Posts Tagged ‘aerial bombardment’

“Bombs and Shells Pave Way for Japan’s Steamroller,” Ottawa Citizen. October 26, 1938. Page 11.

Slowly, but surely, the steamroller of Japan’s modern military might forced its way against stubborn Chinese resistance toward Hankow, vital point in North China’s defences. And its way was smoothed by the levelling effect of terrific barrages from field guns and airplanes. In the photo above, Japanese soldiers wait patiently beside their battleflags while the aerial and artillery bombardment on the Chinese defences in the background paved the way for their advance. This dramatic demonstration of modern military tactics was snapped during an attack on Wuhsueh, Yangtse river town near Hankow.

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“Les Bombardements Se Poursuivent,” Le Soleil. October 13, 1938. Page 21.

Les femmes et les enfants forment encore l’élément de la population espagnole qui a le plus à souffrir des
horreurs de la guerre. L’affaire tchécoslovaque a pu détourner pendant quelque temps l’attention du monde,
mais il n’en est pas moins vrai que les avions de FRANCO continuent toujours leur oeuvre destructive derrière
les lignes et qu’ils sèment la mort, en même temps que leurs bombes, sur les villes gouvernementales. Cette
photo a été prise, il y a à peine quelques jours, dans une des rues de Barcelone après un bombardement de la
ville par les avions ennemis. Tous les yeux des assistants sont tournés vers le ciel d’où la mort peut tomber
d’un moment à l’autre.

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“La Guerre Sans Hommes,” Le Soleil. September 24, 1952. Page 03.

La guerre de Corée vient d’entrer dans une nouvelle phase: pour la  première fois, les forces alliées ont lancé récemment, contre des installations communistes de la Corée du Nord, des projectiles guidés. La scène ci-dessus, dont la Marine américaine vient d’autoriser la publication, s’est produite le 30 août alors qu’un avion-guide quittait le porte-avion U. S. S. “Boxer”. Quelques instants après, l’avion-guide prenait le contrôle de dix avions téléguidés, chargés de bombes de 2,000 li­vres, qu’il dirigeait ensuite contre leur cibles.

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71 years ago today: the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Here, before-and-after shots of the Hiroshima Commercial Museum, today known as the “atomic bomb dome.”

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“Monster cloud rising over Hiroshima, over the world—monstrous, mushrooming thing, sign of our age, symbol of our sin: growth; bigness, speed: grow, grow, grow—grow in a cancer, enlarge a factory, swell a city, balloon our bellies, speed life, fly to the moon, burst a bomb, shatter a people—explode the world. So it rose and I shrank in my cot, I who had cringed before the body-squeezing blast of a five-hundred-pound bomb, hearing now this strange cold incomprehensible jargon of the megaton. Someone had sinned against life, and I felt it in my very person. But then I, too, sinned. Suddenly, secretly, covertly—I rejoiced. For as I lay in that hospital, I had faced the bleak prospect of returning to the Pacific and the war and the law of averages. But now, I knew, the Japanese would have to lay down their arms. The war was over. I had survived. Like a man wielding a submachine gun to defend himself against an unarmed boy, I had survived. So I rejoiced.”

Helmet For My Pillow, by Robert Leckie (via uss-edsall)

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“A Japanese soldier walks through a completely leveled area of Hiroshima in September of 1945.”

(National Archives)

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“A Japanese man stands next to a tiled fireplace where a house once stood in in the vast, charred ruin that was once Hiroshima following the dropping of the atomic bomb “Little Boy” on the city by the United States Army Air Forces on 6 August 1945. Some 70,000 to 80,000 people, or around 30% of the population of Hiroshima, were killed by the blast and resultant firestorm, and another 70,000 injured. Nagasaki would be the next target. On 9 August 1945, the atomic bomb “Fat Man” would be dropped over the city, killing  263,000. Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Honshu, Japan. 7 September 1945.

Image taken by Stanley Troutman.”

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