A paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne Division; Saint-Sauveur-Le-Vicomte, France - 16 June 1944
Photo by Robert Capa
Wojtek, a Syrian brown bear, was the mascot of the 22nd Polish Artillery Support Company (22 Kompania Zaopartrywania Artylerii) of the Second Polish Corps. Found in the Persian mountains in 1942, he was adopted and traveled with the unit throughout the Middle East and Italy during WWII. He is reported to have helped move artillery ammunition at Monte Cassino, as depicted in the banner (above). After the war he was kept at the Edinburgh Zoo and was made a life member of the Scottish Polish Society. Wojtek passed away in 1963.
The first 5 photos above were taken during the Polish unit’s time in the Middle East in 1942.
The bottom photo is of Wojtek at the Winfield Aerodrome near Hutton in Berwickshire, the unit’s temporary home after the war; 1945.
A soldier of the 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars mans the turret-mounted .30-inch machine gun on one of the regiment’s new Stuart tanks; North Africa - 28 August 1941
Photo by Dr. Paul Wolff and Alfred Tritschler
Founded in 1927, Wolff and Tritschler created the first photo agency in Germany typically featuring monochromatic photographs taken with handheld Leica cameras.
Local French citizens help US soldiers run an ammunition dump after the successful invasion of Normandy, France - August 1944
Photo by Frank Scherschel
edited to make it better veiwable on tumblr
This hurt my heart
;A; the last image especially.damn. It makes you not complain.
Really think about this…. kinda changes your perspective.
Line-up of Churchill Mk II tanks of the 16th Tank Brigade, 1st Polish Corps, at Blairgowrie, Scotland - 1941
Generaloberst der Gebirgstruppe, Eduard Dietl in ‘windjacke’ pattern parka.
US Navy WAVES take target practice with .22 caliber Model B training pistols at an indoor range at Treasure Island Naval Base in the San Francisco Bay - 11 February 1943
Polish troops, each armed with a bolt-action short rifle, the Karabinek wz. 1929, march westward in song towards the oncoming Wehrmacht - September 1939
The Soviet invasion of Poland from the East would soon follow on 17 September 1939 in accordance with the secret protocol of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.
Used as a means of propaganda, this posed photograph depicts British soldiers on the move past a dead German soldier; North Africa - 6 June 1942
US troops gather around a fire in the Ardennes Forest during the Battle of the Bulge - 1944
Photo by George Silk for LIFE Magazine
US soldiers perch atop their hut embankment and serenade all passers by with Christmas carols; Camp Hickham, Iceland - 24 December 1942