“Mrs. Mary Couchman, a 24-year-old warden of a small Kentish Village, shields three little children, among them her son, as bombs fall during an air attack on October 18, 1940. The three children were playing in the street when the siren suddenly sounded. Bombs began to fall as she ran to them and gathered the three in her arms, protecting them with her body. Complimented on her bravery, she said, ‘Oh, it was nothing. Someone had look after the children.’”
Londoners sleeping in the Underground during a German bombing raid, 1940. Bombs were dropped on London nightly from August 1940 - May 1941. One million London houses were destroyed and more than 40,000 civilians were killed.
“A ninety minute exposure taken from a Fleet Street rooftop during an air raid in London, on September 2, 1940. The searchlight beams on the right had picked up an enemy raider. The horizontal marks across the image are from stars and the small wiggles in them were caused by the concussions of anti-aircraft fire vibrating the camera. The German pilot released a flare, which left a streak across the top left, behind the steeple of St. Bride’s Church.”
World War II (WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war. It is generally considered to have lasted from 1939 to 1945, although some conflicts in Asia that are commonly viewed as becoming part of the world war had begun earlier than 1939. It involved the vast majority of the world’s nations —including all of the great powers —eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis.
It was the most widespread war in history, with more than 100 million people, from more than 30 different countries. In a state of “total war”, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. Marked by mass deaths of civilians, including the Holocaust and the first use of nuclear weapons in combat, it resulted in an estimated 50 million to 85 million fatalities. These made World War II the deadliest conflict in human history. 
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The Role of Women in Nazi Germany
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There’s a lot of close-to-combat photographs from WWII, but I don’t often hear much about the photographers. Were WWII war photographers armed? Were they subject to neutrality/immunity/respect? Were they deployed with soldiers as part of the army?
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“‘Rip’ the dog and an ARP Warden survey the scene of devastation following an air raid in Latham Street, Poplar. The bomb crater is full of water. In the background, the remains of the local surface shelter can be seen, which, although slightly damaged, is still largely intact. Piles of rubble and timber can also be seen.”
REQUEST”: Hi! I love your writing! Can you do one where Dan purposes beautifully and then smut?
A/N: Here is a photo I took of the place where Dan proposes in this fic. It’s a really beautiful hidden garden in London and if you are ever going to the city I highly recommend checking it out!
“y/n, the cab is going to be here in 5 minutes. Are you almost ready?” Dan asks, knocking on the bathroom door where you’re finishing up on your final makeup touches. He’s being weird tonight. He told you to be ready at 7, dressed up nice, but refused to say why or for what. And he seems anxious and and distant, and you can’t wrap your head around what he might be up to.
“Babe, do we really need to take a taxi? It’s so much more expensive and we could just take the tube,” you say, opening the door and finding yourself face to face with your boyfriend. Actually, more like face to neck because even with your heels on you only reach that high on him. He’s wearing a white button down shirt and black slacks, and his hair is unusually curly, which he knows is your favorite way he wears it. He looks so handsome it takes your breath away for a second.
He rolls his eyes before taking your hand and leading you towards the front door. “Because if we take a taxi you will figure out where we’re going! Plus, the station is so far and I don’t want to walk all the way there.”
You laugh, “You are so lazy.” Looking back, he shoots you a dazzling grin before opening the taxi door and ushering you in.
“You look beautiful, by the way,” Dan says after handing the driver an address and then lacing his fingers through yours. He smiles softly at you, but it doesn’t quite reach his eyes, and you can’t help but notice that his feet are tapping nervously on the taxi floor.
You smile back, leaning up to give him a peck on the lips. “Thank you. You look beautiful too.” He laughs and squeezes your hand lightly. “So, are you ready to tell me where we’re going yet?”
“God, y/n, you’re so impatient. You’ll find out in a couple minutes. Now shush, I’m not telling you.”
“Ugggh fiiiiine,” you say, looking out the window and trying to figure it out. Finally, the tab pulls to a stop on Lower Thames St. in what seems like a business district, and your confusion just grows. “Where are we?” you ask as Dan leads you out of the cab and takes your hand.
“You’ll see. Just trust me. You’ll love it, I promise.”
You sigh, accepting that he wasn’t going to tell you. You walk along side by side, hand in hand, for a few minutes before finally rounding a corner and you breath catches. “Where are we?” you ask, in awe. Before you stand wall stone walls, grey with cathedral style windows carved into them. But the astonishing part is the garden that has overgrown around the cathedral wall, mingling the best beauty of nature and man’s creation.
“St. Dunstan’s in the East. The medieval cathedral was destroyed during the Blitz in World War II, and the city decided to plant a garden in the ruins,” Dan explains, grabbing your hand and leading you inside, so you’re in the midst of the gardens. The sun is beginning to set, and a few rays are falling through one of the windows, and the whole scene takes your breath away.
You spin around, taking in all that is surrounding you. “Dan, this is incredible,” you say, turning back towards him. You stop short when you see that he is down on one knee before you. “Dan…” you whisper as he takes your hand.
“So this is why I’ve been so nervous all night. I know you noticed, but thanks for not mentioning it,” he says, reaching into his pocket and pulling out a little black box. He opens it to reveal a stunning princess cut diamond ring, and you put your free hand over your mouth, tears pricking at your eyes.
“y/n, I love you so much. And I can’t imagine my life without you. I want to be with you for the rest of my life. Will you do my the incredible honor of marrying me?” he asks, gazing up at you with starry brown eyes.
You try to say yes, but you can’t find your voice. You nod fervently instead, pulling him up by his shoulders and throwing your arms around him. “So is that a yes?” he laughs, pulling back to look at your face. He picks up your left hand and slips the ring on your finger.
“Yes!” you say, laughing as well and wiping tears off your cheeks. “Dan, this was so beautiful.”
“Not nearly as beautiful as you,” he says, tucking your hair behind your ear and kissing your cheek. “I love you.”
“I love you so much, Dan,” you say, wrapping your arms around his neck and kissing him passionately. “Now, as beautiful as this place is… what do you think about going home?” you whisper in his ear. And then it’s his turn to nod fervently.
On the way home, it’s hard to keep your hands off each other, You rest your left hand high on Dan’s thigh, admiring the new ring adorning it. Dan nuzzles into your neck and you giggle, trying to focus on keeping your hands off him until you arrive home.
“That was the longest cab ride ever,” Dan says between heated kisses when you finally arrive back at your shared apartment. “You looked so beautiful tonight. It was impossible to keep my hands off you.”
You fall back onto the bed and he hovers over you, attaching his lips to your neck. “My fiance,” he says, smiling as he gently pulls the straps of your dress off your shoulders.
You smile back, rolling him over onto his back and straddling him. “My fiance,” you answer, slipping your tongue into his mouth and unbuttoning his shirt. You break for a moment for the both of you to finish getting undressed and for Dan to slip a condom on.
“Lay down on your back,” Dan says, palming himself and eyeing your body. You do as he says, and he runs his hands up your legs, separating them. “I love you so fucking much,” he says before placing a passionate kiss on your pussy. He licks up your wet folds, spending extra time running his tongue over your clit. Your stomach tightens and you grip the sheets, moaning his name.
“Oh, Dan, right there, yes,” you say as he pushes two fingers inside you while still concentrating his tongue on your clit. “YES!” you scream as you fall over the edge, cumming on his mouth and hand.
“You look so fucking hot when you cum,” he says, moving up your body to kiss your lips. He slips his tongue inside your mouth and the fact that you can taste yourself on his lips turns you on even more. “Are you ready baby?” he asks, running the tip of his dick over your folds.
“Yes, Dan please I want you inside me,” you answer, biting on on your lip and you look at him. His hair is tousled and his dark eyes are filled with lust and you are so ready for this man to take you.
When he pushes into you, you moan in ecstasy. You move against each other, fitting together like you were made for each other and it feels like you probably were. You whisper sweet nothings in each other’s ears, placing gentle kisses on shoulders and forehead, and when you both reach your peak your eyes flutter shut and you swear you can see the stars. He feels so good and fills you so perfectly, and you’re just so happy to be marrying this man someday.