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Europe During WWII

18 Oct


B&W Vietnam War Pictures

15 Oct

The Vietnam War was a Cold War-era military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. This war followed the First Indochina War and was fought between North Vietnam, supported by its communist allies, and the government of South Vietnam, supported by the United States and other anti-communist nations. The Viet Cong, a lightly armed South Vietnamese communist-controlled common front, largely fought a guerrilla war against anti-communist forces in the region. The Vietnam People’s Army (North Vietnamese Army) engaged in a more conventional war, at times committing large units into battle. U.S. and South Vietnamese forces relied on air superiority and overwhelming firepower to conduct search and destroy operations, involving ground forces, artillery and airstrikes. [Wikipedia]

Censored World War I Photos Revealed

15 Oct

Rare Photos of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

13 Oct

The attack on Pearl Harbor (called Hawaii Operation or Operation AI by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters (Operation Z in planning) and the Battle of Pearl Harbor) was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941 (December 8 in Japan). The attack was intended as a preventive action in order to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Empire of Japan was planning in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States. (Wikipedia)

American Civil War Photos

12 Oct

The American Civil War (1861–1865) was a civil war fought in the United States of America. In response to the election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States, eleven southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America (“the Confederacy”); the other 25 states supported the federal government (“the Union”). After four years of warfare, mostly within the Southern states, the Confederacy surrendered and slavery was outlawed everywhere in the nation. Issues that led to war were partially resolved in the Reconstruction Era that followed, though others remained unresolved. (via)

Pictures of Korea in 1945

6 Sep
Korean mother and child. Korean countryside near Seoul in fall of 1945

Korean Teahouse, 1945 in Seoul

Refugees: Fusan 1945, now named Busan

Korean Fisherman, Samch’ok, November 1945

Many Korean women carried heavy loads on their heads in 1945

Korean Soccer players at Seoul during October 1945

Korean Rickshaws during the fall of 1945

A school track meet in Seoul on a warm fall day in 1945

Korean Train Travel: 1945

Sailors on Shore Leave, 1945 in Seoul, Korea

Korean entertainer, Seoul, Korea, 1945

1945 in Seoul

[All pictures taken by dok1]

Hi Res Images From World War II

5 Sep

Korean War

31 Aug

The Korean War (25 June 1950 – armistice signed 27 July 1953) was a conventional war between South Korea, supported by the United Nations, and North Korea, supported by the People’s Republic of China (PRC), with military material aid from the Soviet Union. The war was a result of the physical division of Korea by an agreement of the victorious Allies at the conclusion of the Pacific War at the end of World War II. The Korean peninsula was ruled by Japan from 1910 until the end of World War II. Following the surrender of Japan in 1945, American administrators divided the peninsula along the 38th Parallel, with United States troops occupying the southern part and Soviet troops occupying the northern part. [via]

A US howitzer position near the Kum River, 15 July

Korean civilians pass an M-46 tank

A GI comforts a grieving infantryman

The U.S. Air Force attacking railroads south of Wonsan on the eastern coast of North Korea

General Douglas MacArthur, UN Command CiC (seated), observes the naval shelling of Incheon from the USS Mt. McKinley, 15 September 1950

Combat in the streets of Seoul

Chinese forces cross the Yalu River

Soldiers from the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division in action near the Ch’ongch’on River, 20 November 1950

B-26 Invaders bomb logistics depots in Wonsan, North Korea, 1951

American flame thrower units advancing toward a tunnel entrance

ROK soldiers dump spent artillery casings

Supporting the 8th ROK Army Division, a Sherman tank fires its 76 mm gun at KPA bunkers at “Napalm Ridge”, Korea, 11 May 1952

MiG Alley: A MiG-15 shot down by an F-86 Sabre

The KPAF shot down some 16 B-29 Superfortress bombers in the war

A US Navy Sikorsky HO4S flying near the USS Sicily

To disrupt North Korean communications, the USS Missouri fires a salvo from its 16-inch guns at shore targets near Chongjin, North Korea, 21 October 1950

Atom bomb test, 1951. This was the Operation Buster-Jangle Dog shot, on 1 November

ROK soldiers walk among the bodies of political prisoners executed near Daejon, July 1950

Two Hill 303 survivors after being rescued by American units, 17 August 1950

An executed U.S. Army POW of the U.S. 21st Infantry Regiment killed 9 July 1950. Picture taken 10 July 1950

National Defense Corps soldiers in January, 1951

Gustav Gun – The Largest Gun Ever Built

17 Jul

Schwerer Gustav (English: Heavy Gustaf, or Great Gustaf) and Dora were the names of two massive World War II German 80 cm K (E) railway siege guns. They were developed in the late 1930s by Krupp for the express purpose of destroying heavy fortifications, specifically those in the French Maginot Line. They weighed nearly 1,350 tonnes, and could fire shells weighing seven tonnes to a range of 37 kilometers (23 miles). Designed in preparation for World War II, and intended for use against the deep forts of the Maginot Line, they were not ready for action when the Wehrmacht outflanked the line during the Battle of France. Gustav was used in the Soviet Union at the siege of Sevastopol during Operation Barbarossa. They were moved to Leningrad, and may have been intended for Warsaw. Gustav was captured by US troops and cut up, whilst Dora was destroyed near the end of the war to avoid capture by the Red Army.

Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) 1939-1949

12 Jun

The work undertaken by the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) was wide ranging; from cooking to meteorology; from administrative duties to maintaining and repairing aircraft.

Women replaced RAF personnel in those trades where there were shortages. There was an ebb and flow of requirements. The safety and physical well-being of the women were primary concerns. Except for nursing orderlies, aircrew duty was never approved.

Assistant Section Officer Elizabeth Weightman. Photographic interpretation played an important role in assessing targets

WAAF armourers preparing a bomberaircraft for an operation

WAAFs helped to bring back casualties and prisoners of war from Europe soon after D-Day

WAAFs in the Middle East, circa 1944

RAF station dance, Bradwell Bay 1944

WAAF Flight Mechanics