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Smoky the cat saluting, February 1943. In 1940 Smoky the cat was rescued after an air raid during blitz. Miss Ann Twynam of Paddington took him home, and nursed him back to health. She has taught Smoky to salute, and now whenever service friends visit, Smoky loves to do his saluting turn, pictured 3rd February 1943. Battle of Britain collection.

On this day, 21 August 1943, 70 years ago, General Andrew McNaughton, commander of 1st Canadian Army, arrived in Sicily to visit every 1st Canadian Division unit in a very busy six day schedule. PHOTO: General Andrew McNaughton, commander of Canadian 1st Army from April 1942 to December 1943, chats with his personal pilot, the Australian Squadron Leader Reid, after a tour of the Sicily battlefront. © IWM (CAN 3540)

Santa Fe crewmen chat before departing Vaughn, New Mexico with an eastbound train, led by 2-10-4 #5006, during March of 1943. The AT&SF's Texas fleet were all products of Baldwin with #5006 being outshopped in 1938. Jack Delano photo.

Major Robert K. Morgan, pilot of the B-17 bomber Memphis Belle (named after his Tennessee girlfriend) chats with plant worker Virginia Johnson at BMI on July 13, 1943. Magnesium ingots are visible behind them on tables and conveyors. See our Magnesium Maggie board for more photos of BMI's dedicated women:

orovida camille pissarro(1893-1968), lebeide with sulin, 1943. oil on paper laid on cardboard, 64.9 x 45.4 cm. royal academy of arts, uk