Category: 1942

Soldiers of the U.S. 37th Coast Artillery Brig…

Soldiers of the U.S. 37th Coast Artillery Brigade used searchlights to scan the skies above Los Angeles in the pre-dawn hours of February 24, 1942 searching for Japanese bombers, a day before the infamous “Battle of Los Angeles” .

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British Army searchlights pierce the night sky…

British Army searchlights pierce the night sky during an air-raid practice on Gibraltar, 20 November 1942

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USS Lexington explodes while being scuttled following the Battle of the Coral Sea, 8 May 1942 [1280×1003]

Pyotr Ilchenko, of the Moscow Conservatory, pe…

Pyotr Ilchenko, of the Moscow Conservatory, performing for Soviet soldiers on the Southern Front 1942.

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Kids on swings, Stockholm, 1942.

Kids on swings, Stockholm, 1942.

Female Soviet Fighter pilots enjoying a break …

Female Soviet Fighter pilots enjoying a break from combat, 1942

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Quite a few women flew as fighter pilots in the VVS, including two aces – Lidya Litvyak and Yekaterina Budanova. Both flew the Yak-1 fighter, seen in the photo above. The Yak was slower than the German Bf-109, but was better at turning and only had a slightly less powerful armament. It was instrumental in holding back the Luftwaffe until the superior La-5 and Yak-9 reached the front in large numbers.

Female Soviet Fighter pilots enjoying a break …

Female Soviet Fighter pilots enjoying a break from combat, 1942

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Quite a few women flew as fighter pilots in the VVS, including two aces – Lidya Litvyak and Yekaterina Budanova. Both flew the Yak-1 fighter, seen in the photo above. The Yak was slower than the German Bf-109, but was better at turning and only had a slightly less powerful armament. It was instrumental in holding back the Luftwaffe until the superior La-5 and Yak-9 reached the front in large numbers.

A soldier gives two Germans he captured at the…

A soldier gives two Germans he captured at the Battle of El Alamein the traditional British salute, 26 October 1942

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Continuation war Syväri spring offensive. Finn…

Continuation war Syväri spring offensive. Finnish troops from 6th corps engaged in a firefight 16.4.1942. Fallen Soviets on the foreground.

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Mechanics take their lunch under the wing of a P-39 at Port Moresby, July 1942