Today in 1945, President Harry S. Truman announced Japan’s unconditional surrender

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D-Day: From the Past to the Present in Photos

Here’s an amazing slide show that compares photos from D-Day to recent photos. Using the same location, perspective, and scale, the photo’s show how things have changed, and in some cases remained the same, over the past 70 years.

Click on this link, and when the slidewhow opens, click on the WWII picture to see the modern view.


June 1944: Boats full of US troops wait to leave Weymouth to take part in Operation Overlord.


5 April 2014: A view of the harbour of the English town today. This location was used as a launching place for Allied troops participating in the invasion of Nazi-occupied France on D-day.

Photographs by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty and Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

HT to The Silicon Graybeard for finding these photos.

Aug 9, 1945: Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki

Atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945

Atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945

On this day in 1945, a second atom bomb is dropped on Japan by the United States, at Nagasaki, resulting finally in Japan’s unconditional surrender.

The devastation wrought at Hiroshima was not sufficient to convince the Japanese War Council to accept the Potsdam Conference’s demand for unconditional surrender. The United States had already planned to drop their second atom bomb, nicknamed “Fat Man,” on August 11 in the event of such recalcitrance, but bad weather expected for that day pushed the date up to August 9th. So at 1:56 a.m., a specially adapted B-29 bomber, called “Bock’s Car,” after its usual commander, Frederick Bock, took off from Tinian Island under the command of Maj. Charles W. Sweeney.

Nagasaki was a shipbuilding center, the very industry intended for destruction. The bomb was dropped at 11:02 a.m., 1,650 feet above the city. The explosion unleashed the equivalent force of 22,000 tons of TNT. The hills that surrounded the city did a better job of containing the destructive force, but the number killed is estimated at anywhere between 60,000 and 80,000 (exact figures are impossible, the blast having obliterated bodies and disintegrated records).


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