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Japanese soldiers stand in attention during sunrise in Wuchang, Wuhan, China, 1938.

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The Kuomintang army’s mortar unit shifting ground during combat in the Battle of Taiyuan, October 1937.

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October 1937, two Chinese soldiers firing at Japanese aircraft with machine guns at a periphery position in Taiyuan.

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Japanese troops engaging in an intense street battle with Chinese troops in Zhabei, Shanghai, October 1937.

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Chinese troops using a German Panzerspahwagen Sd.Kfz. 222 tank in combat against Japanese Forces.

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Camouflaged Japanese soldiers lying in wait during the Battle of Shanghai, 1937.

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Japanese tanks descend on Hubei province in China in the 1940

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Soldiers Of The Collaborationist Chinese Army with SIG M1920 SMGs (A Swiss Version Of The MP18) in the Second Sino-Japanese War.

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Sharing sentry duty with the British, Hong Kong, September 1945.

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Member of the Chinese Yan'an People's Militia, armed with a musket and a homemade landmine, Shaanxi, China, 1944.

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Indian troops of the 20th Infantry Division search for Japanese at the badly damaged station in Prome, Burma; 3 May 1945.

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Burma Campaign. Pyingyaing. January 1945. Jeeps and Sherman tanks of the British 2nd Division.
 
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On the island of Bougainville on March 16, 1944, an M3A1 Stuart light tank "Popeye III" of Company A, 754th Tank Battalion, and Riflemen of Company C, 132nd Infantry Regiment attack a Japanese bunker in an area of fierce combat dubbed the "Hornet’s Nest" by American soldiers.

 
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G.I.'s from (possibly) the 1st Btn, 314th Inf. Rgt. of the US 79th Inf. Div., during an attack on the Bolleville road, just northwest of La Haye-du-Puits in Normandy. ca. July 8, 1944.

 
March 9, 1945 Sgt. Pernell Shillcutt, a medic of the 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, U.S. First Army, dresses the wounds of a soldier injured in Königsfeld, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
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Japanese soldiers stand in attention during sunrise in Wuchang, Wuhan, China, 1938.

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The Kuomintang army’s mortar unit shifting ground during combat in the Battle of Taiyuan, October 1937.

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October 1937, two Chinese soldiers firing at Japanese aircraft with machine guns at a periphery position in Taiyuan.

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Japanese troops engaging in an intense street battle with Chinese troops in Zhabei, Shanghai, October 1937.

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Chinese troops using a German Panzerspahwagen Sd.Kfz. 222 tank in combat against Japanese Forces.

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Camouflaged Japanese soldiers lying in wait during the Battle of Shanghai, 1937.

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Japanese tanks descend on Hubei province in China in the 1940

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Soldiers Of The Collaborationist Chinese Army with SIG M1920 SMGs (A Swiss Version Of The MP18) in the Second Sino-Japanese War.

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Sharing sentry duty with the British, Hong Kong, September 1945.

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Member of the Chinese Yan'an People's Militia, armed with a musket and a homemade landmine, Shaanxi, China, 1944.

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Indian troops of the 20th Infantry Division search for Japanese at the badly damaged station in Prome, Burma; 3 May 1945.

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Burma Campaign. Pyingyaing. January 1945. Jeeps and Sherman tanks of the British 2nd Division.
WOW, EXCELLENT photos mate......Thank You for posting these beauties!! (Y) notworthy;
 
A 17 Pounder Sherman of the 21st Armoured Regiment (The Governor General's Foot Guards), 4th Canadian Armoured Brigade during the Battle of Hochwald Gap, near Wissel, Rhineland. February 27th - 3 March 1945

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(Extended end connectors can be seen on the tracks)
 
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Serving hot stew to the troops of the Lancashire Fusiliers in the front line trench from a container. Opposite Messines, near Ploegsteert Wood.

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(Photo source - © IWM Q 4843)
Brooke, John Warwick (Lieutenant) (Photographer)
Colourised by DBColour
 
Mosquito FB.VI, PZ446 of 143 Sqn, Banff Strike Wing. Taken 4th December 1944.

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This Series 2 machine, powered by R/R Merlin 25 engines, was built at Hatfield to Contract 555/C.23 (a) some time between 16/5/44 and 19/6/45. It is finished in Coastal Special Duties Scheme 'A', and is being loaded with 3" R.Ps fitted with the highly effective 25 lb armour-piercing heads. These were the preferred weapon of choice of the Banff Strike Wing, and ripped huge holes in the hulls of German shipping off the coast of Norway, during anti-shipping strikes.
For more insights into the operations of the Banff Wing, we recommend Andy Bird's seminal work, 'A Separate Little War: The Banff Coastal Command Strike Wing Versus the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe 1944-1945'
Following service with 143 and 4 Sqns, PZ446 was sold to the Royal New Zealand Air force on 3/5/48, and redesignated as serial NZ2395. It was ferried out to New Zealand by a mixed RAF/RNZAF crew arriving at Ohakea on 4/11/48.
Unfortunately, its service with the RNZAF was very short, as it was flown to Taieri for storage purposes, within a very short time. In February, 1952, the New Zealand War Assets Realisation Board declared the aircraft surplus, the wings were sawn off, and the fuselage sold by Government Services Board Tender No 4641 on 18/2/1952.
Photo: Authors Own Collection.
Image Repair & Colourisation - Nathan Howland @ HowdiColourWorks.
 
AAA Gunners of aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-18) scored a direct hit on a Japanese Yokosuka D4Y Suisei (Judy) dive bomber - off the Ryukyus Islands, Japan. Sunday morning, 18 March, 1945.
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A 6-pounder antitank gun manned by guardsmen of the 1st Guards/Mechanised Brigade in a ruined house overlooking a road near Cassino, Italy. 11th -18th May 1944.
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A German Flak Tower in Vienna. This was one of six towers in Vienna that were extremely well-protected and topped with anti-aircraft guns. As indicated by their name, their purpose was to protect areas targeted by Allied bombers. Some became strong holds when cities came under attack by ground forces.
📸 - PaulT (Gunther Tschuch)
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