A French policeman salutes as elements of the 4th, 9th, 7th and 79th U.S. Infantry Divisions parade in Cherbourg to mark the liberation of the city. The Battle of Cherbourg was part of the larger Battle of Normandy and was fought immediately after the successful Allied landings on 6 June 1944. American troops isolated and captured the fortified port, which was considered vital to the campaign in Western Europe, in a hard-fought, month-long campaign. Cherbourg-Octeville, Manche, Lower Normandy, France. July 1944.
Japanese infantry during field maneuvers, 1910s-20s.
Photo of Australian “Sydney” cruiser with its crew.
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German soldiers in action in a forest with a 3.7 cm Pak 35/36 during Operation Barbarossa, 1941. The soldier from left is wearing early pattern camouflage smocks and helmet cover in a “Plane Tree” pattern.
© IWM (Q 5647) His Majesty, King George V, with whom is General Birdwood, addressing a party of 5th Australian Division Infantrymen who took part in an obstacle race in full kit at an Australian Sports Meeting at Henencourt, 12 July 1917.
Meeting at the Elbe. Soviet and American soldiers greet each other and inspect one another’s equipment, including an M1917 Browning machine gun mounted on a Jeep after joining up near Torgau. The initial contact on 25 April 1945 between the Soviets, advancing from the East, and the Western Allies, advancing from the West, meant that the Allies had effectively cut Germany in two. The occasion would thereafter be commemorated as Elbe Day. Near Torgau, Saxony, Germany. 29 April 1945.
Two Bosniak soldiers in the Austro-Hungarian Army.
Finnish soldiers and German Gebirgsjäger ride boats on the river Lutto (Lotta Lutto-Joki) in Petsamo (now - Pechenga, in 1944 as part of the Murmansk region).
Interesting how the bottom portion of this picture has mysteriously vanished, conveniently eliminating the SA-Kuva watermark…