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Old 01-18-2004, 01:28 PM   #1
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Default 5 Million Aerial Photos of WW2 To Be Released

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LONDON (Reuters) - More than five million detailed aerial photographs from World War II go onto the Internet from Monday, giving the public their first views of some of the most dramatic and grisly moments of the conflict.

From the smoke billowing from the incinerator of the Auschwitz concentration camp in which millions of Jews were murdered by the Nazis, to the U.S. landings on Omaha beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944, the pictures tell dramatic stories.

"These images allow us to see the real war at first hand," project head Allan William said. "It is like a live action replay."

"They were declassified years ago, but it takes days to find an individual image. Now they have been digitized and will be on the Internet, it takes seconds," he told Reuters.

Wartime planners depended heavily on aerial photography -- and in particular the specialist photographic interpreters who spent hours after each sortie pouring over the pictures seeking evidence and clues -- to pick their targets.

"The pictures were vital to the war effort. For example for years before the final choice of beaches was made for the D-Day landings, photographic interpreters had been watching the whole shoreline of northern France," Williams said.

The pilots who took the highly detailed pictures were some of the most daring in the skies, flying unarmed, unprotected and alone often at very low level to fulfil their missions. Hundreds never returned from their perilous missions.

In the Auschwitz pictures, prisoners can be seen queuing up for roll call, and in the D-Day pictures bodies can be seen floating in the sea.

Apart from these gripping images -- some of more than 40 million taken over the years and lodged in the National Archives -- there are also pictures of the German battleship Bismarck hiding in a Norwegian fjord.

Seven days after the picture was taken in May 1941, a combination of Royal Navy bombardment and Royal Air Force attacks had sunk the most feared German surface raider of the war.

There is also a picture showing in stark detail the devastation wrought by the mass bombing raids on the German city of Cologne.

Other pictures show gliders next to Pegasus Bridge, stormed by British airborne troops before dawn on the morning of D-Day in the first action of the Allied invasion to liberate France.

But the images are not just of historic interest. They are still used in the frequent discovery of unexploded bombs left over as deadly mementos of the war.

"We are often contacted when an unexploded bomb is found. We see if we have aerial reconnaissance photographs of the area and send them over so they can see if there may be any more," Williams said.

The images will be available on the Internet from Monday, January 19 at www.evidenceincamera.co.uk, but Williams said the Web site was already under siege.


Should be interesting



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Old 01-18-2004, 01:30 PM   #2
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I'll have to check that out.
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Old 01-18-2004, 01:30 PM   #3
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Yeah, It'll be interesting regardless, but how detailed can they possibly be? I mean... they're aerial photos from 60 years ago.

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Old 01-18-2004, 01:34 PM   #4
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Very interesting stuff, thanks for the news.
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Old 01-18-2004, 01:38 PM   #5
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Old 01-18-2004, 01:41 PM   #6
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Yeah, It'll be interesting regardless, but how detailed can they possibly be? I mean... they're aerial photos from 60 years ago.

isnt the general public like 50-60 years behind on technology anyway?
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Old 01-18-2004, 01:42 PM   #7
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Yeah, It'll be interesting regardless, but how detailed can they possibly be? I mean... they're aerial photos from 60 years ago.

aside from digital, how much has photography REALLY advanced in 60 years?
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Old 01-18-2004, 01:48 PM   #8
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They say the website is already under siege.

OT will crash it for sure.
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Old 01-18-2004, 01:48 PM   #9
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aside from digital, how much has photography REALLY advanced in 60 years?
I only ask because the article makes it seem like the pictures are highly detailed. Will they be detailed enough for a layman to look at them and identify what's going on? Just how detailed can pics from 20,000 feet, in b&w, with no zoom be?
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Old 01-18-2004, 01:50 PM   #10
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I only ask because the article makes it seem like the pictures are highly detailed. Will they be detailed enough for a layman to look at them and identify what's going on? Just how detailed can pics from 20,000 feet, in b&w, with no zoom be?
I would venture a guess that they're pretty good, if they're good enough to gather intelligence from, I'd imagine they'll be interesting to us also.
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Old 01-18-2004, 01:52 PM   #11
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I would venture a guess that they're pretty good, if they're good enough to gather intelligence from, I'd imagine they'll be interesting to us also.
I hope so. A million... DAMN. That's a lot of photos.
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Old 01-18-2004, 01:52 PM   #12
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I think we will be suprised.

I have print vintage 1946 aerial pics on print that are very very clear. And, non military.

We'll see
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Old 01-18-2004, 02:04 PM   #13
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Just how detailed can pics from 20,000 feet, in b&w, with no zoom be?
They flew a lot lower than 20,000ft most of the time, and they did have color cameras as well.
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Old 01-18-2004, 02:56 PM   #14
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Just how detailed can pics from 20,000 feet, in b&w, with no zoom be?
A lense is a lense is a lense....

Can't wait...should be interesting.

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Old 01-18-2004, 06:46 PM   #15
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A lense is a lense is a lense....

Can't wait...should be interesting.

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Unless it's a lens.
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Old 01-18-2004, 06:52 PM   #16
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Old 01-18-2004, 07:00 PM   #17
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NICE! Thanks for the news! Seriousy, I've lately been studying as much about WWII as possible. I can't wait to see these!
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Old 01-18-2004, 07:01 PM   #18
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what will all the retards who said "the holoucast never happened" say
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Old 01-18-2004, 07:08 PM   #19
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what will all the retards who said "the holoucast never happened" say
This wont stop them. Just look at the people who think the moon landing never happened.
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Old 01-18-2004, 08:01 PM   #20
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IBTItwasallaboutoil!
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Old 01-18-2004, 08:28 PM   #21
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what will all the retards who said "the holoucast never happened" say
People actually say that?! That just wrong...freakin morons.
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This wont stop them. Just look at the people who think the moon landing never happened.
my buddies girlfriend suggested that because she saw somthin on fox a, and my other friend went off on her calling her "ignorant"

when we told her that we had 900lbs in rocks from the moon, she suggested that robots gathered them and brought them back
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Old 01-18-2004, 09:05 PM   #23
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WWII has always been my favorite setting for movies, games and books. I feel kinda bad about it though cuz for me it's just entertainment. My grandfather died in a battle on Okinawa too.
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Old 01-18-2004, 09:05 PM   #24
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"what's that overexposed photo over there?"

"that's dresden sir..."
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Old 01-18-2004, 09:09 PM   #25
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I saw some on the BBC site yesterday (or the day before) - you can actually see people lining up for inspection/roll call at Auschwitz.
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