The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is teaming up with Imgur this summer to bring you the Summer of Archives, a three-month experiment that will feature loads of awesome historical items from our huge network of collections. Official announcement here: http://imgur.com/blog/?p=4168
TL;DR thin napalm fuel rocks. Courtesy NARA, via DPLA.
Footage from the cockpit of a U.S. P-38 fighter plane as it strafes German railroad yards, oil storage tanks, locomotives, bridges, and motor convoys in 1945. Courtesy NARA via DPLA.
From a Department of Defense film about the Invasion of Normandy. Courtesy NARA, via DPLA.
The last time Mt. Vesuvius had a major eruption was in March 1944. Massive explosions, starting on March 18, 1944 ended up destroying the villages of San Sebastiano al Vesuvio, Massa di Somma, Ottaviano, and part of San Giorgio a Cremano. The footage used for this loop, taken by Army pilots based out of the Pompeii Airfield near Terzigno, Italy, shows the stunning growth and movement of the eruption smoke (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Vesuvius). Courtesy NARA, via DPLA.
The Army’s mobile field bakery in action! Courtesy NARA, via DPLA.
From a film created by the Department of the Air Forces – depicting the Takarazuka Revue (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takarazuka_Revue), an all-female musical theater troupe that still performs in Takarazuka, Japan. Courtesy NARA, via DPLA.
Historical newsreel footage of paratrooper training circa 1944 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Courtesy NARA, via DPLA.
Footage of Operation Crossroads (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Crossroads), the first atomic test after Nagasaki – it was designed to investigate the effect of nuclear weapons on warships. Courtesy NARA, via DPLA.
Archival footage of US Army pilots circa 1943. Identities of the soldiers unknown. Courtesy NARA, via DPLA.
Captured Japanese home movie footage. Identities of the family unknown. Courtesy NARA, via DPLA.
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