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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 …

V-2 rocket trail in the vicinity of a US B-17 heavy bomber

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A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber of the US Air Force is pictured in flight with the trail of a German V-2 missile in the background. The date and location of the image are unknown, but it must be sometime between late 1944 and early 1945, as that was …

“Happy Easter, Adolf”. US soldiers celebrating with humour

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“Happy Easter, Adolf!”. Two US soldiers celebrating Easter with artillery against Germany on March 10th, 1945, during the battle of Remagen. The two soldiers are Technical Sergeant William E. Thomas and Private First Class Joseph Jackson (left to right). The US Army was segregated during WW2, with black people unable …

US soldier on guard in “luxurious” foxhole, Battle of the Bulge

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American soldier photographed in his ‘fancy’ improvised foxhole, reportedly in the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge, between December 1944 and January 1945. A roof, a makeshift stovepipe and a German beer mug are ‘5 star’ items that can be seen in the image, as the GI tried to …

Wehrmacht General Anton Dostler is tied to a stake before his execution

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A couple of US Corporals are pictured while tying Wehrmacht General Anton Dostler to a stake before his execution by firing squad. December 1st, 1945, Aversa, Italy. Anton Dostler was Commander of the 75th Army Corps and was sentenced to death by an United States Military Commission in Rome, after …

Goliath tracked mine inspected by US Marines

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Goliath tracked mine inspected by a few US Marines, while another one lies overturned beside them. Normandy beach, June 1944. The Goliath light charge carrier was a remote controlled mine (allies called it ‘beetle tank’) developed by Germany during WW2. The Goliath carried between 60 and 100 kilogrammes of explosives, …

Shell shocked US Marine Theodore James Miller, 1944

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US Marine Private Theodore James Miller, pictured after returning from two days of heavy battle on the Marshall Islands beaches. February, 1944. His “thousand yard stare” suggests a case of post traumatic stress (PTSD). The thousand-yard stare is a phrase used to describe the blank, emotionless and hopeless gaze of …

US Bantam Jeep pulling an artillery piece during testing in 1941

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US Bantam Jeep pictured in flight, pulling an artillery piece during testing in New River, North Carolina, 1941. The American Bantam company developed the first and most effective Jeep prototype for the US Army, but as the company lacked resources to meet the goverment’s design, their blueprints were given to …