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An exhausted American soldier just back from the front lines near the town of Murrigen during the Battle of the Bulge. With victory at the Battle of the Bulge on January 25, 1945, the final triumph over Nazi Germany was in reach; Allied forces pressed their advantage and began the last push toward Berlin. On May 7, Germany agreed to an unconditional surrender.

Soldiers killed during the First Battle of Bull Run, possibly the earliest surviving Civil War photograph to document the dead after a battle, July 1861.

An American infantryman picks up a wounded German soldier on the road to St. Lo, France, and helps him into a half-track. The Nazi was abandoned by his own troops after being wounded. 20 June 1944.

Harlem Hellfighters WWI One of the most distinguished units was the 369th Infantry Regiment, known as the “Harlem Hellfighters”, which was on the front lines for six months, longer than any other American unit in the war. 171 members of the 369th were awarded the Legion of Merit.

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Vivid new Battle of the Bulge photos offer never-before-seen look at the war-weary soldiers braving the frigid weather as they fight off Nazi Germany's last major offensive of World War II

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Abraham Lincoln on October 3, 1862 on the Battlefield of Antietam. This is perhaps the best outdoor portrait of Lincoln extant. He is shown standing next to Allan Pinkerton (Left) and General McClernand (Right). The Battle of Antietam was the bloodiest day in American History. There were 23,000 casualties in one day . . . four times the casualties suffered during the D-Day invasion. The Battle of Antietam was one of the defining moments in American History.

"American soldiers discover Manet’s 'In the Conservatory' that was hidden (amongst other Nazi loot) in the salt mines of Merker, Germany. 1945."

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The Christmas Truce WW1

Christmas truce :: a series of widespread unofficial ceasefires that took place along the Western Front around Christmas 1914, during the World War I. Through the week leading up to Christmas, parties of German and British soldiers began to exchange seasonal greetings and songs between their trenches; on occasion, the tension was reduced to the point that individuals would walk across to talk to their opposite numbers bearing gifts.

U.S. reinforcements wade through the surf as they land at Normandy in the days following the Allies' June 1944, D-Day invasion of occupied France. (AP)