On this day: a family portrait at the end of a war

The Hughes family of 129 Railway Street, Armagh, Northern Ireland pose in military-style clothing on the 19th of July, 1945. Less than a month later VJ Day (the surrender of Japan) occurred, effectively ending the Second World War.

The extensive archives of photographers H. Allison & Co., based in County Armagh, are now available through Wikimedia Commons.

Creator-_H__Allison_&_Co__Photographers_(6174941465)Hughes family of 129 Railway Street, Armagh, County Armagh. Portrait. 19th July 1945.

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On this day: British troops prepare for battle

This photograph, dated the 17th of July, 1916 show British troops digging themselves in on the last day of the Battle of Bazentin Ridge.

Part of the larger Battle of the Somme, Bazentin Ridge – in France – began on the 14th and resulted in a British victory over the German Empire.

The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Q3980 Battle of Bazentin Ridge. British troops digging themselves in by using entrenching tools, Mametz Wood, 17th July 1916.

On this day: British troops in France

British air mechanics work on wrecked fuselages on the 12th of July, 1918, as the First World War neared its end. The image was taken at the aircraft repair depot near Rang-du-Fliers in the north of France.

From the collection of the Imperial War Museums.

The_Royal_Flying_Corps_on_the_Western_Front,_1914-1918_Q12073 British air mechanics working on wrecked fuselages at the aircraft repair depot near Rang du Fliers, 12th July 1918.

On this day: an anniversary of women at war

7th July 1918: British members of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps work on a car in Étaples, France.

Exactly one year earlier the WAAC was formed as the women’s unit of the British Army. In the final sixteen months of the First World War some 57 000 women served.

THE WOMEN'S ARMY AUXILIARY CORPS ON THE WESTERN FRONT, 1917-1918. Fitters of the WAAC at work on a car at Etaples, 7 July 1918.

Belarus after Liberation

194407_abandoned_german_vehicles_belarus_(revised) Nazi tanks stand abandoned near the city of Babruysk, Belarus in July of 1944. The Soviet Red Army defeated the Germans in the region o

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Nazi tanks stand abandoned near the city of Babruysk, Belarus in July of 1944. The Soviet Red Army defeated the Germans in the region on the 29th of June.

Belarus remained under Soviet control until the collapse of the USSR.

100 Years Ago: Britain’s Deadliest Explosion

Women_at_work_during_the_First_World_War-_Munitions_Production,_Chilwell,_Nottinghamshire,_England,_UK,_c_1917_Q30011A Around 21 August, 1917

The factory in August of 1917.

On the 1st of July, 1918, the deadliest explosion in British history occurred near Chilwell in Nottinghamshire, England.

The disaster happened at National Filling Factory No. 6, a First World War munitions factory that had been in operation since 1915. The factory was known for its “Canary girls“: women shell makers.

Female munitions workers guide 6 inch howitzer shells being lowered to the floor at the Chilwell ammunition factory in Nottinghamshire, UK. July 1917.

“Canary Girls”

On the day of the disaster eight tons of TNT blew up, killing 134 people and injuring 250 others, however newspapers at the time reported a much lower death toll.

The site of the factory is now home to Chetwynd Barracks.

On this day: War in the Pacific

D Day on the beach at Balikpapan with Australian soldiers from a unit of the 7th Infantry Division carrying a wounded soldier on a stretcher along the beach.

1st July 1945: Australians carry a wounded soldier along the beach at Balikpapan, Borneo. Smoke billows from burning oil tanks bombed by the Japanese.

The Borneo Campaign ran from the 1st of May until Japan’s surrender on the 15th of August, and succeeded in pushing the Japanese further from Australia. However, Japan’s inhumane treatment of Allied prisoners of war became infamous, and included sex slavery and death marches.