Photos that make you think.

That will teach me to not read the link! Same principle though - what would kill those trapped in airpockets first, increasing airpressure or suffocation?

Have a read, it’s interesting. As @Goldbricker said re. the captain being a ****** it appears he attempted to have anyone who jumped, or was blown, overboard with desertion. Top boy.
 
It was amazing that after the sinking of the three destroyers that anyone survived let alone were rescued in what must have been horrendous sea conditions.
I read a story that three survived by being washed onto the deck of anouther destroyer!

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Back in my dim & increasingly distant yoof... my first tour was on South Georgia and before arriving in Grytviken we made landfall in Stromness where Shackleton reaches civilisation

A very desolate spot indeed but I am more than certain of what it represented to them
As an aside, I almost took out Sir Ernest’s grave with an 84mm TATP round - it looked very similar to the target we were firing at across the bay when looking through the sight. I had a feeling something wasn’t quite right though - then clocked that the target didn’t have a little white fence around it.


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Thats a fantastic picture, the soft light and the saturated colours make it appear as if its a painting
 
I was lucky enough to spend my entire tour there - even extended as it was either go back to the Falklands early or stay an extra month over and above my 4 month tour - due to the way the ships were scheduled. As I’d heard nowt but crap about working at HQ BFFI &, even worse, what I’d seen of living on the Coastels whilst passing through Stanley on my arrival down south, I opted to extend for a month.







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Picture 1 makes me question what the cost of shooting those was, and whether it was too dear?
 
Sounds reasonable, exploded boilers were nasty.

Stress corrosion and mechanisms such as metal fatigue wasn't well understood, if at all
For a very long time too.

de Havilland Comet Mk1 refers
 
I've read a book about Lord Shaftesbury and all his good work. Someone who should perhaps be better remembered than he is.

One of his achievements was banning women and girls from working in mines.
Huskar Pit disaster, 1838
The overwhelming majority of photos in this superb thread match the title. It’s interesting the way some have elicited the response of genuinely making posters say “WTF?”

This is the one for me.

It would be tempting to say the females were buried with the males as a last act of kindness, celebrating the family Unit.

I rather suspect the reason was more to do with saving on grave space etc.
 
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A Jew and a severely physically disabled man.

Todays photo made me think how totally and utterly wrong Nazi ideology was.
And how utterly inane the modern cult of status and respect is driven almost wholly by how much cash you have and the relentless quest for the imaginary body beautiful.
 
Last Sunday I went to a talk given by Sqn Ldr Jonny Johnson the last surviving member of the Dambusters raid, he is still very with it at 96.
Just found his book:

The Last British Dambuster: One Man's Extraordinary Life and the Raid that Changed History

Johnny Johnson is 92 years old and one of very few men who can recall first-hand the most daring and ingenious air raid of all time. He can also vividly remember his childhood spent working on a farm with his controlling father, the series of events that led him to the RAF and the rigorous training that followed. But it was his decision to join 617 Squadron, and the consequences, that have truly stayed etched in his mind.

On May 16, 1943, Johnny, alongside 132 specially selected comrades, took off from Scampton airbase in Lincolnshire. For six weeks they had been trained to fulfil one mission that was near impossible: to destroy three dams deep within Germany's Ruhr Valley. It was a daring task but, against the odds, Johnny and his crew survived. Sadly, 53 comrades did not.

For the first time, Johnny relives every moment of that fatal night and the devastating aftermath. He recalls with unique wit and insight the difficult training conducted in secrecy, the race against time to release the bombs, and the sheer strength and bravery shown by a small unit faced with great adversity and uncertainty. Embodying a whole squadron, and leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come, Johnny's story is like no other.
 

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