Google holds the largest collection of the digitised letters from the wartime

Google opened the largest Russian online archive of letters of more than 800 letters (1941 – 1945) from the war years, “Live memory”. The project was developed by agency Friends Moscow for Google Russia dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the great Patriotic war. There are videos where some of the letters received were read out by theatre and movie actors, musicians, athletes, TV presenters and politicians.

Google holds the largest collection of the digitized letters from the wartimeWillem Rabe created a typographic illustration made up of characters from around 800 letters serves as the interface to the online archive. As visitors will read letters, words will form an image of a soldier who has returned home from the front, reunited with his son.

“Turning what had been static typeface illustrations into a fully immersive interactive experience was an exciting challenge to me as it required both artistic and technical expertise to yield the results we were aiming for. After receiving the photographic data, I started to work on adjusting the contrast of the photograph, then creating an intricate line drawing featuring every contour, crease, strand of hair and fold within the image,” explains Willem.

Google holds the largest collection of the digitized letters from the wartime“The process took a hefty hundred hours and involved a lot of manual labour as every letter of every term had to be sized, spaced and in some instances rotated to get the most even overall appearance.

“After completing the process and following a strict protocol all the outlines were converted into a machine readable format and fed into the content management system that powers the interactive archive. This allowed us to later assign terms to letters that would match contextually.”

You can view the videos here: http://pisma.may9.ru/#/archive/video

Website: http://pisma.may9.ru/#/

Rare photos from the Korean Wars published

The rare photos of the Korean War which broke out on June 25, 1950, were published by the Yonhap News Agency, to mark the 65th anniversary of the war. The photographs taken by the International Committee of the Red Cross provide insight into the tragedy during the Korean War which lasted from 1950 till 1953.

In Korea, this war is  known as the “6-2-5 (yug ee oh) War,” a reference to June 25, 1950, when the North Korean People’s Army invaded the South. Among North Koreans, it’s “the Fatherland Liberation War” and the Americans called it as “The Forgotten War”.

An F-80 "Shooting Star" banks sharply as it lines up a June, 1951 target. Photo, U.S. National Archives. Photo, U.S. National Archives. Photo, U.S. National Archives. Photo, U.S. National Archives.
An F-80 “Shooting Star” banks sharply as it lines up a June, 1951 target. Photo: U.S. National Archives

The war was fought by the United States and 20 other allied countries on the side of South Korea, marking the first major armed conflict in the Cold War era pitting Communists against non-Communists internationally. During the three-year conflict, about 140,000 South Korean troops were killed and some 450,000 were injured, some 215,000 North Korean soldiers killed with some 300,000 wounded and approximately 2.5 million civilians killed on the Korean Peninsula.

The brutal war lasted for approximately three years and ended when the United Nations Command, the North Korean People’s Army and the Chinese People’s Volunteers signed an armistice agreement and not a peace treaty, leaving South and North Korea at war for the past 65 years.

 Korean-War photo - taken on the 21st of September. Photo, U.S. National Archives.
Korean-War photo – taken on the 21st of September. Photo: U.S. National Archives