Green berets with the 7th Special Forces Group, alongside Airmen with the
24th Special Operations Wing, conducting urban warfare, personnel recovery and close air support training during Emerald Warrior 17 at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 7, 2017.
“Today I was able to hold and photograph something that absolutely stopped me in my tracks.
One person I shared this with said "you had hell in your hands”
He was right.
I hope the hero who died with this at his side went quickly.
This is so representative of what the heroes of WWII went through…. . Not only in the Pacific theatre, but the German front also.
This was Bastogne in 1944.
It’s in a friends private collection and it took some doing to be able to photograph it.
I was shaking when I handed it back. I took these photos today.. A gentleman I know was kind enough to allow me that privilege.
Often times we get so caught up in the gun we forget the sacrifices.
This one really brings it home.
It is believed that the this damage is from artillery fire.
This weapon was very likely holstered at the time, and the soldier was facing the explosion.
I can’t begin to tell you how powerful of a sentiment this raised in my heart to hold this.
I shared this in a few historical groups I belong to, so some of you have already seen this, but it’s just too powerful of an artifact not to share with the rest of you.
Today I held hell in my hands.“
Jubilant Soviet prisoners of war hoist an American soldier of the Ninth United States Army into the air after they are liberated from German captivity at their POW camp. Eselheide, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. 9 April 1945.
U.S. Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force, Combined Arms Company, working together with the Norwegian Army to conduct offensive and defensive operations at the battalion and brigade-level during Exercise Reindeer II in Blåtind, Norway, Nov. 21, 2016.
En route to England, the men of the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry found and rescued this pup, Smokey, seen here in Iceland. One of the 503rd’s members chats with Lt. John Timothy, a British liaison officer. The 503rd was the first American ground unit to reach England after Pearl Harbor.