During the war, John Ford was the head of the photographic unit for the Office of Strategic Services, creating new aerial filming techniques for the military, directed many of the U.S.’s wartime propaganda films, and filmed the D-Day landing himself. He also informed the agency about a suspected Japanese presence near the coastal areas of Baja.

During the war, John Ford was the head of the photographic unit for the Office of Strategic Services, creating new aerial filming techniques for the military, directed many of the U.S.’s wartime propaganda films, and filmed the D-Day landing himself. He also informed the agency about a suspected Japanese presence near the coastal areas of Baja.

Sgt. William A Scott, III was a combat photographer with the 183rd Engineer Combat Battalion when his unit was among the liberators of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Scott's photographs, documenting African-American soldiers at the liberation of the camp, are now part of a video record of the liberation of Buchenwald on display at the US Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.

Sgt. William A Scott, III was a combat photographer with the 183rd Engineer Combat Battalion when his unit was among the liberators of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Scott's photographs, documenting African-American soldiers at the liberation of the camp, are now part of a video record of the liberation of Buchenwald on display at the US Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.

1940 London at War - London Bus 1940 - Wreckage of bus leaning into huge crater in front of bombed out buildings, a result of German aerial blitz attacks during the Battle of Britain.

1940 London at War - London Bus 1940 - Wreckage of bus leaning into huge crater in front of bombed out buildings, a result of German aerial blitz attacks during the Battle of Britain.

Julia Child was an American spy during WWII for the Office of Strategic Services (precursor to CIA).

Julia Child was an American spy during WWII for the Office of Strategic Services (precursor to CIA).

Crowds of French patriots line the Champs Elysees to view Allied tanks and half tracks pass through the Arc du Triomphe, after Paris was liberated on August 25, 1944 (LOC)

Crowds of French patriots line the Champs Elysees to view Allied tanks and half tracks pass through the Arc du Triomphe, after Paris was liberated on August 25, 1944 (LOC)

Buckingham Palace On 8th March 1941 the north lodge of Buckingham Palace adjacent to Constitution Hill received a direct hit in a German bombing raid. Police Constable Stephen Robertson was killed by flying debris. The damage can be seen through the railings of Buckingham Palace, the war reserve Police Constable stands beside a piece of debris which has been thrown onto the pavement outside the Palace.

Buckingham Palace On 8th March 1941 the north lodge of Buckingham Palace adjacent to Constitution Hill received a direct hit in a German bombing raid. Police Constable Stephen Robertson was killed by flying debris. The damage can be seen through the railings of Buckingham Palace, the war reserve Police Constable stands beside a piece of debris which has been thrown onto the pavement outside the Palace.

Spy Training: "Undercover" circa 1944 OSS Office of Strategic Services Training Film; World War II - YouTube

Spy Training: "Undercover" circa 1944 OSS Office of Strategic Services Training Film; World War II - YouTube

Celebration on Wall Street upon the news of Germany's surrender in World War I, by W.L. Drummond, November 1918

Celebration on Wall Street upon the news of Germany's surrender in World War I, by W.L. Drummond, November 1918

Original 1940's World War II Aviators Wife's Patriotic Keep Em Flying Pin

Original 1940's World War II Aviators Wife's Patriotic Keep Em Flying Pin

Original World War II Aviators Wife's Patriotic Keep Em Flying Pin Note; ah, yes, never forget the commercial power of jingoism and its capacity for classism.

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