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21 rare and weird facts about World War II

World History

13 extraordinary photographs of World War II snipers

A sniper demonstrates his camouflage (note: German Waffen-SS Camo Pattern: named unofficially "Early Plane Tree") at a sniper school in a French village, July 27, 1944.<p>A sniper applying camouflage face cream at a sniper school in a Normandy village, July 27 1944.<p>A 6th Airborne Division sniper on …

Archives

Here are 8 of the biggest improvements to the US's infantry combat gear

Warfighting gear has dramatically improved over the past 15 years.<p>It goes by many names: Deuce gear, TA-50, or 782 gear. Whatever the nickname, load-bearing equipment is some of the most important kit carried by infantry, special operations, and anyone else whose job is to fight on foot.<p>Since the …

Shrinking army: Recruitment crisis leaves UK military with Napoleonic-era manpower

Ending hostilities in Iraq and Afghanistan and a pervading view among the public that Britain’s military is being ravaged by defense cuts has resulted in a shortage of new recruits, a former general has claimed.<p>Former Brigadier Ben Barry’s comments come as military cuts have left the army …

Broken bones and zero gravity: 15 movie stunts that almost killed Tom Cruise

Here is what it's like when Special Forces raid a compound

Few groups in the US military are as revered as Army Special Forces. They slip into other countries and work with the locals to build up friendly forces and take down enemies. Here's what it looks like when they strike a compound.

Military

4 Calorie-Torching Moves That Tone Your Legs and Butt

This plyometrics workout is designed to be done anywhere and doesn't require any equipment.<p>A strong, toned lower half not only turns heads, but it …

Lee Nelson: how I gatecrashed Kanye West's Glastonbury set

The comedian Simon Brodkin explains how his comic character Lee Nelson blagged his way on to the Pyramid stage during West's performance<p>In June, Glastonbury hosted its most controversial headliner for several years. But the man who upstaged even Kanye West was a 38-year-old comedian known as Lee …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Profiles<p>The group's Chinese trap arrives Stateside. Will they finally be the Asian hip-hop group that people take seriously?<p>By Alex Wong2 days …

Los Angeles

The crazy story of the man who fought for Finland, the Nazis, and US Army Special Forces

Born in Finland in 1919, Törni enlisted at age 19 in his country's army and fought against the Soviet Union in the Winter War of 1939-1940, according to the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.<p>In 1942 he was severely wounded after he skied into a mine, but that didn't slow him down. In 1944, during what …

Special Forces

An Overlooked Hero of Navy SEALs' Operation Red Wings

When Ed and Suzanne Kristensen first heard about a Chinook helicopter being shot down in eastern Afghanistan on June 28, 2005, at first they feared …

Tier One Targeting

<i>Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by Small Wars Journal back in 2012, and is re-posted here with the permission of the primary</i> …

Former US Navy SEALs explain how the US war machine wore them out

Among the operators playing an outsize role, SEAL Team 6 — made particularly famous for its role in the Osama bin Laden raid — has played critical roles in operations in countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia.<p>But this significant function within the US war machine has contributed to …

Four things you can learn about leadership training from the US Navy SEALs

by Michael Schrage<p>Almost every world-class organisation takes training and education seriously. But US Navy SEALs go far beyond. Their dedication to …

TimesLIVE

SAS march on which three men died 'went ahead to avoid paperwork'

A senior army officer told a grieving family that a gruelling special forces test march, during which three men suffered heat illness and died, was not called off because of the paperwork a cancellation would have created, a coroner has heard.<p>The mother of Lance Corporal Craig Roberts, one of the …

Jeremy Clarkson: Has The Former ‘Top Gear' Presenter Bagged A New Job Already? (PIC)

Jeremy Clarkson has hinted that he’s landed a new job, by posting a snap of a supercar and a filming crew on Twitter.<p>The presenter was sacked from …

Sony teases sneak-peek video for PS4

<b>One of the more interesting parts of Sony's PlayStation 4 conference back in February was the lack of an actual console on display.</b><p>We saw the controller, plenty of slides and even a few games — but in terms of what the PS4 would look like, there was not even a hint.<p>Early tomorrow morning (3am AEST, …

E3

Secret SAS 'Death Star' squadron killed or captured thousands of insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan

SAS troopers admit mistakes were sometimes made in the heat of battle<p>Soldiers from the Special Air Service (SAS) have spoken for the first time about …

New 4K-Capable PS4 And Xbox One Consoles Coming This Year, Predicts Netflix

With sales of 4K TVs set to balloon in 2015 and more native 4K content sources appearing week by week, the continuing inability of the PS4 and Xbox One consoles to deliver any sort of 4K action is starting to look more and more uncomfortable. So much so that video streaming giant Netflix – arguably …

British Royal Marine is world's deadliest sniper

Corporal reported to have recorded 173 confirmed kills during tours of Afghanistan and Iraq, putting him ahead of US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle featured in American Sniper film<p>A Royal Marine who has 173 confirmed kills fighting Taliban insurgents is the deadliest sniper in the world, it has been …

Military

American Sniper's Chris Kyle: His Dangerous Life and Mysterious Death

<i>Taya Kyle reveals how</i> American Sniper <i>“brought her husband back to life” and why she trusted Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper. Subscribe now to get</i> …

Clint Eastwood

The True Story Behind American Sniper

In the new Clint Eastwood-directed film <i>American Sniper</i>, Bradley Cooper plays Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL who was credited with the most confirmed kills …

‘Lord Of The Rings' Cast: Where Are They Now? From Orlando Bloom To Viggo Mortensen (PICS)

JR Tolkien fans, the time has finally come. The last film of ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy is officially out in cinemas, meaning Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth …

Meet “The Daily Show’s” new South African comedian

Trevor Noah, one of his country’s most popular comics, is set to join Jon Stewart later this month<p>Erin Conway-Smith<p>December 3, 2014 10:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.<p>JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Meet the newest contributor to The Daily Show, a South African stand-up …

Watch Chris Pratt, Adam Sandler, And Other Celebrities Read Mean Tweets About Themselves On ‘Kimmel’

Watch out, here comes Jimmy Kimmel with the 8th edition of Celebrities Read Mean Tweets. This time with more Lena Dunham and Chris Pratt. It, of course, is the popular segment where famous people step down from their golden thrones in the clouds and read the mean, nasty venom that people spew about …

Meet 'Seal Team 6,' The Guys Who Killed Osama Bin Laden — And Whose Members Are Now Going Public

This public profile goes against decades of SEAL culture. Before O'Neill's interview and Matt Bissonnette's best-selling book partly about the raid, the SEALs — and Team 6 in particular — were known for being highly secretive.<p>Officially, the team's name is classified and not available to the …

Daniel Radcliffe raps Blackalicious’ Alphabet Aerobics

Daniel Radcliffe shows off his impressive rap skills on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon<p>Some say it might be magic but Harry Potter star <b>Daniel Radcliffe</b> added rapping to his talents when he appeared on NBC's Tonight Show to perform Blackalicious' tongue-twisting track Alphabet Aerobics.<p>Radcliffe …