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Jakub Perka, an oil company employee, was exploring in the…


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Jakub Perka, an oil company employee, was exploring in the Sahara desert near a smuggling route running between Libya and Sudan, 200 miles from the nearest town. He stumbled across a scene from 70 years ago, frozen in time by the desert: a crashed R.A.F. P-40 Kittyhawk, almost perfectly preserved.

Markings on the plane indicated that it was flown by Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping, a member of 260 Squadron based in Egypt which fought against Rommel in North Africa. Copping was flying to a British air base on June 28th, 1942, when he went off course and was never seen again.

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Some of the World War II POW drawings made by John Mennie, a…


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Some of the World War II POW drawings made by John Mennie, a Scottish artist captured by the Japanese during the surrender of Singapore in 1942.

Mennie was interned in Singapore and Thailand. During his four-year captivity, prisoners in his camps worked on the infamous “Death Railway” immortalized in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai. During this time, Mennie secretly created drawings and portraits documenting life in the camps; he stored the drawings inside a hollow bamboo walking stick. Three of the drawings are shown above.

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“One rainy night eight years ago, in Watertown,…

“One rainy night eight years ago, in Watertown, Massachusetts, a man was taking his dog for a walk. On the curb, in front of a neighbor’s house, he spotted a pile of trash: old mattresses, cardboard boxes, a few broken lamps. Amidst the garbage he caught sight of a battered suitcase. He bent down, turned the case on its side and popped the clasps.”

What he found inside the suitcase were seven hundred and one black-and-white photographs depicting scenes of a devastated city.

Lost to the public for over sixty years, the pictures were taken by the “Physical Damage Division”, a special team of 150 men that was part of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey. a group commissioned by Harry Truman to analyse the effectiveness of the United States bombing campaigns in Europe and Asia.

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This document is entitled “The Progression of Events of 20 July 1944”; it was auctioned

This document is entitled “The Progression of Events of 20 July 1944”; it was auctioned on January 31st.

The six-page typed document contains the eyewitness account of General Adolf Heusinger describing the events of July 20th, 1944. Heusinger was in the Wolf’s Lair, standing next to Adolf Hitler when a bomb contained in a suitcase, planted by Claus von Stauffenberg, exploded, killing four men and injuring Hitler himself.

The overall plot to overthrow Hitler and take control of the German military was a modification of an official plan to continue government operations in the event of a breakdown in civil order. The plan was named “Unternehmen Walküre”, or “Operation Valkyrie”.

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“An illustrated guide to the Atomic Bombs” contains a number of interesting photographs

An illustrated guide to the Atomic Bombs” contains a number of interesting photographs of the assembly and loading of both “Little Boy” and “Fat Man”, the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively. The photos posted above show both devices, as well as “Little Boy” being loaded onto the Enola Gay.

Via @Ptak.