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PELELIU.

Dog arrives and handler receives and reads message. Peleliu. 23 September, 1944. Photographer: West.

(Signal Corps.)

 

 

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Lt. Albert Kotzebue on the left (273rd Infantry Regiment)

 

 

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6 hours ago, doyler said:

Lt. Albert Kotzebue on the left (273rd Infantry Regiment)

 

 

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Kotzebue now there's a unique surname, wonder if he's member of the Kotzebue family, the Von Kotzebue's, a aristocratic family of Balt German Russians in service of the Romanov's both political and Military, with many notable members over the centuries going back to their origins in Germany.

 

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No mention of the Russian Kotzebue's after the 19th Century, so not sure if they hung around after the Bolsheviks took over, if so, and these remaining Kotzebue fled, and Albert Kotzebue is in fact related, he might of been fortunate the NKVD didn't want him LOL, you know for a little talk, and a free trip for his Noble self to a Gulag LOL, as we know that Stalin was always eager to get the former Nobles back in his clutches, and the Whites too who took off from Russia after the Civil War.

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US Soldiers on Okinawa listen to the radio with news of the surrender of Germany and the end of WW2 in Europe - May 1945

 

77th Division marked helmet 

 

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On 5/8/2024 at 10:35 PM, doyler said:

GERMANY.

Modern army in a quaint Southern German town.

Here, Pfc. Harry J. Tressel, Buffalo, N.Y., member of the 163rd Signal Photo Co., watches Mr. Ernst Geissendorfer make the final arrangements of a window display of etchings and etching plates. The etchings were all done by either he or his father and represent the high spots of historic value in the town of Rotherburg. 19 April, 1945.

Photographer: T/5 Emmanuel Greenhaus, 163rd Signal Photo Co.

 

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Wonder what this art cost?

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2 hours ago, doyler said:

US Soldiers on Okinawa listen to the radio with news of the surrender of Germany and the end of WW2 in Europe - May 1945

 

77th Division marked helmet 

 

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...and the fiber liners in this pic in 1945

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The M1 helmet and one of its many uses....

 

US Personnel with the 3rd Infantry Division look up for possible enemy aircraft during a lull in the Battle for Anzio, Italy - April / May 1944

LIFE Magazine Archives - George Silk Photographer WWP-PD

 

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US troops with an M3 37mm anti-tank gun whilst on maneuvers somewhere in Southern England - Early 1943

Interestingly, the breech of the M3 has been fitted with an M1903A2, for use as a sub-calibre training device. The receiver and bolt are just visible.

Each of the men carries a full set of infantry field equipment....rifle-belt, Carlisle dressing pocket, canteen, haversack, meat-can pouch and entrenching tool. Also visible beneath their left arms are their service respirators.

Much of the equipment issued at this time was of WW1 vintage. For example, their canteens feature aluminium screw-tops, a feature of WW1 production canteens.

Original caption by the late Ian Phillips

LIFE Magazine Archives - David Scherman Photographer WWP-PD

 

 

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32 minutes ago, doyler said:

interesting photo and only info  stated Italy

 

 

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Oh man! This photo is SCREAMING for an explanation. 

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Well for one, it a Tiger I Panzer. If not Italy, then Sicily or even Africa,  if Africa and or  Sicily then of the 504th Heavy Panzer Battalion, if  Italy of either the  504th Heavy Panzer Battalion or the 508th Heavy Panzer Battalion, because it still has it's Dust Air cleaner Filters I'm leaning for now to Africa or Sicily, as these Filters were in short order removed from the Tiger I and don't show again for the rest of the war, even new Tiger I that were made omit them.

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Id like to see the next picture.

 

Looks like the Tiger is going to be blown sky high.

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9 hours ago, patches said:

Well for one, it a Tiger I Panzer. If not Italy, then Sicily or even Africa,  if Africa and or  Sicily then of the 504th Heavy Panzer Battalion, if  Italy of either the  504th Heavy Panzer Battalion or the 508th Heavy Panzer Battalion, because it still has it's Dust Air cleaner Filters I'm leaning for now to Africa or Sicily, as these Filters were in short order removed from the Tiger I and don't show again for the rest of the war, even new Tiger I that were made omit them.

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Brilliant deduction. I don’t think I’ve seen a Tiger from that angle before. 

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A captured Japanese bathtub. One of the many things the Marines captured overrunning the Japanese construction camps.

 

 

 

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OKINAWA.

MAKING A NEW FRIEND Curiosity is a trait of children the world over and this boy on Okinawa is no exception. Marine First

Lieutenant Carmine J. Motto, of Valhalla, N.Y. demonstrates feat of opening an American field ration can. Though they speak different languages, the Leathernecks made friends with the island natives by their kind gestures.

 (NARA)

 

 

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USN aviator and fighter ace Alexander Vraciu showing six kills during the Battle of the Philippine Sea aka Great Marianas Turkey Shoot on 19. June 1944. He shot down six Yokosuka D4Y Suisei dive bombers in eight minutes.

 

 

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16 hours ago, doyler said:

USN aviator and fighter ace Alexander Vraciu showing six kills during the Battle of the Philippine Sea aka Great Marianas Turkey Shoot on 19. June 1944. He shot down six Yokosuka D4Y Suisei dive bombers in eight minutes.

 

 

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He was a beast.

Alexander Vraciu November 2, 1918 – January 29, 2015) was a United States Navyfighter ace, Navy Cross recipient, and Medal of Honornominee during World War II. At the end of the war, Vraciu ranked fourth among the U.S. Navy's flying aces, with 19 enemy planes downed during flight and 21 destroyed on the ground. After the war, he served as a test pilot and was instrumental in forming the post-war Naval and Marine Air Reserve program. From 1956 to 1958 Vraciu led his own fighter squadron, VF-51, for twenty-two months. He retired from the U.S. Navy with the rank of commander on December 31, 1963. Vraciu later moved to Danville, California, and worked for Wells Fargo.

Vraciu was born in East Chicago, Indiana, of Romanian immigrant parents. He graduated from DePauw Universityin Greencastle, Indiana, and began his military career in 1941, when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During his military service in World War II, Vraciu flew Grumman F6F Hellcats in the Pacific, spending five months as a wingman to his mentor, Edward "Butch" O'Hare, the navy's first ace of the war. Vraciu's greatest success took place on June 19, 1944, during what became known as the "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot," when he engaged a Japanese bomber formation in air-to-air combat, downing six Japanese aircraft in eight minutes using only 360 rounds of ammunition. In December 1944 Vraciu was shot down during a mission over the Philippines, he parachuted and spent five weeks with Filipino resistance fighters before rejoining American military forces and returning to USS Lexington. Vraciu spent the last few months of the war serving at the Naval Air Test Center in Patuxent, Maryland.

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US Nurse on Guadalcanal uses her helmet shell for washing in early 1943

LIFE Magazine Archives - Ralph Morse Photographer

 

 

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PELELIU.

Sgt. Dewey Guilford, 5210 Pearl St., Seattle, Wash., is with the 3rd Armored Amphib. Tank Commander. 7 October, 1944.

Peleliu. Photographer: Johnson.

(Signal Corps.)

 

 

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An MP at the wheel of his heavily-laden vehicle in Italy - May / June 1944

 

 

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