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The origins of this site go back many years, when I learned that World War II German aerial photography had been preserved and used by the intelligence community. I was further inspired in 1979 when my colleagues Robert Poirier and Dino Brugioni published their ground-breaking photo analysis of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Upon retirement and with the advent of the internet I was challenged to more generally explore the use of aerial photography for historical research by applying the techniques of imagery analysis. What I have found or chosen to investigate has no theme or focus, but I hope it is enlightening.   


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

John M.

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