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The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.

— Edward Grey, July 1914

Vyborg Cathedral, after the bombing.

Got A Girl Crush Obsession On: The Forgotten Lumberjills of WWII
Like the many other amazing heroines of their time, the ladies of the Women’s Timber Corps, aka the Lumberjills, stepped into unconventional britches in order to keep the industry, and country, moving while the men were off at war. Of course, there was also some major stereotypes being chopped down along the way:
They faced prejudice from the male forestry workers, as this was pure manual labor and they weren’t expected to be tough enough. Needless to say, they proved them wrong. Their hands became calloused, they developed strong muscular arms and legs - not traits of a “real lady” at the time, but they relished the freedom and fresh air even if it did cause many aches and pains! I can imagine that many were unwilling or uncomfortable to return to indoor-domestic lives IF their husbands returned. For those who joined when young, or if widowed and having to start afresh, I believe it gave them a strong core confidence, and the toughness to go on alone.
Seriously, though. When someone inevitably makes a movie out of this, will someone please get a hold of me? I need to raid the wardrobe (I also can throw a mean knife).

Read more about the Lumberjills here!

German infantry moving in to position, Stalingrad

Horrible Histories - RAF Song

paradox-song said: Hey:) i really like your blog! are you german? if yes, could you please write the info-text under each picture in english and in german? because my english isn't really good and i'm really interessted in history:)

Sorry, I’m afraid I’m not German. I can try to post info in both languages in the future however. My German is probably worse than your English though!

(Ich fürchte, ich bin nicht deutsch. Ich versuchen kann, in der Zukunft jedoch Informationen in beiden Sprachen zu posten. Mein Deutsch ist wohl schlimmer, als wenn Sie Ihr Englisch!)


In 1940, knowing that France was falling into the hands of the Germans, the workers of the Louvre took action. All 400,000 works were evacuated and sent to the south of France. In secret they transported the priceless paintings and statues, and held by wealthy families in Vichy,where they would remain for five years, only returning at the end of the war.The quick action of the workers without a doubt saved the masterpieces from becoming part of the over 5 million works that were looted by the Nazis during the war.


Luftwaffe ‘Survival’ Machete - For downed airmen.

In 1945, Josephine Baker received the Croix de Guerre, the Rosette de la Résistance, and was made a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur, for her underground resistance work against the Germans during World War II. [x]