Category: world war ii

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.


The Little Boy atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.