World War II - After The War (45 WWII photos)

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  1. Starscream600

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    This is an aerial view of the city of London around St. Paul's Cathedral showing bomb-damaged areas in April of 1945: -

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    A test nuclear explosion codenamed "Baker", part of Operation Crossroads, at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, on July 25, 1946. The 40 kiloton atomic bomb was detonated by the U.S. at a depth of 27 meters below the ocean surface, 3.5 miles from the atoll. The purpose of the tests was to study the effects of nuclear explosions on ships. 73 ships were gathered to the spot -- both obsolete American and captured ships, including the Japanese battleship "Nagato": -

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    Check out the rest, HERE.
     
  2. Dran0n

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    I lurve history.

    This tickled my fancy.
     
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    Those are some beautiful pictures.
     
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    Some fantastic shots in that series.

    Interesting sidenotes:

    The bikini atoll is where the name for the common swimwear derives from, through the series of atomic tests shown in these pictures. (In fact, one of the first "bikinis" was called the "atome")

    You see a lot of mentions of ammunition and war material being disposed of in the sea. Some people still aren't sure if this will have negative complications, especially as some of the chemical weapons begin to corrode and leak. More interesting, though, is that scuttled sunken WWI ships are used today as a source of steel for radiation sensitive devices, as they were produced before atomic testing and weapons use created a potential source of contamination in the atmosphere.

    Two of the photos show experimental jet aircraft. The Germans completely revolutionized air warefare using jet aircraft like the messerschmitt 262 (messerschmitt also designed a bunch of other interesting prototypes, such as the rocket powered Komet interceptor), although these developments came too late to really affect the outcome of the war. Still, after the war many top scientists from Germany (and much of the knowledge accumulated during the war) came into US hands, and many of these people and projects were instrumental in US aerospace developments after the war, leading directly to prototypes like the one seen in the latter picture, as well as the Bell X-5, and the NASA rocketry program.


    I think what I find most stunning about these photos is how well they show the aftermath of the war. You can clearly see the level of devastation in all the countries the war touched, as well as the difficulties in reconstruction. Im also extremely impressed with how well this series of photos manages to show the populations of so many nations, then at war or very shortly afterwards, as people, and as people with such a commonality after being touched by the horrors of the war. I'm also impressed with the attention it gives to many of the modern or recent conflicts that stem from the second world war, such as the korean conflict, and how well these photos show some of their roots in that era.
     
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    Wow, nice shots.
     
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    Wow. Just wow.
     
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    4×5 Kodachromes « Pavel Kosenko's blog (English version)

    Here's some more ww2 photos, mainly from the war effort on American soil. What I find staggering is that, through the magic of kodachrome film (no longer available, sadly), these photos look like they may have been taken yesterday.
     
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    Great pictures.
     
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    wow. those were taken during wwII?:jawdropper: 
     
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    Wow, these pics are great. I can't believe that church survived, look how lose the destruction is. Also, the second picture leave me speechless on how much power can be released by materials relatively small size!

    Great info and link! I knew you were one of my favorite posters.


    Back to that second pic in the OP, it reminds me of Robert Oppenheimer's (scientific director of the Manhattan Project) quote in response to the successful test of the first atomic bomb, codenamed "Trinity."

    Atomic Age - J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote - YouTube

    You can see the pain in his eyes and hear it in his voice. To know that you have created such a powerful and deadly weapon that can cause so much destruction must have been devastating.
     
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    I like that german jetplane.
     
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    Stunning photographs. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Amazing shots

    I love this kind of stuff
     

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