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Aerial View of Hilbeck, Werl - May 17, 1943

Aerial View of Hilbeck, Werl - May 17, 1943

After the Dam Busting Raids, the RAF overflown the area around Hilbeck and looking for wrecks of downed Lancaster bombers.
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Aerial View of Fort Eben Emael before the German Assault in May 1940

Aerial View of Fort Eben Emael before the German Assault in May 1940

Eben-Emael was a Belgian fortress between Liège and Maastricht, near the Albert Canal, defending the Belgian-German border. Constructed in 1931–1935, it was reputed to be impregnable and at the time, the largest in the world. But on 10 May 1940, 78 paratroopers of the German 7th Flieger (later 1st Fallschirmjäger Division) landed on the fortress with gliders (type DFS 230), armed with special ...
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Obertraubling Airfield with Messerschmitt Me321 Giants

Obertraubling Airfield with Messerschmitt Me321 Giants

The Messerschmitt Me 321 Gigant was a large German cargo glider developed during World War II.

The first Me 321A-1 production aircraft entered service in May 1941 with Grossraumlastensegler 321 at Leipheim, initially towed by Ju 90s and later by the He 111Z and the Troikaschlepp arrangement of three Bf 110s. The later Me 321B-1 variant had a crew of three and was armed with fo...
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Borgo Airfield - Home of the 3rd Photo Reconnaissance Group in August 1944

Borgo Airfield - Home of the 3rd Photo Reconnaissance Group in August 1944

Borgo Airfield around the time of D-Day Southern France- August 15, 1944.

3rd Photo Reconnaissance Group

Constituted as 3rd Photographic Group on 9 Jun 1942 and activated on 20 Jun. Redesignated 3rd Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group in May 1943, 3rd Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) in Nov 1943, and 3rd Reconnaissance Group in May 1945. Moved, via Eng...
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Decimomannu air base with six runways for multiple takeoff in 1944

Decimomannu air base with six runways for multiple takeoff in 1944

In the course of the war, the base suffered numerous bomb attacks that caused a large number of casualties among the soldiers stationed there. The first air attack was carried out by American bomber aircraft on 17 February 1943.In addition to the wings mentioned before, during the three years of the war, from 1940 to 1943, other units of the Royal Italian Air Force (equipped with Stukas (Picch...
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Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 12 July 1960

Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 12 July 1960

Vertical view of Berths 21 through 24, looking northwest, 12 July 1960, showing Pacific Reserve Fleet and other ships.<br>
Those present include (from top): Two Cleveland class light cruisers, USS Roanoke (CL-145), USS Worcester (CL-144), another Cleveland class light cruiser, USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729) undergoing "FRAM II" modernization, two auxiliaries and a destroye...
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Pearl Harbor Navy Yard - Vertical aerial view of the drydock area, 28 July

Pearl Harbor Navy Yard - Vertical aerial view of the drydock area, 28 July

Floating drydock YFD-2 is at left, with USS Alywin (DD-355) inside. Small drydock in center holds USS Growler (SS-215) and USS Nautilus (SS-168). USS Litchfield (DD-336) and an ARD floating drydock are in Drydock # 2, in right center. Drydock # 1, at right, contains USS West Virginia (BB-48). Submarines partially visible alongside 1010 Dock, in the extreme upper right, are Trout (SS-202) an...
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Aerial photo of the Dzerzhinsky tractor factory after German troops took it

Aerial photo of the Dzerzhinsky tractor factory after German troops took it

The Vogograd Tractor Factory (Russian: Волгоградский тракторный завод, Volgogradskiy traktornyy zavod, or ВТЗ, VTZ) is a heavy equipment factory located in Volgograd, Russia previously known until 1961 as the S...
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German Light Cruiser Koeln moored in a Norwegian Fjord - Part 2

German Light Cruiser Koeln moored in a Norwegian Fjord - Part 2

RAF reconnaissance photo showing Köln moored in the Fætten Fjord northeast of Trondheim, Norway, 19 Jul 1942, photo 2 of 3.

Köln was a German light cruiser prior to and during World War II, one of three K-Class cruisers named after cities starting with the letter K. This ship was named after the city of Köln (Cologne). The others in her class were the Königsberg and the Karlsruhe...
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Japanese Cruiser Aoba after Air Attacks, 28 July 1945

Japanese Cruiser Aoba after Air Attacks, 28 July 1945

Vertical aerial photograph of the ship and nearby buildings and terrain at Nabe, near the Kure Navy Yard, Japan. Taken from a USS San Jacinto (CVL-30) plane during air attacks on 28 July 1945.
Smoke is coming from under Aoba's bridge, to starboard, where she had been hit by a carrier plane's bomb. Large hole in her stern is from direct hits made by USAAF B-24 bombers.
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Japanese Unryu Class Aircraft Carrier under Attack at Mitsuko-jima

Japanese Unryu Class Aircraft Carrier under Attack at Mitsuko-jima

Aerial photograph of an attack of U.S. Navy planes on the Japanese naval base at Kure in 1945. The two camouflaged Japanese aircraft carrier Amagi and Katsuragi are marked by arrows.
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Nikolaev Navy Base in 1941 with Russian Battleship Soviet Ukraine

Nikolaev Navy Base in 1941 with Russian Battleship Soviet Ukraine

Sovetskaya Ukraina (Russian: Советская Украина ("Soviet Ukraine")) was laid down 31 October 1938 at Shipyard Nr. 198 (Marti South) in Nikolayev. When the war began she was 17.98% complete with 13,001 tonnes (12,796 LT; 14,331 ST) assembled on the slipway. Some effort was made to launching t...
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German Light Cruiser Koeln moored in a Norwegian Fjord

German Light Cruiser Koeln moored in a Norwegian Fjord

RAF reconnaissance photo showing Köln moored in the Fætten Fjord northeast of Trondheim, Norway, 19 Jul 1942, photo 1 of 3.

Köln was a German light cruiser prior to and during World War II, one of three K-Class cruisers named after cities starting with the letter K. This ship was named after the city of Köln (Cologne). The others in her class were the Königsberg and the Karlsruhe...
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Peenemuede Test Stand XII Overlay

Peenemuede Test Stand XII Overlay

Craters surround a site at Peenemunde following an Allied bombing raid.

A submarine-towed launch platform was tested successfully, effectively making it the prototype for submarine-launched ballistic missiles. The project codename was Prüfstand XII (Test stand XII), sometimes called the rocket U-boat. If deployed, it would have allowed a U-boat to launch V-2 missiles against Unit...
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The Zeppelin base in Tonder

The Zeppelin base in Tonder

During the First World War the German Imperial Navy operated Zeppelin airships from Tønder. The base was placed a few kilometers north of the city and was virtually self-supporting with its own gas plant, heating central and waterworks.
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Fort de Cerfontaine near Maubeuge 1914

Fort de Cerfontaine near Maubeuge 1914

The fortress of Maubeuge stood on the River Sambre, just inside France. In August 1914 it stood directly in the line of the great German sweep through Belgium that was at the heart of the Schlieffen Plan. Initially the French did not believe that any significant German forces were north of the Sambre, but when they finally realised what was going on, Joffre ordered the French Fifth army north t...
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RAF Hornchurch

RAF Hornchurch

RAF Hornchurch is most famous as a battle of Britain airfield. It was known as Sutton's Farm during the First World War and was operational on 3 October 1915.
During World War II the station was a Sector Airfield of RAF Fighter Command's 11 Group, covering London and the south east of England during the Battle of Britain in 1940. By this time, its command centre was in Romford, and a sat...
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Sweinfurt raid

Sweinfurt raid

The Schweinfurt–Regensburg mission was an air combat battle in World War II. A strategic bombing attack flown by B-17 Flying Fortresses of the U.S. Army Air Forces on August 17, 1943, it was conceived as an ambitious plan to cripple the German aircraft industry. The mission was also known as the "double-strike mission" because it entailed two large forces of bombers attacking separate...
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Japanese Seaplane Base on Wotje Island, Wotje Atoll

Japanese Seaplane Base on Wotje Island, Wotje Atoll

The garrison of Wotje, at peak strength in December 1943, consisted on 3,298 men, 2,103 Navy and 429 Army personnel, and 766 civilian (and Korean) construction workers under the command of Captain (later Rear-Admiral) Nobukazu Yoshimi, of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Of these only 1244 or 37.72% survived until surrender in August 1944. Between mid-1943 and Aug. 1945, US aircraft dropped 3500t bo...
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Aerial Photo of Uebach - 5 October 1944

Aerial Photo of Uebach - 5 October 1944

October 3, 1944 - U.S. 1st army drove through section of Siegfried line at Ubach, front dispatches asserted.
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Amsterdam-Schiphol Bombed by the RAF in 1940

Amsterdam-Schiphol Bombed by the RAF in 1940

Schiphol began as a military airfield in 1916 in the midst of World War One, when aviation became a major part of modern warfare. In 1920, as Europe entered peacetime, the airport became a civil aviation airport, leading to the first KLM flight taking place in the same year. Amsterdam hosted the 1928 Olympic Games, which prompted the City of Amsterdam to take over airport operations from the Mi...
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Japanese Airfield at Taroa Island, Maloelap Atoll

Japanese Airfield at Taroa Island, Maloelap Atoll

In order to create a suitable defense system at its perimeter, the Japanese navy decided to develop some of the atolls of the Marshall Islands into bases for seaplane, naval surface units submarines, and, with the advent of long-range land-based bombers, as airfields. Taroa was to become a major airbase. The development of Taroa base began in December 1939, when a battalion of Japanese prisoner...
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Aerial Photo of Alsdorf - Schaufenberg - Blumenrath

Aerial Photo of Alsdorf - Schaufenberg - Blumenrath

By October 28, in addition to protecting the breach in the Siegfried Line, the 117th Infantry constituted an important segment of the American Forces encircling the city of Aachen. Units of the 117th Infantry had reached the town of Schaufenberg, Germany, which represented the deepest penetration of the German homeland up to that time.
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Omaha Beach - D-Day plus 6 at 12 June 1944

Omaha Beach - D-Day plus 6 at 12 June 1944

Omaha Beach is the code name for one of the main landing points of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on June 6 1944, during World War II.

The beach was located on the northern coast of France, facing the English Channel, and was 5 miles (8 km) long, from east of Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes to west of Vierville-sur-Mer on the right bank of the D...
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Aerial photograph of RAF Hayscastle Cross in 1955

Aerial photograph of RAF Hayscastle Cross in 1955

The 'Type B' transmitter block can be seen centre right with the four transmitter masts above. The 'Type B' receiver block can be seen centre left with one receiver tower either side. (a shadow cast by each tower and mast can be seen to the right).
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