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The war years

Post by westoelad » Sat Oct 23, 2010 7:31 pm

I thought it might be a good theme to have photographs taken during the first or second world wars put up on the forum :o

I was prompted to dig out our old photo's to scan having seen the ones beechbum posted taken in the Atlantic convoy runs, they were excellent.
This one is my wifes father taken just outside Berlin, you can tell it is not an Italian lorry as the wing mirrors would be useless for reversing over long distances :lol:

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Re: The war years

Post by Mr Smith » Sat Oct 23, 2010 8:00 pm

This is my late brother in law (kidnapped and murdered in Venezuela 9 years ago).

He fought in North Africa WWII. This photo was taken at El Alamein.
He was Italian and the tank is Italian, I believe it only had one gear,
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Re: The war years

Post by westoelad » Sat Oct 23, 2010 8:34 pm

This is the British Army football team, a fine group of lads. The Photograph was taken in either India or Burma 1942.

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Re: The war years

Post by westoelad » Sun Oct 24, 2010 10:22 am

Excellent photograph Mr.Smith, your brother in law is standing beside a Semovente self propelled gun made by Fiat.
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Lafrate, is that your wifes maiden name, sounds of French origin.

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Post by Mr Smith » Sun Oct 24, 2010 10:44 am

westoelad wrote:Excellent photograph Mr.Smith, your brother in law is standing beside a Semovente self propelled gun made by Fiat.
Lafrate, is that your wifes maiden name, sounds of French origin.
The surname of my brother in law is Iafrate, an old Italian family name
which originates from the town of Arpino.
My wife's surname is Gabriele, her mother was widowed shortly after
my brother in law was born (he never knew his father) she remarried
into the Gabriele family which is the second most common name around
Arpino, Rea being the most common and Iafrate the third most common.

This is a photo of him taken shortly after the war, when he first emigrated
to Venezuela.

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Post by Pilot » Sun Oct 24, 2010 11:38 am

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My father I think this was taken in India.
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Post by Pilot » Sun Oct 24, 2010 11:49 am

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My fathers youngest sister Peggy in WRAFs 1944 the Doris referred to is my mother.
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Post by Pilot » Sun Oct 24, 2010 12:00 pm

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My Mother was a nurse during the war she is the middle one in the back row.
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Post by westoelad » Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:51 pm

Nice contribution Pilot, thanks for sharing, these old photos capture an age that will never be forgotten.

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Post by danet » Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:21 am

I love these photos! Even though life wasn't so easy in them days of depression and war, but...what amazes me when comparing olden day photos of people in their prime, compared to now, is how different they look compared to today's youth. They all smiled naturally, no pulling faces like they do today. They had such lovely smooth hair and clear skin, clear eyes, trim waists, and now, most are covering their skin up or having to use copious amounts of blemish creams, and apply anti hair frizz stuff, and all types of shampoos for many types of new found hair problems, to confuse even a hair dresser with choice I reckon. That's the thing in the earlier times, more simplistic and less chemicals.

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Re: The war years

Post by sherri » Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:26 am

I enjoyed looking at those war photos and the people in them.

About 18 months ago now, I was in a regional town of Australia called Bendigo. I visited a small war museum there and inside was the most amazing collection of photos. Someone had found all these negatives or some such things, stored in biscuit tins. The owner had died and his children were cleaning out, you see.
It turned out to be one of the biggest private collection of world war one photos in Australia, and perhaps the world(as in taken by one person).
there were a couple of thousand and they covered everything, from little English villages to devastated towns in France, as well as a lot of the everyday scenes-nurses walking, soldiers packing and eating, life on the ships, coming home to family etc
It was the most fascinating thing to just browse through them, all stored now in ordinary photo albums, though I was told that there have been copies taken of all the photos so they can go out on loan.
You don't realise how much the world has changed till you see old photos.

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Post by Pilot » Thu Oct 28, 2010 2:59 pm

My father had a photo of a Japanese guy and his wife on him when he arrived home from the far east in 1946! He often said that while he was missing presumed dead behind enemy line in Burma, Japs were tastier to eat than rats, he had a very dry sense of humour and you never quite knew when he was kidding! :shock: I scanned the picture many years ago, would it be in bad taste to post it here (No pun intended) :D
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Re: The war years

Post by sherri » Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:26 pm

I think it would be fine. This is a quiet board and it is just a photo. People post photos all the time of street scenes and such and anyone can be caught on them, yet old photos are routinely shown in newspapers etc
I would guess the chances of anyone in the photo seeing themselves on the board is pretty low-my bet is they are no longer with us.
And if a family member saw it, chances are they would be rapt and would love a copy of it.

You won't be harming anyone by showing it, that is my conclusion. :D

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Re: The war years

Post by Mr Smith » Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:34 pm

I recently did about 50/60 WWII photos for my future son
in law. They were taken by his grandfather in France, Belgium
and mostly Germany. They were very interesting to say the least.
I'll see if I can borrow from him the disc which I put the photos on.
then I'll post some on here.
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Post by Pilot » Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:33 pm

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Re: The war years

Post by sherri » Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:33 pm

My father had a few of Japan,including the signing of thr surrender on Missouri (dad was with HMAS Hobart but they sailed with the US 7th fleet). I asked my brother for them so I can scan them, but he says he 'doesn't know where they are' and my sister must have them, but she says she hasn't.
They can't be thrown out, they have to be somewhere. My guess is somewhere at my sister's, in the bottom of a cardboard box. They are some of the photos I always most wanted out of my parents' collection, too. :(

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Post by Mr Smith » Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:38 pm

sherri wrote:My father had a few of Japan,including the signing of thr surrender on Missouri (dad was with HMAS Hobart but they sailed with the US 7th fleet). I asked my brother for them so I can scan them, but he says he 'doesn't know where they are' and my sister must have them, but she says she hasn't.
They can't be thrown out, they have to be somewhere. My guess is somewhere at my sister's, in the bottom of a cardboard box. They are some of the photos I always most wanted out of my parents' collection, too. :(
I was wondering why you hadn't been in touch about them. :?
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Re: The war years

Post by sherri » Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:55 pm

Well, what happened was when my mother died, we collected a heap of photos from the house(where my brother lived with my parents)to go through, to scan some for display at the service. We were over at my sister's at the time when we sorted through them.
That was over 2 years ago now.
So my brother thinks the small box of loose photos must still be at Lisa's and Lisa thinks she gave them back. :?
It's annoying, as I can hardly ask to go through their houses on a search :wink: but I will ask them again as I would like to scan some of them, plus some of their ordinary everyday photos too. I am trying to make one of those online scrapbooking albums with dad's story in it (he wrote 56 pages) and illustrate it with photos. I thought I could get them printed and give my brother and sister an album each with their Xmas present. But at this rate it will be Xmas 2011. :lol:

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Re: The war years

Post by Mr Smith » Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:02 pm

I've just received a photo from the USA of myself. I've
never ever seen the photo before and cannot recall it
having been taken although I recognise where it was
taken. I've actually got hair and I'm lean in the photo,
still look pretty ugly though, it was taken almost 50
years ago. Thanks to an old friend from South Shields
who emigrated to San Diego in California almost 50 years
ago.
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Re: The war years

Post by sherri » Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:08 pm

That would be interesting for you to see, must bring back memories.
I think my dad took mainly nature shots-Mt Fuji and so on-when in Japan.
And what i would really like to see would have been photos such as pilot has put up-photos of the normal Japanese people and the streets of the time.

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