Photographs

Aircraft spotter in London, 1940

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A British aircraft spotter of the Royal Observer Corps pictured on the roof of a building in London sometime during 1940. In the background we can see St. Paul’s Cathedral. I was unable to identify the exact date of the photograph, but as an informed guess, I would say it …

US Marine and a Japanese boy, 1944, Battle of Tinian

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U.S. Marine pictured while giving a Japanese boy candy through the barbed wire of a civilian containment area sometime in July – August 1944, during the Battle of Tinian. The battle of Tinian was fought on the Tinian island of the Mariana Islands and lasted for one week. More than …

Lithuanian women giving water to German soldiers, 1941

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Lithuanian women assisting Wehrmacht soldiers with buckets of water in June 1941, during the early stages of Operation Barbarossa, Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union. Having been occupied by the Soviets in June 1940 following the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, Lithuania welcomed Germany’s launch of Operation Barbarossa on June 22nd, 1941. The …

Wehrmacht soldiers on motorcycles, Battle of France

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German soldiers on motorcycles riding through a devastated French town sometime in May 1940, in the midst of the Battle of France. The Wehrmacht often used motorcycles during their advance through France, mostly produced by BMW and Zundapp, but also by DKW, NSU, Triumph or Victoria. The motorcycle divisions were …

Erich von Manstein on the Eastern Front, 1943

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Erich von Manstein photographed while smoking a cigar alongside a few Turkish Generals on the Eastern Front, sometime during June 1943. Although Turkey remained neutral until February 1945 (when it joined the allied cause), turkish generals traveled to the front in order to observe German military technology. Before joining the …

Hermann Goering’s wines at the Cricova cellars

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Located no more than 15 kilometers from Chisinau, the Cricova winery is a must see attraction for anybody visiting the country of Moldova. As you descend into the catacombs which are housing 120 kms of labyrinthine roadways, you will come to discover a magnificent underground “wine city”, with one of …

A fancy Fraulein at Cafe Wien in Berlin, 1946

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A fancy Fräulein relaxing at the famous Cafe Wien, located in Berlin on Kurfurstendamm Avenue, sometime during 1946. Cafe Wien was a large, internationally reputed cafe and confectionery (cake shop) opened in 1919 by German gastronomer Karl Kutschera, and for a long time it was a meeting place for the …

Ponte Santa Trinita temporary restoration, 1944

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Ponte Santa Trinita, located downstream of Ponte Vecchio in Firenze, Italy, was built between 1567 to 1569 by Florentine architect Bartolomeo Ammannati. The bridge was destroyed by retreating Wehrmacht forces on the night of August 3rd 1944, as the advancing British 8th Army pressured the Germans to leave the city …

Mexican family leaving to help with US labor shortages

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Mexican family preparing to cross the border in order to work on farms in the USA, as part of the Bracero Program in 1944. The program was put in place as the US was struggling with labor shortages during World War 2, and lasted for almost two decades after the …

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 …