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A German soldier shares his rations with a Russian mother and her child. [World War II, c. 1941]

A German soldier shares his rations with a Russian mother and her child. [World War II, c. 1941]

In 1943, Charles B. Hall became the first black fighter pilot to down an enemy aircraft. Hall was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his valor in this World War II action. His squadron presented him with its own reward, a chilled bottle of Coke, a precious commodity in the Mediterranean theater. Hall was a member of the 99th Fighter Squadron.

In 1943, Charles B. Hall became the first black fighter pilot to down an enemy aircraft. Hall was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his valor in this World War II action. His squadron presented him with its own reward, a chilled bottle of Coke, a precious commodity in the Mediterranean theater. Hall was a member of the 99th Fighter Squadron.

Two American soldiers attempt to cheer up a distraught child with a puppy. She was most likely separated from her family. (France, June-July 1944)

Two American soldiers attempt to cheer up a distraught child with a puppy. She was most likely separated from her family. (France, June-July 1944)

January 1945- Netherlands liberation - Polish soldier (*not Canadian) shares his food with two dutch boys. (*correction)

January 1945- Netherlands liberation - Polish soldier (*not Canadian) shares his food with two dutch boys. (*correction)

Raising the Hammer and Sickle over the Reichstag,   2 May, 1945 by Yevgeni Khaldey

Raising the Hammer and Sickle over the Reichstag, 2 May, 1945 by Yevgeni Khaldey

The family of a war hero only discovered the full weight of his bravery after   his death when his cremation left behind a huge pile of shrapnel.

Weighty memento: war veteran's secret revealed after his death

The family of a war hero only discovered the full weight of his bravery after his death when his cremation left behind a huge pile of shrapnel.

Unwanted babies for sale in Italy, 1940's Unwanted because of poverty, war, rape, prostitution, starvation, homelessness...

Unwanted babies for sale in Italy, 1940's Unwanted because of poverty, war, rape, prostitution, starvation, homelessness...

A very rare photo (taken from the only known video) of Anne Frank. Merwedeplein, Amsterdam, May 1941

61 Incredibly Rare Historical Photos That Will Leave You Speechless

A very rare photo (taken from the only known video) of Anne Frank. Merwedeplein, Amsterdam, May 1941

This is one of our favorite WWII photos. Taken in 1945, it shows thousands of troops pulling in to NY Harbor aboard the Queen Elizabeth. If this was 2016, there would be thousands of family members there waiting, but back in 1945, train travel was expensive and arrival ships (and dates) often changed. So after they got off the boat, they'd get a train ticket then go to Western Union to send a "I'm back - see you Tuesday!" telegram.

This is one of our favorite WWII photos. Taken in 1945, it shows thousands of troops pulling in to NY Harbor aboard the Queen Elizabeth. If this was 2016, there would be thousands of family members there waiting, but back in 1945, train travel was expensive and arrival ships (and dates) often changed. So after they got off the boat, they'd get a train ticket then go to Western Union to send a "I'm back - see you Tuesday!" telegram.

German soldier giving bread to an orphaned Russian boy. Volkhov area, 1942 -    Heartbreaking to think this soldier might have had a child the same age at home. It really shows the humility and humanity of the people in the war. Just because they perceived each other as the “enemy” doesn’t mean either of them were more or less good than than the other.

German soldier giving bread to an orphaned Russian boy. Volkhov area, 1942 - Heartbreaking to think this soldier might have had a child the same age at home. It really shows the humility and humanity of the people in the war. Just because they perceived each other as the “enemy” doesn’t mean either of them were more or less good than than the other.

Young Soldier Holding A Little Piggy With Lid In London During World War I (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Young Soldier Holding A Little Piggy With Lid In London During World War I (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)