Air battle over the Western Desert, c.1941-1943, by Peter McIntyre.
Artillerymen from the 10th Mountain Division operate their M1A1 75mm pack howitzer. These compact guns were the main heavy support within the 10th, and could be disassembled for transport by mule.
An M1919 gunner prepares to cover his fellow mountain troopers as they advance through the Italian countryside.
Ukrainian Lyudmila Pavlichenko was a Soviet sniper during WWII. Credited with 309 kills, she is often regarded as the most successful female sniper in history. She was also the first member of the Soviet Union to be accepted into the White House and had the following to say about US media:
I am amazed at the kind of questions put to me by the women press correspondents in Washington. Don’t they know there is a war? They asked me silly questions such as do I use powder and rouge and nail polish and do I curl my hair? One reporter even criticized the length of the skirt of my uniform, saying that in America women wear shorter skirts and besides my uniform made me look fat…This made me angry. I wear my uniform with honor. It has the Order of Lenin on it. It has been covered with blood in battle. It is plain to see that with American women what is important is whether they wear silk underwear under their uniforms. What the uniform stands for, they have yet to learn.
An M29 Weasel, loaded to the brim with toboggans.
Brazilian soldiers at Porreta-Termi. Holding the line.
July 26, 1940 - President Roosevelt restricted the export of aviation gasoline and certain classes of iron and steel to Japan.
July 26, 1941 - Douglas MacArthur was recalled by the US Army to active service as the commander of units in the Far East.
July 26, 1942 – Oivi, Australian Papua was attacked by Japanese troops.
July 26, 1943 - An operation to rescue Mussolini from his arrest was ordered by Adolf Hitler.
July 26, 1944 - US forces broke through near Saint-Lô, France, forcing German troops from the Normandy region.
July 26, 1945 – Winston Churchill resigned as the Prime Minister of Britain.
A Soviet soldier taking in the destruction of what was then Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland) after the siege; In the background is St. Augustine church.
21st July 1944.
Once their fellow conspirator, General Fromm ordered their execution, trying to have save himself from association.
“In the name of Führer a court martial convened by me has pronounced sentence: Colonel von Mertz, General Olbricht, the Colonel whose name I will not mention, and Lieutenant von Haeften are condemned to death”.
Stauffenberg spoke out and took sole responsibility for the entire operation, saying that the other men had simply acted out his orders.
(Pictured; Colonel Stauffenberg)
This however would not save them.
Ludwig Beck, a highly respected former General was granted the option of suicide.
His first attempt only severely injured him, and by order of General Fromm he was shot in the back of the neck by a staff officer.
The remaining men were escorted out into a courtyard where a firing squad awaited them. One by one the men were led in front of a heap of sandy earth excavated during construction work in the courtyard and vehicle lights illuminated them.
The first to be shot was General Olbricht.
(Pictured; General Olbricht)
Next was Colonel Stauffenberg, who shouted “Long live holy Germany.” But as the squad positioned their guns Haeften broke away and stood in front his Colonel and was shot dead.
(pictured; Lieutenant von Haeften)
Colonel Stauffenberg was then shot dead, followed by Colonel Mertz.
It was 12:30am.
General Fromm did not escape from prosecution for his involvement and his obvious cover up, he was arrested and later sentenced to death.
Men of the US Marine Corps 22nd Regiment taking position on Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, 17-21 Feb 1944