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Mysticpuma2003
11-25-2007, 09:49 AM
Firstly let me qualify the topic!

I visited the archives of the nespaper I work on in the Midlands of the UK called The Birmingham Post. Tucked away in the depths are newspapers dating back to 1881, but I was heading for the Battle of Britain period.

Unfortunately, because they are so fragile now, they are not allowed to be removed from the binders that they are in, so I set a camera up (Nikon D2H with 50mm lens) on a tripod and photographed the main news page, which detail the attacks on Britain, and also reports other war zones.

The detail is quite amazing, and I'd like to point out that as these were written 67-years-ago, we have the benefit of hind-sight so any 'historical' inaccuracies....well...er...weren't at that time!

I have done my best to keep the quality as good as I could, and every page is readable when zoomed to 100%. The .zip file contains the original size photos of the pages, un-cropped.

So if you fancy seeing what was being written through that period between the 2nd of September and 18th of September 1940, have a look at this file.

As I have said, the quality is the best I can keep it with the constraints I was given, but it was strange for me to read events, which at the time were being faced by real people, but which now is only found in History books.

Anyway, the .zip also contains some close-ups of war bond adverts of the time, and also (which I was amazed at to be honest) an aerial view of Buckingham Palace!

So at least the Germans would be able to ID it from the air then!

I have uploaded the file here:

http://www.mediafire.com/?15w2xtgfldy

This link takes you to a a download page at Mediafire, a free-hosting website.

On it you will find the link to a .zip archive which is 82mb in size.

If you download it, please take the time to reply to this post.

Cheers, MP.

Low_Flyer_MkIX
11-25-2007, 10:21 AM
Downloading now - looking forward to giving it a good going over. Thanks very much. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

JG52MadAdler
11-25-2007, 11:28 AM
Thank you, <S>
DLing now

major_setback
11-25-2007, 07:08 PM
Thanks. I am especially intersted in this as I come from Sutton Coldfield, and both my parents families lived in central Birmingham during that period (except for the ones who went to war in the later part of the war). My mother might be interested too as she was a little girl during the Battle, so I might print them out for her (if that's OK?).

Downloading now - but it took several attempts, being told I had the wrong type of connection...or something similar.

EDIT : Just read some of those pages, well written stuff I thought, and a much more economical layout than in todays papers!
- I grew up hearing tales of the air raids and bombing ( of school classmates and housing being lost overnight). Those times are already very recent in my mind, and reading those stories makes it so much closer.

Mysticpuma2003
11-26-2007, 02:01 AM
No problem in printing them, and Sutton does get a mention in the adverts with the Sutton Spitfire festival?

BTW, clicked on your sig...that's a nice pic http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Cheers, MP.

Antoninus
11-26-2007, 02:38 AM
Thanks for uploading this!
A very interesting read.

major_setback
11-26-2007, 04:36 AM
Originally posted by Mysticpuma2003:
No problem in printing them, and Sutton does get a mention in the adverts with the Sutton Spitfire festival?

BTW, clicked on your sig...that's a nice pic http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Cheers, MP.

Yes I saw the ad for Spitfire fund raiser. I don't think Sutton itself got much bomb damage, though one or two fell in the area.
It's quite a strange feeling reading articles that my relatives (my father included - who's no longer alive) would without a doubt have been reading at that time. It makes very interesting reading now, it would have been even more so at the time, with all that stuff happening around you, as part of your daily life.
Thanks for the 'sig' compliment. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

DuxCorvan
11-26-2007, 05:13 AM
And this was everyday's news! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif
http://premium1.uploadit.org/DuxCorvan//London_wreckage_2.jpg

major_setback
11-27-2007, 02:45 AM
Originally posted by DuxCorvan:
And this was everyday's news! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif
http://premium1.uploadit.org/DuxCorvan//London_wreckage_2.jpg

I wonder how big those bombs were? That must have been quite a blast!

Low_Flyer_MkIX
11-27-2007, 09:29 AM
Took a few attempts to download - but worth it. Fascinating provincial take from the era. Yet still fed a lot of info' from London. Anyone else notice the mystery four-engined German aeroplane write up? Thanks very much for sharing.