World war 2
A German soldier rubs down massive shells for the 38 cm SK L/45, or "Langer Max" rapid firing railroad gun, ca. 1918. The Langer Max was originally designed as a battleship weapon, later mounted to armored rail cars, one of many types of railroad artillery used by both sides during the war. The Langer Max could fire a 750 kg (1,650 lb) high explosive projectile up to 34,200 m (37,400 yd). (National Archive/Official German Photograph of WWI)
A couple walks through the burning streets of Berlin in the final days of the war, 1945.
A Japanese pilot took this photo of "Battleship Row" during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941
Photo #: 80-G-K-5675 (Color) WAVE air station control tower crew At a Naval Air Station in the Hawaiian islands, circa mid-1945. Specialist 2nd Class Mary E. Johnson uses a microphone to speak to an incoming plane, as Specialist 2nd Class Lois Stoneburg operates a signal lamp. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection. Online Image: 64KB; 590 x 765
Women air traffic controllers during WWII (1945).
The liner "Queen Elizabeth" bringing American troops into NY Harbor at the end of WW II, 1945. Queen Elizabeth joined the war effort as a troopship in 1940. Her high speed allowed her to travel without escort as she could outrun U-boats easily. In the five years of troopship service, she carried 750,000 troops and covered half a million miles.
The liner "Queen Elizabeth" bringing American troops into NY Harbor at the end of WW II, 1945.
Waffen SS battle the Russians in a railway station at an unidentified location in 1942. Note the Mauser C96 with stock and 30-round magazine being deployed by the infantryman on the right. The 9-mm Parabellum pistol WW1 vintage and rather rare on the front line in WW2.
Sailors bound for Manhattan, 1941
The U-190, a German U-boat, which was surrendered to the Canadian navy in 1945 and later commissioned as HMCS U190, one of Canada's first naval submarines.
A surrendered German U-boat, flying the Canadian Ensign in 1945.