Travel Back to 1943 and Witness WWII Through Google Earth

Google Earth's historical imagery feature has a new batch of pictures. You can now witness how some cities looked in the middle of World War II and compare them to the places you may live in today.

The Google LatLong Blog explains the reason for the addition of this feature:

The historical imagery feature gives people a unique perspective on the events of the past using today's latest mapping technology. We hope that this World War II imagery will enable all of us to understand our shared history in a new way and to learn more about the impact of the war on the development of our cities.

Looking at the images, it's tough to imagine that those hopes won't come true:

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Awe inspiring, isn't it? [Google LatLong Blog via Wired]