World War II

Fort Knox Fighter: 1942

Fort Knox Fighter: 1942

U.S. Army infantryman next to a halftrack, ready to fire his M1 Garand rifle. Old WW2 photo taken at Fort Knox in 1942 by photographer Alfred T. Palmer. FSA / OWI Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: color transparency.

Manzanar Mechanic: 1943

Manzanar Mechanic: 1943

Manzanar Relocation Center mechanic Henry Hanawa working on an old tractor while driver Benji Iguchi looks on. Nice old pickup truck in the background. WW2 photo taken in 1943 by photographer Ansel Adams. LOC original medium: 4 x 5 inch safety film negative.

Woman WW2 Worker: 1943

Woman WW2 Worker: 1943

A former stage orchestra musician working on a gun lathe for Vilter Manufacturing Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, checks an M7 gun in progress. The factory made M5 and M7 guns for the U.S. Army during World War Two. The woman had two brothers and a husband in the service at the time of the photograph. Photo taken in 1943 by photographer Howard R. Hollem. FSA / OWI Photograph Collection.

Loving the WWII Price Controls: 1942

Loving the WWII Price Controls: 1942

Pretty girl examining price tag on a coat. From the description with the 1940s WW2 era photo: "As a war measure, price ceilings have been placed on nearly everything Americans eat, wear, and use. Clothing and furniture are among many articles controlled by the OPA (Office of Price Administration) order." Photo taken in 1942 by photographer Ann Rosener for the U.S. Office of Emergency Management.

WW2 Victory Lap: 1944

WW2 Victory Lap: 1944

Crowds of French patriots line the Champs Elysees to view Allied tanks and half tracks pass through the Arc de Triomphe, after Paris was liberated on August 25, 1944. Photo shows Free French tanks and half tracks of General Leclerc's 2nd Armored Division. Jack Downey, photographer. LOC original medium: color transparency.

Building WW2 Bombers: 1942

Building WW2 Bombers: 1942

Woman running a riveting machine at the Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California during WWII. She is joining sections of wing ribs to reinforce the inner wing assemblies of B-17F heavy bombers. Better known as the Flying Fortress, the B-17F bomber was a later model of the B-17, which distinguished itself in action in the south Pacific, over Germany and elsewhere.

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