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US and Soviet troops meet for the first time, 1945

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US and Soviet troops meet for the first time during World War II at the Elbe river near Torgau, a town in Saxony, Eastern Germany. The historic meeting took place on April 25th 1945, a date which came to be known as “Elbe Day”. Book suggestions: ⤵️ 📖 The Last …

Douglas SBD Dauntless bomber on the Pacific seabed

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A sunken Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber of the US Air Force is lying on the Pacific Ocean seabed with another Allied aircraft behind it, which appears to be a Douglas SBD Dauntless as well. The pictured bombers are just two of many US aircrafts which were intentionally dumped in …

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 …

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 …

Santa Claus in Camp Lee, Virginia, 1941

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American soldier costumed as Santa Claus driving a Willys Jeep with a sack of radios, cookies, books and other gifts in the back (as well as a pine tree). The photograph was taken at Camp Lee, Virginia, Quartermaster Replacement Center, in December 1941 (probably around Christmas time). Book suggestion ⤵️ …

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 “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 …

Damaged US Coast Guard landing craft on D-Day

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Damaged US Coast Guard landing craft approaching the beaches in Normandy on D-Day, June 6th, 1944. Smoke can be seen coming out of the boat, reportedly caused by a soldier’s hand grenade being set off by German machine gun fire! Despite the eventual success of the landings in Normandy, and …