The German 7th Panzer Division drives past a burning Soviet truck, a group of Soviet POWs to the right, Smolensk region, 1941. [x]
An American pilot flies his B-17 Flying Fortress back to base following a mission, with other B-17 bombers of the 96th Bombardment Group seen ahead, 1943. [x]
A soldier of the Arab Legion desert patrol takes part in the 24th anniversary celebrations of the Arab Revolt - in which King Hussein bin Ali, with the help of the British, declared the independence of the Arab states from the Ottoman Empire - in Amman, 1940. [x]
U.S. General Douglas MacArthur speaks to reporters at the airport in the Japanese city of Atsugi following Japan’s surrender, 1945. [x]
Polish POWs stand with a Red Cross nurse after being captured by German forces during the invasion of Poland, 1939. [x]
Annual midnight swearing-in of Nazi SS troops, Feldherrnhalle, Munich, 1938
A Soviet nurse assists a wounded Red Army soldier under enemy fire, [x]
A welder works on cowls for liberty ships in California, 1942.Photograph by Acme News Pictures, Inc.
“An column of Russian prisoners of war taken during recent fighting in Ukraine, on their way to a Nazi prison camp on September 3, 1941.”
Today is the Day of Remembrance for Japanese Americans Interned During WWII
On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 granting the War Department broad powers to create military exclusion areas. Although the order did not identify any particular group, in practice it was used almost exclusively to intern Americans of Japanese descent.
Although there were no reliable reports that Japanese-Americans on the United States West Coast presented a subversive threat, on March 2, 1942 the military declared California, Oregon and Washington State strategic areas from which Americans of Japanese decent were to be excluded.
More than 110,000 Japanese-Americans (64% of whom were American-born citizens) were required to abandon their homes and jobs and to live in 10 relocation camps.
The United States Supreme Court finally ruled that continued detention without cause was unconstitutional, and the military relocation order was rescinded in December 1944.
Japanese Americans near trains during Relocation. Circa 1942.
Baggage check during Japanese Relocation. Circa 1942.
Exclusion order posted at First and Front Streets in San Francisco directing removal of persons of Japanese ancestry from the first section of the city to be affected by evacuation. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration., ca. 07/1942.
Photograph of Dust Storm at Manzanar War Relocation Authority Center, 07/03/1942.
-from the FDR Library