The London Milkman: The Story Behind One of the Most Iconic Images of the Blitz

As photography had become part of people’s daily lives during the inter-war period, numerous iconic images were taken of the Second World War, creating an album of hope and horror, of atrocities and valor. The one that perhaps represented the fighting spirit of well-mannered Great Britain most clearly was the famous picture taken by aContinue reading “The London Milkman: The Story Behind One of the Most Iconic Images of the Blitz”

The Paratrooper’s Selfies : 12 Snapshots Whilst Falling to Earth in 1944

In 1944, Picture Post photographer Haywood Magee boarded an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley bomber at RAF Ringway, Cheshire, England. Already onboard were men of the 10th Battalion Parachute Regiment. As one paratrooper prepared to jump, Magee handed him a camera with the instructions to aim it at his face, don’t drop the thing, and click. InContinue reading “The Paratrooper’s Selfies : 12 Snapshots Whilst Falling to Earth in 1944”

20 Shocking Photos Show How French Women Were Punished by Having Their Heads Shaved Publicly for Collaborating With Nazis

At the end of World War II, many French people accused of collaboration with Germany endured a particularly humiliating act of revenge: their heads were shaved in public. There are thousands upon thousands of joyful pictures of the liberation of France in 1944. But among the cheering images there are also shocking ones. These showContinue reading “20 Shocking Photos Show How French Women Were Punished by Having Their Heads Shaved Publicly for Collaborating With Nazis”

The Story Behind the Photo of Winston Churchill With Cigar and Tommy Gun in July 1940

The photograph of Winston Churchill with the Thompson submachine gun was taken during his visit to the coastal defense positions near Hartlepool on 31 July, 1940. The interesting thing about this picture is that both the British and the Germans used it for propaganda purposes. The British edited out two soldiers standing next to Churchill,Continue reading “The Story Behind the Photo of Winston Churchill With Cigar and Tommy Gun in July 1940”

Rare Color Photographs Capture Daily Life in the First Nazi Concentration Camps in 1933

From 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany operated more than a thousand concentration camps on its own territory and in parts of German-occupied Europe. The first camps were established in March 1933 immediately after Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. Following the 1934 purge of the SA, the concentration camps were run exclusively by the SSContinue reading “Rare Color Photographs Capture Daily Life in the First Nazi Concentration Camps in 1933”

The Story Behind the Photo of 10-Year-Old Japanese Boy Carries His Deceased Brother to a Cremation Pyre, 1945

This heart rending photo was taken by Joe O’Donnell, who was sent by the U.S. military to document the horrors inflicted upon the Japanese by air raids and atomic bombs in 1945. In this photo, the little boy had bought his brother to a cremation spot. He was barefooted and in perhaps trying to playContinue reading “The Story Behind the Photo of 10-Year-Old Japanese Boy Carries His Deceased Brother to a Cremation Pyre, 1945”

The Nazis’ Lebensborn Program And The Quest To Breed A Master Race

Through breeding, kidnapping, and even murder, the Nazis’ Lebensborn program aimed at creating a super race of Germanized children. Among the cruelest policies put forward by the leaders of Nazi Germany — the ghettos, the concentration camps, the gas chambers — the Nazi Lebensborn program takes up a comparatively small portion of the public consciousness.Continue reading “The Nazis’ Lebensborn Program And The Quest To Breed A Master Race”

Ravensbruck, Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women During World War II

Ravensbrück was the only major Nazi concentration camp for women. At the end of autumn 1938, Himmler decided to establish a concentration camp for women in Ravensbrück. This location was chosen by Himmler because it was out-of-the-way and at the same time easy to reach. Ravensbrück was a small village located in a beautiful areaContinue reading “Ravensbruck, Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women During World War II”

13 Amazing Colorized Photos of Refugees During World War II

Refugees crossed these same passageways 70 years ago. But they were not Syrians and they traveled in the opposite direction. At the height of World War II, the Middle East Relief and Refugee Administration (MERRA) operated camps in Syria, Egypt and Palestine where tens of thousands of people from across Europe sought refuge. MERRA wasContinue reading “13 Amazing Colorized Photos of Refugees During World War II”

Belgian Man Discovered Stash of Cars Hidden in Abandoned Quarry Since World War II

For nearly 80 years these cars have been hidden underground in a quarry in France but they were uncovered by Belgian PE teacher Vincent Michel in 2016. The cars were hidden away during World War II and after the war ended they were never removed. It is thought the rusting collection was hidden to avoidContinue reading “Belgian Man Discovered Stash of Cars Hidden in Abandoned Quarry Since World War II”