June 6th, 1944: D-Day. The Normandy landings begin with this eerie shot from inside one of the amphibious landing craft which carried troops from the 16th Infantry Regiment, U.S. 1st Division. Landing on Omaha Beach, the men waded ashore as part of the (as we all know, successful) Allied military campaign to free France. Seeing this in color from the perspective of the men heading straight into the jaws of death makes it all pretty real, doesn’t it?
King George V at Buckingham Palace in 1914, shortly before the outbreak of World War I, a conflict in which the rule of two of his cousins, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, fell. While King George ruled for a respectable 26 years, he is the grandfather of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning British monarch in history. So while we’ve never seen her in a hat quite that fabulous, she wins!
Family portrait before the whole thing came crashing down. This is Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his children with Cossack officers in 1916, just two years before the entire family was executed at Yekaterinburg.