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Soldiers and police inspect Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 (W.Nr. 5587) flown by Oberfeldwebel Fritz Beeck of 6 Staffel JG 51, which force landed in a stubble field at Solton Meadow, East Langdon in Kent while escorting an attack on Manston, 24 August 1940.

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Flying his second escort mission of the day, Beeck's Messerschmitt was hit in the engine by defending fightings over Manston, he was was captured unhurt.
 
Nicknamed ‘The Bitch' (‘Suka’ in Russian) or ‘Golozhopii Ferdinant’ (‘Naked Ass Ferdinand’ after its profile’s similarity to the German Ferdinand), the Soviet Su-76 self-propelled gun was the second most produced armoured vehicle in the USSR during WWII, surpassed only by the T-34.
Armed with a 76.2mm ZiS-3 gun installed in an open compartment atop a lengthened T-70 chassis, the Su-76 was most successfully employed in an infantry support role, either as a light assault gun or providing indirect fire support.
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In an AT role, its 76.2mm ZiS-3 gun could deal with most German tanks including the Panther and the Tiger (if hit in the right spots from a short distance). Its speed, light weight and low ground pressure allowed the Su-76 to move through terrains unsuitable to other armoured vehicles.
Like its German counterparts, the SU-76 main drawback was the lightly armoured open compartment (10 to 30 mm) which offered little to no protection against the enemy and the harsh weather conditions of the Eastern front, hence its poor reputation among the men who crewed it.
Close to 14,000 vehicles left the assembly lines between January 1943 and mid-1945. SU-76M continued to serve post-war and a few fought against the United Nations during the Korean War.
In this photo, Soviet infantry supported by Su-76M ‘attack’ German positions in East Prussia, said to be near Königsberg, spring of 1945.
Note: The SU-76 crew member’s relaxed stance points to the usual Soviet posed photo. Posed or not, it is, imo, representative of what a SU-76 in action would look like.
 
May 3, 1945. Soviet "Sherman" tank in the town of Grabow, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany.

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In November 1942 M4 "Sherman" tanks were supplied to the USSR via lend-lease. On the Eastern front in the units of the Red Army, M4 Shermans participated in practically all operations in the second half of the great Patriotic war and finished it, before reaching Berlin. They generally earned positive reviews.

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May 3, 1945. Soviet "Sherman" tank in the town of Grabow, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany.

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In November 1942 M4 "Sherman" tanks were supplied to the USSR via lend-lease. On the Eastern front in the units of the Red Army, M4 Shermans participated in practically all operations in the second half of the great Patriotic war and finished it, before reaching Berlin. They generally earned positive reviews.

Colour by Konstantin Fiev

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A British Sherman VC 'Firefly' (Medium Tank, M4A4) of 'C' Squadron,The Staffordshire Yeomanry, 27th Armoured Brigade in the vicinity of Lebisey Wood, north of Caen, Normandy. 7th -13th of June 1944.

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Captain Merle B. Nichols seated on the nose of "Wilda", his Lockheed P-38 Lightning, s/n 42-67515, whilst assigned to the 79th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Group, 8th US Air Force, at American Air Force Station 376 (formerly RAF Kings Cliffe), Northamptonshire, England, late 1943.

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August 24, 1940, the Battle of Britain rages on. After a quick lunch, 29 year old Ofw. Fritz Beeck takes off from his French base with seven other aircraft from 6./JG 51. Over the Channel they rendezvous with 20 bombers and head on to Great Britain. The objective is once again Manston airfield. Beek’s first escort sortie earlier that day had been uneventful but this time the RAF showed up.

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During the ensuing dogfight with a number of Hurricanes and a few Spitfires, Beek’s Bf 109E-4 ‘Yellow 10’ is hit in the engine. Unaware of the damage, Ofw. Beek was flying home when an oil duct broke and the engine began to falter leaving him no choice but to make a forced landing. He managed to land in a field at East Langdon, Kent, where, at 12.55 hrs, he was captured unhurt by a local policeman.
 
Shtabs-Captain Pankratiev (standing 5th from the left), Guards Shtabs-Captain Nikolskoy (standing 4th from the left) and 31 lower ranks (Peter Chuchelov standing 7th from the left, Alexander Pankratiev standing 4th from the right) near the Ilya Muromets II with serial number 167. Kolodzievka, June 1916. From the archive of Vadim Zadorozhny Museum of Technology .

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Shtabs-Captain Pankratiev (standing 5th from the left), Guards Shtabs-Captain Nikolskoy (standing 4th from the left) and 31 lower ranks (Peter Chuchelov standing 7th from the left, Alexander Pankratiev standing 4th from the right) near the Ilya Muromets II with serial number 167. Kolodzievka, June 1916. From the archive of Vadim Zadorozhny Museum of Technology .

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A very nice photo @Jaybe, about 1.5 km from my home during the First World War was an airport on which Russian planes were stationed (maybe Ilya Muromets?). Nice to see in color how it looked. Thanks, mate!
 
A very nice photo @Jaybe, about 1.5 km from my home during the First World War was an airport on which Russian planes were stationed (maybe Ilya Muromets?). Nice to see in color how it looked. Thanks, mate!

Do you happen to know what "Kolodzievka" might be? I think that the Russians transcribe horribly the Polish name of the small town.
 
Yep. Makes sense. Thank you.

I'm sure it will be Колодиевка, but there a lot of villages with this name.

I found this book - http://www.airforce.ru/content/knigi/408-konstantin-finne/page9/
Осенью 1915 г. германское наступление под Ригой было остановлено и линия фронта стабилизировалась. В начале 1916 г. когда началась подготовка широкомасштабного русского наступления в восточной Галиции, к этому участку был приписан отряд Муромцев. ИМ-Киевский прибыл в деревню Колодзиевка, в 40 км от Тарнополя. Первая эскадрилья ЭВК под командованием штабс-капитана Панкратьева, командира ИМ-2, была расположена в Тарнополе.
So this was Kolodzievka near of present Ternopol

This one - https://www.google.com/maps/place/Колодиевка,+Тернопольская+область,+Украина,+47844/@49.4857556,25.8049366,11z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x4731c8d1e6405391:0x4d1a4e5154463b58!8m2!3d49.4755154!4d25.9116186
 
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Demolition men of the US 3rd Marine Raider Battalion, gathered in front of a Japanese dugout they had helped to take at Cape Torokina on Bougainville in the Solomon Islands in January 1944.

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