Nice War photos

A few nice war images I found:

Victorian glass models: Portuguese man-of-war

Image by MuseumWales
An intricate antique glass model of a Portuguese Man-of-War (Physalia arethusa)
The ‘float’ is about 55mm wide by 90mm long. Total height: 240mm. There are about two hundred tentacles made of thin coloured glass, supported and attached by fine copper wires.

See a magnified version of this image, or discover more about this remarkable collection

Model cywrain o chwysigen fôr (Physalia arethusa)
Mae’r ‘arnofyn’ yn mesur rhyw 55mm o led a 90mm o hyd. Uchder cyfan: 240mm. Ceir rhyw ddau gant o dentaclau wedi’u gwneud o wydr lliw, main. Cânt eu dal a’u cynnal gan wifrau copr main.


Image by Pawel Kabanski
The President announced that Poland will commit about 1000 soldiers to NATO war effort in Afghanistan. Polish troops will reinforce British and Canadian forces in the Kandahar area.

After serious reluctance toward Iraqui campaign sending Polish soldiers to a real war zone raises serious doubts. Many experts think that Polish government is sending troops to counter its lacks in diplomatic skills.

Other NATO members are reluctant to reinforce the mission in Afghanistan. There are also doubts whether this campagin makes sense at all. With support from Pakistan, the Taliban rebellion is virtually a fire that cannot be extinguished.

Also the billboards like the one above appeared over Polish streets. No doubt the army will be an exit for many young unemployed. But is it an exit at all?

Soldiers die. That’s part of their job they have to accept. But they have to have a fighting chance to live and know that there is a purpose in combat.

USS Salem park: what appears to be a World War 2 Nazi German miniature submarine

Image by Chris Devers
This photo may make the sub look larger than it really is. In reality, the fuselage is no more than maybe 6 feet above the ground, and note that it’s sitting on a wooden frame as well.

It’s maybe 30 feet long, and if you figure that there had to be room inside the shell for an engine, ballast, etc, I can’t see how it would have been able to have a crew of more than 3 or 4 people, maybe 6 if they really pack them in, and didn’t also need room for things like fuel, food supplies, weaponry, etc.

It must have been a reconnaissance craft, launched from a larger ship or maybe a plane, but it’s probably too big for anything smaller than a Hercules, and I don’t think anything that big existed yet during World War Two. So probably ship-launched then, short range surveillance.

You hear stories about how the American mainland was never attacked or really threatened during World War Two, but there were occasional incursions by German submarines. I’d always assumed this meant full size ships, but now that I think about it, at least some of those stories must have meant smaller craft like this one.

Indeed, it may be that this very boat was captured while patrolling off the coast of Massachusetts during the war. I wasn’t able to find out anything about its story (obviously), but would be happy to learn more.