Tag Archives: World War II

An annual moment of silence by the people of Warsaw

Once a year on august 1st, the people of Warsaw pay hommage to the fallen heroes that fought for freedom in 1944 during the Warsaw Uprising. The biggest rebellion against German Nazi occupation during WWII cost over 200,000 lives and destruction of the capital.

This will give you chills.


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“THIS IS NOT DRILL”

December 7th, 1941, a date which will live in infamy.

pearl harbor Radiogram

Radiogram to military installations.

On December 7, 1941, the U.S. naval base on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, was attacked by Japan. In less than 2 hours, the U.S. Pacific Fleet was devastated, and more than 3,500 Americans were either killed or wounded. The incident triggered a mobilization for war. On December 8, the United States declared war against Japan; on December 11, Germany and Italy declared war against the United States.

This small, short document symbolizes and foreshadows the events and world climate that would define the last half of the twentieth century.
(via National Archives)

Hiding the Lockheed Plant during World War II

During World War II the Army Corps of Engineers needed to hide the Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant to protect it from a possible Japanese air attack. They covered it with camouflage netting to make it look like a rural subdivision from the air. Here are the pictures.

Lockheed - Before

Lockheed - Before

Lockheed - After

Lockheed - After

Lockheed was set up like a movie studio production. They had fake houses, trees, etc. and moved parked cars around so it looked like a residential area from the skies overhead.

The net over the plant was strong enough to walk on. Lockheed hired people to ride bicycles and move around as if they lived there to make it look authentic.

Employee cars parked under the net to avoid being seen from planes above.


*Original photo sources unknown. Info on this can be found all over the web.

How to celebrate total death and destruction

On 6th August 1945, a B29 bomber dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima.

It has been estimated that over the years around 200,000 people have died as a result of this bomb being dropped.

Hmm, I wonder how we could celebrate this amazing use of military might? Wait, I know! Cake!

U.S. Navy Vice Admiral William H. P. Blandy, his wife, and Rear Admiral Frank J. Lowry cut a cake made in the shape of a mushroom cloud at a reception for Operation Crossroads, November 6, 1946.

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