World War II

Shipwreck of the USS Saratoga (CV-3) in Bikini Atoll

The USS Saratoga (CV-3), commissioned in 1927, was an Lexington-class American Aircraft carrier measuring 268 meters (880 ft.) in length and weighting 39,000 tons. Originally she was designed as a battlecruiser, but was later converted into one of the Navy’s first aircraft carriers during construction to comply with the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922. During her World …

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Sergeant George on the left with fellow comrades. (Credits: Michael Smith)

Son shares incredible color slides of Father in Okinawa 1945

Argunners has the honor to publish a selection of incredible color slides from Jerry Smith, who served in Company A, 718th Amphibian Tractor Battalion (AMTRAC) of the XXIV Corps during Okinawa 1945. The unit was attached to the 77th Infantry Division for the Invasion of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines and the 7th Infantry Division for the Invasion …

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Empire State Building 1945 after Crash

A B-25 crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945

On Saturday, July 28, 1945, 27-year old Lieutenant Colonel William Franklin Smith, Jr. was piloting a B-25 “Mitchell” bomber on a routine personnel transport mission from Boston to Newark Airport. Lt. Col. Smith, who served previously in the 457th Bomb Group with over 500 combat hours, asked for clearance to land, but was advised of zero visibility and …

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GMC CCKW 353 A2 on the utter left, a GMC CCKW 352 B1 next to it, Diamond T969 and M26 Pacific Rim on the complete right.

Hangar full of WW2 Vehicles, Tanks and Classic Cars

Argunners Magazine received thanks to Marc Askat from 442 Explorations a view into a very incredible Hangar filled with World War II and Post-World War II Trucks, Tanks and Classic Cars. All the tanks and vehicles are part of a private collection, organized under UNIVEM – Paris Ile de France. UNIVEM stands for Union Nationale des …

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WWII Airplane Graveyard - Avenger aircraft wreck in Kwajalein Atoll (Credits: Brandi Mueller for Argunners)

Wrecks of Kwajalein Atoll – A Stunning World War 2 Aircraft Graveyard

Brandi Mueller, a Merchant Mariner licensed by the U.S. Coastguard, captured incredible photos of an airplane graveyard in Kwajalein Atoll, containing over 150 Allied World War 2 aircraft, lying 30 feet under the Pacific Ocean near the Marshall Islands, more specific Kwajalein Atoll, Roi-Namur. Kwajalein Atoll is an incredible diving site but also a restricted …

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B25 Wreck at Airplane Graveyard Kwajalein (Credits: Brandi Mueller for Argunners)

Plane Graveyard of World War II in Kwajalein Atoll (2)

Brandi Mueller, a Merchant Mariner licensed by the U.S. Coastguard, captured incredible photos of over 150 Allied WWII aircraft now lying 130 feet under the Pacific Ocean near the Marshall Islands, more specific Kwajalein Atoll, Roi-Namur. Kwajalein Atoll is an incredible diving site but also an restricted military base. In a perfectly executed World War …

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How Dive-Bomber Aircraft Won the War in the Pacific

When Japanese aircraft swooped over Pearl Harbor, dive-bombers were among the primary planes that devastated the harbor. These were planes that could dive toward and take out land and naval targets at lower altitudes than more standard aircraft. At a time when the accuracy of aircraft bombs was somewhat short of the 100% mark, they …

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Three US infantrymen advance at a crouching run using a Bocage hedgerow and embankment as cover. This picture shows to advantage the close nature of fighting in Normandy bocage country where the Germans became adept at digging into these hedgerows turning each field into a potential ambush. June/July 1944.

Stunning Normandy 1944 Photographs brought in Color

World War 2 comes alive when following stunning black and white photographs from Operation Overlord, Normandy 1944, are colorized and depict the true colors of Happiness, Horror and Fatigue of the Second World War. The following featured photographs, colorized by Dave Ford, Doug Banks, Gisele Nash, Jordan Lloyd, Paul Kerestes, Paul Reynolds and Royston Leonard, capture in …

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On 18 December 1944, very early in the morning, the American “14th Cavalry Group” had gotten in an ambush of the German Kampfgruppe Hansen on the road between Poteau and Recht. This are photographs taken after the action along the wreckage on the road.

Wacht am Rhein: Battle of the Bulge in Images

The Battle of the Bulge (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945), also known as Unternehmen: Wacht am Rhein, was a major German offensive campaign launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg on the Western Front toward the end of World War II in Europe. The surprise attack caught the Allied …

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