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It's over: A U.S. soldier, PFC Douglas Page, offers a mocking Nazi salute inside the bombed-out ruins of the Berliner Sportspalast where the Third Reich often held political rallies Pfc Douglas, Nazi Salutation, Hitler Bunker, Salutation Inside, Sports Palaces, Rare Photo, Berlin Sportspalast, Fall Photo, American Soldiers
Record keeper: Nursing sister Catherine Eva Bennett, whose album was lost for years.
Welcome Home, November 24, 1945.... These women were true heroes! No phone calls, no email, no video chat, weeks or months between letters, no idea when their soldier would be home.... They sucked it up, drove on and got the job done! I don't know how I would have done it, had I been in their position. It's already so hard just being apart.
Robert Capa - Chartres, France, August 18th, 1944: Just after the liberation of the town, this French woman who had had a baby with a German soldier has her head shaved as punishment. During the middle ages, this mark of shame, denuding a woman of what was supposed to be her most seductive feature, was commonly a punishment for adultery. Shaving women's heads as a mark of retribution and humiliation was reintroduced in the 20th century and was widespread post WW2.
While Helen Fairchild is one of the lesser-known figures in nursing history, she is one of the most important. She was a nurse in the World War I, volunteering for the American Expeditionary Force that helped over 2,000 fallen soldiers. Unfortunately, her time was cut short due to a mustard gas bombing & a severe ulcer.
Propaganda images like this one can often warp our intepretation of history. Although children certainly served in the latter period of the Second World War, we should remember that it was extremely rare for a child of under 10 years of age to serve (which this kid seems to be).
German soldiers surround a captured French heavy 240 mm howitzer "Saint-Chamond" Model 84. Several of these howitzers captured during the invasion of France in 1940 were put to service by the Germans under the designation K 556(f) and were deployed along the Atlantic Wall. Photo taken in June 1940.