World War II: Rest and Relaxation Photo Gallery and related media
World War II: Rest and Relaxation
American Soldiers Eating Rations
American combat engineers in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, May 1944 eat their dinner on top of stockpiled crates of ammunition shells.
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