🇯🇵 OKINAWA, RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN - Pacific War: US Marine Colonel Francis Fenton conducting the funeral of his son Private First Class Mike Fenton, near Shuri, Okinawa, May 1945.
This picture depicts one of the most heart wrenching moments to occur on Okinawa involved a family with a proud Marine heritage. Colonel (later Brigadier General) Francis I. Fenton enlisted in the Marine Corps in August 1917. He gradually rose through the ranks until he became division engineer officer of the 1st Marine Division in July 1944. With this unit, Fenton won a Bronze Star for duty at Peleliu before landing on Okinawa.
Mike’s body was later exhumed from his temporary grave and is now resting in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.
🇺🇬 KARAMOJA, UGANDA - A starving boy and a missionary in Uganda, 1980.
In 1980 Mike Wells took this powerful photograph of a Catholic missionary holding the hand of a starving Ugandan boy. In so many ways it almost looks like the hand is not human. Unfortunately it can’t be ‘willed’ into being something else, it is the hand of a human being. A starving human being.
Freelance photojournalist Mike Wells explained to Holland Herald magazine, in an interview after winning the World Press Photo of the Year award, that in 1980 he was in Africa working for the Save the Children Fund of the United Kingdom, covering their anti-polio campaign in Swaziland and Malawi. Wells made this image while on a side-trip to Uganda, at a seminary where the Verona Fathers were distributing food during the early days of the famine. One of the monks described the situation to Wells and told him that the Karamojong boy was around four years old.
Food shortages in Karamoja began in July 1978, after drought, crop failure, and plant disease. Not being a region of great economic or political significance for the Ugandan government, Dictator Idi Amin’s administration took no action after being alerted to the situation that year. Following the overthrow of Amin and the flight of his soldiers in 1979, Karamojong warriors acquired a large quantity of guns and ammunition. The influx of firearms drastically shifted regional power balances and cultural traditions around raiding. It became dangerous to move in and out of Karamoja with cattle or grain.
In addition, national insecurity caused a complete breakdown of trade. Families started to run out of food in early 1980. The situation became critical in May and the famine reached its peak in July and August of the same year. In July, the Verona Fathers in Karamoja appealed to the World Food Program in Rome for urgent assistance. Catholic missionary activities had begun in the region in 1933, with the Catholic Church providing relief assistance during periods of famine since the 1960s.
Perhaps the most iconic photo from WW2 is the Victory over Japan Day ("V-J Day") in New York City's Times Square on August 14, 1945, The photograph was published in Life magazine along with other magazines but gained its popularity from Life magazine. The hero in the photo, George Mendonsa passed away this Sunday in Rhode Island at the age of 96 just two days before his birthday. Rest In Peace.
Profunda retrospectiva sobre las deficiencias en el ejército alemán que causaron su derrota en la Primera Guerra Mundial reforzando la idea de la mecanización del ejército, así como el desarrollo de la divisiones Panzer bajo una nueva estrategia militar (La guerra relámpago) que sentaría las bases de la guerra moderna. #ww2 #wwii #segundaguerramundial #heinzguderian #panzer #deutschland
Oberleutnant Bodo Spranz y toda la tripulación de un Sturmgeschütz III Ausf.G. perteneciente del IX Cuerpo de Ejército, Grupo de Ejércitos Centro alemán en 1942 - 1943. Nótese la gran cantidad de anillos de victorias pintados en el cañón lo que da una idea de una vida prolífica en este blindado. #panzer #tanque #werhmacht #frentedeleste #germany
🇯🇵 CHŪBU REGION, HONSHU, JAPAN - Pacific War: A formation of Boeing B-29 Superfortresses of the 73rd Bomb Wing fly near Mt. Fuji, Japan in 1945.
A US Marine dirty after two days of fighting on Eniwetok, Feb 1944 during the Marshall Islands Campaign
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🇯🇵 RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN - Pacific War: Anti-aircraft gunners, center foreground, pour a deadly stream of fire into an already-burning Japanese Kamikaze plane plummeting toward the flight deck of the USS Sangamon, a Navy escort carrier, during action in the Ryukyu Islands near Japan, on May 4, 1945. This suicide plane landed in the sea close to the carrier. Another Japanese aircraft later succeeded in hitting the ship deck, inflicting heavy damage.
🇯🇵 IWO JIMA, VOLCANO ISLANDS, JAPAN - Battle of Iwo Jima: With his hands in the air, the first of 20 Japanese emerges from a cave on Iwo Jima, on April 5, 1945. The group had been hiding for several days.
Entweder lernst du etwas oda du hast es schon gelernt, #cano #panzer #knacker
wieso mir die Leute egal sind weill sie einfach egal sind mein Zeit mein weg . Oda der Lehrer is zu schlecht der es mir zeigen will viel Gründe viele Wege alle frühen nach Rom.
🇯🇵 JAPAN - The mushroom cloud that billowed into the sky about one hour after the atomic bomb "Little Boy" was dropped by American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, detonating above Hiroshima, Japan. Nearly 80,000 people are believed to have been killed immediately, with possibly another 60,000 survivors dying of injuries and radiation exposure by 1950.
🌐 PACIFIC OCEAN - B-25 Mitchell skip-bombs a Japanese Kaibokan escort ship, April 6, 1945.
B-25 Mitchell, nicknamed Ruthless Ruth, pulls up after making a skip-bombing run on Japanese coastal defense vessel No. 134. The plane was flown by USAAF Lieutenant Louie A. Mikell of the 499th Bomb Squadron (Bats Outa Hell), part of 5th Air Force. Japanese convoy HOMO-03 left Hong Kong enroute to Shanghai, consisting of subchasers CH-9 and CH-20, destroyer Amatsukaze, Kaibokan (escort destroyers) Coastal Defense Vessels No. 1 and No. 134, Tokai Maru Number 2 and Kine Maru on April 4, 1945.
The tactic used in these attacks is called skip-bombing. Skip bombing is a low-altitude bombing attack that has been successfully used against naval targets. It consists of a string of from two to four bombs dropped from such an altitude and distance from the target that a complete miss is improbable. The attack should be delivered with the idea in mind of securing a maximum of surprise and should not be repeated against the same targets too often. The altitude of the attack should be from 200 to 300 feet (60-90 meters) and the bomb-release line from 350 to 200 feet (60-100 meter) from the target. Skip bombing was very effective but also potentially suicidal if the target was on high alert and equipped with good AA guns and directors.
🇬🇧 LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM - Toni Frissell’s famous photos of an abandoned boy amid ruins following German aerial bombing of London, 1945.
The boy did in fact survive the war and became a truck driver. In the photo he’s sitting outside where his house used to be. Photographer Toni Frissell regarding this picture: “I was told he had come back from playing and found his house a shambles—his mother, father and brother dead under the rubble…he was looking up at the sky, his face an expression of both confusion and defiance. The defiance made him look like a young Winston Churchill. This photograph was used by IBM to publicize a show in London. The boy grew up to become a truck driver after the war, and walking past the IBM offices, he recognized his picture”.
Nazi Germany continued to bomb London up until 1945 using a variety of delivery methods including V-1 flying bombs and V-2 ballistic missiles. In total 1,115 V-2s were fired at the United Kingdom. The vast majority of them were aimed at London, though about 40 targeted (and missed) Norwich. They killed an estimated 2,754 people in London with another 6,523 injured. A further 2,917 service personnel were killed as a result of the V weapon campaign.