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Rarely Seen Pictures From Second World War: Part 1

This American fighter plane fires on Japanese positions in Okinawa

Germans soldiers on the way to Stalingrad grin at the skeleton put up up by the retreating Russians

A British soldiers looks at the remains of a German soldier. He holds his foes' Lugar in his right hand.

A factory in Nazi Germany manufacturing tanks

German fighter pilots have a chat before going on a mission

This is not an oil rig. This is a British sea fortress during WW2

Soldiers of 'Free India' Army (founded by Subhash Chandra Bose) which sided with the Germans in France early spring. Remember that India was ruled by Britain then

German soldiers in Stalingrad. A German joke popular amongst the soldiers fighting there; "Our troops have captured a two-room apartment with kitchen, toilet and bathroom, and managed to hold two-thirds of the apartment, despite heavy enemy counterattack."

This Latvian boy got a Wehrmacht decoration for fighting bravely for the Germans. Must have had a hard time if he survived the war.

 This British soldier in Arnhem won't be fighting anymore

Erwin Rommel in his days of glory, gives an interview. But he fell foul of Hitler later and came to a sad end.

American machine-gunners in action in Germany


Rare Unseen Pictures From WW2: Part 2
Rare Unseen Pictures From WW2: Part 3

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