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De Havilland Mosquito firing during a night test

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De Havilland Mosquito firing its machine gun and cannon during night testing, sometime between 1941 and 1945. In the photograph we see the FB.VI version of the famous British Royal Air Force aircraft, which was usually equipped with four Browning .303 machine guns and four 20mm Hispano cannons. The light, …

Love during World War Two #3

1) An American soldier walking with his sweetheart in the Kensington Gardens, London, 1945, likely after the end of the war. 2) A British soldier whispers into his girlfriend’s ear as he prepares to leave for the front. Unknown location, 1939. 3) Cadets from the Local Army Flying School and …

British tank men with a puppy in North Africa

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Two British tank men and a puppy reading a newspaper, sometime during the North African Campaign. They all seem quite relaxed given the circumstances. There were Military Police dog training centres in North Africa, but it’s unlikely that this little fellow was ready for that. 😀 Book suggestion ⤵️ 📖 …

British “Duck” driver in 1944 near Anzio, Italy

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A British “Duck” driver receiving directions from an American soldier at the ration supply dump near Anzio, Italy, on March 29th 1944. The DUKW, also known as ‘Duck’, was a 2.5-ton six-wheel amphibious truck used in World War II by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. It served as a …

Neville Chamberlain’s War Cabinet in 1939, including Winston Churchill

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The War Cabinet of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in September 1939. Winston Churchill, appointed as First Lord of the Admiralty, can be seen second from right among the ones standing. Chamberlain’s War Cabinet was formed on September 3rd 1939, following the formal declaration of War against Germany. It lasted …

People in Manchester celebrate VE Day, 8 May 1945

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Citizens of Manchester celebrate VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) in the streets of Newton Heath District on May 8th, 1945. VE Day marked the end of World War 2 in Europe due to Germany’s unconditional surrender on May 8th, 1945. The act of capitulation was initially signed on May …

RAF Spitfire hitting a Heinkel He-111 in Battle of Britain dogfight

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The image, captured by a camera gun film, shows tracer ammunition from a Supermarine Spitfire Royal Air Force aircraft hitting a Heinkel He-111 of the German Luftwaffe. The Supermarine Spitfire Mark I which scored the hit served in the 609 Squadron of the Royal Air Force, and was flown by …

V1 flying bomb dropping on London, 1944

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V1 flying bomb seen dropping on central London, with the Royal Courts of Justice in the foreground, sometime in the second part of 1944. This particular German bomb is said to have caused significant damage, including the blasting of the Daily Herald office. The V1 was a cruise missile deployed …

Crater on the Old Trafford ground during the German Blitz campaign, 1940

A groundsman inspects a crater in the middle of the pitch after a German bombing raid on December 22nd, 1941. The damage forced Manchester United to have one home game moved. The German Blitz bombing campaign of Great Britain took place between September 1940 and May 1941. Old Trafford was …

British Matilda I tank with driver, France, 1940

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Matilda I Tank of the 4th Royal Tank Regiment (Scottish) and its driver photographed in France, January 12th 1945. As we can see in the image, the tank is nicknamed DEOCH (meaning “drink”). The 4th Royal Tank Regiment was active between 1917 and 1993. It was captured at Tobruk, Libya, …