aph: ww2

i hope you’re all aware of the 300 recently discovered love letters between two gay british soldiers during ww2 that are going to be possibly adapted into a film.

they’re beautiful and poetic and tragic and heart-wrenching and brave. i highly suggest going and reading the excerpts. 

here’s the one that broke my heart:

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all our letters could be published in the future in a more enlightened time. Then all the world could see how in love we are.“

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Scenes From D-Day, Then and Now

On June 6, 1944, Allied soldiers descended on the beaches of Normandy for D-Day, an operation that turned the tide of the Second World War against the Nazis, marking the beginning of the end of the conflict. Reuters photographer Chris Helgren compiled archive pictures taken during the invasion and went back to the same places to photograph them as they appear today.

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Victor Lundy was a 21-year-old architecture student when he enrolled in the military during World War Two, he served in the U.S. 26th Infantry Division. In 1942, Lundy was 19, studying to be an architect in New York city, but, by 1944, with D-Day planned, the Army needed reinforcements, and Lundy and his company were thrown into the infantry.

Lundy applied his drawing skills to what was around him:


#1 France. “Cracking the Zeigfried line, air raid over Germany Seen on a morning hike. “…we would see that in Normandy but also when we were in combat, at least two times, and boy, did that cheer us up on the ground.” (September 13, 1944)

#2 Part of the Atlantic Wall, Quinéville 6 men from L Co. hurt here, 6 killed. (September 21, 1944)

#3 One of the 4-men German patrol who didn’t get back. (November 1, 1944).

#4 “Pat” (T/Sgt. Patenaude) zeroing in with the 60 mm mortars in front of the 3rd platoon. (November 1, 1944).

#5 ”Shep,” D-Day’. (June 6, 1944).