World War II in colors

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39th Garhwal Rifles, Estaire La Bassée Road, France, 4 Aug 1915

39th Garhwal Rifles, Estaire La Bassée Road, France, 4 Aug 1915

British troops pose with the tail-fin of a downed Me-110 over Essex at the height of the Battle of Britain, August 1940

British troops pose with the tail-fin of a downed Me-110 over Essex at the height of the Battle of Britain, August 1940

American forces come ashore during Operation Overlord, Normandy, Northern France 1944

American forces come ashore during Operation Overlord, Normandy, Northern France 1944

Heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper landing troops in Norway in 1940

Heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper landing troops in Norway in 1940

A captured German Henschel Hs 129B wearing USAAF FE (Foreign Evaluation, FE-4600) markings at Freeman Field, Indiana (USA).

A captured German Henschel Hs 129B wearing USAAF FE (Foreign Evaluation, FE-4600) markings at Freeman Field, Indiana (USA).

The image above is from Record Group 112, Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army). The original caption reads “Private First Class Warren Capers recommended for Silver Star. With other members of his medical detachment Private Capers set up a dressing station and aided over 330 soldiers on a beachhead on D-Day., 08/18/1944.”

The image above is from Record Group 112, Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army). The original caption reads “Private First Class Warren Capers recommended for Silver Star. With other members of his medical detachment Private Capers set up a dressing station and aided over 330 soldiers on a beachhead on D-Day., 08/18/1944.”

Mongolian troops fight against the Japanese counterattack on the western beach of the river during the Battle of Khalkhin Gol, Mongolia, 1939

Mongolian troops fight against the Japanese counterattack on the western beach of the river during the Battle of Khalkhin Gol, Mongolia, 1939

British soldiers inspecting a captured German Pz.Kpfw.III tank in North Africa, 2 May 1941

British soldiers inspecting a captured German Pz.Kpfw.III tank in North Africa, 2 May 1941

Led by their piper, men of 7th Seaforth Highlanders, 15th (Scottish) Division advance during Operation Epsom, 26 June 1944

Led by their piper, men of 7th Seaforth Highlanders, 15th (Scottish) Division advance during Operation Epsom, 26 June 1944

German soldiers inspect an abandoned Belgian Army T-13 tank during ‘Fall Gelb’, May 1940

German soldiers inspect an abandoned Belgian Army T-13 tank during ‘Fall Gelb’, May 1940

A Messerschmitt 110 has crash landed in the garden of a house during the invasion of Norway. A Junkers JU-52 plane flies over the location. Photo taken by war reporters of the 5th Luftwaffe, April 1940

A Messerschmitt 110 has crash landed in the garden of a house during the invasion of Norway. A Junkers JU-52 plane flies over the location. Photo taken by war reporters of the 5th Luftwaffe, April 1940

British troops of 8th Army meet local children and share rations near Solarino after the allied invasion of Sicily, 13 July 1943

British troops of 8th Army meet local children and share rations near Solarino after the allied invasion of Sicily, 13 July 1943

Men of the 2/9th Gurkha Rifles training in the Malayan jungle, October 1941, Malaya.

Men of the 2/9th Gurkha Rifles training in the Malayan jungle, October 1941, Malaya.

Lieutenant, junior grade (LTJG) John F. Kennedy (later 35th President of the United States) aboard the PT-109, Pacific theater, 1943

Lieutenant, junior grade (LTJG) John F. Kennedy (later 35th President of the United States) aboard the PT-109, Pacific theater, 1943

General Leese and other British officers ride on a captured German PzKpfw V Panther tank during a display of enemy equipment, Italy, 2 June 1944.

General Leese and other British officers ride on a captured German PzKpfw V Panther tank during a display of enemy equipment, Italy, 2 June 1944.

Walter Model (centre) German general and later field marshal as Commander of the 3rd Panzer Division on the Eastern front, July 1941

Walter Model (centre) German general and later field marshal as Commander of the 3rd Panzer Division on the Eastern front, July 1941

Captured Yugoslavian officers before their deportation to Germany, April 14, 1941

Captured Yugoslavian officers before their deportation to Germany, April 14, 1941

British carriers of the Queen’s Regiment drive through a cornfield as a German Panther tank burns in the background, during the advance towards Aunay-sur-Odon, 31 July - 1 August 1944.

British carriers of the Queen’s Regiment drive through a cornfield as a German Panther tank burns in the background, during the advance towards Aunay-sur-Odon, 31 July – 1 August 1944.

Capture of the German submarine U570. The surfaced submarine is alongside a Royal Navy ship. Taken from RAF Catalina aircraft of 209 Squadron.

Capture of the German submarine U570. The surfaced submarine is alongside a Royal Navy ship. Taken from RAF Catalina aircraft of 209 Squadron.

HMS Charybdis, a Dido-class cruiser of the Royal Navy. She served during the Second World War and was sunk with heavy loss of life by German torpedo boats in an action in the English Channel in October 1943.

HMS Charybdis, a Dido-class cruiser of the Royal Navy. She served during the Second World War and was sunk with heavy loss of life by German torpedo boats in an action in the English Channel in October 1943.

1942: Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vs assembled by the Special Erection Party for Operation TORCH, undergoing initial engine tests at North Front, Gibraltar. The Special Erection Party was established at Gibraltar in July 1942 to assemble and test fly aircraft crated from Britain by sea for the reinforcement of Malta. On 28 October 1942 an unexpected shipment of 116 Spitfires and 13 Hawker Hurricanes arrived to be prepared for the Allied landings in North Africa (Operation TORCH) and a further shipment was received a few days later. Despite shortages of personnel, the SEP, assisted by soldiers of the Malta Brigade, assembled, test-flew and cannon-tested all the aircraft in time for the commencement of the Operation (8 November).“

1942: Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vs assembled by the Special Erection Party for Operation TORCH, undergoing initial engine tests at North Front, Gibraltar. The Special Erection Party was established at Gibraltar in July 1942 to assemble and test fly aircraft crated from Britain by sea for the reinforcement of Malta. On 28 October 1942 an unexpected shipment of 116 Spitfires and 13 Hawker Hurricanes arrived to be prepared for the Allied landings in North Africa (Operation TORCH) and a further shipment was received a few days later. Despite shortages of personnel, the SEP, assisted by soldiers of the Malta Brigade, assembled, test-flew and cannon-tested all the aircraft in time for the commencement of the Operation (8 November).“

A German Volksgrenadier regiment equipped with Sturmgewehr 44s (Stg 44) in a forest in Luxembourg during the Ardennes offensive. From behind the trees the Grenadiers fire at the enemy and try to break the Allied lines. 22 December 1944

A German Volksgrenadier regiment equipped with Sturmgewehr 44s (Stg 44) in a forest in Luxembourg during the Ardennes offensive. From behind the trees the Grenadiers fire at the enemy and try to break the Allied lines. 22 December 1944

German FlaK 8,8 cm guns fire upon advancing British armour during the battle of Gazala, 18th June 1942

German FlaK 8,8 cm guns fire upon advancing British armour during the battle of Gazala, 18th June 1942

The ‘Rats of Tobruk’ - some of the 15,000 men of General Morshead’s 9th Australian Division shelter in caves during an air raid during the siege of Tobruk, 1941

The ‘Rats of Tobruk’ – some of the 15,000 men of General Morshead’s 9th Australian Division shelter in caves during an air raid during the siege of Tobruk, 1941

Morris-Commercial C8 ‘Quad’ artillery tractor and 25-pdr field gun crossing a pontoon bridge at Slaght Bridge in Antrim, Northern Ireland, 26 June 1942.

Morris-Commercial C8 ‘Quad’ artillery tractor and 25-pdr field gun crossing a pontoon bridge at Slaght Bridge in Antrim, Northern Ireland, 26 June 1942.

Raid on Vågsøy 27 December 1941: Wounded British officer Captain O'Flaherty being helped to a dressing station during Operation Archery. O'Flaherty remained in the army and eventually became a Brigadier. He had been shot by a German sniper in both eyes. He lost one eye and wore a black eye patch thereafter. The soldier on the right is Derek Gordon Page - a commando. He subsequently left the commandos and served with the Gurkas in India fighting in Burma and eventually ending the war in Indonesia where he met a Dutch prisoner of war, who he subsequently married. He eventually left the army with the rank of Captain.

Raid on Vågsøy 27 December 1941: Wounded British officer Captain O’Flaherty being helped to a dressing station during Operation Archery. O’Flaherty remained in the army and eventually became a Brigadier. He had been shot by a German sniper in both eyes. He lost one eye and wore a black eye patch thereafter. The soldier on the right is Derek Gordon Page – a commando. He subsequently left the commandos and served with the Gurkas in India fighting in Burma and eventually ending the war in Indonesia where he met a Dutch prisoner of war, who he subsequently married. He eventually left the army with the rank of Captain.

Cornish soldiers of the 5th Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry using DUKW and Universal carriers, 43rd Division, Holland, 18 September 1944.

Cornish soldiers of the 5th Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry using DUKW and Universal carriers, 43rd Division, Holland, 18 September 1944.

U.S. Army Air Force Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress bombers of the 381st Training Group from RAF Ridgewell, enroute to a target over Nazi-occupied Europe in late 1943. The aircraft marked “VE” belong to the 532nd Bomb Squadron, the ones marked “MS” to the 535th BS. In front is B-17G-20-BO 42-31443 (“Friday the 13th”). This aircraft was lost on mission to Oschersleben during February 1944. The plane was shot down by fighters near Munster in Germany on 22 February and crashed near Bielefeld, where four of the crew became POWs and six were killed.

U.S. Army Air Force Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress bombers of the 381st Training Group from RAF Ridgewell, enroute to a target over Nazi-occupied Europe in late 1943. The aircraft marked “VE” belong to the 532nd Bomb Squadron, the ones marked “MS” to the 535th BS. In front is B-17G-20-BO 42-31443 (“Friday the 13th”). This aircraft was lost on mission to Oschersleben during February 1944. The plane was shot down by fighters near Munster in Germany on 22 February and crashed near Bielefeld, where four of the crew became POWs and six were killed.

Men of the 7th Worcester Regiment, part of British Fourteenth Army, display a Japanese flag captured on Mount Popa, Burma, 16 April 1945.

Men of the 7th Worcester Regiment, part of British Fourteenth Army, display a Japanese flag captured on Mount Popa, Burma, 16 April 1945.

6-pdr anti-tank gun of the 4th Hallamshires, 49th Division, guarding the road to Willemstad, Netherlands, 8 November 1944.

6-pdr anti-tank gun of the 4th Hallamshires, 49th Division, guarding the road to Willemstad, Netherlands, 8 November 1944.

British troops wade ashore from landing ships during Operation Husky, the allied invasion of Sicily, 10 July 1943.

British troops wade ashore from landing ships during Operation Husky, the allied invasion of Sicily, 10 July 1943.

A union flag hangs in the main street of Les Andelys in Normandy as British forces arrive, 31 August 1944. The woman in the foreground is Madame Scarlett, wife of an expatriate Englishman and owner of the Hotel des Fleurs.

A union flag hangs in the main street of Les Andelys in Normandy as British forces arrive, 31 August 1944. The woman in the foreground is Madame Scarlett, wife of an expatriate Englishman and owner of the Hotel des Fleurs.

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer stands in front of a sign marked “Canada” while to his left a State Trooper stands in front of a sign marked “United States” on duty on their respective sides of the border, as welders from both countries connect the 236-miles pipeline connecting a tanker terminal at Portland, Maine, and refineries at Montreal, Quebec. August 1 1941

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer stands in front of a sign marked “Canada” while to his left a State Trooper stands in front of a sign marked “United States” on duty on their respective sides of the border, as welders from both countries connect the 236-miles pipeline connecting a tanker terminal at Portland, Maine, and refineries at Montreal, Quebec. August 1 1941

British Army 4.5-inch field gun firing at night against enemy armoured concentrations at El Alamein, North Africa, July 1942.

British Army 4.5-inch field gun firing at night against enemy armoured concentrations at El Alamein, North Africa, July 1942.

A Grumman Wildcat fighter (Martlet) on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier HMS Formidable during Operation Torch, North Africa, November 1942

A Grumman Wildcat fighter (Martlet) on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier HMS Formidable during Operation Torch, North Africa, November 1942

Troops on board a ship bound for battle in the Norwegian campaign carry their newly-issued sheepskin coats, April 1940.

Troops on board a ship bound for battle in the Norwegian campaign carry their newly-issued sheepskin coats, April 1940.

British 18-pounder field guns come into action at Signy-Signets during the Battle of the Marne, 8 September 1914. On the left of the photograph are men of the 1st Battalion, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).

British 18-pounder field guns come into action at Signy-Signets during the Battle of the Marne, 8 September 1914. On the left of the photograph are men of the 1st Battalion, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).

British Commandos with captured German soldiers during Operation Archery, also known as the Vaagso Raid, a British Combined Operations raid during World War II against German positions on Vaagso Island (Vågsøy), Norway, on 27 December 1941

British Commandos with captured German soldiers during Operation Archery, also known as the Vaagso Raid, a British Combined Operations raid during World War II against German positions on Vaagso Island (Vågsøy), Norway, on 27 December 1941

German infantryman in front of a fallen Russian tank soldier and burning BT-7 light tank in the southern Soviet Union during the early days of Operation Barbarossa, June 1941

German infantryman in front of a fallen Russian tank soldier and burning BT-7 light tank in the southern Soviet Union during the early days of Operation Barbarossa, June 1941

Members of the Condor Legion sent by Hitler to Spain during the civil war. These are cadets at an infantry training school in Avila, during a course run by mixed German and Spanish speaking guides lasting eight weeks, Spain, January 1939

Members of the Condor Legion sent by Hitler to Spain during the civil war. These are cadets at an infantry training school in Avila, during a course run by mixed German and Spanish speaking guides lasting eight weeks, Spain, January 1939

German soldiers on a Panther tank on the Eastern Front, 1943

German soldiers on a Panther tank on the Eastern Front, 1943

Red Guard unit of the Vulkan factory in Petrograd, October 1917

Red Guard unit of the Vulkan factory in Petrograd, October 1917

Finnish StuG III Ausf. G assault guns of the Finnish Assault Gun Battalion (Rynnäkkötykkipataljoona, Ryn.Tyk.P) - Sturmkanone 40 or StuG IIIG (Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. G, “Sturmi”) - The swastika in front of the tank was a longstanding emblem of the Finnish military, and was used independently of Nazi German forces. Finland, 1943

Finnish StuG III Ausf. G assault guns of the Finnish Assault Gun Battalion (Rynnäkkötykkipataljoona, Ryn.Tyk.P) – Sturmkanone 40 or StuG IIIG (Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. G, “Sturmi”) – The swastika in front of the tank was a longstanding emblem of the Finnish military, and was used independently of Nazi German forces. Finland, 1943

The Special Air Service (SAS) in North Africa during the second world war. A close up of a heavily armed pastrol of ‘L’ Detatchment SAS in their jeeps, just back from a three month patrol. The crews of the jeeps are all wearing an Arab style headdress, as copied from the Long Range Desert Group, North Africa, 18 January 1943

The Special Air Service (SAS) in North Africa during the second world war. A close up of a heavily armed pastrol of ‘L’ Detatchment SAS in their jeeps, just back from a three month patrol. The crews of the jeeps are all wearing an Arab style headdress, as copied from the Long Range Desert Group, North Africa, 18 January 1943

Infantry and Bren gun carriers of the 5th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment pass through a village during 3rd Division exercises near Christchurch in Dorset, 12 March 1941

Infantry and Bren gun carriers of the 5th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment pass through a village during 3rd Division exercises near Christchurch in Dorset, 12 March 1941

Division, seen in a picturesque village near Arundel in Sussex, 5 February 1941. The scout car belongs to HQ 22nd Armoured Brigade, while the Cruiser is a regimental command vehicle from 3rd County of London Yeomanry (3CLY).

Division, seen in a picturesque village near Arundel in Sussex, 5 February 1941. The scout car belongs to HQ 22nd Armoured Brigade, while the Cruiser is a regimental command vehicle from 3rd County of London Yeomanry (3CLY).

Winston Churchill greeting Blackie, the ship’s cat of HMS Prince Of Wales, 1941

Winston Churchill greeting Blackie, the ship’s cat of HMS Prince Of Wales, 1941

Crusader tanks of the British 8th Army in the Western Desert, 26 November 1941

Crusader tanks of the British 8th Army in the Western Desert, 26 November 1941

Churchill tank, northern France 1944

Churchill tank, northern France 1944

T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), Emir Abdullah, Air Marshal Sir Geoffrey Salmond, Sir Herbert Samuel H.B.M. high commissioner and Sir Wyndham Deedes and others in Jerusalem.

T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), Emir Abdullah, Air Marshal Sir Geoffrey Salmond, Sir Herbert Samuel H.B.M. high commissioner and Sir Wyndham Deedes and others in Jerusalem.

A mine explodes close to a British artillery tractor as it advances through enemy minefields, 2nd Battle of El Alamein, October 1942

A mine explodes close to a British artillery tractor as it advances through enemy minefields, 2nd Battle of El Alamein, October 1942

Troops of 19th Indian Infantry Division press the attack during British 14th Army’s attempt to capture Mandalay, February 1945

Troops of 19th Indian Infantry Division press the attack during British 14th Army’s attempt to capture Mandalay, February 1945

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