Why are historians obsessed with George Washington’s thighs?

“Muscular thighs.” “Nice quads.” “Very strong thighs.” Male biographers of George Washington have long fixated on his manly physique. Are they missing the point?

Korean War veteran, a Japanese American incarcerated as a child, donates collection to Smithsonian

Decorated veteran Norio Uyematsu is traveling to Washington, D.C., to donate his carefully kept collection of post-war memorabilia to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History military collections.

Waiting for Khrushchev, 1963

East Berlin, June 1963: Two spectators, obviously concealing their unbounded enthusiasm, hold large cutout photos of East German leader Walter Ulbricht and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev as they await the arrival of the noted Communists’ motorcade.

Michael Jackson in Japan, 2007

Camp Zama, Japan, March 10, 2007: Michael Jackson is welcomed by troops and families.

Ice maneuver in Germany, 1982

West Germany, February 1982: A soldier looks out from an icy perch during a crew maneuver course at the Wildflecken Training Area.

Going airborne in Okinawa, 2004

Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 17, 2004: Kadena Panthers junior cheerleader Stacey Ware goes airborne during a stunt during halftime activities in Okinawa Activities Council season-opening football game at Kadena High School.

The tragic love story of a Jewish woman and a Nazi soldier’s wife

Lilly Wust was the wife of a Nazi soldier. Felice Schragenheim was secretly a Jew. Nothing could extinguish their love — not even Hitler’s war machine.

Spring Fest in Germany, 1998

Heidelberg, Germany, March 29, 1998: Visitors to the Spring Fest at Patrick Henry Village enjoy a carousel swing ride on a warm, sunny spring day.

From the archives, 2002: ‘Aerial vehicle checks’ aid search for al-Qaida

The surprise checks using Apache and Black Hawk helicopters are part of a new effort by American troops to prevent Taliban and al-Qaida from migrating between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Ready for takeoff, 2002

Khost, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2002: A U.S. soldier stands by a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter before taking off.

‘One continual roar of cannon’: Battlefield diary from Yorktown sold

A rare diary from soldier Capt. James Duncan at the battle that ended the Revolutionary War was sold after it didn’t meet price expectations at auction.

Getting a haircut in Somalia, 1993

Mogadishu, Somalia, June 1993: Senior Airman David L. Viars gets a haircut from Sgt. Erik A. Straus, a security policeman, outside the police tent at a U.S. Air Force compound on the shores of the Indian Ocean.

A different kind of Super Bowl, 2004

RAF Feltwell, England, July 3, 2004: Mike Grace, 19, removes the cover from one of the carts on the Superbowl ride at the RAF Feltwell Fourth of July carnival.

Mare Island’s German Marder Submarine and Torpedo artifact to be moved

The City of Vallejo announced plans to place the German Marder Submarine and Torpedo artifact at Mare Island’s Alden Park in a temporary storage facility.

Intercamp in Germany, 1998

Bad Kreuznach, Germany, May 30, 1998: Vincent West of Explorer Post 26 Heidelberg, Germany, sits in the “Indian Village” part of intercamp ‘98 and carefully twists horse hairs together to create a Roach, a traditional American Indian head dress.

Army training in South Korea, 1962

South Korea, Jan. 5, 1962: Three 12th Cavalry Regiment men make their way down a mountain in a camouflaged jeep with a 106 mm recoilless rifle mounted on top of it.

Gambling in Bosnia and Herzegovnia, 1998

Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 4, 1998: Gambling is a popular pastime among men in Bosnia and Herzegovina and can be seen in many forms at the local markets — including small game stands like this roulette-like game, played under an umbrella.

Air Force veteran was almost the 1st Black person in space; new movie shows the ‘hell’ he endured

Edward Dwight Jr. left his home in Kansas City, Kan., in the early 1960s to become one of the nation’s first Black astronauts. Racism and politics soon crashed that ambition. His story is told in a new film, “The Space Race.”

Tuskegee Airman Herbert Carter in South Korea, 2004

Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, Feb. 28, 2004: Retired Lt. Col. Herbert Carter, a former member of the first all-black fighter squadron in the Air Force nicknamed the Tuskegee Airmen, spoke at Osan Air Base for Black History Month in 2004.