Photos from the past

Below we present several photo stories that illustrate NATO’s early history.

The first is a collage of pictures showing women soldiers serving in NATO commands. The second consists of images of West Berlin in the 1950s. The third records a joint NATO military exercise including the Greek and Turkish armies after their mutual accession to the Alliance in 1952. The fourth portrays scenes of life in Lapland, an ethnic region straddling the Arctic north of Europe.

A minimum of comment accompanies these photo stories. We believe that the images stand on their own.

Other photo stories may appear during the run-up to NATO’s anniversary Summit in April 2009, so we hope that you check back often.

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Women in Uniform

This photo story captures the diverse roles of NATO’s women soldiers who worked in NATO military commands. Judging from their faces, one believes that they proudly served their nations and NATO’s collective defense.

Divided Berlin

By the late-1950s, the city of Berlin had regained a measure of its pre-war culture and majesty, although many problems remained – most prominently the city’s Cold War division. One detects in these photos the fears of the era, and a sense of hope.

Greece and Turkey Host NATO Exercise

Following their accession to NATO in 1952, Greece and Turkey hosted their first joint NATO military exercise in 1953.