The World War One wasteland: Haunting rare images show apocalyptic destruction on the Western Front
It is could be the scene from a nuclear holocaust.
A once-thriving city reduced to mere rubble, a 700-year-old cathedral barely left standing, trees that proudly lined an idyllic avenue torn to shreds.
There’s barely anyone in sight.
But the devastation wrought in these rare, haunting images was caused long before the atomic bomb came into existence.
It is the apocalyptic aftermath of dogged fighting along the Western Front during World War One when Allied and German forces tried to shell each other into submission with little success other than leaving a trail of utter carnage and killing millions.
The strategically important Belgian city of Ypres, which stood in the way of Germany’s planned sweep into France from the North, bore the brunt of the onslaught.
At its height, the city was a prosperous centre of trade in the cloth industry known throughout the world. After the war, it was unrecognisable.
The Cloth Hall, which was one of the largest commercial buildings of the Middle Ages when it served as the city’s main market for the industry, was left looking like a medieval ruin.
Its stunning cathedral, St Martin’s, fared little better.
Outside of the towns and cities, the countryside also cut a sorry sight.
Source: Daily Mail
We’ve been telling you the story before—now we tell it to you in color.
The Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office has embarked on an exciting new project to digitally colorize archival photos of Philippine history. Momentous occasions caught in iconic black and white photographs are now made even more remarkable, rendered in color.
In bringing a vibrant new life to these pictures, but remaining faithful to the integrity of the original, we hope to revive interest in the colorful tapestry of the Philippine narrative.
ABOVE: National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal, whose death we commemorate on December 30.
Then and Now Photos of Abandoned Detroit School
Roland at Roncesvalles blowing his horn to summon the emperor to his aid
François Guizot (1787-1874), The History of France from the Earliest Times to the Year 1789
*The tale of Roland’s death is retold in the eleventh century poem The Song of Roland, where he is equipped with the Olifant (a signalling horn) and an unbreakable sword, enchanted by various Christian relics, named Durendal.
In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” However, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire marathon.The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines, and Kathrine later won the NYC marathon with a time of 3:07:29. [Wiki]
I googled her because I had never heard of her and omg she’s awesome. Her account of this race. Read iiiiittt.
What an amazing story!
This is beyond amazing and inspiring.
The only thing more painful than being an active forgetter is to be an inert rememberer.
Ulnaby is an abandoned village and scheduled ancient monument in the grounds of Ulnaby Hall Farm, near High Coniscliffe, County Durham. It is believed that this toft village was occupied from the late 13th century to the 16th century, followed by temporary 19th century buildings.
Ulnaby Hall farm appears to have been built in the late 16th century, supplanting a fairly high status medieval manorial enclosure which was associated with the original village. It is thought that the village shrank due to the change from labour-intensive arable farming to pasture, and then was abandoned as the site was subsumed into the farm as pasture itself.
Harman - fortified church. Situated in the village of Harman -Brasov, Romania. Built sec XII - XIV
photo from Via The Seven Seas
The US Ambulance Service with the French Army on the Western Front.
A temporary field hospital occupied by Americans during the Argonne advance.
How many tries does it take?
British artillery in action, World War I (1914-1918)
The elephant Mary killed novice elephant handler, Red Eldridge.“Murderous Mary” (as they called her) was sentenced to be executed the next day.
shit…now that’s just sad :|
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