Skip to comments.26 Ghostly Images Of World War Two, Blended With The Present
Posted on 05/12/2014 6:46:26 AM PDT by Kartographer
History buffs have traversed Europe to create a collection of unique images that blend 1940s war-torn Europe with colour present day photos
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Very cool! I was lucky enough to get my grandfathers pictures from Japan. Everything from mass graves to active combat. I have a couple uploaded and I need to preserve them. Maybe later I will post a few. He used to tell me stories of the horrors he witnessed and the sheer brutality of the Japanese of that time period and how they exploited their own history to drum support. One of the pics I have is a mass grave which was explained to me as what happens to the locals after the Japs came in. They worked them to death. Pretty brutal stuff but it was his release getting to share these stories.
Great stuff! I’ve stood at a couple of those locations, and to capture scenes like that, blending the “then and now” is fascinating!
That first one is haunting...
Brits “Guarding the corner” in Italy.
so haunting... fascinating... i look at the faces of some of the men in the pictures of the past... the soldiers, and wonder who they were... what ever happened to them...
Hi Sage, If you do a vanity post with those pics and stories, please ping me! Would love to see that! Thanks, Bill
[snip, and hat tip to Berosus] The highly contested forts at Verdun (Battle of Verdun, 1916), Fort Douamont, Fort Souville and Fort Vaux, were little more than storage sheds to the American army of World War Two; and during the four years of German occupation, the forts played a similar roll for that army as well.
This is a neat article that briefly touches on the importance of these structures during the previous war and what kind of flotsam and jetsam the GIs were able to find as they wandered about within (such as a skeleton). Of particular interest was a wall that was covered with the names of various combatants from all sides and from both wars:
“The American names are big and black and seem to blot out the others. One of them says”:
“Austin White, Chicago, Ill., 1918 and 1944.
This is the last time I want to write my name here”.