"The German ultimatum ordering the Dutch commander of Rotterdam to cease fire was delivered to him at 10:30 a.m. on May 14, 1940. At 1:22 p.m., German bombers set the whole inner city
of Rotterdam ablaze, killing 30,000 of its inhabitants."
Aerial view of the ruins of Rotterdam. 208-PR-10L-3. National Archives Identifier: 535916
"Choked with debris, a bombed water intake of the Pegnitz River no longer supplies war factories in Nuremberg, vital Reich industrial city and festival center of the Nazi party.
Captured April 20, 1945, by troops of the U.S. Army." 208-AA- 207L-1. National Archives Identifier: 535562
"American soldiers, stripped of all equipment, lie dead, face down in the slush of a crossroads somewhere on the western front."
Captured German photograph. Belgium, ca. December 1944. 111-SC-198245. National Archives Identifier: 531237
"With torn picture of his feuhrer beside his clenched fist, a dead general of the Volkssturm lies on the floor of city hall, Leipzig, Germany. He committed suicide rather than face U.S. Army troops who captured the city on April 19. 1945."
T5c. J. M. Heslop. 208-YE-148. National Archives Identifier: 535982
"Photo taken at the instant bullets from a French firing squad hit a Frenchman who collaborated with the Germans. This execution took place in Rennes, France."
Himes, November 21, 1944. 111-SC-196741. National Archives Identifier: 531224
" The Tapel Massacre on 1 July 1945. Picture shows Pedro Cerono, the man who discovered the group of 8 skulls. Tapel, Cagayan Province, Luzon, Philippine Islands."
T5c. Lewis D. Klein, November 23, 1945. 111-SC-227909. National Archives Identifier: 531327
"A Coast Guard seaman died at his battle station aboard the USS MENGES, torpedoed by a nazi sub in the Mediterranean. He represents the old Coast Guard expression, `You have to go out, but you don't have to come back.'"
PhoM1c. Arthur Green. 26-G-2330. National Archives Identifier: 531327
"Two enlisted men of the ill-fated U.S. Navy aircraft carrier LISCOME BAY, torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Gilbert Islands, are buried at sea from the deck of a Coast Guard-manned assault transport."
November 1943. 26-G-3182. National Archives Identifier: 513193
" Standing in the grassy sod bordering row upon row of white crosses in an American cemetery, two dungaree-clad Coast Guardsmen pay silent homage to the memory of a fellow Coast Guardsman who lost his life in action in the Ryukyu Islands."
Benrud, ca. 1945. 26-G-4739. National Archives Identifier: 513229
The pictures described in this list are from the holdings of the Still Picture Branch (NNSP) of the National Archives and Records Administration.
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