Red Army prisoners, captured by the Fins, near Lemetti, Feb 2, 1940. After the Russo-Finnish War, the Fins gravitated toward Nazi Germany hoping to see the USSR decisively defeated. In the end, it all fell through and Finland found herself in an uneasy coexistence with the USSR until the latter's collapse in 1989-90.
German executioners shoot two Russian victims in the back of the head. Undated. Note the facial expression of the murderer on the left. These shootings would often result in the killers being splattered with the blood and brain matter of their victims. German commanders responded to this with releasing copious amounts of alcohol to the criminals with the pistols.
Two Soviet female POWs at an assembly point on the Eastern Front. The woman in the foreground is wearing dress shoes, the most unlikely footwear for what lies ahead -- long marches. Soviet female POWs were treated as harshly as their male counterparts by the German army engaged in a "war of annihilation."
Adolf Hitler in the light-colored coat, along with his military retinue, spends a solemn moment gazing at the tomb of Emperor Napoleon in the Dome des Invalides. Paris, 1940. Note on the left background the sandbagged opening of the dome for fear of air bombardment.
German soldiers walk the length of an anti-tank ditch at an undisclosed location, Eastern Front, 1941. Note one of the soldiers in the foreground carrying a flamethrower. They all wear the leather collar on their helmets used to hold the camouflage cover in place.
World War II, original caption 'The Flying Fortress being admired here is the Yankee Doodle, Jr., which has the enviable record of having sunk a Japanese cruiser and a transport. The flags indicate Zeros shot down in the South Pacific combat', circa 1942.
Gunshot uniform of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, a 24-year old law-clerk and a friend of President Abraham Lincoln. Sent to Alexandria, Virginia, on 24 May 1861, the day after Virginia voted for secession - Ellworth was killed while removing a Confederate flag. He was the first Union officer to die in the war. Note the faded wool, the result of removing the bloodstains.
Abandoned Panzer VI and Tiger in Villers Bocage, France, summer 1944. Hitler's decision not to deploy his armor reserves on D-day robbed German forces of key support that could have made a difference in the fighting to block the path of Allied advance.
This gentleman is hugging unexploded WW2 aerial bombs that have surfaced in Germany 60 years after the end of hostilities. The innocent appearance of these beasts is deceiving. Thousands of un-exploded aerial bombs turn up in Germany each year, most of them live. A particular area of concentration is Berlin itself, with Hamburg and Dresden also in the top leagues.
House chores: Crew of a Tiger tank belonging to the GrossDeutschland Panzer Regiment shake out their blanket during a lull in the Ukraine, 1944. The Tiger had more interior room than most armor deployed during WW2, which allowed one stretching on the floor for a few "quiet" moments.