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Albert Einstein at the Royal Albert Hall in London, 1933

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Albert Einstein delivering a speech at the Royal Albert Hall in London, during a gathering to aid the Jewish refugee fund. October, 1933. In March 1933, while returning to Europe after a visit to the United States, and learning about the passing of the Enabling Act in Germany (which gave …

Boy reading in bombed London library, 1940

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Famous photograph of a young boy reading among the ruins of a London library during the German Blitz campaign in 1940. The German Blitz bombing campaign of Great Britain took place between September 1940 and May 1941, and was an integral (albeit distinct) part of the Battle of Britain. It …

Panzer E-100 prototype captured by British forces

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Panzer E-100 incomplete prototype, the only one ever built, captured by British forces in April 1945 and pictured here on a mobile platform. The Panzerkampfwagen E-100 was a super heavy German tank developed in the closing stages of World War 2. It was supposed to be used as a heavy …

Soviet operated Matilda II tanks on the Western Front, 1942

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British Matilda II tanks operated by Soviet crewmen (see the recognizable Russian tank hats) advancing through a birch Forest on the Soviet Western Front, sometime in 1942. Exact location is unknown. The Red Army Western Front was created on 22 June 1941. It spread for 470 kilometers, from the Southern …

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 …