Most People Have Never Seen These 16 Photos Taken During WWII in Delaware

For the most part, Delawareans know about the state’s connection to World War II through the fire control towers (fire as in artillery fire) that dot the shoreline. These tall concrete sentinels stood watch for enemy ships and submarines along the East Coast, and still remain as reminders of the state’s service to WWII.

But Delaware’s service to the war effort extended way beyond those 11 100-foot tall structures. Here are images from Delaware Pubic Archives, showing scenes from around the state from 1939 to 1945.

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