Skip to comments.From Colditz to D-Day: Amazing aerial images...by daring Allied pilots...during World War II
Posted on 11/26/2009 1:07:02 PM PST by decimon
The detail is astonishing. At first it looks like just another castle surrounded by tiny houses and neat fields. But zooming in on the courtyard one can see figures milling around.
They are in fact Allied officers being held in the notorious German PoW camp of Colditz and the photograph is one from an archive of aerial photographs taken by airmen - sometimes flying as low as 50ft - during secret reconnaissance missions in World War II.
Until now the pictures have been kept behind closed doors. But they are revealed to the public for the first time today via the internet amid a painstaking cataloguing process.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
FYI - interesting photos
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They sure peppered Peenemunde pretty well.
Looks like it took about a hundred bombs to actually hit something.
I think that was quite typical of bomb placement during that era. IIRC, quite a few rocket scientists were killed and probably lots of wooden surface bldgs were scrunched by shockwave effects. But I would guess that the production facilities and work in progress were much more hardened.
Here you go...
Try about a thousand, or 5 thousand! The mythical accuracy of the Norden Bomb Sight was largely propaganda, within a mile was considered pretty darn good! Back in the days of dumb bombs, the shocking truth was that the massive of bombing of Germany didn't have much effect on war production at all!
What it did do was kill workers, make them homeless, or at least keep them up all night! Finally, ('44-45) by our eventual destruction of the transport infrastructure, they ran out of fuel and on the actual fronts, and ran out of fighting men. It took 5 years!
In 2006, my oldest son and I visited Schoondijke and saw the mill. Unfortunately, it was only open on the weekends, and we were there during the week. We stayed at the only hotel in the center of the village. They had an aerial photo of Schoondijke showing what it looked like when the war ended. It was nothing but rubble.
So far the Royal Commission has nothing listed for Zeeland Province, but I plan on writing them to see if they may have any aerial shots of Schoondijke in the collection. Thanks for sharing this with us. The photos I have looked at so far are amazing.
I just talked to my son who visited that site in 2006. He said they destroyed everything. Nothing was left.
The war was too vast with too many courageous people to be known. But these people know their story.
Most of the destruction at Peenemunde was caused by demolition work after WW2. The bombing destroyed many of the “soft” targets, but the military works were hardened and underground. The main object of bombing the site was to kill the workers and scientists.
Yeah? No kidding. Machines and buildings can be replaced in weeks or months.
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