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To help you find military images, this page lists specific resources which are primarily archives of military photos, clip art, or other images.

The American Soldier, 1965: Artwork from the U.S. Army Center of Military History
The American Soldier, 1965: Artwork from the U.S. Army Center of Military History.

Today in WW II: 21 Aug 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt informs the US Congress on the content of the Atlantic Charter.  More 
21 Aug 1943 Southeast Asia Command (SEAC) set up as Supreme Allied command for Asia, with British Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten as Supreme Allied Commander.
21 Aug 1944 US Army Transportation Corps creates the huge Red Ball Express trucking operation, moving supplies to the ETO front around the clock.
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Finding Military Photos, Clip Art and Images on the Internet

The Internet is an unprecedented resource for locating military photos, clip art and images. The pages of this Olive-Drab.com section are a guide to many of the best sites.

But don't overlook the obvious. For example, you can start with eBay especially for photos of World War II and other popular subjects. And right here on Olive-Drab.com, there are photos and other images on almost every page: for example, find wheeled vehicles, armor, helicopters and more on the Olive-Drab.com Military Vehicle Charts. For photos of firearms, see the Olive-Drab.com Military Firearms pages.

Find additional photos and hi-res versions of military wheeled vehicles, armor and other tracked vehicles, and artillery at the Olive-Drab Military Mashup:

Joint Explosive Ordnance Disposal Rapid Response Vehicle (CAT II A1).  The FPII CAT II A1 MRAP vehicles are Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) vehicles designed from the ground up to reduce casualties and increase survivability for personnel subjected to mine explosions, Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) detonations, and Small Arms Fire. The mission of the CAT II A1 MRAP is to support small unit combat operations in urban or confined areas such as mounted patrols, reconnaissance, communications, and Command and Control.
M-825 Weapons Platform (M151 variant) jeep being washed by Marines before return to ship, Lebanon, November 1983.
M5 light tanks and M-3A1 White Scout Cars at the Station Complement parade rehearsal, Camp Patrick Henry, VA, 18 October 1943.  Nearly three quarters of a million men and women passed through the camp during 1943-44, before boarding transport ships at the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, mostly for destinations in Europe.  (Tanks could be M3A3 Stuart.)
A 50-truck convoy from 7th Motor Transport Battalion pulls to a brief halt near the summit of 1,300-foot Hai Van pass near Da Nang on its homeward trip to Quang Tri Combat Base, 102 miles to north, Vietnam, 1969.  The convoys haul retrograde cargo to Da Nang for shipment back to the United States and return to Quang Tri with fresh supplies to support 3rd Marine Division operations in the republic's northernmost province.  Trucks appear to be M52 5-ton tractors with semitrailers and M54 5-ton 6x6 cargo trucks.
M2 Halftrack on a rocky road in Alaska, circa 1942.
Troops dismounting from CCKW 2 1/2-ton 6x6 trucks to board trains for their respective Reception Stations, Camp Patrick Henry, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Newport News, VA, 20 July 1945.

The major search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.) have specialized search capabilities for images. Some have a separate video search feature as well, in addition to sites that specialize in video like YouTube. Check the home page for each of them and look for a link to "images" or "video" and try a test search for HMMWV or army jeep. In addition, Web Places has a specialized search engine for clip art which will help you find alternatives on the web for military graphics.

Military Photos, Clip Art and Images Sources

Olive-Drab.com has organized information about many of the best sources of military photos, clip art and images, including repositories in the U.S. military, collections in libraries and universities, and commercial services. For that in-depth selection, use these links to the deeper pages of this section:

Marilyn Monroe, motion picture actress, appearing with the USO Camp Show, Anything Goes, poses for the shutterbugs after a performance at the 3rd U.S.Infantry Division area. Korea, 17 February 1954. Photo: National Archives
Marilyn Monroe, motion picture actress, appearing with the USO Camp Show, "Anything Goes," poses for the shutterbugs after a performance at the 3rd U.S.Infantry Division area. Korea, 17 February 1954. Photo: National Archives.

Find More Information on the Internet

There are many fine websites that have additional information on this topic, too many to list here and too many to keep up with as they come and go. Use this Google web search form to get an up to date report of what's out there.

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