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The Battle of Ortona

The first large urban battle The Battle of Ortona, fought between 20 and 28 December 1943 by the forces of the British 8th Army, represents one of the most important events of Italian campaign between July 1943 and May 1945.

© Beeldbank WO 2 – Oorlogs- en verzetscentrum Groningen

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The crossing of the Rhine: Operation Plunder and Operation Varsity

The final hurdle of the Rhineland Offensive was the Rhine itself. The crossing near Wesel (Operation Plunder) was one of several coordinated Rhine crossings. A million Allied soldiers participated. In support of the crossing, 14.000 paratroopers were dropped behind enemy lines (Operation Varsity). The operations were a complete success. Hitler’s days were numbered.

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Marcel Pinte

Marcel Pinte probably was the youngest French resistance fighter during the Second World War. As a six year old he helped the resistance group of his father. Marcel hid secret messages under his clothes and delivered them behind enemy lines

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Lee Miller

During the Second World War, the American Lee Miller was one of the few female photographers accredited as war correspondent for the U.S. Army. For Vogue magazine she travelled to the Front on the European mainland where she made several impressive pictures.