The horror of destruction at the US Naval Base of Pearl Harbour (Pearl Harbor) which was attacked without warning by the Japanese airforce on the 7th December 1941. The attack took place whilst the Japanese were holding peace talks in Washington. More than 2000 servicemen were killed, and a large part of the US fleet destroyed. The attack caused the USA to join the war. This salvage crew is on the deck of the USS Oklahoma sunk on the night of the attack. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Red Army soldiers fire a light artillery piece in the suburbs of Berlin, April 1945. The Russians did not hesitate to use all types of artillery in heavily populated urban areas in an effort to suppress even the slightest opposition. Characteristically, Russian heavy guns were deployed in Berlin avenues to fire over open sights down the length of the road.
Lt.-Gen. Charles Foulkes (left centre) accepts the surrender of German forces in the Netherlands, May 5, 1945.
US tanks in Coreno Ausonio, Italy, on 14 May 1944. The same tanks, manned by Americans, were attached to the French mountain troops making a drive from the Castelforte area on the right flank of the Fifth Army, through the Aurunci Mountains and into the Liri Valley. M5 Stuart light tank (left), M4 Sherman medium tank (right).
British Commando troops of the 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division coming ashore from LCIs (Landing Craft Infantry) Gold Beach, D-Day - 1944 The infantry, the humble foot soldiers, now about to fulfil their classical role." Troops storm ashore near La Riviere. Imperial War Museum, London
800 mm super heavy rail gun Dora Adolf Hitler (Center), Albert Speer (left) and other dignitaries arrived at the site at Rugenwalde (now Darłowo, Poland), where they were presented the 800 mm super heavy rail gun Dora (80-cm-Kanone (E) and the prototype of the SAU SD. Kfz. 184 ' Ferdinand '. Rugenwalde, march 19th 1943
Ardennes Offensive, Dec 1944: US Army Cpt James W Love poses in front of a disabled Panther tank in the wake of the German retreat after initial breakthroughs. Despite desperate German efforts, the offensive was finally a fiasco - Hitler's last big (losing) gamble.
In order to root out the defenders of the Mannerheim line, who continually withstood infantry assaults well in excess of their own numbers, the Soviets would bring their artillery up to essentially point blank range, as close as 700m, and fire away on open sights. Although effective, it was quite risky for the artillery crews, who were not used to being within the line of fire themselves.