35 original prints and 48 pictrostats (copies of original prints) showing a Luftwaffe unit in the Polish town of Międzyrzec Podlaski prior to the Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of Soviet Union, 1 - 19 June 1941. During the Nazi-Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939 the town was captured by the Red Army and handed over to the Germans, thus becoming a border point between two occupiers.
The unit arrival at the town on 1 June 1941; shots of the town; local residents trading in the town square; German soldiers resting during their off-duty time; Germans forcing local Jewish residents to clean streets; the unit departure from the town on 19 June 1941.
Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry.