U.S. Army Infantrymen of Company “I”, 35th Regiment, 25th U.S. Infantry Division await the word to advance in pursuit of retreating Japanese forces. The Vella Lavella Island Front, in the Solomon Islands, Southwest Pacific.
13 September 1943.

The Battle of Vella Lavella was fought from the 15th of August to the 9th of October 1943 between Japan and the Allied forces from New Zealand and the United States. Vella Lavella is an island located in the Solomon Islands that had been occupied by Japanese forces. The Allies successfully recaptured the island.

(Colorized by Tom Thounaojam from India)

An RAF Wellington bomber during a night raid, 1940


Lockheed P-38 by D. Sheley on Flickr.

P-38 Lightning


United States Planes in World War II. Illus by Herbert Townsend, from America, the Story of Our Country, 1951


The Hiroshima Peace Memorial.


The Hiroshima Peace Memorial.


“We fled to the Philippines, which was under American occupation at the time. But it wasn’t long before the Japanese took over the islands. We were living in Manila, and when the Japanese occupied the city, they began to teach us to read and write Japanese. When the Americans came to retake the city, they invaded from the north, and the Japanese blew up the bridges and barricaded themselves in the southern part of the city where we lived. Shells were falling all around us, because the Japanese had stationed a gun encampment across from our house. One morning, we decided to make a run for the hospital, so that we could put ourselves under the protection of the Red Cross. Our neighbors were running in front of us, pushing their belongings on a pushcart, when they stepped on a land mine and the whole family was killed. We kept running, but when we got to the main street, there was a checkpoint and we weren’t allowed to cross. So we hid beneath a house, and soon we were discovered by Japanese soldiers. They lined us all up against the wall to be executed. We begged and begged and begged for our lives. They finally allowed my mother and the children to step aside, but they told my father to stay. My mother dropped to her knees and asked the Japanese commander to imagine it was his family. And he finally let all of us go.”


P-38s headed to provide top-cover to Allied troops in France


The order issued by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to encourage Allied soldiers taking part in the D-day invasion of June 6, 1944.


Lt. Sidney J. Montz lands that morning on Utah Beach with Company D, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. He later writes in his diary of the day’s atmosphere and experience going ashore that morning on Utah Beach.

His diary is now part of the collection at The National WWII Museum.

"Years ago, when ever I’d walk onto a beach I’d see red. There was blood everywhere in the water. I’d hear gunfire, the machine guns cutting down my men and their screams. The flashbacks you know, I couldn’t escape them. Sometimes I still have nightmares about it."
- Sgt Bell, A Company 116th Infantry, Hitler’s War: The Western Front (via demons)