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1. 9th Army MPs reading of the surrender in the ‘Stars and Stripes’ in Germany on the 8th of May 1945
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When - On 8 May 1945
Location - France in Berlin Germany.
Picture Description - Victory in Europe Day, generally known as V-E Day, VE Day or simply V Day, was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces. ... read about the German surrender in the newspaper Stars and Stripes.
In the United States, the victory happened on President Harry Truman's 61st birthday. He dedicated the victory to the memory of his predecessor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had died of a cerebral hemorrhage less than a month earlier, on 12 April. Flags remained at half-staff for the remainder of the 30-day mourning period.Truman said of dedicating the victory to Roosevelt's memory and keeping the flags at half-staff that his only wish was "that Franklin D. Roosevelt had lived to witness this day." Later that day, Truman said that the victory made it his most enjoyable birthday.
Massive celebrations also took place in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and especially in New York's Times Square.US military policemen read about the German surrender in the newspaper Stars and Stripes.



2. A British Crusader tank passes a burning German Panzer IV tank during ‘Operation Crusader’. Cyrenaica (the eastern province of Libya). Winter 1941
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When - 18 November – 30 December 1941
Location - Egypt and Libya
Picture Description - Operation Crusader was a military operation during the Second World War by the British Eighth Army against the Axis forces in North Africa between 18 November and 30 December 1941. The operation was intended to relieve the 1941 Siege of Tobruk; the Eighth Army tried to destroy the Axis armoured force before advancing its infantry. The plan failed when, after a number of inconclusive engagements, the British 7th Armoured Division was defeated by the Afrika Korps at Sidi Rezegh.
Lieutenant General Erwin Rommel ordered German armoured divisions to the Axis fortress positions on the Egyptian border but failed to find the main body of the Allied infantry, which had bypassed the fortresses and headed for Tobruk. Rommel had to withdraw from the frontier to Tobruk and achieved some tactical success in costly fighting. The need to preserve his remaining forces from destruction prompted Rommel to withdraw his army to the defensive line at Gazala, west of Tobruk and then all the way back to El Agheila. It was the first victory over the German ground forces by British forces in the war.




3. A broken down and deserted Soviet T-35 heavy tank of the 8th Mechanised Corps
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When -  Plycza highway, Rivne Oblast (province) of western Ukraine.
Location - June/July 1941.
Picture Description -A broken down and deserted Soviet T-35 heavy tank of the 8th Mechanised Corps. On the Dubno – Plycza highway, Rivne Oblast (province) of western Ukraine. June/July 1941. (Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK).The T-35 was a Soviet multi-turreted heavy tank of the interwar period and early Second World .... The T-35 served with the 5th Separate Heavy Tank Brigade in Moscow, primarily for parade ... and 68th Tank Regiments of the 34th Tank Division, which served with the 8th Mechanized Corps in the Kiev Special Military District.



4. A Browning Automatic Rifle
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When - 1918–early 1970s (U.S.)
Location - United States
Picture Description - This article is about the light machine gun. For the semi-automatic hunting rifle, see Browning BAR.The Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) is a family of American automatic rifles and machine guns used by the United States and numerous other countries during the 20th century. The primary variant of the BAR series was the M1918, chambered for the .30-06 Springfield rifle cartridge and designed by John Browning in 1917 for the U.S. Expeditionary Corps in Europe as a replacement for the French-made Chauchat and M1909 Benét–Mercié machine guns that US forces had previously been issued.The BAR was designed to be carried by infantrymen during an assault,advance while supported by the sling over the shoulder, or to be fired from the hip. This is a concept called "walking fire" — thought to be necessary for the individual soldier during trench warfare. The BAR never entirely lived up to the original hopes of the war department as either a rifle or a machine gun. The U.S. Army, in practice, used the BAR as a light machine gun, often fired from a bipod (introduced on models after 1938). A variant of the original M1918 BAR, the Colt Monitor Machine Rifle, remains the lightest production automatic gun to fire the . 30-06 Springfield cartridge, though the limited capacity of its standard 20-round magazine tended to hamper its utility in that role. WWII's Most Daring Raids its a TV program also.



5. A Chinese Nationalist soldier guards a row of Curtiss P-40 ‘Warhawks
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When - July, 1942
Location -
Picture Description - A Chinese Nationalist soldier guards a row of Curtiss P-40 'Warhawks' flown by the 'Flying Tigers' of the American Volunteer Group (AVG). July, 1942. (Source - National Archives and Records Administration - 535531. Colorized by Tom Thounaojam from India)




6. A Finnish Brewster Buffalo 239 fighter
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When - 24th June 1941.
Location -
Picture Description - The Brewster F2A Buffalo was an American fighter aircraft which saw service early in World War II. Designed and built by the Brewster Aeronautical Corporation, it was one of the first U.S. monoplanes with an arrestor hook and other modifications for aircraft carriers. The Buffalo won a competition against the Grumman F4F Wildcat in 1939 to become the U.S. Navy's first monoplane fighter aircraft. Although superior to the Grumman F3F biplane it replaced and the early F4Fs, the Buffalo was largely obsolete when the United States entered the war, being unstable and overweight, especially when compared to the Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero.A Finnish Brewster Buffalo 239 fighter (BW-352) of (Squadron) Lentolaivue/24 at Selänpää airfield. 24th June 1941. (Source - SA-Kuva. Colorized by Tommi Rossi from Finland)




7. A Finnish soldier practices maneuvers in the winter snow at a military dog training school during the Finnish-Soviet Continuation War. Hämeenlinna, Finland. February 1941
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When -  February 1941
Location - Hämeenlinna City in Finland
Picture Description - A Finnish soldier practices maneuvers in the winter snow at a military dog training school during the Finnish-Soviet Continuation War. Hämeenlinna, Finland. February 1941. (Source - SA-kuva. Colorized by Jared Enos)



8. A Kriegsberichter (war correspondent)
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When -  1942
Location - UK
Picture Description -A Kriegsberichter (war correspondent) holding an Arriflex 35 2 1942 camera 35mm ACR 0292 and he is leaning against a knocked out Soviet BT-5 light tank. c.1940/41. (Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK) World War Two black and white photos that are researched and colorized in detail ... Union' for their service with the famed 'Night Witches' unit during World War II.




9. A paratrooper from the American 17th Airborne Division gets a light from a Churchill tank crewman of 6th Guards Armoured Brigade near Dorsten in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, 29th of M
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When - 29th of March 1945.
Location -  North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany,
Picture Description -A paratrooper from the American 17th Airborne Division gets a light from a Churchill tank crewman of 6th Guards Armoured Brigade near Dorsten in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, 29th of March 1945.Churchill tanks of 6th Guards Tank Brigade carrying paratroopers of the 17th US Airborne Division, .... A paratrooper from the American Airborne Division gets a light from a Churchill tank crewman of Guards Armoured Brigade near Dorsten in North ... “Sherman” tank of the Tank Battalion, US Armored Division in Germany.
Operation Varsity (24 March 1945) was a successful airborne forces operation launched by Allied troops that took place toward the end of World War II. Involving more than 16,000 paratroopers and several thousand aircraft, it was the largest airborne operation in history to be conducted on a single day and in one location.



10. A Supermarine Spitfire Vc
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When - 23rd of August 1944.
Location - Bombardment Squadron
Picture Description - A Supermarine Spitfire Vc 'Tropical' JK707 MX-P serving with 307th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Group operated by 12th USAAF. The regular pilot was 1st.Lt. Carroll A. Prybylo, but when lost it was flown by Capt. Virgil Cephus Fields, Jr. (Source - US Navy, via Library of Congress. Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations). Aviation Great War image of world war II.



11. A US 7th Armored Division 3-inch M5 towed antitank gun covers the approach road near the Railroad crossing at Vielsalm, Belgium. 23rd of December 1944
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When -  August 1944 until May 1945, during World War II.
Location - United States
Picture Description -The 7th Armored Division ("Lucky Seventh") was an armored division of the United States Army that saw distinguished service on the Western Front, from August 1944 until May 1945, during World War II. The Battle of St. Vith was part of the Battle of the Bulge, which began on 16 December 1944, and represented the right flank in the advance of the German center, 5th Panzer-Armee (Armored Army), toward the ultimate objective of Antwerp. The town of St. Vith, a vital road junction, was close to the boundary between the 5th and Sepp Dietrich’s Sixth Panzer Army, the two strongest units of the attack. St. Vith was also close to the western end of the Losheim Gap, a critical valley through the densely forested ridges of the Ardennes Forest and the axis of the entire German counteroffensive. Opposing this drive were units of the U.S. VIII Corps. These defenders were led by the U.S. 7th Armored Division and included the 424th Infantry (the remaining regiment of the 106th U.S. Infantry Division), elements of the 9th Armored Division's Combat Command B and the 112th Infantry of the U.S. 28th Infantry Division. These units, which operated under the command of Generals Robert W. Hasbrouck (7th Armored) and Alan W. Jones (106th Infantry), successfully resisted the German attacks, thereby significantly slowing the German advance



12. Airstrip on Tarawa during WWII
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When -   1944
Location -  Tarawa, Gilbert Islands.
Picture Description - The Battle of Tarawa was a battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II that was fought on 20–23 November 1943. It took place at the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands, and was part of Operation Galvanic, the U.S. invasion of the Gilberts. Nearly 6,400 Japanese, Koreans, and Americans died in the fighting, mostly on and around the small island of Betio, in the extreme southwest of Tarawa Atoll.
The Battle of Tarawa was the first American offensive in the critical central Pacific region. It was also the first time in the Pacific War that the United States faced serious Japanese opposition to an amphibious landing.  Previous landings had met little or no initial resistance, but on Tarawa the 4,500 Japanese defenders were well-supplied and well-prepared, and they fought almost to the last man, exacting a heavy toll on the United States Marine Corps.The U.S. had suffered similar casualties throughout the duration of other previous campaigns, for example over the six months of the Guadalcanal Campaign, but the losses on Tarawa were incurred within the space of 76 hours



13. Alex Vraciu, who was just 25 when he reigned as the US Navy’s top World War II fighter ace after downin
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When - June 20, 1944
Location - Battle of the Philippine Sea
Picture Description - Alexander Vraciu (November 2, 1918 – January 29, 2015) was a United States Navy fighter ace, a Navy Cross recipient, and a Medal of Honor nominee during World War II. At the end of the war, Vraciu ranked fourth among the U.S. Navy's flying aces, with 19 enemy planes downed during flight and 21 destroyed on the ground. After the war, he served as a test pilot and was instrumental in forming the post-war Naval and Marine Air Reserve program. From 1956 to 1958 Vraciu led his own fighter squadron, VF-51, for twenty-two months. He retired from the U.S. Navy with the rank of commander on December 31, 1963. Vraciu later moved to Danville, California, and worked for Wells Fargo.
Vraciu was born in East Chicago, Indiana of Romanian immigrant parents. He graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and began his military career in 1941, when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During his military service in World War II, Vraciu flew Grumman F6F Hellcats in the Pacific, spending five months as a wingman to his mentor, Edward "Butch" O'Hare, the navy's first ace of the war. Vraciu's greatest success took place on June 19, 1944, during what became known as the "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot," when he engaged a Japanese fighter squadron in air-to-air combat, downing six Japanese aircraft in eight minutes using only 360 rounds of ammunition.
In December 1944 Vraciu parachuted from his downed plane during a mission over the Philippines and spent five weeks with Filipino resistance fighters before rejoining American military forces and returning to the USS Lexington. Vraciu spent the last few months of the war serving at the Naval Air Test Center in Patuxent, Maryland.



14. American Army trucks parked next to the St. Lucia fountain in 1943
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When - 1943
Location - St. Lucia
Picture Description - American Army trucks parked next to the St. Lucia fountain during WWII. Santa Lucia del Mela (Sicilian: Santa Lucìa dû Mela) is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Messina in the Italian region Sicily, located about 170 kilometres (110 mi) east of Palermo and about 25 kilometres (16 mi) west of Messina. It is one of the largest comunes in the province of Messina. Santa Lucia del Mela borders the following municipalities: Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, Casalvecchio Siculo, Castroreale, Fiumedinisi, Furci Siculo, Gualtieri Sicaminò, Mandanici, Merì, Pace del Mela, Pagliara, San Filippo del Mela, San Pier Niceto.




15. American servicemen drive in jeeps through an unidentified and nearly completely destroyed town, Italy, May 1944
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When - 1944
Location -  Italy
Picture Description -American servicemen drive in jeeps through an unidentified and nearly completely destroyed town, Italy, May 1944  Photo: Carl Mydans, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image military historians to name the single most pivotal battle or campaign of World War II—the one operation that saw the war's momentum irrevocably swing from the Axis to the Allied powers — and you'll get a dozen answers. Did the pendulum shift as early as the Battle of Britain? At Midway? During the liberation of Paris? Kursk? The Battle of the Bulge? Stalingrad? The varieties of ways one might conceivably measure momentum, from the numbers of casualties sustained (or inflicted) to the more esoteric notion of "troop morale," makes a definitive answer impossible.




16. An Allied Soldier takes a break during the approach to Tripoli, Libya beside a swastika and the words ‘Heil Hitler’ that have been carved into a rocky hillside during January 1943
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When - January 1943
Location -  United Kingdom.
Picture Description - This article is about the graffiti. Kilroy was here is an American popular culture and a meme expression that became popular during World War II; it is typically seen in graffiti. Its origins are debated, but the phrase and the distinctive accompanying doodle became associated with GIs in the 1940s – a bald-headed man (sometimes depicted as having a few hairs) with a prominent nose peeking over a wall with the fingers of each hand clutching the wall."Kilroy" was the American equivalent of the Australian Foo was here which originated during World War I and later became popular among schoolchildren.
"Mr Chad" or just "Chad" was the version that became popular in the United Kingdom. The character of Chad may have been derived from a British cartoonist in 1938, possibly pre-dating "Kilroy was here".



17. An American Medic and a GI of the US
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When -
Location - US America
Picture Description - An American Medic and a GI of the US. 80 th Infantry division reading a comic at Reisdorf in Luxembourg near the German Border. 12th of February 1945.Left to right :PIC Reynold H. BUsh Middle town ,ohio and pfo Aurelio Maltese , New York. Combat medics or Field medics (or medics) are military personnel who have been trained to at least an EMT level (16-week course in the U.S. Army), and are responsible for providing first aid and frontline trauma care on the battlefield. They are also responsible for providing continuing medical care in the absence of a readily available physician, including care for disease and battle injuries. Combat medics are normally co-located with the combat troops they serve in order to easily move with the troops and monitor ongoing health.



18. Australian soldiers mingle with a section of the crowd gathered in Martin Place during the Victory in the Pacific celebrations, Sydney, 15 August 1945
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When - 15 August 1945
Location - Sydney
Picture Description - A section of the crowd in Martin Place, Sydney during the Victory Pacific celebrations, ... He was buried in Heungwon, Korea on 15 August 1945, the day WWII ended. ..... USS Bougainville crewmen celebrate after listening to the announcement of ...... Australian soldiers mingle with a section of the crowd gathered in Martin ...



19. Boeing B-29 Superfortress 42-24592
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When -  24 November 1944,
Location - Tokyo
Picture Description - Dauntless Dotty is the nickname of a Boeing B-29-40-BW Superfortress during the Second World War that led the first B-29 raid on Tokyo on 24 November 1944, the first bombing attack of the Japanese capital since the Doolittle Raid on 18 April 1942. The B-29 that became Dauntless Dotty is a block 40 airframe, manufactured by Boeing at the Wichita, Kansas plant which was built specifically for Superfortress production, and was the twenty-second of a hundred block 40-BWs constructed. It was assigned Army Air Force serial number 42-24592, and Boeing-Wichita constructors number (c/n) 4253. The future Dotty was assigned to the 497th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy), with three assigned squadrons, at Pratt Army Air Field, Kansas, in the spring of 1944. The 497th was deployed to the Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO) in September 1944, being assigned to the XXI Bomber Command 73d Bombardment Wing in the Northern Mariana Islands, and stationed at Isely Field, Saipan. The first 497th Superfort arrived there on 17 September. The group began operations in October 1944 with work up attacks against Iwo Jima and the Truk Islands.



20. BREATHTAKING Historical PHOTOS They Didn’t Show You In High School
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When - 7 Dec 1941
Location - US Territory of Hawaii.
Picture Description - When the new invention of radar picked up a flight of aircraft approaching Pearl Harbor 74 years ago today, the radar operators reported it, but their officer wasn’t alarmed – he knew there was a flight of 12 B-17s coming in from California. The B-17s were actually homing in on the same Hawaii radio station as the Japanese, and when the B-17s first saw the Japanese aircraft they thought it must be American aircraft sent to escort them in.  Even when the “escort” started firing, some B-17 crew thought it was just a very realistic war game.
The B-17s were coming in unarmed and low on fuel, which, as expressed by the one pilot in the Tora! Tora! Tora! movie, is not such a great way to fly into a war. But of the 12 B-17s, the crews survived, one aircraft was destroyed, three badly damaged, and the others managed to land reasonably safely.
When the new invention of radar picked up a flight of aircraft approaching Pearl Harbor 74 years ago today, the radar operators reported it, but their officer wasn’t alarmed – he knew there was a flight of 12 B-17s coming in from California. The B-17s were actually homing in on the same Hawaii radio station as the Japanese, and when the B-17s first saw the Japanese aircraft they thought it must be American aircraft sent to escort them in.  Even when the “escort” started firing, some B-17 crew thought it was just a very realistic war game.  The B-17s were coming in unarmed and low on fuel, which, as expressed by the one pilot in the Tora! Tora! Tora! movie, is not such a great way to fly into a war. But of the 12 B-17s, the crews survived, one aircraft was destroyed, three badly damaged, and the others managed to land reasonably safely.




21. British Prisoners of War celebrate their liberation from Stalag X1B, 16th April 1945
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When - 16 April 1945
Location -  north-western Germany.
Picture Description - Stalag XI-B and Stalag XI-D / 357 were two German World War II prisoner-of-war camp (Stammlager) located just to the east of the town of Fallingbostel in Lower Saxony, in north-western Germany. The camp was built in 1937 as accommodation for workers building the barracks at the nearby Westlager ("Western Camp") of Truppenübungsplatz Bergen ("Military Training Area Bergen").  In September 1939 the huts were fenced in and designated Stalag XI-B. The first prisoners to arrive were Poles in late 1939, followed by French and Belgians the following year. By the end of 1940 around 40,000 POW were registered there, although only about 2,500 of these were housed at the camp, with the majority assigned to various Arbeitskommando ("work camps") in the area.
Close by were the barracks of Landesschützen-Bataillon 461 ("Local Defence Battalion 461"), who guarded the camp. This Army unit was composed of men considered too old or otherwise unfit for front-line service, and were commonly used for guard and garrison duties




22. Dog Beach Patrol’, (possibly on Parramore Beach, Virginia, US October 1943) A Coast Guard and his Alsatian dog poses with a M1928A1 Thompson SMG with 50-round drum magazine – .45 ACP
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When -  October 1943
Location - Parramore Beach, Virginia
Picture Description - Five Famous dog in world war II used to the chips, Kaiser, Nemo, Smoky , Stubby.Dogs in warfare have a long history starting in ancient times. From war dogs trained in combat to their use as scouts, sentries and trackers, their uses have been varied and some continue to exist in modern military usage.
photo : [Colorized by Royston Leonard]




23. FL J. F. Thomas and the crew of Avro Lancaster Bomber ‘B’ MkI Victorious Virgin RF128 QB-V of RCAF 424 Squadron Tiger Squadron on the 21st of March 1945
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When - 21st of March 1945.
Location - Nazi Germany
Picture Description - F/L J. F. Thomas and the crew of Avro Lancaster Bomber ‘B’ MkI ‘Victorious Virgin’ RF128 QB-V of RCAF 424 Squadron “Tiger” Squadron on the 21st of March 1945. (probably taken at the Skipton-on-Swale, North Yorkshire airfield). [Colorized by Tom Thounaojam]. The stunning snaps tell the story of the plane and its crews - including one cheeky group who pose proudly in front of a giant bomb with the message "An Easter egg for Hitler" painted on it. Grinning servicemen from the 424 squadrom celebrate their 200th sortie with a bomb that has the words “An Easter egg for Hitler” painted on its side



24. Flying Officer Leonard Haines of No. 19 Squadron RAF sits by the cockpit of his Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia (QV) at Fowlmere, near Duxford. September 1940
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When - September 1940
Location - Duxford
Picture Description - Flying Officer Leonard Haines of No. 19 Squadron RAF sits by the cockpit of his Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia (QV-?) at Fowlmere, near Duxford. September 1940. [Colorized by Paul Reynolds] No. 19(F) Squadron RAF (sometimes written as No. XIX Squadron) was a flying squadron of the Royal Air Force. No. 19 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps was founded on 1 September 1915 training on a variety of aircraft before being deployed to France in July 1916 flying B.E.12s and re-equipping with the more suitable French-built Spads.




25. Focke Wulf FW-190A6 Nº20
Reference - http://www.vintag.es
When - 2nd of July 1944
Location - Immola in Finland
Picture Description - Focke Wulf FW-190A6 Nº20 of 4./Jagdgeschwader 54 (JG 54) on the airfield at Immola in Finland. 2nd of July 1944. (Source - SA-kuva. Colorized by Jared Enos)



26. G.I.’s from (possibly) the 1st Btn, 314th Inf. Rgt. of the US 79th Inf. Div., during an attack on the Bolleville road, just north west of La Haye Du Puis in Normandy. c. 8th July 1944
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When -  8th July 1944.
Location - Bolleville road, just north west of La Haye Du Puis in Normandy.
Picture Description - The 1st Ranger Battalion, currently based at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia, United States, is the first of three ranger battalions belonging to the United States Army's 75th Ranger Regiment. It was originally formed shortly after the United States' entry into World War II and was modeled after the British Commandos during the war. Members from the unit were the first American soldiers to see combat in the European theater when they participated in the failed raid on Dieppe in France in 1942, during which three Rangers were killed and several more were captured. Later, the 1st Ranger Battalion was sent to North Africa where they participated in the landings in Algeria and the fighting in Tunisia in 1943. Also in 1943 the unit provided cadre for two more Ranger battalions created between the campaigns in Sicily and Italy.



27. General Bernard Montgomery stands beside an M3 Grant command tank near Tripoli, Libya.
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When - 27th of January 1943
Location - Tripoli, Libya.
Picture Description - General Bernard Montgomery stands beside an M3 Grant command tank near Tripoli, Libya.
27th of January 1943. [Colorized by Paul Reynolds] . The M3 design process began in July 1940, as a derivative of the T5 Medium Tank prototype, the T5E2. By then, the M4 Sherman, a 75 mm (2.95 in) armed medium tank, was already scheduled for production. But many features, like the full rotating turret design, were far from ready and the US industrial capacity not mature enough for the required production values. The T5E2 design came as an interim, fast-to-production model.
The rushed design then entered production, being required both by US Army needs and the United Kingdom’s demand for 3,650 medium tanks (by then a British proposal for US-built Crusaders and Matilda was rejected). It was basically a scaled up M2, with better armor, a much higher and wider hull, in order to mount an offset 75 mm (2.95 in) gun in a traversable sponson on the right side. M3 Lee “Jack Sharkey” of the First Company, 13th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division – Tunisia, August 1943. The shorter M2 gun was mounted due to a lack of M3 guns. The end of the barrel features a compensating weight (not a muzzle brake), added because the stabilizer was designed for the longer barreled M3.



28. Girls working on shell caps in a munitions factory, somewhere in England. 25th of May 1914
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When -  May 194.
Location -  England
Picture Description - Women were called up for war work from March Although there were many… .... Q Munitions workers paint shells in the National Shell Filling Factory at Chilwell .... nails from amongst the debris of a bomb-damaged factory, somewhere in Britain. ...... Liverpool, in the aftermath of Luftwäffe Blitz-bombing raids, May 194. In 1914, it was discovered TNT was poisonous and the following year, toxic jaundice became a notifiable disease.
Health and safety measures in factories were stepped up to limit exposure, such as providing protective clothing, but only so much could be done to eradicate the risks. "[The government] wasn't ignoring it, they were trying to do something about it within the limits of their knowledge at the time," said Dr Spurgeon.



29. Group of American soldiers peering from a reinforced bunker on Tarawa during WWII.
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tarawa, http://www.gettyimages.in
When - 20–23 November 1943 , January 01, 1944
Location - Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands
Picture Description - The Battle of Tarawa was a battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II that was fought on 20–23 November 1943. It took place at the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands, and was part of Operation Galvanic, the U.S. invasion of the Gilberts. Nearly 6,400 Japanese, Koreans, and Americans died in the fighting, mostly on and around the small island of Betio, in the extreme southwest of Tarawa Atoll.




30. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visiting bomb damaged streets in the East End of London on the 18th of October 1940
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When - 18th of October 1940
Location - East End of London
Picture Description - King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visiting bomb damaged streets in the East End of London on the 18th of October 1940. (Colorized by Doug) “The Blitz (from German, “Lightning”) was the sustained strategic bombing of Britain by Nazi Germany between 7 September 1940 and 10 May 1941, during the Second World War. The city of London was bombed by the Luftwaffe for 76 consecutive nights and many towns and cities across the country followed. More than one million London houses were destroyed or damaged, and more than 40,000 civilians were killed, half of them in London”.




31. Lucky Strike
Reference - http://www.vintag.es
When - 1944
Location - United States
Picture Description - "Lucky Strike" c. 1944. The United States was the only country to equip its troops with an auto-loading rifle as the standard infantry weapon of WWII. It gave their troops a tremendous advantage in firepower, and led General George Patton to call the M1 Garand, “The greatest battle implement ever devised.” (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)



32. Major John W. Forth
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When - 15 July 1944.
Location -  France
Picture Description - Major John W. Forth, Chaplain of The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (right), Canadian 3rd Infantry Division, helping the unit’s Regimental Aid Party treat a wounded comrade during the Battle of Caen, France, 15 July 1944. [Colorized by Benjamin Thomas]



33. Margaret Sevilla, Los Angeles. May 7, 1945. VE Day!
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When - May 7, 1945
Location -  Los Angeles.
Picture Description - Margaret Sevilla, Los Angeles. May 7, 1945. VE Day! (Colorized by Patty Allison from America)




34. Marine Pfc. Douglas Lightheart
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When - 14th September 1944.
Location - Peleliu
Picture Description - Marine Pfc. Douglas Lightheart (right) cradles his .30 caliber M1919 Browning machine gun in his lap, while he and Marine Pfc. Gerald Thursby Sr. take a cigarette break, during mopping up operations on Peleliu on 14th September 1944. (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)




35. On the 11th of June 1944
Reference - http://www.dday-overlord.com
When - Sunday, June 11, 1944
Location - Normandy, France
Picture Description - A Spitfire fighter aircraft with D-Day recognition markings (invasion stripes) in flight over England in June 1944. The alternating black and white bands were painted on the wings and fuselages of World War II Allied aircraft to reduce the incidence of 'friendly fire' during and after the Normandy landings of D-Day.
US forces disembarked at Utah Beach and Omaha Beach converge on the Carentan crossroads. The city is defended by Major Von Heydte and his parachutists who have orders to hold the city and not abandon anything to the enemy. The 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division approaches Carentan in the north and skirts the city by the east. Soldiers on foot must seize the city in order to allow the tanks of the US 29th Infantry Division to pass through it without being disturbed by the snipers.



36. Regimental Sergeant Major Evans of the 12th Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment examines captured German helmets in Hamminkeln, Germany, 25th March 1945
Reference - http://www.iwm.org.uk
When - 25th March 1945
Location -  Hamminkeln, Germany
Picture Description - RSM Evans of the 12th Devonshire Regiment examines captured German helmets in Hamminkeln, 25 March 1945. Part of II World war picture & creator of christie (sergeant).



37. Royal Marines from 45 (RM) Commando, 1st Commando Brigade on the look-out for snipers among the ruins in Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, Germany. 4th of April 1945
Reference - http://www.vintag.es ,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Commandos,  https://www.pinterest.com
When -  4th of April 1945
Location -  Germany
Picture Description - Royal Marines from 45 (RM) Commando, 1st Commando Brigade on the look-out for snipers among the ruins in Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, Germany. 4th of April 1945. (Source - IWM BU 3057. Photographer - Sgt.Laws No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit. Colorized by Doug) The British Commandos were formed during the Second World War in June 1940, following a .... In total nine Commando units were formed by the Royal Marines: No. ...... The Battalion: The Dramatic Story of the 2nd Ranger Battalion in WWII.



38. Soviet Air Force officers
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When -
Location - Soviet Union , Russian Air Force.
Picture Description - The Soviet Air Forces ( tr. Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily (VVS), literally "Military Air Forces") was the official designation of one of the air forces of the Soviet Union. The other was the Soviet Air Defence Forces. The Air Forces were formed from components of the Imperial Russian Air Service in 1917, and faced their greatest test during World War II. The groups were also involved in the Korean War, and dissolved along with the Soviet Union itself in 1991–92.
Former Soviet Air Forces' assets were subsequently divided into several air forces of former Soviet republics, including the new Russian Air Force. "March of the Pilots" was its anthem. Soviet Air Force officers, Rufina Gasheva (848 night combat missions) and Nataly Meklin (980 night combat missions) decorated as 'Heroes of the Soviet Union' for their service with the famed 'Night Witches' unit during World War II. They stand in front of their Polikarpov Po-2 biplanes. (Colourisation and research by Olga Shirnina from Russia)



39. Soviet artillerymen transporting a 76-mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3) during the forced crossing of the Oder River, Germany, c. December, 1944
Reference - http://www.vintag.es
When - December, 1944.
Location -  Oder River, Germany.
Picture Description - Its Russian made 76-mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3) Soviet artillerymen transporting a 76-mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3) during the forced crossing of the Oder River, Germany, c. December, 1944. (Photograph by Dmitri Baltermants. Colorized by Royston Leonard from the UK) .The 76-mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3) (Russian: 76-mm 1942 г. (ЗиС-3)) was a Soviet 76.2 mm divisional field gun used during World War II. ZiS was a factory designation and stood for Zavod imeni Stalina ("factory named after Stalin"), the honorific title of Artillery Factory No. 92, which first constructed this gun.



40. The crew of an up-ended (M4A1) Sherman tank of the 7th Armoured Brigade enjoy a ‘brew’
Reference - http://www.vintag.es , https://en.wikipedia.org
When -  13th of September 1944.
Location - Italy
Picture Description - The 7th Armoured Brigade was an armoured brigade formation of the British Army. The brigade is also known as the 'Desert Rats', a nickname formerly held by the 7th Armoured Division, of which the brigade formed a part of during the Second World War until late 1941. The crew of an up-ended (M4A1) Sherman tank of the 7th Armoured Brigade enjoy a ‘brew’ beside their vehicle while waiting for a recovery team, on the 'Gothic Line' in Italy, 13th of September 1944. Their tank overturned after slipping off a narrow road in the dark. (Source - IWM NA 18551 - Dawson (Sgt), No 2 Army Film & Photographic Unit. Colourised by Royston Leonard UK)




41. The crew of Avro
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 24 March 1935
Location - United Kingdom
Picture Description - The Avro Anson is a British twin-engined, multi-role aircraft built by aircraft manufacturer Avro. Large numbers of the type served in a variety of roles for the Royal Air Force (RAF), Fleet Air Arm (FAA), Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and numerous other air forces before, during, and after the Second World War.
Initially known as the Avro 652A, the Anson was developed during the mid-1930s from the earlier Avro 652 airliner in response to a request for tenders issued by the British Air Ministry for a maritime reconnaissance aircraft. Having suitably impressed the Ministry, a single prototype was ordered, which conducted its maiden flight on 24 March 1935. Following an evaluation in which the Type 652A bettered the competing de Havilland DH.89, it was selected as the winner, leading to Air Ministry Specification 18/35 being written around the type and an initial order for 174 aircraft being ordered in July 1935. The Type 652A was promptly named after British Admiral George Anson.



42. The strain and fatigue of 23 days on the line is shown by Marines of Combat Team
Reference - http://www.vintag.es
When - 14-15th January 1944
Location - Japan
Picture Description - The strain and fatigue of 23 days on the line is shown by Marines of Combat Team 'C', 2/7th US Marines, 1st Marine Division seen here displaying Japanese battle flags captured during the Battle of Cape Gloucester. 14-15th January 1944. (Source USMC 71602. Colorized by Doug).



43. This photo was on the cover of
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 19 September – 16 December 1944
Location - German-Belgian border
Picture Description - The Battle of Hürtgen Forest (German: Schlacht im Hürtgenwald) was a series of fierce battles fought from 19 September to 16 December 1944 between American and German forces on the Western Front during World War II in the Hürtgen Forest about 50 sq mi (130 km2) east of the Belgian–German border.It was the longest battle on German ground during World War II, and is the longest single battle the U.S. Army has ever fought. The U.S. commanders' initial goal was to pin down German forces in the area to keep them from reinforcing the front lines farther north in the Battle of Aachen, where the US forces were fighting against the Siegfried Line network of fortified industrial towns and villages speckled with pillboxes, tank traps and minefields. A secondary objective may have been to outflank the front line. The Americans' initial tactical objectives were to take Schmidt and clear Monschau. In a second phase the Allies wanted to advance to the Ruhr River as part of Operation Queen.



44. Three troopers of the 507th
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki
When - June 10–12, 1944
Location - Graignes, France
Picture Description - Three troopers of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division taking a break after 5 days frontline fighting near Essen (Germany) 10th of April. The Battle of Graignes was part of the American airborne landings in Normandy during the early stages of Operation Overlord in World War II, fought between June 10–12, 1944 in Graignes, France. During the engagement, American paratroopers of the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division held the town for two days against the 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division Götz von Berlichingen. This action delayed the 17th Panzergrenadier's counterattack on Carentan, which was repulsed at the Battle of Bloody Gulch on June 13. After retaking Graignes, the German troops massacred 44 civilians, a number of prisoners of war taken in the capture of an American aid station, and set fire to the town.



45. Two British sailors celebrate VE Day with their girlfriends in the fountains at Trafalgar Square. London, England. Tuesday the 8th of May 1945
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org , http://www.telegraph.co.uk
When - 7/8 May 1945
Location - France, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Europe
Picture Description - Joyce and Cynthia with the sailors (Imperial War Museum)
Seventy years later, Joyce is still anxious to scotch a rumour that could give a girl a bad name – the sailors in the picture were absolutely not – as the original caption indicated – her and Cynthia’s boyfriends. Indeed Joyce was already married to her husband, Ernest, a Canadian soldier who she had met as a 16-year-old at a dance in Epsom and who was then still deployed in Europe. “The photographer said they were our boyfriends, but they weren’t – I’ve no idea who those fellas were. When I realised the picture was in the Imperial War Museum back in the 1990s, I wrote to the museum and said they were NOT our boyfriends.”
That message seems to have been lost in the archives, leading this week to the Imperial War Museum using Twitter to retrace Joyce Digney and Cynthia Lowe and retell the story of a photograph that has become perhaps the single most enduring image of that day’s festivities.
Victory in Europe Day, generally known as V-E Day, VE Day or simply V Day, was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces.



46. Two German members of the Organisation Todt
Reference - http://www.cetusnews.com ,  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organisation_Todt , https://in.pinterest.com
When - 1940-1980
Location - Northern Germany and Basel, in Switzerland.
Picture Description - These two German soldiers sit on Spitfire P9374 which was shot down over Calais in 1940 while on a sortie from RAF Hornchurch in Essex. Pilot Officer Peter Cazenove performed a belly-landing and was taken prisoner after the fall of Calais. Amazingly, the aircraft was rediscovered in 1980 was returned to flight in September 2011 after reconstruction. The Todt Organisation (German: Organisation Todt, OT) was a civil and military engineering group in the Third Reich from 1933 to 1945, named after its founder, Fritz Todt, an engineer and senior Nazi figure. The organization was responsible for a huge range of engineering projects both in pre-World War II Germany, in Germany itself and occupied territories from France to the Soviet Union during the war. It became notorious for using forced labour. From 1943-45 during the late phase of the Third Reich OT administered all constructions of concentration camps to supply forced labor to industry.



47. United States Marines climbing down the nets into landing craft during the Battle of Peleliu, September-November 1944
Reference - http://www.vintag.es, https://en.wikipedia.org
When - September-November 1944
Location - United States Marines climbing
Picture Description - United States Marines climbing down the nets into landing craft during the Battle of Peleliu, September-November 1944. (Photographer: Griffin Image courtesy of the United States Marine Corps History Division, Peleliu 117058. Colorized and researched by Benjamin Thomas from Australia)
The 1st Marine Division (1st MARDIV) is a Marine infantry division of the United States Marine Corps headquartered at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. It is the ground combat element of the I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF).
It is the oldest and largest active duty division in the United States Marine Corps, representing a combat-ready force of more than 19,000 men and women. It is one of three active duty divisions in the Marine Corps today and is a multi-role, expeditionary ground combat force. It is nicknamed "The Old Breed".



48. US 3AD soldiers, Cpl. James L. Gregory and
Reference - http://www.gpb.org/war, https://www.alaskapublic.org
When - World II from November 1943-June 1944
Location - African-American
Picture Description - The War, a seven-part documentary series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, explores the history and horror of the Second World War from an American perspective by following the fortunes of so-called ordinary men and women who become caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human history. The War took six years to make and is an epic 15-hour film. It focuses on the stories of citizens from four geographically distributed American towns – Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; and the tiny farming town of Luverne, Minnesota. These four communities stand in for – and could represent – any town in the United States that went through the war's four devastating years.
Individuals from each community take the viewer through their own personal and quite often harrowing journeys into war, painting vivid portraits of how the war dramatically altered their lives and those of their neighbors, as well as the country they helped to save for generations to come. Look at War World II from November 1943-June 1944 as four veterans recount their own stories. Americans get their first real glimpse at the toils of war when Life publishes a photograph of the bodies of three GIs killed in action at Buna, African-American soldiers start demanding rights in the midst of segregated battle units, and Allied forces eventually liberate Rome after being stalled in the mountains south of Rome.



49. US Air Force pilot 2nd Lieutenant Robert Wade Biesecker with his crew of the 569th Bombardment Squadron
Reference - https://in.pinterest.com , http://aircrewremembered.com
When -  18 October 1943.
Location - Air Force Bomber Command station in England
Picture Description - US Air Force pilot 2nd Lieutenant Robert Wade Biesecker with his crew of the 569th Bombardment Squadron, 390th Bomb Group, US Eighth Air Force, standing. Photographer:M. McNeil, for fox photos images courtesy of the Hulton Archive/Getty images, and colorized photo by Benjamin Thomas from Australia.



50. Veronica Foster, (b.1922 – d.2000)
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - (January 2, 1922 – 2000)
Location - Toronto, Ontario.
Picture Description - Veronica Foster, (January 2, 1922 – 2000), popularly known as "Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl", was a Canadian icon representing nearly one million Canadian women who worked in the manufacturing plants that produced munitions and materiel during World War II. Foster worked for John Inglis Co. Ltd producing Bren light machine guns on a production line on Strachan Avenue in Toronto, Ontario. She can be seen as the Canadian precursor to the American cultural icon Rosie the Riveter. She became popular after a series of propaganda posters were produced; most images featured her working for the war effort, but others depicted more casual settings like Foster dancing the jitterbug or attending a dinner party. After the war, she worked as a singer with Mart Kenney and His Western Gentlemen, where she met trombonist George Guerrette, whom she subsequently married.






















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