Stunning video footage of US Marines smoking out the Japanese at Iwo Jima.






Matchbooks that doubled as postcards were quite common during the World War II era.  Many different military installations and ships had their own matchbooks and they are very collectible today.


What you might be carrying around in your pocket if you were in Japan in 1943.


One of the many color photos taken by Hugo Jaeger during World War II.  See the collection here.


Chicago, in color, during the war.





A 1943 advertisement from Life Magazine.


Adolf Hitler visiting wounded soldiers in Berlin, 1943.


The flight deck crew prepares planes for launch from the USS Lexington (CV-16), en route near New Guinea, early April, 1944.



Royal Hungarian Honvéd machine gun team operating a 8mm Schwartzlose MG 07/12 on the Eastern Front c.1941.  Colorized by Doug Banks.





Soviet propoganda poster.



A rest and recuperation area for US airmen in Yunnan Province, China, circa 1944.



A German Rotes Kreuz helmet.



Fallschirmjäger in Crete, 1941.


Private Clyde Peacock and the rest of the 1st Military Police Platoon of the US 1st Army wait in England to board transports to Normandy. (Early June, 1944). Source: U.S. Army.


A collection of beer cans from World War II.



German officers arriving at Yalta, Russia (now Ukraine), circa 1942.


U.S. Army Private Brookey is standing in the ruins in front of Cologne Cathedral, which suffered seventy hits by aerial bombs during World War II. May 1945. In June 1945 American troops used it as a rifle range. Most of the town in this area was flattened during the war.


The rise of a German flying boat, BV.222 "Viking" from the surface of the Elbe, during tests.






July,1942. "Training high school boys to identify planes. There's no question about these young people's ability to recognize airplanes by their silhouettes. They're learning this and other essential facts of aviation at Weequahic High School, Newark, New Jersey, in a course designed to teach students the fundamentals of flying." Office of War Information photo.




Discharged Japanese soldiers crowd around trains at Hiroshima Railroad Station as they take advantage of free transportation to their homes after the end of the war. 8th of September, 1945. After Japan's capitulation, more than 5,400,000 Japanese soldiers and 1,800,000 Japanese sailors were taken prisoner by the Allies.The damage done to Japan's infrastructure, combined with a severe famine in 1946.