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Ghosts of History

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With Veteran's Day coming up fast I thought some imagery from Ghosts of History might be apropos. If you're not familiar with Ghosts of History, it's a UK-based website showcasing the work of digital artists from around the world. They take images from the past and blend them with pictures from the now. There are a number of different topics – the Battle of the Bulge, the 101st Airborne in Europe during WWII, various units in France and Italy and Holland, scenes from the Eastern Front and the Pacific Theater, even imagery from WWI and Vietnam.

I'm a huge fan. Some of it is eerie, some serene…all of it is at least a little melancholy. Take a look.

Here American armor rolls through Putange, Normandy – as they looked in 1944 against how that intersection appears today.

Ghosts of History Shermans in Europe

These are US troops in France sometime after D-Day, against the same street as it is now in 2014.

Ghosts of History US troops in France after D-DayUS troops in Europe after D-Day.

Ghosts of History US Troops in France after D-Day 2This is the battleship Arizona, seen here on the East River in New York about to pass under the Manhattan Bridge (1916 and 2014 combined).

Ghosts of History USS Arizona in New York WWIAmerican infantrymen during the Battle of the Bulge – contemporary picture over the same terrain today.

Ghosts of History 2ID during the Battle of the Bulge then and nowTroops move through the Hague, WWII.

Ghosts of History the HagueCanadian infantrymen in the field, in Germany, a picture from 1945 over how the ground looks today.

Ghosts of History Canadian infantry in Germany WWIIAmerican MPs,  Isigny sur Mer.

Ghosts of History American MPs at Isigny sur MerFighter aircraft at Schijndel Airfield, now an industrial area.

Ghosts of History aircraft at Schijndel AirfieldA long US soldier in 1944 on the platform at Aachen Station with elements of how that station looks today.

Ghosts of History Aachen Station

You can find Ghosts of History online here: They sell many of their prints, should you be inclined to support their work.

Follow them on Facebook here.


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