Google Earth - WW2 Artifacts and other Related Objects

Discussion in 'WW2 Battlefields Today' started by David Layne, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. nicks

    nicks Very Senior Member

    Whilst researching an air raid casualty, I resorted to doing a GE overlay to find a non-existent street in South Lambeth, see below. Alford Road, South Ville, Clifton Street are now Larkhall Park.

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  2. Nadir_E

    Nadir_E Junior Member

    A few others I haven't seen earlier in this thread:

    Arracourt battle area, France
    Bir Hakiem fortress, Libya
    Edson's Ridge, Guadalcanal
     

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  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    2 February 1941
    Vertical aerial taken during the second 'Circus' operation by aircraft of No. 2 Group, a fighter-escorted daylight attack on the docks at Boulogne, France, by 6 Bristol Blenheim Mark IVs of No. 139 Squadron RAF. Bombs can be seen exploding in and around Nos. 3, 4 and 7 Docks at top right.

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  4. Bradlad

    Bradlad Senior Member

    This thread is great! I spend hours on google earth ( yes sad, I know.. ) and have found lots of things, here is a few:

    RAF Carnaby relief landing ground ( now industrial estate built on the runway, yes the long wide strip is the runway! it was more than double stadard width to accomdate damaged aircraft, it was also fit with FIDO, to the south is the former RAF Lissett too ) : 54 03 28.61N 0 15 22.78W

    Still existing V2 crater in Leyton Marshes North London: 51,34,00.74 N 0,02,55.55W

    Site of former POW camp, Pudsey, Leeds: 53,47,36.28N 1,38,39.44W

    I have many more but will post them another time
     
  5. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    My understanding is they can see and read number plates on cars. That has always puzzled me as the view is downwards, not sideways!

    Uncle Sam is watching you!

    And I'm guessing that all that the young guys using that technology have a fine collection of cleavage photos and every nudist colony is mapped!

    Not that I'd be interested.:rolleyes:
     
  6. At Home Dad (Returning)

    At Home Dad (Returning) Well-Known Member

    a gigantic MP44 assault rifle in the Libya desert...

    and a strange 'negative' compound, possibly
    a bizarro world wormhole to a fifth dimension..
     

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  7. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    a gigantic MP44 assault rifle in the Libya desert...

    and a strange 'negative' compound, possibly
    a bizarro world wormhole to a fifth dimension..

    Algeria actually, look at the Border..
    Oh & it looks cock all like an MP44.
     
  8. KevinC

    KevinC Slightly wierd

    I was playing around on google earth last night and noticed there is a timeline function, where you can go back in time to see how cities looked. Warsaw was amazing. You can look at 1935, then 1945 and finally starting at 2000 with colour images.

    The devastation to the city is unreal.

    You can also do the same for Berlin.
     
  9. PA. Dutchman

    PA. Dutchman Senior Member

    It would be interesting to see what some of the Russian village locations look like before and after the Nazis burned them down to nothing and killed every living thing in them.

    I was playing around on google earth last night and noticed there is a timeline function, where you can go back in time to see how cities looked. Warsaw was amazing. You can look at 1935, then 1945 and finally starting at 2000 with colour images.

    The devastation to the city is unreal.

    You can also do the same for Berlin.
     
  10. PA. Dutchman

    PA. Dutchman Senior Member

    I have avoided posting anything I always make some kind of error and I am sorry, this happened at the place I worked for 36 years.

    In the summer we had some real great young students from Poland work summers here in the States. Back then they could earn more funds for their college back home.

    Matthew was studying to be a Doctor, he was a great person and hard worker. I told him my doctor was of Polish Descendant and I told Matthew my doctor would gladly take him around to see how American Medical Operations and hospital operated.

    He was so excited and I said look Matthew here is my full name, phone number and email address encase we miss each other this week.

    He walked about 10 feet and came back to me, pointing to my last name Heilman he said to me, and I will never forget it, "You are German why would you do this for someone from Poland?".

    I told him my father came to America in 1713, our area had a majority of German Americans but we are Americans first last and always. This is how it is in America we have many different Ethnic Heritages but we are all Americans.

    I said Matthew I believe 75 percent of our department is German American however we are Americans first and many fought and died for our America. Hopefully any of them would do the same thing for you because you are a good decent and well mannered young man.

    He said I believe I understand now.

    I mentioned to my wife. I said God only knows what Matthew's family suffered at the hands of the Nazi Germans and maybe he had never met our kind of Germans. Every German American father in my neighborhood fought and some died fighting the Axis power in WWII or WWI, including my father, uncles, and aunt who was an Army Nurse.

    O.K. got it.


    The airfield NNW of the Lancaster is R.A.F. Alconbury, the one ENE is R.A.F. Wyton.
     
  11. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

    What has that got to do with Google Earth?
     
  12. PA. Dutchman

    PA. Dutchman Senior Member

    My remark was only confirming as our friend said it looked like Poland was beat up pretty good when you compare photos of before and after the Germans went through.

    My remark was confirming that the citizens of Poland and not only their cities and country sides took a terrible beating. I had never met a real citizen of Poland before whose family have experienced this first hand.

    Have you ever been civil to anyone in your life? No one wonder us Yanks celebrate our victory over people like you on July 4, 1776.

    Not all British just ones like you who could not be nice to anyone ever.

    Give it a break mate, no one has to be rude 24/7.

    ""I was playing around on google earth last night and noticed there is a timeline function, where you can go back in time to see how cities looked. Warsaw was amazing. You can look at 1935, then 1945 and finally starting at 2000 with colour images.

    The devastation to the city is unreal.""

    You can also do the same for Berlin.
     
  13. Belly

    Belly Engage the enemy more closely

    Seems a bit of an over-reaction... To pull this thread back on track, please find link below to my 'Commando' map which I started a while back and try to up date every week or two:
    WW2 Commando Map - Google Maps
     
  14. flintwich

    flintwich Junior Member

    I found the Lancaster (magnificent aircraft) and Alconbury. To the SW of the Lancaster is a marker that says RAF Brampton, but it's a residential area. (?)

    JT

    Raf Brampton still exists but has never had a runway, however, there is an F4 Phantom as a gate guardian.
     
  15. Goodygixxer

    Goodygixxer Senior Member

    The USS Arizona can be seen in Pearl Harbour beneath the water. Also not far from it is the USS Missouri which is now a museum ship. The USS Wisconsin can be found next to the maritime museum in Norfolk, Virginia

    Foy, Bastogne shows a bullet riddled house and E companies fox holes in the woods. (look at the photo's on there)

    Ashley bombing range in the New Forest (50 56'10N, 1 42' 40W) You can still see the huge white chalk crosses and several bomb craters. If you zoom out you can also make out the disused ww2 airfield at Stoney Cross to the SE, further SE of that you can see a disused ww2 airfield nr Beaulieu .
     
  16. Goodygixxer

    Goodygixxer Senior Member

    What is the airfield directly in front of the Lancaster shown at these coordinates? 52 20'10.87"N 0 11'43.34"W

    I think Google Earth must have been updated 'cos i can't see no Lancaster at these co-ordinates now.
     
  17. dramz

    dramz Junior Member

    Have you ever been civil to anyone in your life? No one wonder us Yanks celebrate our victory over people like you on July 4, 1776.

    Not all British just ones like you who could not be nice to anyone ever.

    Give it a break mate, no one has to be rude 24/7.




    What does him being British have to do with what he posted ?

    I shudder to think what your rebuttal would have been if he was Polish , or Israeli ,


    why do Americans " not all , just ones like you " have to use Aggression and who you beat in wars as a winning argument when it has nothing to do with the topic ??



    So you beat the Dastardly British in a war trying take a country that was not theirs , seem familiar ? Pray tell how exactly Your America came to be ,

    Oh yes , by trying to eradicate the Native Americans in a war for a country that was not yours . Hypocrite much ??



    And the best of it is , You do not learn , Your country is STILL at it over 200 years later , thinking wars are the way to win arguments ,

    And what is more , you arm these Countries that your at war with , it would be comical if it was not so tragic



    way to go you , I'm just amazed you did not go the whole juvenile way and spout the usual , Well , Well we have better teeth

    You apparently think Wars are ok and fine to brag about if its relevent or not , " As long as you won of course "
    Lets hope you never meet anyone from Vietnam then ehh , you would be lost :O
     
  18. At Home Dad (Returning)

    At Home Dad (Returning) Well-Known Member

    Dramz, is that seriously your first post?

    Remember: you never get a second chance to make a first impression.


    Seen anything ww2 related on Google earth?

    ;)
     
  19. mikky

    mikky Member

    A recent update on google earth Kohima, shows how much the area has changed. There seems to be little of the area that has not been built on.
    Nice view of the tennis court area. 25°40'3.68"N 94° 6'10.35"E

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    Any other google earth examples of how battlefields have changed?

    Mike
     
  20. kiwigeordie

    kiwigeordie Senior Member

    I spend time looking for old UK airfields on Google Earth. It's amazing how many are still visible even after being ploughed under. You can see why the Yanks claimed you could taxi a plane from one end of the British Isles to the other.
    Pete
     

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