Photographs

Wehrmacht soldier with grenade launcher mounted on a Karabiner 98K

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Wehrmacht soldier looking through the scope of his Karabiner 98K bolt-action rifle, with a Schiessbecher grenade launcher mounted on top of it, sometime during November 1943. The Karabiner 98K Mauser was introduced in 1935 as the standard service rifle of the Wehrmacht, and remained so until the end of World …

Then and Now: US tanks in Schevenhutte, 1945

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US tanks pictured in Schevenhütte, Germany, sometime during 1945, vs. modern days. We can see that, quite remarkably, the buildings and architecture captured in the photograph have not changed at all in the 80 years since the end of the war (although the cafe on the left seems to have …

US Marine crying during the Battle of Peleliu

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An overwhelmed US Marine is pictured while weeping among ruins during the Battle of Peleliu, more specifically after the battle for Hill 200 (one of the many strategic hills on the island). The photograph was taken on September 26th, 1944, a time at which the Americans were making good progress …

US Army hero Al Blozis during his football days

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Al Blozis (left, pictured in 1941 at New York’s Polo Grounds with Georgetown coach Jack Hagerty) was an American Football player for the New York Giants between 1942-1944 and a decorated track and field athlete in college. Blozis was inducted in the US Army on December 9th 1943, after his …

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 …