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World War II (1939-1945) Collection (#5)

Historic images of events and people during the most destructive war in history

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Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Italian Tank

Italian Tank
circa 1940: An Italian tank in Northern Egypt. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Desert Army

Desert Army
19th October 1939: Stripped to the waist, Tommies of the British forces toil in the heat of the midday sun, in the shadow of the Egyptian pyramids. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: All Purpose Bomber

All Purpose Bomber
circa 1945: Three United States TBM Avenger bombers soar above clouds over the Pacific, World War II (1939-1945). The TBM, first known as the TBF Avenger

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: VJ Day

VJ Day
11th August 1945: Revellers dancing in a floodlit Trafalgar Square to celebrate the end of the war in the Far East. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Zeppelinfield

Zeppelinfield
1945: The huge Zeppelin Stadium at Nuremberg, built to display Nazi might, is in Allied hands. Here the Nazi Party held its rallies and Hitler made his speeches. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Ledo Road

Ledo Road
January 1945: Some of the first Chinese trucks pass through on the Ledo Burma Road, after its re-opening at the end of the Second World War. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Flight Deck

Flight Deck
circa 1943: An American plane flying above an American aircraft carrier, somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. In the background is the destroyer escort. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Lancaster Bomber

Lancaster Bomber
circa 1942: A Lancaster bomber on the airfield ready for its next mission. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Stukas In Formation

Stukas In Formation
circa 1940: German Stuka dive-bombers fly in formation. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Flying Tank

Flying Tank
circa 1941: One of the American M-3 Medium Tanks in action in the Western Desert War. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Tank Lighters

Tank Lighters
circa 1944: American tank lighters, which carry oil and gasoline, close to the shore at Charan Kanoa, on the west coast of Saipan Island

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Hitlers Retreat

Hitlers Retreat
circa 1945: GIs stand at the ruins of the great living room window of Hitlers mountain retreat in Berchtesgaden, the so-called Berghof. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Marching On

Marching On
22nd June 1945: US Marines led by a tank move towards the last strongpoint of the Japanese resistance. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Machine Guns

Machine Guns
circa 1940: Machine guns used for aeroplanes, awaiting shipment from a converted automobile plant in America. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Malta Harbour

Malta Harbour
circa 1944: British warships in Valletta harbour, Malta. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Blow That Horn

Blow That Horn
circa 1943: A trumpet is sounded to begin the days march of Japanese troops in Burma as they make their way to the Indian Frontier. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Ships At Sunset

Ships At Sunset
17th July 1942: A convoy with British Navy escort at sunset. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Late Evacuees

Late Evacuees
4th July 1940: Three evacuees from Islington, London, make a dash for the train which will take them to the country, during the Second World War. (Photo by William Vanderson/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Carrot Lollies

Carrot Lollies
28th April 1941: Two little girls reading a board advertising carrots instead of ice lollies. Wartime shortages of chocolate and ice cream made such substitutions a necessity

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Radar dishes

Radar dishes
Abandoned RAF Stenigot radar dishes, Lincolnshire, UK

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Hurricane Fighters

Hurricane Fighters
10th December 1940: Two Czech pilots watching colleagues take to the air in their Hurricanes. (Photo by William Vanderson/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Girl Power

Girl Power
4th September 1940: Members of the Womens Mechanised Transport Corps push an ambulance out of some rough ground. (Photo by Reg Speller/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Old world war II harbour in the normandy

Old world war II harbour in the normandy
Part of an old harbour that was set up during world war II to maintain the debarkment of american, british, french and canadian soldiers, tanks and vehicles after the d-day

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Dunkirk Boats

Dunkirk Boats
June 1940: A fleet of small motor boats being towed up the Thames after taking part in the BEF (British Expeditionary Forces) Dunkirk rescue. (Photo by Harold Clements/London Express/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: German Guard

German Guard
December 1939: A German soldier standing guard by a field gun, in the French countryside, during the Second World War. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Salvaged Coaches

Salvaged Coaches
Salvaged coaches from a Southern Railway electric train after they were lifted from Portsmouth harbour, 12th September 1946. The coaches sank during a World War II air raid

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Royal Canadian Air Force During World War 2

Royal Canadian Air Force During World War 2
Two pilots of the Royal Canadian Air Force getting in to an aircraft at a training centre in Canada circa 1940. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: National War Memorial

National War Memorial
The National War Memorial in Confederation Square, with ChAteau Laurier hotel behind, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, circa 1960

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Hiroshima

Hiroshima
6th August 1955: A view of bomb damaged areas of Hiroshima, ten years after the Atomic bomb was dropped on the city. The dome in the background became known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Lonesome Jackass

Lonesome Jackass
31st March 1945: A donkey is caught in a cars headlights. Original Publication: Picture Post - 1936 - The Magic Lantern Of A Cars Headlights - pub

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Roadside Pub

Roadside Pub
31st March 1945: A whitewashed public house is illuminated by a motorists headlights. Original Publication: Picture Post - 1936 - The Magic Lantern Of A Cars Headlights - pub

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Winter In Washington

Winter In Washington
circa 1943: Snow on the ground as Americans at home celebrate Christmas in Washington, during the last years of World War II. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Low Park Figures

Low Park Figures
circa 1950: Bronze statues in a fountain at Low Park in Leningrad, the most spectacular of the citys sixteen parks. 30 miles of landscaped parkland house 142 fountains

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: London In Wartime

London In Wartime
A view of St Pauls Cathedral from Friday Street, after World War II bombing had levelled the surrounding area, 1942. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Bristol

Bristol
The Old Dutch House on the corner of Wine Street and High Street, Bristol, circa 1904. A black and white half timbered building, it was destroyed by a bombing raid during World War II

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Railways At War

Railways At War
Engines by the ash pit in Britain during World War II, 14th March 1944. (Photo by Fred Morley/Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Fighter Pilots Scramble

Fighter Pilots Scramble
Fighter pilots of No. 601 Squadron RAF (County of London) Squadron running to their Hawker Hurricane aircraft during the Blitz, 9th January 1941

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Groote Kerk

Groote Kerk
A view of the Groote Kerk (Great Church) of St Eusebius, seen from the marketplace in Arnhem, Netherlands, circa 1930. The tower was mostly destroyed during World War II

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Nikolaikirche

Nikolaikirche
The Nikolaikirche or St. Nicholas Church in Berlin, Germany, circa 1800. It was partially destroyed during World War II, and reconstructed in the 1980s. Engraving by A. H. Payne after A. Carse

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Berlin Stadtschloss

Berlin Stadtschloss
The Stadtschloss or City Palace on the River Spree in Berlin, Germany, circa 1925. It was damaged during World War II, and demolished in 1950

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Huty18462, outdoors, day, street, print, T / GER / BERLIN / ST NICHOLAS CHURCH, background people

Huty18462, outdoors, day, street, print, T / GER / BERLIN / ST NICHOLAS CHURCH, background people
The Nikolaikirche or St. Nicholas Church in Berlin, Germany, circa 1800. It was partially destroyed during World War II, and reconstructed in the 1980s. Engraving by D. Buckle after A. G. Vickers

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: French Evacuees

French Evacuees
French children evacuated from Paris arrive in Gueret, in central France, during World War II, 1940. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Aerial View of Battersea Park Festival Gardens

Aerial View of Battersea Park Festival Gardens
In the 1950s Battersea Park became " The Festival Gardens", opened in celebration of the 1951 Festival of Britain

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Over The Footbridge in Battersea Park, London

Over The Footbridge in Battersea Park, London
A man walking over one of the Bailey Bridges in Battersea Park, London, during the Festival of Britain. In the 1950s Battersea Park became " The Festival Gardens"

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: VE Day In New York; corner of Wall Street and Nassau Street in New York City during

VE Day In New York; corner of Wall Street and Nassau Street in New York City during
The corner of Wall Street and Nassau Street in New York City during the VE Day celebrations, 7th May 1945. Trinity Church looms in the background. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Rear View

Rear View
Firmly clutching some chickens under their arms three land army girls turn their backs on the camera. (Photo by A J O Brien/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: World War 1 Centenary

World War 1 Centenary
London, England - 5th May 2014. Poppies painted on the rotunda next to the First World War memorial in Stockwell South London

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Wellington Barracks

Wellington Barracks
1944: The Royal Military Chapel at the Wellington Barracks, London, which was damaged in an air raid by flying bombs. The bombs fell during the Sunday morning service with substantial loss of life



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