Category: military history

A WWII flak tower looms large over Hamburg, Ge…

A WWII flak tower looms large over Hamburg, Germany, 2011.

(Pablo Necochea)

THE CIVILIAN RESPIRATOR – These masks are “int…

THE CIVILIAN RESPIRATOR – These masks are “intended for those who might have to work in the presence of gas and could not go to a gas-protected refuge room. The respirator protects the eyes, nose, mouth and lungs against all known war gases.” Cigarette cards from the 1930s series Air Raid Precautions, courtesy of New York Public Library.

Gas masks for protection from an atomic attack…

Gas masks for protection from an atomic attack, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1958. Photo by Dolf Kruger.

(Geheugen van Nederland)

A British soldier fits gas masks on horses, Fr…

A British soldier fits gas masks on horses, France, 1918.

(Geheugen van Nederland)

A man pushes a bicycle through a flattened Nag…

A man pushes a bicycle through a flattened Nagasaki, Japan, September 1945, a month after the city was destroyed by the atom bomb dropped on August 9, 1945. Photo by Stanley Troutman/AP. (Denver Post)

May 20, 1956 – Detonating at Bikini Atoll in t…

May 20, 1956 – Detonating at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific, the 3.8-megaton Cherokee nuclear test was the first American airdrop of a hydrogen bomb.

May 13, 1965: A full moon looms over the spect…

May 13, 1965: A full moon looms over the spectacular lightscape of “Missile Row” stretching north up the shoreline of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Future art by Tony Ramos for the U.S. Air Forc…

Future art by Tony Ramos for the U.S. Air Force, 1982.

News from June 11, 1941 in Borger Daily Herald…

News from June 11, 1941 in Borger Daily Herald, Borger, Texas: “Soldiers of the 15th Infantry from Ft. Lewis, Washington, bayonets fixed, slowly advance against pickets blocking main gate of North American Aviation, Inc., plant at Inglewood, Calif.” Read the original article here or learn more here and here.

(University of North Texas)

“Riding the Laser” by Attila Hejja for the U.S…

“Riding the Laser” by Attila Hejja for the U.S. Air Force, 1982.