That time infantry captured a Nazi train filled with lingerie

American troops trying to seize food and ammo from retreating German soldiers were surprised when all they found was some sexy lingerie and nice perfume.

In August 1944, the successes of D-Day were in the rear-view mirror and American troops were engaged in the long slog to Berlin. One group of American soldiers got a surprise when, while chasing German soldiers east, they captured a military train only to find that sections of it were filled with lingerie, perfume, and other treats.

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This was the plan for a 747 aircraft carrier

Longtime readers of WATM know that the U.S. Navy had flying carriers in the 1930s that eventually failed as zeppelins began crashing and fighters increased in size and weight. But the Air Force wanted their own aircraft carriers in the 1970s, and they thought the new Boeing 747s were just the ticket.

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How Civil War infantrymen slaughtered one another

If you think that troops marched at each other with muskets and rifles in the Civil War because they were too dumb to maneuver, you're dead wrong. Civil War formations were the pinnacle of strategy at the time, allowing commanders to bring maximum force to bear at a crucial moment as long as they could think far ahead of their enemy.

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Nope, 'God & The 3 Mistakes' is not what happened after Pearl Harbor

People love to share the story of Admiral Chester Nimitz arriving at Pearl Harbor and finding plenty of optimism and hope in the remains of the fleet — but it might not be true.

I'm known among my friends as a bit of a heartless cynic (#NotPopularAtParties #PleaseStopInvitingMe #HowManyOfTheseDoIHaveToRuinToBeLeftAlone). Maybe that's why We Are The Mighty's president and CMO, U.S. Air Force veteran Mark Harper, sent me this heartwarming story about Admiral Nimitz arriving at Pearl Harbor after the attack.

But then, I ruined it.

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MIGHTY MOVIES

This classic Disney and 'Full Metal Jacket' mashup is great

You wanna see Goofy's war face? Yeah, of course you do. Everyone does.

It's definitely not canon, but this video of Gunnery Sgt. Donald Duck ripping into new recruits from the Disney Universe is hilarious, featuring Goofy trying to pull off a satisfactory war face as Pluto attempts to keep a straight face and the Duck rips into them both. Full Metal Jacket has never been so whimsical.

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This is the only tool you need to be the next Porta-John da Vinci

Specifically, this web app will give you an infantryman's ability to draw perfect peni--, uh, phallic objects.

There are a few hallmarks of the infantry. There's the marksmanship, the ability to read the terrain and predict enemy movements, and the knowledge of tactics and maneuvers.

And, most importantly, there's the ability to turn just about anything into a phallic image.

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This dad asked about his son, and the Bismarck was doomed

In the early days of World War II, battleships were still considered kings and all of the combatants hunted for their enemies' greatest ships. The battleship Bismarck, the largest battleship in commission at the start of 1941, was the pride of the German Kriegsmarine and an epic combatant. Britain desperately wanted to sink her before she could break into the open Atlantic.

Luckily for Britain, a badly timed, badly encoded radio transmission allowed British warships to find and kill the vessel.

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This might be the best Ranger panties ad ever made

Thanks to the infantrymen of Dog Company, we have an ad for Ranger panties that's funny, informative, and really makes me want a pair.

For the first time ever, I find myself seriously considering buying Ranger panties. And not just buying them; wearing them to all sorts of events. These are about to be the centerpiece (and possibly only piece) of my Valentine's Day outfit. And it's all thanks to this ad from Dog Company of some battalion or another:

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Yes, you can aim at enemy troops with the .50-cal.

There's a persistent rumor that, when firing a .50-cal. weapon, it's illegal to target enemy personnel. Wait -- what?

It's one of the most persistent myths in the U.S. Military. I was even told it in basic training a mere 11 years ago, almost 90 years after the .50-caliber M2 was first designed. It goes like this: Weapons firing a .50-caliber round can be aimed at equipment, but not people. So, if you need to kill a person with a .50-cal., you have to aim at their load-bearing equipment (basically their suspenders).

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