WWII

World War II veteran Herbert Beddows, 92 years-old from Britain who served with three different commandos and landed on Sword Beach on June 6, 1944, poses on the beach front outside Colleville-Montgomery

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British World War II veteran Herbert Beddows, 92, who served with three commandos and landed on Sword Beach on June 6, 1944, poses on the beach front outside Colleville-Montgomery, in northern France, on Wednesday. This week marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings

French teenagers who are part of a WWII reenactment group relax on the promenade of Arromanche next to 'Gold Beach' as preparations for the 70th Anniversary Of D-Day are finalised on June 2, 2014 in Bayeux, France. Friday 6th June is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries including the United Kingdom and the United States join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy,  these assaults are credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. A series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary are planned for the week with many heads of state travelling to the famous beaches to pay their respects to those who lost their lives.

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French teenagers, who are part of a second world war re-enactment group, relax on the promenade of Arromanche next to Gold beach, as preparations for the 70th anniversary of D-day are finalised on Monday in Bayeux, France

World War Two veterans attend a congratulatory ceremony on the eve of the Victory Day in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine May 8, 2014. Ukraine, along with Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) states, celebrates victory over Nazi Germany on May 9.

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Second world war veterans attend a ceremony on the eve of Victory Day in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine. Ukraine, along with the Commonwealth of Independent States, celebrates victory over Nazi Germany on Friday.

Russian soldiers dressed in Red Army World War II uniforms prepare to parade in Red Square in front of a backdrop of St. Basil Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Thousands of Russian soldiers and military cadets marched across Red Square to mark the 72nd anniversary of a historic World War II parade. The show honored the participants of the Nov. 7, 1941 parade who headed directly to the front lines to defend Moscow from the Nazi forces. The parade Thursday involved about 6,000 people, many of them dressed in World War II-era uniforms.

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Russian soldiers dressed in Red Army second world war uniforms prepare to parade in Red Square against a backdrop of St Basil Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday. The soldiers marched across Red Square to mark the 72nd anniversary of a historic second world war parade.