The vivid colour photographs above were taken from various sources, many of them are stills from colour footage while others are kodachrome photographs. They show the thick black choking smoke and the raging fires which took hold of ships and shore installations.
The photographs show the hangers of the US Naval Air Station at Wheeler Field ablaze with wrecked aircraft strewn across the runway and the flames from USS Arizona with the desperate efforts of sailors to quell fires and escape stricken vessels.
May 8, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of VE Day, also known as
Victory in Europe Day, and the end of WWII in Europe. On May 8, 1945,
German soldiers laid down their arms throughout Europe surrendering to
the Allied powers. Thousands of people marched on the streets
celebrating this tremendous victory in both the United States and United
Never forget the sacrifice that these brave, yet humble men made 70 years ago today… I was in Paris on the 50th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion back in 1994. I was there to witness a parade that took place around the Arc de Triomphe with a large contingency of surviving veterans of the European Campaign and it was a life-changing experience. To see these great men in person and to witness the adoration that the French people still had for them was extremely touching. I made an effort to thank them as they filed by and I’ll never forget one gray-haired veteran in his VFW cap who took my hand, that I had outstretched to his, and responded to my thank you with a huge smile and a simple “you’re welcome.”
We kindly invite you to visit us at the Exposition de Photographies de la Waffen ϟϟ, 42 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris, France. The Waffen-SS is at the forefront of the fight against the world threat of Communism with volunteers from all over Europe. January 1944.
Original color photographs of the D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War II. From British and American soldiers preparing for the invasion in England to German prisoners being marched through the streets after France’s liberation, these images are some of the only color photographs taken during the war. This set of photographs is primarily from the German Galerie Bilderwelt, part of Getty Image’s exclusive Hulton Archive collection.
69 years ago today on Monday, 6th August, 1945, at 8:15 a.m, the first of only two nuclear weapons dropped during a time of war fell on Hiroshima, a major industrial town in the south west of the main Japanese island of Honshu.
With US forces in the Pacific nearing Japanese mainland and no sign of Japan surrendering the prospect of a massive invasion of the Japanese home islands looked likely. Instead to avoid the heavy casualties, which were expected to be over 1 million, during an invasion it was decided that the Manhattan Project’s new weapons would first be tried.
The bomb codenamed ’Little Boy’ with a 16 KT yield was dropped from ’Enola Gay’ a B-29 bomber, it air burst detonated just under 2,000 feet directly over the Shima Surgical Clinic. The effects of the blast were devastating leveling much of the immediate area with much of the rest of the town destroyed by fire. The photographs above show the devastation far better than words ever could. The bomb’s blast and the firestorm it created killed between 70,000 to 80,000 people, about 30% of the town’s population. Another 70,000 people were injured by the blast and its effects while the radiation directly caused the deaths of approximately 6,000 people.
It would not be until after a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki three days later that Japan would surrender ending World War Two.
An American soldier from the 5th Army Corps is enjoying a piece of turkey on Thanksgiving in Italy, 1944.
William Caddell served with the 5th Army Headquarters in North Africa through Italy, eventually becoming General Mark Clark’s Military Police motorcycle driver. His scrapbook of Signal Corps photographs documents the Fifth Army from the Fall of Rome through the end of the war. We are thankful to have this wonderful collection in our archives. In this series from the scrapbook, we see scenes of servicemen enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday meal. Military meals, especially those eaten in wartime, have never been known for their fabulous taste. WWII saw an explosion in variety of rations available for different field situations. However unappetizing the rations were, American servicemen could count on a bite of home on two major holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Sometimes field and combat conditions necessitated a later celebration– Thanksgiving Day 1944 was on 23 November; these photographs range from 17 November to 27 November. The meals were, as you can see, enjoyed nonetheless.
Red Army World War II veteran Vladimir Shaykind, 91, was one of several former Refuseniks who participated in a model Passover Seder with students from Congregation Emanu El at Goldberg B’nai B’rith Towers, Houston, on April 6, 2016.