Thursday, February 4, 2010

WWII historical imagery in Google Earth

"Today we're giving you another way to understand this period in time - by exploring a new set of historical aerial images, taken over European cities during World War II, via the historical imagery feature in Google Earth. They can now be compared directly to images from the present day.

The historical imagery feature gives people a unique perspective on the events of the past using today's latest mapping technology. We hope that this World War II imagery will enable all of us to understand our shared history in a new way and to learn more about the impact of the war on the development of our cities.

Images taken in 1943 show the effect of wartime bombing on more than 35 European towns and cities. Imagery for Warsaw, which was heavily destroyed at the time, is available from both years 1935 and 1945. They remind us all of the devastating impact of war on the people in those cities and also the remarkable way in which urban environments are reconstructed and regenerated over time."

1 comment:

Tony said...

LONDON, EDINBOROUGH, BELFAST, CARDIFF
Google makes discovering Europe very interesting, did they include any pictures of Britain or was it off the map
By the end of May 1941, over 43,000 civilians, half of them in London, had been killed by German bombing and more than a million houses were destroyed or damaged in London alone (think how much as a proportion of the homes in London that was).
London was not the only city to suffer Luftwaffe bombing during the Blitz- Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Clydebank, Coventry, Exeter, Greenock, Sheffield, Swansea, Liverpool, Hull, Manchester, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Nottingham, Brighton, Eastbourne, Sunderland and Southampton, suffered heavy air raids and high numbers of casualties.