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.
Heavily Armed Youths of the 12th SS Panzer (Hitler Jugend) Division ready themselves for battle. The division, which consisted mainly of teenage volunteers, was created in June of 1943 and had its baptism of fire in Normandy a year later. - "The young S.S. troops were detestable young beasts," a British officer recalled, "but, like good infantry, they stood up and fought it out when overrun." - In the fighting that raged around Caen, nearly 90 % were killed, wounded or captured
U.S. troops aboard a landing craft head for the beaches during Operation Torch of the North African Campaign. Operation Torch was the joint British and American planned invasion (with additional support from soldiers and sailors of Free France, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia) of Axis-held French North African territories. Oran, Algeria. 8 November 1942.