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A German makeshift grave for a fallen British paratrooper, Operation Market Garden, Arnhem; April 15th, 1944.

The photo was taken after the liberation of Arnhem in April 1945, although the soldier died in September 1944.

The photo was taken after the liberation of Arnhem in April 1945, although the soldier died in September 1944.

The grave of an unknown British airborne soldier at Arnhem, photographed after its liberation 15 April 1945.

THE BRITISH ARMY IN NORTH-WEST EUROPE 1944-45 The grave of a British airborne soldier killed during the battle of Arnhem in September 1944, photographed by liberating forces on 15 April 1945. On the cross is written in German “unknown British soldier”.

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*Market Garden has some of the most logic-defying choices and decisions made. One thing that really stands out to me was the utmost respect the Germans had for the heroic and honest defense the beleaguered English troops put up.

“A Bridge Too Far” by Cornelius Ryan is one of those rare books that can give insight into the craziness, the heroism and the tragedy that comes with the turning points in history. Really worth the read for anyone.

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World War I soldier, a double amputee, plays billiards with prosthetic legs; ca.1915

The uniform and the playing of Billiards (which was invented by British officers) makes me suspect that these men are Commonwealth forces, likely Brits.

The uniform and the playing of Billiards (which was invented by British officers) makes me suspect that these men are Commonwealth forces, likely Brits.


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British soldier holding his fighting knife between his teeth. 1942

British soldier holding his fighting knife between his teeth. 1942

Doesn’t this picture prove the stereotype?

Quite simply the finest war-fighting knife ever.