Gas masks were issued to all British civilians at the start of World War Two. There was a very real fear in Britain that Nazi German bombers would drop poison gas bombs, and an adviser to the government even warned that there may be as many as 250,000 deaths in the first week of the war alone. This picture is a reminder of how serious the threat was, prompting the government... [click on this image to find a short clip and analysis on Michel Foucault's notion of governmentality]
World War II. Liberation day. People seeking shelter behind lamp-posts at Dam square Amsterdam after German troops opened fire at the celebrating masses (22 killed, 120 injured). One of the pictures from the two films that Dutch photographer Wiel van der Randen consumed during the shoot-out on Dam square. Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 7, 1945.