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Published on 11 May 2015 | about 1 year ago

If you think you know your history, get ready to be humbled. The rare photographs below show a different perspective of historical events, and you probably wouldn’t find them in any school textbook.

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A guard of honor passes out as Queen Elizabeth II rides past during the Trooping the Colour parade, 1970

A guard of honor passes out as Queen Elizabeth II rides past during the trooping the color parade, 1970
In the strict world of British military protocol, there are even rules on how to faint with dignity. There are two main reasons why the guards of honor pass out: it can get pretty hot and they’ll lock their knees. Usually it’s the combination of both that gets you. And in fact “don’t lock the knees!” is the advice given to troops standing in formation… Read More »

Category: Britain
Australian soldiers after their release from Japanese captivity in Singapore, 1945

Australian soldiers after their release from Japanese captivity in Singapore, 1945
Five Australian former prisoners of war catch up on news from home after their release from Japanese captivity in Singapore, September 1945. The brutal treatment inflicted upon these men by their Japanese captors is clearly illustrated by their poor physical condition. These prisoners were held on the Changi POW camp. Often thought to be synonymous with horror it was in fact a relatively comfortable camp,… Read More »

Category: Australia
A girl who grew up in a concentration camp draws a picture of “home” while living in a residence for disturbed children, 1948

A girl who grew up in a concentration camp draws a picture of home while living in a residence for disturbed children
A girl who grew up in a concentration camp was asked to draw “home” and what she drew was scribbles. It shows how the horrors of the concentration camp warped her mind. It’s a mystery what the lines truly mean to her, probably the chaos or the barbed wire. This photograph was taken by Chim (David Seymour) in a home for emotionally disturbed children located… Read More »

Category: After WW2 Poland
John F. Kennedy campaigns in rural West Virginia, precariously perched on a high-chair to deliver his speech, 1960

John F. Kennedy campaigns in rural West Virginia, precariously perched on a high-chair to deliver his speech, 1960
While part of every candidate’s retinue, security was simply not the pressing, public concern in 1960 that it would suddenly and necessarily become within a few short years. Here, seemingly alone in a crowd in Logan County, West Virginia, JFK speechifies from a kitchen chair as, mere feet away, a young boy absently plays with a jarringly realistic-looking toy gun. JFK went on to win… Read More »

Category: USA
The Solvay Conference, probably the most intelligent picture ever taken, 1927

The Solvay Conference, probably the most intelligent picture ever taken, 1927
The Solvay Conference, founded by the Belgian industrialist Ernest Solvay in 1912, was considered a turning point in the world of physics. Located in Brussels, the conferences were devoted to outstanding preeminent open problems in both physics and chemistry. The most famous conference was the October 1927 Fifth Solvay International Conference on Electrons and Photons, where the world’s most notable physicists met to discuss the… Read More »

Category: Famous People Other
Rudolf Hoess the commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp, is hanged next to the crematorium at the camp, 1947

Rudolf Hoess the commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp, is hanged next to the crematorium at the camp, 1947
Rudolf Hoess (Rudolf Höss) was the architect and commandant of the largest killing center ever created, the death camp Auschwitz, whose name has come to symbolize humanity’s ultimate descent into evil. On 1 May 1940, Hoess was appointed commandant of a prison camp in western Poland. The camp was built around an old Austro-Hungarian (and later Polish) army barracks near the town of Oswiecim; its… Read More »

Category: After WW2 Poland
Highway of Death, The result of American forces bombing retreating Iraqi forces, Kuwait, 1991

Highway of Death, The result of American forces bombing retreating Iraqi forces, Kuwait, 1991
On Sunday 24 February 1991, allied forces launched a combined ground, air and sea assault which overwhelmed the Iraqi army within 100 hours. By 26 February, Iraq had announced it was withdrawing its forces from Kuwait, but still refused to accept all the UN resolutions passed against it. Iraqi tanks, armored vehicles, trucks and troops fleeing the allied onslaught formed huge queues on the main… Read More »

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