Category Archives: World War II

Manpower on the Homefront

A cool video I found about the stateside war effort during World War II.  Poor acting aside, it gives a neat glimpse into the production mindset of our country at the time.

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Aug. 6, 1945 – Never-before-seen photographs of destruction

This photograph of the mushroom cloud over the city of Hiroshima was taken Aug. 6, 1945 by the crew of the B-29 the Enola Gay, which dropped the bomb.  This photo is famous, and is in the public domain.  The photos linked below are from the LIFE Archives, and have never before been published.

On Aug. 6, 1945, an American B-29 named the Enola Gay dropped the 8,900-pound atomic bomb nicknamed Little Boy on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.  The bombing was the first of only two uses ever of atomic weapons during war, the other being the American bombing of the Japanese city Nagasaki on Aug. 9.

The bombing of Hiroshima unleashed a power the world had never seen, and helped bring about the end of World War II.  It also killed nearly 140,000 people within the first two months after the bombing.  Today we honor the American servicemen of World War II, and remember the Japanese dead.

These never-published photographs from LIFE illustrate the destruction the bombs left behind.

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US Navy Seabees

Navy sailor band, including Seabee trumpet player Wallace Colcord, performing a Sunday concert while other soldiers look on. Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, March 1944.
Photo by J.R. Eyerman, from the LIFE Archives.

A T-shirt made by Pike Brothers caught my eye when I saw an image of it posted on Rivet Head’s blog.  Printed on the front is a graphic of a helmeted sailor, bayoneted firearm  in hand and cigarette in mouth, operating a bulldozer.  Above the drawing is the word “Seabees” and below is the word “Tarawa.”  The 1940s-esque design intrigued me and reminded me of the graphic style of the pinup girls painted on the side of aircraft in World War II.

I also wanted to know exactly what a “Seabee” was.  I correctly assumed that Tarawa was a location in the Pacific theater, where Continue reading

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