1. Allied Indian POWs are photographed following their liberation from a Japanese prison camp in Singapore. Sent to defend Singapore and the Malayan Peninsula, approximately 40,000 Indian soldiers were taken as prisoners when the Japanese captured Singapore in February 1942. Allied liberation forces discovered grave cases of rampant maltreatment and starvation in most of the POW camps. Singapore, British Straits Settlements, (now, Republic of Singapore). September 1945.

  2. Two Russian women pick through the rubble of devastated Murmansk. Joint German and Finnish forces in Finnish territory launched an offensive against the city in 1941 as part of Operation Silver Fox, and Murmansk suffered extensive destruction, the magnitude of which was rivaled only by the destruction of Leningrad and Stalingrad. However, fierce Soviet resistance and harsh local weather conditions prevented the Germans from capturing the city. Murmansk, Murmansk Oblast, Russia, Soviet Union. April 1942.

  3. Canadian civilians of Chinese ancestry watch Victory over Japan Day celebrations in Vancouver’s Chinatown. China had been involved in skirmishes and Japanese incursions since 1931 and full-scale war with Japan since 7 July 1937. One man cries with joy as two little boys seem more intrigued with the photographer taking their picture. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 14 August 1945. Image taken by Donn B.A. Williams.

  4. British soldiers of the 26th Indian Infantry Division prepare a meal beside an ancient temple during the Battle of Ramree Island of the Burma Campaign. Ramree Island, Rakhine State Burma (Myanmar). January 1945. Image taken by British Sgt. Frederick Wackett, No. 9 Army Film & Photographic Unit.

    (Source: iwm.org.uk)

  5. U.S. Army soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division view the corpses of inmates at Kaufering IV concentration camp (a sub-camp camp of Dachau concentration camp). In late April 1945, the SS began evacuating the camps as the Allied forces advanced, sending the prisoners on death marches in the direction of Dachau. Those inmates who could not keep up were often shot or beaten to death by the guards. At Kaufering IV, the SS set fire to the barracks killing hundreds of prisoners who were too ill or weak to move. Kaufering concentration camp, near Kaufering, Landsberg, Bavaria, Germany. 30 April 1945. Image taken by Irving Heymont.

  6. Imperial Japanese soldiers play a game of baseball after the capture of Beiping (Beijing). Beijing fell to Japan on 29 July 1937 and was made the seat of the Provisional Government of the Republic of China, a puppet state that ruled he ethnic Chinese portions of northern China. This government was later merged into the larger Wang Jingwei government based in Nanjing. Beiping (Beijing), Republic of China. March 1938.

  7. A U.S. Army MP (military policeman) holds a young German girl on his knee following the end of hostilities and the beginning of the Allied occupation of Germany. Munich, Bavaria, Germany. October 1945.


  8. "Erika",  a marching song (marschlied) of the German military composed by Herms Niel and published in 1938, which became a highly popular song of the German Wehrmacht, often sung by conscripts. The theme of the song is based on “Erika” being both a common German female first name and the name of the heather plant. In itself, the song has no political or military themes, beyond the fact that the narrator (evidently a soldier, though this is not explicitly stated) is away from his beloved and recalls her when seeing the plant which bears the same name. Although apolitical in theme, the song has become inexorably linked to the German military of World War II.

    (Source: bag-of-dirt)

  9. Members of the French Navy aboard the destroyer ship L’Indomptable excitedly pose with their ship’s mascot, a black female cat, and her kittens. On 11 April 1940, L’Indomptable was stationed in Trondheim, Norway with orders to attack German Kriegsmarine convoys; on 28 April she hit a mine, and was purposely beached to avoid her destruction. L’Indomptable returned to Brest, France on 5 May 1940, and was in that port when France surrendered on 22 June 1940. Circa 1939.     

  10. Amongst the German soldiers taken as POWs at Walcheren by the British Special Service Brigade was this Dutch woman. She is seen here with her husband, a German soldier that she had married during the German occupation of the Netherlands. Refusing to leave his side, she marched with the German prisoners to the POW collection center. Walcheren, Zeeland, Netherlands. November 1944.

  11. An American soldier lies dead by a roadside after being hit by flak from German guns during the Battle of Hürtgen Forest. Medics, who had just given first aid to no avail, check his tags for identification. Schevenhütte, Stolberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. 22 December 1944.

  12. Chinese Nationalist soldiers of the Chinese Expeditionary Force, under command of General Wei Lihuang, move forward towards the Salween river on the frontlines in southwester China. There, Chinese troops launched a general offensive in western Yunnan, to help break the blockade of the Japanese on the Burma Road. The soldiers bring their pet monkey, with transport weapons, on the backs of mules. Linxiang District, Yunnan Province, Republic of China. 10 July 1944.

  13. Indian officers of No. 1 Squadron, Indian Air Force, sit down to breakfast outside of their mess hall. At the lower right sits the IAF’s Commanding Officer, Squadron Leader Arjan Singh. During the war, the IAF played an instrumental role in blocking the advance of the Japanese Army in Burma where its first air strike was on the Japanese military base in Arakan. It also carried out strike missions against the Japanese airbases at Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in northern Thailand. Imphal, Manipur, India. March 1944.

  14. A French family gather at the roadside in the outskirts of Saint-Lô to greet the passing Allied troops with the victory sign after Allied forces had taken the town during the Battle of Normandy. 95% of the town was completely destroyed during the battle and there was even talk amongst the French about whether or not to rebuild the town after the war. Saint-Lô, Manche, Lower Normandy, France. 25 July 1944.

  15. Soviet Army soldiers sit on the ruins of the Reich Chancellery and look through boxes of German medals that would never be awarded following the Battle of Berlin and the of defeat of the Third Reich. Many Allied soldiers kept these numerous medals as souvenirs. Berlin, Germany. May 1945.