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Observations and analysis from World War II aerial photography


The idea for this site began years ago while I was surveying available on-line WW II aerial reconnaissance photos.  Apart from personal interest, my aim was to apply the techniques of imagery analysis by systematically searching the images, identifying items of interest, and relating them to contemporary events for context.  Since it reflects only what I find or choose to investigate, the website has no particular theme or focus. The resulting articles provide only a snapshot of places and events, but I hope this approach offers something a bit different for those interested in WW II history.  I hope the information is informative and useful; most of all, I hope it highlights the potential of WWII aerial photoreconnaissance for historical research.


The imagery comes from the National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP) at Edinburgh, Scotland and The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).  Much of the NCAP holdings are digitized and can be viewed on-line for purchase.  Some of NARA's imagery has been digitized by NCAP and is also available from the NARA catalog. 


John M.

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