Fascinating Photos Collected From History

June 6, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: History

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Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower speaks with U.S. Army paratroopers at Greenham Common airfield in England the day before D-Day


A LCVP landing craft from USS Samuel Chase (APA-26) approaches Omaha Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The boat is smoking from a fire that resulted when a German machine gun bullet hit a hand grenade.


Canadian soldiers land on Courseulles Beach in Normandy, on June 6, 1944 as Allied forces storm the Normandy beaches on D-Day, June 6, 1944.


Some of the first assault troops to hit the beachhead in Normandy, France take cover behind enemy obstacles to fire on German forces as others follow the first tanks plunging through the water towards the German-held shore on June 6, 1944.


An American soldier, who died in combat during the Allied invasion, lies on the beach of the Normandy coast, in the early days of June 1944. Two crossed rifles in the sand next to his body are a comrade’s last reverence. The wooden structure on the right, normally veiled by high tide water, was an obstruction erected by the Germans to prevent seaborne landings.


The picture that shows the colossal scale of the D-Day operation, 1944

This photograph was taken three days after the Normandy beachhead was established, on June 9th, 1944, and shows the colossal scale of the operation to transport men and material for the liberation of Europe. The landing ships are putting cargo ashore on Omaha beach, taking advantage of the low tide. Among identifiable ships present are LST-532 (in the center of the view); USS LST-262 (3rd LST from right); USS LST-310 (2nd LST from right); USS LST-533 (partially visible at far right); and USS LST-524. The LST-262 was one of 10 Coast Guard-manned LSTs that participated in the invasion of Normandy.

Note barrage balloons overhead and army “half-track” convoy forming up on the beach. These balloons were tethered with metal cables and were intended to defend against dive bombers flying at heights up to 5,000 feet (1,500 m), forcing them to fly higher and into the range of concentrated anti-aircraft fire or make the aircraft collide with the cables. Some examples carried small explosive charges that would be pulled up against the aircraft to ensure its destruction.

The D-Day landing operation was the largest single-day amphibious invasion of all time, with 160,000 troops, 195,700 naval and merchant navy personnel and 5,000 ships being transplanted from the other side of the English Channel. Large concrete blocks, nicknamed Mulberry harbors, were sailed across the channel and used as portable docks. The landings took place along a 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast between Caen and Valognes, divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. The fighting on D-Day was so fierce that even today as much as 4% of the sand on Normandy beaches is magnetic shrapnel that has been broken down over the decades into sand-sized chunks.

How Barrage Ballons work


A Crowded street in Nome, Alaska, in 1900 during the Alaskan Gold Rush. The Dexter tavern at left was owned by Wyatt Earp.


Buena Vista, Colorado, 1888.


Stacks of shells in the National Shell Filling Factory in Chilwell, UK | World War I, 1917


Pasta shop with drying racks, Palermo, Italy, 1865


Adolf Hitler with a group of brown shirts in Berlin, 1933


A few weeks after the outbreak of the Civil War, United States union soldiers begin guarding Washington D.C. from rebel attacks as construction of the Capitol Building continues on around them, May 1861


“What is Soviet power?” – Speech of Vladimir Lenin, 1919

What is Soviet power? What is the essence of this new power that is not wanted or can not be understood yet in most countries? The essence of it, which attracts workers of each country more and more, is that before the state was ruled, in one way or another, by rich men or capitalists, and now for the first time the state is ruled, withal in mass quantities, by classes that capitalism oppressed. Even in most democratic, even in most free republic, as long as the domination of capital remains, as long as land remains in private ownership, the state is always ruled by a small minority, nine-tenths of which consists of capitalists or rich men.

For the first time in the world, the power of the state is built, here in Russia, in such a way that only workers, only working peasants, excluding exploiters, make up mass organizations – Soviets, and all state power is transferred to these Soviets. That is why, no matter how the representatives of the bourgeoisie in all countries slander Russia, everywhere in the world the word “Soviet” has become not only understandable, it has become popular, it has become a favorite for workers, for all labourers. And that is why, whatever the persecution of supporters of communism in different countries, the Soviet power is imminent, inevitable and in the near future will win all over the world.

We are well aware that we still have many flaws in organization of Soviet power. Soviet power is not a wonderful talisman. It does not immediately heal from the faults of the past, from illiteracy, from lack of culture, from the legacy of savage war, from the legacy of predatory capitalism. But on the other hand, it makes it possible to move to socialism. It gives an opportunity to rise to those who were oppressed, and to take more and more into their own hands all the management of the state, all the management of the economy, all the management of production.

Soviet power is the path to socialism, found by the masses of workers, and therefore true and therefore invincible.


84th Street Broadway, Upper West Side, NYC 1979 (This is what it looks like now, for reference)


Exhausted French troops rest inside Fort Vaux during the Battle of Verdun 1916

Completely cut off, on the 4th June he sent his last carrier pigeon, “Vaillant” (registration number 787-15) carrying the following message: “We are still holding out, but are subject to attacks of gas and highly dangerous fumes; it is urgent that we get out of here. Please send us a visual signal via Souville, as they are not responding to our calls. This is my last pigeon. Raynal.” Having received no reply, with no drinking water remaining and unable to see how their position could be relieved by reinforcements, the commander and his men finally surrendered. Brought before the Kronprinz, he held out a bayonet belonging to an ordinary soldier to the crown prince, as his sword could not be found in the ruins of the fort, saying to him: “Prince, this weapon is worth an officer’s sword”

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