On this day: a warning in Nazi Germany

Warning_sign_in_cologneA Cpl. of 82nd Airborne Division reads a warning sign in the street Cologne, Germany, 4 April 1945. Second World War Two

4th April 1945: A corporal of the US 82nd Airborne Division reads a warning sign in Cologne, Germany as the Second World War draws to an end. Cologne came under Allied control the previous month.

61% of Cologne was destroyed by bombing during the war, and most of the city’s centre was devastated.

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On this day: Air Raid Damage in Australia

2nd April 1943: A house in Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory is severely damaged by a Japanese air raid.

Australia was bombed in about a hundred separate air raids between 1942 and 1943 during the Second World War.

From the collection of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Damaged_house_(Darwin)A house in Darwin damaged in a Japaneses Air Raid. Northern Territory, Australia. Second World War Two. Bombing of Darwin.

Australians off to war.

6th_Division_boards_the_troopships,_Pyrmont,_Sydney,_9-10_January_1940_-_by_Sam_Hood_(4175140213)Members of the Second Australian Imperial Force boarding ships for the Middle East. Secon

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9th-10th January 1940: Members of the Second Australian Imperial Force boarding ships in Sydney to travel to the Middle East. These soldiers defeated the Italians in North Africa. Second World War.

On this day: Italian Prisoners of War

Italian_soldiers_taken_prisoner_during_Operation_CompassA column of Italian prisoners captured on Bardia, Libya, march to a British army base on 6 January 1941. Australian Second World

6th January 1941: A column of Italian soldiers, captured after their defeat by combined Australian and British forces, are marched to an army base after the Battle of Bardia in Libya.

Bardia was the first battle planned and commanded by Australians in the Second World War. Italy was aligned with Nazi Germany in the war.

On this day: Survivors in the Second World War

These images show survivors of the sinking of the Nazi German battleship Scharnhorst, after being rescued and kept prisoner on board Britain’s HMS Duke of York.

Sunk during the Battle of the North Cape on the 26th of December, 1943, only 36 of a 1968-man crew were rescued. The first image shows an injured German being transported for medical treatment. The second image shows other survivors under guard.

The_Royal_Navy_during_the_Second_World_War_A21177Survivors of the sinking of the Nazi German battleship Scharnhorst. on Britain's HMS Duke of York. Sunk during the Battle of the North Ca

The_Royal_Navy_during_the_Second_World_War_A21172Survivors of the sinking of the Nazi German battleship Scharnhorst. on Britain's HMS Duke of York. Sunk during the Battle of the North Ca

Wartime Christmas

English children evacuated during The Blitz eat their Christmas dinner in 1941 in a home for evacuees in Henley-on-Thames, a town along the River Thames in Oxfordshire.

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Christmas dinner for children in a home for evacuees at Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, 1941._1941__D5703 England Second World War Two

75 Years Ago: Kyiv, Ukraine in Ruins.

The Second Battle of Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine concluded in freezing conditions on the 22nd of December, 1943, when the Red Army defeated the occupying Germans.

The first battle took place as part of the infamous Operation Barbarossa in 1941, when the Soviets were defeated, and over 600 000 were killed or captured in the Ukrainian capital. Comparatively, around four-thousand Ukrainians were recorded as dead more missing in the second battle.

This photograph, shortly after the Nazi defeat, shows the major boulevard Khreshchatyk, Ukraine’s most famous street, in ruins.

Kiev_Kreschatik_after_liberation_November_1943 Khreshchatyk Kyiv Ukraine Second World War Two