History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

23 April, 2012

Rangoon, 1945

Photographs of Rangoon (now known as Yangon), Burma (Myanmar) in 1945, shortly after Allied troops defeated the Japanese for control of the country.

A view of a Buddhist temple [the Sule Pagoda]. Source

A woman praying at a Buddhist shrine. Source

Men carrying water from the public wells. Source

People resting at a shrine. Source

A woman smoking "white cheroot". Source

Children gathering rice to eat. Source

A man praying at a Buddhist temple. Source

Men gathering water from the public wells. Source

Unloading supplies at the bombed-out wharf. Source

People washing their clothes in well water. Source

People walking down a building's stairs. Source

Men playing dominoes. Source

People praying in a temple. Source

A woman arranging the items in her shop. Source

A woman resting in a shrine. Source

A man placing a candle in front of a Buddha statue. Source

Women cleaning rice before a meal.. Source

A woman carrying a basket on her head. Source

A Buddhist shrine. Source

The Strand Hotel, battered after the bombings. Source

A man smoking in front of a Buddha. Source

Buddhist pagodas. Source

Burmese children. Source

Buddhist monks talking to children. Source

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