19 Haunting Photographs Capture the Devastation After the Dunkirk Evacuation in 1940
The pictures were taken not long after the Allied troops were rescued from the beaches of France and Belgium by an armada of boats in 1940. Haunting photographs taken behind enemy lines that capture the trail of devastation left in the wake of the Dunkirk evacuation have been unearthed after 77 years.
The poignant pictures were taken not long after 330,000 Allied troops had been rescued from the beaches of France and Belgium by an armada of boats between May and June 1940.
The epic operation is about to be the subject of the new Hollywood blockbuster movie 'Dunkirk' which stars Tom Hardy and Harry Styles and is due for release on July 21.
A couple stand next to wrecked trucks in Ostend surveying the scene
Shipwreck on the beach
A shipwreck on the beach in La Panne with boats lying destroyed after 330,000 Allied troops had been rescued from the beaches
Damaged shops in the Belgium town of La Panne after the rescue that took place between May and June 1940
Houses lie in complete rubble in Ostend after the evacuation which is about to be the subject of the new Hollywood blockbuster movie Dunkirk
Damaged seafronts in La Panne
A shipwreck on the beach in La Panne
Destroyed buildings in La Panne
Shipwreck on the beach in La Panne, Belgium
Locals inspect damage to a house in Ostend, which lies in complete ruin
German soldiers surveying the wreckage of destroyed ships lying in the surf
The poignant pictures were taken not long after 330,000 Allied troops had been rescued from the beaches by an armada of little ships having been defeated by the Germans
The Belgium city of Ostend looking very different before it was damaged
A soldier walking past the axle and wheels of a large military vehicle destroyed by the German guns
Men survey the chaos after the Dunkirk evacuation which took place in June 1940 and came about as a result of the German Blitzkreig in the Second World War
Not far from Dunkirk the city of Ostend received significant building damage
These striking images have now been consigned for sale in Dorchester, Dorset, by a private collector of militaria
Officers stand in front of a fleet of burnt-out British army trucks which would have been used to off-load the thousands of the retreating troops days before
Mystery surrounds who took the photos, but it is likely that they were captured by a German soldier
26 Amazing Photos That Left a Huge Mark in History
Our history is full with these kinds of moments that we weren't aware off. Everyday we see new pictures that show certain moments of what happened back then when we weren't even born. Even though these photographers are probably all gone by now, their masterful pieces of how life once was will live on forever.
There are hundreds movies who are focused on the old ages, but that's only the director's point of view. It's really different when you see an authentic picture what really happened many years ago.
That's why these photos are so amazing and you have to see them!
1. Celebrating peace at the end of WWII.
2. Pele with fans at World Cup 1966 in England.
3. Adolf Hitler 15 years before WWII.
4. New York City in 1926.
5. Princess Diana and Prince Charles attend Live Aid in 1985.
7. Coca-Cola delivery truck in 1910.
8. Delivering the first computer in Norwich City council, 1957.
9. Disneyland in opening day, 1955.
10. Christmas truce of WWI on Dec. 24, 1914.
11. Southern Pacific railroad bridge destroyed by floods in California, 1938.
12. Children for sale in Chicago, 1948.
13. Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger, 1967.
14. Apollo 16 crew in 1972.
15. Muhammad Ali taunts Joe Frazier, 1971.
16. St Paul's Cathedral during the London blitz in 1940.
17. Mother Theresa at age 18 in 1928.
18. Entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. performs for members of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in an undisclosed location in Vietnam during February of 1972.
19. Lenin and Stalin in 1922.
20. An English girl near her bomb-damaged home in 1940.
21. Tasman Bridge disaster, 1975.
22. Filming the atomic blast of Wasp Prime Test, 1955.
23. Two young girls share a moment at a Beatles concert, 1964.
24. Baptist preacher Robert Gray denounces Elvis Presley before his concerts in Jacksonville, Florida, 1956.
25. Marilyn Monroe from her last photo shoot taken a few weeks before her death by Bert Stern for Vogue, 1962.
During WWII Chinese Americans Wore Signs Distinguishing Themselves From Japanese Americans to Avoid Discrimination
At the onset of the 20th century, the United States was not the most welcoming country to Chinese immigrants. From the Chinese Exclusion Act to blatant racism, Chinese Americans were unable to find jobs, had to establish Chinatowns where their families could live peacefully, and - of course - still had to always pledge their unwavering patriotism to the United States, lest they risk further social ridicule.
However, this all changed on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese launched their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, killing 2,000 American soldiers and injuring 1,000 others, spurring the United States's involvement in World War II. Yet, for Chinese Americans, this suddenly meant that they were no longer viewed as the enemy. Rather, the US and Chinese immigrants now shared a common enemy: Japan.
“Excuse me I am Chinese, not Japanese!”In order to further establish their loyalty to the United States - as well as to protect themselves from the brutal surge in racist violence and forced internment that Japanese Americans to which were suddenly being subjected - Chinese Americans began to wear signs, pins, and flags declaring their Chinese descent and even became active participants in the racist culture that had erupted in the US since the Japanese attack.
Ruth Lee, a hostess at a Chinese restaurant, flies a Chinese flag so she isn’t mistaken for Japanese when she sunbathes on her days off in Miami, in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 15, 1941. The flag shown here is the flag of Nationalist China which went into self-imposed exile to the island of Taiwan after the Communist revolution. This flag is now the flag of Taiwan.
As soon as Chinese families began immigrating to the United States during the California Gold Rush in 1848, social tensions began to run high. Racism and discrimination against people of Chinese descent became the norm as they were viewed as intruders who came to the US to take jobs from other American citizens. They faced joblessness, exclusion, political and legal discrimination, and violence.
So, once the Japanese began to draw the focus of US ridicule after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Chinese Americans finally had a chance to begin to pull themselves out from under the oppression of racism. With China becoming a new ally to the US war efforts in WWII (and with Japan being a common enemy), Chinese-American pride began to expand. In an effort to further deflect harassment, Chinese Americans began to wear signs and pins, and carry flags with them to clearly display their Chinese heritage and avoid being mistaken as Japanese.
“Me Chinese Please, No Japanese”.
As the US entered into WWII and tensions with Japan continued to rise, Chinese Americans and even Chinese newspapers "adopted the inflammatory anti-Japanese rhetoric and racial epithets used by the mainstream press." This led many Chinese Americans to become passive to the prosecution endured by their Japanese neighbors on US soil, and in many cases they even took over the jobs and shops that had been forcibly abandoned by the Japanese once the latter had been interred.
Just as the stage was being set in Europe for the rise of the Nazi Party and the eventual conflict that would become World War II, China was continuing on in its own battle with its neighbor, Japan. Conflicts between China and Japan go back for generations; however, at the beginning of the 1930s, these historic tensions began to take a turn for the worse as Japan sought to assert its control over Chinese territories. By 1937, the two countries were in at war with one another, with China launching a full-scale resistance against Japan, known as the Second Sino-Japanese War.
Helen Chan pins Sun Lum with lapel badge identifying him as “Chinese,” to avoid being rounded up with Japanese Americans who were being interred following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.
Active participation of Chinese Americans in World War II led the United States government to regard them as loyal Americans. Although discrimination persisted, World War II was a turning point for Chinese Americans.
This resistance quickly fell into a lull as the Chinese struggled to regain their territories from Japanese control. Yet, when Japan set its sights on Pearl Harbor, they not only made an enemy of the United States, they also pushed the western superpower into a political alliance with China. This meant that the United States would begin providing aid to China to help defeat their now common enemy - and meant that Chinese sentiments in the US were, for the first time, on an huge upswing.
27 Fantastic Colorized Photos of Classic American Automobiles of the 1910s and 1920s
Perhaps no invention affected American everyday life in the 20th century more than the automobile.
Automobiles have changed considerably since the 1920s due to the new cars developed. The car industry was thriving in the 1920s. There were many new types of cars.
In the beginning of the 1920s, many of the soldiers returning from World War I bought automobiles. People started to see that having a car would make traveling much easier.
Soon almost every American family had a car. Ford was the big car maker but other companies were also big at the time. Ford cars, such as the Ford Model T, were popular because they were cheap and reliable.
These 27 incredible colorized photos were converted from black and white images give us a nostalgia glimpse into American life of the 1910s and '20.
23 Vintage Photos of Beautiful Female WWII Pilots in the U.S. Army Air Force
During World War II, a select group of young women pilots became pioneers, heroes, and role models... They were the Women Airforce Service Pilots, WASP, the first women in history trained to fly American military aircraft.
In 1942, the United States was faced with a severe shortage of pilots, and leaders gambled on an experimental program to help fill the void: Train women to fly military aircraft so male pilots could be released for combat duty overseas.
Beautiful female pilots of the U.S. Army Air Force
The group of female pilots was called the Women Airforce Service Pilots — WASP for short. In 1944, during the graduation ceremony for the last WASP training class, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Air Forces, Henry "Hap" Arnold, said that when the program started, he wasn't sure "whether a slip of a girl could fight the controls of a B-17 in heavy weather."
"Now in 1944, it is on the record that women can fly as well as men," Arnold said.
A few more than 1,100 young women, all civilian volunteers, flew almost every type of military aircraft — including the B-26 and B-29 bombers — as part of the WASP program. They ferried new planes long distances from factories to military bases and departure points across the country. They tested newly overhauled planes. And they towed targets to give ground and air gunners training shooting — with live ammunition. The WASP expected to become part of the military during their service. Instead, the program was canceled after just two years.
Betty Gillies posing besides an aircraft.
Celia Hunter in the cockpit of a P-47 fighter.
Hazel Lee posing with a biplane, circa 1930s.
Cornelia Fort posing with a PT-19 aircraft.
Jackie Cochran in the cockpit of P-40 Warhawk fighter, circa 1942-1945.
WASP pilot Deanie (Bishop) Parrish in front of her P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft, circa early 1940s.
Nancy Harkness Love posing in front of a PT-19A trainer aircraft, 1942-43. Note WAFS patch on her jacket (forerunner of the WASPs).
WASP pilot Catherine Vail Bridge standing in front of a P-38 Lightning.
WASP pilot Elizabeth L. Gardner at the window of her B-26 Marauder bomber, Harlingen Army Air Field, Texas, United States, circa 1942-1945.
Autographed copy of a posed photo of WAFS pilot Florene Watson with an AT-6 Texan, Love Field, Dallas, Texas, United States, Feb 1943.
WASP cadets Leonora Anderson and Mildred Axton show off the oversized and ill-fitting jump suits provided to the WASP program, Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, United States, May 1943.
WAFS pilot Nancy Harkness Love in the cockpit of B-17 Flying Fortress bomber 'Queen Bee', circa Sep 1943.
WASP Nancy Love in the cockpit of Fairchild PT-19 trainer, circa 1944.
WASP pilot Dawn Seymour at the controls of a B-17 Fortress, circa 1944.
WASP pilot Ellen Wimberly Campbell, 44-W-7, at the controls of a Beech AT-10 Wichita trainer, 1944. Location uncertain but likely Columbus Army Air Field, Columbus, Mississippi, United States.
WASP pilot Nancy Nesbit seated in the cockpit of an AT-6 Texan at Love Field, Dallas, Texas, United States, 1944.
WASP pilot Susie Winston Bain, Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, United States, May 1944.
WASP pilot Lillian Yonally seated in the cockpit of an A-25A Shrike at Camp Irwin airstrip, California, United States, 1944.
WASP pilot Margaret Phelan Taylor, Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, United States, Jun 1944.
WASP pilot Anne Armstrong McClellan showing off the WASP dress white uniform blouse and pin showing the WASP mascot, Fifinella (designed by Walt Disney and used by the WASPs with permission), 1944.
WASP pilot Ruth Dailey climbing into a P-38 Lightning aircraft, 28 Nov 1944.
WASP pilot Dorothy Olsen on the wing of a P-38L Lightning, 1945.
WASP pilot Vivian Eddy in the door of a P-39 Airacobra, 1945.
Candid Snapshots of New York City’s Subway Commuters in the 1940s
As most New Yorkers know, the subway system is the lifeline of New York City. In 1946 Stanley Kubrick set out as a staff photographer for LOOK magazine to capture the story of New York City’s subway commuters.