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World War II]: [Photography
[Photo Album of the Botched Allied Bombardment of the Bezuidenhout]
[The Hague]: [ca. 1945]. Hardcover. Two oblong 8vo. albums. First album: 11.5" by 9" approx. String-tied faux-alligator boards. 43 gelatin-silver prints (majority 3.75" by 2.5", but many 5.5" by 3.25") mounted to stiff gray leaves with cobweb-patterned tissue guards on each and handwritten captions in Dutch. Apparently complete. Near fine, with several photos mildly yellowed, but majority bright and sharp. Second album: 13'' by 9'' approx. String-tied grey textured paper boards. 91 gelatin-silver prints of various sizes from 3.75'' by 2.5'' to 5.5'' by 3.25'', most of the latter size, on stiff blue paper with tissue guards and handwritten captions in Dutch. Also contains an anti-Hitler card affixed to the front paste-down, several cards with art and verse, and two sepia-toned photographs on the final page. Two 5'' scuff marks to front board, album corners and edges worn and bumped, otherwise near fine with bright and sharp photographs. Near fine. A pair of carefully assembled albums, possibly compiled for official use. The majority of the photos in both albums record the aftermath of a botched Allied bombardment in the Hague on March 3, 1945; the attack claimed the lives of 511 civilians and left over 20,000 people homeless. Targeted at a German missile base in the occupied Netherlands, bombs deployed by the Royal Air Force landed instead in the adjacent Bezuidenhout neighborhood in the Hague, destroying thousands of homes, business, and public buildings. The photos show several bombed-out churches and many apartment buildings, with street names captioned underneath. Near t … [Click Below for Full Description]
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