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HISTORICAL PICTURES of American Soldiers You Will Never Find In Your History

1.A contingent of American soldiers who refused to return to America at the end of the Korean War
Description - As World War II came to a close, Soviet troops who had been occupied with fighting the Nazis in Europe became available for other purposes. Wishing to control as much territory in East Asia as possible after the collapse of Japan, Stalin sent his troops into Korea from the north. By agreement, the Soviet Union received the surrender of Japanese forces north of the 38th parallel. South of that line, the Japanese surrendered to the Americans. It was agreed that Korea would become a united, democratic country based on free elections, but dates were not specified. Instead, it soon became clear that the Iron Curtain had become established across the Korean Peninsula at the 38th Parallel. Tensions increased after the fall of Chiang Kai-Shek's Nationalist Chinese government and the rise to power of Mao Zedong. The United States made clear to the communists that their commitment to the security of Japan and Chiang's regime on Formosa was absolute. Unfortunately, in an address to the National Press Club on January 12, 1950, US Secretary of State Dean Acheson described the boundaries of U.S. interests in a manner that made support for Korea appear ambiguous. On June 25, 1950, North Korean forces moved without warning across the 38th parallel. Meeting little effective resistance, they overran Seoul in early July.

2. A group of American soldiers pose with a M1917 Browning machine gun, c. 1917
Description - A group of American soldiers pose with a Browning machine gun ... Doughboys pose with their newly issued M1917 Enfields.The M1917 Browning machine gun is a heavy machine gun used by the United States armed forces in World War I, World War II, Korea, and to a limited extent in Vietnam; it has also been used by other nations. It was a crew served, belt-fed, water-cooled machine gun that served alongside the much lighter air-cooled Browning M1919. It was used at the battalion level, and often mounted on vehicles (such as a jeep). There were two main iterations of it: the M1917, which was used in World War I; and the M1917A1; which was used thereafter. The M1917, which was used on some aircraft as well as in a ground role, had a cyclic rate of 450 rounds per minute; the M1917A1 had a cyclic rate of 450 to 600 rounds per minute.
In 1900, John Moses Browning filed a patent for a recoil-powered automatic gun.[2] Browning did not work on the gun again until 1910, when he built a water-cooled prototype of the 1900 design.[3] Although the gun worked well, Browning improved the design slightly. Browning replaced side ejection with bottom ejection, added a buffer for smoother operation, replaced the hammer with a two piece firing pin, and some other minor improvements.[4] The basic design of the gun was still the 1900 design.Until the start of World War I, the Army had used a variety of older machine guns, like the M1895 Colt–Browning machine gun "Potato Digger" (which Browning had also designed) and weapons like the Maxim Gun, the Benet–Mercie M1909, and the Hotchkiss M1914 machine gun. Although the Model 1917 was intended to be the principal US Army heavy machine gun in the war, the Army was, in fact, forced to purchase many foreign weapons—the French-produced Hotchkiss 8 mm machine gun was actually the most numerous heavy machine gun used by the American Expeditionary Force.

3. African American soldier looks pleased to guard captured Nazi German soldiers. April 1945
Description - The military history of African Americans spans from the arrival of the first black slaves during the colonial history of the United States to the present day. In every war fought by or within the United States, African Americans participated, including the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican–American War, the Civil War, the Spanish–American War, the World Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as other minor conflicts.After the successful Allied invasions of western France, Germany gathered reserve forces and launched a massive counter-offensive in the Ardennes, which collapsed by January. At the same time, Soviet forces were closing in from the east, invading Poland and East Prussia. By March, Western Allied forces were crossing the Rhine River, capturing hundreds of thousands of troops from Germany's Army Group B. The Red Army had meanwhile entered Austria, and both fronts quickly approached Berlin. Strategic bombing campaigns by Allied aircraft were pounding German territory, sometimes destroying entire cities in a night. In the first several months of 1945, Germany put up a fierce defense, but rapidly lost territory, ran out of supplies, and exhausted its options. In April, Allied forces pushed through the German defensive line in Italy. East met West on the River Elbe on April 25, 1945, when Soviet and American troops met near Torgau, Germany. Then came the end of the Third Reich, as the Soviets took Berlin, Adolf Hitler committed suicide on April 30, and Germany surrendered unconditionally on all fronts on May 8 (May 7 on the Western Front). Hitler's planned "Thousand-Year Reich" lasted only 12 incredibly destructive years.
Raising a flag over the Reichstag is a historic World War II photograph, taken during the Battle of Berlin on 2 May 1945. It shows Meliton Kantaria and Mikhail Yegorov raising the flag of the Soviet Union atop the Reichstag building. The photograph was reprinted in thousands of publications and came to be regarded around the world as one of the most significant and recognizable images of World War II. Owing to the secrecy of Soviet media, the identities of the men in the picture were often disputed, as was that of the photographer, Yevgeny Khaldei, who was identified only after the fall of the Soviet Union. It became a symbol of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany.

4. American soldier guiding hue to landing in Vietnam 1962
Description - In 1965, the United States rapidly increased its military forces in South Vietnam, prompted by the realization that the South Vietnamese government was losing the Vietnam War as the communist-dominated Viet Cong gained influence over much of the population in rural areas of the country. North Vietnam also rapidly increased its infiltration of men and supplies to combat South Vietnam and the U.S.. The objective of the U.S. and South Vietnam was to prevent a communist take-over. North Vietnam and the insurgent Viet Cong sought to unite the two sections of the country.Political instability and internal dissent continued to plague the government of South Vietnam, although in June General Nguy?n Van Thi?u and Air Marshall Nguy?n Cao K? took control of the country and remained in power for the remainder of the year. In the United States, a majority of Congress and the people supported U.S. participation in the war, although protests against the war became larger and more frequent, especially among college students.The U.S. began bombing North Vietnam in March, in Operation Rolling Thunder. The U.S. Army and Marines began ground operations to ferret out and defeat the communist forces. General William Westmoreland commanded U.S. forces in South Vietnam. Westmoreland's strategy was attrition, employing U.S. superiority in firepower, technology, and mobility. The usual military tactic of the United States was search and destroy operations in which large U.S. and South Vietnamese units, supported by air and artillery, swept through an area to attempt to engage the communists in battle. North Vietnam and the Viet Cong, by contrast, relied on hit-and-run operations and ambushes, avoiding set-piece battles except at their own initiative.At year's end, President Lyndon Johnson declared a temporary halt to the bombing of North Vietnam and undertook a diplomatic initiative to seek negotiations with North Vietnam. North Vietnam, on its part, aimed to achieve a decisive military victory, but prepared also for an expanded war if the U.S. continued to escalate its involvement.

5. American soldier inspects German loot stored in a church at Elligen, Germany, April 24, 1945
Description - Nazi plunder refers to art theft and other items stolen as a result of the organized looting of European countries during the time of the Third Reich by agents acting on behalf of the ruling Nazi Party of Germany. Plundering occurred from 1933 until the end of World War II, particularly by military units known as the Kunstschutz, although most plunder was acquired during the war. In addition to gold, silver and currency, cultural items of great significance were stolen, including paintings, ceramics, books, and religious treasures. Although most of these items were recovered by agents of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program (MFAA, also known as the Monuments Men), on behalf of the Allies immediately following the war, many are still missing. There is an international effort under way to identify Nazi plunder that still remains unaccounted for, with the aim of ultimately returning the items to the rightful owners, their families or their respective countries.

6. American soldier poses with captured German weaponry, 1944-45.
Description - During WW2 German Weapons listed were made by or for Germany and they do not include captured foreign equipment. Generally They Use Pistols, Rifles, Machine guns Etcs. Here In Photo we can See that American soldier captured latest German weaponry in 1944-45. I recently read a story where Bill Guarnere grabbed one in Normandy, after losing his own weapon in the jump, but it had a very distinctive sound and every time he used it, all of the GIs in the area started shooting at him.

7.American soldier standing in the ruined Monument to the Battle of Nations in Leipzig, Germany, 1945
Description - The Monument to the Battle of the Nations (German: Völkerschlachtdenkmal, sometimes shortened to Völki  is a monument in Leipzig, Germany, to the 1813 Battle of Leipzig, also known as the Battle of the Nations. Paid for mostly by donations and the city of Leipzig, it was completed in 1913 for the 100th anniversary of the battle at a cost of six million goldmarks.

The monument commemorates Napoleon's defeat at Leipzig, a crucial step towards the end of hostilities in the War of the Sixth Coalition, which was seen[by whom?] as a victory for the German people, although Germany as it is known today did not begin to exist until 1870. There were German speakers fighting on both sides, as Napoleon's troops also included conscripted Germans from the French-occupied left bank of the Rhine as well as from the Confederation of the Rhine.

The structure is 91 metres (299 ft) tall. It contains over 500 steps to a viewing platform at the top, from which there are views across the city and environs. The structure makes extensive use of concrete, and the facings are of granite. It is widely regarded as one of the best examples of Wilhelmine architecture. The monument is said to stand on the spot of some of the bloodiest fighting, from where Napoleon ordered the retreat of his army.

8. American soldier stationed in Alaska with an arctic fox pup during WWII. 1943
Description - Japanese soldiers were tapping hand grenades on their helmets to start the fuse, but ... While one of the lesser-known victories in America's Pacific ... On land they were adept hunters and trappers, particularly of the Arctic blue fox. ... Alaska's Aleutian Islands from the Japanese invaders during WWII

9. American soldier taking down a sign from a street named after Adolf Hitler in 1945
Description - This is a partial list of streets and squares named after Adolf Hitler during the era of Nazi Germany.

The zeal with which German municipal authorities attempted,[citation needed] immediately after the seizure of power, to play their part in the "National Rising" (German: Nationale Erhebung) is shown by the practice of conferring honorary municipal citizenship on Hitler, and even more by naming a street (Straße), a square or place (Platz), a promenade (Anlage), an avenue (Damm, Allee), a stadium (Kampfbahn), or a bridge (Brücke) after the new chancellor. As early as March and April 1933, a wave of renamings swept through Germany's cities. Most of the examples in the list come from this period.

10.American soldiers comfort a little girl and her puppy after the invasion of Normandy. Colleville-sur-Mer, 1944
Description - American soldiers comfort a little girl and her puppy after the invasion of Normandy. Colleville ... of Normandy. Colleville-sur-Mer, France, 1944.

11. American soldiers during the korean war at Ch'ongch'on River, 20 November 1950
Description - The Battle of the Ch'ongch'on River, also known as the Battle of the Ch'ongch'on (Chinese: ?????) or the Second Phase Campaign Western Sector (Chinese: ???????; pinyin: Dì Èr Cì Zhàn Yì Xi Xiàn), was a decisive battle in the Korean War, and it took place from November 25 to December 2, 1950, along the Ch'ongch'on River Valley in the northwestern part of North Korea. In response to the successful Chinese First Phase Campaign against the United Nations forces, General Douglas MacArthur launched the Home-by-Christmas Offensive to evict the Chinese forces from Korea and to end the war. Anticipating this reaction, the Chinese People's Volunteer Army Commander Peng Dehuai planned a counteroffensive, dubbed the "Second Phase Campaign", against the advancing UN forces.

Hoping to repeat the success of the earlier First Phase Campaign, the Chinese 13th Army first launched a series of surprise attacks along the Ch'ongch'on River Valley on the night of November 25, 1950, effectively destroying the Eighth United States Army's right flank while allowing Chinese forces to move rapidly into UN rear areas. In the subsequent battles and withdrawals during the period of November 26 to December 2, 1950, although the US Eighth Army managed to avoid being surrounded by Chinese forces, the Chinese 13th Army were still able to inflict heavy losses onto the retreating UN forces which had lost all cohesion. In the aftermath of the battle, the US Eighth Army's heavy losses forced all UN forces to evacuate North Korea and to withdraw to the 38th parallel.

12. American soldiers from the 45th Infantry division celebrate atop the Luitpold Arena in Nuremberg, Germany.1945
Description - "The Friendship kiss" - Russian and US soldier - Germany 1945 colorized. A sign erected by British ... The U.S. Army destroys the Nazi Swastika over the Nuremberg parade grounds, 1945. Winston ... American soldiers from the 45th infantry division celebrate atop the Luitpold Arena in Nuremberg, Germany.

13. American soldiers in Exermont in the Argonne Forest listening to one of their comrades play an organ in a church, 1918
Description - American soldiers in Exermont in the Argonne Forest listening to one of their comrades play an organ in a church, 1918. från Historical Diary. WWI, French .

14. American soldiers in Vietnam keep a lookout over Da Nang airforce base on November 1, 1965
Description - Alex Adams of Morgantown, W. Va. (with the telephone) and Pfc. Ron Hooper of Wichita Falls, Texas (looking through the binoculars) keep lookout from the top of Marble Mountain for any signs of trouble around the Da Nang airbase, November 1st. In the past week, the Vietcong have made a number of attacks on the important American base in one of which they destroyed almost 20 helicopters.

15. American soldiers inspecting a portion of the Invinsible French Maginot line, 1944
Description - The Maginot Line (French: Ligne Maginot, IPA: [li? ma?ino]), named after the French Minister of War André Maginot, was a line of concrete fortifications, obstacles, and weapon installations built by France in the 1930s to deter invasion by Germany and force them to move around the fortifications. Constructed on the French side of its borders with Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Luxembourg, the line did not extend to the English Channel due to French strategy that envisioned a move into Belgium to counter a German assault. This French line of defense was constructed along the country’s border with Germany during the 1930s and named after Minister of War André Maginot. It primarily extended from La Ferté to the Rhine River, though sections also stretched along the Rhine and the Italian frontier. The main fortifications on the northeast frontier included 22 large underground fortresses and 36 smaller fortresses, as well as blockhouses, bunkers and rail lines. Despite its strength and elaborate design, the line was unable to prevent an invasion by German troops who entered France via Belgium in May 1940.

16. American soldiers on top of German railway gun The Dora. 1945
Description - Schwerer Gustav (English: Heavy Gustaf) was the name of a German 80 cm (31.5 in.) railway gun. It was developed in the late 1930s by Krupp in Darlowo (then Rügenwalde) as siege artillery for the explicit purpose of destroying the main forts of the French Maginot Line, the strongest fortifications in existence at the time. The fully assembled gun weighed nearly 1,350 tonnes, and could fire shells weighing seven tonnes to a range of 47 kilometres (29 mi).The gun was designed in preparation for the Battle of France, but was not ready for action when the battle began, and in any case the Wehrmacht's Blitzkrieg offensive through Belgium rapidly outflanked and isolated the Maginot Line's static defenses, eventually forcing the French to surrender and making their destruction unnecessary. Gustav was later deployed in the Soviet Union during the Battle of Sevastopol, part of Operation Barbarossa, where among other things, it destroyed a munitions depot buried in the bedrock under a bay.[citation needed] The gun was moved to Leningrad, and may have been intended to be used in the Warsaw Uprising like other German heavy siege pieces, but the rebellion was crushed before it could be prepared to fire. Gustav was destroyed by the Germans near the end of the war in 1945 to avoid capture by the Red Army.

It was the largest-calibre rifled weapon ever used in combat, the heaviest mobile artillery piece built in terms of overall weight, and fired the heaviest shells of any artillery piece. It is surpassed in calibre only by the unused British Mallet's Mortar and the American Little David bomb-testing mortar (both 36 inch; 914 mm).

17. American soldiers rest near a small Christmas tree on Hill 875 near Dak To, Vietnam, 25 December, 1967
Description - American soldiers rest near a small Christmas tree on Hill 875 near Dak To, Vietnam, 25 ... American soldiers on Hill 875 decorate a Christmas tree near Dakto, South Vietnam, 1967 ... 25+ Awesome Christmas Tablescapes Decoration Ideas ... showing Christmas decorations along the sides of the street, December 1930 .

18. American soldiers shelter in a trench just over a mile from ground zero moments after the detonation of the 43 kiloton nuclear device Simon at the Nevada Test Site, 1953
Description -1953. The cloud of an atomic bomb test in Nevada formed a fiery "bloom" for .... following an atomic test blast, part of the U.S. military's Operation Crossroads ... American soldiers shelter in a trench just over 4 miles from ground zero moments after the detonation of the 43 kiloton nuclear device Simon at the Nevada Test Site. "In the 50s several tests were designed to test the effects of a nuclear bomb ... Atomic Bomb Testing Near Las Vegas in 1953...TV usually did not even .... American soldiers shelter in a trench just over 4 miles from ground zero moments after the detonation of the 43 kiloton nuclear device Simon at the Nevada Test Site.

19. American soldiers trying on captured German body armor, 1918
Description - An American soldier posing in captured German armor during WWI, 1918. ... WWI: Irish Soldier wearing captured German Sappenpanzer (body ... German army uniform (WW1) A soldier in German World War 1 (1914-1918) .1918 A man models a steel helmet covered with a built-on chain screen to ... 1918 American soldier trying on captured German body armor.

20. American soldiers watch as the Tricolor flies from the Eiffel Tower. 25 August 1944
Description - American soldiers watch as the Tricolor flies from the Eiffel Tower again,” c. 25 August 1944. These soldiers are from the 12th Infantry Regiment, That same day, Ernest Hemingway — who had been living in Paris as one of the Lost Generation’s famous expats, among whom were Gertrude Stein and F. Scott Fitzgerald — waged a different kind of liberation effort. The Ritz hotel and its famed bar, which Hemingway had come to love as a home and an idyllic drinking spot during his pre-war reign in Paris, had been co-opted as the quarters of German generals in 1940. So, on this fateful August day, Hemingway — arguably the world’s best-known living writer at the time — donned a steel helmet, mounted an army jeep in the dirt roads of the French countryside, and led his small private army as they set out to “liberate” the Ritz.

21. American soldiers watch the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.1944
Description -  Mount Vesuvius last erupted in March 1944, seven months after the Allied .... With the Italian government in disarray, it was the U.S. military that took .... made Mount Vesuvius one of the most watched volcanoes in the world. Mount Vesuvius last erupted in March 1944, seven months after the Allied .... With the Italian government in disarray, it was the U.S. military that took .... made Mount Vesuvius one of the most watched volcanoes in the world.

22. American troops stand guard behind German soldiers captured during the Normandy invasion, June 1944
Description - American troops stand guard behind young German Heer (Army) ... near the town of Le Gast during the Normandy invasion, June 1944.The Western Allies of World War II launched the largest amphibious invasion in history when they assaulted Normandy, located on the northern coast of France, on 6 June 1944.

23. An American soldier cradles a wounded Japanese boy and shelters him from the rain in an airplane cockpit during the Battle of Saipan while waiting to transport him to a field hospital, July 1944
Description -  Wounded Japanese child and American pilot, Saipan, 1944. ... The battle proper lasted less than a month, with American soldiers and Marines ... On Saipan I witnessed suicides during the very last of the fighting at the south end of the island. ... The kid sat on his lap, I took one picture, and the plane took off.In 1944, LIFE photographer Peter Stackpole was in the Pacific, covering the ugly, protracted Battle of Saipan. The battle proper lasted less than a month, with American soldiers and Marines largely taking control of the 44-square-mile island. But Japanese fighters dug in and resisted for months, with one small contingent of Imperial Army officers and troops refusing to give up until December 1945—long after Japan had officially surrendered to the Allies.

24. An American soldier says goodbye to his wife and infant child in Pennsylvania Station before shipping out for service in World War II. New York City,1943
Description - A soldier says goodbye to his wife and infant child in Pennsylvania Station before shipping put for service in World War II, New York, New York, 1943. The Pennsylvania Railroad (reporting mark PRR) (or Pennsylvania Railroad Company and also known the "Pennsy") was an American Class I railroad that was established in 1846 and was headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was called the Pennsylvania Railroad because it was established in the state of Pennsylvania.

25. An American soldier wears a hand lettered “War Is Hell” slogan on his helmet - Vietnam. 1965
Description - AP photojournalist Horst Faas took this iconic photo on June 18, 1965, during the Vietnam War with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Battalion on defense duty at Phouc Vinh airstrip in South Vietnam. The headband message “War is Hell” typified an acerbic attitude of many young American soldiers who were likely drafted and sent to the remote southeastern Asia jungles to engage in deadly and terrifying combat. A lot of the soldiers wrote graffiti on their helmets with inscriptions of their attitudes about where they were and why they were there.

26. An American soldier with a pet kangaroo, 1942
Description - An American soldier at an advanced allied base with his pet kangaroo in 1942. Photo Credit: Australian War Memorial. This one is obviously in training and learning early on how to interact with animals.Closely resembling the kangaroo, wallabies are often referred to as “mini kangaroos.” They are extremely common in the wild in Australia, but can be seen around the United States as pets. ... Lots of outdoor space is required to own a wallaby, so they are illegal to own inside many city limits.

27. Australian soldiers wait to be picked up by American helicopters in South Vietnam, August 1967
Description - Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War began with a small commitment of 30 military advisors in 1962, and increased over the following decade to a peak of 7,672 Australian personnel following the Menzies Government's April 1965 decision to upgrade its military commitment to South Vietnam's security.[2] By the time the last Australian personnel were withdrawn in 1972, the Vietnam War had become Australia's longest war, and was only recently surpassed by Australia's long term commitment of combat forces to the War in Afghanistan. It currently remains Australia's largest force contribution to a foreign conflict since the Second World War and was also the most controversial in Australian society since the conscription controversy during the First World War. Although initially enjoying broad support due to concerns about the spread of communism in Southeast Asia, a vocal anti-war movement developed in response to Australia's programme of conscription.

The withdrawal of Australia's forces from South Vietnam began in November 1970, under the Gorton Government, when 8 RAR completed its tour of duty and was not replaced. A phased withdrawal followed, and by 11 January 1973 Australian involvement in hostilities in Vietnam had ceased. Nevertheless, Australian troops from the Australian Embassy Platoon remained deployed in the country until 1 July 1973, and Australian forces were deployed briefly in April 1975, during the Fall of Saigon, to evacuate personnel from the Australian embassy. Approximately 60,000 Australians served in the war; 521 were killed and more than 3,000 were wounded.

28. Dutch beauties escort American soldiers to a dance, late 1944
Description - Dutch beauties escort American soldiers to a dance, late 1944-5 ... US soldiers stand with a little boy in Eindhoven.Exactly my thoughts! I imagine it would be very rewarding for the soldiers to interact with the civilians. After months of fighting and liberating it must be nice to be with the people and make it feel like you fought for something other than land.

29. German soldier carrying a white flag surrenders to American troops on the outskirts of St-Lo. Ca. 18-20 July 1944
Description - German soldier carrying a white flag surrenders to American troops in world war II.Generally and ideally it goes like this: soldier either surrenders or is captured; if he is wounded he is given first aid; he will be questioned/interrogated as soon after becoming a prisoner as possible and perhaps later too according to if there is any interest by his captors or he has particularly important information. He may or may not be held near the front for a time but eventually he will be transported and in-processed at a POW facility and held there for the duration of the war.

30. Hazey scene of two American soldiers, standing by a fallen comrade, Vietnam, 1970
Description -  one of the most fucked up situations we put ourselves in..... We had way worse loss of life and a draft during the Vietnam war.  two soldiers standing in jungle ARVN Army of Republic of Vietnam troops during Vietnam War 1971 - C5YJHF from ... Two American GIs standing over the body of a fallen comrade after the day's battle was finished.

31. Kiss of friendship between a soviet and an american soldier
Description - And everything in between. If you've found a ... American and USSR soldier share friendship kiss, probably end of 1940s.

32. 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.
Description - The truth is that the Japanese were communicating via many different communications channels. As early as December 1944, the Japanese had spoken to China’s Chiang Kai-shek about different options for Japan’s surrender. Because of censorship of the news, the American people learned in August 19, 1945, *after* the bombs had been dropped, that General MacArthur had reported to President Roosevelt in January ’45 that he had received 5 separate surrender requests from the Japanese. This information was leaked to the Chicago Tribune by Admiral William D. Leahy in the hopes that the American public would insist that the government accept Japan’s surrender without using the atomic bombs. Again, because of censorship, the article was not published until after the bombs were dropped. This is what Admiral Leahy had to say about the use of the atomic bombs:“It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons … in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages.”           

33. Sicilian peasant telling an American soldier which way the Germans had gone. Siciliy, 1943
Description - Sicilian peasant telling an American soldier which way the Germans had gone. ... Siciliy, 1943 ... British did during the invasion of Sicily because they had the help of the American Mafia and their contacts/counterparts in Sicily were warned when we were coming .

34. Two American soldiers inspect a German Tiger tank near the village of Corenne, Belgium, February, 1945. A third soldier is admiring two passing Belgian girls.
Description - Two American soldiers inspect a German Tiger tank near the village of Corenne, Belgium, February, 1945. A third soldier is admiring two passing Belgian girls.The Tiger I About this sound listen (help·info) was a German heavy tank of World War II deployed from 1942 in Africa and Europe usually in independent heavy tank battalions. Its final designation was Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf. E often shortened to Tiger. The Tiger I gave the Wehrmacht its first armoured fighting vehicle that mounted the 8.8 cm KwK 36 gun (not to be confused with the 8.8 cm Flak 36). 1,347 were built between August 1942 and August 1944.[9] After August 1944, production of the Tiger I was phased out in favour of the Tiger II.

35. Two American soldiers pose before their match in front of a barracks during the Civil War 1865
Description - Two Union soldiers pose before their match in front of a barracks. ... Explore American Soldiers, Modern Times and more! ... Two Union soldiers bump gloves before a boxing match during the Civil War. Find this Pin and more on  Civil War Soldiers ... Find this Pin and more on American Civil War 1861-1865.

36. Two black American soldiers pose with 'Easter eggs for Hitler' during WWII. Easter Sunday, 1945
Description - The two men in this photograph are Technical Sergeant William E. Thomas and Private First Class Joseph Jackson of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, but at the time of the photograph were part of the 969th Artillery Battalion. Scrawling such messages on artillery shells in World War II was one way in which artillery soldiers could humorously express their dislike of the enemy. The 333rd Field Artillery Battalion suffered tremendous casualties in the early stages of the Battle of the Bulge in late 1944, being overrun on December 17. The survivors ended up in the 969th Artillery Battalion for the rest of the battle, where they provided vital fire support for the 101st Airborne Division during the siege of Bastogne.

The sad part of course is that these two black soldiers were fighting for a country that was discriminating against them. Now, while the U.S. didn’t treat African-Americans nearly as badly as Hitler treated Jews, these young men were willing to die for their country, even though a huge chunk of their country was completely built against them. It’s a bit ironic that U.S. defeated Nazi Germany with a segregated army.

The US Army was segregated during World War II, but the attitudes towards African-Americans in uniform were undergoing change in the minds of some generals, including Eisenhower and Bradley. At parades, church services, in transportation and canteens the races were kept separate. Black troops were often not allowed to fight. They had to drive the trucks and deliver supplies to towns after the Allies had liberated them. Curiously enough, this ended up with the townsfolk having more of an appreciation for the blacks than the white because they gave them food, shoes, etc.

When they went to Germany, they were actually accepted more there than in America. There was lots of footage of them dancing and partying with locals. Some wrote letters describing their treatment by the Germans as better than how people treated them in America. Some even wrote about how they wish Hitler had won the war. They found it hard to return after getting the taste of equality. Some of the early civil rights leaders and prominent figures were veterans of WW2 and historians point out that the soldier’s experiences overseas set the stage for the civil rights movement.

37. Unidentified African American soldier in Union uniform with wife and two daughters.1863
Description -Unidentified African American soldier in Union uniform with wife and two daughters, 1863-1865.Photograph showing soldier in uniform, wife in dress and hat, and two daughters wearing matching coats and hats. In May 1863, U.S. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton issued General Order No. 143 creating the Bureau of U. S. Colored Troops. This image was found in Cecil County, Maryland, making it likely that this soldier belonged to one of the seven U.S.C.T. regiments raised in Maryland.

38. US-American soldier wearing the Crown of the Holy Roman Empire, 1945
Description - The Imperial Regalia, also Imperial Insignia are the regalia of the Emperors and Kings of the Holy Roman Empire. The most important parts are the Imperial Crown, the Holy Lance and the ... Charlemagne, wearing the Imperial Regalia. .... In 1945 the imperial regalia were found there by US soldiers.

39. Wehrmacht soldier surrendering to an American infantryman - Battle of The Bulge, Ardennes, 1944
Description- The Wehrmacht forces for the Ardennes Offensive were the product of a German recruitment ... In late July 1944, Allied forces in fighting in Normandy were able to break out of the ... Despite efforts to break through the U.S. 30th Infantry Division to cut off Allied forces in ..... The Battle of the Bulge 1944: The Battle of the Bulge (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945) was the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front during World War II. It was launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in eastern Belgium, northeast France, and Luxembourg, towards the end of World War II. The surprise attack caught the Allied forces completely off guard. American forces bore the brunt of the attack and incurred their highest casualties of any operation during the war. The battle also severely depleted Germany's armored forces, and they were largely unable to replace them. German personnel and, later, Luftwaffe aircraft (in the concluding stages of the engagement) also sustained heavy losses.

40. William Black, age 12, the youngest soldier known to be wounded during the American Civil War
Description - Edward (William) Black (1853–1872) was a drummer boy for the Union during the American Civil War. At twelve years old, his left hand and arm were shattered by an exploding shell. He is considered to be the youngest wounded soldier of the war.

41. Women recently liberated from a German concentration camp lay flowers at the bodies of 4 American soldiers killed by Nazis, Germany 1945
Description - the Allied Forces invaded Germany at the end of World War II, few of the combat ... The Allied troops encountered countless survivors who were so weak, diseased, and ... The prisoners also reacted in many different ways to their liberation, This Photo refer some American reactions to the Nazi concentration camps.

42. Wounded, dazed looking American soldier during the Battle of Khe Sanh, Vietnam, 1968
Description - The Battle of Khe Sanh (21 January and 9 July 1968) was conducted in the Khe Sanh area of northwestern Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), during the Vietnam War. The main US forces defending Khe Sanh Combat Base (KSCB) were two regiments of US Marines supported by elements from the United States Army and the United States Air Force. There were also a small number of South Vietnamese Army (ARVN) troops. These were pitted against two to three divisional-size elements of the North Vietnamese Army.

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