Battle of Berlin, April 1945. German soldier carrying the StG 44 assault rifle. The first assault rifle in history, the StG 44 served as the prototype upon which the famous Russian AK-47 was based. Reserved for Waffen SS units when it first appeared in 1944, the StG 44 was far superior to anything the Allies had at the time.
A German soldier of the 1. Skijäger-Division, armed with a StG 44, prepares his skis. Ukraine, 1944.
French Who Said at Verdun: "They Shall Not Pass!" (LOC) by The Library of Congress, via Flickr
World War Two, United States Army Air Force (U.S.A.A.F.), 5th Photo Reconnaissance Group, 4th Photo Squadron: "Mail call." Handwritten on back: "Must read a letter from home!" Cpl. Donald Krasno (Photo Lab Tech), Italy, 1944 or 1945