This 1940 photograph, taken minutes after this mother had been evacuated from Guernsey to Weymouth, speaks a thousand words. Guernsey was bombed by Germany 4 days later and it was occupied 6 days later - for 5 years. Find out more at: guernseyevacuees.... OR read the diary of an evacuated Guernsey Mother, online, here guernseyevacuees....
A flag was borrowed from a Navy ship and it was mounted on the top of Mount Suriname. The resulting Associated Press photograph of the second raising is probably the best known of WWII. But it did not signify final victory. That would take three more awful weeks.
Quote from Jesse Owens regarding the 1936 Olympics in Berlin: "Hitler didn't snub me – it was FDR who snubbed me. The president didn't even send me a telegram." On the other hand, Hitler sent Owens a commemorative inscribed cabinet photograph of himself.
Nancy Harkness Love was a pilot & was the commander of the WAFS, the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. Later, she was the executive of the well known WASPs, the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Later, she became the first woman pilot to fly all the way around the world. It seems she was a sentimental sort, too – after her death in 1976, a box was found that contained a hand-written list of each woman that had died under her command along with clippings & photographs of each one of them.
PoW Horace Greasley defiantly confronts Heinrich Himmler during an inspection of the camp he was confined in. Greasley also famously escaped from the camp and snuck back in more than 200 times to meet in secret with a local German girl he had fallen in love with.
Nuclear blast and wind destroyed buildings within its 1.5-mile radius. Yoshito Matsushige was barely out of this radius at a little over 1.6-miles from the ground zero. Heading out to the citycentre, Matsushige took the only photographs taken of Hiroshima on that calamitous day. Matsushige himself was not seriously injured by the blast, but the scenes of carnage and dying people prevented him from taking further pictures. (He had 24 possible exposures, in the 10 hours he spent wandering the d...