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Historians Union  Follow for WWII military/aviation facts and photos, as well as random photos from throughout history. I do not own material posted.

APRIL 17th, 1970 - ABOARD THE U.S.S. IWO JIMA: With the world anxiously watching, Apollo 13, a U.S. lunar spacecraft that suffered a severe malfunction on its journey to the moon, safely returns to Earth.

On April 11, the third manned lunar landing mission was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert, and Fred W. Haise. The mission was headed for a landing on the Fra Mauro highlands of the moon. However, two days into the mission, disaster struck 200,000 miles from Earth when oxygen tank No. 2 blew up in the spacecraft. Swigert reported to mission control on Earth, “Houston, we’ve had a problem here,” and it was discovered that the normal supply of oxygen, electricity, light, and water had been disrupted. The landing mission was aborted, and the astronauts and controllers on Earth scrambled to come up with emergency procedures. The crippled spacecraft continued to the moon, circled it, and began a long, cold journey back to Earth.

The astronauts and mission control were faced with enormous logistical problems in stabilizing the spacecraft and its air supply, as well as providing enough energy to the damaged fuel cells to allow successful reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. Navigation was another problem, and Apollo 13‘s course was repeatedly corrected with dramatic and untested maneuvers. On April 17, tragedy turned to triumph as the Apollo 13 astronauts touched down safely in the Pacific Ocean (Photo - NASA.gov. Caption - history.com). #history #historiansunion #dailyhistory #nasa #apollo #apollo13 #space #spacetravel

JUNE 19th, 1941 - STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN: "This Stockholm youngster probably exclaims in Swedish, 'Hey pop, wait for me!' as he runs ahead of his mother while his dad marches by on parade" (official photo caption, histclo.com)
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During World War Two, my great grandfather served in the Swedish army. My grandma told me that he often went away for months at a time, patrolling the boarder of Sweden and Norway. He was issued a heavy wool coat which, after the war, was turned into several jackets and dresses for the children of the family. He was also issued skis and a rifle. The soldiers often had to provide for themselves, meaning they had to hunt for their own food! An interesting comparison to other militaries of this time. #history #historiansunion #worldwartwo #wwii #military #dailyhistory #sweden #swedishhistory #swedishmilitary #skiing

MAY, 1940 - NETHERLANDS: A group of German Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger (paratroopers) wave at a Junkers JU-87 Stuka dive bomber during the Battle of the Netherlands (Info from worldwartwophotograpghs.blogspot.com).
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FEBRUARY 26th, 1993 - WORLD TRADE CENTER, NEW YORK CITY: On February 26, 1993, terrorists parked a rental van in a garage underneath the World Trade Center’s twin towers and lit the fuses on a massive homemade bomb stuffed inside. Six people died and more than 1,000 were injured in the subsequent explosion, which carved out a crater several stories deep and propelled smoke into the upper reaches of the quarter-mile-high skyscrapers. At the time, it was one of the worst terrorist attacks ever to occur on U.S. soil (Caption: History.com, Photo: New York Post)
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AUGUST, 1944 - PARIS, FRANCE: American soldiers take in the beauty of the recently liberated city of Paris. This is one of my favorite pictures from World War Two - it reminds me of all of the stories of Americans who had never left their home town before, and all of the sudden they found themselves in extraordinary places all over Europe. What is your favorite picture? Comment below! (Image credit - Wikimedia). #history #dailyhistory #historiansunion #worldwartwo #wwii #military #liberation #jeep #jeepwillys #paris #army
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If you look close enough, you can find historical significance in even the smallest of items. Going from yard sales to flea markets, I look for vintage items that interest me - things others may normally pass up. Military items to automobile memorabilia, if it is a good price, I'll probably get it. Pictured above is a General Electric Mazda car light tin (with contents) from the early 1920s, and a French Gras bayonet from 1883. I got both for only a couple of dollars each. What do you collect? #history #dailyhistory #historiansunion #vintage #antique #bayonet #oldcars
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SEPTEMBER 12th, 1940 - GOODWOOD, ENGLAND: German airmen, who had parachuted from a Heinkel HE-111 (wreckage in background), is marched away by members of the British Home Guard (World War Two Daily). #history #dailyhistory #historiansunion #aviation #worldwartwo #wwii #military #militaryaviation #airforce #Luftwaffe #Heinkel #battleofbritain #homeguard #homedefensevolunteers
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25 FEBRUARY, 1863 - NEAR FREDERICKSBURG: "The Great Snowball Battle." Two back-to-back snowstorms in February of 1863 provided the ammunition for a friendly snowball battle amongst rival divisions of Confederate troops near Fredericksburg, Virginia. On February 19, eight inches of snow fell on the region. Two days later, nine inches of snow fell. On February 25, sunny skies and mild temperatures softened the deep snow cover, providing ideal conditions for making snowballs.
During this time, the Confederate Army was camped near Fredericksburg. Some of the Divisions of the army had been reorganized, which had created friendly rivalries between the Confederate brigades and regiments. This helped spark a huge snowball battle near Rappahannock Academy in which approximately 10,000 Confederate soldiers participated. One soldier who participated in the snowball battle described it as one of the most memorable combats of the war.” The battle started on the morning of February 25, 1863, when General Hoke’s North Carolina soldiers marched towards Colonel Stiles’ camp of Georgians, with the intent of capturing the camp using only snowballs. The attacking force, composed of infantry, cavalry and skirmishers, moved in swiftly. Battle lines formed and the fight began with “severe pelting” of snowballs. Reinforcements arrived from all sides to assist the brigade under attack. Even the employees of the commissary joined the snowball battle. Soon, the attacking soldiers were pushed back. (Image: fold3.com, Caption: weatherbook.com)
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1952 - HICKSVILLE, NEW YORK: Dwight Eisenhower campaigns for president in Hicksville, New York. Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander during the Second World War, served as President of the United States from 1953 to 1961 (Newsday)

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JANUARY 4th, 1940 - PARIS: A Messerschmitt ME-109E shot down by French aviators is displayed in Paris. The public was able to view this plane for a small fee, with the money going to the French Airmens' Welfare Fund (Cred: The Atlantic Monthly Group). #history #dailyhistory #historiansunion #aviation #worldwartwo #wwii #military #militaryaviation #airforce #Luftwaffe #Messerschmitt
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1962, NEW YORK CITY - Small business owners protest the construction of the World Trade Center. The lower west side of Manhattan was once called "Radio Row," and the creation of the twin towers meant the demolishing of these businesses. Port Authority eventually paid each business owner $3,000 (about $24,000 today) in reparations for their removal (WTC Website). #history #dailyhistory #nyc #newyorkcity #worldtradecenter #wtc #radiorow

Welcome to Haphazard History! I figure that there's no point in crowding up my regular Instagram account with random facts and photos, so I might as well do it on a separate account.
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A common image during World War Two... with the sound of a telephone ringing or a siren wailing, pilots would run toward their aircraft and scramble. Here, British airmen and sailors run toward Hawker Hurricanes during the Battle of Britain (The Times). #history #aviation #worldwartwo #wwii #military #militaryaviation #airforce #royalairforce #battleofbritain #dailyhistory

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