World War II

Invasion of Poland: 1939

Invasion of Poland: 1939

People reading newspapers, The Evening Star and The News, announcing the invasion of Poland, 1939. The invasion of Poland by Germany, the Soviet Union, and a small Slovak contingent marked the start of World War Two in Europe. Harris & Ewing, photographer. LOC original medium: glass negative.

Memorial Day Tribute: 1943

Memorial Day Tribute: 1943

African American women at Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Description with photo says, "Decorating a soldier's grave in one of the Negro sections on Memorial Day." Apparently even Arlington Cemetery was segregated in the 1940s. FSA / OWI photo by photographer Esther Bubley, 1943. LOC original medium: nitrate negative.

Greek-American Soldiers: 1943

Greek-American Soldiers: 1943

Greek trainees at the anti-aircraft artillery training center, Camp Edwards, Massachusetts. Left to right: Private James Bezirgianidis, Thomas Harris (ne Hanozoes) and Damainos Daykos. Harris served with the Greek Navy before coming to this country while Deykos saw service with the Army of Greece. Image source: U.S. Army Signal Corps, 1943. World War Two FSA/OWI Photograph Collection.

Chow on the Alcan Highway: 1942

Chow on the Alcan Highway: 1942

Sergeant Al Mangone, former bartender in Rochester, New York, helps the boys to forget their troubles with good chow. Al shown baking bread in the field, 1942. During World War Two, U.S. Army soldiers were enlisted to build the Alcan Highway through Canada's wilderness to Alaska. FSA / OWI Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: photographic print.

Prop Work: 1940s

Prop Work: 1940s

African American man smoking a pipe, working on a ship propellor. Looks like a paint chipping tool. No information with the photo but is part of a collection of untitled World War Two photos taken between 1940 and 1946. FSA / OWI Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: film negative.

Topping Off The Tanks: 1942

Topping Off The Tanks: 1942

Sailor mechanics fueling up an advanced training plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Photo taken in 1942 by photographer Howard R. Hollem. FSA / OWI Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: color transparency.

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