Farewell to departing troops at New York’s Penn Station.
The photograph comes from Himmler’s visit to a Shirokaya Street POW camp in Minsk, USSR taken in August 1941. Additional photographs from the visit as well as film footage of Himmler’s visit shows more of the camp as well as the events before and after the famous picture was taken.
The shirtless man in the photograph is not Horace Greasley but an unnamed Soviet POW wearing a standard-issue Red Army “pilotka” side-cap. When interviewed by the Leicester Mercury, the historian Guy Walters said that he “had no doubt whatsoever” that the man in the photograph was not Greasley.
British soldiers smile at a ‘Viva Il Duce’ slogan on a wall in Reggio, Italy, September 1943.
Exhausted Russian soldiers sleeping with puppy in liberated Prague at the end of the World War II. Prague, May 1945.
“TBM-3 Avenger of VT-82 flying from the carrier Bennington struggles to remain airborne after receiving heavy damage in a mid-air collision with another Avenger over Chi Chi Jima”. 18th February 1945.
Liberated Jewish man holds NAZI soldier at gunpoint.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur accepts Japanese surrender, USS Missouri, Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945.
Behind MacArthur are Generals Wainwright and Percival, the officers who had respectively surrendered the Philippines and Singapore to the Japanese. Both had been plucked out of Japanese prison camps at the armistice and flown in to be present at the ceremony.
Color footage of the occasion:
Carrier plane flyover at the ceremony: