A column of Luftwaffe trucks about to depart from the Polish town of Międzyrzec Podlaski towards the Soviet border in last days before the Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of Soviet Union, 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.
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.