WW2 Photos released on Flickr

I hadn’t meant to write two military themed blog posts back to back but I thought that this was too interesting to leave for later.  A project to scan over 3,000 images taken during the D-Day Landings and the months following has been completed and the images can now be seen on Flickr.  The entire collection can be accessed HERE.

Like the recent Korean fake photos - but actually a real massed amphibious landing force.
Like the recent Korean fake photos – but actually a real massed amphibious landing force.

Unfortunately the majority of captions are in French but hopefully as awareness of the site increases more of the text will be translated into English.

The images have been collected into smaller sets to make navigation easier.  My favourite images are from the sets containing pictures taken in colour.  These are scarce and although they often lack the drama of BW images there is much more information to be gleaned:

Barrage balloons in Weymouth prior to Overlord
Barrage balloons in Weymouth prior to Overlord
The worst darts player in uniform?
The worst darts player in uniform?
US Military Policeman
US Military Policeman

News of this collection is gradually starting to spread and you may find that Flickr is a little slow as you move through the images – bear with it though as there are a lot of documentary pictures to work through.

Public online collections like these are starting to creep up everywhere.  New York City Department of Records has finally completed cataloguing its massive collection of over 870,000 images and made them available online.  They have gone a little over the top with their water marking and the images suffer as a result.  In the United Kingdom the National Media Museum continues to increase its online collection as does the National Library of Wales.

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