Color photographs of Berlin in full decoration for the 1936 Olympics.
Marine Corps Recruiting Booklet, 1940. [x]
Marines relax at Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, circa 1942. [x]
This official telegram informed Elsa Murphy that her son, Robert Murphy, was a Prisoner of War, interned at Shanghai, 1943. [x]
A Marine with his good luck charm, a pin-up girl poster, on the way to Tarawa/November 1943
Noor Inayat Khan, Assistant Section Officer, Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, and agent for Special Operations Executive, the British wartime espionage and sabotage agency. Born in Moscow, Khan was descended from Indian nobility, and despite the Sufi and pacifist teachings of her father, decided to enlist in the war effort, as she felt “it would help to make a bridge between the English people and the Indians.” Soon recruited to join SOE, her fluent French and wireless operation ability found her stationed in secret in Nazi-occupied Paris in June 1943, where she joined the Physician radio operator network, transmitting essential information to the British under code name “Madeleine.” Soon, all operators but her were arrested by the Sicherheitsdienst (German intelligence), but she refused an offer to return to Britain and continued transmitting. Khan was betrayed to the Germans in October 1943. In 1944, after months of imprisonment and interrogation by the SD - where she gave up no information - Khan and other agents were moved to Dachau Concentration Camp, where she and they were executed by a shot to the head. She was 30 years old. Khan was posthumously awarded a British George Cross and a French Croix de Guerre with Gold Star; “Inayat Khan displayed the most conspicuous courage, both moral and physical over a period of more than 12 months.” [x]
SS Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler at barrier service, 1938
India, also called Hindustan or Bharat, officially declared war on Nazi Germany in September 1939. The Provinces of British India, being colonies of the United Kingdom, were by default, a part of the Allied Nations and sent over three million troops (who volunteered) to fight alongside Allied Forces against the Axis powers. Indians fought with distinction throughout the world; in the European theaters of Germany and Italy, in the deserts against Rommel and in the Asian region defending the Indian Homeland against the Japanese
Japanese women rehearse a patriotic dance on a rooftop in Osaka following successful Japanese campaigns in Jiangxi and Hubei provinces in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Osaka, Kansai region, Honshu, Japan. July 1938.