Explore the 20th Century Through Martin Gilbert's Best Books

The prolific author and historian was a leading expert on Nazi Germany and other momentous events.

Witold Pilecki and the Secret Polish Army Led Resistance in Poland During WWII

This war hero infiltrated Auschwitz as a spy for the resistance.

A British Woman Was Convicted Under a Witchcraft Law During WWII

Helen Duncan claimed she had learned classified military information through her psychic powers.

The Unparalleled Courage of the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team

This combined unit is the most decorated for its size in U.S. military history.

A Controversial Attack on Mers-el-Kébir Heightened WWII Tensions

The French fleet posed a difficult problem for British officials.

A Muddle in Italy Netted the Allied Forces a Tarnished Win at the Battle of Anzio

After months of conflict, Allied forces forced German troops to retreat from Rome on June 5, 1944.

Coco Chanel’s Legacy, From Iconic Fashion Designer to Nazi Collaborator

The famed businesswoman had direct ties to Hitler’s intelligence agency.

10 Most Influential World War II Battles

These military conflicts affected the outcome of the war—and some even changed the face of warfare forever.

10 Everyday Objects that Doubled as Real Spy Gadgets

These historical gadgets could be smuggled right under the enemy's nose.

Polish Eagle Scouts Stole a Tank and Liberated a Concentration Camp During WWII

A battalion of teenagers risked their lives to free Jewish prisoners.

The Unbelievable Tales of History’s Most Unlikely Victories

These three battles shaped the fate of the world—especially because their results were so shocking.

Mitsuo Fuchida's Fascinating Life Story Winds From Pearl Harbor to the Pulpit

Once one of America's most noted enemies, Fuchida converted to Christianity in later years and spent decades preaching across the United States.

The Strange, Centuries-Long History of Ski Troops

From 1200 to 2020, soldiers in the Northern reaches of Europe have strapped on uniforms, guns ... and skis.

Beyond Pearl Harbor: 5 Times the U.S. Was Attacked at Home During WWII

World War II extended beyond Europe, northern Africa, and the Pacific Theater...

Winston Churchill’s Paranormal Encounter Allowed Him to Face His Distant Father

Referring to the empty seat at the dinner table, Churchill's daughter asked, “If you could seat anyone there, whom would it be?” He replied, without hesitation, “My father.”