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Le Culot, Belgium 1944

Le Culot, Belgium 1944

A heavy bombed german airfield in Belgium.
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RAF bombing Darmstadt, 1944

RAF bombing Darmstadt, 1944

11/12 September 1944

Darmstadt: 226 Lancasters and 14 Mosquitos of No 5 Group. 12 Lancasters lost, 5.3 per cent of the Lancaster force. A previous No 5 Group attack in August had failed to harm Darmstadt but, in clear weather conditions, the group's marking methods produced an outstandingly accurate and concentrated raid on this almost intact city of 120,000 people. A fierce fire...
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Battery Merville, France

Battery Merville, France

The Merville Gun Battery was a gun battery in Normandy, France as part of the Nazi's Atlantic wall built to defend continental Europe from Allied invasion.

It was put out of action on D-Day in the Allied invasion of Normandy codenamed Operation Overlord. It was captured by D company of the Oxs and Bucks, a part of the British 6th Airborne Division.
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Battle of Taranto, 11th November 1940

Battle of Taranto, 11th November 1940

The naval Battle of Taranto took place on the night of 11 November – 12 November 1940 during World War II. The Royal Navy launched the first all-aircraft naval battle in history, flying a small number of aircraft from a single aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean and attacking the Italian fleet at Taranto. Britain won the battle in what pundits around the world saw as the end of the "big gun" ...
Rating of 3.510/19/2005841Google Earth Logo
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BB Scharnhorst, Kiel

BB Scharnhorst, Kiel

Aerial reconnaissance photograph, probably taken by the British Royal Air Force circa February-June 1942. The arrow in upper right center marks the position of the battleship Scharnhorst, which was then under repair at the Kiel navy yard for damage received during the February 1942 "Channel Dash".
Rating of 510/18/2005882Google Earth Logo
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Bombing of Kiel, Germany

Bombing of Kiel, Germany

B-24Ds from 44th BG over Kiel , 14 May '43
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Ingolstadt 19.4.1945

Ingolstadt 19.4.1945

Bombing of an ammunition dump near Ingolstadt, Bavaria. This is a 3 sequence overlay with 2 top views and a side view of the explosion cloud.
Rating of 410/13/20051,075Google Earth Logo
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Mantua Causeway, Italy, 1944

Mantua Causeway, Italy, 1944

Mantua Causeway, Italy, 1944. This is thirty six 1,000 pound bombs from nine aircraft, a very good bomb pattern.
Rating of 310/13/2005706Google Earth Logo
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Naples-Foggia - Fifth Army Landings, 9 - 13 September 1943 (OL)

Naples-Foggia - Fifth Army Landings, 9 - 13 September 1943 (OL)

Operation Avalanche was the codename for the landings near the port of Salerno, executed on 9 September 1943, part of the Allied invasion of Italy. The Italians withdrew from the war the day before the invasion, but the Allies landed in an area defended by German troops.

The landings were carried out by the US Fifth Army, under American General Mark W. Clark. It comprised the U.S...
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American Revolutionary War - Battle of Stony Point 1779 (overlay map)

American Revolutionary War - Battle of Stony Point 1779 (overlay map)

On July 15, 1779 General Anthony Wayne and his men attacked a British fortification located on the peninsula at Stony Point. The peninsula, situated on the west bank of the Hudson River about 10 miles (16 k.) south of West Point and 35 miles (56 k.) north of New York City was the western terminus of the King's ferry. Wayne, marching south from the West Point area, split his forces into three se...
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American Revolutionary War - Battle of Fort Montgomery 1777 (overlay map)

American Revolutionary War - Battle of Fort Montgomery 1777 (overlay map)

On October 6, 1777, a combined force of roughly 2,100 Loyalists, Hessians and British regulars led by Lieutenant General Sir Henry Clinton attacked Forts Montgomery and Clinton from the landward side (which was only partially completed) with support from cannon fire from British ships on the Hudson River. By the end of the day, both forts had fallen to the British who burned the forts and tore ...
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American Revolutionary War - Battle of Fort Ticonderoga 1777 (overlay map)

American Revolutionary War - Battle of Fort Ticonderoga 1777 (overlay map)

In 1777 the British forces moving south from Canada drove the Americans back into the fort, then hauled cannon to the top of undefended Mt. Defiance, which overlooked the fort.

"Where a goat can go, a man can go, where a man can go, he can drag a gun" - Maj. Gen. William Phillips quote as his men brought cannon to the top of Mt. Defiance in 1777

Faced with bombardm...
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WW I - Battle of Tannenberg (overlay map)

WW I - Battle of Tannenberg (overlay map)

The Battle of Tannenberg of 1914 was a decisive conflict between Russia and Germany in the first days of World War I, fought by the Russian 1st and 2nd Armies and the German Eighth Army between August 17 and September 2, 1914.

The Russian army used radio to transmit their attack plan, but they did not encrypt the messages, believing that the Germans would not have access to Russi...
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WW I - Battle of Bazentin Ridge (overlay map)

WW I - Battle of Bazentin Ridge (overlay map)

On 14 July (Bastille Day) the Fourth Army was finally ready to resume the offensive in the southern sector. The attack, known as the battle of Bazentin Ridge, was aimed at capturing the German second defensive position which ran along the crest of the ridge from Pozières, on the Albert–Bapaume road, southeast towards the villages of Guillemont and Ginchy. The objectives were the villages of Baz...
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WW I - Battle of Somme (overlay map)

WW I - Battle of Somme (overlay map)

The 1916 Battle of the Somme was one of the largest battles of the First World War, with more than one million casualties. The British and French forces attempted to break through the German lines along a 25 mile (40 km) front north and south of the River Somme in northern France. One purpose of the battle was to draw German forces away from the battle of Verdun; however, by its end the losses ...
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WW I - Battle of Verdun (overlay map)

WW I - Battle of Verdun (overlay map)

Verdun was the site of the Battle of Verdun in 1916 during World War I. One of the costliest battles of the War, Verdun exemplified the 'war of attrition' pursued by both sides and which cost so many lives.

By the winter of 1915-1916, German General Erich von Falkenhayn was convinced that the war could only be won in the west. He decided on a massive attack on a French position '...
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Sicily - The Fight for Sicily, 12 July - 17 August 1943 (OL)

Sicily - The Fight for Sicily, 12 July - 17 August 1943 (OL)

The plans for the post-invasion battle had not been worked out in detail. Each Army was expected to advance towards its own objectives; boundaries between the two armies were fixed. In the first two days progress was excellent, capturing Vizzini in the west and Augusta in the east.

However resistance in the British sector then stiffened. Montgomery persuaded Alexander to shift th...
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Sicily - Assault on Sicily, 10 July 1943 (OL)

Sicily - Assault on Sicily, 10 July 1943 (OL)

The landings took place in extremely strong wind conditions, which made the landings difficult but also ensured the element of surprise. Landings were made on the southern and eastern coasts of the island, with the British forces in the East and the Americans towards the West.

Four airborne operations were carried out, landing during the night of the July 9-10 July, as part of th...
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Toulon November 1942, France

Toulon November 1942, France

The scuttled French fleet at Toulon: aerial pictures. On November 28, 1942, the day after the scuttling and firing of the ships of the French fleet in Toulon harbor, photographs were taken by the Royal Air Force. Many of the vessels were still burning so that smoke and shadows obscure part of the scene. But the photographs show, besides the burning cruisers, ship after ship of the contre-torpil...
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4 overlays from Peenemuende, Germany

4 overlays from Peenemuende, Germany

During World War II, Peenemünde hosted the Heeresversuchsanstalt, an extensive rocket development and test site established in 1937. Prior to that date the team headed by Wernher von Braun and Walter Dornberger had worked in Kummersdorf, south of Berlin. However, Kummersdorf proved too small for testing. Peenemünde, located on the coast, permitted the launching of rockets and their subsequent m...
Rating of 3.2510/08/20051,836Google Earth Logo
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Desert Storm , The Gulf War (Iraq)

Desert Storm , The Gulf War (Iraq)

The war in the Persian Gulf was a war of religious fervor, and cruel leadership. Desert Storm was the same type of war that had occurred in this area for many years except for one fact. In Operation Desert Storm, sophisticated technology was used to end the war in a quick and timely manner.
In 1979 Saddam Hussien took control of Iraq, and immediately set the tone for his rule by killi...
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WWII City of Bergkamen after heavy bombing raid USAF

WWII City of Bergkamen after heavy bombing raid USAF

WWII City of Bergkamen after heavy bombing raid USAF. Picture made in February 1945. Berkamen (Northrhine-Westfalia) was one of the most destroyed small towns in Germany. Aim of the bombing raids were the coal mines and the Chemische Werke - today Schering AG
Rating of 310/05/20051,279Google Earth Logo
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Operation Chastise 16th - 17th May 1943

Operation Chastise 16th - 17th May 1943

The attacks on Eder-, Moehne- and Sorpe-dam from the british No. 617 Squadron.

Operation Chastise was the official name for the attacks on German dams on May 17, 1943 in World War II using a specially developed "bouncing bomb". The attack was carried out by Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron, subsequently known as the Dam Busters.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_C...
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The Korean War

The Korean War

On 25 June 1950, the young Cold War suddenly turned hot, bloody and expensive. Within a few days, North Korea's invasion of South Korea brought about a United Nations' "police action" against the aggressors. That immediately produced heavy military and naval involvement by the United States. While there were no illusions that the task would be easy, nobody expected that this violent conflict wo...
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Battle of the Bulge (Ardennen)

Battle of the Bulge (Ardennen)

·The coldest, snowiest weather “in memory” in the Ardennes Forest on the German/Belgium border.
·Over a million men, 500,000 Germans, 600,000 Americans (more than fought at Gettysburg) and 55,000 British.
·3 German armies, 10 corps, the equivalent of 29 divisions.
·3 American armies, 6 corps, the equivalent of 31 divisions.
·The equivalent of 3 British divisions ...
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