bag-of-dirt:

Newly liberated inmates at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp chase down and beat a former prison kapo. Kapos were prison functionaries who were fellow inmates assigned by the SS guards to supervise forced labor or to carry out administrative tasks within the camps. Many kapos were chosen by the SS from the ranks of inmates incarcerated for repeated criminal offenses and were often just as (if not more) brutal in their dealings with fellow inmates as the camp guards themselves. An eager prisoner functionary could have a camp “career” as an SS favorite and be promoted from Kapo to Oberkapo and eventually to Lagerältester (camp leader placed directly under the camp commandant, ensuring that the camp’s normal daily routines ran smoothly). But, as an inmate, his position was always tenuous and he could also just as easily run afoul of the SS and be demoted back to merely just another prisoner. Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, near Celle, Lower Saxony, Germany. 16 April 1945.

erinjaded32:

Poster art of World War II
Source: www.trumanlibrary.org

bag-of-dirt:

British Air Raid Wardens and civilians help to pull an injured English woman from the rubble following a German Luftwaffe air raid on London during the Blitz. Starting on 7 September 1940, London was bombed by the Luftwaffe for 57 consecutive nights. Over a period of 267 days (almost 37 weeks), London was attacked 71 times and there were aerial raids on 16 other British cities, some bombed multiple times. London, England, U.K. October 1940.

bag-of-dirt:

A young Soviet soldier, severely injured, crawls towards his German captors after surrendering during the Battle of Kursk. Although the battle would end in a decisive Soviet victory, with the Soviets retaking an area along a 2,000 km (1,200 miles) wide front, losses were still heavy, with over 254,470 Soviet soldiers killed, missing or captured and 608,833 reported as sick or wounded. German losses were also heavy, but less so than for the Soviets. Germany reported a total of approximately 198,000 killed, missing and wounded in action. Near Kursk, Kursk Oblast, Russia, Soviet Union. July 1943. 

axisslovakia:

Ukrainian farmer making out with a red army soldier. A display of primitive soviet propaganda in conquered eastern Poland.

mendenlama:

Wartime Los Angeles 1942 (taken from Karamazove)

mendenlama:

Wartime Los Angeles 1942 (taken from Karamazove)

gigadema:

RAF pilot gets a haircut in between missions (1942).
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gigadema:

RAF pilot gets a haircut in between missions (1942).

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bag-of-dirt:

German Wehrmacht soldiers have a musical interlude during a lull in the battle of the Soviet Belgorod-Bogodukhov Offensive Operation, a combat operation executed by the Soviets as part of Operation Polkovodets Rumyantsev that followed the German defeat at the Battle of Kursk. Belgorod Oblast, Russia, Soviet Union. July 1943. Image taken by Franz Grasser.