Today in WW II: 16 Jul 1945 Trinity Test at the Alamogordo Test Range, New Mexico, detonates first US atomic bomb creating world's first nuclear explosion.   

German Schwimmwagen Amphibious Vehicle

Schwimmwagen was mainly used by the Waffen SS in the roadless wastelands of Russia.

Volkswagen Type 166 Waffen SS Schwimmwagen. Pictured unit built in 1944 as marked on Volkswagen factory data plate (last year of production). Photo: Courtesy Leon DeSpain
Volkswagen Type 166 Waffen SS Schwimmwagen. Pictured unit built in 1944 as marked on Volkswagen factory data plate (last year of production). Photo: Courtesy Leon DeSpain.

Hawaii-American soldiers of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 34th Division, move up in the battle for Leghorn, Castellina Sector, Italy using a captured German Schwimmwagen, 12 July 1944
Hawaii-American soldiers of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 34th Division, move up in the battle for Leghorn, Castellina Sector, Italy using a captured German Schwimmwagen, 12 July 1944.

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