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Empty helmets and spent artillery shells mark the graves of Marines who fell at Tarawa March 1944.

Empty helmets and spent artillery shells mark the graves of Marines who fell at Tarawa March 1944.

A 240-mm M1 howitzer, nicknamed "Black Dragon" , 698th Field Artillery Battalion, 5th U.S. Army position in San Vittore, Italy. March 1944. Howitzers played a critical role during the Italian campaign given the mostly mountainous or hilly terrain that made indirect fires an absolute priority.

A 240-mm M1 howitzer, nicknamed "Black Dragon" , 698th Field Artillery Battalion, 5th U.S. Army position in San Vittore, Italy. March 1944. Howitzers played a critical role during the Italian campaign given the mostly mountainous or hilly terrain that made indirect fires an absolute priority.

Amtrac LVT LVT - The Landing Vehicle Tracked was a class of amphibious vehicles built during World War II. It was also called amphtrack, amtrac, and amptrack, and amphibious tractor. It continued to be built throughout the war and approximately 18,621 LVTs were produced.

Amtrac LVT LVT - The Landing Vehicle Tracked was a class of amphibious vehicles built during World War II. It was also called amphtrack, amtrac, and amptrack, and amphibious tractor. It continued to be built throughout the war and approximately 18,621 LVTs were produced.

An M4A3 76w from the 778th Tank Battalion caption Lampaden 1945. The has an M1A1 gun with a threaded and protected barrel. With all the hatches open, it looks like most of the crew may have made it out.

An M4A3 76w from the 778th Tank Battalion caption Lampaden 1945. The has an M1A1 gun with a threaded and protected barrel. With all the hatches open, it looks like most of the crew may have made it out.

AUG 30 1942 Rommel’s last throw of the dice The crews of Crusader tanks bed down for the night beside their vehicles in the Western Desert, 28 August 1942.

AUG 30 1942 Rommel’s last throw of the dice The crews of Crusader tanks bed down for the night beside their vehicles in the Western Desert, 28 August 1942.

Two early production models of the T-34 Soviet tank lie abandoned on a country road in the Ukraine, summer 1941. The early T-34s suffered from major teething problems which often caused the tanks to break down in the field. The design was though quickly revised and production, beginning in the winter 1942, was radically re-organized. These two specimens have the halves of their hatches painted white to aid in air recognition from friendly aircraft.

Two early production models of the T-34 Soviet tank lie abandoned on a country road in the Ukraine, summer 1941. The early T-34s suffered from major teething problems which often caused the tanks to break down in the field. The design was though quickly revised and production, beginning in the winter 1942, was radically re-organized. These two specimens have the halves of their hatches painted white to aid in air recognition from friendly aircraft.

1944- First wave of U.S. Marines to hit the shore on Saipan keep low as they move up the beach under heavy Japanese machine gun fire.

1944- First wave of U.S. Marines to hit the shore on Saipan keep low as they move up the beach under heavy Japanese machine gun fire.

1944- Bodies on U.S. Marines go over the side of a transport where they died from wounds received in attack on Parry Island, Eniwetok Atoll, for burial on beach.

1944- Bodies on U.S. Marines go over the side of a transport where they died from wounds received in attack on Parry Island, Eniwetok Atoll, for burial on beach.

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