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Tony Pickering, who served as a Hurricane pilot in the World War Two, poses for a photograph next to a Hurricane atBiggin Hill, England. Aircraft including 18 Spitfires and six Hurricanes flew over southern England to mark 75 years since the Battle of Britain’s “Hardest Day” when Biggin Hill and other South East military bases came under attack from the German Luftwaffe.
Former Chinese “comfort woman” Hao Yuelian sits on her bed under pictures of babies at her house in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China. Hao was abducted by Japanese soldiers at 17 and was forced to serve as a “comfort woman” for over 20 days during World War Two. Comfort women is the Japanese euphemism for women who were forced into prostitution and sexually abused at Japanese military brothels before and during World War Two. Her adopted daughter explained that the biggest scar of her life was her lost fertility, something her family considers is related to what happened to Hao during World War Two.
People gather at the Aviation Martyr Memorial in Nanjing, east China‘s Jiangsu province, on Wednesday to commemorate those who died at the 69th anniversary of victory over Japan in the second world war
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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, 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.
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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.
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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.
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.