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Here are rare historical photos that will challenge you, surprise you, and amuse you.

These photos of human history will never be found in your school text books. You will look at history differently after you see these rare photos.


1. Two Bullets

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These two bullets were found after the Battle of Gallipoli which started in 1915 and ended in 1916 during WWI.


The allies consisted of British, French, Australia and New Zealand against a fierce Turkish Army. In the end, the allied side lost 46,000 troops while the Turkish lost 65,000, with the Allies retreating from the battle.


The Turks still consider their victory at Gallipoli to be a great, defining moment in the nation’s modern history. Eight years later, the Turkish War of Independence broke out, led by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Ataturk was a commander at the battle of Gallipoli.


The battle was also Australia and New Zealand’s first military campaign as independent dominions in the British Empire. It was a formative moment in the national consciousness of both countries.


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2. Control room of UB-110, German submarine

There have been several movies about German submarines and how they looked back in the day, but here is an actual picture taken from 1918.


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SM UB-110 was one of Germany’s infamous U-boats. It was commissioned into the Imperial Navy on March 23rd, 1918. Its tour of duty was short.


The SM UB-110 was depth charged, rammed and sunk by the HMS Garry on July 19th, 1918 while under the command of Kapitänleutnant Werner Furbringer. The SM UB-110 was one of the last U-boats to be sunk during the War, and possibly the very last one.


According to Furbringer, the Garry opened fire on the surviving, unarmed crew of his ship after it was sunk. 23 men were killed in the sinking and alleged aftermath.


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3. Testing of a hydrogen bomb

The nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll program was a series of 23 nuclear devices detonated by the United States between 1946 to 1958.

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Test weapons were detonated on the reef itself, on the sea, in the air and underwater. The actual island, Bikini Atoll, is one island of 23 islands that comprises the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.


Nuclear testing began in July of 1946 with Operation Crossroads. The nukes rendered the island and surrounding area uninhabitable due to radioactivity, stemming mostly from caesium-137.


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4. Studying Effects Of Weightlessness At 25,000 Ft.

As scientists were contemplating the medical specifics of weightlessness in space in 1958, they used a kitten as a stand-in for human testing.


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Capt. Druey P. Parks took an F-94C jet up to 25,000 feet to study the cat’s reaction. Of all the possible animals they could have released into zero-gravity, a cat seems like the least convenient option.


Thankfully, the cat did not transform into a ball of slashing claws and fangs. Parks described the animal’s reaction as one of “bewilderment.”


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5. First Atomic Bomb

The nuclear test was code named Trinity, but the atomic device was nicknamed The Gadget.

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The Gadget was the first atomic bomb ever made and was tested at Trinity Site, New Mexico, near Alamogordo on July 16th, 1945. It was the first detonation in the Manhattan Project.


The code name “Trinity” was coined by J. Robert Oppenheimer, taken from a line of John Donne poetry. The Gadget had the same design as Fat Man, the bomb that destroyed Nagasaki.


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6. Bombing of Kobe, Japan

The Bombing of Kobe in World War II on March 16 and 17, 1945 was part of the strategic bombing campaign waged by the United States of America against military and civilian targets and population centers during the Japan home islands campaign in the closing stages of World War II.


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During later months of the war, the city was bombed for a second time. It was targeted because at the time, it was the sixth largest population center in Japan, with a population of about a million people. Most structures in the city were made of wood, making them vulnerable targets for firebombing.


Over the course of the Allies’ extensive bombing campaign against urban centers in Japan during the War, a massive death toll accrued. Conservative estimates claim 333,000 killed and 473,000 wounded, though other estimates place the fatalities at up to 900,000 people.


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7. First Picture of Machu Picchu

In 1911, Yale University professor and explorer Hiram Bingham ventured into the mountainous jungles of central Peru in search of an ancient Incan city.

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While seeking the lost city of Vilcabamba, Bingham came across Machu Picchu. Bingham later wrote that “Machu Picchu might prove to be the largest and most important ruin discovered in South America since the days of the Spanish conquest.


Bingham took the first photo of Machu Picchu, but he may not have been the first Westerner to discover it. There were challenges in Bingham’s day, and a recent discovery suggests it may have been a German man named Augusto Berns, who attempted to mount an expedition to raid Incan ruins for treasure after buying a plot of land in the area. Machu Picchu is shown on one of his maps, from 1874.


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