Private Tom McCormack of the 1st Battalion, Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders photographed while wounded. He was taken prisoner during the St. Nazaire Raid (Operation Chariot) in March 1942.
He died of his wounds 11 April 1942 at the age of 25.
P. Krivonogov. Soviet Cavalry Fighting Near Moscow.
In [the German] army, all cavalry except one lone division had been replaced by Panzer units. That was a mistake so far as the Eastern Campaign was concerned. The Russian successfully followed another course. The LIII Infantry Corps quite often encountered Russian cavalry divisions, and once a cavalry corps comprising three cavalry elements—always in situations in which cavalry was a suitable arm for the enemy’s purpose.
Under Eastern conditions, as characterized in Central Russia by great forest and swamp areas, muddy periods, and deep snow, cavalry is an arm without peer. Where the motor failed, the horse’s legs continued to move.
- Erhard Raus, Peculiarities of Russian Warfare
Contrary to popular belief, cavalry in WWII was actually pretty damn effective sometimes.
Polish partisan during the Warsaw Uprising.
I wonder if he survived.
That’s the thing with historical pictures. Nine times out of ten you have no idea how a story ends. You just see a single frame of it, not the moments that led to it or the ones that followed. With luck, you’ll get the name of the people depicted, and if you’re very lucky you’ll learn their fate. Otherwise, unless you do extensive research that could take a very long time, you’d be left to makes assumptions. Whether a person survived and lived a long and happy life, or whether they were shot or stabbed or blown up just a few minutes after the photo was taken.
Sometimes I just really think about that stuff.
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.
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 old ww2 Canadian training video on the Boys anti tank rifle. Take look at how to do the basic such as how it works,reloading,aiming,firing,etc. Enjoy