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    Western Desert, 1942: British tank recovery crew scrambles for cover as German gunners open up in the direction of the recovery location. The crew has just loaded a disabled Crusader tank onto the flatbed.

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Liberated prisoners of Auschwitz speak with Soviet troops.

Journalists, accompanied by American military police, conduct an inspection tour of the newly liberated Buchenwald concentration camp. Apr 25, 1945.

Liberated female prisoners at Dachau wave to their liberators. Date: Sunday, April 29, 1945.

Jubilant Dachau survivors greet their US Army liberators.

At the White House, President Truman announces Japan's surrender. Washington, DC, August 14, 1945.

Otto Förschner (November 4, 1902 – May 28, 1946) was a German SS-Sturmbannfuhrer (major) and a Nazi concentration camp officer. He served as commandant of the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp and the Dachau sub-camp of Kaufering. He was indicted for war crimes and hanged in May 1946.

Three women who consorted with the Germans during the occupation are released after being publicly humiliated by the French resistance. The women's heads were shaven as part of their punishment. Aug 1944.

Prisoners of Auschwitz greet their Soviet army liberators, Jan 27, 1945.

From left to right: Richard Baer (commandant of Auschwitz), Karl Hoecker (his adjutant), and Rudolf Hoess (the former commandant) chat on the grounds of the SS retreat, Solahuette, outside of Auschwitz. Photo USHMM.

Unidentified SS-Hauptsturmführer (captain), probably before the outbreak of the war.

Jews in Vienna forced to scrub street pavements, directly after Austria's annexation to the German Reich, 1938.

An SS officer in Vienna standing at the entrance to the Jewish community building, undated. Two faces to remember -- doorman and woman standing next to him.

One of the 1.7 million Germans killed in the trenches of the Great War, ca. 1917.

Holocaust survivor Janna Saatsoglou sits in front of a Holocaust monument during the 70th anniversary of the first deportation of Jews from Thessaloniki, Greece to the death camps in March 1943

March 1944: The Nazis deport the entire Jewish population of Ioannina, Greece to the death camps.

WW1: German troops crawl out of their trench bunker careful not to offer target to snipers.

WW1: Ottoman army camel troops at Beersheba. This was Lawrence of Arabia time. The Ottomans suffered a resounding defeat and lost all their Arabian lands (something that Turkey is trying to partially 'correct' today.)

Spectators climb on tables and armchairs to get a glimpse of the signature of the Versailles Treaty in 1919. The treaty imposed severe terms upon Germany and its abrogation became Hitler's rallying cry in the 1930s.

The original caption describes the scene as an execution of a communist in Munich in 1919. This photo though appears posed: the "victim" is standing against a wall and the "firing squad" is about to shoot their rifles from five paces away. Any such action would have resulted in serious injury or death for the shooters as well because of ricochets.

German crew prepares railroad naval gun for action near San Remo, Italy, October 1944.

This is a propaganda photo showing Italian soldiers, taken prisoner by the Germans after Italy made peace with the Allies, removing the barbed wire fence from around their internment camp -- supposedly because they are going to be employed in civilian jobs. Truth of course was different.

An unusual version of the Hawker Hurricane, one of Britain's main fighters in WW2. This was an experimental project that added a top wing to the monoplane. The top wing was supposed to stabilize the aircraft for better landing performance on semi-prepared runways. Also, fuel capacity was doubled. The War Dept though did not approve of the project and it was abandoned in the summer of '41.

A disabled German Elefant heavy tank-hunter. It was built in small numbers in 1943 under the name Ferdinand after its designer Ferdinand Porsche, using tank hulls that had been produced for a cancelled German heavy tank design.In 1944, after modification of the existing vehicles, they were renamed Elefant. The official German designation was Panzerjäger Tiger.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory, KCB, DSO & Bar was a senior commander in the Royal Air Force. After commanding large formations and the air arm during the invasion of Normandy, he was killed in an air accident in the French Alps. He was 52.