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Canadians, Englishmen, and Americans affected the tides of the war by storming the beaches of Normandy! Many young men knew they might never return home once they joined the fight. Sgt. Jensen worked with the 626th engineer light equipment company. He said that other soldiers didn’t even know where they were going until they arrived. It told us everything we needed to know. It really surprised us to be heading to Normandy. We were either at high school or jobs after high school. We were not soldiers, at least not yet.

Teenage German Soldier In Distress After His Capture

It is difficult to find WWII photos that are not emotionally charged. Look at this photo of 16-year-old German soldier Hans-Georg Henke. He was captured on April 3, 1945, by the US 9th Army. It seems his parents died a year earlier, and that tragic event made him join the Luftwaffe. John Florea, the photographer, described the boy as shocked and crying. He was a young boy who went through the worst of the war.

A German Soldier In A Dugout During The Great War

The war was a massive trench fight. In the Civil War, soldiers dug trenches to provide defense and give them a place to fight from. In Belgium and France, soldiers had to stay in the trenches for weeks on end resulting in “trench foot” and assorted other diseases. Rats were constant companions. Further, the trenches offered only limited protection from heavy artillery shelling and no protection at all from poison gas attacks. Soldiers had to rise from the ditches to engage the enemy. Unfortunately, in front of them was usually an open field (often mined) with little cover, and they were likely to be wounded or killed as they advanced. Note in the photo that this soldier has apparently cut a helmet in half and attached a portion to his neck and lower face area in hope of protecting these areas from shrapnel and bullets. He also carries a “potato masher” hand grenade on his belt and a formidable bayonet attached to his rifle.

Paratroopers Of Easy Company Chilling At Adolf Hitler’s Home

You see men laughing and having a great time. It is even better than you thought. The soldiers in Easy Company had been chilling in Hitler’s castle in the Bavarian Alps. In the miniseries “Band of Brothers”, you will see this particular scene. Hitler purchased many homes across Europe, including this one in Berchtesgaden. It was bombed on April 25, 1945. On May 4, SS troops set the hiding bunker on fire just hours before U.S. troops entered the bunker through secret tunnels. The soldiers rewarded themselves by stealing the beer and getting drunk.

Lawrence Of Arabia In Real Life

Lawrence found himself in an unlikely position during the Great War. He was a British demolition artist who worked with Arab rebel allies to destroy isolated Ottoman bridges. Lawrence of Arabia, he was. He committed assaults on 79 bridges on the railway and demolished them. Railways were so damaged that some parts still show traces of the attacks.

Japanese Military Commander

In Traditional Armor

A photo by Felice Beato in 1863. It was hand-colored in the original version. He took full-length portraits in the studio because he was intrigued by traditional costumes and cultural traditions. His photos of Japan came with vignetting that made them more painterly. This photo was taken of Koboto Santaro, a Japanese commander. We don’t know what he has in his hand, but stay away.

The Red Army Liberated The Auschwitz-Birkenau

When the Soviet Army arrived at Auschwitz on January 27th, 1945, they found a warehouse of belongings. They found syringes, needles, prosthetic limbs, and shoes. Then they found out it was full of sick and starving people the Nazis had left behind. Elisavetskii was one of the first soldiers to go into the camp, “They rushed toward us, shouted, fell on their knees, kissed our boots, and threw their arms around our legs.”

A Soldier Heading Home After

The War

Ernst Haas, in a photo essay called “Homecoming,” showed the desperation and confusion in Europe in the aftermath of the Holocaust. A Soldier

A Civil War Veteran In Pennsylvania

The Civil War veterans were still around in the 20th century. In 1956, the last one of them passed away. If they could follow orders and hold a gun, they went to war regardless of their age. The survivors were able to tell a lot of stories to the kids in their later years. This photo was taken in 1935.

Cornet Winston Churchill In

The 4th Queen’s Hussar’s Cavalry

Winston Churchill is best known for his dedication to England. As a young man, he was part of the 4th Queen’s Hussar’s Calvary. He was 21 years old in this photo.

The Seaforth Highlanders And Dog In French Trench

The Great War was unmatched in its brutality and carnage. Soldiers from all over the world were often extremely underprepared for war. However, The Seaforth Highlanders of Scotland stepped up to fight. They became known as the Northern Scottish Brigade after the merger of the 78th Highlanders and the 72nd Highlanders. The men originally served in India, but were reassigned to France. Later moved to Palestine and Iraq.

A Young Woman Called Eunice Hancock With A Compressed-Air Grinder In An Aircraft Plant

Men were in the war against Germany and Japan. Women filled in the voids in the job market by taking jobs in utilities, transportation, and manufacturing. Almost 2 million women went to work to make armaments and machine parts for the war effort. The working women in the labor force increased from 27% to 37%. A Young

Mata Hari Was A True Icon

The lovely Mata Hari was a spy and dancer storming the planet. People named her a democrat, a courtesan, and more! This is what the National Ballet director and choreographer Ted Brandsen has to tell about her: “What intrigued us is the tale of a woman with an intense lust for life and a strong instinct to live, reinvent and change herself. She had a lot of terrible stuff happening to her, and she tried to spin it somehow to find her way out.”

Mata Hari Blew The French Firing Squad A Kiss

Mata Hari became a spy during the Great War. She combined sex and espionage in her life. She started out with some talent for impersonation. During her early career, she masqueraded as Lady MacLeod, the child of an English lord. As a spy she only lasted a few days. On the 15th of October, she was shot to death by a firing squad. She wore no blindfold and blew a kiss to the men.

Men Of The 1st Infantry Division Leaving England For Normandy On D-Day

The Battle of Normandy went on from June 1944 to August 1944. The parties in Western Europe battled for supremacy, and the fight was not easy. We doubt that the 156,000 soldiers knew that the fighting would go on for nearly a month. It began on June 6 but was meant to begin earlier. The operation was delayed due to bad weather. Eisenhower’s final speech was to the brave troops, “You’re about to embark on the Great Crusade.” Your eyes are upon the world.

Dutch Resistance Fighters On The Streets Of Breda After Its Liberation

The world was shocked when Germany invaded Europe in 1939. The Nazis were much faster and more violent than anyone imagined. Resistance fighters from different regions banded together to help liberate their countries. The Dutch underground provided intelligence, radio communications, and household sabotage. In 1944, the south was liberated. The north was not liberated for another 8 months.

King Ferdinand and Queen Marie of Romania In Dover, England

Marie of Romania was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in the year 1875.

It was only 18 years later that she married Crown Prince Ferdinand and became an Eastern European monarch. Researchers have found that she was extremely influential in Ferdinand choosing to ally with the British rather than the Germans. They spent over two decades in Romania before they travelled over to Western Europe to perform royal duties on a diplomatic tour. It was 1924 when they visited Belgium, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. “Apart from the common aims, which we pursue, there are other and dear ties between us. Her Majesty the Queen, my dear cousin, is British born,” King George V offered when speaking about the couple.

Princess Elizabeth Wanted To Help With The War Effort

It was the peak of WWII, and everyone was feeling patriotic, wanting to help with the war effort. Even Princess Elizabeth is no exception! She nagged her father, the King, into allowing her to help out. After turning 18, she obtained the permission she needed to train as a truck driver and mechanic, as a part of the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service. Now the Queen of the United Kingdom (among other territories), we think it is awesome that she desired so greatly to do physically help her country back then.

A German Soldier Duo And Their Donkey

We all know how pig a part animals played during the war. They were used to carry injured soldiers, weaponry and ammunition back and forth and between checkpoints. They were also used to clear out the land. Horses, donkeys, mules, dogs among many other animals were all used during the horrific events of war. The soldiers pictured were prepared for their upcoming battle; even their horse was prepared also.

A Russian Sniper

The Russian sniper pictured below is Roza Georgiyevna Shanina. She was an active sniper during WWII and was only one of many Russian women active in the military at the time. She was special however. A volunteer, she was a sharpshooter. By the end of war she had 59 confirmed kills, some feat. She was tragically killed in 1945 during the East Prussian Offensive.

Princess Elizabeth, 1940

Prior to becoming the Monarch of the UK, Elizabeth was very much once a Princess, and a teenager. If you look below, you can see a photograph of her reading a book in a beautiful day-off frock, casually relaxing by a window. The attention to detail by the coloring of this photo is pretty amazing.

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Showcasing the epitome of elegance and craftsmanship



Pure Gold by Tiesh has a well renowned Sri Lankan actress Yehali Tashiya Kalidasa as its brand ambassador. She is a multi-faceted young personality who has made her international debut in Pakistani cinema, and perfectly embodies the essence of the Pure Gold by Tiesh brand.

Tiesh, recognized for its exceptional craftsmanship and timeless designs, launched thier latest filigree collection under its subsidiary, Pure Gold by Tiesh. Imported from the best jewellery houses in Europe, Italy, Turkey, and Dubai, this collection features a stunning array of Italian 18-karat jewellery and 22-carat gold pieces adorned with pearls.

The newly unveiled filigree collection showcases a range of breathtaking earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings that exude elegance, dynamism, and vitality. With pieces available in tri-colours, rose gold, white gold, and yellow gold, Pure Gold by Tiesh has curated this collection with careful attention to detail, catering specifically to the wedding season.

Director Thiyasha expressed the brand’s dedication to excellence, stating, “Our jewellery stands out compared to other bridal jewellers. We are deeply invested in every aspect, from design to quality and craftsmanship. Our customers have repeatedly expressed their satisfaction, stating that our collections surpass those of many leading jewellery houses.”

What sets the filigree collection by Pure Gold by Tiesh apart is its versatility, allowing each piece to be worn in multiple ways. With a commitment to inclusivity, Tiesh caters to diverse cultures and ethnicities, offering something for everyone, from beautiful Hindu brides to Muslim brides and traditional Kandian brides.

Director Ayesh De Fonseka elaborated on the collection’s uniqueness, saying, “Each piece is distinct and one-of-a-kind. What’s truly captivating about this collection is its transformative aspect. We are reintroducing our special ring that transforms into a bangle, a design we first introduced in Sri Lanka in 2015.”

The dazzling filigree collection showcases the sheer intricacy and timeless allure of filigree work through an exquisite range. The inclusion of transformative jewellery adds an innovative touch to the collection, setting it apart from Tiesh’s other offerings. Every piece of jewellery from Tiesh is a fusion of traditional and trendsetting elements, allowing customers to express their individual preferences. This exclusivity distinguishes the brand from its competitors, while the meticulous attention to detail adds a touch of modern luxury to each creation.

“We wanted a collection that could complement any look: beautifully paired with your favourite watch, worn as a classic stack of bangles, or simply worn alone for a more subtle appearance,” Thiyasha further added.

The campaign surrounding the filigree collection not only celebrates the grandeur and glamour of modern Sri Lankan women but also pays tribute to the rich culture and bridal market. Tiesh continues to be at the forefront of the jewellery industry, offering exquisite designs that capture the hearts and desires of jewellery enthusiasts worldwide.

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At the press conference held at the Movenpick hotel, at the head table are Dr. Harsha Jayasinghe, Dimantha Seneviratne CEO/Director of NDB Bank, Shirantha Peiris and other members of the Institute of Hospitality Sri Lanka

Institute of Hospitality Sri Lanka

The Institute of Hospitality, Sri Lanka International branch had their 31st Annual General Meeting recently meeting at Movenpic Hotel Colombo followed by cocktails and fellowship.

This is an annual event, organised by the President Dr. Harsha Jayasinghe and Executive Committee of the Institute.This event is organised for members of the Institute of Hospitality who have shown their dedication and commitment to the tourist industry.

The evening started with a speech from the President of the Institute Dr. Harsha. He spoke about the challenges ahead for the hospitality industry. Sri Lanka is making progress and economy is slowing signs of settling down. There are many tourists to Sri Lanka and this is definitely positive signs for the country said Director/CEO of National Development Bank Dimantha Seneviratne.

It was an entertaining evening with many members of the hospitality industry in attendance. The General Manager of the Movenpick hotel Roshan Perera gave his unstinted support to make a successful event The Chief Guest Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management Shirantha Peiris also spoke

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Denara Eid Durbar



The Denara Vocational Training Institute a subsidiary of the All Ceylon Muslim Women’s Association is for the first time conducting a full day’s programme comprising a mini Eid Bazaar, Sale of items produced by the students of Denara and Cuty Rose and an evening of entertainment. It will be open to the public on Saturday,17th June from 9 am to 5 pm and entrance tickets to the exhibition are priced at Rs. 100/- .

Denara was established in October 2021 where courses in dressmaking, needlework, computer classes, cookery classes and Mehendi Art have been carried out. Despite the economic crisis, and all the challenges endured during these past few years, Denara has been able to still conduct the above classes giving many opportunities to the youth. The Vocational and Training Institute is supported by the All Ceylon Muslin Women’s Association, a reputed charity organization of 70 years history to date!

More than 200 items will be exhibited and available for sale, in addition to bed linen, table linen, cushion covers, cloth bags, and others lovingly crafted with beautiful hand embroidery.

Different to regular exhibitions and sales, a second part is being introduced to the day’s activities where a complete Moghul feel will take over! Ambassador for Turkey Demet Sekercioglu, Ambassador for Turkey in Colombo will grace the exhibition at 4 pm.

A spokesperson from the organising committee said that it will be a festive occasion in keeping with Eid, where an evening of music and games, a fashion show by the students of Denara and Cuty Rose showcasing their creations will be held not only to encourage the talented students who have worked hard to showcase their talents, but also to create an entertaining afternoon. The widely acclaimed Muslim Chorale Choir will make a guest appearance complementing the occasion. The day’s proceedings will conclude with a light dinner where tickets for this are priced at Rs. 3,000/- and already available for sale at the Denara Vocational Training Institute Office located at 191/50, Mangala Gardens, Colombo 5. . Please call on 077 853 9890 for further details.

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