Local residents trading in the market square in Międzyrzec Podlaski.
Photograph taken between 1 - 19 June 1941, in last weeks before the Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of Soviet Union. 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.
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.