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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: 25 Oct 1943 American and New Zealand troops land at Mono and Stirling, Treasury Islands, south of Bougainville [25-27 Oct].  More 
25 Oct 1944 First operation by the Japanese Kamikaze Special Attack Force: 55 kamikazes strike 7 carriers and 40 other ships, sinking six, off Leyte, Philippines.
25 Oct 1944 Battle off Samar [Leyte]: US Admiral Sprague skillfully prevents a loss to the stronger Japanese force under Japanese Admiral Kurita.
25 Oct 1944 Battle off Cape Engaño (Leyte): lopsided naval battle resulting in the loss of most of Japanese Northern Force to US Admiral Halsey's carrier planes and battleships [25-26 Oct].
25 Oct 1944 Soviet Red Army enters Kirkenes, the first town in Norway to be liberated from the Germans.
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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:

1939 French Panhard armored car, used by South Vietnamese armored reconnaissance unit, Thu Duc Officers School, 1952.
Soldiers with Special Operations Task Force - South prepare to load an all-terrain vehicle on to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter in preparation for a rapid offload during operations,  Maruf District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, 1 October 2010.
XM729:  Tank, Combat, Full Tracked, Counter-insurgency, Amphibious, Lightweight (FSN 2350-921-5564)  Also called LACIC (?).  Derived from the M116 amphibious cargo carrier.
90mm Antiaircraft Gun Ml being fired at a German flying bomb passing over Belgium, late 1944.
M3 Stuart light tank, with 37mm main gun.  This one was captured by the Germans in Tunisia and re-marked as a German vehicle, early 1943.
M7 Priest Motor Gun Carriage production line, American Locomotive Company,  Schenectady, NY, January 1943.

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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