Taj Mahal Disguised In WWII Bombing, 2 Photos 1942

Taj Mahal Disguised In WWII Bombing, 2 Photos 1942 

Taj Mahal Disguised In WWII Bombing, 2 Photos 1942 

Two photos show the Taj Mahal disguised in WWII from Japanese Bombing. Since Japan was allied with the Axis Powers (Germany, Italy, & Japan) in WWII. Obviously, India was one of their targetted countries. Since Britain was with the Allied Powers (Britain, USA, and Russia). In WWII warplanes were generally in a nascent state.

Unlike today they were not equipped with sophisticated electronic gadgetry. Pilots relied more on the naked eye to perceive their targets. Since cities and heritage monuments were the prime targets of enemies. It was no different for the Taj Mahal one of the most famous monuments in the world. All necessary steps were taken by the British Indian government to safeguard it.

James Fletcher Watson, an engineer in the British Military, was assigned the task of protecting the Taj. It was his idea of concealing the dome with bamboo scaffolding. To mislead the pilots into thinking it was a stockpile of bamboo. Louis Johnson, the personal envoy of US President Roosevelt, is seen standing before the Taj Mahal. Click on the photo for better view.

Read also Taj Mahal Gardens & Lord Curzon.

Did you know – that the Taj Mahal is 45 feet taller than the Qutub Minar

From the collection – Raja Ravi Varma’s Wife Bhageerathi, Rare 1870 Photo., Broadway Road Bangalore – Old Postcard 1915., King George V Emperor Of India, Old Print 1910

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, stock photos, or taken from other sources.

 

Photo Details

Year -

1942

Photograph Size -

7 x 5 inch

Photographer -

AP news photo