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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: 23 Jul 1940 American Bantam and Willys-Overland submit the only two bids for the Quartermaster Corps light reconnaissance and command cars, the origin of the military jeep.  More 
23 Jul 1941 Original World War II contract for jeeps awarded to Willys with Ford added Nov 1941 to increase production.
23 Jul 1945 Submarine USS Barb [SS-220] destroys a Japanese locomotive and supply train at Patience Bay off the coast of Karafuto, Japan, the only known such attack by a submarine.
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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:

240mm howitzer of Battery B, 697th Field Artillery Battalion, just before firing into German held territory, Mignano area, Italy, 30 January 1944.
1/4-ton truck (Willys MB jeep) and 2 1/2-ton 6x6 truck (CCKW) with wire and equipment for a four mile standardized military circuit.  The range of field wire circuits using sound powered telephones, it is 4 miles (6.4km).  Showing wire W-110-B (on reels) and reel unit RL-26-(), in the truck.  Wire WD-1()/TT in eight dispensers MX-306()/G in jeep.  Prepared by Signal Corps Engineering Laboratories, 28 August 1946.  Note Willys embossed on rear panel of the jeep.
M1008 CUCV pickup truck. Courtesy: Government Liquidation LLC
525th Military Police Battalion training service members on how to drive Light Medium Tactical Vehicles (LMTV, from the FMTV family), at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, 26 June 2008.
3rd Armored Division M8 Armored Cars, near the Belgium-Germany border in September, 1944.  From First Army Signal Corps film footage.
US Marines with 1st Platoon, Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion attached to Company L, Battalion Landing Team 3/8, Regimental Combat Team 8, stand watch in an M1A1 Abrams Tank at a vital bridge crossing in the Green Zone near Combat Outpost Ouellette, Helmand province, Afghanistan, 6 April 2011.

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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