Operation Mincemeat - photograph of girlfriend
Photograph of "Pam", the supposed girlfriend of Major Martin whose body was found washed up on shore in Spain on 30th April 1943 in an elaborate and successful deception by British forces in World War Two (codenamed Operation Mincemeat) to convince the German high command that the Allies were planning to attack Greece and Sardinia in 1943 rather than Sicily, the actual objective. Pam was actually a clerk in MI5 called Nancy Jean Leslie, later known as Jean Gerard Leigh. Date: 1943
© Mary Evans / The National Archives, London. England.
Ludwig and Margaret of Hesse
Prince Ludwig, Prince of Hesse (1908-1968) with his fiancee, the Hon. Margaret Geddes at Wolfsgarten in the summer of 1937. Prince Ludwig, son of Prince Ernst Ludwig, Grand Duke of Hesse-Darmstadt, was Cultural Attache at the German Embassy in London in the late 1930s. He met Margaret Geddes at the Winter Olympics at Garmisch in 1936. In 1937 they visited Darmstadt together where the Grand Duke's health was failing. He died peacefully on 9 October meaning that Ludwig and Margaret's wedding had to be postponed from 23 October to 20 November. Then, on 16 November, his brother George Donatus, his wife Cecilie of Greece and their sons were killed in a plane crash off Ostende on their way to the wedding.
© Charlotte Zeepvat/ILN/Mary Evans Picture Library
A Trip on a Tricycle Chair, 1890
Illustration showing a Trip on a Tricycle Chair that leads to disastrous consequences for the chair's driver. At top right, the young man in the bowler hat purchases the machine, then in the middle he takes the tricycle to collect his young fiancee and in the bottom row, he loses control and crashes the tricycle into a ditch. The caption for the last image, as they walk home, 'But we don't speak now'.
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans