TANK DESTROYERS moving through the destroyed town of Magdeburg. Scenes such as this were found in many German cities by the advancing Allied forces. Most of the buildings were reduced to rubble by aerial attacks and artillery shelling, and many streets had to be cleared before the troops and vehicles could pass.

TANK DESTROYERS moving through the destroyed town of Magdeburg. Scenes such as this were found in many German cities by the advancing Allied forces. Most of the buildings were reduced to rubble by aerial attacks and artillery shelling, and many streets had to be cleared before the troops and vehicles could pass.

US Fifth Army M4 Sherman medium tank, bulldozer, and other vehicles head toward Gaeta and Itri, Formia area, Italy, 19 May 1944 ======================== США-й армии М4 Шерман среднего танка, бульдозер, и другие транспортные средства направиться Гаэта и Itri, Формии области, Италии, 19 мая 1944

US Fifth Army M4 Sherman medium tank, bulldozer, and other vehicles head toward Gaeta and Itri, Formia area, Italy, 19 May 1944 ======================== США-й армии М4 Шерман среднего танка, бульдозер, и другие транспортные средства направиться Гаэта и Itri, Формии области, Италии, 19 мая 1944

A boy sits reading a book amid the ruins of a London bookshop following an air raid [October 8, 1940]

A boy sits reading a book amid the ruins of a London bookshop following an air raid [October 8, 1940]

American soldier sleeping in a foxhole after a march through rugged mountain, Minturno, Italy, 1944.

American soldier sleeping in a foxhole after a march through rugged mountain, Minturno, Italy, 1944.

Essai nucléaire sous l'eau. 1946.

Essai nucléaire sous l'eau. 1946.

Franz Ziereis was the Commandant of Mauthausen from August 1939 to May 1945. He reportedly allowed his eleven year old son to shoot prisoners with a rifle from their front porch. Ziereis was wounded by Allied soldiers and died some time later from his wounds. 40,000 prisoners perished in the first four months of 1945 alone.

Franz Ziereis was the Commandant of Mauthausen from August 1939 to May 1945. He reportedly allowed his eleven year old son to shoot prisoners with a rifle from their front porch. Ziereis was wounded by Allied soldiers and died some time later from his wounds. 40,000 prisoners perished in the first four months of 1945 alone.

Soldiers taking direct hits from a German machine gunner as the ramp drops down for  unloading.

Soldiers taking direct hits from a German machine gunner as the ramp drops down for unloading.

Luftwaffe bombardier working aboard a Do 17Z bomber, date unknown.

[Photo] Bombadier working aboard a Do 17Z aircraft, date unknown

Luftwaffe bombardier working aboard a Do 17Z bomber, date unknown.

RIAN archive 602161 Center of Stalingrad after liberation - Bataille de Stalingrad — Wikipédia

RIAN archive 602161 Center of Stalingrad after liberation - Bataille de Stalingrad — Wikipédia

The crew of the Sherman tank Cairo awaits a repair crew to replace its tread after it hit a Japanese mine. Note wooden sheathing on sides of vehicle to protect against magnetic mines. Damaged vehicles became prime enemy targets.

The crew of the Sherman tank Cairo awaits a repair crew to replace its tread after it hit a Japanese mine. Note wooden sheathing on sides of vehicle to protect against magnetic mines. Damaged vehicles became prime enemy targets.

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