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

30 April, 2012

South Pacific

Life at an American base on Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands, 1944. Just like the musical...




The American base on the atholl. Source



Servicemen chatting. Source



Ground crew working on a bomber. Source




Servicemen in front of a photo processing lab. Source



A view of the airstrip. Source



A plane taking off from the airstrip. Source



Servicemen gathering lumber. Source



Drinks in the officer's club. Source



Servicemen getting medals at an airstrip ceremony. Source



Servicemen in the library hut. Source



The island barbershop. Source



Sailors talk to local women. Source



Troops playing softball. Source



Cranes at work on the base. Source



Soldiers working on the makeshift harbour. Source



Servicewomen and a plane. Source



A makeshift shower (good for washing men out of your hair). Source



Native women giggling as they perform a dance. Source



Servicemen and women on a boat ride. Source



Natives carrying boxes at the base. Source



Local women being trained as nurses. Source



Native men ironing clothes. Source



A military cook. Source



Native people playing a game. Source



A soldier looking at his collection of shells. Source



A guard on duty (somehow I doubt that sign worked that well...). Source



A seabee playing the trumpet in an impromptu concert. Source



Soldiers in a bunker. Source



Of course, despite the idyllic setting... there is a war on. Men preparing grave markers. Source



Servicemen tending to the island graveyard. Source




3 comments:

Lorna McKenzie said...

It really is like the musical, that group of soldiers look like they are about to break out with 'there's nothing like a dame' amazing colour photos, thanks!

Not Even Past said...

This is a wonderful collection of historical photos. We've included it in this month's History Carnival, hosted at our website, Not Even Past. Take a look:
http://www.notevenpast.org/blogentry/history-carnival-may-2012

Anna said...

Thank you! They were an exciting find!

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