11. Stand to Death
Stand to Death, 152 mm howitzer battery fires during Operation Bagration, 1944.
Belorussian Strategic Offensive Operation (operation “Bagration”) resulted in complete destruction of German Army Group Center. In 2 months, the 1,100 km front-line moved 600 km west. During this operation, the Soviet armies in Belarus completely destroyed Army Group Center of the Wehrmacht, losing five times fewer people than the Germans. This photo was taken on the summer of 1944 by Emmanuel Yevzerikhin. In the Soviet photographic album this photo is called “Stand to Death”, the soldiers and the guns look so futuristic.
12. Vulture and the Little Girl
The vulture and the little girl.
The vulture is waiting for the girl to die and to eat her. The photograph was taken by South African photojournalist, Kevin Carter, while on assignment to Sudan. He took his own life a couple of month later due to depression.
“The parents of the children were busy taking food from the plane, so they had left their children only briefly while they collected the food. This was the situation for the girl in the photo taken by Carter. A vulture landed behind the girl. To get the two in focus, Carter approached the scene very slowly so as not to scare the vulture away and took a photo from approximately 10 meters. He took a few more photos before chasing the bird away.”
In 1994, Kevin Carter won the Pulitzer prize for his disturbing photograph.
Funeral services for the 28 Germans who lost their lives in the Hindenburg disaster, New York, 1937
In New York City, funeral services for the 28 Germans who lost their lives in the Hindenburg disaster are held on the Hamburg-American pier, on May 11, 1937. About 10,000 members of German organizations lined the pier. Seems to be a mixture of Nazi Germany, American, and German-American Bund flags.
Hindenburg, the massive German airship caught fire while attempting to land near Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 35 people aboard, plus one ground crew member. Of the 97 passengers and crew members on board, 62 managed to survive. The horrifying incident was captured by reporters and photographers and replayed on radio broadcasts, in newsprint, and on newsreels. News of the disaster led to a public loss of confidence in airship travel, ending an era. The 245 m (803 f) Hindenburg used flammable hydrogen for lift, which incinerated the airship in a massive fireball, but the actual cause of the initial fire remains unknown.
14. General Ambrose Burnside
General Ambrose Burnside, whose unusual facial hair led to the coining of the term “sideburns”, 1865
Sideburns are patches of facial hair grown on the sides of the face, extending from the hairline to below the ears and worn with an unbearded chin. The term sideburns is a 19th-century corruption of the original burnsides, named after American Civil War general Ambrose Burnside, a man known for his unusual facial hairstyle that connected thick sideburns by way of a mustache, but left the chin clean-shaven”.
Ambrose Everett Burnside (May 23, 1824 – September 13, 1881), as a Union Army general in the American Civil War, conducted successful campaigns in North Carolina and East Tennessee but was defeated in the disastrous Battle of Fredericksburg and Battle of the Crater. He was a general that history has been overly cruel towards. He had been instrumental in securing early victories for the Union on the Atlantic coast. He was a fair administrator and had a decent strategic sense.
15. Soldiers in a Dug Out
German soldiers in a dug out waiting for an enemy artillery barrage to lift, 1917.
This soldiers are Stosstruppen and are waiting for the assault in their shelter. Notice the different kinds of bayonets issued by the German army. At the end of the war, the German army issued a new kind of saw-bayonet causing more damage to the human body than the classic ones. The soldiers caught carrying such bayonets weren’t taken prisoner but were horribly mutilated. Generally, experienced soldiers managed to provide new recruits with normal bayonets and told them to throw away their saw-bayonet. They all have facial hair without having a beard, because a beard it’s much harder to get a proper seal on your gas mask.
16. Malcolm X
Malcolm X kidding around with Muhammad Ali, New York, 1963.
Muhammad Ali became a close associate to Malcolm X and he looked to Malcolm much as a mentor. They knew each other as active members of the Nation of Islam until Malcolm X left the group in 1964 and was killed in 1965 by NOI members. Ali didn’t leave the group until 1975. Ali and Malcolm were really good friends. Cassius even let Malcolm and his family stay with him for a couple weeks and have him front row seats before he fought Sonny Liston. However they did become estranged once Malcolm X had his falling out with Elijah Muhammad and Ali was still associated with Elijah.
17. Art Assembly Line
The art assembly line of female students engaged in copying World War II propaganda posters, New York, 1942.
Taken in July 1942, Port Washington, a room full of women are hard at work emulating the “real danger” present in the master poster hanging in the background. It looks like some kind of class, like a high school or college art class making these. In other words they didn’t have to make the posters this way, just doing it for a grade. Getting high school art classes to produce posters for grades, seems like a win-win situation. They may be all working on the same poster because they’re making multiple prints at the same time.
18. Crowded Ship
Crowded ship bringing American troops back to New York harbor after V-Day, 1945.
This is troopship Queen Elisabeth. The Queen Elizabeth together with the Queen Mary were used as troopships in the Second World War. Their great carrying capacity and speeds of over 28 knots were a huge asset to the Allies. The Queen Elizabeth, (carrying capacity over 15,000 troops and over 900 crew), was to carry 750,000 troops in total and travel over 500,000 miles.
19. Facing the Death
Facing the Death: The different expressions of six Polish civilians moments before death by firing squad, 1939.
This execution happened during the Bloody Sunday in Bydgoszcz (Bromberg), Poland, 1939. Bloody Sunday was a series of killings of members of the German minority that took place at the beginning of World War II. On September 3, 1939, two days after the beginning of the German invasion of Poland, highly controversial killings occurred in and around Bydgoszcz (German: Bromberg), a Polish city with a sizable German minority. The number of casualties and other details of the incident are disputed among historians. The Nazis exploited the deaths as grounds for a massacre of Polish inhabitants after the Wehrmacht captured the town.
20. Benito Mussolini
Mugshot of Benito Mussolini, 1903.
Young Benito Mussolini’s mugshot from when he was arrested by Swiss police for supporting a violent general strike in 1903. In June 1902, in an attempt to avoid conscription, Mussolini moved to Switzerland and became attached to a group of Italian socialists. He worked as a bricklayer, dabbled in journalism and joined a trade union. His agitation and calls for civil unrest got him arrested and deported back to Italy, officially he was arrested for lack of identification papers. In 1905, he returned to Italy for good and despite having previously avoided conscription, now voluntarily joined the Italian army, serving for two years.