Unedited, silent footage of the preparation of Nagasaki bombing, August 9, 1945.
Exhausted Russian soldiers sleeping with puppy in liberated Prague at the end of the World War II. Prague, May 1945.
“TBM-3 Avenger of VT-82 flying from the carrier Bennington struggles to remain airborne after receiving heavy damage in a mid-air collision with another Avenger over Chi Chi Jima”. 18th February 1945.
Rip, 1941. Rip was a search and rescue dog who found one hundred victims of air raids in London between 1940 and 1941. He received the Dickin Medal for bravery in 1945.
Thought at first Rip stood for Rest In Peace and they named him 1941 after the year he was found , kind of like the TV show ‘Hart to Hart’ where the dog was called Freeway because they found him on the freeway.
Child walks along a road lined with dead bodies from Bergen-Belsen camp, circa 1945
Abandoned boy holding a stuffed toy animal amid ruins following German aerial bombing of London, ca. 1945.
Boy sitting in the rubble of his home where his parents lie buried after a V-2 bomb hit, London, January 1945
“I was told he had come back from playing and found his house a shambles—his mother, father and brother dead under the rubble…he was looking up at the sky, his face an expression of both confusion and defiance. The defiance made him look like a young Winston Churchill. This photograph was used by IBM to publicize a show in London. The boy grew up to become a truck driver after the war, and walking past the IBM offices, he recognized his picture.”
From Toni Frissell: Photographs 1933-1967
Antoinette (Toni) Frissell was born on 10th of March in 1907 in New York. She branched out during WWII as a war photographer, an interesting job for a female in that time. Also known for her fashion photography e.g. Lady in the Water.
Hans-Georg Henke. 1945.
Cries After Being Captured by the US 9th Army in Germany. He survived the war and died in Germany in 1997.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur accepts Japanese surrender, USS Missouri, Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945.
Behind MacArthur are Generals Wainwright and Percival, the officers who had respectively surrendered the Philippines and Singapore to the Japanese. Both had been plucked out of Japanese prison camps at the armistice and flown in to be present at the ceremony.
Color footage of the occasion:
Carrier plane flyover at the ceremony:
The fists of the Allies breaking the Nazi swastika, France, 1945.
The crew of Enola Gay, the aircraft that dropped the first atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan 1945.