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NFT: Rare Color WWII Photographs

batman11 : 4/19/2017 11:12 am
I thought the BBI history buffs would appreciate seeing these photos. Enjoy!
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Amazing pictures  
bigblue12 : 4/19/2017 11:21 am : link
thanks
wow - not just color but amazing detail.  
Del Shofner : 4/19/2017 11:25 am : link
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They are great photos.  
batman11 : 4/19/2017 11:27 am : link
I especially liked the one of Field Marshall Montgomery and King George. Also, someone on another site listed the officers in the photo of Ike and his staff meeting in London as follows:

SHAEF commanders at a conference in London
Left to right: Lieutenant General Omar N. Bradley, Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, General Sir Bernard Montgomery, Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory and Lieutenant General Walter Bedell Smith

The P-51 was such a beautiful aircraft  
Steve L : 4/19/2017 11:28 am : link
I love going to air shows and seeing them.

These pics were great. Thanks for posting.
the picture of the celebrations in Eindhoven during Market Garden  
Greg from LI : 4/19/2017 11:30 am : link
reminded me exactly of the scenes from the Band of Brothers episode "Replacements"
batman11  
Frank from CA : 4/19/2017 11:59 am : link
Thanks for listing the men in the SHAEF picture.
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batman11 : 4/19/2017 12:27 pm : link
In comment 13434183 Frank from CA said:
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Thanks for listing the men in the SHAEF picture.


You're welcome. I'm glad I came across the list. It was posted by a British WWII Vet on another site. Really cool stuff!
P-47 and P-51 Fighters  
nkleppel : 4/19/2017 12:42 pm : link
These two fighter aircraft (along with the P-38 twin Boom configuration) were the workhorses of WW2. My late cousin, Capt. Henry B. Lederer, flew both and loved the P47 Thunderbolt. He was a TB ace in the ETO and eventually the President of the P-47 TB pilots organization. Henry preferred the P-47 because, as he said, "It got you home." It was the most heavily armored fighter for pilot protection and safety. The P-51 had a liquid cooled engine and one bullet through one of its tubes and you had to bail out. Nevertheless, the P-51 Mustang was an excellent aircraft. Both the 51's and the 47's, using auxiliary fuel tanks, flew escort protection for our heavy bombers (B-17 Fortress and B-24 Liberators) on their long range missions deep into Europe which knocked out the industrial capacity of the Germans. Henry was USAAC in WW2; I was USAF-SAC in Vietnam era and served as chief of surgery at a SAC base. I was also a pilot before entering the USAF and the USAF sent me TDY to become qualified as a jet pilot (a long time ago) and hence my continuing interest in flying machines.
My grandfather was a P-47 crew chief  
Greg from LI : 4/19/2017 12:48 pm : link
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Occasionally get to see one of those vintage aircraft.....  
MOOPS : 4/19/2017 1:16 pm : link
fly verhead when they tour the country. Last week a B-24 flew over my house.
The flame-throwing  
Pete in MD : 4/19/2017 1:37 pm : link
tank is pretty badass looking.
great stuff, thanks batman11  
ColHowPepper : 4/19/2017 1:39 pm : link
as well as for the listing of those seated with Ike at SHAEF HQ, many of them main figures in the GWPatton saga.

Gotta laugh at Monty showing his King what's up and who's who, by most accounts he was a major pisser pia, but brilliant general. Just ask George.
RE: great stuff, thanks batman11  
Steve L : 4/19/2017 1:50 pm : link
In comment 13434330 ColHowPepper said:
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as well as for the listing of those seated with Ike at SHAEF HQ, many of them main figures in the GWPatton saga.

Gotta laugh at Monty showing his King what's up and who's who, by most accounts he was a major pisser pia, but brilliant general. Just ask George.


Monty was a prima dona from what I've read. Our men thought he was Kind of a pussy when it comes to the attack. Give me Patton any old day.
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Danny Kanell : 4/19/2017 2:14 pm : link
Those pictures were amazing. Thanks for posting.
Great stuff  
Sec 103 : 4/19/2017 3:25 pm : link
Excellent!!!
Thank you
Amazing photos  
MadPlaid : 4/19/2017 3:32 pm : link
so vivid. The Eindhoven one was especially scary sad. The minute I read the part about it being the celebration of its liberation, I was reminded that very soon thereafter, it was obliterated by German bombers. A very short lived celebration.
I'd pay serious coin...  
Torrag : 4/19/2017 3:35 pm : link
...for rare color pics of Patton and 3rd Army's drive to relieve Bastogne.
Thanks for sharing  
OC2.0 : 4/19/2017 5:08 pm : link
Great pix. RAF Commander Johnson was a very bad man. Also a taste of how important women were to the effort.
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