1940's navy war
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An official photo describing the kit of a British infantryman in 1939. Note that the gas mask ('respirator') and anti-chemical warfare cape are parts of the outfit, remnants of WW1 memories. In actual combat, and marching with full kit, the British infantryman would carry a pack known as a "valise" that contained more clothing and personal items. Officers wore the exact same uniform save for markings of their rank.
Troopship Aquitania - The Aquitania in Wellington Harbour. This luxurious and fast Cunard White Star liner served as a troopship throughout the Second World War. In 1940, when this picture was taken, it was carrying troops of the Second Echelon of 2NZEF. During the First World War the ship had carried 60,000 US troops and served as an armed liner, transport and hospital ship.
Foredeck of the Royal Navy's most famous warship, 15 in battlecruiser HMS Hood, pictured between the wars. After 3 battlecruisers were lost to magazine explosions at Jutland in 1916 further construction was halted, but Hood was already at an advanced stage. In May 1941, 25 years later almost to the day, she suffered an identical fate at the hands of modern German battleship Bismarck.
The Ten Most Iconic Photos Of The 1940s
This iconic photo depicts the jubilance and relief expressed throughout America when armistice was declared in World War Two. Contrary to popular opinion, the two in the picture were not lovers; the soldier was jubilantly planting kisses on women in Times Square – this lucky nurse was just one of them. -1940s-