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September 16, 1940: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Selective Service Training Act.

SEP 12 1943 Mussolini is rescued in daring Fallschirmjäger raid German troops salute Mussolini on his departure from Gran Sasso.

Canadian Mobile Troopers landing at Normandy

SEP 12 1943 Mussolini is rescued in daring Fallschirmjäger raid One of the gliders that crashed during the landing.

American officer drinks with a resident of the destroyed French town of Saint-Lo

Τhis particular Tiger tank was captured in Tunisia in 1943. It was transported back to the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in the US and still resides peacefully at the tank museum.

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liberation de dijon 1944

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Tonight I gave you my soul, and I am dead...

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Wrecked Panzer III tank and dead German tanker at Skirmanovo near Moscow, Russia, 1942.

Waffen SS officer using scissor field glasses to scope enemy positions, Eastern Front, undated. In the absence of a bipod, the glasses have been secured with string on a wooden stand. The officer is wearing the old-style "crusher" cap with non-SS German eagle and braided chin strap. Variety in Waffen SS uniforms and, often, insignia was a permanent characteristic throughout the war.

German propaganda troops distribute Adolf Hitler posters to Ukrainian villagers, summer 1941. In the foreground, a Ukrainian collaborator makes a presentation in the native language. Many Ukrainians welcomed Nazi troops as liberators after fourteen years of Soviet rule.

Soviet soldier smashing a poster of Adolf Hitler with his rifle.

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"The Night Witches were Russian lady bombers who bombed German lines in WW2. Their ancient planes used to conk out halfway through their missions, so they had to climb out on the wings mid-flight to restart the props. The planes were also so noisy that to stop Germans from hearing them coming, they’d climb up to a certain height, coast down to german positions, drop their bombs, and restart their engines in midair. Their leader flew over 200 missions and was never captured."

General Montgomery with Generals Patton and Bradley at the21st Army Group HQ, Normandy, 7 July 1944.

In 1944, the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane . The German occupants wanted to eliminate French resistance forces by attacking the village they were hiding in. Sadly, the Germans attacked the wrong village which led to a massacre. All occupants were killed, including innocent women and children. As a token of respect, President De Gaulle decided that the village would be kept in the current state so that people can be reminded of the horrific impact of war actions.

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Jewish children on the streets of Poland’s Warsaw Ghetto during World War II

DMP-F94 FEMALE RUSSIAN SNIPERS WWII Russian women training for the sniping job. The girll with the rifle is not using uniform, so she probably was a partisan. WWII

9 August 1944: Canadian infantry attack into the bocage - ''Operation Totalise'' using a PIAT anti tank weapon

Battle of Midway, 4-7 June 1942 Overview and Special Image Selection The Battle of Midway, fought over and near the tiny U.S. mid-Pacific base at Midway atoll, represents the strategic high water mark of Japan's Pacific Ocean war. Prior to this action, Japan possessed general naval superiority over the United States and could usually choose where and when to attack. After Midway, the two opposing fleets were essentially equals, and the United States soon took the offensive.

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14th, September, 1940: People with their furniture and belongings in a street in the London area; their damaged homes are in the background (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

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