History

Travel to the past with the best history stories, from Ancient Rome to World War II. The Archive has the history stories you crave, from military sagas to exploring the New World.

The Dead Man Who Duped Hitler: The Beyond Bizarre Tale of WWII’s Strangest Operation

Operation Mincemeat involved a corpse, a fake fiancée, and the successful invasion of Sicily.

The French General Who Broke Free from an Inescapable Nazi Prison

The Germans believed their castle prison was inescapable—they were wrong.

7 Infamous Hoaxes That Fooled the World

What’s better than a true story? A story that’s too good to be true.

The Curious Histories Behind 4 Dead or Dying Languages

What secrets lie hidden within these strange symbols?

The Soviet Conspiracy That Nearly Triggered WWIII

Did a Soviet captain sacrifice his ship and crew to divert an apocalyptic scenario?

The Strangest Battle of WWII: The Fight for Castle Itter

On May 5, 1945, Allied and German troops fought side-by-side against the SS.

The Mystery of the Vanishing Amber Room

The Eighth Wonder of the World disappeared without a trace.

The 15-Year-Old Marine

Author Mack Maloney interviews his father-in-law, Dick Kennedy, who enlisted in the Marines as a teenager in 1943.

The 18 Greatest War and Battle Paintings of All Time

Powerful portraits by masters, both old and new.

On This Day: The Beatles Release "Love Me Do"

The Fab Four's first single merely hinted at the musical revolution to come.