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French soldiers load a piece of artillery in a wood somewhere in the Western Front on May 29, 1940. The shell will be fired into the Nazi-occupied sector of the soldiers' homeland.

French soldiers load a piece of artillery in a wood somewhere in the Western Front on May The shell will be fired into the Nazi-occupied sector of the soldiers' homeland.

Over ninety years ago during World War I, British and German soldiers put down their weapons, walked out into the desolation of No-Man’s Land and shook hands. This was the Christmas cease fire of 1914.        In a moment unique to the First World War, troops were given a moment of respite from the horrors of the war when soldiers exchanged gifts, looked at each others’ family photographs and played friendly games of football with the enemy.

During the Christmas Truce of German and British soldiers play a game of soccer in the “no man’s land” between trenches. Not an actual photo from the event, but you get the picture.

Sgt. Stubby fought in 17 battles in WWI. He was in the trenches in France for 18 months, survived being gassed and went on to warn his unit of incoming gas attacks and artillery shelling; he located wounded soldiers, and helped capture a German spy. After the war, he was the Georgetown Hoyas’ mascot.

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Stubby fought in 17 battles in WWI. He warned his unit of incoming gas attacks and artillery shelling; he located wounded soldiers, and helped capture a German spy. He was the most decorated dog of WWI.

vietnam war - The average age of most soldiers during the war was 19.  This picture really shows just how young they were.

By an unknown photographer, August 1965 "Da Nang, Vietnam.A young Marine private waits on the beach during the Marine landing".

Red ceramic poppies fill the moat of the Tower of London to commemorate every British or Commonwealth soldier killed during the war.

Red ceramic poppies fill the moat of the Tower of London to commemorate every British or Commonwealth soldier killed during the war TITLE:

Towards the end of WWII, the Germans were sending boys between the ages of 14 and 17 into the field. This photo, taken at the end of the war shows a young boy terrified by the sounds of battle. He even wet his pants, poor kid.

A young German boy soldier crying in fear while being yelled at by an officer during World War II.

Faces of the American revolution: Amazing early photographs which document some of the heroes of the War for Independence in their later yea...

Faces of the American revolution: Amazing early photographs which document some of the heroes of the War for Independence in their later years

These stunning images are early photographs of some of the men who bravely fought for their country in the Revolutionary War some 237 years ago.

"Audie Leon Murphy (June 20, 1924 – May 28, 1971) was a highly decorated and famous soldier. Through LIFE magazine's July 16, 1945 issue ("Most Decorated Soldier"/cover photo), he became one the most famous soldiers of World War II and widely regarded as the most decorated American soldier of the war."

Audie Leon Murphy (June 1924 – May was the most highly decorated soldier in WWII.

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