An Indian military letter card; British troops in India, Ceylon and South East Asia commands had the concession of sending Air Letters to the U.K. postage free for Christmas delivery in 1942 to 1945. [x]
Soviet skiing infantry march to the front after a parade in Red Square, Moscow, 1941. [x]
The burned out remains of the Reichstag, the seat of the Imperial Diet before the fall of the kaiser and the parliament of the Weimar Republic (1919-1933), after the end of hostilities, an 88mm German anti-aircraft gun visible in the foreground. The Reichstag was a particular target for Soviet bombers due to its perceived symbolic significance. [x]
Soviet soldiers advance on German positions during the first days of the Battle of Stalingrad. The German offensive to capture Stalingrad (now, Volgograd) began on 23 August 1942 using the 6th Army and elements of the 4th Panzer Army. The attack was supported by intensive Luftwaffe bombing that reduced much of the city to rubble. The fighting degenerated into building to building fighting, and both sides poured reinforcements into the city. Volgograd Oblast, Russia, Soviet Union. August 1942. Image taken by Arkady Shaikhet.
A German flamethrower, swathed in smoke at the siege of Stalingrad, 1942. [x]
A US Navy battleship shelling Japanese-held territory in the Solomon Islands with 127mm guns, 1942. [x]
Hitler’s Bunker following its capture by the Soviets.
German soldiers on patrol along the mouth of the Dnieper River with the use of a boat ‘borrowed’ from a Ukrainian village. The soldier in the right carries a MG 34 machine-gun while the other soldiers have 7.92mm Mauser Kar98k carabines, the standard infantry rifle. October 15, 1941.
German prisoners-of-war in Moscow, 1944
Lt. (jg) John F. Kennedy and his older brother, Ensign Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. The elder Kennedy was killed in action above the village of Blythburg, Suffolk, when explosives in his BQ-8 bomber aircraft detonated prematurely. The younger Kennedy, then President, was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963. [x] [x]