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Rare Unseen Images From WW2: Part 5

A dead Waffen SS soldier in northern France

Italian torpedo bomber in action
Battle of Normandy

Top British general, Montgomery

The "Screaming eagles". Men of the 101 Airborne Division of the Americans

Caen is taken!

American soldiers relish food offered by the French ladies

German soldiers in Ukraine. 1942

Germans set up a artillery position

Crack German mountain troops, EDELWEISS take some rest

An American plane flies over the pyramids in Egypt

A German column takes a break in the USSR

The famous Russian partisans in Yalta

German soldiers on an operation against partisans in Italy take a break

German tank firing a machine gun MG-34 mounted on self-propelled artillery (cannon shturmovovom) StuG III Ausf. G.

A captured American pilot is led away by Japanese soldiers

Indian soldiers from the "Free India" Legion (Initiative of Indian nationalist Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose) in the Wehrmacht. The German officers smile benignly.

June 1944. France. A SS soldier of the Hitler Youth Division fires away with his MG 42 machine gun

German Field Marshal General Erwin Rommel inspects army coastal defense of Normandy. In January 1944, Rommel was appointed commander of Army Group "B" in northern France. He tried to make the "Atlantic Wall" a serious obstacle to the Allied forces. However, due to strategic differences with the commander of the entire German army group in France - Field Marshal Rundstedt, a single plan to defend the western border of the Reich has not been developed, which led to the slow and inconsistent actions of the German troops during the Allied landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944.

Awarding medals in Novgorod, USSR. Winter 1941

A SS soldier in Ukraine

An American warship hunts a German U-Boat with depth charges
The view from the deck of the USS Coast Guard ship, "Spencer" (USS Spencer) on the explosions of depth charges, which hit the German submarine U-175. After these explosions, the boat surfaced, becoming an easy target for naval artillery. After severe damage from the shells of guns, "Spencer" sank. In the background - the convoy ships NX-233, which  accompanied "Spencer".


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