U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division soldiers disembarking from an LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) from the U.S. Coast Guard-crewed USS Samuel Chase at Omaha Beach during the Normandy Landings.
June 6, 1944.
The photograph was taken by Chief Photographer’s Mate Robert Sargent during the troop landing phase of Operation Neptune, the naval component of the Operation Overlord Normandy landing commonly known as D-Day.
The photograph was taken at 7:40 AM local time. It depicts the soldiers departing the Higgins boat and wading through waist-deep water towards the “Easy Red” sector of Omaha Beach. (Robert F. Sargent United States Coast Guard)
French patrol threatening German civilian in occupied Essen, Germany, 1923.
The Occupation of the Ruhr was a period of military occupation of the German Ruhr valley by France and Belgium between 1923 and 1925. The occupation was a response to the Weimar Republic widely and regularly defaulting on reparation payments in the early 1920s. The total reparation sum of £6.6 billion had been dictated by the Triple Entente in 1919 in the Treaty of Versailles, and the reparation payments were due to last several decades.
The Ruhr region had been occupied by Allied troops in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, during the Allied occupation of the Rhineland (1918–1919). Under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles (1919), which formally ended the war, Germany accepted responsibility for the damages caused in the war and was obliged to pay war reparations to the various Allies, principally France. The total sum of reparations demanded from Germany—around 226 billion gold marks (US $878 billion in 2018)—was decided by an Inter-Allied Reparations Commission. In 1921, the amount was reduced to 132 billion (at that time, $31.4 billion (US $442 billion in 2018), or £6.6 billion (UK £284 billion in 2018)).Even with the reduction, the debt was huge. As some of the payments were in raw materials, German factories were unable to function, and the German economy suffered, further damaging the country’s ability to pay.
The Beatles performing on stage at the Star Club, Hamburg. December 1962.
By the time of their second Star-Club visit from 1–14 November 1962, Ringo Starr had become the group’s drummer. The Beatles stayed at the Hotel Germania (Detlev-Bremer-Strasse 8), having the luxury of single rooms for the first time, and then stayed at the Hotel Pacific (Neuer Pferdemarkt 30) for another booking from 18–31 December 1962.
This photograph of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa being removed from storage made its way across the web—that’s it above. It’s a shot from 1945, showing the return of the painting to the hands of museum directors at the Louvre. Last year, it came to the world’s attention that more than 1,500 modernist paintings stolen during World War Two were recovered—the Louvre administration sought to prevent that wayward fate for the Mona Lisa, and succeeded.
In 1939, at the font of World War Two, thousands of pieces of art were shepherded away from the Louvre to safe houses throughout France. Not a single painting was exhibited in the museum during the war, an unprecedented situation. The Mona Lisa in particular was given special care, wrapped in waterproof paper, boxed up, and sent to chateaux in the French countryside. For the next six years, it was kept under the bed of its guardian so that someone would always be with the artwork, even in the dead of night.
This photograph represents the denouement of the ordeal, returning the world’s most famous painting to her home after more than five years in exile.
Unidentified Australian soldier from The Great War.