000 air mine, with CNN reporting at least 60,000 people were asked to leave the area while the bomb defusal operation proceeds. Read More >>

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German Enigma Machine Found at Flea Market Fetches Nearly £40,000 at Auction

A professor of cryptology has auctioned off a rare and fully-functional Enigma machine used by the Nazis to encrypt messages during the Second World War. Incredibly, the collector found the machine at a flea market in Bucharest—which suggests Romania may house other machines still waiting to be discovered. Read More >>

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Newly Declassified Documents Show Nazis Plotted to Destroy Panama Canal

Investigators in Chile have released thousands of declassified documents dating back to the Second World War, revealing the extent to which Nazi spies had infiltrated the country. Among the more shocking revelations is the discovery of a Nazi plot to destroy the Panama Canal—an act that would have changed “the history of the whole world.” Read More >>

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School Assignment Leads to Discovery of WWII Plane With Pilot’s Body Still Inside

When 14-year-old Daniel Kristiansen was assigned a World War II project for history class, his father jokingly suggested he look for a German plane that had allegedly crashed at the family farm. Well wouldn’t you know it, he actually found the damned thing—along with the dead airman’s remains. It’s being called one of the most sensational discoveries in recent times. Read More >>

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Buy These World War II Spy Gadgets But Don’t Tell Anyone

Everybody’s wondered what it would be like to be James Bond. Not the womanising or the killing or the endangering national security parts, of course. No, Gizmodo readers, it’s all about the gadgets, and today’s your lucky day. Read More >>

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World War II Shipwrecks Are Vanishing at an Alarming Rate

Late last year, the Netherlands defence ministry confirmed that two of its ships lost during World War II had disappeared from the bottom of the Java Sea, likely the result of illegal salvaging. Now, a trio of Japanese shipwrecks off Borneo have likewise been torn apart for scrap, highlighting what appears to be a growing problem. Read More >>

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Two World War II Shipwrecks Mysteriously Vanished From the Bottom of the Ocean

A pair of warships lost during a historic 1942 naval battle have completely disappeared from their resting places at the bottom of the Java Sea. Large portions of a third ship are also missing. An international investigation has been launched in hopes of solving this bizarre maritime mystery. Read More >>

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Sunken British Submarine Found Off the Coast of Denmark

On April 10, 1940, British submarine HMS Tarpon and its crew of 50 were sent to Norway to intercept Nazi merchant vessels. They were was never heard from again. Now, after 76 years, the sub has finally been found. An investigation of the remarkably well preserved vessel shows it didn’t go down without a fight. Read More >>

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WWII Ad Promised That TV Was Just Around the Corner

I came across this fantastically modern ad in the April 1945 issue of Radio-Craft magazine and just had to share it with you as we all slowly slide into the summer. Read More >>

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Historic Holocaust Escape Tunnel Discovered in Lithuania

Using ground penetrating radar, a team of archaeologists has uncovered a tunnel dug by Jewish concentration camp prisoners to escape the Nazis. Read More >>

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Clapham Common’s WWII Shelter is Being Turned Into a Café and Exhibition Hall

A World War II shelter on Clapham Common will be transformed into a tourist attraction next year, with TfL set to convert the underground bunker into an exhibition space, and its surface building into a -- presumably heavily-overpriced -- café. Read More >>