That One Photograph

Discussion in 'General' started by canuck, May 14, 2010.

  1. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    I always remember this photo and it is even more poignant as it was actually captured on film. To know that at that moment in time so many seamen were lost.

    Lest we forget the true cost of war.

    Regards
    Hugh
     

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  2. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Hugh, I have always thought the footage of Barham blowing up is extraordinary. You can see crew members climbing up to the keel as she capsizes and then....:poppy:
    Frightening.

    Mike
     
  3. -tmm-

    -tmm- Senior Member

    Mine isn't anything particularly special, or thought provoking - though it shows how my interest came about considering my house was to be build just off shot to the left, and that I drive down this 'road' every day when I go to work. Whenever I think of WW2, mostly I think of the 381st, and this image before anything else.

    Lining up for takeoff. Flying Fortresses of the 381st Bomb Group. The only identifiable aircraft 42-97882 of the 533rd BS took part in 81 missions and was scrapped in 1945.

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  4. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    This photo has haunted me for many years now; the photographer's account (File:Polish victim of German Luftwaffe action 1939.jpg - Wikimedia Commons) is particularly harrowing in the way that innocence was shattered:

    For me the photo sums up the tragedy of war and the fact that armed conflict does not respect the innocent. It simply asks the question, "why?"

    - Pete

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    Pete,

    That is a powerful photo and a scene likely played out in millions of different ways throughout 1939-1945. Machine gunning civilians in a field! I can easily see why this stayed with you.
     
  5. Jack-a-row

    Jack-a-row Junior Member

    I'm sorry if my picture is too brutal....

    I do remember when I was young and I didn't know much about ww2 or the holocaust. When I was about 10-11 years old I opened my brothers history book , I didn't read anything just looked at the pictures, and I saw this picture. I was shocked and afraid. After that , I on occasion opened my brothers history book to look at that picture again, because I couldnt believe it. Since then I have had that picture burnt in my brain.

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  6. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

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    October 1, 1940.
    The image of a child breaking free of his mother’s hold to reach out to his father became one of the enduring Canadian images of WWII. It was taken at Columbia and 8th Street in New Westminster, B.C.

    Soldiers of the Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles are marching to a waiting train.
     
  7. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

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    " © IWM (B 9538)
    Catalogue number
    • B 9538
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    Subject period Second World War
    • object category: Black and white
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    Category photographs License Image
    This item is available to share and reuse under the terms of the IWM Non Commercial Licence.

    Object description

    A Sherman tank crew, smoking a variety of pipes, awaits the order to advance near Argentan, 21 August 1944.

    THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE NORMANDY CAMPAIGN 1944 | Imperial War Museums
     
  8. MapleLeafUp

    MapleLeafUp mapleleafup.ca

    Looking at Rob Dickers shot from the Archive of 10th (R/Fus,City of London) Medium Regt RA.

    The recce vehicle passing the medium gun has a unit serial number of 53 with the white band on the bottom of the sign. This unit number would indicate the Sherbrooke Fusilier Regiment of the Canadian 2nd Armoured Brigade.

    In colour, it would a white 53 on a red square with the white band along the bottom of the square. No other Canadian units had like markings. Would any British units have had?

    Does anyone know the source of this photo? I have never seen it before!

    Also, is the recce vehicle a Humberette, Humber, Staghound?
    thanks,
    glenn
     
  9. Alanst500

    Alanst500 Senior Member

    Found this yesterday, could not show it to my wife it must haunt everyone that was there.

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  10. AndyG

    AndyG Researcher

    Be nice to see a picture of how it looks todaytmm.

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  11. chrisgrove

    chrisgrove Senior Member

    Looking at Rob Dickers shot from the Archive of 10th (R/Fus,City of London) Medium Regt RA.

    The recce vehicle passing the medium gun has a unit serial number of 53 with the white band on the bottom of the sign. This unit number would indicate the Sherbrooke Fusilier Regiment of the Canadian 2nd Armoured Brigade.

    In colour, it would a white 53 on a red square with the white band along the bottom of the square. No other Canadian units had like markings. Would any British units have had?

    Does anyone know the source of this photo? I have never seen it before!

    Also, is the recce vehicle a Humberette, Humber, Staghound?
    thanks,
    glenn

    Glenn

    My references suggest that it was only Cdn 2 Armd Bde that carried that marking with the Army white band below the number. 53 on red might well have been carried by other units, but not with the Army band.

    The vehicle is a Humber Scout Car, but, like you, I have never seen that pic before.

    Chris
     
  12. Enigma1003

    Enigma1003 Member

    Determined to survive at the hands of the Japanese.
    (One of these guys still lives in Dorset)
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  13. La-de-da-Gunner Graham

    La-de-da-Gunner Graham Senior Member

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  14. Clint_NZ

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  16. -tmm-

    -tmm- Senior Member

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    Alrighty. Here's the view from just after the bend. The perimeter track is half the width in most places but still the original concrete underneath the tarmac.

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    And an overhead view showing the location. Top corner of the perimeter track from the bomb store entrance looking south east(ish). For no real reason I have marked the location of the original road in white, and the rough location of the cottage that you can see on the right side of the photograph. You can also see my house but I won't point that one out :p

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  17. AndyG

    AndyG Researcher

    Thats great, amazing you wouldn't think driving that road as many people will do of what went on there.
     

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