All historically relevant pictures and photographs should be posted in this thread.
Subjects such as war, famous people of the past, important events, old sciences and tech, and everything in between are welcome.
If it's neat and historical, we want it here!
I'm posting out of several folders contain images of various subjects, I'll post a few from each and post more specifically should it be requested.
Background info on the photos can be found in the file-names. Enjoy.
I'll do some of my Vietnam War folder now.
Here's one we've all seen, still a good one.
Any Fallout fans here? This thing here served as the inspiration for the infamous Fat Man.
Pretty crazy that this one's real.
Last one of Nam for now, moving on to WW1 next.
Is there anybody out there?
WW1 dump commence.
Kinda lonely in here.
Alright, 10 posts and still no activity. I'll return in a little while and keep posting if I see that there's some traffic here.
Fuck it, one more.
Came back to bump.
Eh, I guess I'll post a few.
First is Edo, Japan (today Tokyo), circa 1865.
American M113 APC crew members in Vietnam, 1971.
"Reds" executed by "Whites" in the Finnish Civil War, 1918.
Be back in a little while, appreciate the bumps friend.
B-25 Mitchell bombers on the deck of USS Hornet, on their way to bomb Japan in the Doolittle raid, 1942.
Back, reminder that info is in the file-names.
These men had no idea what was in store for them, tragic.
The photographer who took this picture seriously regretted taking this picture and its usage in the American media after the war.
The VC officer being executed had only just executed a SVA Officer that was personally serving under General Loan, along with his his entire family for failing to show him how to drive a tank. He was caught in a mass grave of 34 and expressed pride in his part in the killings before his execution. The picture went on to galvanize the anti-war effort in America and ruined General Loan's life after fleeing to the United States.
Also something similar is true about pic related. In Europe this is THE anti-vietnam picture but it actually shows the results of South-Vietnamese friendly fire and the girl is surrounded by journalists who instead of helping her took photos. There versions with different cropping where you can see them.
Ethiopian soldiers with a recoilless rifle in Korea.
SS men "trimming" the beard of a Jewish man in Warsaw, 1939.
Philippine man "evacuates" the shoes of a dead Japanese soldier in Manila, 1945.
>Lém was captured near a mass grave with 34 civilian bodies. Lém admitted that he was proud to carry out his unit leader's order to kill these people. Having personally witnessed the murder of one of his officers along with that man's wife and three small children in cold blood, when Lém was captured and brought to him, General Loan summarily executed him using his sidearm, a .38 Special Smith & Wesson Model 38 "Airweight" revolver, in front of AP photographer Eddie Adams and NBC News television cameraman Vo Suu. The photograph and footage were broadcast worldwide, galvanizing the anti-war movement.
This is cool, sorry I've been popping in and out of this thread and haven't posted.
Frozen Soviets in east Karelia.
I'd heard this, apparently he opened a restaurant or something in the US after the war and the photographer would often go and visit. After people found out who he really was the started giving him all hell. On his last visit, the cameraman reported going into the restroom and found "we know who you are fucker" scribbled on the stall door.
German general Anton Dostler moments before his execution, 1945.
Whoops, sorry. English is not my first language.
Anyway, here's some Maori soldiers performing a haka in North Africa, 1941.
Should I continue with WW2?
I agree, not a well known occurrence at all.
Luftwaffe pilot pops the canopy of his FW-190A fighter and prepares to bail, photo taken by the gun cam of an American fighter.
I'll dump a few miscellaneous ones, starting with a great shot of Mrs. Kennedy's ass. Gat dang
Moroccan Colonial Sipahis in Belgium 1914. The multiethnic nature of the two world wars on the European Front is always interesting.
This one is particularly nice. Whether it was posed or not, the varied expressions, stages of shouting and the different places each soldier seems to be looking gives it an air of spontaneity and life.
Not something you'd want to see on your way to diffuse a car bomb.
Spanish volunteer soldiers of the German 250. Infantry division, aka the Blue Division ("División Azul").
This could be the source of some anti-Dutch /int/ meme.
Standing over their dead enemies, officers of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army pose with their colonial soldiers during the Aceh War.
Downed Luftwaffe pilots taken as POWs emerge from the entrance to a London Underground station to the amazement of the locals, 1940.
Final Banzai cheers of the crew of IJN aircraft carrier Zuikaku at the Battle of Leyte Gulf, before the vessel rolled over and sank stern-first, taking with it 842 of the crew (including the captain).
We've all seen that picture of Hitler admiring his huge Gustav canon, but here is one of its shells just for reference.
Falklands War, 1982: Taken from the deck of HMS Broadsword, this picture shows two Argentinian A-4 Skyhawks attacking the ship, with AA fire surrounding them. Broadsword was damaged in the attack, though not seriously. However immediately afterwards another British ship, HMS Coventry, was attacked by two other Skyhawks, and struck by three bombs just above the water line. The crew was forced to abandon her 20 minutes after the attack, and the ship sank soon after.
This picture was taken 4 June, 1943 on the island of Attu, in the Aleutian chain. This is the only land battle of World War 2 fought on United States soil.
This picture I'm not sure about, are these guys Jap army or Navy? Is this fake even? Does anybody know?
Oh so fake, thanks for clearing that up for me.
That's fucking nuts.
Survivors of the Great Kanto Earthquake in Japan in 1923.
Finnish Waffen-SS men returning to Finland from Germany, 1943.
Crew of the B-29 Superfortress "Waddy's Wagon" posing for a picture, 1944. They were all killed when "Waddy's Wagon" was shot down over Musashino, Japan on January 9, 1945.
Ships of the Imperial German Navy interned at Scapa Flow, Scotland after the surrender of Germany in 1918.
When the Germans learned of the possible terms of the Treaty of Versailles in May 1919 (that the ships might be divided between the winning nations), commander of the German fleet, admiral Ludwig von Reuter, ordered preparations to be made in secret so that the ships could be scuttled. On 21st of June 1919 the order was given to scuttle the fleet, and while the Royal Navy managed to beach a number of the ships, 52 of the 74 interned vessels sank to the bottom of Scapa Flow.
gonna post some pics of the early british naval lighter-than-air force.
These airships were used in WWII to find and sink German subs, as well as keep lookout and perform rescues at sea.
in-flight maintenance on the open-access engines was one of the aspects of lighter-than-air flight that allowed it to maintain a high level of endurance on patrol. No british convoys lost a ship while under the protection of british airships.
The design of the airship was actually semi-rigid. Three gas envelopes containing multiple gas bags were joined by an axial strut that extended from bow to stern, granting aerodynamic qualities without the weight of a full dirigible frame.
Downsides were limited size and an limited ability to build inside the envelope.
on calm seas, resupply and rescue operations were easily carried out by floating low over the water.
Bored crews managed to set several endurance records which were not broken until the 70s or 80s.
Here in the storage hangar, you can see some of the ballast and external equipment on the ship. This ballast would be dropped so that the ship could gain altitude; then the helium lifting gas would be vented to lose altitude.
This was a fairly simple form of ballast compared to german and later american airships, which also used water ballast and aerodynamics to attain and lose lift.
After the WWII, great strikes happened in France. This one is in the mines of the North. They sent the army.
Specifically, that's Fort Douaumont, which traded hands a couple of times over the course of the war and was such a thorn in the side of the French that they decided to base their entire WWII strategy around fortifications.
Metaphor for the whole war right there.
Soviet and British troops chat after the first combined Allied operation of the war, an invasion of Iran to secure its oilfields and road links for the Allied war effort.
Metaphor indeed. As far as encapsulating the conflict, though, I've always found this photo the most evocative.
Wow I see my thread's still up, that's cool.
I'll post some more WW1 for now.
Text in the file-names.
This one stands out for me. I'm always taken by how even in such times, man will come to the aid of another in need, even his enemy.
This was an one of the earliest forms of color photography used here, I don't remember what it's called.
You can't imagine what it must have been like.
Its on page 2 and threads last for a while on /his/.
Nice pic, was gonna post it next. True, just want to see how many people are checking out these sweet pics.
I know what you mean. Regardless what theater, the brutal fighting those men faced was honestly the pinnacle of total war. It truly is hard to imagine, almost like it ascends normal human comprehension.
Alright sorry for the wait.
Your welcome, these aren't what you see everyday.
Please leave a message at the sound of the Archduke being shot.
I'll keep doing WW1 for now.
Go for it.
Artist self-portrait during the battle of berlin