WWII -- original caption: "Willa Beatrice Brown, a 31-year-old Negro American, serves her country by training pilots for the U.S. Army Air Forces. She is the first Negro woman to receive a commission as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Civil Air Patrol."

WWII -- original caption: "Willa Beatrice Brown, a Negro American, serves her country by training pilots for the U. She is the first african american woman to receive a commission as a Lieutenant in the U.

“Stonewall" Jackson as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War, 1847.

Thomas Stonewall Jackson, when he was an artillery officer in the Mexican-American War. Later, a Confederate general in the American Civil War.

In a time of both gender and racial discrimination, Bessie Coleman became the first black woman in the world to earn a pilot's license.

Bessie Coleman - first female African American pilot. No American flight schools would take her, so she moved to France to train and live. She earned her living barnstorming and stunt flying.

A member of the "Night Witches" (as nicknamed by the Germans in WWII). Lady Russian Bombers had the oldest, noisiest, planes. The engines would conk out halfway through flights, so they had to climb out on the wings mid flight to restart the props. The planes were so noisy that to stop Germans from hearing them coming and start up their anti aircraft guns, they’d climb up to a certain height, coast down to german positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair.

Natalya Fyodorovna Meklin – World War II Combat Pilot

"Katya Budanova (Катя Буданова), was a fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force during World War II. With 11 air victories, she was one of the world's two female fighter aces along with Lydia Litvyak." She chose fighter ace over fashion model, apparently.

Buffalo Soldiers were members of an all-black regiment in the U.S. Army. The 10th Cavalry was formed on September 21, 1866 at Fort Leavenworth and was the regiment that the Indians first called "buffalo soldiers."

*BUFFALO SOLDIERS~were members of an all-black regiment in the U. The Cavalry was formed on September 1866 at Fort Leavenworth and was the regiment that the Native Americans first called "buffalo soldiers.

Meet the Real-Life G.I. Janes Who Served with Special Ops in Afghanistan http://www.people.com/article/reese-witherspoon-buys-rights-army-girls-special-ops-afghanistan

Meet the Real-Life G.I. Janes Who Served with Special Ops in Afghanistan

In a small team of women quietly changed history: American military minds in Afghanistan realized that Afghan women often held the essential information, and that American women were, as author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon explains, …

Black confederate soldier sitting for portrait. American Civil War

Black confederate soldier sitting for portrait As a professional historian, I would like to know more about this and if this is a legit picture.

Harriet M. Waddy was one of the two highest-ranking black officers in the Women's Army Corps in World War II. Before entering the military, she had been an aide to Mary McLeod Bethune. She said that joining the segregated military ''and accepting a situation which does not represent an ideal of democracy'' was not ''a retreat from our fight'' but ''our contribution to its realization,'' according to the New York Times.

Harriet M. Waddy, one of two highest-ranking black officers in Women's Army Corps in World War II and its wartime adviser on racial issues, dies at age photo (M)

Roza Shanina WWII sniper 1944 -I find women's military uniforms interesting. Despite what these women are doing and the potentially violent tasks they are fulfilling, the uniform still demands some reference to their gender to separate them from their fellow soldiers.

Smart, beautiful and deadly, 19 year old Russian sniper Roza Shanina had 54 confirmed kills Shanina in November wearing a male-issue wool field shirt and woollen skirt.

This is the full frame of the famous picture nicknamed “Rescue at Rabaul," photographed by Horace Bristol (1944). It depicts a U.S. Navy PBY Catalina blister gunner who stripped off his clothes and dove into the ocean to rescue a downed airman under fire from the Japanese. As soon as he returned to the plane, the still-naked sailor got back to his position at his gun.

Horace Bristol: PBY Blister Gunner, Rescue at Rabaul

Late 1890s, Eger, Hungary

Gente della Guerra is what my maternal grandfather looked like before he came to the States he was in the Hungarian Calvary (late Eger, Hungary)

Charlie A. Beckwith the father of Delta Force and the creator of what we now know as our special forces.

Charles Alvin Beckwith He was the founder and first Commander of the United States Army's Counter-terrorist Special Operations Detachment - Delta, also known as "Delta Force".

Nina Lobkovskaya - Soviet sniper

Soviet women snipers Nina Lobkovskaya killed 89 enemies making her first kill as a sniper in

WW2 Military uniform uniform - 2nd Lt, 1st Infantry Division, Polish People's Army 1943

WWII uniforms, equipment and gear. Looks Polish by the hat and has a PPSH.

Col. John Geraci, commander of 1st Brigade, 9th Infantry Division, US Army, after his helicopter was shot down.

John Geraci, commander of Brigade, Infantry Division, US Army, after his C helicopter was shot down. None of the crew or passengers were killed.

WW2 Military uniform - solider of Warsaw Uprising - Poland 1944

Soldier of the Warsaw Uprising, 1944 01 German “Gladiator” helmet 02 Wehrmacht sweatshirt in “Sumpftarnmuster” camp 03 Polish main belt 04 Polish breeches 05 German boots 06 Ak (Home Army) armband 07 9 mm Sten Mk II SMG 08 German ammo pouches for mags

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