A haunting 150-year-old photo found in a North Carolina attic shows a young black child named John, barefoot and wearing ragged clothes, perched on a barrel next to another unidentified young boy. In April, the photo was found at a moving sale in Charlotte, accompanied by a document detailing the sale of John for $1150.00 not a small sum in 1854.
Buy Fresh Fish A World War I Canada Food Board poster encouraging shoppers to change their habits so that fresh meat can be shipped to soldiers: "Buy fresh fish. Save the meat for our soldiers and allies." Illustrated by E. Henderson, c. 1914.
A Japanese soldier, Yasuno Chikao, prepares to behead Australian Sergeant Leonard G. Siffleet at Aitape in New Guinea. The Australian commando from "M" Special Unit was captured while his small patrol was operating deep behind enemy lines. 1943. The photograph was discovered on the body of a dead Japanese major near Hollandia by American troops in April 1944.
Allied casualties are being evacuated by American landing craft to a Hospital Ship. Picture taken after Operation Husky (Invasion of Sicily). Source: US National Archives http://med-dept.com/gallery/evacuation-of-wounded/
German soldiers executing civilians after the invasion of Poland (1939). A myth goes that the Wermacht (the German army) is not to be blamed for atrocities during World War II, which supposedly were committed by the SS and the Gestapo. This is only partially true. After the invasion of Poland (September 1, 1939), the German regular army murdered hundreds of innocent Polish civilians in horrific executions.
It was not until 1991 that the U.S. Army quietly declassified its secret report on the killings at Dachau. It details several other incidents that day: a U.S. lieutenant ordered four German soldiers into an empty boxcar and personally shot each of them. Another American soldier clubbed and shot those still moaning. Several GIs turned their backs on two inmates beating a German guard to death with a shovel. It was said that one of the inmates had been castrated by the German they were…
This photo, one of the most widely distributed after the war, shows a German soldier shooting a Ukrainian Jew during a mass execution in Vinnytsia, Ukraine, sometime between 1941 and 1943. This image is titled "The last Jew in Vinnitsa", the text that was written on the back of the photograph, which was found in a photo album belonging to a German soldier. The German is no more than 20 years old. The youth in the black uniform in the background is no more than 16.
A young German soldier (pictured center left, without helmet) refuses to participate in the execution of 16 Yugoslav civilians. He positioned himself within the group and was executed for disobeying his NCO. He choose death instead of killing hopeless civilians. His name was Josef Schulz.
This German soldier carries the Sturmgewehr 44, the first "assault" (battle) rifle to come into mass production. The StG 44 was far superior to anything the Allies had to deploy, but endemic industrial shortages prevented its full implementation throughout the German army. In the end, its appearance in the battlefield came too late to influence the outcome of the conflict.
The man looks directly at the photographer, an Einsatzgruppen soldier, the moment before he is shot; below him are his dead friends, neighbours and family. The soldier wrote on the back of this photo "the last Jew in Vinnitsa, 1941." (km) From The Ten Most Iconic Photos Of The 1940s