Category: world war ii

Word of the day: SNAFU

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

(Pablo Necochea)

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)

A World War II flak tower in Hamburg, Germany.

Demonstration model for a bomb shelter in Hillegom, Netherlands, 1939.

(Geheugen van Nederland)

The “Luftschutzbunker” flak tower in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg, Germany.


ON THIS DAY: During the attack on Pearl Harbor, it’s chaos at Ford Island Naval Air Station as the USS Shaw explodes in the background, December 7, 1941.

Women building a B-17 bomber at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant in Long Beach, California, October 1942. Photo by Alfred T. Palmer for the U.S. Office of War Information.

August 6, 1945: The “Little Boy” atom bomb destroyed the city of Hiroshima, Japan. At the moment this photo was taken, smoke rose up in a column 20,000 feet above Hiroshima while smoke from the explosion had spread over 10,000 feet at the base of the rising column.

(The Atlantic)

TODAY IN HISTORY: A map shows the extent of fire and blast damage to Hiroshima, Japan, done by the atomic bomb dropped on August 6, 1945.