The samurai were highly skilled Japanese warriors that hailed from noble families and served the local lords. These warriors were experts in Martial Arts. Out of the four main classes in ancient Japan - samurais, farmers, artisans and merchants - the samurai were the highest.
Soldiers goose-step past the Führer in honor of Hitler's 50th birthday, April 20, 1939. Less than five months later, on September 1, the Third Reich's forces invaded Poland; on September 3, England and France declared war on Germany. The Second World War had begun.
Another hero of the French Resistance during World War II and decorated for saving the lives of U.S. soldiers shot down behind enemy lines was Micheline Blum-Picard. Only eighteen-years-old when she first became involved in the Resistance, Blum-Picard started by carrying messages taped to her back and then progressed to photographing inside factories damaged by bombing raids By D-Day, however, she was carrying a rifle, a pistol, and a hand grenade wherever she went.
The Dirlewangers, (36th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS), a military unit of the Waffen-SS, often wore masks in late 1944, early 1945, due to the pictures taken of them during the Warsaw Uprising in August 1944. The Dirlewangers were the most criminal and heinous SS unit in Hitler's war machine.
Joseph Stalin (1878-1953) was the leader of Russia during the WWII. He would stop at nothing to get absolute power and to do so he started the Great Purge (1937-38), a policy of killing anyone who threatened his power. He made a deal with Hitler (1939) to split up their spheres of influence in Eastern Europe when WWII began. Russia became a part of Allied Forces in 1943 when Hitler attacked them.
Give 'em hell, Navy! We'll give you the best we've got. Eastern Aircraft. Good men -- working together. This WWII Poster from the General Motors Eastern Aircraft Division shows a factory worker shaking the hand of a Navy pilot. Vintage WWII Poster.
Have you really tried to save gas by getting into a car club? This vintage WWII poster encourages the home front viewer to join a car club in order to conserve fuel. A soldier is pictured looking straight ahead while the text asks the viewer if they've done enough to save gas. Illustrated by Harold Von Schmidt, 1944.
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