On This Day…October 24th.
One of the most shocking and enduring images from World War 2 was taken on October 24th, 1943. Sergeant Len Siffleet was an Australian Commando captured by partisan tribesman in Papua New Guinea and handed over to the Japanese who tortured, starved, and finally beheaded him.
The executioner insisted one of the privates witnessing take a photograph of the act of murder. The photo can be seen widely on the internet and has been recreated in scale form by the artist David Siever, who has captured several dramatic scenes of war in miniature.
This second photo was taken today in 1946 and is the first photo taken of our planet from space. It was taken on a Devry 35-millimeter movie camera attached to a captured V2 rocket at an altitude of 65 miles. The rocket was captured in Germany in 1945, and was launched at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
The last photo shows the ruins of Hiroshima Commercial Exhibition Hall, Hiroshima, Japan, 24 October 1945 – some 1000 feet or so away from ground zero from ‘Little Boy’ detonation.