second world war

Russian soldiers wearing WWII-era Red Army winter clothing march during a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the final raise of the Nazi blockade of the city Leningrad, now St. Petersburg. The German and Finnish siege and blockade of Leningrad was broken on January 18, 1943 but finally lifted a year after, on January 27, 1944.

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Russian soldiers wearing second world war-era Red Army winter clothing march during a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Nazi blockade of the city Leningrad, now St Petersburg. The German and Finnish siege and blockade of Leningrad was broken on January 18, 1943, but finally lifted a year later, on January 27, 1944.

Holocaust survivors arrive for a ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp and to remember the victims of the Holocaust in Auschwitz...Holocaust survivors arrive for a ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp and to remember the victims of the Holocaust in Auschwitz January 27, 2014. The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27 to remember those who died during the Nazi organised genocide during World War Two that cost the lives of millions of Jews, Roma and Sinti, homosexuals and opponents to Germany's fascist regime and its collaborators.

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Holocaust survivors arrive for a ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland and to remember its victims.

A woman attends a gathering at the "Yama" memorial in the centre of Minsk. Belarus. This marks the 70th anniversary of the destroying of Minsk's ghetto during World War Two, when several hundred thousand Jews were slaughtered.

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A woman attends a gathering at the Yama memorial in the centre of Minsk to mark the 70th anniversary of the destruction of the ghetto in the Belarus capital during the second world war, when several hundred thousand Jews were killed

French President Francois Hollande (R) and his German counterpart Joachim Gauck (L) visit the ruined church at Oradour-sur-Glane with Robert Hebras (C), 88, one of the last survivors of the World War II massacre and destruction of the town, which was carried out by members of the German Waffen SS on 10 June 1944.

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French President François Hollande, right, and his German counterpart Joachim Gauck, left, visit the ruined church at Oradour-sur-Glane in southwest France with 88-year-old Robert Hebras, centre, one of the last survivors of the second world war massacre and destruction of the town, which was carried out by members of the German Waffen SS on June 10, 1944.

German Bomber raised from Channel

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The remains of the only surviving second world war German Dornier Do 17 bomber lies on a barge near Deal in the English Channel after being recovered from the sea bed on Monday evening.

Normandy Veteran, sapper John Buchanan Smith, 91, poses for a photograph at a remembrance and wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the start of the D-Day landings at Bayeux War Cemetery on June 6, 2013 in Bayeux, France. Across Normandy several hundred of the surviving veterans of the Normandy campaign are gathering to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the D-Day landings which eventually led to the Allied liberation of France in 1944. Next year, which will mark the 70th anniversary of the landings, is widely expected to be the last time that the veterans will gather in any great number.

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Normandy Veteran, sapper John Buchanan Smith, 91, at a remembrance and wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the start of the D-Day landings at Bayeux War Cemetery on Thursday in Bayeux, FranceRead more