Photographs

Chinese soldiers at a riverbank near Changde, 1943

chinese soldiers

Chinese soldiers photographed at a riverbank in (or near) Changde, Hunan Province, December 1943. The Battle of Changde (2 November 1943 – 20 December 1943) was a major conflict in the Second Sino-Japanese War, most recognized for the use of chemical weapons by the Imperial Japanese Army. The Japanese were …

Messerschmitt Me-262 photographed in-flight by US B-17 gunner

Messerschmitt Me-262

A Messerschmitt Me-262 aircraft photographed in-flight by an American B-17 gunner. Further details about this rare image are unknown, except from the fact that it was taken between 1944 and 1945. The Messerschmitt Me 262, aka Me 262 Schwalbe (Swallow) in the fighter version, or Sturmvogel (Stormbird) in the fighter-bomber …

De Havilland Mosquito firing during a night test

de havilland mosquito firing

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, …

Reinhard Heydrich’s Mercedes after assassination attempt

reinhard heydrich car assassination

The Mercedes-Benz W142 in which Reinhard Heydrich was attacked by members of the Czech resistance on May 27th, 1942. Reinhard Heydrich was director of Gestapo and Reich Main Security office. As Heinrich Himmler’s assistant, he was arguably the most ruthless and effective high ranking SS officer. Most historians agree that …

German soldiers pretend to throw grenades in latrine

german soldiers grenade latrine

German soldiers jokingly pretending to throw hand grenades at their comrade in an outhouse / latrine sometime during WWII. Date, location and other details of the image are unknown, and better quality of the photograph was not available. Book suggestion ⤵️ 📖 Wehrmacht: The Illustrated History of the German Army …

Then and Now: A stroll through Bucharest

bucharest then and now world war ii

From the architectural diversity of so many wonderful buildings, to grey communist standardization, the Romanian capital is a city which wears both its rich history and deep wounds on its sleeve. Having suffered heavy bombings at the hands of both Allied and Axis forces during the war years, Bucharest is …

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 …

Celebrations on Strøget street after the liberation of Denmark

stroget street ww2

A group of women with Danish flags are celebrating the liberation from German occupation on May 5th, 1945, on Strøget street (Copenhagen). Strøget is a famous and popular pedestrian area located in Copenhagen’s Old City. It is actually one of the longest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe (1.1 kilometers), and …

Message left by Germans during the Lapland War

Lapland war

A sign left by German Soldiers as they were evacuating Finnish territory in October 1944. The sign reads “As thanks for not demonstrating brotherhood in arms”. You could speculate that they had left some ‘gifts’ for the Finns there. Finland and Germany had been fighting together against the Soviet Union …

British tank men with a puppy in North Africa

British soldiers dogs ww2

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 ⤵️ 📖 …