A grave for fallen comrades

A grave for fallen comrades

A German panzer crewman stands over the grave of two fallen panzer crewmen - potentially from the Panzer I in the background. Most likely this photo is taken in 1941 during Operation Barbarossa, as the black panzer beret - the schutzmütze - was phased out and production had ceased in 1941, however it continued to be worn after that date for a while.  The surviving crewman is wearing the newer style of panzer crew headgear which was introduced in early 1940.
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Captured Soviet soldier dressed in SN-42 body armor – 1944

Captured Soviet soldier dressed in SN-42 body armor – 1944

Stalnoi Nagrudnik - the steel bib, designed to stop the 9mm pistol round and potentially even a round from a rifle as long as it did not hit directly front on. In this photo three non-penetrating bullets have hit the front of the vest and have been successfully stopped, saving this young soldiers life.
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“A date that will live in infamy” – Dec 7th 1941

“A date that will live in infamy” – Dec 7th 1941

The USS Arizona burns during the attack on Pearl Harbor A double post today - It's the 8th down here in NZ but for our American readers it is the 7th. "The attack commenced at 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian Time. The base was attacked by 353 Imperial Japanese fighter planes, bombers, and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four sunk. All but the USS Arizona (BB-39) were later raised, and six were returned to service and went on to fight in the war. The Japanese also sank or damaged…
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Operation Overlord – 6/6/44

Operation Overlord – 6/6/44

Depending on where you are in the world, today is either the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, or it's the day before D-Day. It's the day when the Allied forces returned to mainland Europe, many soliders on both sides lost their lives on this day, and in the many days to come. Into the jaws of death, US infantry disembark landing craft at Omaha. 82nd Airborne and French Resistance discussing the situation during the Battle for Normandy. British troops taking cover while waiting to move off 'Queen White' beach, Sword Area. A LCM landing craft evacuates casualties from the D-Day invasion…
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