Gurkha troops capture Hangmans Hill! Cassino, Italy. Today in #WW2 history 3/17/44. We've always felt that the Nepalese Gurkhas who fought under the British for the Allies were some of the roughest, toughest fighters in the war. Today in 1944 they captured Hangmans Hill in the battle for Cassino and held out for 16 days against the German 1st Parachute Division (one of the greatest fighting formations to ever take the field). Out of 1,000 Gurkha soldiers on that hill only 185 survived.
A dangerous woman in the most literal sense, Senior Sergeant Roza Shanina was a sniper in the WWII Soviet Army. She racked up at least 54 kills of German soldiers before her death from wounds at age 20. She served part of the time in an all-woman sniper unit. Before the war she worked as a kindergarten teacher.
Robert Capa - Chartres, France, August 18th, 1944: Just after the liberation of the town, this French woman who had had a baby with a German soldier has her head shaved as punishment. During the middle ages, this mark of shame, denuding a woman of what was supposed to be her most seductive feature, was commonly a punishment for adultery. Shaving women's heads as a mark of retribution and humiliation was reintroduced in the 20th century and was widespread post WW2.