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Shown above is the Soviet heavy self-propelled heavy howitzer Su-152 of the 2nd Baltic Front moving forward to a new position in the Baltics, September 1944.

Three members of the "Volkssturm" armed with Panzerfausts prepare for battle in Berlin, March, 1945. Towards the end of the war Hitler authorized the creation of a new "volunteer" unit that would allow older members of German society to fight against the Allies. You were order to join up or be killed but it was broadcasted as a "volunteer" unit, many faces death either way. Before they would send you out into combat you'd initially get some brief training. It only lasted for a couple of hours and you were mainly trained on how to use just a Panzerfaust, the Germans main anti-tank weapon. These Panzerfausts were super deadly and had a max range of effectiveness at 150m, any tank in that range would be decimated. Hundreds of thousands of "Volkssturm" soldiers took to the streets in and outside of Berlin in an attempt to stop the waves of Soviet armor that were pounding their city. They were ordered to jump out in front of the tank and fire their Panzerfaust's, they usually were able to destroy the tanks but ended up killing themselves. Many of the "Volkssturm" members capitulated and were released shortly after the war but some,as stated earlier, continued to fight and die for a lost cause. Thousands of old men (whom the majority of the "Volkssturm" were) were killed in the fighting and the majority never even destroyed their intended targets but were killed trying to escape them.

Bofors 40 mm anti-aircraft guns on a Mk 12 quadruple mount firing on board USS Hornet CV-12 (a US Navy aircraft carrier of the Essex class), circa February 1945, probably during gunnery practice.
The original picture caption identifies the photo as having been taken during Task Force 58's raid on Japan, 16 February 1945. However, helmet-less members of the gun crew, and rolled up shirt sleeves, strongly indicate that the occasion was in warmer climes and not while in combat.
View looks aft on the port side, with the carrier's port quarter 5"/38 guns just beyond the 40 mm mount. Note ready-service ammunition and spent shell casings at right; men passing 4-round clips to loaders at left. (Colourised by Paul Reynolds from the UK)
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Lot going on here. This was a fun woods battle. #wwi #cosplay #reenactor #livinghistory #history #reenacting #war

A pair of American troops in France in 1918. The man on the right is showing off a captured Lange Pistole 08. This variant of the famous Luger was usually carried by German artillerymen, and thus is commonly called the Artillery Luger. The pistol featured a slightly longer barrel than regular Lugers and had the ability to be fitted with a 32-round Trommelmagazin 08 drum magazine in addition to its regular mag. Additionally if could be fitted with a removable wooden stock.

A French Char d'Assaut Schneider CA.1 which is being inspected by presumably its crew. It's very difficult not to notice the large amount of bullet impacts on the lower-front glacis of what seems to be applique armor. Some look to have pierced, hinting that perhaps the Germans it was advancing on used 'K-bullets' to fend it off. Most likely 1917.
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The German Colonial Empire
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With the coronation of Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1888, Germany embarked on a program of empire building. In order to further it's overseas interests and carve out "a place in the sun" Wilhelm commissioned a high seas fleet and pushed for the acquisition of colonies, which often put him at odds with his European counterparts. Historians are critical of Wilhelm for his grand and often ludicrous expansionist policies and colonial blunders but fail to note much of the empire he invisioned was laid in the years prior to his reign.

Albeit small, Germany had had a navy and several overseas possessions under its predecessors Brandenburg and Prussia. In Ghana, Brandenburg had the colony of Groß Friedrichsburg from 1683-1718 and in Mauritania the colony of Arguin from 1685-1721. Across the Atlantic Brandenburg had the colonies of Saint Thomas 1685-1720, Island of Crabs 1689-1693, and Klein-Venedig 1528-1546.

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An American soldier stands in a WWII era Italian CV-33 tankette, somewhere in Iraq, unknown date.
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Today marks 102 years since the start of World War I's Battle of Gallipoli. There were over half a million casualties from the British & French Empires and the Ottoman Empire. This picture is of the Ottoman cemetery Akbas Sehitligi and was taken just prior to the 100 year anniversary in April of 2015.

Australian soldiers march to Westminster Abbey to attend the #ANZACDay service in 1916. Today, we're marking ANZAC Day with a special service to be attended by members of the Australian and New Zealand communities. ANZAC Day is held every year on 25th April and commemorates the landings at Gallipoli during #WW1 as well as all Australians and New Zealanders who have given their lives in the service of their countries. #westminsterabbey #OTD #memorial #WWI #firstworldwar #military #anzac #australianmilitary #australiansoliders #wewillrememberthem

ANZAC Day — 2017
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Pictured are Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) troops marching through London on their way to Westminster Abbey to commemorate the very first ANZAC Day, April 25, 1916—exactly one year after the ANZAC legend was born. A legend that was created with the landing of the first ANZAC troops in 1915 at a place now dubbed "ANZAC Cove", on the Gallipoli Peninsula in the Dardanelles of Turkey.
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A very special day it is for all Australians and New Zealanders as we remember all those in the military that served; gave their all in the ultimate sacrifice; continue to serve today; and those veterans that are still with us.
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A National spirit and celebration eloquently portrayed in the following poem by Ken Bunker.
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📜 A Tribute to ANZAC Day 🇦🇺🇳🇿
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With their hair a little whiter, their step not quite so sure.
Still they march on proudly as they did the year before.
Theirs were the hands that saved us, their courage showed the way.
Their lives they laid down for us, that we may live today.
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From Gallipoli's rugged hillsides, to the sands of Alamein.
On rolling seas and in the skies, those memories will remain.
Of airmen and the sailors, of Lone Pine and Suvla Bay.
The boys of the Dardenelles are remembered on this day.
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They fought their way through jungles, their blood soaked desert sands.
They still remember comrades who rest in foreign lands.
They remember the siege of old Tobruk, the mud of the Kokoda Trail.
Some paying the supreme sacrifice with courage that did not fail.
To the icy land of Korea, the steamy jungles of Vietnam.
And the heroic battle of Kapyong and that epic victory at Long Tan.
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Fathers, sons and brothers, together they fought and died.
That we may live in peace together, while at home their mothers cried.
When that final bugle calls them to cross that great divide
Those comrades will be waiting when they reach the other side.
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— Ken Bunker

JAPANESE FORCES AFTER THEIR SURRENDER AT HONG KONG. Three Japanese officers watch as one of their men is strip searched by Royal Air Force Regiment guards at Kowloon, Hong Kong. Around 6,000 Japanese prisoners were rounded up after the surrender of Kowloon. BURMA RAILWAY FACT: More than 180,000—possibly many more—Southeast Asiancivilian labourers (Romusha) and 60,000 Allied prisoners of war (POWs) worked on the railway. Javanese, Malayan Tamils of Indian origin, Burmese, Chinese, Thai and other Southeast Asians, forcibly drafted by the Imperial Japanese Army to work on the railway, died in its construction — including 100,000 Tamils alone. 12,621 Allied POWs died during the construction. The dead POWs included 6,904 Britishpersonnel, 2,802 Australians, 2,782 Dutch, and 133 Americans.

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From April 25th 1915 to January 9th 1916, the battle of Gallipoli took place. The allied powers wanted to invade the ottoman peninsula to provide a sea route to the Russian empire and to with the aim to quickly invade the ottoman capital city of Constantinople. After eight months the campaign was repelled for having too many casualties on both sides. This campaign was one of the biggest and greatest victories of the Ottoman Empire.
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Lest We Forget

E kore ratou e koroheketia
Penei i a tatou kua mahue nei
E kore hoki ratou e ngoikore
Ahakoa pehea i nga ahuatanga o te wa.
I te hekenga atu o te ra
Tae noa ki te aranga mai i te ata
Ka maumahara tonu tatou ki a ratou.

Ka maumahara tonu tatou ki a ratou.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

We will remember them.

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In this farmer’s wheat field in France lies my Great Uncle, W. Henry Thomas.
A farmer himself, he was killed a century ago - April 11, 1917 - in the first Battle of Bullecourt.
The Australian troops endured 3000 casualties that day in a botched plan to breach the Hindenburg Line, leaving his surviving mates embittered with the British Command.
In the background is the village of Riencourt.
We visited the Western Front in 1913 to honour him and his brother Jack.
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For Fields of Red Poppies

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In Memoriam: ------------------------
I'll remember those faces,
cheeks once kissed
by doting mothers
now creased
with the harsh lines
of wartime.
Generations before
my life began,
yet their stories
continue to be told.
A band of flowers
circles my finger.
A carpet of red
stains the museum floor. ------------------------
🎨: Evdokiya Hristova ------------------------
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Lest we forget. Not only the people who have served in war, but also the animals that helped them through war. 💜❤️ #anzac #anzacday #war #wwi #ww1 #lestweforget #animals #waranimals #purplepoppy #redpoppy #anzacday2017

Dawn Service at Auckland War Memorial Museum. ANZAC Day 2017 🇦🇺🇳🇿

Marking ANZAC day by re-reading Grandpa's moving account of his WWI experiences. #ANZAC #WWI #Gallipoli #thesomme #remembrance

APRIL 25, 2015: #adayinmyarchives Approaching Somme, in northern France, where some of the bloodiest encounters of World War One took place. This year marks the centenary of the US becoming involved in the First World War. #ABMC #war #wwi #worldwar1 #photographer #rememberance #history #conflict #france #germany #usa #blue #storm #cross #crucifix #sky #clouds #cloudporn #cloud #cloudy #cloudscape #skyporn #landscape #landscapephotography #battlefield #tree #road #photooftheday #picoftheday

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