World War Two

70th anniversary of D-Day campaign

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D-Day veteran 88-year-old Victor Walker, formerly of HMS Versatile, arrives at Bayeux Cathedral for a commemorative service to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings during the second world war

Former member of Captain Philippe Kieffer's Free French commando, 91 year old Leon Gautier, attends a commando ceremony in Colleville-Montgomery, Normandy. Gautier landed on the beach of Ouistreham with Kieffer's special forces on D-Day, 6 June 1944.

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Former member of Captain Philippe Kieffer’s Free French commando, 91-year-old Leon Gautier, attends a commando ceremony in Colleville-Montgomery, Normandy, France. Mr Gautier landed on the beach of Ouistreham with Kieffer’s special forces on D-Day, June 6, 1944. This week marks the 70th anniversary of that event.

Soviet military veterans take part in the flower laying ceremony at the Soviet-era World War II memorial in the Crimean port of Sevastopol.

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Military veterans take part in the flower-laying ceremony at the Soviet-era second world war memorial in Sevastopol, Crimea. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the departing Nato chief, on Friday said Russian accusations that Nato was violating “red lines” in their bilateral post-cold war agreements were false.

Russian soldiers wearing WWII-era white winter camouflage smocks, holding skis and carrying Mosin rifles stand at Red Square in Moscow, during a rehearsal of the upcoming military parade marking the 72nd anniversary of the November 7, 1941, parade, when Red Army troops marched past the Kremlin and then went directly to the front line to fight the German army which was at the gates of the Russian capital.

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Russian soldiers in second world war-era winter camouflage smocks carry skis and rifles in Red Square, Moscow, during a rehearsal for the forthcoming military parade to mark the 72nd anniversary of the November 7 1941 parade. Then, Red Army troops marched past the Kremlin and continued directly to the front line to fight the German army, which was at the gates of the Russian capital.

Japan Marks 68th Anniversary Of WWII Surrender...TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 15:  People release doves as they pay their respects to the war dead during a ceremony at the Yasukuni Shrine on August 15, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. Japan marks the 68th anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia today, following their surrender between 14 and 15 August, 1945 . The Yasukuni Shrine honors Japan's war dead during the period from 1867 to the end of the Second World War.  (Photo by Ken Ishii/Getty Images)

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Respects are paid to the war dead during a ceremony at the Yasukuni Shrine on Thursday in Tokyo as Japan marks the 68th anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia following Japan’s surrender between August 14 and 15 1945. The Yasukuni Shrine honours Japan’s war dead from 1867 to the end of the Second World War. Read more