The Marine Corps Raiders were the first combat ready ground troops of WWII, and the predecessor to all US Special Forces. There were 4 Raider Battalions, with the most famous being "Edsons Raiders" of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion and "Carlson's Raiders" of the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion. Here, group of Raiders poses for the camera in Tulagi.
WW1: French sodliers sing the national anthem upon the war declaration. Most of these enthusiastic fighters would be KIA in the following months.
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France. French soldiers sing the national anthem at the beginning of World War I in August 1914. This "war to end all wars" might seem like ancient history, but it changed the world forever. It transformed the way war was fought, upended cultures and home life and stimulated innovations that affect us today. With more than 30 combatant nations and nearly 70 million men mobilized, World War I profoundly destabilized the international order.
WW1: German KIAs at Vimy Ridge. The Battle of Vimy Ridge was fought primarily as part of the Battle of Arras, in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France. The main combatants were the Canadian Corps, of four divisions, against three divisions of the German Sixth Army.
WW1: English troops return home for Christmas. For some reason, they carry their bandoleers. This was a brief respite--and then back to the trenches and most probable death.
WW1: American troops parade in London right after the Armistice in November 1918.
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American troops parade with the Stars and Stripes carried in front down Piccadilly in London.
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THE HOME FRONT 1914 - 1918. The Forces at Home: American troops in England. A parade with the Stars and Stripes carried in front down Piccadilly in London.
WW1: US Marines arrive in France to join the fight as infantry troops. The American presence in the battlefield tipped the balance and led to Germany's defeat.
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US Marines in France during World War I
From the archives: U.S. enters WWI - http://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/from-the-archives-u-s-enters-wwi.html
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Two American soldiers inspect a destroyed German King Tiger tank, Belgium, 1944. Also they’re all admiring the three passing girls. Photo taken near the village of Corenne, Belgium, 1944.
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Two American soldiers inspect a German Tiger tank. A third soldier inspects two passing girls. Belgium. 1945.
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Lt Gen Anthony McAuliffe went down in history as the commander who refused to surrender to the Germans by replying to their call with his famous "Nuts"retort. For his defense of Bastogne, Belgium he was decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross and the Distinguished Service Medal .
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Anthony McAuliffe, United States Army general who was the acting division commander of the 101st Airborne Division troops defending Bastogne, Belgium, during World War II's Battle of the Bulge. He is famous for his single-word reply of "Nuts!" in response to a German surrender ultimatum.
General Anthony Clement "Nuts" McAuliffe (1898 – 1975) The general who was the acting division commander of the 101st Airborne Division troops defending Bastogne, Belgium, during World War II's Battle of the Bulge. He is famous for his single-word reply of "Nuts!" in response to a German surrender ultimatum.
Major General Lloyd Fredendall, US Army (1883-1963) has been described as "...one of the most inept senior officers to hold a high command during World War II" and also "a son of a bitch" and "a moral and physical coward." Despite being universally despised by his service members, he was received a hero back in the US.
Johannes Hendrik Feldmeijer was a Dutch National Socialist politician and the creator of the Netherlands SS. He fought twice with the Waffen SS and was promoted Hauptsturmführer. Feldmeijer committed war crimes in Holland and was killed on Feb 22, 1945 when his car was strafed by an Allied fighter.
Bergen Belsen prisoners are queuing for food right after the liberation of the concentration camp by the British. Within the few weeks after this photo was taken at least 10,000 prisoners died because of malnutrition and disease.
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International friendly soccer match- Germany v England - Olympic Stadium - Berlin - 1938. The spectators sing the Nazi national anthem, complete with Heil salute. Note the person with the cap in lower right of the photo looking at the camera and NOT saluting or singing -- like a few others. A case for the Gestapo.
Dr. Bernhard Rust was Minister of Science, Education and National Culture in Nazi Germany. A raving Nazi, he bombarded the school system with decrees that often went way beyond the Nazi schizophrenia about race and "Aryan" culture. Rust committed suicide on May 8, 1945.
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Dr. Bernhard Rust (30 September 1883 – 8 May 1945) was Minister of Science, Education and National Culture (Reichserziehungsminister). A combination of school administrator and zealous Nazi, he issued decrees, often bizarre, at every level of the German educational system to immerse German youth in the National Socialist philosophy. He was considered by many to be mentally unstable. Rust reportedly committed suicide on 8 May 1945 when Germany surrendered to Allied forces. From: Wikipedia
Nazi propaganda minister Josef Goebbels and his daughter with Christmas revelers, 1935. Although the Nazis were virulent anti-religion, they continued to make Christmas a national day of events and general merriment for obvious reasons.
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Joseph Goebbels with his daughter Helga at the opening of the Christmas market in Berlin, Germany on December.8, 1935
Eva Justin was a prominent Nazi anthropologist, who obtained her PhD in 1944 by studying 41 half-Romani children. After the study was over, the children were gassed at Auschwitz. Here, Justin measures the skull of a Sinti woman. After the war, she worked as a child psychologists until her death from cancer in 1966.
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Eva Justin of the 'Racial Hygiene and Demographic Biology Research Unit' measuring the skull of a Romani woman. - taken from wikipedia
The last Gestapo atrocity took place in Vienna on April 8, 1945 when the Austrian resistance fighters Major Karl Biedermann, Captain Alfred Huth, and First Lieutenant Rudolf Raschke were executed by an SS commando under Otto Skorzeny because of their intention to surrender to the Red Army without struggle. By order of the last Viennese Gestapo head, Rudolf Mildner, Gestapo officers under SS Obersturmführer Franz Kleedorfer carried out the hanging. www.doew.at/
German tank troops wash Sdkfz 251 to get rid of its winter coat of paint. Russia, summer 1942.
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SdKfz 251 an der Ostfront beim Abwaschen des Wintertarnanstrichs
Sdkfz 251 getting its winter coat washed off.
stukablr: SdKfz 251-1 Washing off winter camouflage.
A Fallschirmjäger looks through the reflector sight of the Flakvisier 40 gunsight on a FlaK 38 anti-aircraft gun (1944), one of the more sophisticated sights at the time / France 1944.
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A Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger looks through the reflector sight of the Flakvisier 40 gunsight on a FlaK 38 anti-aircraft gun in France, one of the more sophisticated sights at the time (1944).
Rudolf Freiherr Stöger-Steiner von Steinstätten (26 April 1861 – 12 May 1921) was a Colonel-General in the Austro-Hungarian army and served as the last Imperial Minister for War not only to the Austro-Hungarian Empire but to the ancient Habsburg monarchy which sat at its head.
Richard Baer was the last commandant of Auschwitz beginning May 1944. He was as brutal and efficient in killing as his predecessors. Postwar he lived unrecognized and undiscovered as Karl Neumann in the Hamburg area and worked as a forester. In Dec 1960 he was arrested and 3 years later he died in prison while awaiting trial.