Evacuation of the Sick and Wounded, WWII

Every regiment in the field maintains a proportion of personnel who are trained and are proficient in first aid to the injured. In a unit as large as an Infantry battalion there is a party of stretcher-bearers, who provide...


Faces of War: Men With Broken Faces and The Tin Nose Shop

Wounded tommies facetiously called it “The Tin Nose Shop.” Located within the 3rd London General Hospital, its proper name was the “Masks for Facial Disfigurement Department”; either way, it represented...


Vintage Photos of Émilie Marie Bouchau and Her 16-Inch Waist

Algerian-born Émilie Marie Bouchau (Polaire), was famous for her tiny, corsetted waist, which was reported to have a circumference no greater than 16 inches. Decked out in black eye makeup, a nose ring, and corsets that...


Colorized Photos of Soviet Female Snipers in the 1940s, WWII

Here’s a collection of colorized photos that shows the Soviet female snipers in the Second World War. H/T Za Rodinu


Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 Years After the Atomic Bombings

On August 6, 1945, the US dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the first nuclear weapon to be used in war, killing about 140,000 by the end of the year, out of the 350,000 who lived in the city. Three days later, a second...


Bonsai Tree Planted In 1625 Has Survived Hiroshima Bombing And Keeps On Growing

Planted in 1625, this bonsai tree is currently 391-years-old and has survived the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima. The tree belonged to the Yamaki family, who in 1945 lived just two miles away from the spot on which which...


The 10,000-Bedroom Hotel That Was Never Used

Hotel Prora is a massive building complex built between 1936 and 1939 by the Nazis as part of their “Strength through Joy” programme. The complex stretches over three miles along the white sandy beach on Germany’s...


A Time Capsule Lies Under the City of Naples, Italy

Lost for decades beneath the streets of Naples, Italy, the Galleria Borbonica is a time capsule of the city’s history. The system of tunnels and caverns, stretching from the Royal Palace of Naples to the military barracks,...


Vintage Snapshots: World War II Soldiers Showering or Bathing

Between battles soldiers were able to bathe in makeshift showers and in rivers, lakes and streams. These personal snapshots of World War II soldiers bathing and swimming are a record of the unselfconscious camaraderie between...


Family Unknowingly Played with a World War II Sea Mine That Had Washed Up On The Beach

Kelly Gravell and her family went to the beach and saw what they thought was an old, barnacle encrusted buoy that had washed up on the shore near Burry Port in Wales. Her children were fascinated by the huge metallic object...

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