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10 WWII GIFs to Kickstart DPLA’s Summer of Archives

10 WWII GIFs to Kickstart DPLA’s Summer of Archives

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.

http://research.archives.gov/description/24561
http://dp.la/item/aa752cc2d2d595f50a31b8c07268e659

10 WWII GIFs to Kickstart DPLA’s Summer of Archives

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.

http://research.archives.gov/description/13693
http://dp.la/item/6e219688fa71a575272682332c788ada

10 WWII GIFs to Kickstart DPLA’s Summer of Archives

From a Department of Defense film about the Invasion of Normandy. Courtesy NARA, via DPLA.

http://research.archives.gov/description/78976
http://dp.la/item/c0e37ef22a151ca66f7f9cd26e97d364

10 WWII GIFs to Kickstart DPLA’s Summer of Archives

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.

http://research.archives.gov/description/76137
http://dp.la/item/a0f61d2acc6d3220578edb4ff49a69d2

10 WWII GIFs to Kickstart DPLA’s Summer of Archives

The Army’s mobile field bakery in action! Courtesy NARA, via DPLA.

http://research.archives.gov/description/24438
http://dp.la/item/f928d8ec962656ff4a726e455e40382d

10 WWII GIFs to Kickstart DPLA’s Summer of Archives

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.

http://research.archives.gov/description/64534
http://dp.la/item/32b626ab8fd341fd2ad0d475aaec9e6c

10 WWII GIFs to Kickstart DPLA’s Summer of Archives

Historical newsreel footage of paratrooper training circa 1944 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Courtesy NARA, via DPLA.

http://research.archives.gov/description/39021
http://dp.la/item/02d2407af8a2ced5fb704d471488a878

10 WWII GIFs to Kickstart DPLA’s Summer of Archives

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.

http://research.archives.gov/description/20945
http://dp.la/item/3a8f143f7176ea6372ecc3c41941b9b9

10 WWII GIFs to Kickstart DPLA’s Summer of Archives

Archival footage of US Army pilots circa 1943. Identities of the soldiers unknown. Courtesy NARA, via DPLA.

http://research.archives.gov/description/76502
http://dp.la/item/4afd6aa7e8ac86c9fb122ed8e3353535%20

10 WWII GIFs to Kickstart DPLA’s Summer of Archives

Captured Japanese home movie footage. Identities of the family unknown. Courtesy NARA, via DPLA.

http://research.archives.gov/description/78605
http://dp.la/item/e0efd93ae11a8d3f4fe91acd62318f6e

Read more: http://imgur.com/gallery/rKbep

Comments

BurningVeryImportantThings says:

Thanks NARA, via BVIT

HarvesterZERO says:

Plot twist: Never makes it out of user-sub. Then someone posts “Ya know, it’s not hard to get to the frontpage.” DPLA is then forever alone.

AnaphylacticShark says:

This is going to breathe new life into the increasingly ‘repost’ front page. Can’t wait!

DonkeyKongsLongShlongInABongIsWrong says:

Good experiment is good.

IwouldwreckNathanFillion says:

You mean we can learn, AND peruse pictures of cats?! What a world we live in!

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