World War II

Iron Crosses of the Third Reich. (Credits: Laurence H. via Historical War Militaria Forum)

A Tour in The Central Armed Forces Museum in Moscow

If you can’t make it to Moscow to visit The Central Armed Forces Museum (Russian: Центральный Музей Вооруженных сил) also known as the Museum of the Soviet Army near the Red Army Theater to view some of its most interesting WWII material, here is a little sneak tour in the images below. The most prized display is …

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The Battle of Iwo Jima In Remembrance with Photographs

The Battle of Iwo Jima that started on 19 February until 26 March 1945, codename Operation Detachment, was a major battle in which the United States Armed Forces to capture the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Empire during World War II. It had the goal of capturing the entire island, along with its three airfields, to provide …

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Sdkfz 186 Jagdtiger – Panzerjäger Tiger Ausf. B

Sdkfz 186 Jagdtiger (Panzerjäger Tiger Ausf. B) is the common name of a German heavy tank destroyer of World War II. The official German designation was Panzerjäger Tiger Ausf. B as it was based on a lengthened Tiger II chassis. The ordnance inventory designation was SdKfz 186. The 71-tonne Jagdtiger was the heaviest armored fighting …

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German PzKpfw VI Tiger tank overturned during the Allied heavy bombing at the beginning of Operation 'Goodwood', July 1944.

Tanks in Battle of Normandy – Part I in 31 Photographs

Photographical journey through the Allied and Axis Tanks that have been used during the Battle of Normandy in 1944. A 6-pdr anti-tank gun crew of the Durham Light Infantry, 49th (West Riding) Division inspect a knocked-out German Panther tank during Operation ‘Epsom’, 27 June 1944. Wrecked German transport and knocked out tanks on a road …

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Allied POW Camp for female German Prisoners of War in Vilvoorde

Shown are a selection of photographs that depict female German prisoners of war outside their tented accommodation in a camp for SS, Luftwaffe and civilian women prisoners. The Prisoner-of-War camp is presumably POW Camp 2218 and was managed by British forces of the 21st Army Group and housed over 12,000 Axis POWs, both men and …

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Messerschmitt Me 262

Messerschmitt Me 262 Hit & Shot Down by U.S. Fighter

Seldom color footage from near the end (most likely April 1945) of World War 2, in Europe. U.S. gun camera footage of an American fighter (most likely a P-51 Mustang) firing at a German Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter. Several hits are seen on the wings and then on the tail of the Me 262, which appears …

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Fate of World War 2 B-17 Crew Discovered in by Uwe Benkel

On February 9, 1945, George Emerson was in the tail position (tail gunner) as his B-17 bomber flew toward their target for the day, an oil refinery in Lutzkendorf, Germany. The B-17 soon came under attack from anti-aircraft fire, and another B-17 flying near Emerson’s bomber was hit, causing it to lose control and collide …

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Haunting images of Plane Wrecks rotting away

Nestled in one man’s back garden, in Newbury/ Ohio, is this collection of more than 30 military jets – salvaged by Walter Soplata over a 50-year period. He bought the planes amid fears they would be dismantled and destroyed, and, upon his death in 2010, his relatives kept his prestigious collection a secret so that scrappers wouldn’t …

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