Old Rare Photos #1

Here is page #1 of old photos that most people have never seen….

You may of seen some of these before, but most of them are most likely the first time you have ever seen them…. Enjoy.

1. Colliding Bullets

These two bullets were found after the Battle of Gallipoli which started in 1915 and ended in 1916 during WWI.

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2. Control room of UB-110, German submarine

There have been several movies about German submarines and how they looked back in the day, but here is an actual picture taken from 1918.

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3. Testing of a hydrogen bomb

The nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll program was a series of 23 nuclear devices detonated by the United States between 1946 to 1958.

Test weapons were detonated on the reef itself, on the sea, in the air and underwater. The actual island, Bikini Atoll, is one island of 23 islands that comprises the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Nuclear testing began in July of 1946 with Operation Crossroads. The nukes rendered the island and surrounding area uninhabitable due to radioactivity, stemming mostly from caesium-137.

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4. Bombing of Kobe, Japan

The Bombing of Kobe in World War II on March 16 and 17, 1945 was part of the strategic bombing campaign waged by the United States of America against military and civilian targets and population centers during the Japan home islands campaign in the closing stages of World War II.

During later months of the war, the city was bombed for a second time. It was targeted because at the time, it was the sixth largest population center in Japan, with a population of about a million people. Most structures in the city were made of wood, making them vulnerable targets for firebombing.

Over the course of the Allies’ extensive bombing campaign against urban centers in Japan during the War, a massive death toll accrued. Conservative estimates claim 333,000 killed and 473,000 wounded, though other estimates place the fatalities at up to 900,000 people.

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5. Liverpool school children wearing gas masks during the war

In 1941, the bombings of London created a scary environment for families and children.

All citizens of the UK were issued a gas mask during the War. There was a pervasive fear that the Axis powers would launch a gas attack on Britain.

The masks themselves were oppressively uncomfortable. Thankfully the feared gas attack never occurred.

Children were made to participate in gas attack drills at school. The air of gravity was punctured when the kids discovered they could make fart noises by exhaling sharply through the mask.

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6. Reichserntedankfest rally

The Reichserntedankfest rally (Thanksgiving Celebration of the Reich) took place in Buckeberg in 1934.

The rally attracted about 700,000 participants. It was an unprecedentedly large gathering, many people had never been present at such an event.

The effect was powerful and certainly bolstered public morale and Nazi loyalty among German citizens. Photos of the Thanksgiving Celebration are sometimes mistaken for rallies at Nurnberg.

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7. Target practice

German soldiers practice their marksmanship at the Karshorter Racecourse, Berlin, in 1935.

Cavalry soldiers of the era would condition their horses to the stimulus of gunshots by shooting from their backs in this way, during calm conditions, so that they won’t panic during combat. Standing with both feet on the saddle was not common – they usually kept one foot in a stirrup.
Horses were obviously phased out with the introduction of mechanized warfare, following WWI. During WWII, however, the Nazis and the Soviets used over six million horses in military operations.

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8. Barrels of booze

A massive stack of liquor barrels, collected by the authorities in 1924 and ready to be set ablaze.

This was during Prohibition, when liquor was outlawed. Prohibition was instated in 1920 and lasted until 1933. Prohibition was supported by a coalition of rural Protestants and urban progressives. It was codified in the 18th Amendement, which was repealed with the passage of the 23rd Amendment on December 5th, 1933.
Prohibition is still considered to have been an unsuccessful project in the long view, but it did succeed in reducing alcohol consumption by half during the 20s. Its major failure was an unintended entrenchment of organized crime in American life.

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9. A German firing squad

This photograph alleges to show a German Communist being executed by a squad of Freikorps (Free Corps) soldiers in 1919. Some believe it to be a staged photo, perhaps to be used for Communist propaganda purposes or for a piece of journalism. Journalists commonly staged these kinds of scenes to be photographed for their work. The soldiers stand too close to the wall to fire without being struck by shrapnel, some of them are holding their rifles incorrectly, and the defiant attitude of the victim seems exaggerated

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10. The Cathedral of Amiens During WWII

This photograph alleges to show a German Communist being executed by a squad of Freikorps (Free Corps) soldiers in 1919. Some believe it to be a staged photo, perhaps to be used for Communist propaganda purposes or for a piece of journalism. Journalists commonly staged these kinds of scenes to be photographed for their work. The soldiers stand too close to the wall to fire without being struck by shrapnel, some of them are holding their rifles incorrectly, and the defiant attitude of the victim seems exaggerated

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