War the Destroyer (Feb, 1941)

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War the Destroyer

Mighty machines of destruction are razing homes, churches, schools, factories and other buildings of Europe’s warring nations, converting the struggle into a contest of civilian stamina, rather than a meeting of armed forces. Air armadas, heavily laden with bombs, attack the enemy’s principal cities, sometimes in raids lasting virtually around the clock, and leave horrible trails of desolation; yet the civilian population rises from the ruins and begins a never-ending task of clearing away the debris and repairing the damage even before the roar of departing raiding planes vanishes. And so the battle for air supremacy goes on. Above, a home “somewhere in England’9 with bathroom caved in by bomb explosion. An air-raid officer removes articles from the home and hands them to the girls standing on debris. Right, wheeling up a torpedo to be fixed in rack beneath a British bombing plane that will take off to strike in retaliation at some German city. Below, concussion from a bursting bomb hurled this huge bus against a building in London. Its occupants had time to seek shelter before the bus was upset. Here air-raid workers are lowering the vehicle to the street. Scenes like this have been common in raided cities

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Above, actual photo of German plane dropping its deadly load over England. Right, British children peering front air-raid shel-ter while in the background appears the wreckage of what had been their bedroom

Center, workmen rolling out a ponderous aerial bomb to be placed in rack of a German raider. In background is a row of big bombing planes. Below, British workmen carrying part of fuselage of a wrecked German plane to the dump, where other wrecked planes are visible. As the enemy bombing and fighting aircraft are brought down by anti-aircraft fire and British air defenders, they are carted off to dumps like this before being broken up and the parts used for building British planes. Thus, the raiding plane bringing destruction to one side or the other may be used, in time, to carry destruction back to the very spot from which it ascended on its original mission of death

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Left, Royal Air Force pilot and ground crew man checking over a cargo of bombs before the plane takes off to pound at the enemy. Below, left, drawing shows construction and destructive features of some of the latest type bombs. The large projectile, which has a detachable head, was used by Russian bombers in raids over Finland. Its nickname is the “Molotov breadbasket,” because when the propeller unscrews the detachable head, a shower of incendiary bombs falls from the large projectile, thus spreading fire over a large area on which it falls. In addition, a large amount of high explosive in the body of the projectile is set off when the bomb strikes, increasing its destructiveness

Center, right, London apartment dwelling after a bomb blasted out walls on three sides, leaving roof and floorless section suspended in midair. Bottom, left, German Heinkel bomber after crashing on English coast. It was brought down by Royal Air Force defenders. Right, grim reminders of war’s horror, these pillars point skyward from whence came the bomb that wrecked and set fire to the buildings in London

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Above, left, firemen dousing ruins with Water after German bombs demolished this church during a night raid. Right, German recruit being taught use of a machine gun in flying school. Center, burning buildings beside the Thames

Above, mechanics loading thousands of rounds of machine gun ammunition into magazines of a Spitfire pursuit plane in England. Spitfires are the fast fighting craft which rise to meet German bombers. Right, bomb dropped during a raid blasted this channel through an English apartment house

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  1. Stannous says: June 7, 20069:32 pm

    Even though at the time of publication (Feb1940) the US is still ‘officially’ neutral and the RAF had already commenced bombing of German cities it is clear from the pics where the magazine’s sympathies lie.
    There were American reporters in Germany at the time and damage to German cities was regularly reported in the US press.
    Both sides, first the Nazis and then in turn the Allies, thought that attacking enemy cities would break the will of the nation and that they would rise up and overthrow their leaders.
    Still doesn’t work today.

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