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World War II Weathermen Recognized for Sacrifice During Battle of the Atlantic

In the summer of 1942, the tide of World War II was turning against the fascist Axis powers, but the struggle for control of the North Atlantic shipping lanes between the U.S. and Great Britain was still being fought in the sprawling Battle of the Atlantic. And if German submarines could continue sinking thousands of…

Our Heart Is on Banaba: Stories From “The Forgotten People of the Pacific”

“Our heart is in Banaba, not in Fiji,” Burentau Tabunawati explained, sitting cross-legged in his home in the Fiji capital, Suva City. “I am 76 years old, but still, in my mind and in my heart, I am on Ocean Island.” Tabunawati was born on Banaba, also known as Ocean Island, a coral island once…

Diving the Site of JFK’s WWII Shipwreck

While looking for bumphead parrot fish, it was striking to think of the future U.S. president, roughly at our age, brought for a very different reason to this same remote Pacific island.

Sailing into Starvation Island: 70 years after the end of World War II, Peace Boat visits Guadalcanal

Musicians in shell headdresses welcomed hundreds of disembarking Japanese visitors when Peace Boat docked in Guadalcanal, its final port of call, last month. Guadalcanal receives few tourists and our arrival produced a flurry of new entrepreneurs: hawkers arranged wooden canoe figureheads and bottles of pressed coconut oil on mats spread over the concourse, and an ice-cream…

Beyond the textbooks: in Singapore, Peace Boat passengers consider the Sook Ching massacre

  On Friday 28 November, Sabah tour guide Akmal gave 33 Japanese Peace Boat passengers a whistle stop tour of the Sabah Museum in Kota Kinabalu. The group filed past glass-cased Bajau drums and skull relics of the Kadazan-Dusun tribe’s headhunting days towards the portion of the museum dedicated to Borneo’s colonial history. 74 years…

Palau Expedition: Japanese Plane Down

An old Japanese fighter plane contrasts strangely with the abundant coral and marine life around it in the waters of Palau.

Legacy of Harry Jackson: the Preeminent Sculptor & Painter of the Wild West

Harry Jackson was born and raised in an era when people didn’t have the luxury to spend time emotionalizing. Instead, they just “sucked it up” for lack of a more congenial phrase. There was no such thing as entitlement. People just lived hard with strong determination, and some of them lived with great ambition. There…

Raising a World War II Bomber From the English Channel

Pulling a plane out of the English Channel isn’t easy. When it’s a relic of World War II, it’s even harder.

Bieber’s Anne Frank Faux Pas Has Us Wondering: What Would You Write?

Justin Bieber’s comment in the Anne Frank House guestbook has drawn condemnation for seeming to make light of the young girl’s tragic story, when other visitors’ messages pay solemn tribute to her memory.

Mapping The Blitz

  Bomb Sight, a year-long project to map Nazi Germany’s bombing campaign against London, is now complete. The interactive tool, based on Bomb Census Survey maps from the United Kingdom’s National Archives, depicts the location and type of bombs dropped by the Luftwaffe from Oct. 7, 1940 through June 6, 1941.

September 9, 2012: Tracing Human Ancestry, Circumnavigating the Globe Solo, and More

This week on “National Geographic Weekend,” join host Boyd Matson as we kayak down 80 foot waterfalls in New Zealand, ride across the Red Sea to the Arabian Peninsula, race across the world’s deserts, follow our pets around the neighborhood, build floating cities, circumnavigate the world under human power, spy on the Soviet Union, decode the Nazi Enigma machine, and survive an attack from Norway’s arctic terns.

A Soldier’s Sketchbook: From the Front Lines of World War II

As we remember and honor today all the men and women who did war service, National Geographic has published A Soldier’s Sketchbook, the remarkable drawings and memories of Joseph Farris, an internationally published cartoonist whose works have appeared in the New Yorker and many other major publications.