74 Vintage Photographs of Bristol, England During World War Two

Bristol is a city and county in South West England. The district has the 10th-largest population in England. The city borders North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, with the cities of Bath and Gloucester to the south-east and north-east, respectively. Bristol was heavily damaged by Luftwaffe raids during World War II; about 1,300 people living orContinue reading “74 Vintage Photographs of Bristol, England During World War Two”

29 Vintage Photos of London Wartime Nightlife Under Blackout Conditions, 1944

London under blackout conditions. On 17 September 1944, the blackout was replaced by a partial “dim-out”. The blackout began two days before the war began. Under blackout rules, everyone had to cover up their windows at night with black material. This was to make it difficult for German bombers to find their target in theContinue reading “29 Vintage Photos of London Wartime Nightlife Under Blackout Conditions, 1944”

29 Wonderful Color Photos of British Women During World War II

“The wars were a catalyst for women to work in more roles,” says Jenny Dibden, a director in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. “Now, there’s a much stronger sense that women working within the civil service is normal and natural. The real effort should now be on enabling women to progress to theContinue reading “29 Wonderful Color Photos of British Women During World War II”

38 Amazing Photos Showing Life in Paris Under Nazi Occupation

Paris started mobilizing for war in September 1939, when Nazi Germany invaded Poland, but the war seemed far away until May 10, 1940, when the Germans attacked France and quickly defeated the French army. The French government departed Paris on June 10, and the Germans occupied the city on June 14. During the Occupation, theContinue reading “38 Amazing Photos Showing Life in Paris Under Nazi Occupation”

15 Rare Color Photographs of London During World War II

These color photos of London, spanning from the dark days of the Blitz to the triumphant celebrations of VE Day, were taken in Dufaycolor, a little-known photography process. They give another perspective on the period between 1943 and 1945 when Nazi Germany carried out a sustained aerial bombing campaign against Britain. Introduced as cinematic filmContinue reading “15 Rare Color Photographs of London During World War II”

16 Vintage Photos of Land Girls During World War II

The Women’s Land Army (WLA) was a British civilian organisation created in 1917 during World War I so women could work in agriculture. It was revived from the disbanded World War One organisation in 1939 so that it could again organise women to replace workers called up to the military. Women who worked for theContinue reading “16 Vintage Photos of Land Girls During World War II”

Comparison Then and Now Photos of a Street in Germany During WWII vs. Today

Two amazing photos. The first is allied forces pushing through the town of Oberdorla, Germany, during World War II in 1945. The second is the same street captured 71 years later in 2016. This is a nice colorized reproduction of an original WWII photograph. Not only it brings much more detail to black and whiteContinue reading “Comparison Then and Now Photos of a Street in Germany During WWII vs. Today”

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”

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”