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Russian soldier armed with an American Thompson sub machine gun, acquired by the Lend-Lease Act between the United States and Russia.

Russian soldier armed with an American Thompson sub machine gun, acquired by the Lend-Lease Act between the United States and Russia.

Russian snipers – Sergeants Olga Mokshina (left) and Eva Novikova. Winter 1943, Belorussian Front, Russia. Photo by G. Belyanin.

Russian girls (World War II frontline soldiers). Russian snipers – Sergeants Olga Mokshina (left) and Eva Novikova.

Kamikaze, or tokko-tai, preparing to leave.

The Japanese were not about to let the Allies get closer to their shores than Okinawa. Their resistance strategy included using kamikaze pilots destined to die for Japan. And their motivations were not really so far from those of U.

Japanese Navy pilot Lieutenant Zenji Abe posing in front of a A6M2 Zero fighter aboard Akagi, late 1941-early 1942

Japanese Navy pilot Lieutenant Zenji Abe posing in front of a Zero fighter aboard Akagi, early 1942 Fresh from the navy flight school, Abe was assigned to the carrier Soryu and flew many missions.

japanese soldiers

soldiers of the IJA Division with a captured french gun after the invasion of french indochina in september 1940

Chinese soldier with a military uniform-clad boy in Shanghai, China prior to the Japanese invasion, Jul-Aug 1937

Chinese soldier with a military uniform-clad boy in Shanghai, China prior to the Japanese invasion, Jul-Aug 1937 - pin by Paolo Marzioli