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Japanese plane shot down during the Battle of Saipan, near Saipan; circa June 15 – July 9, 1944.

Nasty little beastie in the air: the Chance Vought F-4U Corsair. Or, as the Japanese called her, "Whistling Death."

August 24, 1944: Curtiss Helldivers from the Fast Carrier Task Force 58 are seen midair on a mission over Saipan, in the Mariana Islands. The Helldiver was a robust aircraft with a reputation of absorbing punches and coming back for more. She continued in service past 1945, mainly with air forces of allied countries.

Thomas Ward Custer - double Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Died with his brother George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

General Custer and one of his dogs, soon to die at the Battle Of Little Big Horn, the Indians hated "Golden Hair Custer", but had reverential fear of him...

05 May 45: In the last days of the war in Europe, anti-Nazi German troops join forces with American soldiers to fight off a Waffen-SS Panzer division trying to recapture a castle fortress in the Austrian Alps where 14 VIP French prisoners had been held. It is the only time that American and German troops join forces in combat in WWII and the only time Americans defended a medieval castle from siege.. #WWII #History

The dead German soldier in this June 1944 photo was one of the "last stand" defenders of German-held Cherbourg. Captain Earl Topley, right, who led one of the first American units into the city on June 27, said the German had killed three of his men.

World War II: The Allied Invasion of Europe

A rather candid photo of a US tail gunner over the Pacific (?) Undated. Note the silhouette table pasted to the wall of the fuselage on the right of the photo. Temperatures in the bubble must have been unbearable.

Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus (2nd from left) is taken prisoner by the Russians after the Battle of Stalingrad. His aide-de-camp on his right is caught smiling. Note the Soviet cameraman immortalizing the moment. Paulus was the only German field marshal to be taken POW.

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The actual raincoat that General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was wearing when he was mistakenly shot by his own men in Chancellorsville, VA.

The bed where Stonewall Jackson died. Guinea Station, Virginia May 10, 1863

"Little Sorrel," Stonewall Jackson's War Horse. Jackson obtained the sorrel gelding shortly after the war began, and was riding him at First Manassas when General Barnard E. Bee made the statement that gave Jackson his lasting nickname. He rode Little Sorrel throughout the Valley campaign. Jackson received his fatal wound when he was astride his little horse.

Stonewall Jackson's raincoat at the Virginia Military Institute Museum, Lexington VA

American Civil War: Leroy Hermance Hermance served in the 67th and 188th New York Volunteers. He wears the rare and unofficial color bearer insignia above his sergeant's strips. Hermance attended the 50th reunion at Gettysburg in 1913 and fell from the train returning to his home resulting in his death.

Erich Löwenhardt (1897 – 1918) was the 3rd highest German flying ace during WW1 with 54 victories behind only Manfred von Richthofen and Ernst Udet. In this photo, he appears wearing his Pour le Mérite (Blue Max), Iron Cross First Class, and The Prussian Pilot's Badge. Löwenhardt was killed on Aug 8, 1918 following a mid-air collision with another German plane. He was 21.

Manassass - Graves on Henry Hill In 1862, Wisconsin soldier Charles Dean drew a rough sketch of the First Manassas battlefield. In the drawing, he noted a "small water hole surrounded with rebel graves" on Henry Hill. Whenever any significant amount of rain falls at the park, a marshy pool of water forms several feet away from the visitor center and parking lot. This photograph from March 1862 shows the wooden grave markers described by Dean along this same pool of water.

John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln's Assassin.

John Wilkes Booth

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.