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The Soviet flag being flown over the Reichstag building as Berlin falls to the Red Army.
Photo credit: Jewgeni Chaldej




LG-118A Peacekeeper

The LG-118A Peacekeeper missile system being tested at the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
Photo credit: U.S. Army Forces Strategic Command




Nuclear detonation from the "Tumbler Snapper" test series showing fireball and "rope tricks"

A rope trick is the whimsical term given by physicist Dr. John Malik to the curious lines and spikes which emanate from the fireball of a nuclear explosion just after detonation. The image is from the Tumbler-Snapper test series of 1952.
Photo credit: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory




F-15 Eagle in a near vertical climb

The F-15 Eagle is a multi-role tactical fighter designed by McDonnell Douglas. The first flight of the F-15A was in July 1972, but since then it has been produced in six model variations with both single seat and dual seat versions.
Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Allen, USAF




Teller-Ulam nuclear bomb

The Teller-Ulam design is a nuclear weapons design used for megaton-range thermonuclear weapons or hydrogen bombs. It uses a fission bomb as a trigger to ignite a fusion explosion by compressing the fusion fuel with a radiation implosion.
Illustration credit: Fastfission




Landing at the Battle of Normandy

An LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) from the U.S. Coast Guard-manned USS Samuel Chase disembarks troops of the U.S. Army's First Infantry Division on the morning of June 6, 1944 (D-Day) at Omaha Beach.
Photo credit: U.S. Army's First Division




M4 Carbine with with an ejected ammunition casing in mid-air

The M4 Carbine is a shorter but heavier version of the M16A2 assault rifle, achieving 80% parts commonality with the M16A2. Here an M4 is shown just after firing, with an ejected ammunition casing in mid-air.
Photo credit: Suzanne M. Day, U.S. Air Force




A young Marine private waits on the beach during the Marine landing at Da Nang, Vietnam — August 3, 1965

A young Marine private waits on the beach during the Marine landing at Da Nang, Vietnam — August 3, 1965.
Photo credit: Unknown - NARA archive




The USS Iowa firing during target exercises near Vieques, Puerto Rico

The USS Iowa firing during target exercises near Vieques, Puerto Rico. USS Iowa (BB-61), the lead ship of her class of dreadnought battleship, was the fourth United States Navy ship with this name.
Photo credit: Naval Historical Center




Chateau Wood Ypres 1917

Soldiers of an Australian 4th Division field artillery brigade on a duckboard track passing through Chateau Wood, near Hooge in the Ypres salient, October 29, 1917. The photo was taken in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, which was one of the major battles of World War I.
Photo credit: Frank Hurley




U-2 spy plane photo of nuclear missile sites in Cuba, November 196

Photo taken by a RF-8 Crusader aircraft during a low-level photographic flight mission over the San Cristobal MRBM launch site in Cuba, November 1962, after the Cuban Missile Crisis. Although this image was taken days after the crisis had ended (October 28), this image has become iconic of the crisis to the point where it is often cited incorrectly as having been taken during the crisis.
Photo credit: United States Air Force




Aerial view of the village of Passchendaele

The Battle of Passchendaele, otherwise known as the Third Battle of Ypres, was one of the major battles of World War I, fought by British, ANZAC and Canadian soldiers against the German army near Ypres (Ieper in Flemish) in West Flanders, northwestern Belgium over the control of the village of Passchendaele.
Photo credit: Imperial War Museum




Gun-type Nuclear weapon

Although used occasionally in later experimental devices, this nuclear weapon design was used only once as a weapon, in Little Boy, because of the extreme danger of a misfire. A simple crash could drive the "bullet" into the "target" and release lethal radiation doses or even a full nuclear detonation.
Illustration credit: Fastfission




B-1B Lancer over the Pacific Ocean

A B-1 Lancer dropping back after aerial refueling training over the Pacific Ocean.
Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III, USAF




Lowering the flag on Zuikaku

Zuikaku was an aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Her planes took part in the attack on Pearl Harbor that started the Pacific War, and she fought in several of the most important naval battles of the war. Sustaining heavy damage in the battle off Cape Engaño, the crew lowered the flag (shown here; note the sharp list to port) and attempted to abandon ship, but were unable to do so before she capsized.
Photo credit: Kazutoshi Hando




USS Pennsylvania leading USS Colorado, USS Louisville, USS Portland, and USS Columbia into Lingayen Gulf before the landing on Luzon, Philippines in January 1945.

The battleship USS Pennsylvania leads USS Colorado, USS Louisville, USS Portland, and USS Columbia into Lingayen Gulf before the landing on Luzon, Philippines in January 1945. Battleships and other big gun naval vessels that served in the Pacific Ocean theater of World War II were used primarily for offshore bombardment of enemy positions and as anti-aircraft screens for aircraft carriers.
Photo credit: United States Navy




F/A-18 Hornet during takeoff

An F/A-18 Hornet during takeoff from the USS Kitty Hawk.
Photo credit: Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Jonathan Chandler, U.S. Navy




USS Dwight D Eisenhower reflected in binoculars

Binoculars mounted to the signal bridge of the USS Harry S Truman show a MH-60 Knighthawk delivering supplies to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Photo credit: Airman Ricardo J. Reyes, U.S. Navy




Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

The Lockheed SR-71, commonly known as the "Blackbird", was an advanced, long-range, Mach 3 strategic reconnaissance aircraft that flew from 1964–98. The SR-71 was one of the first aircraft to be shaped to have an extremely low radar signature.
Photo credit: NASA




Uncle Sam Wants You

Uncle Sam is a national personification of the United States dating from the War of 1812. During World War I and World War II, Uncle Sam's image was used for military recruitment in this poster.
Image credit: James Montgomery Flagg




Diagrams of first and third rate warships, England, 1728 Cyclopaedia.

A warship is a ship that is built and primarily intended for war. This plate from the 1728 Cyclopaedia shows first and third rate English warships.
Illustration credit: 1728 Cyclopaedia




Remembrance Poppy, WW2 section - Australian War Memorial, Canberra

The Australian War Memorial is Australia's national memorial to the members of all its armed forces and supporting organizations who have died in the wars of the Commonwealth of Australia. The Memorial is located in Australia's capital, Canberra.
Photo credit: Fir0002




Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI

A Supermarine Spitfire Mark XVI. The Spitfire was an iconic British single-seat fighter used by the RAF and many Allied countries in the Second World War.
Photo credit: Chowells