Posts Tagged ‘terror from the air’

“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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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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Rene Magritte, Black Flag. Oil on canvas, 1937. Oil on canvas.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK.

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“Anti-Gas Demonstration,” Montreal Star. January 29, 1937. Page 05.

“An anti-gas squad trained by the London borough of Holborn to deal with poison-gas in the event of an air raid, gave a public demonstration of methods of dealing with liquid gas attacks. This Associated Press photo shows: The squad marching to the scene of operations, wearing their gas-masks and protective clothing.”

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