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Aerial photo of Polygon Wood race track on 7 July 1917

Aerial photo of Polygon Wood race track on 7 July 1917

The Battle of Polygon Wood, 25-27 September 1917, was part of the wider Third Battle of Ypres (First World War). It came during the second phase of the battle, in which General Herbert Plumer’s Second Army was given the lead. Plumer replaced the ambitious general assaults that had begun the battle with a series of small attacks with limited objectives – his “Bite and hold” plan. These attacks i...
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Haubourdin Aerodrome under Attack - 17 October 1918

Haubourdin Aerodrome under Attack - 17 October 1918

Aerial photograph of smoke billowing from hangars set on fire during bombardment by aircraft of No. 80 Wing, RAF. The Wing included No. 2 and No. 4 Squadrons, Australian Flying Corps (AFC). Three hangars were destroyed in the air attack. Note the (De Havilland) DH9 aircraft flying over the airfield.
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Fort Douaumont after the Battle of Verdun 1917

Fort Douaumont after the Battle of Verdun 1917

Both sides suffered very heavy casualties during the ten months of the Battle of Verdun. Sources do not agree on the number of casualties suffered during the battle. In some, French loses were 61,000 dead, 101,000 missing and 216,000 wounded, a total of 378,000 while German loses were 142,000 killed or missing and 187,000 wounded, for a total of 329,000. Other sources give higher figures – Fren...
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Fort Douaumont before the Battle of Verdun 1916

Fort Douaumont before the Battle of Verdun 1916

The construction work for Fort de Douaumont started in 1885 and the fort was continually reinforced until 1913. The fort is situated on some of the highest ground in the area. It has a total surface area of 30,000 square metres and is approximately 400 metres long, with two subterranean levels protected by a steel reinforced concrete roof 12 metres thick. The fort was equipped with numerous arm...
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Aerial View of Monte Cassino during the Third Battle - March 1944

Aerial View of Monte Cassino during the Third Battle - March 1944

The station attack at Cassino: 1, 19 Regiment Battle HQ; 2, The crossroads; 3, 4, Beswick's tanks, knocked out and set on fire; 5, Hubbard's tank, overturned off road; 6, Milne's tank, disabled but fighting

Armoured assistance for the infantry in Cassino on the 16th was restricted, like so much else, by the difficulties of ingress. It was only through pluck and persistence that a...
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Monte Cassino before the Battle

Monte Cassino before the Battle

Air photograph issued for operation dickens. The road to the monastery winds up towards the top of the picture.

General Freyberg set the next attack for 24 February. Called Operation DICKENS, the attack comprised two infantry divisions and a tank regiment. Believing a direct approach would prove more effective, Freyberg planned to attack frontally into the town of Cassino, but h...
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Covered Boeing Plant Seattle in 1944-45

Covered Boeing Plant Seattle in 1944-45

Boeing plant aerial photo taken from around 5000 feet. This was taken in either 1944 or 1945. You can see the B-29s on the tarmac and other aircraft around the field.

The idea of deceiving the enemy as to what you are doing is not new. Trying to hide individual items from observation is not new, trying to hide whole factories from aerial bombing during The Second World War was ne...
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Kahuku Army Airfield - October 1941

Kahuku Army Airfield - October 1941

There are references to Kahuku as an emergency field dating to the 1930's, but it was not until the United States entered World War II that the airfield was developed. Kahuku Army Airfield was classified as an auxiliary field and had a very short life span, from 1942 until it was closed in the late 1940's. Ground troops were stationed in the area to protect the airfield and man the shoreline fo...
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Aerial View of Hickham Field - 1 October 1941

Aerial View of Hickham Field - 1 October 1941

When the Japanese attacked O‘ahu's military installations on December 7, 1941, Hickam suffered extensive property damage, aircraft losses, and personnel casualties totaling 139 killed and 303 wounded. The bombing and strafing of Hickam Field was an important objective, because the success of the Japanese attack on the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor was dependent on eliminating air opposition and...
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Aerial View of the RAF Fauld Explosion

Aerial View of the RAF Fauld Explosion

In 1937, 450,000 square feet of disused gypsum workings next to Peter Ford's plaster works were purchased by the Air Ministry for weapons storage during the Second World War. The RAF venture into underground storage was one of disaster and tragedy.

The depot at Fauld became the site of the largest explosion in the UK, when 3,670 tons of bombs stored underground exploded en masse...
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Tanambogo and Gavutu Seaplane Base, Solomon Islands - April 1942

Tanambogo and Gavutu Seaplane Base, Solomon Islands - April 1942

Fine-screen halftone reproduction of an annotated vertical aerial photograph, apparently prepared on 17 April 1942, while the base was still in use by the Royal Australian Air Force. Seized by the Japanese in early May, these islands were captured by U.S. Marines on 7-8 August 1942.
The small island in the upper right center is Gaomi.

The original photograph came from the ...
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Tulagi Island prior to allied invasion - Summer 1942

Tulagi Island prior to allied invasion - Summer 1942

Annotated vertical aerial photograph, prepared for planning purposes shortly before the island was captured by U.S. Marines on 7-8 August 1942.
"Beach Blue" was the Marine landing area during that operation.

The original photograph came from the illustrations package for Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison "History of United States Naval Operations in World W...
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Mount Suribachi - Iwo Jima - February 1945

Mount Suribachi - Iwo Jima - February 1945

Smoke rising from Mount Suribachi as it is hit by aircraft bombs and ships' guns on 19 February 1945, probably just before U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima.
The rocks of Tobiishi Point, at Iwo Jima's southern end, are in the lower left.
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Arbergen - Dreye Railway Bridge

Arbergen - Dreye Railway Bridge

21 March 1945
20 Lancasters of No 617 Squadron attacked the Arbergen railway bridge just outside Bremen. 2 piers of the bridge were destroyed. 1 Lancaster lost.
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Rouen night photopraphy - August 1944

Rouen night photopraphy - August 1944

The city was heavily damaged during World War II on D-day and its famed cathedral was almost destroyed by Allied bombs. During the Nazi occupation, the German Navy had its headquarters located in a chateau on the École Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen campus.
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Migennes Railway damaged by Bombing - June 1944

Migennes Railway damaged by Bombing - June 1944

Photograph taken on 28 June 1944, after hitting the railway bridge and yards of Migennes.
Two tracks cut and train damaged by direct hit on south edge of bridge. About three tracks blocked by debris from one hit and 4 near misses on embankment west of bridge.
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Rheine Railway Yards after RAF Attack March 1945

Rheine Railway Yards after RAF Attack March 1945

21 March 1945
178 aircraft - 150 Halifaxes, 16 Lancasters, 12 Mosquitos - of Nos 4, 6 and 8 Groups carried out an accurate attack upon the railway yards and the surrounding town area at Rheine. 1 Lancaster lost.
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Venlo Railway Bridge - 19 November 1944

Venlo Railway Bridge - 19 November 1944

This picture shows the results from an attack of RAF bombers against the approaches of the Venlo railway bridge.
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Bremen under Attack by RAF Bombers - March 1945

Bremen under Attack by RAF Bombers - March 1945

21 March 1945
133 Lancasters and 6 Mosquitos of Nos 1 and 8 Groups attacked the Deutsche Vacuum oil refinery at Bremen .This appeared to be an accurate raid in clear weather conditions. No aircraft lost.
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Detailed Photograph of Helgoland after the Bomb Raid

Detailed Photograph of Helgoland after the Bomb Raid

This picture was taken on 23 April 1945 and shows the moonscape like island. The large craters are from the 5 tons Tallboy bombs, which where dropped in the air raid.

Helgoland, April 18/19, 1945
969 aircraft - 617 Avro Lancasters, 332 Handley Page Halifaxes, 20 de Havilland Mosquitos of all groups - successfully used Tallboys to bomb the Naval base, airfield, and town int...
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Helgoland before and after the RAF bomb raid in April 1945

Helgoland before and after the RAF bomb raid in April 1945

Photographs of Helgoland taken before and after the attack by Bomber Command on 18 April 1945.
Left - 16 April 1945
Right - 19 April 1945

18th April 1945
969 aircraft - 617 Lancasters, 332 Halifaxes, 20 Mosquitos - of all groups attacked the naval base at Heligoland, the airfield and the town on this small island. The bombing was accurate and the target areas...
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Saint Vith during an RAF bomardement in December 1944

Saint Vith during an RAF bomardement in December 1944

26 December 1944
The weather at last improved and allowed Bomber Command to intervene in the Ardennes battle. 294 aircraft - 146 Lancasters, 136 Halifaxes, 12 Mosquitos - of all the bomber groups (not No 100 Group) attacked German troop positions near St Vith. This was the first time since mid-October that aircraft from all the bomber groups had joined together in one raid. The bombing a...
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Saint Vith during the Ardennes Offensive - January 1945

Saint Vith during the Ardennes Offensive - January 1945

All roads and rail lines obstructed by allied bombs at St.Vith during the Hun Winter Offensive in the Ardennes - 14 January 1945.

St-Vith is a town in the Belgian Province of Liège. At the beginning of the German Blitzkrieg in 1940, the town and most of Eastern Belgium was annexed by Germany. They felt this was a just cause. After all, the district of Eupen-Malmedy had been part ...
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Allied Gliders near Bastogne - January 1945

Allied Gliders near Bastogne - January 1945

Operation Repulse
On 26, 27 December 1944, The heroic efforts of American forces in the action at Bastogne need no retelling. However, few historians give more than a casual mention of the part that gliders and glider pilots played in this important action. Flying their frail aircraft into a hail of enemy flak and ground fire, the glider pilots who participated in this battle carried to ...
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Pegasus Bridge with Horsa Glider

Pegasus Bridge with Horsa Glider

Aerial image of the Pegasus Bridge area of Normandy taken on 6th June 1944. This was the scene of the first British landing on D-Day, when men of the 6Th Airborne Division used gliders (which can be clearly seen in the image) to land behind enemy lines and secure the bridge over the Caen Canal. This was later re-named 'Pegasus' bridge, in honour of the badge worn by the 6th Airborne.
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