Men of the British 2/9th Gurkha Rifles training in the Malayan jungle, Oct 1941. [x]
The war destroyed kings, kaisers, czars and sultans; it demolished empires; it introduced chemical weapons, tanks and airborne bombing; it brought millions of women into the work force, hastening their legal right to vote. It gave independence to nations like Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic countries and created new nations in the Middle East with often arbitrary borders; it brought about major cultural changes, including a new understanding of the psychology of war, of “shell shock” and post-traumatic stress.
Very interesting feature on World War I, the war which set the social and geopolitical stage for World War II.
Canadian infantrymen take position at the ruins of the Italian town of Ortona, 1943. [x]
Soldiers died by the dozens, by the hundreds and then by the thousands in a battle here 70 years ago. Two bloody weeks of fighting came down to just a few yards across an asphalt tennis court.
Night after night, Japanese troops charged across the court’s white lines, only to be killed by almost continuous firing from British and Indian machine guns. The Battle of Kohima and Imphal was the bloodiest of World War II in India, and it cost Japan much of its best army in Burma.
Soviet soldier with a captured German flag, 1945. [x]
Coca-Cola ad, 1943. [x]
Beginning on June 6, 1944, more than 150,000 Allied troops landed on a broad stretch of beaches on the coast of Normandy, in German-held France. Entrenched behind concrete walls and bunkers were more than 50,000 German soldiers. Seventy years later, four veterans of the largest amphibious invasion in history recall their experiences.
D-Day Landings, Normandy, June 6, 1944. (Photo: U.S. National Archives). [x]