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Local children crowd aboard a Sherman Mk III tank of the County of London Yeomanry in the village of Milo near Catania in Sicily, August 1943.

An unidentified Canadian soldier, who is armed with a Thompson machine gun, escorting a German prisoner who was captured during Operation JUBILEE, the Dieppe raid. England, 19 August 1942 by BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives, via Flickr

Wilhelm Hosenfeld (2 May 1895 – 13 August 1952), was a German Army officer who rose to the rank of Hauptmann by the end of the war. He helped to hide or rescue several Poles, including Jews, in Nazi-occupied Poland, and is perhaps most remembered for helping Polish-Jewish pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman to survive, hidden, in the ruins of Warsaw during the last months of 1944. He died in Soviet captivity on 13 August 1952, from injury possibly sustained during torture.

Plaque at the Memorial of German Resistance, Berlin. The inscription reads "Here died for Germany, 20th July 1944" and lists the conspirators who were executed at that spot for their failed attempt at the assassination of Hitler.

Berthold Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg is tried in the Volksgerichtshof for his part in the failed 20 July 1944 conspiracy against Hitler

Crowds of French patriots line the Champs Elysees to view Allied tanks and half tracks pass through the Arc du Triomphe, after Paris was liberated on August 25, 1944.

In 1943, Hungarian Hannah Szenes joined the British Army and volunteered to be parachuted into Europe. The purpose of this operation was to help the Allied efforts in Europe and establish contact with partisan resistance fighters in an attempt to aid beleaguered Jewish communities.

Far from passive witnesses to — or victims of — the fighting in World War II, women took an active role in the war effort from the very start of the conflict.  Pictured: Pilot trainee Shirley Slade she sits on the wing of her Army trainer at Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, July 19, 1943. In September, Slade graduated as part of the Women Airforce Service Pilots Class 43-5. (see more — WWII: Women in the Fight)