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The best pictures of the Scharnhorst

Posted in Best pictures, Famous battles, Historical articles, History, Sea, Ships, War, World War 2 on Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The best pictures of the Scharnhorst, Germany’s famously elusive battleship, show her escape from Brest and eventual destruction in the Battle of the North Cape.
The first picture shows the Channel Dash, which saw the Scharnhorst and two other ships leave Brest at night and later escape through the Straits of Dover, despite sustained attack from air and sea.

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The Scharnhorst under attack in the English Channel by Wilf Hardy

The second picture shows the Battle of the North Cape.

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HMS Belfast illuminated the Scharnhorst with star shells in the Battle of the North Cape by Wilf Hardy

The third picture shows the Scharnhorst taking a direct hit.

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The Scharnhorst under attack in the Battle of the North Cape

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The best pictures of the Fairey Swordfish

Posted in Aviation, Best pictures, Historical articles, History, War, Weapons, World War 2 on Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The best pictures of the Fairey Swordfish are vivid images of this tough biplane on the many heroic bombing missions it flew during World War Two.
The first picture shows the great torpedo bomber in action.

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Fairey Swordfish sinking a U-boat in the North Sea

The second picture shows the Swordfish cruising.

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Fairey Swordfish by Wilf Hardy

The third picture shows the Swordfish from high above.

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"The last of our fighting biplanes" – the Fairey Swordfish by Ferdinando Tacconi

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The best pictures of Russian aircraft of World War II

Posted in Aviation, Best pictures, Historical articles, History, War, Weapons, World War 2 on Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The best pictures of Russian aircraft flown in combat during the Second World War show fighter planes and bombers.
The first picture shows a Mikoyan-Gurevich fighter.

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Russian Aircraft of World War II: Russian Mikoyan-Gurevich fighter by Wilf Hardy

The second picture shows a Tupolev Tu-2 Russian bomber.

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Russian Aircraft of World War II: Tupolev Tu-2 Russian bomber by Wilf Hardy

The third picture shows an Ilyushin II-2m3 Russian ground-attack aircraft.

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Russian Aircraft of World War II: Ilyushin II-2m3 Russian ground-attack aircraft by Wilf Hardy

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The best pictures of the Siege of Leningrad

Posted in Best pictures, Communism, Famous battles, Historical articles, History, War, World War 2 on Monday, 31 August 2015

The best pictures of this terrible siege show scenes from what remains one of the greatest war crimes against a civilian population during wartime. The Siege of Leningrad lasted from September 1941 to January 1944 and claimed well over two million lives.
The first picture shows the German army fighting the Soviet army in Leningrad.

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The German army fighting the Soviet army in the Peterhof Gardens in Leningrad, October 1941 by Achille Beltrame

The second picture shows a train bringing relief to the besieged city of Leningrad.

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A Russian train brings supplies to Leningrad after two years of siege in World War II

The third picture shows German prisoners taken by the Red Army.

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The frostbitten survivors amongst the German troops who laid siege to Leningrad eventually surrendered to the Russians

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The best pictures of the Battle of Stalingrad

Posted in Best pictures, Communism, Famous battles, Historical articles, History, War, World War 2 on Monday, 31 August 2015

The best pictures of the Battle of Stalingrad show various scenes from this titanic struggle between the Red Army and the German invaders in 1942.
The first picture shows German tanks entering Stalingrad.

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"It seemed like the end when the German tanks entered Stalingrad. But it was only the beginning.".

The second picture shows the intense hand-to-hand fighting in the bombed-out buildings and streets of Stalingrad which lasted for three months.

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Savage and bitter hand-to-hand fighting during the defence of Stalingrad by Dan Escott

The third picture shows the defeated German army in retreat after the Battle of Stalingrad.

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German soldiers after the battle of Stalingrad by Severino Baraldi

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The best pictures of Stalin

Posted in Best pictures, Communism, Famous battles, Historical articles, History, Politics, Revolution, World War 2 on Monday, 31 August 2015

The best pictures of Stalin show the self-possession of this small-town provincial Georgian who became a ruthless dictator and mass-murderer.
The first picture shows a young Joseph Stalin.

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Joseph Stalin (1878-1953), Soviet Bolshevik leader

The second picture shows Stalin during the Second World War discussing strategy with Zhukov, the General who never lost a battle.

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General Georgi Zhukov arguing with Stalin about military tactics by Severino Baraldi

The third picture is a portrait of Stalin.

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Marshal Stalin by Dan Escott

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The best pictures of the bombing of Hiroshima

Posted in America, Aviation, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Inventions, War, Weapons, World War 2 on Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The best pictures of the American bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 show the apocalyptic mushroom cloud which rose above the incinerated Japanese city.
The first picture shows the famous image.

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Hiroshima, 6th August 1945

The second picture shows the same image.

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Hiroshima, 6th August 1945

The third picture shows illustrated extracts from the war diaries of Viscount Alanbrooke, Chief of the Imperial General Staff 1941-1946, written just days after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Viscount Allenbrooke’s diary entries for 12th and 15th August, 1945, pictures by Ron Embleton

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The best pictures of the bombing of Pearl Harbor

Posted in America, Aviation, Best pictures, Famous battles, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, War, Weapons, World War 2 on Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The best pictures of Pearl Harbor show the Japanese bombing and its aftermath on that “day of infamy” which brought the United States into the Second World War.
The first picture is a dramatic composition filled with violent momentum.

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Pearl Harbour by Graham Coton

The second picture of Pearl Harbor shows the famously clear blue sky on that fateful day.

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Pearl Harbor by John Keay

The third picture shows the stricken US Pacific Fleet in the aftermath.

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Pearl Harbor

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The best pictures of Nagasaki in Japan

Posted in Aviation, Best pictures, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Inventions, Weapons, World War 2 on Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The best pictures of Nagasaki show various ironic views of the city doomed to destruction in the Second World War.
The first picture shows the city with from a hill overlooking a Japanese cemetery and funeral.

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Un convoi funebre a Nagasaki

The second picture shows the port harbour which was could be used by the Americans as a military base after 1900.

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Nagasaki, which the Japanese Government has permitted the United States to use as a Military Base

The third picture shows the journalist Bill Laurence witnessing the destruction of Nagasaki after the plutonium-fusion bomb ‘Fat Man’ had been dropped on the city.

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Bill Laurence witnessing the atom bomb explode on Nagasaki. "A giant ball of fire rose as though from the bowels of the earth, belching forth enormous white smoke rings …"

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The best pictures of Neville Chamberlain

Posted in Best pictures, Communications, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, News, War, World War 2 on Friday, 7 August 2015

The best pictures of Neville Chamberlain focus on the Munich Agreement signed by Hitler and the British Prime Minister.
The first picture shows Chamberlain proclaiming ‘Peace in our time’ on his return from Germany.

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Smiling confidently, Neville Chamberlain, Britain's Prime Minister, stepped from the De-Havilland 86B biplane on which he had just flown from Munich, by John Keay

The second picture shows Chamberlain against a backdrop of the German Imperial Eagle with its talons stretched over a flaming map of Europe.

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A smiling Neville Chamberlain and his worthless piece of paper

The third picture shows the moment after Chamberlain signed the meaningless Munich Agreement with Hitler.

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"Peace in our time," declared Britain's prime minister Neville Chamberlain after signing an agreement with Germany's Adolf Hitler, by Angus McBride

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