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Mussolini "saluting" Guglielmo Marconi's coffin (july 1937)

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WWII --- Dutch Resistance members (Winterswijk, Netherlands - c. April 1945) 

 

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US boarding party from the USS Pillsbury attaches tow line on German U-boat captured by the American Navy Jun 4, 1944 

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Armourers of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) re-arm a Hawker Hurricane aircraft at the Fleet Air Arm airfield at Yeovilton, Somerset, 2 September 1943 

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Australian Light Horsemen, 1914

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WWII --- Mother and daughter take refuge in an underground shelter, for protection against German bombing raids (London, England - c. Sep 1940 - May 1941) 

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WWII --- German soldier in bunker, armed with a Kar98k rifle and M24 grenades, notice how the bottoms are already unscrewed for quick access

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German soldiers on maneuvers around Metz, circa 1910

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WWII --- Russian soldiers in combat, armed with SVT-40 rifles (Voronezh Front, Russia - October 1942) 

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Private Henry "Black Death" Johnson, the latest recipient of the American Medal of Honor, presented for his bravery and gallantry in combat. 1918

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Oleg Gazenko, the former director of the Institute of Biomedical Problems in Moscow (focused on basic problems of space biomedicine), holds aloft Belka and Strelka, among the first animals to orbit Earth and return safely (1960)

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People flock around the battlecruiser HMS Hood during her Empire Cruise visit to New Zealand,1924.

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Maj. J.D. McFarlane, USAAF, stops to have his picture taken on the way to Sweden. Copenhagen, March 1945 

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Three female witch doctors stare at the camera with a little boy crouched at their feet. Around 1890s.

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One example of a small demonstration to World War 1 across America. 1914-1918. 

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Medal winners of the 1960 Olympic medals for light heavyweight boxing on the winners' podium in Rome, including a young Cassius Clay.

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1970 - Deke Slayton (center) shows the adapter improvised by Ed Smylie so that carbon dioxide accumulating in Apollo 13's Lunar Module (LM) cabin could be removed using the Command Module's (CM) differently shaped lithium hydroxide canisters. 

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Turkish prisoners being interrogated at Gallipoli, June 4th, 1915.

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On June 3, 1965 Edward H. White II became the first American to step outside his spacecraft and let go, effectively setting himself adrift in the zero gravity of space 

 

 

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Russian prisoners of war lifting up an American soldier after the US 9th Army liberated them from their camp at Eselheide, Germany, 9th April 1945.

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IRA Volunteer Derry, Northern Ireland (1971)

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Soviet soldiers relaxing and reading the paper during the Battles of Khalkin-Gol, summer of 1939

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A German civilian looks at a large poster portrait of Stalin on the Unter-den-Linden in Berlin, 3rd June 1945. 

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Clay vodka bottle, parents owned alot of these,  Azerbaijan SSR, 1980s. They like to keep atleast one of the empty one's for memories, they were big fans of Stalin. Oviously this isnt one of mine but they looked exactly like this. There were tons of these in that region 

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Wounded infantrymen smoking after Battle for Hill 598, Korea, 1952

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Hungarian war correspondents with girls in occupied Soviet village. circa 1942

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Four heavily armed German soldiers wearing gas masks and an early type of steel helmet called the Gaede which was introduced on the Vosges Front in late 1915. 

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Crimean War casualties with amputated legs who were seen by HM Queen Victoria when she visited Chatham Hospital. Left to right - William Young, Henry Burland and John Connery. John Connery is holding his artificial leg - c1856. 

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Two running men with Type-59 in the background at the Tiananmen Square crackdown Beijing, China

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Brigadier Tony Wilson, officer commanding 5 Infantry Brigade, on the Falkland islands before the final battle - June 1982.

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A German recovery crew, desperately tries to repair a disabled Panzer IV tank. Monte Cassino, Italy. January 1944

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Tied. I know sometimes it must be frustrating putting together these awesome photo montages here and at the WoT forums and they don't create a lot of conversation. I think it is in part because they are so God damn awesome that all that I know I can do is say, "Wow. Where the hell did that broad 1970s Soviet stereotype find these?"

 

Like a massive Fourth of July fireworks display or a sunset over the Olympic Mountains in the summer, sometimes all the viewer can do is look and silently applaud.

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Vasily Blokhin the most prolific executioner in history, believed to have killed anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 people during his time as chief executioner of the Stalinist regime. With a Walther PP he personally executed 7,000 people in 29 days during the Katyn Massacre. Some of his victims include Mikhail Tukhachevsky, Genrikh Yagoda, Nikolai Yezhov, Isaac Babel, and Nikolai Bukharin.

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Tied. I know sometimes it must be frustrating putting together these awesome photo montages here and at the WoT forums and they don't create a lot of conversation. I think it is in part because they are so God damn awesome that all that I know I can do is say, "Wow. Where the hell did that broad 1970s Soviet stereotype find these?"

 

Like a massive Fourth of July fireworks display or a sunset over the Olympic Mountains in the summer, sometimes all the viewer can do is look and silently applaud.

 

 

I mean, I can make as many alt accounts as I want, just to like Tied's photo posts, but some nagging part of my mind is holding me back from doing it. Says it would be "lowbrow" or something.

Bravo, Tied.

 

its not too far fetched really, like most old folks in my area instead of engaging in useful conversation or elaborating on why exactly you have a shed of mosins, you just pull out the photobook and let the heart pills do the talking 

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Japanese Samurai, circa 1870. Photograph by Felice Beato

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WWII --- U.S. soldier with a German panzerschreck and a U.S. bazooka

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Exhausted French Resistance fighter, Paris, 1944.

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Elvis Presley and Kathy Seph cruising the streets of Memphis. Twenty year-old Selph would be killed in an auto accident less than three weeks later (30 June 1972) 

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Soldiers using gas masks to stop themselves from crying while peeling onions, 1941 

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Supply drop to American troops in Bastogne, Belgium, Dec. 26, 1944 

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U.S. 28th Infantry Division march down Champs-Elysees, Paris, Aug. 29, 1944

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Yuri Gagarin at a Party for Cosmonauts, 1965

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Civil Guards round up some of the 1,000 suspects arrested during the "Tragic Week" in Barcelona, Spain, 1909

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British soldiers walk near a Catholic neighborhood that was recently raided by the RUC in Belfast, 1970 

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WWII --- Japanese aircraft in flames, struck by anti-aircraft fire from USS Hornet (Okinawa 3-18-45). The last respites of the war did not hesitate to claim as many young men's lives as possible 

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Elm Street in Dallas, 1945

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Man looks over the construction of the Glomfjord power plant, Norway, cirka 1920 

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Grigori Rasputin with Alexandra Feodorovna and her children, the Russian royal family, 1908. They look like brats

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Navy pilots on leave dancing with their dates in Hawaii (1944).

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Bumper V-2, the first missile launched from Cape Canaveral, lifts off. July 24, 1950.

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Four MPs read about German surrender in Stars and Stripes newspaper, May 1945 

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Concorde flying over Djibouti (circa 1988-1989), escorted by French fighter jets since President François Mitterrand was on board. 

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Partisans operating in the forests of Belarus - WW2 (September 1943)

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WWII --- British "Hawker Hurricane" fighter is loaded with ammunition (France c. Sep 1939 - May 1940) 

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December 4th 1943 possible scout plane from the USS Yorktown photographs Japanese air base on Kwajalein Atoll

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Ibo separatist guerrilla near Biafra, Nigeria

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(Colorized) Flight in its infancy: Wilbur Wright (of the Wright Brothers) clinging to his flying machine after an unsuccessful trial, December 14, 1903

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Apollo 16 Astronaut Charles Duke (the 10th man out of 12 to walk on the moon) placed a photograph of his family on the surface of the moon a short distance from the landing module on their last day on the moon, April 24, 1972, this toke place less than 80 years after the previous photoJwIFuRj.jpg

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I guess since I posted about his son previously, today marks the day 1397 years ago that Li Yuan took his reign after defeating the Sui Dynasty, becoming the first emperor of the Tang dynasty.

 

He took the name Emperor Gaozu of Tang upon his coronation.

 

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There are only 2 known pictures of blues pioneer Robert Johnson. One of them was taken in a photobooth early 1930s.

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Saturday evening bath, Spencer, Tennessee, 1939 - Kodachrome by J. Baylor Roberts 

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Young Bernie Sanders speaking at a sit-in he organized as protest of segregated campus housing

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Adolf Hitler inspects the remains of Char B №442 "LIEUTENANT DE GISSAC" - Crugny, France, 21st June 1940

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Muslim Bandits, Xinjiang, China, ca.1915

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Waiting in Trafalgar Square for the coronation parade of King George VI, London, 12 May, 1937 - by Henri Cartier-Bresson

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The National Space Invaders Championship held by Atari in 1980, I was probably enjoying a beer induced nap in a hammock in Western CSSR while this was happening

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Soviet rockets being fired at German positions during the Battle of Stalingrad, Winter of 1942/43.

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Portrait of Chief Flying Hawk, Oglala Lakota, undated

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A church service being conducted beneath the forward 15-in guns of HMS Queen Elizabeth off the coast of the Gallipoli peninsula during the Battle of Gallipoli, Jun 19 1915 

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Serbian "Tiger" Paramilitary kicks a dead woman's body in Bijeljina, Bosnia, 1992

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Russian children take cover as the Luftwaffe bomb their neighborhood. Stalingrad, 1942

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The earliest known photograph of Abraham Lincoln. Taken by Nicolas H. Shepherd in Springfield, IL, probably in 1846

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Japanese battleship "Yamashiro" launching a Sparrowhawk aircraft

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Three members of the French resistance, 1944.

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WWI --- German submarine "U-155" (location unknown - c. 1917/1918)

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P-61A-1 Black Widow, September 1944, Saipan

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Waffenträger Ardelt, basically 88mm Marder

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173rd Airborne Brigade Battalion member Larry Wayne Chaffin during the Vietnam War, Phouc Vinh airstrip in South Vietnam

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First Flight of the Boeing 747 on February 9th, 1969 at Paine Field, Washington

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WWI --- Crew of a British freighter abandon ship, repelling from ropes towards a lifeboat. The ship was torpedoed by a German submarine.

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WWI --- Russian battleship "Tsesarevich" in a British port. In the background is the British warship "HMS Victory", flagship of the Royal Navy at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

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Luftwaffe aces meet Hitler after an awards ceremony at the Berghof, April 4, 1944

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Royal Artillerymen at a 'Z' Battery load 4-inch anti-aircraft rockets into a mobile launcher, 18th June 1941.

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Marine Cpl. R.L. Quisenberry carries lots of beer in Korea, July 25, 1951

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Execution of greek civilians by Nazi pigs, Massacre of Kondomari on the greek island of Crete, 2 June 1941. The Germans were such sore losers over the fact that their precious para-dropped commado's got fucking rolled over by greek peasents with pitchforks and machete's and several rifles that they massacre them when they arent actively fighting or just trying to live their lives.

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1886: Tolstoy on the road from Moscow to Yasnaya Polyana

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Cpl. Carlton Chapman (S/Nº 33527792) a machine-gunner in an M-4 Sherman tank, attached to a Motor Transport unit, near Nancy in north-eastern France, November the 5th 1944.

(Cpl Chapman was killed in action 4 days later)

 

Cpl.Chapman served in the 761st Tank Battalion, the first African-American tank unit to go into combat. It was also one of the US Army’s most highly trained tank battalions, thanks to two years spent training at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, and Camp Hood, Texas. The unit’s first engagement came on November the 8th, only days after this photo was taken. 

 

The men of the 761st Tank Battalion, chose their own logo and motto shortly after the unit was activated in 1942: a black panther and “Come Out Fighting.” They lived up to the motto, enduring 183 continuous days in combat, and earning four campaign medals, 11 Silver Stars, 69 Bronze Stars and about 300 Purple Hearts. A Medal of Honor and a Presidential Unit Citation came later

 

Carlton Chapman from Pembroke, Virginia died on the 9th November 1944 and was awarded the Posthumous Purple Heart. 

 

He was buried at Plot C Row 23 Grave 60, Lorraine American Cemetery, Saint-Avold, France.

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Pilot Officer Albert Gerald Lewis DFC (aged 22) in his Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 (VY-R) P2923 with 85 Squadron RAF at Castle Camps, RAF Debden's satellite airfield in Cambridgeshire. July 1940.

 

Albert Gerald Lewis (10 April 1918 - 14 December 1982) was a South African born fighter ace during the war, who was featured in a 'Life' magazine article about the Battle of Britain.

 

Lewis received his Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) in July 1940 and his citation read that during the Battle of France on May the 19th, he shot down five enemy aircraft before he himself was shot down over Lille.

 

He then joined No.249 Squadron RAF on the 15th of September 1940. One the same day he shot down a Heinkel He.111 and on the 18th, a Messerschmitt Bf. 109 (his twelfth confirmed enemy aircraft).

On the 27th of September he claimed 6 kills (three Bf 109s, two Bf 110s and a Ju 88), two probables and one damaged. 

While on a patrol on the 28th of September he was shot down and he baled out of his Hurricane over Faversham and was taken to Faversham Cottage Hospital, blind for two weeks, and with shrapnel in his legs with severe burns on the face, throat, hands and legs.

He returned to the Squadron in December, 1940, having been promoted Flight Lieutenant on the 29th of November. He was flying by the 17th of January 1941, and became "A" Flight Commander, and was awarded a bar to the DFC.

His final tally was 18 kills

 

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A group of veteran German prisoners captured at Maltot, south west of Caen, Normandy.

23rd of July 1944.

 

I think that some or all of these 'Veterans' could be from the Grenadier Regiment 980 (formerly 348), 272nd Infantry Division

(formerly the 216th), which had been decimated on the Eastern Front in July 1943.

 

They all are showing the The Iron Cross 2nd Class medal ribbon.

 

Three are wearing the Eastfront medal ribbon, three have the Wound Medal in Silver (2nd class) for being wounded three or four times). 

 

One has the Wound Medal in Black (3rd class, representing Iron) for those wounded once or twice by hostile action).

 

The Grenadier in the centre also wears the Iron Cross 1st Class and a Silver Assault Badge.

 

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A Vickers machine gun team of 7th Battalion Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, 59th (Staffordshire) Division in position in a field of corn at Someren in Holland, 21 September 1944. 

 

At the outbreak of the Second World War, the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers consisted of seven battalions. A further three

were raised during the war. Prior to the war, the regiment was one of a number that been selected to transition from an infantry role to an support role and be equipped with the Vickers machine gun.

 

While most battalions served as divisional machine gun[a] or support battalions, several undertook different roles: motorcycle, searchlight, tank, reconnaissance, regular infantry, and deception units.

 

The battalions of the regiment saw action with the British Expeditionary Force during the Battle of France, defended the United Kingdom, fought in the North African Campaign, took part in the Battle of Singapore, fought in Italy, and operated with the 21st Army Group in the North-West Europe Campaign of 1944–1945.

 

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An SAS jeep (Sr/Nº4822478) in the Gabes-Tozeur area of Tunisia. The vehicle is heavily loaded with jerry cans of fuel and water, and personal kit. The 'gunner' is manning the .50 cal Browning machine gun, while the driver has a single Vickers 'K' gun in front, and a twin mounting vickers behind.

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A 105 mm Self Propelled Gun M-7 'Priest' of the 14th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Armored Division passes through Rue Holgate, Carentan, Normandy on the 18th June 1944. 

 

At dawn on 13 June, the 101st Airborne was about to attack the German line when it was attacked by tanks and assault guns. Two battalions of the 37th Panzergrenadier Regiment, supported by the 17th Panzer Battalion and III./FJR6, struck hard at the 501st PIR on the American left, which fell back under heavy pressure.

 

The left flank companies (Dog and Fox Companies) of the 506th then gave way, and by noon the spearheads of the German attack were within 500 yards of Carentan. However, Company E (Easy) of the 506th, commanded by 1st Lt. Richard D. Winters, anchored its right flank against a railroad embankment and held its position. Reinforced by the 2nd/502nd PIR taking position on its right, Easy Company slowed the German attack until American tanks could be brought up.

 

Reacting to an Ultra warning of the size and threat of the counterattack, Lieutenant General Bradley diverted CCA U.S. 2nd Armored Division (commanded by Brig. Gen. Maurice Rose and near Isigny sur mer) to Carentan at 10:30.

 

At 14:00 CCA attacked, supported by the self-propelled howitzers of the 14th Armored Field Artillery Battalion. One task force of tanks and mechanized infantry surged down the road to Baupte in the 2nd/506th's area and shattered the main German thrust.

 

A second task force drove back German forces along the Périers highway, inflicting heavy losses in men and equipment. CCA, followed by the 502nd PIR, then pushed west a mile beyond the original lines.

 

The counterattack became known anecdotally among the surviving paratroopers as the "Battle of Bloody Gulch".

 

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Grinning troops of the 29th US Marine Regiment, 6th US Marine Division, hitch a ride on board an M4A3 Sherman 75mm of

Company A, 6th Tank Battalion, heading for Chuda in the drive towards Motobu Peninsula, Okinawa. April 5th 1945. 

 

(Note. the partially dismantled deep wading gear to allow the M4A3 to move through deep water during the landings a few days before.) 

 

The 29th US Marines reached Chuda at 1200 hours on 6 April and threw a line across the isthmus on the road there. In its sector the enemy's destruction of bridges had been inept; frequently only a span of the bridge had been dropped or cracked.

 

The engineers cut hasty bypasses for the vehicles, repairing the broken spans later. 

 

Behind reconnaissance units and tanks the 29th Marines advanced on 7 April into Nago, a medium-sized town nestling in the deep bend where Motobu juts out westward from the island. A spearhead drove north to Taira, cutting Motobu off from the rest of Okinawa; other troops started west from Nago along the coast road to Awa.

 

Here for the first time there was evidence that he troops were meeting not stragglers but outposts of an organized defense, for the marines became involved in a few small fire fights and met some organized rifle fire. They had reached Motobu Peninsula, which for some time was to be the focus of the III Amphibious Corps' effort.

 

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Grinning troops of the 29th US Marine Regiment, 6th US Marine Division, hitch a ride on board an M4A3 Sherman 105mm of
Company A, 6th Tank Battalion, heading for Chuda in the drive towards Motobu Peninsula, Okinawa. April 5th 1945. 
 
(Note. the partially dismantled deep wading gear to allow the M4A3 to move through deep water during the landings a few days before.) 
 
The 29th US Marines reached Chuda at 1200 hours on 6 April and threw a line across the isthmus on the road there. In its sector the enemy's destruction of bridges had been inept; frequently only a span of the bridge had been dropped or cracked.
 
The engineers cut hasty bypasses for the vehicles, repairing the broken spans later. 
 
Behind reconnaissance units and tanks the 29th Marines advanced on 7 April into Nago, a medium-sized town nestling in the deep bend where Motobu juts out westward from the island. A spearhead drove north to Taira, cutting Motobu off from the rest of Okinawa; other troops started west from Nago along the coast road to Awa.
 
Here for the first time there was evidence that he troops were meeting not stragglers but outposts of an organized defense, for the marines became involved in a few small fire fights and met some organized rifle fire. They had reached Motobu Peninsula, which for some time was to be the focus of the III Amphibious Corps' effort.
 
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Great photos Tied, but I think this one is captioned wrong.  That's no M4A3 105, it's just an M4A3 75mm wet hull Sherman, the ultimate final production 75mm Sherman, you can just make out the oval loaders hatch. The all-around vision cupola is a give away as well. This tank was most likely made by Fisher; it is not a CDA tank (Chrysler), the only ones to make the 105 tanks, because it has non 'fancy' sprockets. The gun also looks like a M3 75mm gun, since it has a clear taper and flare at the end. 

 

Also, I'm not 100% sure on this, but I don't think the Marines got 105 tanks until post war. 

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WWI --- U.S. soldiers in a damaged church (Dommartin, France - September 1918) 

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WWI --- Austro-Hungarian battleship "Babenburg" (Adriatic Sea - c. 1914)

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A young boy is treated at the Central Research Institute in Kasauli, in the Himalayas, after he was bitten by a Russell's viper, one of the deadliest snakes in India, 1943. His father has brought the dead snake along for identification

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A dejected Koki Hirota listens to his death sentence being read by Sir William Webb. He was convicted of crimes against peace and disregard for duty to prevent war crimes. Tokyo, 1948.

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Citizens of Berlin watch US Planes above deliver care packages during the Berlin Airlift, which began 65 years ago today. June 1948

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Volunteer student soldiers boarding a train headed for the front line during the Korean War. Date unknown - probably during the initial stage of the war (June 1950)

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Self-portrait of colour photography pioneer, Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii around the Caucasus region in 1912.

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A group of the defenders of Hegra fortress during the Norwegian campaign of WW2

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Armada assembled for the Incheon invasion during Korean war on September 15, 1950

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Camilo Torres, Colombian catholic priest and guerrillero who spent his entire life trying to reconcile Marxism and Catholicism. Crica 1960's

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Soldiers clambering across shattered rooftops in a bombed-out area in the East End of London, 26th June 1942

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A Confederate veteran examining a union water bottle in front of a Confederate flag in 1875 

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Lockheed NF-104A climbs under rocket power. 1960 

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Members of the press interview Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev during his visit to a farm in Iowa, September 1959

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Nelson Mandela at a communist party rally, shortly after being released, 1990

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WWI --- Austro-Hungarian fighter ace Godwin von Brumowski. The skull emblem is on his Albatros D.III aircraft

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Samurai (Yokohama, Japan - 1860s)

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WWII --- Sister says goodbye to her brother, after he volunteered to join the German forces and betray his native people (Western Ukraine - May 1944)

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General de Gaulle and Admiral Auboyneau inspecting sailors on board the Free French destroyer Léopard at Greenock, Scotland - 24th June 1942

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A procession of soldiers and tanks during a World War One victory parade in London in 1919

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An American soldier offers his hand to a woman emerging from a cave with her child after the battle of Saipan, July 1944

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Good period photo of the rectangular Confederate battle standard.

It's been pointed out elsewhere that the rectangular cross-and-stars was most likely widely in use during the Civil War - several illustrations appear to show it.

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A man testing a prototype of a football helmet in 1912

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Majdanek Concentration Camp 1944, soviet soldiers look on at a massive pile of human ashes, horrific.

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Annie Edison Taylor, The first woman to survive going over Niagra Falls in a barrel.

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Papa New Guinea during WWII, an advertisement for Atabrine, an anti-malaria drug.

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1961, Disneyland Employee Cafeteria.

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1936, the last ever public execution in The United States.

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1903, The World Record for biggest black sea bass caught by Edward Llewellyn, alone. It Weighed in at 412lbs!

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These ‘Punt Guns’ were banned in 1860. They were made for duck hunting and supposedly had the potential to kill 50 birds in one

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Ambrose Burnslide, a Civil War General who, fittingly, was deemed the nickname ‘Sideburn’.

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Hindenburg Disaster, May 6th, 1937

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12. 1962, JFK and LBJ during The Cuban Missile Crisis. The US were hours away from World War III

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