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Refugees crossing a bridge on the River Elbe to escape the chaos behind German lines.

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Displaced Persons crossing a bridge on the River Elbe at Tangermunde, which has been blown up by the Germans, to escape the chaos behind German lines caused by the approach of the advancing Russians. (Photo by Fred Ramage/Keystone/Getty Images). May 1945

1945: Captain J McMahon, of the U.S. 9th Army, carrying a child over a bombed bridge at the River Elbe, Tangemunde. The bridge was blown up by retreating German troops.

WWI US 9th Army Soldier Carries Child over Bombed River Elbe Bridge Press Photo

WWI US Army Soldier Carries Child over Bombed River Elbe Bridge. Captain J McMahon, of the U. Army, carrying a child over a bombed bridge at the River Elbe, Tangemunde. The bridge was blown up by retreating German troops.

Margaret Bourke-White. (Ruins of) Hohenzollern Bridge Cologne 1945 At the end of WW II.

Broken Bridge 1945 Margaret Bourke-White: one of the women I studied as I developed Rachel Justice, the Heroine of Shadowed by Grace.

The Red Army's orgy of rape in the dying days of Nazi Germany was conducted on a much greater scale than the previous suspected, according to a new book by the military historian Anthony Beevor, the author of the…

December Huddling in blankets the only survivors of an original 150 Polish people who walked from Lodz in Poland to Berlin hoping to find food and shelter. They are waiting by a railway track hoping to be picked up by a British army train and given help.

German refugees and displaced persons crowding every square inch of a train leaving Berlin after the war's end. 1945.

This Is What Europe's Last Major Refugee Crisis Looked Like

German refugees and displaced persons crowding every square inch of a train leaving Berlin after the war's end.

Ww2 • The French Resistance Parade a German Soldier through Paris in 1945

Free French Troops Escorting German Prisoner in Paris, 1944 by Unknown Artist

Nightmare in East Prussia. German refugees fleeing their land in Grantsa District in April 1945.

East Prussia in 1945 was hell Earth as the vengeful Red Army raped German women and destroyed the German army. The Battle of east Prussia was brutal.

SdKfz 2 AKA The Kettenkrad Country: Germany Date introduced: 1939 War: WWII Ketten is German for “tracks” and krad is the military abbreviation for the German word kraftrad, which means, “motorcycle.” Known to the Allies as “Rabbits,” the Kettenkrads were some of the most intimidating pieces of Nazi weaponry. They were steered like a typical motorcycle, had the tracks of a tank, and were powered by a heavy-hitting 36-horsepower Opel motor. The pic shows US GI's with a captured one.

US "sappers" of the Battalion, Infantry Division on captured German half-track motorcycle "Kettenkrad" (Kettenkrad HK Besvaylere, Germany. From left to right: Corporal Henry Banas, Sergeant John Lewis and Private Everett Turk.

Kids seen playing on a destroyed German kubelwagon August 1944.

(Vagabonds inspiration) Liberation of Paris. Kids seen playing on a destroyed German kubelwagon August

Night Witches: Night Witches were russian lady bombers in WW2. They had the oldest, noisiest, crappiest planes in the entire world. The planes were so noisy that to stop Germans from hearing them coming and starting up their anti aircraft guns, the Witches climbed to a certain height to coast down to German positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair, and get back to base.

Night Witches: The Female Fighter Pilots of World War II

Night Witches: The Female Fighter Pilots of World War II Members of the Night Bomber Regiment decorated their planes with flowers . and dropped tons of bombs.

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