The Alnwick Poison Garden is pretty much what you’d think it is: a garden full of plants that can kill you (among many other things). Some of the plants are so dangerous that they have to be kept behind bars. [x]
Exhausted U.S. Marines sprawl on the beach while waiting for landing craft to take them off Guadalcanal following four months of fighting the Japanese. The Battle of Guadalcanal ended in a Allied victory on the small Pacific island on 9 February 1943. Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. February 1943. Image taken by Ralph Morse.
U.S. Coast Guardsmen aboard the convoy escort USCGC Spencer (WPG-36) pull a German sailor from the frigid waters of the North Atlantic following the sinking of the German submarine U-175. 17 April 1943, the USCGC Spencer, one of the Coast Guard’s largest cutters of the time, was escorting Convoy HX-233 across the North Atlantic to the United Kingdom. While steaming ahead of the convoy the cutter’s sonarman detected the submerged U-175 as the submarine maneuvered to attack a large tanker within the convoy. The Spencer immediately dropped depth charges on the target. The charges bracketed the U-boat perfectly and exploded all around the submarine’s hull, damaging it severely and forcing the Germans to surface. The Spencer, her sister cutter Duane, and many of the merchant ships in the convoy then opened fire on the U-175 as soon as the U-boat’s conning tower broke the ocean’s surface. The German crew then attempted to abandon their U-boat despite the heavy fire; the Allies could not know that the U-boatmen had no intention of manning their deck guns. The U-boat’s commanding officer was killed in the initial hail of gunfire, but ultimately 41 Germans abandoned ship and were rescued safely and taken as POWs. North Atlantic ocean. 17 April 1943. Image taken by Jack January.