In London, testing of respirators for children in the case of gas attacks are conducted in March, 1939.
Original world war one press photograph of German prisoners of war leaded away by Canadian soldiers after the storming of Regina trench (Somme, France) in november 1916.
Jäger of the Imperial German Army in 1875.
By Auguste Legras from the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection.
“Nazi troops lie concealed in the undergrowth during the fighting prior to the capture of Kiev, Ukraine, in 1941.”
MUJAHIDEEN FORCES, AFGHANISTAN, 1980s
AHMAD SHAH MASSOUD, CHIEF, SUPERVISORY COUNCIL OF THE NORTH
Ahmad Shah Massoud was the most important commander of the mujahideen. Starting in his native Panjshir valley, his influence spread throughout the north of Afghanistan, setting up the Supervisory Council of the North, which by 1989-90 was the most significant fighting force of the mujahideen. His uniform - light colored flat cap, Soviet-style jacket and trousers, western-style shirt rather than Afghan-style pajamas, are indicative of the sort of order he tried to impose on his forces.
TROOPER, CENTRAL FORCES, SUPERVISORY COUNCIL OF THE NORTH
The nearest thing to regular forces used by the mujahideen. Since the early 1980s, Massoud realized that a cadre of full-time veteran guerrillas was vital for effective tactics. By 1988, the Central Forces had grown to about 1,500 men and had been used to take a number of Kabul regime garrisons. Since that, its members were used as officers and NCOs of a greatly expanded fighting force Massoud began to try and put together in the 1988-90 period. Equipped much the same as Massoud, he is armed with an RPG-7, the standard mujahideen anti-tank weapon.
MOHAMMED AMIN WARDAK, COMMANDER, WARDAK PROVINCE, 1988
Amin Wardak’s work was similar to Massoud, stressing effective building of both civil and guerrilla infrastructure. His focus was local, aimed at his own part of Wardak province, and he was thus been unable to deploy large forces. Armed with a standard 7.6·2mm Kalashnikov and a pistol, he wears a U.S. Army woodland pattern camouflage field jacket and a black turban with a long, trailing edge. In much of Afghanistan, Syeds - Afghans who are descended from the family of the Prophet Mohammed - will also wear such turbans.
AFGHAN GUERRILLA, LOGAR PROVINCE, 1988
Typical late-war Afghan guerrilla, he is equipped with a radio- an example of the improved technology that flowed to the mujahideen late in the war- and is armed with a 7.62mm Kalashnikov. He wears a chest bandolier or a Chinese-style chest pack for ammunition. He still wears traditional chapati sandals in preference to Pakistani-made boots, which can be crippling. The vest is a local version of a western-style assault vest. He wears the standard mujahideen of the Pathans who live south of the Hindu Kush, pajamas, flat hat, light (if any) field equipment.
STINGER GUNNER, 1986-90
The U.S.-made General Dynamics Stinger man-portable heat-seeking surface-to-air missile was the single most important weapons received by the mujahideen during the war. It greatly reduced the effectiveness of the Soviet helicopters and fighter-bombers that had dominated the sky over Afghanistan. The Stinger is a self-contained stand-alone-system- apparent as the gunner has no additional equipment. He is a Pathan - only a limited number of Stingers made it to the Tadjiks, Uzdeks, and Turkmen north of the Hindu Kush.
(Ron Volstad for Concord Publishing)
“Artillery Signalers at dawn in an outpost in Palestine on December 16. 1940. The men dress warmly to keep out the chill of the desert.”
“A small crowd inspects the damage, both inside and outside, after a Japanese bomb hit the residence of Paul Goo during the Japanese air raid on December 7, 1941.”
"The body of an Italian soldier lies where he fell during battle, in a stone-walled fort somewhere in the West Libyan desert, on Febrary 11, 1941."
"A bomb is fitted to the wings of a British raider prior to the start of an assault on Berlin, on October 24, 1940."
“A man, his wife, and child are seen after they had left Minsk on August 9, 1941, when the German army swarmed in. The original wartime caption reads, in part: ‘Hatred for the Nazis burns in the man’s eyes as he holds his little child, while his wife, completely exhausted, lies on the pavement.’”
The Advance through Palestine and the Battle of Megiddo: Men of the 2nd Battalion Black Watch in a trench on Brown Ridge after the action at Arsuf on 8 June 1918.