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82nd Airborne paratroopers WWII

82nd Airborne troopers in Europe

Gen. Matthew Ridgeway, 82nd Airborne in this photo. Probably most famous for resurrecting the UN effort in Korea, in his command of the US 8th Army.

American paratrooper, 1945 by Robert Capa.

After the Battle of Stalingrad finished with the destruction of the German forces, these local boys found a literal treasure trove of abandoned weapons and equipment. Here they posed for the camera carrying ammo belts, ammo boxes, machine guns and rifles, all German. February 1943. Ordnance strewn over the battlefield remained a real hazard well into the 1960s.

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Marine firing a Browning M1917 machine gun on Iwo Jima, February, 1945.

Dr. Adelaide "Heidi" Hautval of Strasbourg, France was arrested by the Nazis. Sent to Auschwitz, she witnessed the medical experiments and refused to participate. Transported to Ravensbruck, she again refused to participate in experiments. When the doctor said that Jews were different, she said, “In this camp, many people are different from me. You, for example.” She saved many lives by hiding the condemned as patients and stayed at the camp with Mme Vaillant-Couturier post war to care for…

Opening of the Panama Canal, August 15, 1914.

Troopers of the 82nd Airborne fitting each others parachutes