Vintage: Calcutta – Capital of India’s West Bengal State by Claude Waddell (1945)

Vintage: Calcutta – Capital of India’s West Bengal State by Claude Waddell (1945)


The city and its port were bombed several times by the Japanese between 1942 and 1944, during World War II. Coinciding with the war, millions starved to death during the Bengal famine of 1943 due to a combination of military, administrative, and natural factors.[40] Demands for the creation of a Muslim state led in 1946 to an episode of communal violence that killed over 4,000. The partition of India led to further clashes and a demographic shift—many Muslims left for East Pakistan (present day Bangladesh), while hundreds of thousands of Hindus fled into the city. Here is a collection of photos by a military photographer Claude Waddell (taken around 1945-1946).

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)

Calcutta by Claude Waddell (1945-1946)


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